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police ready for close shave: Cancer survivor Det. Tricia Johnston, of 22 Division, Cops for Cancer ambassador Alexandra Connor, and participant Const. Cheryl Tomlinson-Thompson at the Cops for Cancer launch at Yorkdale Shopping Centre Wednesday. See story on page 3.

Residents in the Three Valleys community between York Mills Road and Lawrence Avenue East got the ear of the city’s Public Works and Infrastructure Committee Wednesday, to reassess the level of noise they’re suffering from the non-stop traffic on the Don Valley Parkway. The residents had submitted a petition, asking that an existing noise barrier along the west side of the highway be extended to muffle the sound. But city staff pointed out that a 2006 noise assessment indicated existing and future noise levels wouldn’t warrant a barrier, which could cost as much as $1 million. Resident Dana Dvorak argued that the noise study wasn’t repre>>>city, page 5

Plan for year-long Allen closure meets resistance Alternative sought on plan to close expressway during light rail construction RAHUL GUPTA rgupta@insidetoronto.com A spokesperson for Metrolinx acknowledged it is considering

abandoning a plan to close a portion of the Allen Expressway for one full year to speed up construction of the Eglinton-Scarborough Crosstown light rail transit line.

Jamie Robinson said the transit planning agency hasn’t completely ruled out its original plan to close off the northbound lanes of the Allen from Eglinton Avenue to Lawrence

Avenue for all of 2014 in order to save time on Crosstown tunneling for the underground portion of the line traveling east from Black Creek Drive along Eglinton Avenue.

But because of concerns raised by the city’s transportation department, Metrolinx is researching another plan to excavate a smaller diameter tunnel directly underneath Eglinton West station. “We’re looking at another alterna>>>metrolinx, page 5

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Author bitten by werewolf lore North Yorker Kat Kruger to speak at central library Jan. 30 FANNIE SUNSHINE fsunshine@insidetoronto.com

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riting the next Twilight series was never Kat Kruger’s goal. Sure, there are elements of paranormal activity, biting and werewolves in her debut novel, The Night Has Teeth, but that’s where the similarities end. First, science fiction is woven into the fantasy book, the first in The Magdeburg Trilogy. Second, it’s gender-neutral geared, not just aimed at females. And third, the protagonist isn’t a hunky boy a la Jacob from Twilight or Alcide from True Blood. “I decided to reclaim the werewolf genre,” said Kruger, formerly of North York who now splits her time between her old stomping grounds and Halifax. The Night Has Teeth, which came out in September, follows 17-year-old Connor Lewis, who got off to an interesting start on his first day of kindergarten when he bit a fellow student, setting the framework for a social outcast life. Years later he lands a scholarship to study in Paris, where his fortune begins to turn for the better after he makes friends and experiences normal teenage life. But that feeling doesn’t last. Through his host family, Connor learns of the underworld of werewolves in which there are two types: those who are born and those who are bitten. Those born take the form of elegant wolves, while the bitten will turn into halfman, half-beast creatures that rarely survive. Unfortunately for Connor, a 400-year-old

Kat Kruger’s book ‘The Night Has Teeth’ is the first in The Magdeburg Trilogy. Kruger will return to one of her favourite teen haunts, North York Central Library, for a question-and-answer session Jan. 30.

‘Werewolves are human but animalistic. There is an underside to human behaviour.’ – Kat Kruger bitten human is hunting him and his loyalties are tested. For as long as she can remember, Kruger has been a fan of the spooky genre in general, from Frankenstein to Dracula, she said. “I really like that type of fiction,” she said, naming Kelley Armstrong, Kenneth Oppel and Maggie Stiefvater as favourite authors. “Werewolves are human but animalistic. There is an underside to

human behaviour.” While Connor is from New York City, he spends the majority of the book in Paris, a city Kruger said is filled with interesting Gothic cemeteries. “I created a mythology that’s really science based rather than magic based,” she said. “I did quite a lot of research.” Some of her research involved her husband submitting his DNA to National Geographic

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Cops for Cancer launched at Yorkdale Head-shaving set for April 13 FANNIE SUNSHINE fsunshine@insidetoronto.com Tricia Johnston knows all to well how devastating cancer can be. A detective with 22 Division, she was diagnosed in 2003 with Hodgkin’s lymphoma, the same form of cancer that invaded her sister. After six months of chemotherapy and three months of radiation, Johnston has been cancer free since 2004. She was just one of many officers on hand Wednesday, Jan. 23 at Yorkdale Shopping Centre for the 17th annual Cops for Cancer kick-off, which hopes to raise $45,000. “I think it’s important to donate,” Johnston said, adding her mother battled breast cancer. “You are fundraising for research. Without funding for research we wouldn’t have proper treatment.” Since 1999, Cops for Cancer has raised more than $750,000 in Toronto to support cancer research. According to the Canadian Cancer Society, the first Cops for Cancer program started in 1994 when an Edmonton police officer with a shaved head posed for a picture with a young cancer patient. The officer wanted to support the boy, who was being ridiculed at school because of his hair loss. Other officers joined and Cops for Cancer was launched. Since then, law enforcement and emergency services officers from across Canada have

held Cops for Cancer fundraising events for the Canadian Cancer Society. Donations are used to fund cancer research as well as support programs and cancer prevention initiatives. To date, more than $54 million has been raised across the country. New this year, there will be an added fundraising effort called Jail and Bait. Participants can decide to be placed in “jail” rather than clip their hair, and audience members will raise funds to bail them out. Alexandra Connor, past participant and ambassador of Kids of Cops for Cancer, chopped off 10 inches of her hair and raised $3,500 last year in support of the cause. The 11-year-old Bradford resident decided to get involved after her father, an OPP officer, told her of the initiative. “It’s a really great cause because a lot of people are affected by cancer,” she said, adding the plan is to grow her hair this year and cut it next year. Anthony Casalanguida, general manager of Yorkdale, said the mall has always had a positive relationship with Toronto Police’s 32 Division and is happy to support such a worthwhile cause. Participants who register before March 1 will automatically be entered to win a $250 gift card for Yorkdale Shopping Centre. n The head-shaving event will take place at Yorkdale on April 13. For information or to donate, visit www.cancer.ca

CORRECTION A story about an exhibit and gallery grand opening at Bayview Village Mall contained incorrect information. The public is welcome to attend Canadian Arctic:

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s Toronto grapples with its first significant cold snap of the season, we all must take the proper precautions to stay warm, but be ready to lend a hand to those who may need it. It’s during these cold stretches where strong community bonds are most valuable – making people aware of what our view services are available, protecting against safety risks and provid- Extend warm, ing that sense of belonging to helping hand to those at risk of feeling isolated. There’s a lot we can be doing. needy citizens The city issued its first Extreme Cold Weather Alert of 2013 on Monday. These alerts are called when Environment Canada predicts a coming overnight temperature of -15 Celsius or lower without wind chill. The alert also triggers additional homeless services in the city. Getting people someplace warm is crucial. If you wish to help, there are opportunities to volunteer your time and donate goods which can be put to good use. Visit www.volunteertoronto.ca to review what opportunities are out there. Call 311 if you see someone you think needs street outreach assistance. While the issue of homelessness may not be readily apparent in your own neighbourhood, there are community-building tasks you can undertake during these times that have a significant impact. Cold weather means less outdoor interaction with our neighbours – especially those with mobility challenges. There’s nothing stopping you from paying a visit to a neighbour to check in on them and have a chat. It may be snow shovelling that’s needed or keeping walkways and stairs salted to prevent ice build-up. Interaction is an important building block of a community. Community-building exercises don’t need to take huge numbers of people and hours of planning to be successful. There’s always something we can do. Even a short conversation can help you to get getting to know your neighbours a little better and forge a stronger community bond. While some temperature relief is expected early next week and this cold snap will relent, these are prudent steps to follow. Winter is far from over, but even when the season changes getting to know the people we share a common bond with can lead to a healthier and happier community. Ultimately, at a time when interaction with our neighbours is limited by the cold temperatures, now is when we need to ensure we’re looking out for each other. newsroom

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To the editor: Re: ‘Time to cap number of terms for politicians to hold office,’ Letters, Jan. 17. I agree with W.D. Adamson’s call for a time cap on a politician’s terms of office, but for a different reason. Basic to a healthy democracy is an informed and experienced citizenry. Since holding political office is an integral part of educating members of a democracy, political office should be shared as much as is reasonably possible. Given that politicians are prone to develop a sense of entitlement to their public office, they clearly need legislative help to make them see when it is time to give someone else a chance to serve and learn. Albert Pietersma

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was in a local mall Sunday afternoon taking advantage of the Boxing Month sales when I noticed a huge gathering around one of the giant TV screens across from the food court. I walked over to check out what the big attraction was and just as I arrived, the on-air host advised viewers to stay tuned for the weather. Upon hearing that, the crowd let out a groan. They were hoping for replays from the Toronto/ Montreal game from the night before, Game 1 of the much-awaited 2012-2013 (not including the 2012 part) lockout-shortened NHL campaign. “Give us a break,” one of the onlookers grumbled. “It’s the middle of January and the Leafs are still in the playoff hunt. Let’s see the hockey highlights already. Who the heck cares about the weather?” I raised my hand rather

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sheepishly. “I do,” I replied. Then I stick-handled my way through the pack to get closer to the TV. After a commercial for a rather odd-looking device that guaranteed to firm my derriere for just four easy payments of $19.99, not including tax, the meteorologist came on screen: “Brace yourself folks, there is a lot of snow in the local forecast over the next few weeks.” “Yahoo!” I screamed. “Now you’re talking.” Then I broke into a happy dance, followed by the boot scootin’ boogie, macarena, beer barrel polka, skater’s waltz, Ickey shuffle and ended with a moonwalk that

would have done Michael Jackson proud. After which I raised my hand again, though not sheepishly this time, but confidently. And I’m talking the hand with the white glove on it. A guy looking on broke out into a huge grin. As fate would have it, he was a judge from So You Think You Can Dance Canada. “Buddy, you don’t just THINK you can dance,” he beamed. “You can FLAT OUT move. You’ll definitely be back next week.” I blushed. Though I highly doubted I’d be back to the mall next week unless the Boxing Month sales turn into Boxing Year sales. Meanwhile, back at the TV set...following the meteorologist’s forecast the extended 14-day outlook appeared on the screen. When I saw it I groaned. Louder than Leafs fans had just done, I might add. There wasn’t even a little

bit of snow on there. The snow being forecasted was in millimetres. It takes 25.4 of those millimetres to make one measly inch of snow and in the 14 days from that day, the predicted snowfall was expected to exceed 25.4 millimetres only a few times. We’ll be lucky to get three inches or so once. The rest of the time, flurries at best. And we’re supposed to brace ourselves for this? When was the last time you braced yourself for flurries? Who wants to watch a Toronto winter forecast in January with snow basically out of the picture when you can watch a Toronto hockey forecast in January with the Leafs still very much in the picture? 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 tive,” confirmed Robinson last week, adding the new plan wouldn’t change the Crosstown’s timeline for tunneling which is expected to last two-and-a-half years. He said an internal report on the matter is expected to be completed within the next few weeks. While a partial closure of the Allen would allow for more space for construction staging and allow 150 trucks transporting soil to enter the area daily, the city was concerned such an idea would seriously inconvenience traffic, said transportation spokesperson John Mende.

“Our concern was the impact on the local road network,” said Mende, director for transportation infrastructure for the city. “All traffic wanting to access Allen Road northbound would have to go up to Lawrence Avenue, which would have put traffic pressure on parallel streets.” Instead of issuing a recommendation for the city’s public work committee, which was to have voted on the Allen Road closure proposal before final approval from council, Mende said his staff instead asked Metrolinx to come up with a different idea. But tunneling directly below

the subway also presents challenges, said Robinson. “There are all sorts of utilities that we want to avoid while tunneling,” he said. “It’s almost like we’ll have to thread the needle between all the infrastructure that is underneath the subway.” Local city councillor Josh Colle, who opposes a closure of the Allen, said he was happy Metrolinx is trying to come up with a different plan. “My concern was always making sure Metrolinx had exhausted every option,” said Colle, who represents the ward of Eglinton-Lawrence. “This is construction of a momentous scale.”

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With a focus on moving forward, the newly appointed chair of the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) vowed to work hard at restoring public confidence in a system left shaken after her predecessor’s resignation as a result of a plagiarism incident. Flanked by TDSB staff, a poised Donna Quan spoke to repor ters about the importance of focusing on students’ education and working as a team to ensure the best possible learning environment is achieved. “We will reach out to partners and parents to ensure the TDSB remains one of the finest education systems in the world,” Quan said last Friday, two days after her appointment, at TDSB headquarters on Yonge Street, north of Sheppard Avenue. Quan, who has more than 30 years of education experience, was chosen as interim director Jan. 16, following two lengthy trustee meetings.

Quan accepted the position after former TDSB director Chris Spence resigned Jan. 10, after admitting to plagiarizing parts of an op-ed piece he wrote for a newspaper.

‘We have to ensure stability and leadership of the TDSB is firmly in place, then figure out what comes next.’ – Donna Quan Quan, who served as the board’s deputy director for the past two-and-a-half years, began her education career in 1983 with teaching roles in a number of elementary schools, including French immersion. The married mother of three daughters began her career with the TDSB in 1985, where she established one of the first non-profit schoolbased Early Years childcare

centres at Faywood ArtsBased Curriculum School in North York. Quan has held various positions within the board, including principal and families of schools superintendent. Quan, who praised Spence for his “tremendous leadership” as director, acknowledged it had been a less than breezy week at the board. “The past week has been stormy but the storm shall pass,” she said. Chris Bolton, chair of the TDSB, said the focus is on getting things back to an even keel before selecting someone permanent to fill the post. “We’re not even considering what the future looks like in that regard,” he said. “We have to ensure stability and leadership of the TDSB is firmly in place, then figure out what comes next.” When asked if she’s hoping to continue her new job permanently, Quan said her immediate focus is on uniting her team and delivering the best possible education system to students.

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Ontario Liberal party leadership: Talking to Toronto candidates

n The GTA needs smart, efficient transportation and infrastructure that works. I will build on record McGuinty Liberal investments in infrastructure and transportation. I will champion the prosperity of the GTA by supporting increased investment in our regional transportation network, while ensuring we have a plan to pay for it. I will also champion a fairer, more inclusive society. The moral argument for poverty reduction is clear, but the

How would you approach the current situation with Bill 115?

n Just as I did as education minister, I will sit down with our education partners to strengthen the bargaining process at both the provincial and, importantly, the local levels. We need a sustainable model for wage negotiations, a structured dialogue with our partners in the broader public sector to create innovative models for engagement and negotiation. Continued improvements in our education system are only possible if we repair the relationship with our teachers and support staff. I’m glad Bill 115 will be repealed so we can focus on developing a sustainable process within the fiscal reality.

What kind of Premier would you be?

n I’m running because I believe

so deeply in bringing people together, finding common ground to achieve real results. Whatever happens in this race, on Jan. 28 we’re going to find ourselves

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Seneca College teacher behind IKEA monkey video game JUSTIN SKINNER jskinner@insidetoronto.com

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he story of Darwin the IKEA monkey, which caught the city’s attention for a spell last month, has earned new life with the release of an online video game and T-shirt design. Bloorcourt area resident Barnabas Wornoff, who teaches at Seneca College, came up with the idea of creating the game and the T-shirts after discussing Darwin’s saga with friends. Darwin, a Japanese macaque, first came to the public’s attention when he was spotted wandering around an IKEA parking lot in North York in a tiny shearling coat on Dec. 9. When Toronto Animal Services removed the monkey from the custody of his owner, Yasmin Nakhuda, Nakhuda went on to protest. Wornoff said he was talking to his friend JJ Dukharan, a designer, about the story when it first broke and, after some deliberation, decided to create some T-shirts and make them available to the public. “I thought it was really interesting and hilarious that there was this monkey in a little coat in a

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Barnabas Wornoff has created a T-shirt and video game based on Darwin the IKEA monkey, with the help of friends and students at Seneca College.

parking lot,” he said. “I have a friend from Seneca who designs shirts and I told him we should make shirts about this whole meme that started up.” One of Wornoff’s students, Daniel Whiffing, is a computer programmer and created the

video game that sees Darwin navigating a parking lot and dodging shoppers, shopping carts and other obstacles while collecting the pieces necessary to build an IKEA book case. “I didn’t know it was going to turn into what it has,” Wornoff

said. “It just sort of divided on flowed naturally ‘I thought it was really whether and everybody Darwin should I talked to was interesting and hilarious be returned excited to be part to Nakhuda, that there was this of it.” Wornoff chose The website monkey in a little coat in not to take a (www.ikeamonfirm stand. keyshirt.com) has “It’s sad a parking lot.’ already garnered that they took – Barnabas Wornoff attention and (Darwin) has surged in away from her popularity as word has spread. because he’s like a close family While many would think Darwin’s member at this point,” he said. story would be strictly a Toronto “I heard that once the monkey phenomenon, that has not been hits puberty it could get dangerthe case. ous, but people have monkeys as “We’ve had hits from as far pets in other countries so I don’t away as Australia and we’re know whose place it is to say she really big right now in Budapest can’t keep one here.” for some reason,” Wornoff said. While Wornoff first conceived “We’ve had hits from Spain, the of the idea to create Darwin UK and California, and Winnipeg T-shirts and a video game, he has actually ordered the most brainstormed both the game and shirts.” T-shirt with others and is sharing While the shirt and the game the wealth with the other contribare tongue-in-cheek, Wornoff has utors, who are primarily students actually spoken with Nakhuda, and recent graduates. who enjoyed the game and even The Darwin T-shirts, which proposed a spin-off. include a graphic of a monkey in “She said she wished we would a shearling coat with a thought make one with the monkey breakbubble containing an Allen key, ing out of jail and getting back to are available on the website and its mommy,” he said. at the Cardinal Skate Shop at 940 While public opinion was Bloor St. W.

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The TTC will consider the feasibility of limiting the number of baby strollers allowed on its vehicles in the future. But chair Karen Stintz told reporters the transit commission has no intention of reducing the number of strollers allowed, for which there is currently no limit, nor would it consider charging extra for their use. “We’ll take it back (to staff) and see if there’s anything we can do,” said Stintz at City Hall Monday afternoon. At the monthly meeting, Stintz and the rest of the TTC’s board of commissioners (minus Glenn De Baeremaeker, who was absent) voted to receive feedback from staff regarding the use of strollers

on all vehicles, which can be a source of dissatisfaction among some commuters for their size and tendency to block seats and exits. Stintz, who said she has taken baby strollers on board TTC vehicles in the past with no argument from other riders, was surprised the issue came up during the two-hour board meeting. “I don’t have a resolution because quite frankly up until today I never considered the use of strollers to be a problem,” she said. In a five-minute deputation to the board, resident Elsa La Rosa said baby strollers are often the source of disputes between commuters. She called the presence of up to six strollers on one TTC bus a “comedy act” for riders attempting to make their way through. La Rosa, 61, called on the TTC to start charging riders with strollers extra fares or lim-

‘I don’t have a resolution because quite frankly up until today I never considered the use of strollers to be a problem.’ – TTC chair Karen Stintz iting their use at peak times. TTC CEO Andy Byford admitted the feedback he has received from riders and bus operators indicates baby strollers blocking seats and bus exits are becoming a growing concern. But adopting measures like those in London, UK, for example which limits strollers to two per bus, can create resentment among riders who would perceive operators as acting like “jobsworths,” a British term for difficult or unhelpful employees, said Byford. “It’s a tricky subject,” he said during a post-meeting scrum. “We’re trying to strike the

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When politicians get together to cut a red ribbon, usually it’s to unveil some spiffy new building or piece of infrastructure. On Monday afternoon at Toronto City Hall, the scissors were there for the ribbon itself. Or rather, for the red tape. Mayor Rob Ford and several of his colleagues on council joined up with Dan Kelly of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business to cut the red tape on Red Tape Awareness Week. This is the third time Ford has declared the week, to raise awareness about government regulation of business that some say is a major drag on economic growth. “Red tape is the number two issue for small business and consumes a massive amount of time, money and also emotional stress for small business owners who are often dealing with the red tape in their own time,” said Kelly, president and CEO of the CFIB.

Ford, sporting a Maple Leafs hockey jersey, said the city has embarked on various initiatives to make it easier for businesses to navigate city hall’s regulatory environment. “Cutting red tape is making a huge difference but we still have much, much more to do, folks,” said Ford. Ford pointed to several initiatives the city has undertaken. It is a partner in the national BizPaL service, that provides an online searchable database of business permits and licences for all levels of government, and it’s expanding its own e-service capabilities for producers and film companies. Toronto has also implemented an online business licence payment system. And the city has cut the turnaround time for issuing street occupation permits. As well, the city has implemented a gold star service for business, making the development review time shorter for employers.

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Darts fundraiser scores with $1,500 for SickKids Foundation HILARY CATON hcaton@insidetoronto.com

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he One Girl Can Make a Difference Dart Shoot in support of the Hospital for Sick Children Foundation was right on target for their fundraiser held Saturday by raising $1,500. “I was extremely happy to see the amount of support I had,” said 19 year-old Chelsea Olar, who organized the event. “The turn-out was fantastic.” Held at the Army Navy and Air Force (ANAF) York #383 on Weston Road, the tournament had 24 participants from the

community come out to support Olar’s cause. The tournament generated $500 through players’ fees and donations and received an added boost with a $1,000 donation from ANAF York. The event was Olar’s third dart shoot fundraiser in support of the SickKids Foundation. “I chose a dart tournament as I do play in two different leagues myself,” said Olar, who credits her mother, Laurie, for sparking her interest. Olar plays with the All Blacks at the Queen Street Dart League, and the Giggles and Farts team at the ANAF York.

‘I was extremely happy to see the amount of support I had.’ - Chelsea Olar “I enjoy the night out to play and have fun with many other dart players,” said Olar. “It’s a great way to enjoy yourself and enhance your simple math skills.” Olar began fundraising in 2009 when she decided to donate her hair for children who suffered from hair loss due to a medical

condition. In January 2010 Olar donated a 13-inch braid to Angel Hair for Kids – A Child’s Voice Foundation. By August 2012 she chopped her locks once again and donated three braids at 14-inches each to the same foundation. Prizes were also handed out at the tournament that included two gift certificates from Mayday Malone’s restaurant; door prizes were donated by Native Child and Family Services of Toronto - Scarborough Child and the Family Life Centre. “I had an excellent time and it couldn’t have of been more fun,”

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Environmental Assessment Update: East Tunnel Alignment Rapid and reliable transit is coming to the centre of Toronto. The Crosstown will move Torontonians to work, school and play faster than ever before – reducing travel times and enhancing our economy and our environment. The Crosstown will run along Eglinton Avenue and transit travel will be up to 60% faster than today.

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This beautiful upper penthouse corner unit shows to perfection. It features 2000 sqft of luxury and class, 10’ceilings, mouldings, large balcony, breathtaking unobstructed views, hardwood floors, mouldings, gourmet kitchen, 3 upgraded bathrooms, 2 parking, one locker and indoor pool. It has a great plan and is very rare and unique.

GREAT OPPORTUNITY $969,000 This beautiful home on a large lot is situated near Bayview, shopping, schools, transportation and all amenities, it has been tastefully upgraded and is absolutely spotless.

BRAND NEW 2 BEDROOM CONDO YONGE/SHEPPARD $1995. PER MONTH This gorgeous brand new Condo is situated near Yonge and Sheppard, very close to subway station, Shopping and all amenities. It features indoor pool, great gym facilities, parking and locker, 24 hours concierge, available immediately.

Mitra Katirai broker

Brokerage

Great Value Absolutely Spotless Home, Sitting On A Beautiful Lot, Walk To Yonge St, Very Close To Center Point Mall, Finest Schools, TTC, And All Amenities, Large Garage, Great Backyard, Great House In A Very Good Condition.

416.222.9995 Mitra@RealtyWayCorp.com


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