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he city has announced the dates for a series of public consultations for future transit funding with a session in North York scheduled for Feb. 11. Feeling Congested? Toronto Talks Transportation is intended to give residents a chance to speak on the city’s transportation system and learn about future plans. The consultations will feature a pair of sessions – one starting at 4 p.m. and the other at 6:30 p.m. The first meeting is Mon. Feb. 4 at the York Civic Centre. The next is Feb. 6 at the Scarborough Civic Centre. The North York Civic Centre hosts sessions on Feb. 11, and the final meetings are at Toronto City Hall on Feb. 13. For more info, visit www.feelingcongested.ca The consultations are intended to coincide with another series of region-wide Big Conversations planned by Metrolinx regarding its investment strategy to fund the provincial Big Move Transportation plan, which it will present to the premier in June. Toronto dates for the Metrolinx roundtable conversations regarding future funding of public transit are scheduled for Tues. Feb. 5 at the North York Central Library and Sat. Feb. 9 at Metro Hall. For more details on the Metrolinx meetings visit www.bigmove.ca

IN THE CITY Wynne readies to tackle province’s top job Don Valley West constituency office adequately staffed to meet residents’ needs, she says LISA QUEEN lqueen@insidetoronto.com Life has been a whirlwind of focusing on Ontario priorities since winning the Ontario Liberal leadership on Saturday night, but Don Valley West MPP Kathleen Wynne told The Mirror she won’t neglect the con-

cerns of her local constituents when she steps into the premier’s job. “You just really don’t know what to expect (when you win),” she said in a phone interview Wednesday, afternoon. “It’s been very, very busy, lots of people have been reaching out and it’s wonderful. It just sped right on

from the convention.” While Wynne acknowledged she won’t be as visible in Don Valley West when she becomes premier, she said her constituency office will be adequately staffed to address the needs of her constituents and she will continue to act as the riding’s MPP.

“I’m not going to stop being the MPP of Don Valley West. It is still my role and I will be in contact with constituents as I have been in the past nine years,” she said, adding the lessons she learned from serving as the riding’s MPP will help serve her as premier. >>>Wynne, page 2

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North York is hockey central this weekend Blues, Rangers tourneys on tap at Chesswood, CanLan starting Friday North York is hockey central this weekend. The Toronto City Blues will host its Escape the Blues Tournament Feb. 1 to 3 at North York’s Chesswood Arenas, 4000 Chesswood

Dr. The tourney features six teams in four divisions (peewee, minor bantam, minor midget ‘A’ and minor midget ‘AA’). More information is at www.torontocityblues.com/

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n NORTH YORK KNIGHTS The North York Knights will host their 17th annual tournament Feb. 1 to 3 with all games at CanLan Ice

Sports, York University. The tourney features ‘A’ level competition from minor atom (2003) to major midget senior (1995). More info at http://knightshockeychallenge.com

Medication stolen from sleeping TTC bus passenger on Finch Toronto police are investigating after a quantity of methadone was stolen from a sleeping TTC bus passenger Monday. Police said a black backpack was stolen from the lap of the passenger while the bus was heading west along Finch Avenue between 2 and 3 a.m. The bag contained three

120 milligram bottles of methadone. The medication could be harmful or fatal if ingested, especially to children. Anyone finding the medication is asked not to handle it, but to contact police at 416-808-3100 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-8477.

Wynne sees need to invest in all areas of province >>>from page 1 “It is a terrific riding to represent. It is an intelligent, thoughtful riding. It embodies the best of what we are in Ontario.” During her victory speech Saturday night at Maple Leaf Gardens, Wynne said she didn’t want to been seen as a Toronto premier. Rather, she wants to represent the concerns of all of Ontario. That doesn’t mean she will shelve Toronto issues in an attempt to convince Ontarians she isn’t Toronto-centric, Wynne told The Mirror. “We have to invest in all parts of the province. There’s been this kind of narrative I couldn’t win or we couldn’t win, being a group of us (leadership candidates) that are from Toronto, and most of the province doesn’t like to have premiers from Toronto. I reject that notion,” she said. “At the same time I think about transit in the GTA, I have to think about bridges in Kenora.” Transportation in the Greater Toronto Area will be a top priority and Wynne said she will explore “dedicated revenue streams” including toll roads, congestion taxes and parking levies to help fund transit. Gridlock must be addressed to create a robust economy, which, in turn, is used to fund services such as health

care, education and transportation, Wynne said. Wynne said fellow leadership candidates who are MPPs, including Toronto Centre MPP Glen Murray and St. Paul’s MPP Eric Hoskins, would be welcome in her new cabinet but wasn’t willing to discuss what ministries she would name them to lead.

‘At the same time I think about transit in the GTA, I have to think about bridges in Kenora.’ –Kathleen Wynne Murray dropped out of the race earlier this month and endorsed Wynne. Hoskins supported Wynne at the convention after getting bumped out of the race following the first round of voting, in which he had the fewest votes. When told Don Valley West resident Gloria Way received a phone call Monday night asking her how disappointed she is in Wynne’s lifestyle – Wynne is Ontario’s first openly gay premier – she said anyone who attempts to use that information to discredit her will discover it backfiring on them because Ontarians are not prejudiced people.


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Don Valley West residents pleased with Wynne’s victory Urge action from new premier on education file LISA QUEEN lqueen@insidetoronto.com

Centre of attention FAMILY LITERACY DAY: Top, excited children listen to stories from Robert Munsch for a Family Literacy Day event at the Ontario Science Centre Sunday. The celebrated author, above right, was part of a lineup of artists including Barbara Reid, Aaron Bell, Wayson Choy, Marina Nemat, Helaine Becker and Susan Hughes. Among the activities, in addition to author readings, were story telling, hands-on plasticine workshops, interactive word games, science activities and book signings. Staff photos/Dan Pearce

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Pleased their MPP is about to become Ontario’s new premier, Don Valley West residents are urging Kathleen Wynne to make repairing the province’s standoff with teachers her top priority. “Whatever she needs to do to fix it with teachers will fix it with kids. The kids are the ones suffering,” Angela Barnard, a Leaside mother of two elementary school children, said in a coffee shop at Eglinton Avenue and Laird Drive Tuesday morning. “Our kids are losing out on everything (extra-curricular activities). I’m not a political person, I’m not a teacher, I just see how it affects the kids. The premier needs to fix it with the teachers, bottom line. Whatever you have to do, fix it.” Wynne won the Ontario Liberal party leadership on the third ballot at a convention at the Mattamy Athletic Centre (formerly Maple Leaf Gardens) Saturday night, Jan. 26, which automatically made her the premier-designate. Yet to be sworn in as premier, Wynne has identified reducing gridlock as the “number one condition that we need to get right” for the Greater Toronto Area. Sitting at the table beside Barnard, Maggie Kanellakis also said she wants Wynne to repair the province’s fractured relationship with teachers. Teachers have staged protests and mounted labour disruptions after the government imposed Bill 115 in place of negotiated collective agreements. Pointing to a number of controversies that have

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Outgoing Premier Dalton McGuinty, right, raises the hand of his successor, Don Valley West MPP Kathleen Wynne, during the Ontario Liberal Leadership convention at the Mattamy Athletic Centre on Saturday.

plagued the Liberals under out-going premier Dalton McGuinty, such as proroguing the legislature and problems with the province’s air ambulance service, Kanellakis hopes Wynne will bring in more transparency as premier. At the same time, she is pleased to see Wynne leading the province. Coming out of a drug store at Bayview and Eglinton avenues with her husband, 86-year-old Gloria Way said she is thrilled Wynne won the Liberal leadership. “I’m elated. I’m just so glad. I pulled for her all along,” she said. “She has the experience and I think she is giving a woman’s perspective that is needed.” Although Wynne’s critics say the veteran cabinet minister will have to take responsibility for Liberal scandals, Way disagrees. “I think we’re wiping the slate clean (with Wynne as the new premier),” she said. “It’s time to start again.” Way was disturbed by a phone call she received Monday night asking her how dissatisfied she is with

Wynne’s lifestyle. Wynne is Ontario’s first openly gay premier. “I said I couldn’t care less,” she said. “It steamed me up.” While the caller didn’t identify themselves, Way is worried another political party is assessing voters’ attitudes about Wynne’s homosexuality to use in an attack ad. Wa l k i n g t h r o u g h Flemingdon Park Plaza holding the hand of his four-yearold daughter, Anthony Makula wants Wynne to rebuild the province’s relationship with teachers because they are they ones who guide children towards opportunities of the future. A Roma who has been in Canada for five years, Makula and his wife have five children. He is hoping Wynne will also focus on issues affecting immigrants such as job creation, training and education. As the father of four daughters, Makula is pleased Wynne is Ontario’s first female premier because it demonstrates women are capable of performing any job.

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hile it may be hard to believe, we share Toronto with a large number of wild animals: raccoons, squirrels, geese, deer, coyotes, possums and even wild turkeys. our view The reasons for this are many. Increasing development in Toronto home what were once rural areas are to wide variety forcing animals such as deer and coyotes into the watersheds that run from north of Toronto of wild animals down to Lake Ontario. The Humber, Don and Rouge valleys offer refuge for many animals fleeing the loss of habitat outside the city. Our many rail corridors make for relatively safe pathways. Toronto is also a major source of food for wild animals, much of which is created by people. We all play a role in making the city so desirable, and animals have learned that in Toronto they have little to fear from humans and lots to gain. The city is also home to numerous birds of prey including hawks, falcons and owls. But it’s not just in the parks and ravines where they are making their homes. Downtown office towers and the more builtup areas of Scarborough, Etobicoke and North York have birds nesting on their roofs – or in many cases specially made nesting boxes. Creating new habitats for these birds has helped increase their populations and seen them spread out to locations across Toronto. People are not just helping the wildlife in the city by being sources of food, in the cases of the hawks and falcons, we’re making a direct contribution to their well-being. Not all residents, though, love the idea of sharing our parks and ravine trails with such a variety of wildlife. Concerns about foxes and coyotes have been heard from all parts of the city. According to the experts, we can safely live with these predators. We just need to use some common sense and remember they are not the friendly, neighbourhood dog. As the wildlife numbers grow, Toronto can become an example for other large cities on how residents and wildlife can safely coexist. We do, however, need to take steps to ensure we continue to live safely together. Too high numbers of any animal can lead to problems. Taking steps such as not making food sources easily accessible, taking care to protect small pets and being aware of how to deal with predatory animals, can make Toronto a great place for people and wild animals alike. newsroom

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To the editor: Re: ‘Stintz surprised strollers have become an issue on TTC,’ insidetoronto.com It is obvious that TTC chair Karen Stintz has not ridden the TTC lately during rush hour where riders must perform acrobatics to balance around the convoy of giant strollers that encompass the bus aisles. If we are not being sandwiched against other riders, we are struggling not to fall over a sleeping child. In spite of that, I have witnessed mothers with nasty attitudes toward other riders who have dared lean on their carriages. On behalf of many a TTC patron who has had to squeeze by an oversized stroller; who has had their feet run over by the stroller tires; who are forced to stand when the stroller blocks an available seat; I can confirm – it is a problem. Y. Vitale

The surest sign NHL hockey is back in town I didn’t just miss the hockey during the NHL lockout, I missed the pre-game atmosphere outside the arena. An integral part of that buzz is generated by the ubiquitous scalpers. And with the big, bad Bruins in town for the Leafs’ first Saturday night home game of the season, they’ll be in fine form. Scalper: “Who needs tickets? Who needs a pair? Who needs tickets?” Judge: “Uh, pardon me young man. Did I hear you correctly?” S: “You most certainly did, Your Honour.” J: “Shame on you then, son. Nobody ‘needs’ tickets.” S: “But, Your Honour ...” J: “Don’t ‘but, Your Honour’ me. I can assure you, nobody needs material possessions of any kind. Life’s essentials are the only things we need. Such as air, for example. We all need air. Am I right or am I right?” S: “You are right and you

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are right, Your Honour.” J: “And water – we need water too. Correct?” S: “No doubt about it, Your Honour.” J: “Everybody needs food. Do we not?” S: “Indeed we do, Your Honour. Indeed we do.” J: “And last and certainly not least, we all need shelter.” S: “Without question, Your Honour.” J: “Air, water, food and shelter. That’s it. That’s all any of us need. So shame on you, son. Nobody needs tickets, they want them. And I assure you there is a world of difference between needs and wants.”

S: “I sincerely apologize for the error.” J: “With all due respect, it’s the guy in the big gondola in the sky to whom you owe the apology.” S: “Noted. I’ll take care of that tonight, before bedtime. And now, if you’ll pardon me. I have some unfinished business, if that’s OK with you?” J: “Please, carry on.” S: “Who wants tickets? Who wants a pair? Who wants tickets?” J: “Uh, pardon me young, man.” S: “Yes, Your Honour.” J: “Son, now that we’ve got that little matter straightened out, just of curiosity, what are you asking for a pair of platinums?” S: “Oh, so sorry to disappoint you, Your Honour, I only have golds left.” J: “But I need platinums.” S: “You mean want platinums, don’t you Your Honour?”

J: “No, you heard me correctly the first time.” S: “Shame on you, Your Honour. I assure you, nobody needs platinums, they want them. There is a world of difference between needs and wants.” J: “But you don’t understand. I NEED platinums.” S: “I’m afraid I can’t help you there, Your Honour. All I have left are golds.” J: “But my wife is a diehard Leafs fan. She’ll have my hide if I don’t score us some platinums.” Scalper’s Wife: “Hey, quit whining, Your Honour. Count your blessings. I’m a lifelong Bruins fan and the best he offered me was a pair of purples in the nosebleed section.” 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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Three fires within 40-hour span in former city FANNIE SUNSHINE fsunshine@insidetoronto.com Firefighters were kept busy in North York over the weekend as they battled three blazes in the former city. Emergency personnel were first called to Esterbrooke Avenue, near Don Mills Road and Sheppard Avenue, after a fire broke out in a home early Saturday. Several homes were evacuated following the fire, which broke out around midnight in the basement of a home and spread to the roof. Angeline Mair was woken by firefighters around 1 a.m., who said she and her family would likely have to evacuate their home because of a fire two houses down. “At first, I didn’t believe there was a real fire,” said Mair, a Toronto Community News employee. “I looked in my backyard and through the smoke saw a firefighter looking

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Toronto firefighters work on hot spots as a three-alarm fire continued to burn Saturday morning, after a blaze at 6 Esterbrooke Ave., forced the evacuation of several homes.

around with his flashlight. That’s when I knew it was serious.” Within minutes her house started smelling like smoke, and a police officer informed her the house needed to be evacuated, she said. “It was difficult to get dressed because the smoke was stinging our

eyes and it was difficult to breathe,” she said. “Luckily, there was a warm TTC bus waiting for the evacuated residents.” After spending the night with her grandparents, Mair and her family are now staying in a hotel while waiting for a damage estimate from their insurance company,

she said. The cause is undetermined, Toronto Fire said. Firefighters were then called to Bathurst Street and Wilson Avenue around 5 p.m. after a fire forced a man to jump from a third floor balcony. Firefighters were able to extinguish the blaze before it spread to other units. He was taken to hospital with foot injuries. A bagel shop was destroyed in a four-alarm blaze Sunday. The fire started in the basement of Haymishe Bagel Shop at 3031 Bathurst St., near Lawrence Avenue, around 10:15 a.m. Seventeen fire trucks and 65 firefighters battled the blaze, which saw part of the first floor collapse. Nearby businesses and residences were evacuated, and the 7 Bathurst TTC bus was rerouted. Four employees inside the shop when the fire broke out escaped without injury. Bathurst Street was closed from Dell Park to Lawrence avenues while emergency personnel investigated. The fire is being investigated by the Office of the Fire Marshal.

Send a sonnet for Valentine’s Shakespeare in Action is conducting its third annual Sonnets by Kids on Valentine’s Day. Torontonians are now able to purchase a sonnet-o-gram until Feb. 13 for $25. Between 4:30 and 6:30 p.m. on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, that special someone will receive a phone call from a child who will recite the poem. All proceeds from the sonnet-ograms go to Shakespeare in Action educational programs, including a free readers’ theatre program that runs in 30 Toronto public libraries.

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epending on the time of year, Canadian geese and mallard ducks may be seen waddling near bodies of water, coyotes roaming around parks and gray squirrels running up deciduous trees. Wildlife in the city is not unique to specific areas, but rather spread out, so you won’t find frogs, turtles or white-tailed deer in just, for example, Etobicoke or East York, said Nathalie Karvonen, executive director of the North York-based Toronto Wildlife Centre. “Wildlife is everywhere in North York,” she said. “Coyotes are primarily in the park system, in the ravines, like Earl Bales Park. They aren’t usually seen in the backyard.” Bat, chipmunk and groundhog sightings aren’t typical this time of year, Karvonen said, adding quite a few birds of prey call North York home. “There are tons of owls, but they are hard to spot unless you know what you are looking for,” she said. According to its website, Toronto Wildlife Centre has treated more than 70,000 animals representing more than 270 species in southern Ontario. The centre receives many calls from concerned residents worried about deer venturing into traffic, but Karvonen assures the chance of that happening is rare. “Deer are not generally inclined to run into traffic,” she said. “Most people who phone are more concerned about the animal and not their own personal safety.” Most people who do fret over their own safety do so after encounters with snakes, she said. “They are sure it’s a deadly viper, but there are no dangerous snakes in southern Ontario,” Karvonen said. “Snakes are usually small and a lot like rock gardens and feed on insects and baby mice.” There is nothing particularly unique about the type of habitat found in North York, she said, adding the centre’s phone lines tend to explode with the arrival of spring.

Did you know... Toronto Wildlife Centre has admitted for care and rehabilitated in its hospital more than 70,000 wild animals representing 270 different species. Some of the animals Toronto Wildlife Centre has treated include: PEREGRINE FALCON Peregrines are a species at risk in Canada. The falcons are known for returning to their favourite nesting sites. They can dive at more than 300 kilometres per hour when attacking. Peregrines inspired conservation efforts after DDT was banned.

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Above, a garter snake. According to the North York-based Toronto Wildlife Centre, while it’s common for people to have safety concerns about snakes, there are no dangerous species in southern Ontario.

“Migrating birds come back and it’s breeding season,” she said. But animals such as foxes and coyotes don’t typically pose a human threat, except in “extremely, extremely, extremely rare situations,” Karvonen said. “If I’m out for a walk and see a fox or coyote I wouldn’t bat an eye as far as danger goes,” she said. “If you do find a coyote is following too close, you would typically have a dog with you.” If homeowners are aware of any animals living in sheds or attics, winter is not the best time of year to evict them, she said. “We encourage people to stick it out until the weather gets better,” she said. “If people have backyard bird feeders, it’s a closer an important look responsibilInside ity. If you Toronto go away for three weeks in the winter, people might not realize birds become dependent on the feeder, they won’t migrate. This can severely impact the bird population in the neighbourhood.” Wil Wegman, communication assistant with the Ministry of Natural Resources, said winter will see animals expand their daily range in order to find

enough food for survival. “Others may hunt longer into daylight hours on warmer days, in particular,” he said. “Although some wildlife, like groundhogs, are true hibernators, others may remain inactive during extreme cold spells, but then come out as soon as weather warms, looking for food.” Animals have learned to adapt to urban life, he said, and have realized there is little to fear from people and in many instances, humans and their daily activities can become a primary source of food and even habitat. “Basically, if there’s food and shelter available for the various wildlife species, then the animals will readily adapt and likely thrive in that urban environment,” Wegman said. “The single greatest challenge is how people can adapt to living with urban wildlife – and realizing that they are here to stay. We can lessen our conflicts by changing our behaviour to ensure that we never intentionally or unintentionally feed wildlife, by keeping our garbage out of reach, not leaving pet food dishes outside. We must also accept that for larger predators like coyotes, pets like cats and small dogs are looked upon as just another food source and therefore (cats) have to be

either kept indoors, (dogs) in fenced yards or on a leash. In terms of safety, we must understand, that although urban wildlife may appear unaffected by our presence, they are all still wild creatures that should be left alone.” Lesley Sampson, cofounder of Coyote Watch Canada (CWC), said most Canadian urban centres have a coyote population, and are normally found along hydro corridors, railways, trail systems and neighbourhoods. “Human activity poses the largest threat to coyotes in an urban setting through hunting/trapping for recreation or perceived human/wildlife conflict, vehicular-caused mortality, urban development and intentional/unintentional feeding,” she said. “To keep coyotes wild and wary of people, never feed them.” Coyotes aren’t the only animals found in North York. “Herbivores like rabbits and squirrels, species such as skunks, opossums and raccoons along with predators such as foxes and various species of hawk/ falcons and bats may make North York their home,” Sampson said. “Coexistence best succeeds when the four cornerstones used by CWC are followed: investigation, education, prevention and enforcement,” she said.

GREAT BLUE HERON It is among the species at risk in Canada and is the country’s largest heron. Adults show brighter colours during the breeding season and change to duller colours in winter. Some live as long as 17 years.

COYOTE Coyotes are being increasingly reported along waterways and hydro corridors across the city. It can run at speeds up to 40 kilometres per hour. Coyotes do not usually prey on domestic animals or pets. Residents who see a coyote are urged to report it to Toronto Animal Services at 416-338-7297. GREAT HORNED OWL One of Canada’s most common large birds of prey is known for its “horns” or tufts and enormous yellow eyes. Great horned owls are regularly seen throughout woods in the city.

BEAVER The largest rodent in North America, an adult beaver weighs between 16 and 32 kilograms. Slow on land, the beaver is a graceful, strong swimmer that can use its tail as a rudder. Its most common habitat is forested areas. Beavers only build dams when they need to enlarge the underwater habitat open to them in winter. TRUMPETER SWAN Well adapted to the harsh environments in which they live with an unusually dense layer of down. They are found in Canada year-round. In summer, trumpeters feed on leaves and roots of aquatic plants. When freshwater areas freeze, swans congregate on estuaries. RED FOX Red foxes inhabit home ranges of four to eight square kilometres around den sites. From autumn until March, foxes take shelter in thickets and heavy bush. Red foxes eat small mammals, including voles, mice, squirrels and rabbits. They hunt by smell, sight and sound.

COOPER’S HAWK Nests primarily in deciduous woodlands in the hardwood forests of southern Ontario. The hawks return to traditional nesting areas of tall, mature trees in mid-April to early May. Densely foliaged trees hide their nests.

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Houses on Fairmeadow site: councillors give reluctant approval LISA QUEEN lqueen@insidetoronto.com While North York councillors have approved new houses on a former school site, they aren’t exactly happy about it. “We will probably look at it and hold our nose and vote for it,” Willowdale Councillor David Shiner said moments before the vote. “But in holding our nose, it stinks.” Don Valley West Councillor John Parker said he’s upset 11 new detached houses will be “shoehorned” on the playing fields on the southern portion of the former Fairmeadow Public School at 9 Fairmeadow Ave., northwest of York Mills Road and Bayview Avenue. The Toronto District School Board uses the school building on the northern portion of the site as administrative offices. Don Valley West Councillor Jaye Robinson called the loss of greenspace to development

“heartbreaking.” “The Sorbara Group (which is developing the site) has done its best... to make the best of a challenging situation. There are more houses there than we want to see,” she added. “Overall, the residents would have preferred this would not have come to be.” A representative the Sorbara Group met several times with residents to address their concerns and reached a compromise the neighbourhood can live with, said Mitchell Shiner, speaking on behalf of St. Andrew’s Ratepayers’ Association. “The Sorbara Group is being reasonable,” he said, adding it would have been worse if townhouses had been crammed on to the site. The houses are too large for the lot sizes, Shiner said. “They have substantially larger coverage than we would permit for this area,” he said. The cash-strapped school

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A group of Somali-Canadian mothers is calling for a federal judicial task force to deal with the unsolved slaying of some 50 young Somali men over the past decade in Ontario and Alberta. Grassroots group Positive Change made the plea at a press conference held at Queen’s Park Jan. 22, which was attended by supporter Eglinton-Lawrence MPP Mike Colle, whose riding is home to a large Somali population. “The press conference was held to seek the help of government and the public at large to solve a host of serious challenges faced by the Somali-Canadian community,” said Positive Change member Habiba Adan, whose 26-year-old son Warsame Ali was gunned down in Etobicoke in September. “Over the last decade, over 50 young Somali-Canadian men and

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