Page 1


Fri Aug 24, 2012


tues july 9, 2013 INSIDE What’s nutritious and delicious in our events calendar / 4

OUR EXCLUSIVE LOOK: Fixing the Flow at Black Creek and Lawrence / 8

PHOTOS Persian Family Day celebrated in North York / 13




KEEP IN TOUCH @northyorkmirror northyorkmirror


Power outage, flooding across city


Monday afternoon, a severe thunderstorm knocked out power to hundreds of thousands of Toronto residents, closed parts of the Don Valley Parkway and shut down the Toronto subway system. Flooding and power outages were reported in numerous parts of the city. Monday evening, the Toronto Police Service, reported the banks of the Don River were overflowing. T h e To r o n t o R e g i o n Conservation Authority, Flood Duty Officer, advised the banks of the Don River were at risk of collapse in the area of Hoggs Hollow in the area of Yonge Street and York Mills. According to Hydro One Inc., the heavy rain caused severe flooding at its Richview and Manby transmission stations in the western part of the Greater Toronto Area.




FRIDAY NIGHTS IN NORTH YORK: Long Shen Dao members Guo Jian, left, and Gao Fei perform during the opening night of the Cultura Festival on Friday at Mel Lastman Square. The Chinese reggae band is on a Canadian tour. Cultura runs every Friday in July. For more photos from last Friday’s event, see page 4.

For more stories and photos on the flood, visit us at


Local Health Integration Network seeks feedback at North York meetings

You can share your experiences with the health care system at a number of meetings hosted by the Central Local Health Integration Network (LHIN). The

LHIN will use the input to help improve health services for an area stretching from North York north to Lake Simcoe. The organization is holding

eight meetings across its vast coverage area including on July 24 from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at the Black Creek Health Centre’s Yorkgate Mall location at 1 Yorkgate Blvd.

Unit 202 at Finch Avenue west of Jane Street; on July 25 from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at Black Creek Health Centre’s Sheridan Mall site at 2202 Jane St. Unit 5 north

170 Elmwood Ave

196 Holmes Ave

309 Parkview Ave 0 ,00



Sumptuous New Custom Built Home on Parkview Ave!! The Quintessential Balance of Excellence in Craftsmanship and Elegant! A Must See!!

0 ,00



0 ,00



New Custom Home Close to Yonge St. 4+1 Large Bedrm & Finished W/O Bsmnt Over 5600 Sq.Ft, Lot Size 50’ x 131’

Stunning Brand New Custom Built Home 4+1 Bedrm, 6 Washrm, 3800 Sq. Ft+Fin Bsmnt Convenient Location, Best Schools, Frontage: 53 Ft!

of Wilson Avenue; and on July 27 from 12:30 to 2 p.m. at the North York Central Library at 5120 Yonge St. north of Sheppard Avenue.

79 Parkview Ave 0




Amazing Location: Close to Yonge St! Upgraded and Updated Family Home! On a Valuable Lot: 40’x122’

Professional Real Estate Service with Proven Results!


community art camp offered workshops to youth open to youth wMural wEmployment Youth 12 to 15 years old can apply for the Mural Archive Project running from July 29 to Aug. 23 at York University. The free summer art camp will focus on creating a mural that prioritizes the voice of future community builders through a collaborative process. It includes three weeks of arts workshops Mondays to Fridays from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. with artists and community facilitators, and one week of producing a mural in North York. Visit TheMuralArchiveProject for more information; to apply online, go to soscollective.

Summer students can drop in for youth-friendly workshops and learn employment skills offered at Employment Source Jane-Finch until Aug. 22. Learn how to write a resume every Wednesday from 2:30 to 5 p.m. or attend an interview skills workshop every Thursday from 2:30 to 5 p.m. Employment Source JaneFinch is located at 1911 Finch Ave. W., Suite 3 (in the Jane-Finch Mall). For more information, contact or call 416-636-2481. Jane and Finch youth hit the stage wYouth from the Jane and Finch community will be performing a theatrical play Friday, July 26 called Broadway From The Block with singing, spoken word and contemporary dance. The youth-run production, which will take place at the George Weston Recital Hall at the Toronto Centre for the Arts, 5040 Yonge St., is about a young man that is forced to move to another country after discovering his father has been sent to prison for fraud.

York event to honour Tesla’s legacy. Tesla Night! is being held in the council chambers of the North York Civic Centre July 18 at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 and only available online at Tickets can be purchased at for $10.50. For more information, email honours inventor’s legacy wEvent

Nikola Tesla was a famous scientist that few today know about. Born in 1856, the SerbianAmerican was an inventor, engineer, physicist and futurist before his death in 1943. He was known for his contributions to many inventions including alternating AC electricity, fluorescent lights, wireless communication, X-ray, radar, sonar and more. He worked Thu. with Thomas Edison after immigrating to the U.S. While famous in his day, his reputation was deliberately disempowered over time, according to organizers of a North


North York in brief

NORTH YORK MIRROR | Tuesday, July 9, 2013 |



Creek Brewery unveils speciality ales wBlack

If your idea of a refreshing summer drink is knocking back a pint, Black Creek Pioneer Village has a beer for you. Black Creek Historic Brewery, Ontario’s only working historic brewery, has unveiled a list of limited edition specialty ales for this season. Only available at the village brewery, the beers are made with seasonal ingredients and brewed using techniques and equipment of 1860s Ontario. The specialty ales include raspberry porter available July 13 and 14, lemon balm and mint pale ale on Aug. 24, fresh hop/wet hop pale ale in September, harvest brown ale or autumn ale flavoured with sweet potatoes on Sept. 28 and 29, sweet stout on Oct. 12, 13 and 14, pumpkin ale on Oct. 19, 20, 26 and 27, estate ale in November and winter warmer on December weekends begin-

ning Dec. 7. The brewery’s beers are sold in 64-ounce growlers for $18 including a $4 refundable deposit for the growler. They are available at the brewery and Half Way House restaurant. Visitors to the village can take a tour of the brewery to find out how beer is made. For $4.50, they can take part in the beer sampler program and enjoy three samples of historic ales. around at Black Creek Village wClown

Black Creek Pioneer Village is inviting you to run away and join the circus. On July 13, 14, 20 and 21, the village is hosting the Mid Century Carnival, the Greatest Show on Earth. Highlights include the quirky and entertaining acts of the Mental Floss Side Show and Zoltan the Adequate, clown school, a world of wonders museum of curiosities, familyfriendly peep show boxes, optical toys and illusions, craft vendors, festive foods and more. Admission to the village, at 1000 Murray Ross Pkwy. southeast of Steeles Avenue and Jane Street, is $15 for adults, $14 for seniors and students 16 and older with ID, $11 for children and free for youngsters four and under.


Cut Energy Costs NOW! Sales Service Installation

Start thinking COOL AIR!





Financing Available

Serving The Greater Toronto Area

FOR OVER 30 YEARS! Rebates Available Call for details • Quality Workmanship W • Friendly Reliable Service • TSSA Certifi Certified • Licensed Technicians • Heating Boilers • Ductless A/C • Member of BBB Reliability Program

416-283-5698 20 Venture Drive. Unit 15, Scarborough, ON M1B 3R7



From the flood


Police release image of ‘vehicle of interest’ ANDREW PALAMARCHUK

Staff photo/Adam Dietrich

SLOW GOING: A driver attempts to push his car through a flooded Todd Baylis Boulevard near Black Creek Drive and Eglinton Avenue West late Monday afternoon. Behind him is a stranded TTC bus and another car. A sudden and severe thunderstorm swept the Toronto area causing occasional flooding.

Anyone with photos to share from Monday’s storm please email us at


Two-year-old girl Suspect sought after drowns in bathtub sexual assault in ANDREW PALAMARCHUK

A two-year-old girl drowned in a bathtub at a North York apartment Thursday while under the care of an adult babysitter, police say. Emergency crews were called to a building at 801 Sheppard Ave. W. at 11:55 a.m. The toddler was Vital Signs Absent when paramedics took her to North York General Hospital via an emergency run. She was pronounced dead shortly after arrival. “It appears at this time that it was an accidental drown-

ing,” 32 Division Det. Andrew Taylor said at the scene. “The child was in the bathtub, and we’re still trying to determine exactly the sequence of events.” The drowning happened at the home of the adult female babysitter, who has been caring for the child for about a year. The girl’s parents were at work at the time. Taylor said the girl who died was the only child the babysitter was looking after. The homicide squad has been notified of the occurrence, which is standard practice whenever there’s a death of a child under five.

Anyone with information is asked to call 31 Division at 416-808-3100 or Crime Stoppers at 416-222-TIPS.


Two men charged Driftwood Park July 5 in pair of robberies Police are looking for a suspect after a woman was sexually assaulted in Driftwood Park Friday, July 5. Police said the woman, 25, was walking southbound along a footpath through the Jane Street and Driftwood Av e n u e p a r k when a man sexually assaulted her around 10:15 p.m. The accused was last seen fleeing towards Driftwood Avenue.

The suspect is described as 18 to 19 years old, 5’5 to 5’6 with a skinny build, dark complexion and short black hair. He was wearing dark pants, a dark sweater with a white stripe going down each arm and a black baseball cap with a white logo on the front.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 416808-3100 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-8477.



Police have released a security camera image of a “vehicle of interest” in an attempted murder investigation. Police said an employee of an industrial waste company on Milvan Drive was sitting at a desk in the front reception area when a gunman entered the business and tried to shoot him around 1:30 p.m. June 10. The gun misfired. “He tried to fire this gun three times at very close range. No mistake that if that gun had gone off, we might have had a dead victim,” Det. Sgt. Al Coulter said the day after the incident.

After the gun failed to fire, a physical altercation ensued. The suspect then put the weapon in his belt and walked away. The 51-year-old victim suffered minor injuries. The would-be shooter is black, in his mid-20s, 5’10” to six-feet tall, 170 to 185 pounds with brown eyes, black hair and a muscular build. He wore a dark baseball cap, black pants, a black jacket and white running shoes. Police released security camera images of the suspect several hours after the incident.

If you did not receive this week’s flyers, please call 416-493-2284 • Flyers delivered to selected areas only.

Two men face a total of 11 charges following an investigation into a pair of robberies. Police said a clerk at a cellphone store near Keele Street and Wilson Avenue was assaulted during a robbery around 4:20 p.m. Dec. 1. Smartphones were stolen. Computers were stolen the next day during an armed robbery at a computer store in the Yonge Street and St. Clair Avenue area. One man was arrested May 10; police arrested another man on Friday, July 5. Kristoff Crawford, 20,

and Kevin James, 21, both of Toronto, were charged with robbery, robbery while armed with a firearm, mischief and two counts of assault with a weapon. James has also been charged with failing to comply with probation. Police are asking anyone with information to call the holdup squad at 416-8087350 or Crime Stoppers at 416-222-TIPS (8477). Police are asking anyone with information to call the holdup squad at 416-8087350 or Crime Stoppers at 416222-TIPS (8477)


Your Community. Your Newspaper.

Metroland Media Toronto is the largest distributor of pre-printed flyers in the City of Toronto. Let us help you get your business growing.

| NORTH YORK MIRROR | Tuesday, July 9, 2013


community calendar

happening in

North YOrk

NORTH YORK MIRROR | Tuesday, July 9, 2013 |


it's happening w Wednesday, July 10

Downsview Library: Games Tournament WHEN: 2 to 3 p.m. WHERE: 2793 Keele St. CONTACT: Children’s Librarian, 416-395-5720 COST: Free Join in Wednesday afternoons for tournaments and competitions, from video games to science challenges to construction contests. For ages 7 to 12. Registration required.

w Thursday, July 11

Downsview Library: Go! Go! Thursdays WHEN: 2 to 2:45 p.m. WHERE: 2793 Keele St. CONTACT: Children’s Librarian, 416-395-5720, COST: Free Young children and preschoolers are invited to participate in Summer Reading Club programs that include stories, crafts and fun activities. Blow bubbles, create a picture book, make puppets and more. For ages 2 to 6. Free limited tickets available 30 minutes before program starts.

looking ahead w Saturday, July 20

Meet Greyhounds in Need of Adoption WHEN: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. WHERE: Shops at Don Mills, 1090 Don Mills Rd. CONTACT: Shops at Don Mills, 416-447-6087, COST: Free Meet retired racing greyhounds that are looking for loving, responsible homes, through GiNA (Greyhounds in Need of Adoption). Adoption and foster information will be given. Visit Check out our complete online community calendar by visiting www. Read weeks of listings from your North York neighbourhoods as well as events from across Toronto.

Crazy about Cultura

w Friday, July 12

Cultura Festival WHEN: 6 to 11 p.m. WHERE: Mel Lastman Square, 5100 Yonge St. CONTACT: Brian Liberty, http://, COST: Free A free, weekly Friday night festival in July that celebrates music, art, food and film. Today: mainstage performer is La Bottine Souriante (8 to 9 p.m.) as well as other performers and buskers. Featured charity: MusiCounts.

w Saturday, July 13

Toronto Cat Rescue Adoptathon WHEN: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. WHERE: Pet Valu, 182 Wilson Ave.; Pet Valu, 486 Lawrence Ave. W. CONTACT: Alison Finkelstein, 416-538-8592, chanagittel@rogers. com COST: Adoption fee applies Adoptathon continues on Sunday, July 14 at both locations. The fee is $175 for kittens six months and younger, $100 for cats over the age of six months. Cash only. Nature Walk with Sierra Club WHEN: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. WHERE: Toronto Botanical Garden, 777 Lawrence Ave. E. CONTACT: Sarah, COST: Free Hike through Wilket Creek, Sunnybrook and Sherwood Parks. RSVP by email.

w Monday, July 15

Back on Track: Healthy Living Workshop WHEN: 6 to 8 p.m. WHERE: Unison -

For these and other community photos, visit northyork_galleries

w Tuesday, July 16

Educational and Support Group About Community Resources WHEN: 1 to 2:30 p.m. WHERE: Bathurst-Finch Hub, 540 Finch Ave. W. CONTACT: Marisa DiNardo, 416635-2900 COST: Free Get information about various topics and resources, including community services and supports, home and

w Thursday, July 18

Lunch Cruise with a Music Show featuring The Blazing Fiddles WHEN: 9:30 a.m. WHERE: Temple Sinai Congregation of Toronto, 210 Wilson Ave. CONTACT: 416-4873281,, COST: $75 Enjoy an audio-visual presentation about the Grand River followed by a live music show. Three-hour cruise and a three-course lunch.

w Friday, July 19

Photos/Peter C. McCusker

Lawrence Heights site, 12 Flemington Rd. CONTACT: Hamda Mohamed, 416-787-1676, ext. 234, COST: Free Free session led by a registered dietitian. Registration is required. Target populations are Caribbean and EastAfrican, but open to everyone.

Downsview Library: Babytime WHEN: 11 to 11:30 a.m. WHERE: 2793 Keele St. CONTACT: Children’s Librarian, 416-395-5720 COST: Free Parental or caregiver participation required. For ages 0 to 18 months. Registration required.

Movie: ‘Identity Thief’ (2013) WHEN: 2 to 4 p.m. WHERE: Barbara Frum Library, 20 Covington Rd. CONTACT: 416-395-5440 COST: Free Movie synopsis: Mild-mannered businessman Sandy Patterson travels from Denver to Miami to confront the deceptively harmlesslooking woman who has been living it up after stealing Sandy’s identity. Movies shown every other Thursday. Admission is on a first-come, first served basis.

S N A P S H O T S : To p , A u n i Magendran, left, is working multiple hula hoops with artist Kavita Matthews. At right, Long Shen Dao member Zhang Xi plays a traditional Chinese guzheng during opening night activities at the Cultura Festival on Friday in Mel Lastman Square. Next up on the main stage, July 12, is La Bottine Sourinante from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m.


COST: Free Geared toward people caring for a spouse who has dementia or cognitive impairment. Sponsored by Family Caregiver Connections. To register, call Patricia Wendy at 416-635-2900, ext. 499.

community safety, financial planning, legal matters, mental and physical well-being. Downsview Library: Pyjama Time WHEN: 7 to 7:30 p.m. WHERE: 2793 Keele St. CONTACT: Children’s Librarian, 416-395-5720 COST: Free Come dressed in your PJs and bring your teddy bear for fun stories, songs and rhymes. For ages 3 to 7. Drop in, no registration required

w Wednesday, July 17

Couples Support Group WHEN: 1 to 3 p.m. WHERE: Wagman Centre-Baycrest, 55 Ameer Ave. CONTACT: Sefra Tognon, 416-6352900,

Interactive Musical Theatre with Grace WHEN: 2 to 3 p.m. WHERE: Downsview Library, 2793 Keele St. CONTACT: Children’s Librarian, 416395-5720 COST: Free The history of Canada has never been so much fun. This program is in French; for ages three and older. Free limited tickets available 30 minutes before program.

w Saturday, July 20

Music and Puppets with David J. Fox WHEN: 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. WHERE: Hillcrest Library, 5801 Leslie St. CONTACT: Isaac Han, 416-395-5830, COST: Free Join in for a fun, free summer performance!


Oh Dear Art Exhibition WHEN: Runs until Aug. 26 WHERE: Various locations in North York CONTACT: www.ohdearnorthyork.,

COST: Free Fairview Mall Farmers’ Market WHEN: Fridays until Oct. 11, 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. WHERE: 1800 Sheppard Ave. E., South Parking Lot CONTACT: William Blyleven, 905-317-3010,, maplegreenhouses@ COST: Free Fairview Mall Farmers’ Market is open every Friday until Oct. 11. Market-goers can find Ontario-grown produce and Ontario-produced food products including honey, cheese, fresh-baked goods, farm-fresh eggs, Ontario-raised pork and beef as well as smoked and cured deli meats.

Chair Exercise Class WHEN: 10 to 11 a.m. Thursdays WHERE: St. Bonaventure Church, 1300 Leslie St. CONTACT: Eric, 416-450-0892, COST: Free Class focuses on balance, co-ordination, strength, flexibility and posture. Community Quilt Group WHEN: 6 to 8 p.m. every other Thursday WHERE: Gibson House Museum, 5172 Yonge St. CONTACT: 416395-7432, COST: Free A free social quilt group that meets every other Thursday. Members from all North York’s diverse communities and of all ages are invited to join in for an informal evening of learning and sharing and to help work on a group quilt project for the museum. No previous experience required. Drop-ins are welcome.


WHERE: Better Living at Thompson House, 1 Overland Dr. CONTACT: Joan Walters, 416-447-7244, ext. 614, COST: Free Volunteers needed as complementary therapists and compassionate individuals to work with hospice clients. Receive certificate of completion (accredited). Days and times are flexible. Call to learn about this and other volunteer opportunities.

get listed! The North York Mirror wants your community listings. Sign up online at northyorkmirror. com to submit your events (click the Sign Up link in the top right corner of the page). We run non-profit, local events in print twice a week in The Mirror.


Young North York musician hits right note at national competition Four North York youths made it to Canadian Music Competition’s (CMC) national finals, with one winning in her age and instrument category. Arielle Silverberg placed first in the 11-year-old category in the strings instrument group for violin. Finalists included: Catherine He in piano in the age-nine category; Jianhan Wu in piano in age-16 category; and Joshua Zung in winds (playing clarinet) in age-16 category. More than 240 musicians aged seven to 30 competed in this year’s national final, held June 21 to July 2 in Sherbrooke, Quebec. Nearly 60 young musicians from across Southern Ontario made it to the finals. Some 500 musicians began the competition at regional rounds across the country, with the best advancing to provincial finals, where they had to earn a minimum score of 85 per cent to qualify for


Arielle Silverberg, 11, finished first in the 11-year-old category in the strings instrument group for violin.

the national finals. Winners of the three rounds share a total of more than $100,000 in scholarship money. The CMC is Canada’s premiere music competition for young classical performers. It’s designed to nurture Canada’s future professional

musicians and prepare them for the rigorous world of elite level competition. CMC was launched in 1958 as the Quebec Music Festival. The competition became national in 1971.


For more information on the Canadian Music Competition, visit

plays from aFRican theatre wnew The AfriCan Theatre Ensemble presents two new plays at the Toronto Centre for the Arts. The plays – Lost and The Meeting – are performed backto back in the Studio Theatre, 5040 Yonge St. Lost is the story of 15-yearold twins, Kaza and Kurima, who get separated from their family while returning home in Burundi after living for several years as refugees in neighbouring Tanzania following a civil war. Forced to spend the night in an unknown forest, the twins navigate the games that fear plays on one’s imagination in desperate moments and make a surprising discovery. The Meeting is set during the Civil Rights era and depicts an imaginary debate between Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X. The plays run to July 13. Visit for tickets; visit for details. artists exhibit at Carrier gallery wVisual

Members of the Society of Canadian Artists will be exhibiting their work at the

julie caspersen arts in brief Joseph D. Carrier Gallery at the Columbus Centre, 901 Lawrence Ave. W. from July 11 to Aug. 26. The SCA is a national, nonprofit artists’ organization, formed in Toronto in 1957. Toronto marks 60 years wOrchestra

Orchestra Toronto has announced five programs in its 2013-14 season that celebrate musical gems. The season begins with Musical Diamonds on Oct. 20, when guest conductor Shalom Bard leads the orchestra in music by Brahms, Carl Jenkins and Dvorak. The annual holiday concert, Holiday Jewels, on Dec. 8 offers special delights for children: an Instrument Petting Zoo and a performance by 23-year-old pianist Sijing Ye, winner of the Orchestra Toronto concerto competition. The orchestra also plays three pieces chosen specially for a young and festive audience, including a singalong.

On Feb. 16 the orchestra presents Crown Jewels, featuring an original commission, Mathieur Lussier’s Double Concerto for bassoon, trumpet and orchestra, as well as a Tchaikovsky symphony. The Apr il 6 concer t, Diamonds are Forever, promises familiar music from movie scores, Gilbert and Sullivan overtures and other gems from the stage and screen. The anniversary season draws to a close on May 25 with an all-Brahms program. All performances are in the George Weston Recital Hall at the Toronto Centre for the Arts, 5040 Yonge St. Visit www. for tickets. and tea at north york library wMovies

Visit Don Mills Library, 888 Lawrence Ave. E., for tea and movies. • July 12: Sullivan’s Travels • Aug 9: Oklahoma! No registration is required. Tea and coffee will be served before the movies, which start at 2 p.m. Visit


Arts in Brief appears every two weeks. Email jcaspersen@

we Buy your unwanted gold Saturday, July 13th • 8 AM - 5 PM

50% OFF ** the purchase price of any oil change $10 donated to The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada for each vehicle


Birks offers a safe & secure service to sell your unwanted gold, silver and platinum with a competitive same day cash payout. Book your appointment today. The Birks Precious Metal Buyer will be available on the following dates: July 9 and 10, from 10am to 5pm F M • 416.491.3220 July 16, from 10am to 5pm F C P • 416.363.5663

visit . for a complete listing of all our events

| NORTH YORK MIRROR | Tuesday, July 9, 2013


NORTH YORK MIRROR | Tuesday, July 9, 2013 |



The North York Mirror is published every Tuesday and Thursday at 175 Gordon Baker Rd., Toronto, ON, M2H 0A2, by Metroland Media Toronto, a Division of Metroland Media Group Ltd.


Ian Proudfoot Marg Middleton Peter Haggert Paul Futhey Warren Elder Rob Falbo Debra Weller Mike Banville


Publisher General Manager Editor-in-Chief Managing Editor Regional Dir. of Advertising Advertising Director Regional Dir. of Classified, Real Estate Director of Circulation

North York Mirror City of Toronto

The Mirror is a member of the Ontario Press Council. Visit

Proudly serving the communities of Banbury-Don Mills • Bathurst Manor • Bayview Village • Bayview Woods-Steeles • Black Creek Bridle Path-Sunnybrook-York Mills • BrookhavenAmesbury • Clanton Park • Don Valley Village Downsview-Roding-CFB • Englemount-Lawrence Flemingdon Park • Glenfield-Jane Heights Henry Farm • Hillcrest Village • Humber Summit Humbermede • Lansing-Westgate • Maple Leaf Newtonbrook East • Newtonbrook West Parkwoods-Donalda • Pelmo Park-Humberlea Pleasant View • Rustic • St. Andrew-Windfields Victoria Village • Westminster-Branson Willowdale East • Willowdale West Yorkdale-Glen Park • York University Heights

Safe injection sites – the question of where

Write us The North York Mirror welcomes letters of 400 words or less. All submissions must include name, address and a daytime telephone number for verification purposes. We reserve the right to edit, condense or reject letters. Copyright in letters remains with the author but the publisher and affiliates may freely reproduce them in print, electronic or other forms. Letters can be sent to letters@, or mailed to The North York Mirror, 175 Gordon Baker Rd. Toronto, ON, M2H 0A2.


oronto’s Board of Health is scheduled to discuss the pros and cons of safe injection sites at its Wednesday meeting. It will be looking at setting up a similar model as the one currently in operation in Vancouver – and possibly asking the provincial government to fund a pilot site in the City of Toronto. The recommendation to open a site is from a longawaited report by Toronto Medical Officer of Health Dr. David McKeown, which is a response to the city’s eight-year-old drug strategy looking at the viability of such sites. The report, a joint study between St. Michael’s Hospital and the University of Toronto, if approved recommends there be three such sites. As Toronto population grows, our view so do its issues and safe injection sites are just one of those Proximity to a issues. At the moment there are recommended locations so hospital makes no the topic of discussion at this week’s meeting will be about sense community impact, according to Councillor Gord Perks who sat on the working group looking into the idea. But the question of where such a site will be located always remains. And who should supervise it? The most logical place, in our opinion, would be in a hospital or in close proximity to one. If the health and safety of those using drugs is the reason for these sites, proximity to a hospital makes sense. Downtown hospitals would be the logical place to start. But drug use is not only located downtown. Mayor Rob Ford has made a point of opposing safe injection sites for heroin users – but Dr. McKeown says the evidence suggests they’re helpful in preventing the spread of HIV and hepatitis, and in reducing overdoses. The idea of so-called supervised injection sites has been floated for many years, and each time community members raise important issues including crime, potential violence, and the morality of allowing someone to take drugs while society’s mandate is helping its members get off drugs. These are valid issues and should be discussed passionately and compassionately. The health of a city is measured by the health of its citizens. And the health of its most vulnerable citizens is even more telling.


Torontonians feast on summer fests


oronto summer weekends are a veritable Festfest. You don’t have to far go to find one. There’s always some fest going on nearby. Trouble is, the popular ones are getting so packed these days, they are all getting eerily similar. You seem to spend half the time in a queue waiting for food, making them all feel like an Endless Barbecue Line-Up Fest. I don’t have much of an appetite for line-ups, so, I decided to head off the beaten path and try out some lesser-known fests to avoid the hungry crowds. First off, I took in Gabfest. It was right up my alley. I mean that literally and figuratively. It was in the alley just up the street and when you spend most of your time writing, it’s nice to give your vocal chords a workout once in awhile. Unfortunately, I got stuck in the mime section. It

jamie wayne BUT SERIOUSLY wasn’t meant to be, I guess. Oh well, I high-tailed it out of there and headed straight for Snoozefest. This one had real possibilities, too. The highlight of the evening? A Napathon. First prize? A whopping 40 winks. Now I ask you, who can’t use 40 winks in this economy? So, I put both my game face and my nightcap on. Alas, I ran into Canadian legend Hy Bernation in the first round. I was quickly sent packing. And that was just the tip of the iceberg in my searchfest, it saddens me to say. I went to Lunchfest and got there so early it hadn’t even opened yet. They were still in the middle of Breakfest. Then I dropped by Manifest and it was marred by protests over why there wasn’t a Womanifest. And

by the time I got to Slugfest, everyone there was so worn out it had evolved into Pacifest. In the Careful-What-YouWish-For-It-Might-ComeTrue department, I decided to make good on my longtime desire to be a fly on the wall at Infest. Big mistake. I was showered with Raid from the get-go. I was the first fly on the wall to tap out. The other flies were beside themselves giggling. Oh, the humiliation. Sadly, from there my fest picks went from bad to worse. I went to Singfest and got stuck in the mime section again, I went to Songfest and got stuck in the mime section again and then at Singsongfest I got stuck in the mime section yet one more time. It was the same group of mimes at each fest, too. It was if they were following me around. I’d had enough. “Oh, to be a fly on the

wall at Mimefest,” I growled at the mimes as I left in a huff. (Actually, it was closer to a minute-and-a-huff, but I digress.) They all waived the fingers at me, as if to say, “Careful what you wish for, it might come true.” I took that as a challenge and made a beeline for Mimefest, beating them there with ease. On site, I assumed my position on the wall and braced myself for the inevitable shower. Right on cue, they pretended to blast me with Raid. I feigned horror in my best mimese and brought the house down. I was given an imaginary standing ovation. I wiped an imaginary tear from my eye. At long last I’d found my dreamfest. Jamie Wayne is a lifelong columnist, who takes writing very seriously. The topics? Not so much. His column appears every Tuesday. Contact him at


newsroom ph: 416-493-4400 fax: 416-774-2070 | circulation ph: 416-493-4400 fax: 416-675-3470 | distribution ph: 416-493-4400 fax: 416-675-3066 | display advertising ph: 416-493-4400 fax: 416-774-2067 | classifieds ph: 416-798-7284 | administration ph: 416-493-4400


Explore multiple enforcement Keep the land transfer tax options in school zones To the editor: I have heard that Mayor Rob Ford is still intent on reducing, if not eliminating, the city’s land transfer tax. While I am in favour of eliminating taxes whenever possible, I was surprised to read this tax brought in more than $340 million in 2012 alone. What a cash cow this has become for the city. I would like to suggest

Thorough exploration of all avenues will ‘work wonders’ for everyone’s safety To the editor: Re: ‘School zones may warrant 30 km/h speed limits: Carroll,’ Community, July 2. My dog and I were nearly hit at a stop sign in a school zone yesterday. The blow-throughs at my local school zone stop sign (Hillmount Public, McNicoll Avenue) with a crossing guard right there before the end of the school year was high. Just ask our crossing guard. I understand 32 Division police do not have many school zones that are officially recognized, precluding the double whammy on fines allowed by the province to bring about behavioral changes in drivers (at least around school zones).

One councillor suggested a photo radar camera study in his ward during the last administration. Also, a combined stop sign and speed radar cameras are available that have worked to correct bad driving habits in other jurisdictions. Not that an officer and cruiser isn’t preferable, but there is a big squeeze on the policing buck and if there is a stop sign and speed camera, it’s there all the time. Bring in speed reductions, increased fines and take a look at other avenues of enforcement – it will work wonders for everyone’s safety. Donald Smith

that not only should this tax remain in place, more ways should be found to source new revenues from the real estate movers and shakers in this city. They aren’t suddenly going to go away and take their urban sprawl with them if they don’t get what they want. We don’t need to subsidize them because they can afford it. Ford wants to reduce the tax by 10 per cent, creating

an estimated $34 million loss to the city coffers. This money, if spent wisely, is vital to our city services and we can’t afford to turn our backs on this income. If the players in the market want to play, let them but they have to be under no illusions about the cost of doing business in Toronto. Chris Belfontaine

| NORTH YORK MIRROR | Tuesday, July 9, 2013


Five-cent bag charge: council should keep it for environmental reasons To the editor: I have just returned from a whale watching holiday, where we were told about the horrific problems that plastic was causing to these magnificent animals. Plastic bags have found their way into our oceans and are being ingested by marine animals, often leading to their deaths.

I was then dismayed to read about Mayor Rob Ford’s rant against the five cent charge for these bags. Such short sightedness by our leaders is inexcusable. These bags are but a small part of the problem, but one of the easiest to solve. Try to get rid of what else we find in our grocery stores; bread, milk, fruits (some even with

zip locks)... all enclosed in plastic. Not only should the five cent charge be obligatory, the complete ban, as was done earlier by city council before it was unfortunately rescinded, should be reinstituted. A public campaign to encourage ‘bring your own bag’ is also a good idea. Stella Kryzanowski


BUYchecK 1 checK out the Brand neW, reDesigneD out the Brand neW, reDesigneD GET 1 on any Windex® Trigger Spray

Get your coupon at (while quantities last)

is a division of 300125021

NORTH YORK MIRROR | Tuesday, July 9, 2013 |


the mirror examines the challenge of congestion on black creek-lawrence avenue west

our exclusive look

Fixing the flow at Black Creek & Lawrence

Finding solutions to ease congestion at one of the worst intersections in Toronto i

FANNIE SUNSHINE Suri Weinberg-Linsky makes a point of avoiding the Black Creek Drive and Lawrence Avenue intersection because of the heavy congestion plaguing the area. “I rarely go through that intersection,” said Weinberg-Linsky, a member of the Weston Village Residents’ Association and owner of stationary store Squibb’s on Weston Road, just north of Lawrence Avenue. “I’m in the store 99 per cent of the time, but if I do go somewhere, I try not to go along Lawrence because I don’t want to deal with Black Creek. Black Creek is a mess and I totally avoid it. I go down Jane Street and there are other routes I take.” Black Creek Drive and Lawrence Avenue is named one of the Top 10 worst intersections according to a Transportation Services report, which is ranked in no particular order. Some 42,904 cars travel through the intersection during peak daytime hours. Though the Weston Village Residents’ Association’s boundaries fall just outside the Black Creek and Lawrence area, The Mirror sought

comment from the organization as there isn’t a community group encompassing the intersection. Weinberg-Linsky noted more cars might be on the road due to the lack of GO trains during a good chunk of the day, and public transit isn’t always an option for motorists. “With no GO trains, there is a lot more traffic on surface routes,” she said. “If you’re coming from the 400, where are you taking the TTC from?” York South-Weston Councillor Frank Di Giorgio said congestion is made worse at that intersection by the large amount of drivers trying to get both on and off the highway, and varying lengths of advance green signals. “If you’re coming down Black Creek and making a left on Lawrence, the lane there for the left turns can queue around 20 cars,” he said. “But maybe 10, 15 cars might make the turn. If you’re on Lawrence going east, and you make a left on Black Creek, maybe the advance is five seconds. Black Creek was originally designed as an overpass but because of cost, it’s an at-grade intersection. It was never meant to be an at-grade intersection. It’s a very congested area simply because of volume in

all directions, although not as much coming from the south.” Bruce Clayton, the city’s manager of traffic operations for the Etobicoke and York districts, said congestion is made worse at Black Creek and Lawrence because of the connection to Hwy. 400. “The street, therefore, is taking this heavy traffic volume and directing the motorists through an at-grade intersection,” he said, adding the area

LISTED Toronto’s worst intersections are: w Bayview and Sheppard avenues w Yonge Street from Hwy. 401 to Sheppard w York Street, from Front Street to the Gardiner Expressway w Sheppard at Allen Road w Leslie Street, from Hwy. 401 to Sheppard w Lake Shore Boulevard, from York Street to Bathurst Street w Kennedy Road, from Hwy. 401 to Sheppard w Markham Road, from Hwy. 401 to Sheppard w Dufferin Street and Finch Avenue w Black Creek Drive at Lawrence Avenue

made the Top 10 list based on traffic volumes, field observations, requests from the public and transportation staff knowledge and observations. To help alleviate the problem, extra green light time has been added to the southbound left turn lane during morning rush hour, Clayton said. Transportation staff have been addressing the issue, including: w Reallocating green time extensions to the southbound through and southbound left turns in the morning peak, as opposed to the previous allocation of green time to both the northbound and southbound through movement equally. w Identifying congestion and delays in the westbound through/ right turning in the afternoon rush hours. w Recommending the existing westbound left turn setback loop (located 60 metres from the stop bar) be replaced or supplemented with a nine-metre setback loop, helping to improve the level of service for the westbound left turning movement. w Recommending operating signals as semi-actuated with pedestrian push buttons (it is currently fixed time), reducing the pedestrian minimum green time requirements

For more on these and other Exclusive Look stories, visit

to only occasions where pedestrians are wanting to cross. For example, if traffic on Lawrence Avenue is not utilizing all its green time, time can be limited and have the signals switch to give the green to Black Creek Drive under this operation. “The longer-term solution is the implementation of dual southbound left turn lanes,” Clayton said. “This should provide relief to the southbound through and left turning traffic at Black Creek Drive and Lawrence Avenue West. This will require the widening and realignment of the intersection, including the relocation of utilities.” Also recommended with the intersection reconstruction, he said, is the extension of the westbound right turn lane from Goldcrest to Demarco boulevards. “The move should reduce congestion and delays to westbound rightturn movement and provide some relief to westbound through traffic in afternoon rush hours,” he said. “This will require the relocation of the curb on the north side of the road and the relocation of utilities.” What do you think needs to be done to alleviate the congestion in this area of North York? Email us at nym@


9 | NORTH YORK MIRROR | Tuesday, July 9, 2013

�� �� ���������������.��� �� ������� ���� ��������� ����� ���� ������ ������’� ��������

A great way to promote your local community event


t The North York Mirror, it’s our goal to forge strong connections with the communities we serve. One way we do that is by promoting the various events that are happening in those communities – in print and online at our website. With our online community calendar, we believe we have an effective method that aids community members in getting their events the necessary exposure. If you haven’t already, we encourage you to visit our website and give it a try. There’s a lot of great reasons to do so: your event gets online quickly, there’s no cost to register or post, and you get your event out to a wider audience. Users will find several helpful features, including the opportunity to add photos or video to event listings, as well as the ability to edit events at any time. Every event also comes with a locator map. And for those of you wondering, we publish a selection of events from this calendar in both our Tuesday and Thursday editions. While it’s a relatively new feature, we’re pleased with our progress. In May, we had more than 1,000 events published city-wide! So if you’re new to this, take a few minutes and follow the steps we’ve outline on this page, starting with those underneath the ‘Sign up’ heading. As always, feedback is welcome. My email address is below if you have any questions.


Paul Futhey is the managing editor of The North York Mirror. Email him at


Above: A recent screen shot of the North York events page. Visit and click the Community Calendar icon to see events like these and others happening in your community.

Create your event Once you’ve logged in, you’re ready to submit your event. Here’s what you should see.


Each registered calendar user has their own log of events that they can track and edit.

Sign up

Access account

In order to submit events you need to register as a user. Here’s how you do that: :

Once you’re registered, you can access your account to create or edit an event.

1 Using your web browser, visit www.northyorkmirror. com

1 Once your registration is confirmed, click the login button in the top right corner of the website.

2 Look to the top right corner (under the Search button). You should see Login and Signup links. Click Sign Up. 3 You are taken to the Sign Up page. Enter the relevant information into the form. It’s important to note that your user ID is your email address. Create a password. Also make sure you have checked off the Privacy Policy box. Hit the submit button. 4 You’ll have an email sent to you asking you to confirm your registration. Click the link in the body of the email to confirm your registration.

4 Once you are logged in, click on your name. 5 Click the My Events Link below your name. 6 You will be taken to a page that is the log of all your events that you’ve submitted. You can then choose to click Create Event to submit a new event or edit an existing submission.

Something you’re not sure of?

◗ How much do I pay to use the online calendar? The online calendar is a free feature, primarily for nonprofit organizations and community groups. Your event will qualify for two of our 10 online community calendars. It will appear in the calendar that covers the geography of your event location (i.e. North York). It will also appear on our Toronto calendar, an allencompassing calendar of every event in the city. ◗ How long does it take for my event to go live on the website? Events submitted go online within a half-hour after administrator approval. We check for events a minimum of twice a day.

2 Enter your userID and your password. Click Login. 3 To see if you have successfully logged in, look in the top right corner. Your name should be there.



This is what the event submission form looks like. Event details are on the left, venue details are on the right.

TIPS ON SUBMITTING YOUR EVENT ◗ The earlier you submit the better for maximum exposure. You can always add additional information later. ◗ Avoid using all caps. ◗ To save yourself time, check and see if the event venue is already in our system by typing the first few letters into the venue field. If it’s in our system, the venue details will automatically flow in. ◗ Fields marked with an asterisk are mandatory.

◗ Will my event appear in the newspaper? While all Toronto events are given consideration for print in the relevant local edition, space is limited and is prioritized for local, not-for-profit events. ◗ Once I’ve submitted my event, do I have to do anything else to make sure it gets considered for print? No, once it’s online we know it’s there. ◗ Who can I contact for further help? You can email communities@ or pfuthey@ for further assistance.

NORTH YORK MIRROR s | Tuesday, July 9, 2013 |



Subway closures for signal work


he TTC announced it will close portions of the Yonge University Spadina (Y-U-S) line for several days in a row this October to continue its complete overhaul of the subway signal system. The closure, which affects stations between Bloor and St. George, begins Thanksgiving weekend and continues for nine days until Oct 20. During that time subway service will be replaced by shuttle buses. Track signal conversion work on Y-U-S is expected to last for at least four more years and until then additional lengthy subways closures are expected. SHARE SYSTEM FLUSH WITH FUNDS? ◗BIKE

The city might have found a way to prevent the flushing of the BIXI bike share service – by diverting funds for new public toilets to the cash-strapped operation. While details of the plan have not been released, money set aside for installing automated toilets, part of the city’s street furniture

����� ����� TO �� TRANSIT deal with Astral Media Inc., would instead go to paying off BIXI’s operating deficit and debts. A report on the plan is expected to be presented to the city’s executive committee later this year. QUAY WORK BEGINS ◗QUEENS

With the summer in full swing, a traffic plan for Queens Quay construction work is now in effect. Beginning Monday, July 8, a two-week traffic diversion began on Queens Quay between York and Rees Streets. Also announced was a rerouting of the 510 Spadina temporary bus route replacing streetcar service until the Spadina Loop track is rebuilt. The work is part of a $110 million revitalization of Queens Quay, the waterfront’s most prominent roadway, which is expected to be done by early 2015.

To see the plans in full visit www.waterfrontoronto. ca NOISE WALL PLANS ◗METROLINX

Metrolinx released new designs of planned noise wall barriers to reduce the effects of increased diesel train traffic when the Union-Pearson Express (UP) train service opens in two years. The transit planning agency has worked with several community advisory groups on finalizing designs for the five-metre high walls which are to be installed along the Georgetown South GO rail corridor beginning next year. The noise walls are opposed by several westend resident groups including the Junction Triangle Rail Committee, which recently commissioned an alternative design for the corridor.

Rahul Gupta is The Mirror’s transit reporter. His column runs every Tuesday. Reach him on Twitter: @TOinTRANSIT


GO expands Quiet Zones on rush hour trains RAHUL GUPTA GO Transit will soon expand Quiet Zones noise restriction areas to all of its rush hour trains. Beginning Monday, July 15, the program will be in effect on the upper levels of all GO trains servicing rush hour commutes both morning and afternoon. During that time, commuters seated in the specially-designated areas will be expected to refrain from creating excessive noise through loud conversations, music or beeping electronic devices. “There will still be an opportunity to take a quick phone call or hold a quiet conversation if it doesn’t disturb others,” said Mary Proc, GO’s vice president of customer service. Proc said positive feedback regarding the Quiet Zones which were first introduced on the Barrie line back in

February convinced GO to expand the pilot program system wide.

A recent customer survey indicated over 80 per cent of respondents supported the program. The restriction will not be in place on weekends when there are more families and train riders are generally more “boisterous”, said Proc. But while GO has no plans to end the program, no final

decision will be made on making the Quiet Zones a permanent feature of the regional transit provider’s train service just yet. Proc said the restriction will be re-evaluated within three to four months when another customer survey is issued. If feedback remains largely positive, the zones would most likely be here to stay. “We like to take things slowly to make sure we are meeting and exceeding customer expectations,” she said. On Twitter, the response to the Quiet Zones expansion was largely positive with comments from users like @being_margaret praising increased opportunities to enjoy the silence. “Quiet zone on my GO Transit rush hour trains? Yes please!” she tweeted.


For more information about GO Transit Quiet Zones, visit


DO THE MATH. ADVERTISE IN THE NEWSPAPER. NADbank, ComBase: Adults 18+, print and online


discover your NEIGHBOURHOOD

Consumer Feature

YOUR ONEAdults STOP NADbank, ComBase: 18+, printSHOP and online FOR ALL YOUR AUTOMITIVE NEEDS



Servicing Scarborough for over 25 years.

Welcome Dr. Bertha Luk to our Practice.

Ask us about our:

• Custom made Sports Guards/Night Guard • Sleep Apnea Appliances • Free Implants Consultation • Dental Implants (from start to finish)

416-492-3077 2942 Finch Ave. E. (At Victoria Park) Village Square Plaza

(Ground Floor)

We Speak

Mandarin, Hindi, Portuguese, Gujarati Urdu, Filipino, Farsi & Arabic

• • • • • • • •

Fleet Specialists Free Estimates 10,000 Sq.ft. Repair Facility Free Courtesy cars Free Pick-up and Delivery Complete State of the Art Body Shop High Tech Diagnostic Repair 20 Technicians with over 25 Years of Experience SERVICE • REPAIR • TRANSMISSION • BODY WORK • AC • PAINTSHOP • ENGINE OVERHAUL • GLASS REPLACEMENT • DETAILING

3 LOCATIONS ACROSS THE GTA 103 Railside Road North York, Ontario M3A 1B2


NADbank, ComBase: Adults 18+, print and online

11 | NORTH YORK MIRROR s | Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Find your


Why use • 77,000 listings to browse from • 45,000 agents to connect with • Offers the best demographic and local info • Notifications when new homes are available that meet your criteria • Follow a listing and get updates (price changes, open house, sold) • Flexible search parameters • Advanced mapping technologies

a division of Metroland Media Group Ltd.

12 NORTH YORK MIRROR | Tuesday, July 9, 2013 |

city hall

Board of Health meets this week Toronto’s Board of Health will be making headlines this week with a typically activist agenda on Wednesday, July 10 – topped by a controversial proposal to create supervised injection sites similar to the system in Vancouver. Mayor Rob Ford has made a point of opposing safe injection sites for heroin users – but Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health Dr. David McKeown says the evidence suggests they’re helpful in preventing the spread of HIV and hepatitis, and in reducing the incidences of overdose. If the board approves the report, it will mean a request to the provincial government to fund up to three of the sites.


sit branch or vi local library ur yo re at tu n up ve n ad Sig li cl ib ra ry.c a/ to ro n to p u b

pedestrian issues on the table wCycling,

Exercise is a key component in maintaining health, so it’s not surprising that the health board would be weighing in on cycling and pedestrian issues. The board is being asked to endorse a plan to improve

TD Summer Reading Club 2013 Developed by

In partnership with

Title sponsor

david nickle the agenda safety for bicycle commuters in the city. Included in the plan is a request for the city to collaborate in assessing the safety of cycling infrastructure and road design; review cycling safety practises in construction areas; and to ask the police to better enforce existing regulations protecting cyclists. forms of transportation wActive

The Board of Health is also looking at establishing four demonstration projects to promote active transportation such as cycling and walking. The demonstration projects will be taking place in Black Creek (pedestrian-focussed prevention surrounding the Black Creek Community Farm), the Annex (traffic calming), North York Centre (development of the bike-

way network) and Cliffside (improved pedestrian safety at sidewalks and intersections). care workers and immunizations wHealth

Influenza immunization among Toronto health care workers still isn’t where it should be, and the Medical Officer of Health isn’t happy about that. In a report going to the Board of Health, Medical Officer of Health Dr. David McKeown says he means to continue to work with healthcare facilities to improve immunization of health care workers to a rate of 95 per cent or greater. In the 2012/2013 influenza season, immunization rates actually declined. The median immunization rates were 47 per cent for acute care facilities, 57 per cent for continuing care facilities and 76 per cent for long term chronic care facilities.


David Nickle is The Mirror’s city hall reporter. Council briefs run every Tuesday.

How are we doing? Your feedback matters to us! Customer Support:

416-774-2284 Community Media Partner

The North York Mirror is dedicated to delivering a positive experience to our customers!

Some things are just better together. #itsbettertogether @flyerland


Persian Family Day

| NORTH YORK MIRROR | Tuesday, July 9, 2013

in pictures

Clockwise from top: Majid Javadi, left plays the Tambour while Ebish Mossayyebzadeh plays the Dulcimer during the Persian Family Day at Mel Lastman Square on Saturday; Tarlan Amin from Papa Cafe is pictured in her booth which sells an assortment of nuts; Mossayyebzadeh plays the Dulcimer Staff photos/Adam Dietrich For more photos from these and other North York events, visit us at york_galleries

play ball!


Left: Jadon Carpenter takes batting practice at the Blue Jays Baseball Academy Rookie League opening day Thursday at Stan Wadlow Park. Youth from Toronto Community Housing properties from across the city were participating. Centre: Koran Muhammad and Mariah Alexander-Ferry reach out. Right: Toronto Blue Jays catcher JP Arencibia shows a group of children proper throwing technique. Staff photos/Dan Pearce


For the full gallery, visit us online at photogallery/3879009

NORTH YORK MIRROR | Tuesday, July 9, 2013 |



Introducing Latin Arts Festival at Mel Lastman Square A new festival showcasing Latin music, arts and culture will be held Saturday, July 13 at Mel Lastman Square, 5100 Yonge St., from 1 to 10 p.m. The festival will be put on by the Ontario Latin Arts Festival (OLAF), which will include free workshops throughout the day. Live entertainment will be provided by Cafe Cubano,

Santerias, Mariachi Fuego Band, Samba Toronto, Carlos Bastidas, Cabildo Dance Group, and Ballet Folklorico Puro Mexico. There will be a showcase of the city’s top Latin dance schools, including Dami Dance, 219 Dance, Casineros Unidos, AfroLatino Dance Company, and Toronto Casino and Timba. Traditional Latin food will


be available from a variety of vendors. Dance workshops: • 2:30 p.m. - Zumba Lesson by Damarys Aguirre. • 3 to 4 p.m. - Join 219 Dance and Entertainment instructors and learn the basic steps and rhythm of Latin dance. They will introduce you to salsa, bachata and merengue music and dance.

• 4 p.m. - Cumbia lesson by Falciony Patiño (Cabildo). • 4:30 p.m. - Contemporary dance lesson by Juanita Suarez (Cabildo). • 5 p.m. - Mexican dance by Maria Jose Miranda (Puro Mexico). This workshop will cover the basic steps required to follow dances from the state of Jalisco. The focus will be the Jarabe Tapatío, a distinctive dance representing




personal trainer’s

credit card

the country worldwide. Literature: • 4 p.m. - Literature Talk: “Exilio, desarraigo y creatividad en la literatura hispanocanadiense” by Margarita Feliciano, Glendon College, York University. For Kids: • 1 to 4 p.m. – Kids arts and crafts workshops. • 3 p.m. - Latin American short films by Alucine.

• 4 p.m. - Traditional Spanish storytelling. OLAF is organized by The Hispanic Canadian Arts and Cultural Association (HCACA), a not-for-profit organization that celebrates and promotes the Hispanic heritage in Canada.


For information, visit

When it comes to finding the right credit card, everyone’s got an opinion. Find the credit card that’s right for you. Easily compare a variety of cards with travel rewards, cash back, low balance transfer rates, low interest rates and other rewards. Save time, money and a whole lot of confusion at

Insurance Mortgage Credit Cards Home Renos

| NORTH YORK MIRROR | Tuesday, July 9, 2013


NORTH YORK MIRROR | Tuesday, July 9, 2013 |


sports schedule

ONTARIO VARSITY FOOTBALL LEAGUE VARSITY LEVEL SUNDAY, JULY 14 w Metro Toronto Wildcats vs. Cumberland Panthers (Birchmount Stadium, 93 Birchmount Rd., 5 p.m.)


JUNIOR LEVEL SUNDAY, JULY 14 w Metro Toronto Wildcats vs. Cumberland Panthers (Birchmount Stadium, 93 Birchmount Rd., 2:30 p.m.)

DOWNPOUR: Members of the North York Blues run for cover at Bond Park Sunday afternoon as the rains came, cancelling their scheduled Toronto Baseball Association bantam division game against West Hill.

BANTAM LEVEL SUNDAY, JULY 14 w Metro Toronto Wildcats vs. Cumberland Panthers (Birchmount Stadium, 93 Birchmount Rd., noon)


NORTH YORK COSMOS SOCCER CLUB GIRLS MITE WEDNESDAY, JULY 10 w Red vs. White (Rippleton Public School West, 21 Rippleton Rd., 6:30 p.m.) w Silver vs. Yellow (Rippleton Public School East, 21 Rippleton Rd., 6:30 p.m.)

UPCOMING In Toronto Baseball Association bantam division, North York Blues AA take on Vaughan Bantam 2 at Bond Park on Sunday, July 21 at 7 p.m.

GIRLS SQUIRT WEDNESDAY, JULY 10 w Gold vs Forest Green (Jeanne Lajoie School, 150 Carnforth Rd., 6:30 p.m.) w Maroon vs Orange (Greenland Public School, 15 Greenland Rd., 6:30 p.m.) GIRLS ATOM MONDAY, JULY 15 w Orange vs. Purple (Milne Valley Middle School, 100 Underhill Dr., 6:30 p.m.) w Gold vs. Green (Don View Middle School, 20 Evermede Dr., 6:30 p.m.) w White / Navy Blue vs. Royal Blue / Yellow (Jeanne Lajoie School, 150 Carnforth Rd., 6:30 p.m.) GIRLS MOSQUIT0 WEDNESDAY, JULY 10 w Green vs. Orange (Don Mills Collegiate south, 15 The Donway E., 6:30 p.m.) w Red vs. Royal Blue (Godstone Park, 45 Godstone Rd., 6:30 p.m.) GIRLS PEEWEE MONDAY, JULY 15 w Red vs Orange (McNicholl Park, 215 McNicoll Ave., 7 p.m.) w Pink vs White (Roywood Park, 2 Roywood Dr., 7 p.m.) w Red vs. White (Highland Junior High School, 201 Cliffwood Rd., 7 p.m.) w Kelly vs. Royal (Cliffwood Park, 280 Cliffwood Rd., 7 p.m.) GIRLS BANTAM MONDAY, JULY 15 w Gold vs Red (McNicholl Park, 215 McNicoll Ave., 7 p.m.) w Pink vs Royal Blue (Linus Park, 125 Seneca Hill Dr,, 7 p.m.) BOYS SQUIRT THURSDAY, JULY 11 w Royal Blue vs. Yellow (Rippleton Public School East, 21 Rippleton Rd., 6:15 p.m.) w Red vs. White (Rippleton Public School West, 21 Rippleton Rd., 6:30 p.m.) w Green vs. Silver (Rippleton Public School East, 21 Rippleton Rd., 7:15 p.m.) w Orange vs. Maroon (Rippleton Public School

West, 21 Rippleton Rd., 7:15 p.m.) BOYS ATOM TUESDAY, JULY 9 w Orange vs. Maroon (Jeanne Lajoie Elementary School, 150 Carnforth Rd., 6:30 p.m.) w Royal Blue vs. Red (Don View Middle School, 20 Evermede Dr., 6:30 p.m.) w Yellow vs. White / Royal Blue (Greenland Public School, 15 Greenland Rd., 6:30 p.m.) BOYS MOSQUITO THURSDAY, JULY 11 w Royal Blue vs. Sky Blue (Don Mills Collegiate south, 15 The Donway E., 6:30 p.m.) w Yellow vs. Red (Roywood Park, 2 Roywood Dr., 6:30 p.m.) BOYS PEEWEE TUESDAY, JULY 9 w Red vs. Forest Green (Linus Park, 125 Seneca Hill Dr,, 7 p.m.) w Yellow vs. White / Royal Blue (McNicholl Park, 215 McNicoll Ave., 7 p.m.) BOYS PEEWEE TUESDAY, JULY 9 w Red vs. Forest Green (Linus Park, 125 Seneca Hill Dr,, 7 p.m.) w Yellow vs. White / Royal Blue (McNicholl Park, 215 McNicoll Ave., 7 p.m.) BOYS BANTAM WEDNESDAY, JULY 10 w Gold vs. Red (McNicoll Park, 215 McNicoll Ave., 8:30 p.m.) w Royal Blue vs. White / Royal (Linus Park, 125 Seneca Hill Dr,, 7 p.m.)

NORTH YORK HEARTS SOCCER CLUB MINIS MONDAY, JULY 15 w Dolphins (Gold) vs. Red Dragons (Red) (Hydro Field #4, 5720 Bathurst St., 7 p.m.) w Flintstones (Black) vs. Turtles (Steel Grey) (Hydro Field #4, 5720 Bathurst St., 7 p.m.) w Power Rangers (White) vs. Kickers (Kelly Green) (Hydro Field #4, 5720 Bathurst St., 7 p.m.) w Road Runners (Royal Blue) vs. Kermits (Sky Blue) (Hydro Field #4, 5720 Bathurst St., 7 p.m.) w Beavers (Teal) vs. Ghost Busters (Lime) (Hydro Field #4, 5720 Bathurst St., 7 p.m.) w Ninjas (Orange) vs. Muppets (Purple) (Hydro Field #4, 5720 Bathurst St., 7 p.m.) TYKES TUESDAY, JULY 9 w Broncos (Red) vs. Bullets (Lime) (Hydro Field #4, 5720 Bathurst St., 7 p.m.) w Sharks (White) vs. Jets (Royal Blue) (Hydro Field #4, 5720 Bathurst St., 7 p.m.) w Saints (Orange) vs. Huskers (Gold) (Hydro Field #4, 5720 Bathurst St., 7 p.m.) SQUIRTS TUESDAY, JULY 9 w Red Wings (Red) vs. Falcons (Lime) (Hydro Field #4, 5720 Bathurst St., 7 p.m.) w Panthers (White) vs. Scorpions (Gold) (Hydro Field #4, 5720 Bathurst St., 7 p.m.) M/ATOMS A THURSDAY, JULY 11 w Arsenal (Lime) vs. Chiefs (Red) (Hydro Field #3, 5720 Bathurst St., 7 p.m.) w Spurs (White) vs. Liverpool (Royal Blue)

(Hydro Field #3, 5720 Bathurst St., 7 p.m.) w Rangers (Gold) vs. Eagles (Orange) (Hydro Field #4, 5720 Bathurst St., 7 p.m.) M/ATOMS B THURSDAY, JULY 11 w Bull Dogs (Yellow/Orange) vs. Cardinals (Blue/Black) (Hydro Field #4, 5720 Bathurst St., 7 p.m.) w Thoroughbreds (Green/White) vs. Fulham (Sky/White) (Hydro Field #5, 5720 Bathurst St., 7 p.m.) w Raiders (Orange/White) vs. Everton (Red/ Black) (Hydro Field #5, 5720 Bathurst St., 7 p.m.) ATOMS TUESDAY, JULY 9 w Tottenham (White) vs. Dragons (Black) (Hydro Field #1, 5720 Bathurst St., 7 p.m.) w Titans (Purple) vs. Gladiators (Red) (Hydro Field #2, 5720 Bathurst St., 7 p.m.) w Tornados (Royal Blue) vs. Flyers (Lime) (Hydro Field #3, 5720 Bathurst St., 7 p.m.) w Chelsea (Kelly Green) vs. Dynamos (Gold) (Hydro Field #5, 5720 Bathurst St., 7 p.m.) w Lions (Sky Blue) vs. Hurricanes (Orange) (Hydro Field #6, 5720 Bathurst St., 7 p.m.) MOSQUITOS MONDAY, JULY 15 w Rams (Gold) vs. Gunners (Red) (Hydro Field #2, 5720 Bathurst St., 7 p.m.) w Steelers (Orange) vs. Cowboys (Royal Blue) (Hydro Field #3, 5720 Bathurst St., 7 p.m.) w Lancers (White) vs. Vikings (Purple) (Hydro Field #5, 5720 Bathurst St., 7 p.m.) w Oilers (Sky Blue) vs. Hawks (Lime) (Hydro Field #6, 5720 Bathurst St., 7 p.m.)

PEEWEES THURSDAY, JULY 11 w Celtics (Lime) vs. Patriots (Red) (Hydro Field #1, 5720 Bathurst St., 7 p.m.) w Wildcats (White) vs. Ravens (Orange) (Hydro Field #2, 5720 Bathurst St., 7 p.m.) w Sheffield (Royal Blue) vs. Penguins (Gold) (Hydro Field #6, 5720 Bathurst St., 7 p.m.) BANTAMS WEDNESDAY, JULY 10 w Barcelona (Gold) vs. Barracudas (Orange) (Hydro Field #1, 5720 Bathurst St., 7 p.m.) w Real (Royal Blue) vs. Chelsea (Sky Blue) (Hydro Field #4, 5720 Bathurst St., 7 p.m.) w Whitecaps (White) vs. Lynx (Red) (Hydro Field #2, 5720 Bathurst St., 7 p.m.) PREMIER WEDNESDAY, JULY 10 w Ajax (Green/White) vs. Juventus (Blue/Black) (Hydro Field #5, 5720 Bathurst St., 7 p.m.) w Westham (Orange/White) vs. Classic Royals (Red/Black) (Hydro Field #6, 5720 Bathurst St., 7 p.m.) w Aston Villa (Sky/White vs. Bolton (Yellow/ Orange) (Hydro Field #7, 5720 Bathurst St., 7 p.m.) TORONTO BASEBALL ASSOCIATION ROOKIE TUESDAY, JULY 9 w North York Blues vs. Bolton Braves (North Hill 2, 6:30 p.m.) MINOR ROOKIE TUESDAY, JULY 9 w North York Blues vs. Barrie Red Sox (Barrie Sports Complex, 7 p.m.)

PEEWEE TUESDAY, JULY 9 w North York Blues vs. Barrie Red Sox (Barrie Sports Complex, 7:30 p.m.) MINOR BANTAM TUESDAY, JULY 9 w North York Blues vs. Whitby Chiefs (Portage park, 7: 30 p.m.) MIDGET TUESDAY, JULY 9 w North York Blues vs. East York Bulldogs (Stan Wadlow Park, 7: 30 p.m.) MINOR PEEWEE WEDNESDAY, JULY10 w North York Blues AA vs.Royal York Cardinals (Tom Riley Park, 7 p.m.) JUNIOR WEDNESDAY, JULY10 w North York Blues vs. East York Bulldogs (Stan Wadlow Park, 7:30 p.m.)

SPORTS SCHEDULE For the complete schedule, visit north york-torontoon-sports/


Follow us: @wagjag


Buy Online:

50% off


Buy Online:


51% off


$55 for a 3.5-hour introduCtorY sailinG triP from Gone saIlInG advenTures (a $110 Value)

$49 for $100 towards window CleaninG or eaVes CleaninG from sPlash WIndoW CleanInG

Buy Online:

Buy Online:

50% off


$10 for $20 towards Gelato and fare at The Mad ITalIan Choose from 3 loCations

Buy Online:

50% off


$20 for $40 towards Casual fare at GeorGy PorGy’s Bar & GrIll

Brought to you by

61% off


$69 for a sPa PaCkaGe inCludinG a hot stone massaGe, exPress hYdratinG faCial and full bodY sea salt sCrub at zen sPa (a $175 Value)

Buy Online:

52% off


$29 for $60 towards CharCuterie, drinks and more at PICnIC WIne Bar

Buy Online:

60% off


$110 for a 4-Course Gourmet meal for 2 PrePared in Your home bY Chef Jono (a $275 Value)

Buy Online:

75% off


uP to 75% off a 4-week introduCtorY Course in walter alza’s aCtinG method and/or a 3-hour seminar on breakinG into show business at alza aCTInG sTudIo (2 oPtions)

Buy Online:

55% off


$45 for a bluetooth-enabled Portable sPeaker from sPeakerBall (a $100 Value)

| NORTH YORK MIRROR | Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Don’t miss these, and other great deals!

19 | NORTH YORK MIRROR | Tuesday, July 9, 2013


Kanetix gave these customers a choice. Look how much they saved! “… I changed carriers and saved $500” Tom - Ontario “… you’ve saved me $250 a year on my car insurance” Paul - New Brunswick “… thank you for saving me over $100 per month on my car insurance” Gary - Ontario






KAN 21314 Metroland - TAB 2.indd 3



Burton Electric Inc. R&Z PLUMBING & HEATING Replacement & Repairs Faucets, Sinks, Pipes, Drains Etc. Furnace, A/C, Water Heater, Gas 28 Years Experience • 24/7


Master Electrician * License # 7001220 * Insured







• Shingles • Chimneys • Animal Removal

• Ventilation • Skylights • And much more




CALL 416-820-3634

Since 1990




647-235-8123 REPAIRS

• Beautiful Landscape Designs For Your New Patio or Front Entrance • Amazing Lawn Care Programs • Interlock, Flagstone, Rockeries, Gardens, Sodding, Overseeding


BEST PRICE ROOF REPAIRS • Emergency Repairs • Eavestrough Repairs



Since 1967!





Metro License #PH23521


Pot lights Service upgrades Breakers/Panels FREE ESTIMATES


Knob and tube replacement LED Lighting Aluminum wire reconditioning Permits and inspections




416 419-1772





Reliable & Professional Shingling, Flat Roofs, Eavestrough, Soffit, Fascia, Leaky Basements, Interlock. Small Repair & Free Estimate.

647 459 8799




• Shingles • Flat Roofs • Skylights • Chimneys • Eavestroughs • Repairs • Free Estimates

Save UP TO 15% OFF Lic. # B21358

Fully Licensed & Insured


Roof Repair Experts

✓Full roofs ✓Missing Shingles ✓Minor/Major Leaks ✓Raccoon Problems

✓Eaves & Downspout ✓Skylights LIC# L179362 20% Senior Discount


13-05-14 11:05 AM KANETIX RED NEWSPRINT CMYK (0,100,100,0)



• Shingles • Skylight • Flat • Chimney • Eaves • Repair



Quick Service!!! • Experts in Removal of Dangerous Trees • Trimming, Pruning • Stump Removal • Ash Borer Treatment • $2 million Liability + WSIB SUMMER SAVINGS 10% OFF! Call Bobby 416-828-TREE (8733)

Delivery questions?

Call us at:

416-493-4400 or Email:

KANETIX BLUE CMYK (100,85,0,18)

NORTH YORK MIRROR s | Tuesday, July 9, 2013 |




Guaranteed Take a 90 Day Risk Free Trial

SAVE $500

When you purchase a pair of hearing aids at Trillium Hearing*.

Our Guarantee "If you are not satisfied for any reason, simply return your hearing aids within 90 days for a full refund."

No-cost, no obligation hearing tests Free batteries for three years Three year manufacturer warranty 90 day risk free trial *Offers apply to certain models of hearing aids and expire on July 31st,2013. Contact clinic for details

Jodi Ostroff, Ph.D. Audiologist

Danielle Doucet,M.Sc. Audiologist

895 Lawrence Ave. Don Mills (Lawrence and the Donway) (416) 384-1500

520 Ellesmere Road - Suite 106 Scarborough (Ellesmere Rd, East of Warden) (416) 673-9357

Noy s jul09  

We are a local newspaper reflecting the lives of our readers by covering what’s important to them: The people and events in their own commun...

Noy s jul09  

We are a local newspaper reflecting the lives of our readers by covering what’s important to them: The people and events in their own commun...