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Reasons to Ride a Bike in T.O. Bike trails preferred in North York LISA QUEEN lqueen@insidetoronto.com Don Valley East Councillor Shelley Carroll and York Centre Councillor James Pasternak are each celebrating cycling path success stories in their communities.

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For several years, Ryan Hawken toyed with the idea of auditioning for YTV’s talent series, The Next Star. Music had always been a part of the DVP and Lawrence Avenue resident’s life and being the last year he could try out for the show, the 15-year-old decided to go for it. His risk-taking paid off as Ryan competed against 4,000 hopefuls to land a Top

12 spot following nationwide auditions. The Next Star, which premiered its fifth season July 16, will narrow the field down to six on Aug. 6. From there, the judging panel, made up of Juno Award-winning singer Keshia Chante, record label executive Mark Spicoluk and country musician Tara Oram, will help mentor the finalists before a winner is crowned during the live finale at Canada’s Wonderland Sunday, Sept. 23. >>>TALENT, page 8

Truck hauling batteries catches fire on Hwy. 401 A tractor-trailer hauling lead-acid batteries burst into flames on Hwy. 401 in North York Tuesday. The fire erupted in the eastbound collector lanes between Allen Road and Bathurst Street around 10:40 p.m. “It was stubborn. We were there for a number of hours,” Toronto Fire Services district chief Stephan Powell said. “We notified the Ministry of Environment because the water coming off the fight-

ing of the fire was possibly toxic.” There were no injuries. Smoke blew over a nearby residential street, prompting police officers to go door to door to ensure residents had their windows closed. One home on Marquette Avenue was reportedly evacuated. The eastbound collector lanes were closed until about 6 a.m. Wednesday for the investigation and cleanup.

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Clockwise from top left: Darya Zonoozi, 18, right, watches fellow ensemble mates Samantha Harrison, 19, and Dale Domian as they rehearse a cello quartet during Fine Arts Summer Intensive at York University earlier this month; Kendra Kozlowski, 17, centre, dances with hip hop groupmates Ana Drechsler, 15, left, Shaina Gibson, 15, and Julia D’Addurno, 17; Kendra, dances with her hip hop group; Kendra, centre, and Shaina warm up; Dr. Mark Chambers rehearses with the cello quartet; Shaina, left, dances with Julia.

University campus opened to young artists From street dancing to Shakespeare, York U. summer workshops reach out to teens FANNIE SUNSHINE fsunshine@insidetoronto.com

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o help attract potential students to the under-utilized campus during summer, York University introduced the Fine Arts Summer Intensive (FASI), a new community outreach and continuing education initiative of the Faculty of Fine Arts. Elizabeth Asselstine, chair of the department of theatre and co-producer of FASI, along with film department chair Amnon

‘Students from York Region or in the city’s north end don’t have to go downtown for this type of programming.’ – Elizabeth Asselstine Buchbinder, put together a proposal last year to use the campus in the summertime and consulted

York’s art departments for suggested courses. FASI launched in May with a two-week workshop on lighting design for performance, tailored specifically to high school students. Thirty-five young people from York Region took part. Throughout July, various workshops and boot camps in dance, design, visual arts, film, music and theatre were offered to high school students, ranging from two days to three weeks. “Students from York Region or

in the city’s north end don’t have to go downtown for this type of programming,” Asselstine said. Workshops include contemporary drawing and sculpture, street dancing, digital filmmaking, gospel, acting for film and television, cello and Shakespeare exploration. “We really want to make York a place for people to come to,” she said. “It’s nice to be able to have students experience the campus.” Vanessa Jane Kimmons taught six young women the art of street

dancing over five days. “I try to give the real history of street dancing and I’ve taken everything I’ve learned and brought it to the studio,” she said. A dancer for 23 years, Kimmons began with ballet, jazz and tap before discovering hip hop dancing in high school. “I think the intensives are a fabulous idea,” said Kimmons, who is working on her master’s in fine arts for dance choreography at York University. “It’s really important for these girls to get a feel for dance.”

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ike many issues in Toronto, cycling and where it takes place has become one pitting the political left and right against each other. They are battling it out on the floor of council, and sadly also on the streets of our city. As North York Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong told Toronto Community News in our special feature on cycling in the city on pages 10 and 11 of today’s newspaper, the main bone of contention is lack of space on Toronto’s streets. “Because there’s a limited amount of geography, pedestrians, cyclists and motorists are all competing for the our view same space,” he explained. And nobody seems willing to Recreational give up any ground. There are two kinds of cyclists and commuter in Toronto, those who ride to commute and those who ride for cyclists must recreation. What we don’t want to see is the political battles ending be considered up costing either groups of riders. We need good and safe cycling routes along our streets for those who depend on their bikes to move around. We also need recreational runs that all can enjoy at a relaxed pace. And we don’t need one at the expense of the other. As part of our feature today, we decided to take a look at nine bike rides that recreational riders across Toronto could enjoy. All these rides are on bike paths, separate from city roads and free of cars for almost their entire routes. These are runs that both experienced riders and those who are new to cycling can enjoy by themselves or with their families, confident that they won’t have to negotiate through busy traffic or dangerous intersections. Hopefully readers will try one of these rides for themselves. There are some great choices and they highlight much of Toronto’s natural, and far too often hidden, beauty. Valleys make up so much of our city’s landscape, and planners have not been shy about running cycling (and pedestrian) paths along them. There are some beautiful runs through Taylor Creek, along the Don River and Highland Creek that have riders thinking they are miles away from Canada’s largest city. The featured rides also focus on the close connection between the city and Lake Ontario. While it is not yet possible to ride along the lake from one end of Toronto to the other only on a bike path, large sections are accessible. There are no shortages of great, safe rides in the city and we encourage our readers to try one of the runs we’ve highlighted today. Toronto Community News is a division of Metroland Media Group Ltd. The Mirror is a member of the Ontario Press Council. Visit ontpress.com newsroom

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To the editor: Despicable. At all levels of government, the right wing in this country is mounting a concerted effort to demoralize working people and their unions simply to please their friends on Bay Street. It’s not enough they sit idly by and watch what is left of the middle class erode before their eyes. They are vehement in their ideology to put unfettered control of the workplace back in the hands of the country’s employers. Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Conservative leader Tim Hudak, Mayor Rob Ford and others are badly underestimating working Canadians. It’s true, as it relates to most things political, that we are a passive society, however, try stripping away a worker’s hard-earned wages, pension and benefits and all hell will break loose. Canadian workers won’t stand idly by and let that happen. Roland Kiehne, president, Canadian Auto Workers Local 112

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re you as psyched as I am for the opening ceremonies of the 2012 Summer Olympics tomorrow night in jolly old London? What can I say? They always reel me in like a prized tuna. The best part of the festivities for my money is when the athletes enter the stadium. As soon as I hear each country introduced my mind goes into overdrive, just like it used to when I was in public school. Back then, whenever I heard a country name I would blurt out the capital city faster than Jesse James on steroids. I swear I knew every capital when I was a kid. (For the record, I swear I didn’t swear as a kid.) My favourite capital was Tegucigalpa, the capital of Honduras. It was always my numero uno because it was fun to say. I still get a kick out of saying it.

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I also knew that the capital of Paraguay was Asuncion and the capital of Uruguay was Montevideo and I never confused them. Today? The capital swagger is gone. With good reason. There are 204 teams in these Summer Olympics. How can I be expected to know 204 capitals when I didn’t know there were that many countries? There aren’t, as it turns out. There are actually only 196 independent countries. Three of them are newer and don’t have Olympic national bodies yet, so only 193 will be represented in London. The balance of the teams

is made of 11 territories. Needless to say, considering I didn’t know there would be 11 territories competing in London I couldn’t possibly know their capitals, either. There’s another reason remembering capitals isn’t as easy as it once was is because many capitals themselves are not what they used to be. There have been several capital city name changes over the years. I couldn’t tell you what they all are, I haven’t kept up. Still, I’ll give it my best shot Friday. Another area I’ll be focusing on is flag identification. I used to be pretty good at that, too. But, like capitals, many flags have changed. And, as usual, I’ll be testing my knowledge on national anthems. I like to see if I can hum the appropriate national anthem when each contingent of athletes walks in, but I seem

to know fewer and fewer anthems these days, also. Trying to predict who the flag bearers are for each country is always a good time, as is trying to pick out countries just by looking at the teams’ outfits. Lastly, I always try to see if I can come up with an official sponsor from each country – such as the Official Burrito of Mexico, the Official Souvlaki of Greece, the Official Pasta of Italy, and so on. One official sponsor I never have to guess at is ours. That’s because, unlike capitals, anthems and flags, it never changes over the years – the Official Excuse: Lack of government funding. n Jamie Wayne is a lifelong columnist, who takes writing very seriously. The topics? Not so much. His column appears every Thursday. Contact him at jamie.wayne@sympatico.ca

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NO INJURIES REPORTED: A firefighter looks at the damage to a vehicle after it crashed into Karats Jewellery on Leslie Street south of Cummer Avenue Monday afternoon at 1:38 p.m. No injuries were reported.

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A Toronto police officer examines the scene of a serious accident Tuesday morning on Finch Avenue. A 14-year old girl was hit by a vehicle.

Police said the teen was crossing Finch, possibly to catch a bus, when she was struck by an eastbound 2007 Toyota RAV4 driven by a 32-year-old woman. Kevin Poyer, 33, was driving by when he saw the collision. “(The victim) saw the bus and crossed the street,” he said. “She didn’t see the car coming. I called 911. An ambulance and police cars came quickly.”

The girl was taken to the Hospital for Sick Children with serious but non-lifethreatening head injuries. Const. Tony Vella said the victim was crossing Finch from the south side. Police closed eastbound Finch at Islington for more than three hours as they investigated. Anyone with information is asked to call the traffic services unit at 416-808-1900.

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A woman is recovering after the vehicle she was in plunged into Newtonbrook Creek at Bayview and Finch avenues Sunday afternoon. “The car broke through many trees and bushes, ended up upside down in a small creek,” Toronto Fire Services district chief Stephan Powell said. “There was no danger of the person drowning.” The driver managed to free herself from the vehicle. Firefighters secured the woman to a stretcher basket and pulled her up to street level. She was taken to Sunnybrook hospital for treatment of bumps and bruises. Powell said the vehicle travelled about 50 feet. “It was quite a distance,” he said. “The trees definitely must have slowed the vehicle going

A 14-year-old girl was seriously hurt Tuesday after being struck by an SUV at a North York intersection where traffic lights are scheduled to be installed in September. The accident happened on Finch Avenue at Milady Road, east of Islington Avenue, at 7:48 a.m. Tuesday. “We all knew that this was going to happen,” said the local councillor, Giorgio Mammoliti. The councillor, who represents Ward 7 (York West), said he’s been working with residents for a couple of years to get traffic lights at the intersection. “It was finally approved by council about two-and-a-half months ago,” he said. “But it goes to show you that the residents are always right about safety issues and city hall and bureaucrats are typically last to agree with the residents.”

Emergency services personnel attend at the scene Sunday afternoon after a driver crashed her car into a ravine behind 3200 Bayview Ave. just north of Finch Avenue.

down.” The forestry department was called to cut back trees in order to get the vehicle out. Police are investigating the cause of the crash.

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Flemingdon Aquatic Centre Saturday. Police said the incident happened just before 3 p.m. at 29 St. Dennis Dr. Mohamed Vepar i, of Toronto, was arrested and charged with sexual assault. Anyone with information is asked to call police at 416-8087474 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-8477.

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YORK: While plans are in the works to eventually close what is an approximately one-kilometre gap between Crawford-Jones Memorial Park (near Weston Road and Hwy. 401) and Cruickshank Park in Weston, local riders in York can still enjoy a pleasant ride. However, the gap prevents Rexdale and west North York residents from being able

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BLOOR WEST: For cyclists living in the downtown west end, who not only use their bikes for pleasure, but also for every day transportation, the most pleasant ride is one free from cars. And that is what makes the West Toronto Railpath a popular and pleasant shortcut between Parkdale and the Junction. The two-kilometre trail begins at

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to use what is otherwise an essentially uninterrupted off-road path running from Steeles Avenue to downtown Toronto via the Humber and Martin Goodman Trails. The route from Cruickshank Park to Lake Ontario, save for a small stretch through local, residential streets near the Humber Marshes, is relatively unimpeded and takes, on average, an hour to complete one way.

Cariboo Avenue, just north of the Dupont and Dundas intersection, and runs southeast to Dundas Street West at Sterling Road with various access points. Built on abandoned railway beds, the West Toronto Railpath was completed in 2009. It is an asphalt path lined with greenery, indigenous plantings and brick buildings.

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Etobicoke ETOBICOKE: From the Humber River Pedestrian Bridge, cyclists have two options: head up the river path to the northern reaches of Etobicoke, or west along Etobicoke’s picturesque Lake Ontario waterfront. The latter, two-kilometre option is the more scenic, and has the added bonus of no traffic – unless, of course, you consider the steady stream of cyclists, in-line skaters, dog walkers, and family picnickers out for some fresh air and exercise. For the hardcore cyclists, the waterfront trail boasts separate, paved lanes for bikes, while for those out for a more leisurely ride, there are plenty of stops along the path – take in some history at the Palace Pier

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PARKDALE: For cyclists looking to head north from Parkdale to the Junction, or just looking for a pleasant car-free ride, the West Toronto Railpath offers a two-kilometre trail between Sterling Avenue at Dundas Street West and Cariboo Avenue, north of Dupont Street. But for many bike enthusiasts, the dream is to see this tree-lined trail, winner Lake Ontario

of an Urban Design Award of Excellence, extended south along the GO train tracks to south of Queen Street West toward downtown Toronto. If completed, the Railpath would give more than 250,000 Toronto residents living in the west end and travelling downtown a sustainable transportation link with the downtown core.

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monument, rest on the benches at Home Garden, hand-build an inukshuk along the shoreline, admire the monarchs at the Humber Bay Butterfly Habitat or wander the paths through Humber Bay Park.

Cyclist-driver conflict only natural in Toronto Motorists, pedestrians, cyclists all competing for limited space DAVID NICKLE dnickle@insidetoronto.com

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hen Rob Ford was elected Mayor of Toronto in 2010, one might be forgiven for thinking that bicyclists’ time had passed. As a councillor, Ford famously compared cycling in traffic to “swimming with the sharks,” adding, “Roads are built for buses cars and trucks, not for people on bikes. My heart bleeds

for them when someone gets killed, but it’s their own fault at the end of the day.” At council’s inaugural meeting, the mayor’s chosen keynote speaker Don Cherry arrived in a hot pink suit, which he said he wore for “all the pinkos out there that ride bicycles and everything.” The new administration signalled early that it would take a very different route than the previous crew under David Miller, which favoured separated bike lanes on roads. In short order, city council had removed bike lanes on Pharmacy and Birchmount avenues in Scarborough at the request of the local councillor, and another, higher-profile bike lane on Jarvis Street despite the protests of the

local councillor there. The shift was a result of more than the will of a mayor more comfortable on four wheels than two. Since before amalgamation, cars and bicycles have had an uneasy relationship on Toronto’s streets. Don Valley East Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong, who chairs the city’s works committee, said the conflict is only natural, “because there’s a limited amount of geography — pedestrians, cyclists and motorists are all competing for the same space.” As works chair, Minnan-Wong has carriage of the Ford administration’s cycling plan, which in broad strokes is about separating motorists from cyclists wherever possible.

Ford ran on creating a Bikeway Network, which includes 100 kilometres of off-road recreational bike paths. Some of those paths running along Hydro corridors were approved by the previous administration. Minnan-Wong has pressed the issue further, and the city embarked on a plan to make some separated bike lanes in the downtown – initially on Wellesley and Sherbourne Streets, and eventually along Richmond and Adelaide streets in the core. “Everybody has a different opinion,” said Minnan-Wong. “But I think it makes for a safer arrangement for cyclists, and I think the majority of cyclists prefer it.” Scarborough Centre Councillor Glenn De

Baeremaeker chaired the works committee during Miller’s term, and has made a point of making a 20-kilometre commute from his home in Scarborough to city hall by bicycle. He said the separated lanes are a good idea, but maintains that the mayor’s plan focussing on off-road cycling doesn’t help the growing number of utilitarian cyclists in the city. “Separated bike lanes are good, and every cyclist and driver should welcome them,” he said. “Those lanes are complicated things to do, I encourage the bike community and Denzil MinnanWong. But one kilometre of separated bike lane doesn’t make up for cancelling 100 kilometres of bike lanes on roads.”


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CITY CENTRE: There’s a long and rewarding ride ahead for cyclists who want to brave the Lower Don River trail, that stretches eight kilometres from Don Mills Road and the Don Valley Parkway south along the Don to Lake Shore Boulevard. At the best of times, it’s a good idea to bring water. But the ride is rich with sights

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through Taylor Creek Park has long been a favourite family biking route. After a mid-July rainstorm this year, the shady route seemed more of an Iron Man family biking route. Running 3.5 kilometres from Victoria Park Avenue to Don Mills Road and the Don Valley Parkway, the route was slick

Otherwise, it’s a gentle ride, uphill from Don Mills, through valley lands that snake behind the Ontario Science Centre, past Sunnybrook Park, and deep north through the lush, thick woods lining Wilket Creek. Once you arrive, you’ll have to dismount as bicycles are prohibited in the gardens. But there are bike rings and benches.

and landmarks, and worth the trip. The Prince Edward Viaduct is at its most impressive seen from the saddle of a bicycle below, and urban wildlife abounds. Heading towards the new crossing at Pottery Road, a lone chipmunk tempts fate crossing the path. Further south, where the trail dips underneath Eastern Avenue, a flock of geese stand guard. with mud, and several bridges have now been washed out. Just past Lumsden Avenue, a downed tree called for a cyclist ‘portage’ through the branches. Two of the wooden bridges are washed out, and two others have the safety railing snapped off. It’s a reminder that even in well-groomed Toronto parks, nature still reigns supreme.

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NORTH YORK: The five-kilometre ride between Edwards Gardens and Taylor Creek Park is an easy run—for the most part. However, even experienced cyclists will want to get off their bikes and walk the wooden foot-bridge that curves over the CNR tracks cutting through the valley.

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SCARBOROUGH: The ride from Greenvale Park, just north of Kingston Road across from the Guildwood GO station, through the Highland Creek Valley and along the shores of Lake Ontario to the Port Union Village Common Park, is a run of approximately 12 kilometres which takes in a wide variety of features and parkland through southeast Scarborough. The run starts with a steep hill and a warning for cyclists to dismount at the Greenvale Park entrance, but levels off nicely. It is a bit smelly, due to sewers running underground near the Lawrence bridge, along the creek into Morningside Park. After that it rolls through the University of Toronto Scarborough campus.

Cyclists cross under Old Kingston Road and continue along beside the creek all the way to Lake Ontario. There’s lots of opportunity to see wildlife on this ride, a pair of deer were spotted by the Morningside bridge, and it’s a fun run for kids with mostly level riding and lots of sites to see.

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BEACH: On most weekends, taking a bike to the Beach is an exercise in frustration: just the same as is taking a picnic, a volleyball, a pair of roller blades or an automobile is. Everyone else has the same idea. On weekdays, it’s a different story; the run east from Leslie Street will take you a good five kilometres, past the new TTC vehicle storage facility, a skateboard park, and the millen-

nium-project Woodbine Park into the Beach proper. It’s good manners to stay off the Boardwalk – there are still a few visitors taking a stroll – but it’s a nice, safe ride through Woodbine Beach, Kew Gardens and Beaches Park. The bike route officially ends around Balsam Avenue; but a few hundred metres further east, and you’ll end up at the stunning R.C. Harris Water Filtration Plant.

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Dedicated bike trails preferred over on-road options >>>from page 1 along Shaughnessy Boulevard, north from Sheppard Avenue to Glenworth Road. “I finally have my first bike lane,” she laughed. “I know on paper it (such a short lane) will seem strange but what it does is open the door. If we do more and more of these, it will seem less strange.” Carroll wants to see more onroad cycling lanes in North York and other suburbs. “When people are on a bike instead of a car, they engage more with the street,” she said, adding the lack of on-road lanes is a concern for newcomers to Canada. “We’re bringing people here from a nation of cyclists and when they come here, they stop using bikes. We’re pushing them into cars.” But Carroll acknowledges many are leery of on-road bike lanes.

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Eric Avadive and Sherry Benshabat cycle along the Finch hydro corridor bike path Monday afternoon.

“We have so little of it in the suburbs, it is viewed with suspicion,”

she said. “We need to normalize it and

then institutionalize it. It becomes iconic. And a thing like that raises property values.” Meanwhile, Pasternak is thrilled with last month’s opening of the Finch hydro corridor multi-use trail between Yonge and Dufferin streets. “The residents were entirely excited about its development, about it opening. They’re asking for more,” he said from New York, where he was attending a conference on urban parks. While some residents voiced concerns about sharing the trail with cyclists, Pasternak said families tell him they want safe off-road options for cycling. Pasternak wants to create an uninterrupted trail connecting G. Lord Ross Park to Earl Bales Park. On the other hand, he opposes on-road cycling lanes, arguing they

are expensive, dangerous and add to traffic congestion. Pasternak’s attitude reflects the traditional mindset of North York councillors, who have shunned onroad lanes even on streets that A could accomCLOSER modate them, LOOK Hart said. Praising the Finch hydro trail as “fabulous,” Hart is thrilled with the growing number of off-road trails. But he’s disappointed cycling advocates continue to spin their wheels trying to convince politicians to increase the number of on-road lanes.“Mostly, you look around and say it really hasn’t changed at all,” he said.

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One councillor whose ward encompasses Eglinton Avenue West said he isn’t ready to endorse a plan to close off part of the Allen Expressway in order to chop construction time of the EglintonScarborough Crosstown light rail transit line by a full year. Josh Colle said he remains undecided on a joint proposal from the TTC and Metrolinx to close off northbound access to the Allen from Eglinton Avenue West for all of 2014. He’s worried no other alternatives to closure have been seriously discussed. “I’ve read their report, and I’m not convinced it’s the only option,” said Colle last Friday. The TTC and Metrolinx have said closing the Allen is necessary to provide more space for construction staging for tunneling eastward underneath Eglinton for the underground portion of the LRT. It would open in 2020 if the plan is approved by city

Allen closure would keep LRT on schedule Closing off part of the Allen Road for an entire year could decide if the Eglinton-Scarborough Crosstown LRT opens on schedule, said a spokesperson for Metrolinx on Monday. Mark Ostler confirmed the agency’s joint proposal with the TTC to close off northbound access to Allen Road from Eglinton Avenue West for all of 2014 would put the Crosstown on schedule for its targeted completion by 2020. A presentation by Metrolinx during a June 27 public construction update held in North York indicates a closure could “reduce construction by approximately one year.” But Ostler said the agency’s timeline for completing the Crosstown remains unchanged. “The Allen Road closure and resulting one-year construction time savings would allow us to meet our projected 2020 completion date,” he wrote in an email. –Rahul Gupta council in the fall. But Colle says he’s spoken with local residents and business owners who are worried the plan could result in a traffic nightmare for Lawrence Avenue West, which lies to the north, which would remain open. “I think we need to look at all the options. Perhaps we need close it further north, at Yorkdale,” said Colle. He also suggested making

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Northview Heights grad Toronto’s lone entrant in RBC Canadian Open Albin Choi, who once helped North York’s Northview Heights Secondary School to a provincial team golf championship in 2008, added yet another prestigious golf trophy to his mantle this month by winning the 2012 Ontario Amateur golf championship at Richmond Hill’s Summit Golf and Country Club. But, with all due respect to the field he vanquished at the Ontario amateur, he’ll have a lot tougher time winning his next tournament, this one at the Hamilton Golf and Country Club starting today and going until Sunday. That’s because the tournament in question, the RBC Canadian Open, is this week’s PGA-tour stop, and features among its field last week’s British Open winner, Ernie Els.

One of Canada’s top amateurs, Choi, 20, who won the 2010 Canadian amateur championship as a teenager, got his feet wet at last year’s Canadian Open in Vancouver, missing the cut by just two strokes. Also making a name for himself in U.S. college play, he wrapped up his second year at North Carolina State University by finishing tied for 37th at the U.S. college championships, after winning the regional championship. His recent success, however, has been bittersweet having lost his mother in the past year. “It’s been a rough couple of months. It’s been really hard for me and my family to deal with it, but I got back on my feet and this one is for her,” he said, following his Ontario Amateur win, in an interview

on the Golf Association of Ontario website. BENTHAM at WOMEN’s OPEN While Choi is about to enjoy his second exemption into a PGA-tour event, a fellow member from the 2008 provincial high school championship team from Northview Heights is a fulltime player on the women’s tour. Rebecca Lee-Bentham, 20, who qualified for the PGALadies tour by finishing in the Top 20 in a gruelling fiveround qualifying tournament last fall, has won more than $16,000 through nine tournaments so far this season. The Northview Heights grad is also set to play the Canadian Women’s Open in Vancouver Aug. 23 to 26. –Norm Nelson


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Metrolinx’s board now has three new members, the transit planning agency announced last Friday. Marianne McKenna, Bonnie Patterson and Howard Shearer were appointed by the Ontario government to serve on the regional transit co-ordinator’s board of directors for an initial term of three years. McKenna is an internationally recognized architect and a founding partner of Kuwabara Payne

McKenna Blumberg Architects, based in Toronto. She has done work on several prominent Toronto buildings including the Royal Conservatory’s TELUS Centre for Performance. Patterson, an academic, is the president and CEO of the Council of Ontario Universities and the former dean of business for Ryerson University. Shearer currently serves as chairman of the board for Hitachi Power

Systems Canada. “Metrolinx is delighted to welcome Marianne McKenna, Bonnie Patterson, and Howard Shearer to our board,” said Metrolinx Chair Robert Prichard in a press release. “They are outstanding citizens and their experience and skills will help Metrolinx fulfill its mission to transform transportation in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area.” –Rahul Gupta

Food carts to offer more options Toronto street-meat epicureans will have more to chew on down the road, now that council has loosened up the regulations governing food carts. Toronto council voted at its July meeting to add a bit of variety to food carts best known for selling hotdogs and sausages to hungry pedestrians. Under the new rules, vendors can sell pre-packaged cut fruits and vegetables along with noncream-based dips, whole fruits and vegetables, nuts, seeds and soups that are pre-packaged, coffee and tea, and veggie burg-

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45 MACHINE OPERATOR jobs in ConcordDay/Afternoon/Night Shifts - $11-12.75/hr Also: Forklift, CNC & Production Positions Send your resume, or drop by the office between 9am-2:30pm Monday-Friday. HCR Personnel Solutions Inc. 19 Four Seasons Place, Toronto, ON M9B 6E7 (Burnhamthorpe & East Mall) T:416-622-1427 F:416-622-7258 E: recruiting@hcr.ca www.hcr.ca

Furnished Apartments FINCH/ ISLINGTON Available immediately. Condo/ townhouse, new safe neighborhood , close to TTC/ 401/ 400. Minutes to Humber College/ York University/ shopping. 5 appliances, parking/ locker. Short term or long term lease. $1650 inclusive. 647-268-1333 or 416-508-8463.

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The Toronto Community News Newspapers request that advertisers check their ad upon publication as we will not be responsible for more than one incorrect insertion and there shall be no liability for non-insertion of any advertisement. Liability for errors in ads is limited to the amount paid for the space occupying the error. All copy is subject to the approval of management of The Toronto Community News Newspapers.

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Massage Services SUNSHINE HEALTH CENTRE. Summer special. RMT Massage $20.00 off for 1 hr. treatment. 3 visits only. Mention this ad 416-733-9093.

Articles for Sale

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Home Renovations

Articles for Sale (Misc.)

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KEELE & Wilson, 1 bedroom basement newly renovated. $1000./mo inclusive. Parking, laundry, close to transportation, York U & shopping. 416-633-6313 1 BDRM Bsmt Etob Lrg Clean quiet Incl heat/hydro CA cbl shrd laund 1prkng Pets ok No smk 1st & last $850 416-948-7845 JANE/ WILSON near Sheridan Mall. 1 bedroom apartment, including parking, & utilities. Main floor of house. 416-747-1107

FRENCH PROVINCIAL Dining room table, 8 chairs, buffet, 2 small tables, carpet. 905-303-7672. HOT TUB/ SPA. 2012. Brand new Warranty, fully loaded. Cost $8900.00 Sell $3900.00. 416-779-0563 HOT TUB (SPA) Covers Best Price, Best Quality. All shapes & Colours Available. Call 1-866-652-6837 w w w. t h e c o v e r guy.com/newspaper

Garage Sales

GARAGE SALE SAT & SUN July 28 & 29 10 - 4

Any reasonable offer accepted.

251 PANNAHILL ROAD (at rear of building) (Allen Rd. & Overbrook Rd.)

YARD SALE BED, all new in plastic, Queen Orthopedic. Mattress, boxspring. Warranty. Cost $1,000, Sell $275. 416-779-0563 ENTERTAINMENT with glass doors, drawers, two shelves, and liquor net. $150. 416-497-3611.

UNIT two book cabiCall

& Collectibles Wanted Cash for Older: Coins, Jewelry, Military, Watches, Toys, Barbies, Silver, Gold & old advertising etc. 25 years experience. Richard & Janet 416-431-7180 416-566-7373 WANTED: CASH for Old road/racing bikes, 10 speeds and parts. Bianchi, Miele, Raleigh, Peugeot, Campagnolo, Etc. CALL (647) 799-6497 -Dru

hr@prefhealthcare.com Fax: 905-771-2763 www.prefhealthcare.com

Assemblers $11.50/hr. 24-7 HR Solutions T 905-790-8367 F 905-790-8003, E info@24-7hrs.com

$$MONEY$$ CONSOLIDATE Debts Mortgages to 90% No income, Bad credit OK! Better Option Mortgage #10969 1-800-282-1169 www.mortgage ontario.com

Health Care/Medical

Apartments & Flats for Rent

Forklift Operators $14/hr Lifting 40lbs required Assembly skills.

Tax/Financial

Stuff to get rid of?

Let your community know with a personal message.

ANTIQUES

If you are interested in the above position, please apply by submitting your cover letter and resume on or before Aug 17, 2012 to: jobstempo@metroland.com. Please be sure to include “Press Helper” in the subject line of your email. We thank all applicants for your interest, however, only those applicants meeting all requirements will be contacted.

Also hiring full-time Mechanics. Career Development

General Help

Birthday? Anniversary? Memoriam?

Sat, July 28 8:30 - 1pm

No Earlybirds

108 OVERLAND DRIVE

(Don Mills/ Lawrence)

Children’s stuff, toys, etc...

AFFORDABLE HANDYMAN CONTRACTOR Carpentry, Electrical, Plumbing, Tiling, Drywall, Painting Bathrooms, Kitchens Basements, Counters, Closets, Flooring, Windows/Doors, Fences, Decks, Additions Lester 416-223-0226

A.R. CONTRACTOR

Metro Lic. B1149 Specializing in Complete Bathroom Remodeling & Professional Tile Installation Alex: 416-580-4012 www.alexpm.com 25 yrs servicing GTA COMPLETE HOME Renovations. Bathrooms, Kitchens, basement suites, plumbing, electrical & waterproofing. Free estimates. Call Victor 416-319-2232. DICK’S Home Improvements. Reliable, experienced, top quality service. Renovate an entire home or room. Carpentry, plumbing, electrical, ceramic, painting...(416)816-6219, anytime. GENERAL CONTRACTORS RESIDENTIAL/ COMMERCIAL. Finished basements. Painting. Bathrooms. Ceramic tiles. Flat roofs. Leaking basements. Drywall. Carpentry. Brick/chimney repairs. 9 0 5 - 7 6 4 - 6 6 6 7 , 416-823-5120

Waste Removal ALWAYS CHEAPEST!

All Garbage Removal! Home/ Business. Fast Sameday! Free Estimates! Seniors Discounts. We do all Loading & Clean-ups! Lowest Prices. Call John: 416-457-2154 Seven days


HOME IMPROVEMENT DIRECTORY

CHEAPEST Garbage Bin Rental! House hold junk, reno waste, dirt. Fast, Friendly, Reliable. Pool fill-ins. www.rapidwasteand disposal.com

Moving & Storage

416-984-0044

MR. KING’S JUNK REMOVAL Fast, reliable, same day pick up. Why spend more somewhere else? Seniors Discounts!

Call Vincent 647-216-KING (5464)

ANY MOVING/ junk removal, 24 hours. Insured licensed. BBB and BNI Member. Voted #1 in list of top 5 Movers by Metro readers! 416-253-7641. www.ssonsmoving.com

1$ Truck Fee. $19+/hr, Licensed. Insured Local/ Long Distance. Free Estimates. 24/7. www.huskymovers.ca 416-887-6696

MOVING

Local, long distance Packing service, FREE boxes.

Plumbing

EMERGENCY? Clogged drain, camera inspection Leaky pipes Reasonable price, 25 years experience Licensed/ Insured credit card accepted Free estimate James Chen

www.toromovers.ca

416-844-6683

Carpet & Upholstery

647-519-9506

CARPET UPHOLSTERY steam cleaning any 4 rooms, hallway and stairs $90. Sofa set $60. Extra rooms $20. Free deodorizing. 416-890-2894

PLUMBING REPAIRS

Flooring & Carpeting

JTP Contracting

HARDWOOD FLOOR Specialists. Installations, Resanding, Stains. For estimate call Jim 416-284-6243 or 416-561-9502

Drain snaking, plugged toilet, leaky sink, slow drain. 24 hr. emergency service

647-308-6005 Electrical

CERTIFIED MASTER Electrician. Troubleshooting, new wiring, upgrades, lighting, receptacles, timers. ESA# 7004236, Call Leo 416-821-2153

Concrete & Paving CONCRETE WORK

Waterproofing Under Pinning Sidewalk Patio stones General stonework Brick repair Fence repairs Parging Reasonable prices 416-825-3334

Decks & Fences 0 ALL DECKS built in 1 day. Highest quality. Lowest Prices! Free design and estimates. Call Mike 416-738-7752 www.griffindecks.ca

MAINLY FLOORS Carpet, hardwood, tile from $1.29/sq.ft. installed. Free estimate in GTA. Summer special! Call 416-873-8043 E: megafloors@live.com NESO FLOORING Carpet installation starting from $1.29/ sq.ft. Hardwood, laminate at low prices. 26 yrs experience. Free Estimates. Best Price! 647-400-8198 TAI HARDWOOD Flooring. New floors installed. Old floors refinished. Fast, friendly service. Low prices. Free estimates. Call Tai: 416-816-5322

Appliance Repairs/ Installation APPLIED REFRIGERATION. Appliances repaired professionally. 35 years experience. Fridge’s, coolers, washers, dryers, stoves. Central Air Conditioning & Heating. (416)281-3030

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HUSKY WINDOW & DOORS

• Windows • Doors • Bathrooms • Kitchens • Awnings • Eavestroughs • Porches • Railings • Steps • Patios • Stucco • Waterproofing • Brickwork • Decks • Roofing • Painting

MODEL RENOVATIONS INC. (416) 736-0090

DOUG ELLIOTT & SON

Vinyl - Aluminum Replacement Windows Doors, Repairs to Glass and Screens Factory Prices • Free Estimates 416-878-3667

PAINTING & DECORATING

WALLPAPERING SERVICES 30 YEARS OF SERVICE Reasonable Rates • Courteous • Free Estimates

416.281.9667

FINANCING AVAILABLE - AS LOW AS $39/MO Licensed & Insured • 25 Yrs. Experience

ELECTRICAL

SALE! SALE! SALE! SALE! SALE! SALE! SALE! SALE! SALE! SALE! SALE! SALE!

Burton Electric Inc.

10% Seniors’ Discount • Member BBB

STARTING AT

$1699!

AIR CONDITIONING CLEANING OR SERVICE

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We Service All $ Makes & Models

95

AND we do ALL Gas Piping Jobs & Duct Work (BBQ hook-ups, Stove Hook-ups, Dryers, Fireplaces, pools, etc.)

LARRY’S AIR CARE HEATING & AIR CONDITIONING

416-706-9861

SALE! SALE! SALE! SALE! SALE! SALE! SALE! SALE! SALE! SALE! SALE! SALE!

ABSOLUTELY amazing painters at bargain prices! Spring special $100/ room. Quick, clean, reliable. Free estimates! Second to None Painting 905-265-7738

FOR ALL YOUR RENO NEEDS

PAINTING & DECORATING

SALE! SALE! SALE! SALE! SALE! SALE! SALE! SALE! SALE! SALE! SALE! SALE!

GAS FURNACES CENTRAL AIR Sales, Service, Installations.

www.airflexltd.com 416-439-7155 metro lic. #H16265

DANAR RESTORATION No Down Payment for Seniors! - Concrete Porches - Porch Enclosures - Steps, Walkways - Windows, Doors - Flagstone, Bricks - Aluminum Work & Railings - Basement Leaks - Roofs, Awnings and Canopies DON’T PAY FOR 1 YEAR! O.A.C. 18 YEARS WITH THE SAME NAME AND NUMBER

www.danarco.ca

416-791-1234

416 419-1772

Knob and tube replacement Pot lights Solar Power Service upgrades Aluminum wire reconditioning Breakers/Panels Permits and inspections FREE ESTIMATES Master Electrician * License # 7001220 * Insured www.burtonelectric.ca mark.burton@burtonelectric.ca

HEATING & COOLING

UNIVERSAL

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! HEATING AND COOLING BIGGEST SALE EVER! SAVE $1,000

Air Con. From $1450 installed! BEST PRICES IN TOWN!!!

Tune-up & Clean Furnaces or A/C Plus 22pt. Check List Carbon Monoxide CO Levels $

69.95

CALL FOR FREE ESTIMATES

*10 Year Warranty

• WE CONVERT OIL OR ELECTRICAL FURNACE TO GAS • INSTALL TANKLESS HOT WATER & BOILER • LOWEST PRICE – WE DO ALL PROCESSES TO GET MAXIMUM REBATE

RATED A+ IN BBB 15 YEARS OF SERVICE ~ 24/7

416-445-1718

www.universalhc.ca

LANDSCAPING, LAWN CARE, SUPPLIES

NO HST

since

1967 • QUALITY LAWN CARE • HEDGE & TREE PRUNING • WALKWAYS, PATIOS & DRIVEWAYS • SPRING CLEANUPS, THATCHING

416-288-0313

WWW.UNDERHILL-WECARE.COM

YOUR PRIVATE GARDENER Sandy Bowker, B.Sc. Agr.

INTERLOCK SEALING 416 966 4200 www.sealtech.ca We just love to quote, so much so we do it for free!

We can help you with all your reno & repair needs. Big or small, we do ‘em all!

Landscaping and Lawn Maintenance, Spring Cleanups, Trimming & Pruning, Lawn Seeding or Sodding & Fertilizing, Interlock Walks & Patios

Call 416-493-4660 to place your ad

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PLUMBING

PLUMBER

SERVICING ALL YOUR PLUMBING NEEDS

BEST RATES GUARANTEED!

SUMMER SPECIAL - 20% OFF

24/7 - No extra charges for evenings, weekends or holidays Seniors Discounts Metro lic. # P20212 • Fully insured

• Plumbing Services •Ceramic Tiling, Kitchen Floors, Backsplash & Hallway LICENSED # P625 & INSURED

SMALL JOBS WELCOME

Call OTTO (416) 445-9323

CANDE PLUMBING

R & Z PLUMBING & DRAINS BEST RATES AND SERVICE IN TOWN

Replacement & Repairs (Faucets, Pipes, Drains, etc.) 24hrs/7days a week 28 Years Experience • Licensed

416.661.9393

Metro License #16137896

Commercial & Residential • Stone Window Sills • Block Work • Chimneys Built & Repaired NO DEPOSIT UP FRONT! All work guaranteed. Free estimates! Licenced & Insured • 26 years experience

416-282-8912 • 416-993-8912

To highlight your

Home Improvement Business call

416-493-4660

416.493.4660

REPAIRS REPAIRS REPAIRS REPAIRS REPAIRS Since 1990

ROOFING REPAIRS Co.

LOW COST REPAIRS EAVESTROUGH CLEANING

• MAJOR & MINOR REPAIRS • SHINGLES • ANIMAL DAMAGE • TRAP DOORS • REMOVAL • EAVESTROUGH REPAIRS • CHIMNEYS • SKYLIGHTS • FLAT ROOFS • GUTTER GUARD • TUCK POINTING • VALLEY REPAIRS • ALL VENTING WORK • PATCH WORK • SOFFIT & FACIA

SAME DAY SERVICE

647-235-8123

ROOFING DUN-RITE REPAIRS • SIDING/FASCIA • EAVESTROUGH 24 HOURS • TUCKPOINTING EMERGENCY REPAIRS • VENTING • GUTTER GUARDS • ANIMAL REMOVAL

• SHINGLES • FLAT ROOFS • SKY LIGHTS • CHIMNEY’S • VALLEY’S • ANIMAL PROOFING 15% Senior’s Discount

ALL TYPES OF ROOF REPAIRS 647-857-5656

All Eavestrough BESTRoof PRICE & ROOF & EAVESTROUGHRepairs REPAIRS Home Pro Exterior Services Inc.

EAVESTROUGH CLEANINGS FROM: 2 stories from $5995 Bungalow from $3995 Roof Repairs from $9995

SATISFACTION GUARANTEE

WILDLIFE REMOVAL-GUTTER GUARDS FREE ESTIMATES-SENIOR DISCOUNTS

CALL

416-820-3634

www.the-homepro.com Insured and Licensed

CANADIAN

ROOF

MASTERS

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

Save UP TO 15% OFF Lic. # B21358

Fully Licensed & Insured

416-626-0777

www.canadianroofmasters.com

R O O F I N G C O R P. • Shingles • Repairs • Eavestroughs LICENSED, WSIB, LIABILITY INS.

416-725-5053 Roof Repair Experts

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

MACKENZIE’S MASONRY

Fully licensed and insured.

New member of the family ? Share the News!

Design your own driveway! Visit www.multiseal.net

MASONRY & CONCRETE

647-427-RENO (7366) www. TheHandyForce .com

www.insidetoronto.com

Walkways/Curbs Free Estimates Bonded & Insured

FREE ESTIMATES (416) 427-0955 BATHROOM RENOVATIONS

ON LAWNCARE

FREE ESTIMATES

PAVING COMPANY StreetPrint Stamped & Coloured Asphalt Asphalt Paving

Call (416) 743-6017

PRICE

416-615-0995

• DECKS • PATTERN CONCRETE • FENCING • GARAGE FLOORS • FLAGSTONE • INTERLOCKING STONE LIFT & RELAY

CONCRETE & PAVING

ROOFING REPAIRS REPAIRS REPAIRS REPAIRS REPAIRS REPAIRS

Painting & Decorating

DOORS & WINDOWS

SALE! SALE! SALE! SALE! SALE! SALE! SALE! SALE! SALE! SALE! SALE! SALE!

416-677-3818 Rock Bottom Rates!

HOME RENOVATIONS

REPAIRS REPAIRS REPAIRS REPAIRS REPAIRS REPAIRS

Chimneys, Tuck Pointing, Brick, Concrete Windowsills and Much More! For Free Estimate Call Peter: 647-333-0384 www.stardustconstruction.com

REPAIRS REPAIRS REPAIRS REPAIRS REPAIRS

BRICK, BLOCK & NATURAL STONEWORK

PETER’S DEPENDABLE JUNK REMOVAL From home or business, including furniture/ appliances, construction waste. Quick & careful!

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

416-248-0211

TREE/STUMP SERVICES GTA TREE SERVICE

Quick Service!!! • Experts in Removal of Dangerous Trees • Trimming, Pruning, Removal • Stump Removal • $2 million Liability + WSIB SPRING SAVINGS 20% OFF!

Call Bobby 416-828-TREE (8733) www.GTAtree.com

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