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and $240,000. The food bank is facing a 19 per cent increase in demand, which closely reflects post-recession levels of 2008. The drive will launch at 865 York Mills Rd. from 12:30 to 2 p.m., with food and cash donations accepted. Ten per cent of all frozen yogurt sales will be donated to NYHFB. The food bank’s catchment area is bounded by Steeles Avenue, Victoria Park Avenue, St. Clair Avenue/ Eglinton Avenue and Hwy. 27. For a list of suggested food donations, visit www.northyorkharvest. com/donate-food

Ruling shows mayor ‘not above the law:’ ally Shiner LISA QUEEN lqueen@insidetoronto.com Monday’s shocking court ruling that found Mayor Rob Ford guilty of conflict of interest and ordered him removed from office means the mayor must leave office, allowing the business of the city to carry on, Willowdale Councillor David Shiner said. “He got himself into this trouble and there’s no way out of it, except to leave office,” said Shiner, a member of Ford’s executive committee. Shiner said the ruling appears to be unprecedented and called it a sad day for Toronto. While Ford’s heart may have been in the right place in trying to get donations to benefit high school football, the ruling makes it clear “as mayor, you have to stand for all, you’re not

above the law,” Shiner said. “You have a responsibility, all of us do, as members of council to make sure you’re acting in a proper and responsible manner at all times. (If in doubt), you get outside legal counsel to see what you can and can’t do.” York Centre Councillor Maria Augimeri agreed, saying she is proud of the judicial system for showing nobody is above the law and everyone, regardless of their status, must play by the rules. The law is in place to protect the public against abuse, she said. Ford has indicated he will fight the ruling, which said he should be removed from office in 14 days but gives him an opportunity to appeal the decision. Justice Charles Hackland did not find Ford simply committed an error >>>COUNCILLORS, page 14

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North York’s 31 Division has announced an arrest of a suspect wanted in connection with almost 20 home invasions. Since May, 16 homes have been broken into and two vehicles stolen, police said. Osmar Perez, 33, of Toronto, was arrested Tuesday, Nov. 27 and charged with 16 counts of break-andenter, two counts of theft of vehicle and numerous other charges. Anyone with information is asked to call police at 416−808−3100 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416−222−8477.

Second Harvest annual turkey drive Second Harvest is hoping to collect 6,000 turkeys for people in need this holiday season. The annual Turkey Drive campaign will take place Dec. 8 and 9 and 15 and 16 at participating Loblaws stores. Turkeys can be purchased at Loblaws and donated on site. For a list of participating stores or information visit http://secondharvest.ca/

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CROSSING THE LINE: North York Rangers Nicholas Geiser (44) pressures Mississauga Chargers’ netminder Alex Lepore and Nick Tetley (25) as a shot by teammate Taylor Pryce finds its way into the net to secure a last-minute 2-1 win during Ontario Junior Hockey League action Sunday at Herb Carnegie Centennial Arena. North York hits the road for a pair of games including Oakville on Friday and Toronto Lakeshore Saturday.

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Downsview SS’s season ends at hands of provincial gold-medallists North York schools were well represented as the high school fall sports season came to a close with the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations (OFSAA) provincial championship tournaments wrapping up last weekend in boys volleyball and girls basketball. Unfortunately, the four teams didn’t manage to prove the ranking pundits wrong. The most heralded North York

team, ranked ninth at the OFSAA triple-A girls hoops championships in Belle River, was the Downsview Secondary School team – and they also did the best. But they were ousted in the quarterfinal round. The lost their OFSAA opener 62-43 to third-ranked St. Thomas Aquinas from Oakville, won their key do-or-die second round match 40-34 against 14th-ranked Belle River and then were ousted in the quarter-

finals 67-42 to number one-ranked St. Mary’s who went on to defending their gold medal. Other than those two OFSAA losses, Downsview can bask in the glory of a perfect season in their Toronto District School Board (TDSB) league, including five playoff wins on top of a 6-0 regular season record. The two other North York schools in girls basketball playdowns didn’t take such lofty resumes into their

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Opinion Ian Proudfoot Marg Middleton Peter Haggert Paul Futhey Warren Elder Jamie Munoz

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Council needs to re-set priorities at halfway point

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oronto City Council reached the halfway point of its mandate in spectacular fashion this week. Monday’s decision by Superior Court Justice Charles Hackland ordering Mayor Rob Ford be removed from office due to his violation of the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act will take effect on Dec. 10. The judge gave council 14 days from Monday to deal with his ruling. That possible date of removal comes just three days after council reaches the twoyear anniversary of its four-year our view term. The situation on Ford is constantly changing. Council was Councillors examining its legal options at this week’s meeting. At the moment, must still focus it appears council has the choice on community of either appointing a caretaker mayor for the remaining two years of this term, or calling for a mayoral byelection. City solicitor Anna Kinastowski said it’s going to be a long process, much of it dependent on other court rulings which could stay Ford’s removal or keep him in office if he wins his appeal. If or when the time comes for council to make a decision on replacing Ford, we strongly favour the appointment route. Calling a byelection will cost an estimated $7 million. It will also likely cause a mess of a domino effect as councillors abandon their wards to run for mayor. And that’s the last thing Toronto needs, distracted councillors furthering their own political careers during a byelection while ignoring the needs of the wards they were elected to represent in 2010. As our stories in today’s paper on Council at The Halfway Point show, councillors must fully focus on the important work of representing their communities. This has to remain their priority. We also ask that the appointee be from Ford’s side of the political spectrum. He was elected on a mandate of fiscal responsiblity and concern for taxpayers, and that should be respected. The halfway point of a council’s mandate is an artificial line for council members to reflect on what’s gone right and what’s gone wrong during the first two years of office. Unfortunately, this time it’s a harder line in the sand. It’s a re-set point for every civic politician and every civic official. There are no longer any rookie councillors – everyone has two years of experience. Understand that the pure pleasure and advantage of local politics is in moving forward carrying the interests of your constituency beyond an agenda of a perceived political left or right vision. 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: Re: “Infrastructure funding must become priority,” Editorial, Nov. 15. As Toronto Board of Trade CEO Carol Wilding said so well: “Toronto’s problems of gridlock and poor transit connectivity are among the worst of any major urban centre in the world.” I agree. The facts are that Canada’s mounting infrastructure crisis of crumbling bridges, potholes and traffic gridlock is costing more than $10 billion in lost productivity every year. You ask residents to ask their MPs on where they stand and what they are going to do. For me and my New Democrat colleagues this is an issue that we, along with municipalities across Canada, have been pressing ever since the recent Canada Infrastructure Program came to an end. For us there is no doubt whatsoever that this should be a priority for the federal government. Mike Sullivan, MP, York South-Weston

Rink B deserves a solid A-plus in my book

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s I write this, I’m staring at something I’d long since given up hope of ever seeing again in the neighbourhood – a brand spanking new outdoor hockey rink. I had to pinch myself to make sure I wasn’t dreaming. But it is an outdoor rink here in Cedarvale, alright. And it’s almost ready for action. The only thing missing is the ice and and that little detail will be taken care of in short order. The grand opening date, weather permitting, is Sunday, which, like the rink, is just around the corner. Since the weather these days often has a way of not permitting, the historic debut could be pushed back a bit. If so, I’m OK with that. I’ve waited decades for such a rink. A few extra days won’t matter a bit. And when it does open, I’ll be there with bells on. Some players wear the jersey of their favourite

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player, others wear a jersey from a team of their youth. I prefer bells. It’s not just an on-ice fashion statement. It’s very practical, too. The jingling drowns out the huffing and puffing around me. Anyhow, when the puck drops to christen the rink I’ll be thinking about two rinks I used to frequent in days of yore. The first is the now defunct ice surface at the not defunct West Prep, my old public school, about a mile-and-half away. That rink is where my hockey career, such as it is, began. I wasn’t involved in serious hockey at the start. My parents didn’t chauffeur me all over the GTA to rinks six days a week. I played house

league at Memorial Arena in Forest Hill. One game a week, no practices. That’s it. Ah, but at West Prep, I could be on the ice every day. It didn’t get any better than that. I didn’t dream of being in the NHL. I dreamed only of playing at West Prep. The second rink I’ll be reminiscing about is an indoor facility that still exists. It’s located just five feet from this one – the venerable Phil White Arena, aka venerable Cedarvale Arena. I played there during my formative 20-something, 30-something and etc.something hockey years. This new outdoor arena, going only by the name of Rink B, sits in the formerly unused parking lot right behind it. Those Cedarvale games were some of my all-time faves. There was no shinny or pleasure skating schedule available at press time, so that possibility still exists. As I await the grand open-

ing, I can’t get a hit song by Canadian singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell out of my head. It’s titled Big Yellow Taxi. It was about not realizing how good you have things until it’s too late. “Don’t it always seem to go, that you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone,” she sings. Another memorable line in it, “They paved paradise and put up a parking lot.” Well, as for the former, I never took outdoor shinny for granted. I cherished every moment. I still do. As for the latter? Lo and behold, they paved the parking lot and put up a hockey rink. Oh, I know it’s not the paradise she was referring to, but for a Canadian kid like me, it’s pretty darn close. 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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Former Salvation Army executive charged in $2-million toy theft Murray said the theft is disheartening. “It’s a terrible shame when people donate their good, hard-earned money towards buying toys for those in need at the holiday times and these articles are now being redirected for profit,” he said in a statement. “Our organization will co-operate with the Toronto Police Service and the Crown’s office and the Salvation Army will continue to work with its external partners to ensure that something like this never happens again.” Major also applauded the quick actions of police. “We commend the Toronto Police Service for what appears to be timely progress in its investigation and wish it continued success,” he said in a statement. “The Salvation Army is under no illusions that the recovered toys can be returned to us soon, as it appears likely they will be required as evidence in any criminal court proceedings that arise.”

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The former executive director of the Salvation Army’s North York warehouse is facing a number of charges in connection with the theft of $2 million worth of toys and other items. David Rennie, who was fired last week, will make his first court appearance Jan. 4, Toronto police announced Monday. On Friday, officers with 33 Division’s major crimes unit recovered 150 skids of toys, cribs, strollers, food and personal care items that had gone missing over two years from the Salvation Army’s warehouse and distribution centre on Railside Road southeast of Lawrence Avenue and the Don Valley Parkway. Some of the property was found at Northern Sales Group near Weston Road and Steeles Avenue while other items were discovered in a cold storage warehouse in Brampton, police said.

“The volume of the rerouted skids of donations we found in the Brampton location that were meant to reach 150 Railside Rd. were beyond our belief,” Det. Robert Strain said in a statement. “The merchandise we located there should not have been in a freezer storage facility. It was quite clear they were being held off-site.” The recovered property included two of 23 high-end bicycles donated by Premier Dalton McGuinty to Salvation Army camps. A suspect allegedly controlled portions of shipments in the Salvation Army warehouse and re-directed some items through Northern Sales Group, which is a wholesale company, Strain said. Meanwhile,, police are looking for a second suspect connected to the company, he said. The alleged theft, which involved 100,000 toys stolen over about two years, came to light in August through a whistleblower. Salvation Army Maj. John

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hile critics complain this term of city council has so far been plagued by bickering and lacklustre achievements, North York councillors are applauding the gains they’ve made locally. Dec. 7 marks two years since the inaugural city council meeting under Mayor Rob Ford’s administration, meaning the term is half over. Monday’s ruling of the removal of Ford due to conflict of interest charges would take effect three days later, Dec. 10. Veteran Willowdale Councillor John Filion acknowledges city council has made some progress by significantly reducing its annual budget crisis by decreasing spending where possible and negotiating a contract with city workers that is good for taxpayers. But, overall, city council is severely divided and lacking a clear agenda on major issues, notably transit, Filion said. That contrasts sharply with North York Community Council, he said. “It is difficult to get anything accomplished at a city-wide level because of divisions within council but on local issues, everything is going the way it usually does,” he said. “Community council works well. The councillors play nice. It’s a very friendly group and I think everybody puts on their community hat when we meet at community council. I find the councillors are helpful and the staff is helpful and, most importantly, the local community is amazing.” Filion pointed to a number of achievements in his ward in the last two years, such as the opening of the Edithvale Community Centre, the opening of new parks on Edithvale Drive, on Avondale Avenue and at Olive Avenue and Yonge Street, the growing popularity of the annual summer Cultura

Festival and the opening of St. George’s Anglican Church with a child care centre and community space. While Filion admitted traffic remains a significant ongoing concern, he is looking forward to more gains in the next two years. He expects three new parks to open, the start of a small community centre at Lansing United Church, a new child care centre being built at Churchill Public School using section 37 money the city gets from developers, a new child are centre at Lansing United Church, a rebuilt Avondale Public School, a new Willowdale headquarters for the new North York Arts group and new cultural initiatives. As council gets set for the second half of its term, Filion is hoping city council can take a page from North York community council.

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ookie York Centre Councillor James Pasternak is thrilled with what has happened in his ward in the last two years. For example, off-leash dog zones have been established in Earl Bales and G. Lord Ross parks; the city designated the Antibes Community Centre a “priority centre” allowing free and discounted recreational programs; the intersections of Bathurst Street and Wilson Avenue and Bathurst and Sheppard Avenue were revitalized with repaving, plants and trees; and 500 trees were planted in Earl Bales and other parks. Meanwhile, benches, pathways, trees and a gazebo were put in Champlain Parkette as part of a $25,000 enhancement project, and a $50,000 playground was added to Harryetta Gardens Park. The next two years promise to be just as successful, Pasternak said. He is looking forward to a $15-million revitalization of Centennial Library and Herb Carnegie Centennial Centre, a $2-million ski lift being put in

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Ward 9 city councillor Maria Augimeri in her York Centre ward.

at Earl Bales Ski Hill and major upgrades at Wilson Heights and Hidden Trail parks. “I’ve been working very hard to meet the promises I made in 2010 on the campaign trail and we’re getting very close to completing that list,” he said. “We’re managed to get a lot of stuff done. The proof is on the ground. We’ve had enormous support in getting all of these things done. It’s not a single person operating, it’s a team effort.” While there have been minor disappointments locally, such as the failure to get approval for a

TTC community bus to get seniors, people with disabilities and others to parks, community centres and shopping, Pasternak said his biggest frustration has come at city council. “I didn’t anticipate the highly charged political environment at City Hall and, in some quarters, the take-no-prisoners approach,” he said.

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eteran York Centre Councillor Maria Augimeri, who earlier this month was re-elected chair of North York Community Council, pointed to a number of

accomplishments in her ward. For example, Augimeri and the community rallied to save the Anthony community’s only green space from development when the Toronto District School Board wanted to sell off a park at the former Anthony Road Public School. In addition, the former school, which now houses MukiBaum Treatment Centres for children and adults with complex disabilities, was going to be sold, but that decision was reversed after the community mobilized. A b u s i n e s s i m p r ov e m e n t area (BIA) steering has been established to revitalize Wilson Avenue, Downsview held its first Remembrance Day ceremony at the Downsview Memorial Parkette in 2010 and Downsview’s first dog owners’ association was created. Augimeri pointed to several upcoming success stories. For example, community space was created on an abandoned hydro transfer station site next to the Jane-Sheppard library branch and a fully functional park will be built in the next year. Also, construction of the new Humber River Regional Hospital is well underway with an expected completion date of May 2015, the new Sheppard West/Downsview Park subway station is 50 per cent finished and will be completed in 2016 and a $1-billion light rail line will be built along Finch Avenue west from Keele Street and Finch to Humber College beginning in 2016. “Much has occurred in the last few years that should give us reason for positive reflection. Downsview is doing well and on the path to prosperity and change, which can bring some unease as well as hope,” Augimeri said.

Ford’s first two years started strong, ended in controversy

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ayor Rob Ford has had a colourful first two years in office: starting from the moment he announced Transit City was “dead,” then handed off the limelight in his swearing-in ceremony to a red-baiting Don Cherry. As he reaches the second anniversary of his mayoralty on Dec. 7, Ford’s political career in municipal politics could well be over. Superior Court Judge Charles Hackland ordered Ford removed from office on Monday over a conflict of interest he failed to declare, when he asked

council to forgive him having to pay $3,150 of money donated to a football charity. That matter was one of many black eyes Ford has inflicted on his own mayoralty. But what about policy? After two years in the mayor’s chair, what has Ford done to change the face of Toronto? Initially, it seemed like he had accomplished quite a bit. He convinced Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty and Metrolinx to stop work on the Sheppard LRT and let

the city attempt to build a subway there instead. He convinced Toronto Council to scrap the $60 vehicle registration fee, and using surpluses left by the previous administration, froze property taxes in 2011. Toronto councillors’ office budgets were slashed in half. He convinced council to contract out garbage collection in the area west of Yonge Street. He and Deputy Mayor Doug Holyday were able to win major concessions from the city’s remaining unionized workers, with only a

short public library strike. In the service of his promise to cut the “gravy” at city hall, he implemented a core services review, which enabled council and the public to decide what services the city should or should not be providing. These exercises found little to cut. The fallout from the process arguably led Toronto Council to take a firmer hand with the mayor in 2012, which saw many of his promises undone. Council resurrected Transit City and turned around the 2012 budget to restore some key services.

What’s to come? Well, if Ford is successful in appealing Hackland’s ruling, there are a couple of outstanding promises. Ford has promised to start cutting the land transfer tax on real estate transactions. And he is aiming at a 1.75 per cent property tax increase for 2013. And he has made it clear since the spring, when council shut down his subway dream: Rob Ford is already campaigning for re-election in 2014. – David Nickle


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Ford’s ouster: City Hall in turmoil after court ruling DAVID NICKLE dnickle@insidetoronto.com The decision by Ontario Superior Court Justice Charles Hackland to remove Mayor Rob Ford from office in 14 days has thrown City Hall into turmoil. The decision has left councillors unclear as to how the city will be governed, and already led to splinters in the mayor’s inner circle. Ford, meanwhile, has made it clear he will be appealing the decision, which could prevent him from running for office until the 2014 election, and blamed the decision on a left-wing conspiracy to remove him from office. “This has come down to left wing politics,” Ford told reporters

Monday morning, just over an hour after the decision was released. “They’re going to do anything to get me out and I’m going to fight tooth and nail to hold onto my job. And if they do for some reason get me out, I’ll be running back at them in a byelection.” That may not be possible, however. According to city lawyer Anna Kinastowski, the decision prohibits the mayor from seeking office again until 2014, the next general election. And the move already has some of Ford’s former allies suggesting that until the appeal is heard he should step aside and allow Deputy Mayor Doug Holyday to take over. Ford has said he would be

launching an appeal. At issue was a decision by Ford to speak on his own behalf as council was considering a report from the city’s integrity commissioner. The report recommended council compel Ford to repay $3,150 he had accepted from lobbyists for his football charity. Ford had as a councillor solicited those funds using his councillor’s letterhead, which was a violation of council’s code of conduct. Ford had repeatedly refused to repay the money, and when it came to council, he begged councillors not to compel him to do so. That, according to the Hackland decision, was a violation of the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act, which requires that politicians

refrain from speaking or voting on matters in which they have a financial interest. Hackland rejected arguments made by Ford’s defence, suggesting he had made an error in judgement on the matter – one of the few acceptable mitigating factors in COI violations. “In the view of the respondent’s leadership role in ensuring integrity in municipal government, it is difficult to accept an error in judgement defence based essentially on a stubborn sense of entitlement (concerning his football foundation) and a dismissive and confrontational attitude to the Integrity Commissioner and the Code of Conduct,” wrote Hackland. “In my opinion, the respondent’s actions

were characterized by an ignorance of the law and a lack of diligence in securing professional advice, amounting to willful blindness.” Clayton Ruby, the lawyer who prosecuted the case for citizen Paul Magder, said he and his client were pleased with the victory, but saddened by the situation. “It is tragic that the elected mayor of a great city should bring himself to this,” he said. When Ford asks for an appeal to the Ontario Divisional Court, he will also ask that his removal be stayed until that appeal is resolved. Until that happens, Kinastowski told council there is nothing else that council can do in deciding whether to appoint or hold a byelection.

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Toronto’s solicitor Anna Kinastowski said it’s her legal opinion that Mayor Rob Ford would be prohibited from running in any byelection prior to the 2014 general municipal election. Kinastowski made the statement during a brief question-and-answer session with Toronto Council Tuesday. Kinastowski was clarifying implications of the ruling by Superior Court Justice Charles Hackland, which found Ford guilty of violating the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act. The sentence – removing Ford from office and barring him from running until the next term – has

been open to interpretation. Ford and his lawyers believe it means he can run in a byelection, because his term of office would effectively end when and if he is finally removed from it. But Kinastowski said her – and the city legal department’s – reading of the decision suggests otherwise. “It is my opinion that the word ‘term’ means 2010 to 2014. That is our interpretation of that particular fact. If down the road there is a byelection and Mr. Ford does not agree, he can take action to get a judicial interpretation at that time.” Ford has announced he will appeal the decision to Divisional Court, and ask for a stay of Hackland’s decision, which would

have Ford out of office 14 days after the decision was released. The stay would mean that Ford would remain in office until the decision was rendered by the three-judge panel at Divisional Court. At that point, the court could either uphold Hackland’s decision, strike it down, or order a new trial. Whatever the decision, council can do nothing until that happens. If Ford is finally removed from office, council will have 60 days to decide whether to appoint a caretaker mayor, or hold a byelection. A byelection would cost approximately $7 million, and would be held over just 45 days.


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ob Ford did this to Rob Ford.” No truer words were spoken about our third (amalgamated city) mayor, than the soundbite-ready quip from lawyer Clayton Ruby, who led the legal challenge to Mayor Rob Ford’s legitimacy to hold the office to which he was elected two years ago. Ford is facing what can only be counted as a disgrace: ordered removed from office not by disgruntled voters or his own lifechoices, but a court of law, for violating the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act. There will be an appeal of the decision by Justice Charles Hackland. Perhaps the mayor will prevail on appeal, and be able to remain in office. But in the course of getting there, he will hear the verdict in the libel lawsuit from the owner of the Boardwalk Cafe in the Beach. And before the end of the year, the result of a compliance audit on his election expenses will be released. Depending on how badly that goes, he could well be faced with removal from office a second time, as well as a second restriction on when next he can run for election. And that doesn’t even scratch the surface of other situations he’s been connected to including the displacing commut-

The injury he suffers in losing his job is paltry compared to the injury the city suffers in the wake of that. Council is a fragile body at the best of times. The huge uncertainty david nickle Ford’s potential departure creates could throw it ers on Finch Avenue to entirely off the rails. bring buses to ferry the Toronto Council will high school football team need to pass a budget, he coaches back to their which, one would hope, home school and engaging would reflect the complex senior city staff regarding will of the electorate. It repairs to the road outside will have to deal with the his family’s label-making continued implementabusiness. tion of a Ford has transportaalready surThe huge uncertainty tion plan. rendered It will Ford’s potential the moral have to authority to what departure creates decide lead the city. to do about The courts could throw (council) revenue are now in sources like entirely off the rails. the land the process of taking transfer tax. legal authorOne ity from him. might argue Ford’s presSome have suggested ence has been of diminthat the punishment ishing relevance to all of meted out by Hackland this, as council has chosen – and prescribed in the its own route. Municipal Conflict of But the instability over Interest Act – outstrips the the next few months will nature of the crime. all but guarantee a level Hackland admitted of legislative paralysis as much in his decision: Toronto hasn’t seen since that Ford’s decision to the early days of amalgaspeak on his own behalf, mation. when faced with a report To paraphrase Clayton demanding he repay Ruby: Rob Ford did this $3,150 in donations to his to us. football charity, wasn’t a n David Nickle is The matter of corruption, and Mirror’s City Hall columthe violation of the act was nist. His column appears merely technical. every Thursday. Contact But Ford is by all him at dnickle@insidetoaccounts a wealthy man. ronto.com THE CITY

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North York’s Orchestra Toronto is looking for Canada’s best young pianist. The organization recently announced the Orchestra Toronto Concerto Competition: the 2013 Marta Hidy prize for piano. Named in honour of the late Marta Hidy, one of Canada’s foremost violinists, this is the orchestra’s third annual competition searching for the best musical virtuosos aged 23 and younger. Every year, the competition focuses on a different musical instrument. The first-year prize was for violin. Last year, it was for cello. This year, the search is for the best young pianist. Competitors will be judged

on artistry, musicianship, technical skills and stage presence. The winner will be awarded a $1,000 scholarship and an opportunity to perform as a soloist with Orchestra Toronto at its December youth-oriented concert at the Toronto Centre for the Arts. “The prize was established to honour Marta Hidy’s legacy as a solo artist, orchestral and chamber musician, conductor, teacher and music professor,” the orchestra said in a press release. “Marta Hidy’s passion for music and for young talent influenced the lives of generations of musicians and the Orchestra Toronto Concerto Competition’s mission is to continue that influence.

Supported by the Hidy Fund, the competition aims primarily to showcase talented young Canadian and help them make the transition to professional life.” The competition is open to pianists 23 years of age or younger who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents. Competitors can visit www. orchestratoronto.ca to submit an application by Feb. 4. By Feb. 25, they must upload an audition video playing a Chopin Etude, a prelude and fugue from Bach’s WellTempered Clavier and a piece of the candidate’s choice. Up to six finalists will be announced by March 4. The finals will be held March 23 at Earl Haig Secondary School.

Participate in the City’s 2013 Budget Process How City Council establishes the City’s budget and priorities directly affects the quality of life for every resident. The Operating Budget determines what programs and services the City will offer and how much the City will raise and spend within a year and in the immediate future. The Capital Budget and Plan provides funding for the facilities and infrastructure required to deliver those services. A Staff Recommended 2013 Tax Supported Operating Budget and 2013-2022 Capital Budget and Plan are now being considered by the Budget Committee for recommendation to the Mayor and his Executive Committee and then to City Council. If you want to make your views about the 2013 Budget known there are several ways to do so. 1. Make a public presentation to the Budget Committee at its Budget Hearing. 2013 Operating Budget and 2013-2022 Capital Budget and Plan Hearing: Budget Committee December 10, 2012 Time: 9:30 a.m. Location: Committee Room 1, Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen Street West

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Please contact the Budget Committee at 416-338-5851 or 416-392-7445, or e-mail buc@toronto.ca no later than 4 p.m. on December 7, 2012 if you intend to make a public presentation. Please register to ensure that your name is placed on the speakers list. There will be a five-minute presentation time limit, unless the Committee decides otherwise. The Committee will hear speakers starting at 9:30 a.m. on December 10, 2012 and if necessary, the Committee will reconvene at 9:30 a.m. on December 11, 2012 to hear remaining speakers on the speakers list. 2. Submit a written presentation to: Budget Committee Toronto City Hall 100 Queen Street West 10th floor, WestTower Toronto, ON M5H 2N2 Fax: 416-392-1879 E-mail: buc@toronto.ca 3. Send a letter or e-mail to your local City Councillor. For information on how to contact your City Councillor, please call 3-1-1. Toronto City Council will review and approve the final 2013 Operating Budget and 2013-2022 Capital Budget and Plan at the Council meeting on January 15-17, 2013. For more information about the City Budget and the 2013 Budget process please visit our website: www.toronto.ca/budget2013 or toronto.ca/council. Notice: If you write or make a presentation to the Budget Committee, we will collect and use your personal information in accordance with applicable laws. We also videotape meetings and make recordings publicly available on request. For more information about the collection and use of your personal information, please visit: http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/privacy.html

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Linda Jeffrey, provincial minister of l and minister responsible for seniors announces the Healthy Homes Renovation Tax Credit for Seniors last Thursday at the North York Seniors Centre.

to landlords and cannot be used for general repairs that do not improve the ability of seniors to live independently in their homes. It also does not apply to devices such as wheelchairs, walkers or home security, or services such as in-home care or housekeeping.

‘Often, making small, practical changes to our homes can make a world of difference in our lives.’ –Linda Jeffrey The credit can be used retroactively for eligible work done as early as October 2011.

“The fact that it’s permanent... means seniors can use this credit this year, next year and the years after that,” said tax advisory specialist Jeremy Bertrand, who added its refundable nature means seniors can claim the credit and receive a tax rebate even if they do not owe provincial taxes. The Ministry of Consumer Services is advising seniors to get at least three written estimates on work to be done and to check contractors’ references among the steps they can take to ensure they are not victimized by unscrupulous companies or individuals. For more information on the Healthy Homes Renovation Tax Credit, visit www.ontario.ca/healthyhomes or call 1-866-6688297.


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DAVID NICKLE dnickle@insidetoronto.com If you want to fight a parking ticket at Toronto City Hall, you might be surprised to find it’s easier than you think. And that’s not a good thing, according to a report from Toronto’s Ombudsman Fiona Crean, looking into the way the city handles disputed parking tickets. Crean’s report came as a result of “a sizeable number of complaints” from parking ticket recipients. They complained the dispute process doesn’t give recipients adequate information about ways to cancel a

parking ticket or dispute it, unfairly requires recipients to attend in person to request a trial, and that service at parking tag offices is inadequate and trials untimely. The investigation took place over 11 months – and according to Crean, found some merit to the complaints. While she wrote the process provides reasonable services to recipients given resources and demand, she agreed the information provided to recipients seemed tailored to discourage anything but promptly paying a ticket. “The information that appears on the parking infraction notice downplays the trial option and gives no

indication that tickets are in some cases cancellable without attendance in court,” she wrote. “The information on the city’s website highlights the payment option over the trial option and does not provide adequate information about other avenues through which recipients’ concerns may be raised.” The city does have guidelines that explain how tickets can be cancelled. But they’re not accessible to the general public, wrote Crean. And she said while staff at parking tag offices are aware of those rules and are authorized to cancel tickets, “unless they are directly asked, staff do not offer any advice prior to filling

Recommendations

• The city should expand and clarify the information on challenging a ticket that’s on the infraction notice, the city website and parking tag offices; • Expanding the use of telephone, email and fax contact for dealing with ticket issues where an in-person appearance isn’t needed; • Requiring staff at parking tag offices to identify and help recipients whose ticket cancellation might not require a court appearance; • Look at initiatives that would reduce court appearances, such as creating a fixed fine system and a delivery parking permit; • Ask the Attorney General to refer the issue of creating an administrative penalty – which would remove parking tickets from the courts – to the Court of Appeal for a final ruling. Currently, the city believes implementing such a measure would be vulnerable to legal challenge. – Fiona Crean’s report the recipient’s trial request on whether the ticket is one that is covered by the cancellation guidelines.”

Crean noted the city has made an effort to improve the dispute system.

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