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Fatal construction accident among causes of delay RAHUL GUPTA rgupta@insidetoronto.com Unforeseen delays, including a fatal construction accident at York University last year, will stall the completion of the Toronto-York Spadina subway extension by nearly one full year. The six-stop extension traveling north from Downsview station, to be renamed Sheppard West station, and ending in Vaughan will now open in the fall of 2016 as opposed to December 2015 – if there are no more further delays to construction, said TTC spokesperson Brad Ross. “We put out a schedule that wasn’t achievable,” said Ross, executive director of communications for the TTC. “The fatality at the York site was a significant impact.” The TTC has released a report indicating the altered schedule that was to be presented to its board of commissioners yesterday. The report attributes the lengthened timeline to “major schedule impacts” including the fatal accident at the planned York University subway station construction site on the university’s campus last fall that resulted in the death of a worker. Kyle Knox was killed on Oct. 11, 2011 when a drilling machine >>>new, page 5

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Gail Williams’ four-year-old son, A.J., was having some trouble with word pronunciation so she brought him to a screening clinic set up for kindergarten students at Gosford Public School. The clinic, the first of its kind in the Toronto District School Board, saw 66 of 89 potential junior and senior kindergarten students throughout the day Wednesday. Along with seeing a pediatrician, parents could also access information on dental care, healthy eating, speech and language development and vision concerns. “It’s convenient, it’s right next door,” Williams said of why she brought A.J. to the screening clinic instead of his pediatrician. Young A.J. is one of the lucky students who has a physician. Dr. Kevin Chan, who ran the screening clinic, said 30 per cent of Gosford pupils are without a pediatrician. Chan, a pediatrician with The Hospital for Sick Children, volunteers his time once a month to operate a clinic out of the Finch Avenue and York Gate Boulevard school, which is open to students and their siblings for acute care. So it was only fitting Chan was approached to run the kindergarten screening clinic. “The vast majority of students are healthy, they are just getting a check-up,” he said in between appointments. Most of the issues focused on heart murmurs, vaccinations, behavioural problems and weight, Chan said. Sarah Sarpong was one of the parents who brought her child in >>>gosford, page 3

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A man wanted by North York’s 31 Division in a forcible confinement and sexual assault investigation turned himself in to police Tuesday. Andre Antoine, 20, of no fixed address, has been charged with forcible confinement, sexual assault, threatening death and assault with a weapon. Anyone with information is asked to call police at 416-808-3100 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-8477.

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A 49-year-old woman was seriously hurt after being hit by a van in North York Monday. The accident happened on Sheppard Avenue just west of Keele Street at 7:04 a.m. The pedestrian was taken to Sunnybook hospital to be treated for serious but nonlife-threatening injuries. “The driver of the vehicle remained on scene,” Const. Clint Stibbe said. “The driver wasn’t injured.” A portion of Sheppard was closed for more than two hours as police investigated. “Traffic services is investigating and is looking for any witnesses,” Stibbe said. Anyone with information can call traffic services at 416-808-1900.

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oggers, walkers and cyclists will be pleased to hear the East Don Trail is now completed. Don Valley East MP Joe Daniel and Scarborough-Agincourt Councillor Norm Kelly, chair of the city’s Parks and Environment Committee, announced the completion of the trail at a press conference on Saturday, Oct. 20 in the parking lot of the Charles Sauriol conservation area at 1 Old Lawrence Ave., southeast of Lawrence and the Don Valley Parkway. Built in four stages over the last year, the trail is a twokilometre paved path from Milne Hollow Park to the bridge that connects to the WynfordConcord community, according

to a statement from the city. It includes two canopies under the CN Rail line, new bridges to the south of the Wynford Access Road and over the East Don River, hand rails near the north end of the trail and a new trail connecting Milne Hollow Park and the East Don Trail with Moccasin Trail Park, it said. The city contributed $1.19 million to the construction of the trail, with the federal government adding $697,000. “In addition to creating local jobs, the East Don Trail brings new opportunities for outdoor activity and makes Toronto an even better place to live, work, visit and raise a family,” Daniel said in a statement.

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The City of Toronto and the federal government held an opening ceremony Saturday at the Charles Sauriol Conservation Area to mark the completion of their $1.89-million partnership project on the East Don Trail.

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Police are requesting assistance with a three vehicle crash that sent one person to hospital with lifethreatening injuries. Police said a 2004 Nissan was heading westbound on Wilson Avenue at Ridge Road Friday when it hit the back of a 2001 Buick just after midnight. The impact caused the Buick to go out of control and hit a utility pole. The Nissan then continued westbound in the eastbound lanes of Wilson Avenue, hitting an eastbound Toyota. The passenger of the Nissan was ejected and taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries. The other drivers were taken to hospital with serious injuries. Anyone with information is asked to call police at 416-808-1900 or Crime Stoppers at 416-222-8477.

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aboriginal saint: Amanda Murray performs a traditional First Nations dance for students at Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha Catholic School Friday afternoon to celebrate the canonization of the school’s namesake. Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha, a Mohawk-Algonquin woman who lived in the late 17th century, was among seven holy women and men elevated to sainthood in a ceremony in Rome on Sunday. Catholics across the country celebrated the canonization of North America’s first aboriginal female saint.

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>>>from page 1 for a general check-up. “I think it’s good because it’s close,” she said, while her son, Ashan, 4, flashed a bright smile. Jennifer Hall, principal of Gosford Public School, said the screening clinic helps to maximize student potential by catching problems early. “It’s difficult to find a doctor in the neighbourhood,” she said. “The school is a welcoming environment.” Donna Psaila, a Toronto Public Health nurse assigned to the school, said there is a link between health and learning. “Health enhances learning, and learning enhances health,” she said. “When you add one, you automatically help the other.” The screening clinic is the brainchild of Myrna Gabbidon, a former Gosford teacher and Westview Alumni Advocate for Youth member. “I wondered if there were any screening clinics for kindergarten kids,” she said. “Then I talked to Dr. Chan and he agreed to run it. We had no road map to follow.”

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oronto’s neighbourhoods must be places where residents have opportunities to come together to learn, volunteer and play. This month’s “A Closer Look” feature delves into the issues of affordable community space in the city and the challenges community groups have in gaining access. We looked at both a city-wide experience and assessed the situation in North York, looking at the issue from the standpoint of not only specific user groups, but also those who our view rent out their facilities for community use. Non-profit groups At the root of this challenge is money – or lack of it. Earlier this year, the cash- need access to strapped City of Toronto, rental spaces facing an outcry from local sports organizations, ultimately waived a permit fee hike for the use of city fields that would have added $1.5 million to the city’s coffers, but also would have threatened those organizations’ survival. According to a report from the Wellesley Institute, titled ‘Exercising Good Policy: Increasing Access to Recreation in Toronto’s 2013 Budget’ increasing access to recreational facilities is a smart investment, one that pays off with improved health of the populace. We agree the City of Toronto has a role to play in ensuring affordable access to community space for artistic and recreation groups. But perhaps there’s more to achieving this than by waiving fees. There are facilities in the city (places of worship come to mind) whose operators are looking for user groups as well. As a representative from a church in Weston noted, about the only challenge with being a landlord is getting the word out that space in the facility is available for rent. Would it make sense, then, for the city to have a centralized area online where not-for-profit facilities and potential user groups can be matched up? There is also reason for optimism. One of the recommendations in the Wellesley report calls for stable funding for youth outreach workers programs in order to enable positive health outcomes for our young people. Earlier this month, the province announced funding for 35 new youth outreach workers, with 20 of those spots earmarked for Toronto. While a provincial funding announcement from a minority government is not quite the definition of ‘stable’, that announcement, which took place at the Jane Street Hub in York, is a start and is recognition of the need for those kinds of investments in our communities. 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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’ve been Scooby-Doo, Shrek (1 and 2), SpiderMan and a ghost. I’ve been the fair Snow White and the evil Black Knight And my favorite game show host. Been there, done that, as they say, I’ve played everyone I wanted to be. So when I make the scene this year on Halloween I’m dressing up as me. I’ve been Goldilocks and Reynard the Fox, and Little Red Riding Hood. I’ve been Donald Duck and sweet Lady Luck and a rocker name Johnny Be Good. Been there, done that, as they say, I’ve played everyone I wanted to be. So when I make the scene, this year on Halloween I’m dressing up as me. I’ll save a fortune on my

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costume. I won’t have to rehearse my part. I’ve played this dude pretty well my whole life. I know my character by heart. And when out I’m trickor-treating With my friends up and down the block. I’ll stick out like a sore thumb, and I’ll really like that a lot. I’ve been the Wizard of Oz, Mrs. Santa Claus and Midas with his golden touch. I’ve been Polkaroo and Elvis, too. Thank you, thank you very much. Been there, done that, as they say, I’ve played every-

one I wanted to be. So when I make the scene, this year on Halloween I’m dressing up as me. Yeah, I’ve been Bobby Orr, Shrek (3 and 4), Cinderella and King Tut. I’ve been Johann Strauss and Minnie Mouse and that cuddly Jabba the Hut. Been there, done that, as they say, I’ve played everyone I wanted to be. So when I make the scene, this year on Halloween I’m dressing up as me. Yeah, I’ve played ’em all, I found. So this time around I’m dressing up as me. 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

To the editor: Re: Rally for Clean Trains, insidetoronto.com I’m wondering how many of these people have wood-burning fireplaces or stoves and light those stinking, smoky things. According to Toronto Public Health and the Lung Association, the smoke from fireplaces and stoves is dangerous to people’s health, especially children, seniors and people with asthma, heart disease or other lung problems. People can’t smoke in cars with children or near a playground, but children can breathe this stinking smoke at bus stops or on Halloween walking the streets. I go out every night with my dog for a walk and the smoke from fireplaces is awful some nights. According to the Lung Association, it can “trigger asthma attacks and premature death in people with heart and lung disease.” People with these things are only supposed to burn clean, dry wood – not painted or heated wood, wood by-products, garbage or plastics, but how do we know what is being burned? People out for a walk, waiting for a bus, children playing in the streets and out for Halloween are forced to breathe this stinking smoke. Multiply the number of wood-burning stoves and fireplaces on your street with all of them in Toronto and look what is going into the air. Demand clean trains if you want, but if you have one of these stinking fireplaces or stoves and light them, clean up your own act first. Do you ever clean your chimney? They pollute indoor air, too, so if you have one you are breathing in dangerous fumes. If you don’t believe me write public health or the Lung Association for information and watch where you take your kids on Halloween. Patricia Smith

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>>>from page 1 toppled over and crushed the construction vehicle he was in. Ross said the subsequent Ontario Ministry of Labour investigation into Knox’s death closed off the site until February. At the time of his death, Knox was working for Advanced Construction Techniques Ltd., an Ontario company subcontracted by Spanish firms Obrascon Huarte Lain and Fomento de Construcionnes y Contratas to do work at the York University site. Four charges were laid by the ministry against the companies at the beginning of October for failing to provide required safety measures at the York University site. That, as well as start-up tunneling at the planned Hwy. 407 station, has resulted in work at various sites falling behind at the location’s five construction site by six to eight months, according to the report. Funding delays, which left the TTC without a lack of advance money for unanticipated construction snags, also played a role, in addition to unanticipated changes to station

cricket in the park: Above, Anas Ahmed, left, and Kashif Butt warm up in the cricket cage at Gracedale Park on Saturday after the facility’s official opening. At left, Razi Junjua, left, Zain Zahid and Haraur Ahmed set up the wicket. Photos/Nancy Paiva

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Toronto police and firefighters attended the scene of subway construction accident on the Keele Street campus of York University where a construction worker died and five others were injured.

designs and concepts. Those added between three and seven months to the schedule. Another negative impact resulted from the slow response from nonmunicipal owners in relocating utilities like sewers and watermains. Ross said the TTC is confident it will

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hen the Etobicoke Basketball Association (EBA) got hit with news of a fee increase of more than 333 per cent at half its gyms last month, the impact was forecasted as potentially catastrophic – especially to the 1,200-kid strong league’s lower income players. That’s because, like many volunteer-driven, not-for-profit sports organizations across Toronto, the bulk of EBA’s player fees go directly toward facilities permits. For such groups already operating on shoe-strings budgets, any increase in permit fees – like EBA’s recent threefold bumpup at Toronto District School Board (TDSB) gyms – must be passed along to its participants, explained Joe DaSilva, an EBA board member and volunteer coach. “If we ran a middle-class league, we would have no problem because we’d just increase our fees and people would say that was fine, but we’re working very hard to make (EBA) very inclusive of everybody,” he said, noting many of the league’s players come from single-parent homes, making fees a barrier. “This (TDSB increase) really affects how many kids we can Staff photo/IAN KELSO afford to subsidize. We gather Whether local gyms remain accessible to our youth is a question the funds during the year to subsidize city and its school boards must come to grips with. around 200 kids, because how do you turn away a kid who shows up with $50 and says, ‘This is all I Across the city, a series of fee York Baseball Association said have. I want to play basketball?’” increases announced this year some of the city-owned fields EBA is far from Toronto’s only at both the City of Toronto and they, as not-for-profit associanot-for-profit struggling with the school board levels – arguably tions, had previously used for free search for affordable space – just the two biggest providers of gym, were now facing increases that as the TDSB isn’t playing field could put some of the leagues out the only provider and community of business. struggling to spaces in the city “If they had implemented that, accommodate – has left many it would have killed us,” WBA them. sporting groups president Roy Baksh told Toronto The changes crying foul over a Community News back in April, to the permitlack of affordable shortly after city council waived ting fee schedule space. the increased fees – which would at the TDSB, “Gyms are not have meant an extra $15,000 for explained board like condominithe WBA – for a year. spokesperson ums, they’re not While Baksh expressed hope Ryan Bird, came being built on the city might provide an exempabout because every corner – tion next year to leagues like his of a shortfall there’s a finite providing sporting opportunities – Joe DaSilva, volunteer coach inventory of them in high needs areas, there is still between the cost of supporting the and the permit no promise the increased fees community use of school space office holds all the cards,” DaSilva won’t be implemented across the and the revenue collected. said. board in 2013. “Before these measures were DaSilva’s concerns echo those With increases at both cityvoted on, we were subsidizing expressed by many in the city’s owned playing fields and in the our permit holders to the tune of minor baseball community earlier TDSB school facilities due to $11 million each year. The fact is this year, when playing fields were come down in just a short few we couldn’t continue subsidizstruck by a $1.5-million fee hike months, sporting groups have ing it to that level,” he explained, proposal by the City of Toronto. been left scrambling to see how noting the TDSB issues close to Groups like the Weston Baseball best they can accommodate all 20,000 permits each year in its 550 Association (WBA), Etobicoke their players – not just the ones schools. Girls Softball League and the East who can afford a fee hike.

‘Gyms are not like condominiums, they’re not being built on every corner – there’s a finite inventory of them and the permit office holds all the cards.’

At a time when sports groups are getting hit hardest, a report emerged this month from the Wellesley Institute, urging the City of Toronto to improve the health of its residents by increasing access to recreational outlets. “City councillors have opportunities, right now, to improve the health of Torontonians that don’t require massive investments or complicated agreements with other levels of government,” reads the report, titled Exercising Good Policy: Increasing Access to Recreation in Toronto’s 2013 Budget. “One of these opportunities is quite simple: increase access to recreational services for Torontonians.” Coming as it does in the wake of yet another violence-plagued summer in Toronto, the report and its recommendations are reminiscent of reaction to Toronto’s Summer of the Gun in 2005, when funding for community programming rolled in as a means to stop youth violence. Community Hub One of the results of that influx was the Community Hub initiative in some of Toronto’s most underserved suburban neighbourhoods, where a lack of community space was compounding the challenges of social isolation and poverty faced by many residents. As part of their ongoing Building Strong Neighbourhoods Strategy, United Way Toronto has developed eight community hubs in priority neighbourhoods across the city, funding $1 million toward the capital costs of each hub, as well as contributing $150,000 annually toward each’s operating costs. “In looking at developing the Building Strong Neighbourhoods Strategy and hubs in particular, was the fact that, yes, space is a big challenge all over the city, a particularly in subcloser urbs,” said Lorraine look Duff, United Way Inside Toronto’s director of Toronto programming. “So we decided to ensure that some of this space was available for community agencies to use.” Seven of the planned eight hubs will be fully open and operational as of next month, Duff added, noting the hubs in Mid-Scarborough, Crescent Town, Flemingdon Park-Victoria Village, Weston-Mount Dennis, and Rexdale are open, while those in Dorset Park and the Bathurst/ Finch area are set to open in November.

Arts groups seek the right balance While the name might depict the former city, finding a location there to host events has long been a tall hurdle for North York Visual Artists. A dozen years ago, members would organize annual studio tours out of their homes, but drew very small crowds, said Joan McGivney, president of North York Visual Artists. “The problem is North York is so huge and spread out,” she said. “We were lucky if four or five people would come by.” To help bring out more people, it was decided the tour would be held under one roof, she said, adding this year’s tour took place at the end of September at Toronto Botanical Garden. “We did have lots of people, but we discovered it was really expensive,” McGivney said. “We had to charge people and fundraise (to rent a space).” North York Visual Artists also host an annual group show lasting two to three weeks, but have yet to find space in North York to house the exhibit. “It’s been difficult to find,” she said, adding shows have been held at the Papermill Theatre and Gallery at Todmorden Mills in East York and at a location in Markham. “When you have a show in another community, that community is not necessarily interested in seeing North York artists. Why support North York in Unionville?” Places like Edithvale Community Centre and Mitchell Field Community Centre can’t be booked for two to three week stretches because of other events held there, and last year’s group show was nixed because of a lack of space, she said. Libraries are also out because shows would likely be held in lobbies, meaning security would have to hired, adding to the cost, McGivney said. For Mona Marcobelli, the issue isn’t so much about cost as it is finding suitable space for her productions. The founder of the Canadian National Theatre has used Advent Lutheran Church on Don Mills Road, north of Sheppard Avenue, for the past several years to hold shows since her ideal space, Fairview Library Theatre, is near impossible to book, she said. “The church is good for sound and has an elevated stage,” Marcobelli said. “We were ultimately hoping for a space at Fairview Library, but the same four or five companies do shows there year after year and the space is booked from September to June. We are looking for a permanent space, but North York lacks in space.” The other option, Marcobelli said, is to rent space downtown for a week in the summer, but worries seats might sit empty. – Fannie Sunshine


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pened in two former municipalities: North York and Toronto. In both cases, councillors bowed to pressure from restaurant owners and the tobacco industry, and reversed the bans within months of them being put in place. It was only after amalgamation and with the urging of the city’s persuasive medical officer of health Dr. Sheela Basrur that council pushed ahead with a city-wide ban. And that was a terrible fight in itself, as restaurateurs and bar-owners lined up to predict a veritable hospitality apocalypse if smokers were asked to take it outside. But the bylaw passed, its opponents placated with a soothing phase-in, and as it turned out Toronto’s restaurants and bars boomed, or at least flourished.

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This is not to say I’d lay money on it happening; after all, Toronto Council could well do another flip-flop on its 15-yearold opposition to casinos and approve one later this year. And while the memories of the Mad Men-era smoke-em-ifyou’ve-got-em ethos may have been stronger in the late 1990s than it is now, we are in the midst of the Angry Man era of Ford-family red-meat conservatism here at Toronto City Hall. So we’ll see how this goes. Now that provincial law has enshrined the city’s existing smoking bylaw, there’s no risk of that reversing; it’s out of the city’s hands. The question of what happens outside, however, is very much in play. And given everything else on our plate, the last thing Toronto needs is a bare-knuckled rematch of the smoking war. But given the crowd at City Hall these days, that may be just what we get.

widespread support for ban One can never entirely predict these things, but so far it seems as though the kerfuffle of the late 1990s won’t see a repeat this time. According to a report from the late Dr. Basrur’s successor, Dr. David McKeown, there is more widespread support for smoking bans now than 15 years ago. The dire predictions the hospitality industry made last time simply didn’t come to pass; there is less questioning of a smoking ban.

n David Nickle is The Mirror’s city hall reporter. His column appears every Thursday. Contact him at dnickle@insidetoronto. com

Toronto’ ombudsman Fiona Crean defended her office’s $1.4-million budget in front of the city’s budget committee, in a public meeting taking place just two weeks after she delivered a report on political interference by the mayor’s office in the city’s public appointment process. Crean’s office was one of four accountability offices up for review by the committee, and during the meeting she answered questions about her staffing levels and a trip she took in June to be a keynote speaker at an international ombudsman’s conference held in the fledgeling democracy of Azerbaijan. Crean otherwise defended her office’s staffing levels, and a request she would make for an additional staff member to perform investigations. The ombudsman’s office exists to investigate complaints by citizens about city services. Each year, she said the office receives about 1,500 complaints, and will need to increase its staffing levels in order to keep up with demand. Crean said she was limiting her request to one officer, being mindful of the city’s financial situation.

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hose who think Toronto City Council’s tug-of-war flip-flopping under Mayor Rob Ford is a new development in Toronto politics either have short memories or are new in town. Municipal councils have flipped and flopped frequently and sometimes with great gusto. There were transit flip-flops – remember when Metro Council, hamstrung on whether to build a Sheppard subway, voted to dig the tunnel but lay no tracks? No? Well let’s try an easier one. Remember smoking in bars and restaurants? Back in the day, it used to be commonplace to have your calamari dusted with nicotine. And your non-smoking housemates could tell you’d been out on the town because of the way your coat stank. Second-hand smoke was a health issue, but for many, commerce and culture trumped science and medicine, and any attempts to protect diners and tipplers from cancer and asthma attacks met with concerted opposition. The first attempts at smoking bans, in the mid-1990s, hap-

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Greenaway alleged the female accused “has been identified for similar act crimes” in the United Kingdom. “All three are immigrants from Romania claiming refugee status as of the spring of this year,” he said, noting the suspects do speak Italian. Greenaway noted the majority of distraction thefts in 12 Division involve suspects approaching victims and exchanging fake jewelry for real ones. “A lot of times recently they’ve been asking for directions and then they’re

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Public feedback sought on extending smoking bans DAVID NICKLE dnickle@insidetoronto.com Toronto could be banning smoking on restaurant patios, at the entrances to public buildings, outside hospitals and on sports fields. Toronto’s Board of Health voted unanimously Monday to hold public consultations on the widespread bans of smoking outdoors, after hearing from anti-smoking advocates that they could go even farther, and from members of the restaurant industry that they should go slower in banning tobacco use in their establishments. “Now we’ll go out and hear from folks,” said board of health chair John Filion. “Regular folks and industry folks and see what we hear and bring it back. It will happen as soon as possible, I hope.” The move comes 13 years after Toronto Council last dealt with the issue of second-hand smoke in public places, ban-

ning smoking in bars, restaurants and bingo parlours. At that time the proposed ban was controversial – so controversial that early attempts to protect restaurant workers and patrons from secondhand smoke were quickly reversed by councils in the pre-amalgamation cities of Toronto and North York. But in 1999, Toronto Council voted to ban smoking in bars and restaurants across the city, relegating smokers to outdoor patios in the summer and the sidewalk other times. The new rules would extend the smoking ban outside restaurants. And restaurateurs suggested the city shouldn’t be hasty in extending the smoking ban. Marco Morano from the Ontario Restaurant Hotel and Motel Association said an outdoor smoking ban could harm businesses in the current economic climate. “The industry landscape is certainly uncertain,” he

said. Steve Mastoris, owner of Whistler’s Grill in East York, suggested the city should wait for province-wide legislation and at least move slowly with a great deal more consultation than he said occurred in the late 1990s. “To move forward in some haste on a patio ban, I don’t think is genuine in Toronto,” he said. “Toronto’s a unique city – we’re diverse ethnoculturally. We’re not Ottawa (where a ban was recently introduced). We’re an economic engine in our city and in our province. If you use Ottawa as a model you can do so, but there are other models in the province that have resisted the decision to ban.” The Board of Health is considering recommending a ban given data that while smoking has been on the downward trend over the past decade, it has plateaued in recent years.

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Mike Adler madler@insidetoronto.com Its “avenue study” remains under wraps, but a rough outline of how the City of Toronto plans to create a “vibrant” O’Connor Avenue seemed to leave no one happy at a meeting earlier this month. Not the residents determined to fight taller buildings on their main street tooth and nail because they think O’Connor carries too much traffic already. Not the business and property owners who see restrictive zoning as stifling a comeback for the street. And not Janet Davis, the local councillor, who said the study was “put on a shelf” unfinished for six years despite her prodding. It perhaps sunk in, while around 80 people listened Monday, Oct. 1, at Presteign Woodbine United Church, that no one was lining up to transform the stretch of lowrise apartment blocks and two-storey plazas between Victoria Park Avenue and Sandra Road. There have been only three development applications in the study area since 2006, including one currently proposing a 10-storey building at the site of the O’Connor Bowl. “The number of inquiries was minimal,” added Marian Prejel, a planner assigned to the study, which will include Official Plan amendments and design guidelines but won’t change zoning on the street. Prejel didn’t paint a picture of much change: There may be a place for midrise buildings on O’Connor at Victoria Park, particularly the southeast corner, but the St. Clair Avenue intersection, she said, is unusual and hard to develop, as are the storefronts, with their shallow lots and low consolidation

potential. Hearing this, residents involved in 2006 discussions expressed disappointment with the study and wondered how it would help at all. One woman said she thought the city, when the study was done, would spend to beautify the area, “so people would think this would be a nice place to open a Starbucks.” Why would people set up shop where businesses have moved out and there’s nothing nice to look at, she asked. Prejel said the lack of “upzoning” – building permission for midrise buildings into the study – reflected the community’s opposition to any greater heights or densities in 2006. “That was the message we received and that was the message we’ve been working with,” she said. Another woman said the planners gave up on zoning changes because they didn’t want a confrontation with residents. “No developer is going to come and risk battling with the community,” she said. Clive Williams left saying the study was a waste of money. In 2006, he said, he was one of two men proposing a city-wide sculpture contest to relieve the “stupifying ugliness of O’Connor.” Prejel told him sidewalk widths in the East York portion leave few opportunities to install public art. Williams was unimpressed. “Something has to relieve the sterility,” he said later. “It’s uninviting, ugly and they’re waiting for it to be improved higgledy-piggledy.” Others argued against city policies protecting vacant employment lands on the west side of O’Connor from mixed development and requiring buildings on

the main street areas to be rebuilt, to a three-storey maximum, with commercial businesses on the main floor. The city is “overrun” with small commercial units whose owners do badly, said John Carinci, a developer who asked how many variety stores and nail salons Toronto needs. Protecting employment lands on O’Connor’s west side, where Carinci owns land, is another outdated approach, he argued. “My property will sit, 1.8 acres, vacant for the next 30 years.” Residents have to become more practical and allow more families into the area if O’Connor is to recover, Carinci said. Joe Guercio said increasing heights on the street is the only way to attract developers. After having moved his art restoration business from Cabbagetown, he said, he found property taxes on O’Connor were higher, yet around his former location “they had planters, they had nice lights, and they had the front facades all redone.” Davis told an audience in August she opposes the 10-storey mixed-use proposal for O’Connor Bowl as it stands. Following the Oct. 1 meeting, however, she said development is coming to O’Connor and the design guidelines will produce buildings of six to eight storeys along the street. The guidelines, Prejel said, will be reviewed and possibly revised before they are posted online seven to 10 days before a Nov. 8 Planning Committee meeting at city hall, where people are welcome to make deputations. If received, the study may be brought to Toronto Council for approval on Nov. 27.

Man, 18, killed in crash on DVP ANDREW PALAMARCHUK apalamarchuk@insidetoronto.com

A young man is dead and another is recovering after a high-speed crash on the southbound Don Valley Parkway Saturday.

Police said an 18-yearold man was driving a 2001 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck at a high speed when it struck the guardrail south of Spanbridge Road at 5:18 a.m. The driver was pronounced

dead at the scene. The passenger, a 19-year-old man, was taken to hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries. Anyone with information is asked to call police at 416808-1900.

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