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FANNIE SUNSHINE fsunshine@insidetoronto.com John ’Chick’ Webster jokes his biggest hockey record is just living this long. With the passing of hockey Hall-of-Famer Milt Schmidt Wednesday, Jan. 4 at age 98, Webster has inherited the distinction of being the presumed oldest living former NHL player. The Mirror profiled the 96-year-old Mattawa resident in July when he was searching for the boys he played with on the Willowdale Rangers in the 1960s. "He was getting lots of attention (Wednesday)," said Webster’s son, Rob. "It’s kind of a sad progression. That era (of players) is almost gone." Webster - who got his nickname for his love of Chiclets - played 14 games with the New York Rangers during the 1949-50 season before joining several senior leagues post-retire-

ment. Before becoming a Ranger, he played three seasons in the Junior Ontario Hockey Association (OHA) with the Toronto Native Sons from 1937 to 1940, and played his first season as a professional in 1940-41 with the Baltimore Orioles of the Eastern Hockey League (EHL). He was drafted overseas during the Second World War, missing the 1943-45 seasons. Upon his release, Webster played for several minor league teams until he found himself skating for the New York Rangers for the 1949-50 season, earning two minor penalties but no points. A broken wrist sustained against Detroit sent him back to the minors, playing for teams including the Cincinnati Mohawks and Syracuse Warriors, before shifting to senior hockey with the Stouffville Clippers and

the Willowdale Rangers for a couple seasons in the early 1960s while living in Richmond Hill. He moved with his family to Mattawa in 1970, where he has remained. Webster, whose late younger brother, Don, played for the Toronto Maple Leafs during the 1943-44 season, later played with an old-timer’s Legion team in Mattawa until he was 75. Though he recently gave up his licence due to a lingering ankle injury from his hockey days, Webster remains independent and can still be found shovelling snow, his son said. "The biggest thing he enjoys is talking to someone he’s played with because there aren’t too many guys around," Rob said, adding his dad shuns attention and prefers media comments regarding his new title to go through his son. "They just lived for the game and were just trying to make a living. Differ-

ent people had told Dad he was the second oldest living NHLer after Milt. He doesn’t associate this with his playing career. He doesn’t understand why this is such a big deal just because he got old." But Rob’s thoughts differ, noting he can see the significance, albeit bittersweetly. "It means someone like Milt Schmidt has to pass on," he said. Hockey historian Eric Zweig, who spent quite a bit of time digging to find Schmidt’s successor, said he’s positive Webster is now the oldest living NHL player. "There is no doubt in my mind it’s him," he said. Though Webster’s name might not draw immediate recognition like Schmidt’s, NHL player longevity is something hockey aficionados would keep track of, he said. "It’s a quirky human interest story."

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Dave Meslin poses for a photo next to billboards along the Gardiner Expressway, which he says are distracting to drivers. to the environment," said Nichols. North York city councillor John Filion shares Meslin’s concern the province is leaning toward allowing the installation of digital billboards along Ontario

highways. Filion unsuccessfully called on Toronto Council in December to support a motion calling for significant tax increases for billboard approvals made at the municipal level. In ad-

dition to being eyesores and a public safety concern, he said digital billboards such as those found along the Gardiner Expressway, are creating "instant millionaires" out of third-party sign brokers profiting off a lucrative and under-taxed revenue source. "There’s all sorts of thing we could do to force revenue (from sign deals) that we don’t want to do," said Filion. "It’s a longstanding debate we’ve had." One body which could stand to benefit from a change in provincial regulations is Metrolinx. The provincial transportation planning agency has a partnership with outdoor advertising company Allvision, which includes potentially installing digital billboards along highway corridors. In an email, Metrolinx spokesperson Vanessa Barrasa confirmed the agency has applied for a

permit from the MTO to install eight "static digital signs," generating $2 million to $3 million in annual revenue, at unspecified locations along highways 401 and 427. Meslin accused Metrolinx of ignoring evidence of the dangers of digital signs in favour of capitalizing on a new revenue source. "Billboards are designed to distract drivers," he said. "Metrolinx is (overlooking) driver distraction to make money." According to Barrasa, digital signage is contingent on approvals from local elected representatives as well as the MTO, and only on sites which are deemed "as safe and appropriate prior to installation." "Metrolinx is committed to public safety and would never support the placement of signs on its property that put the wellbeing of motorists or anyone else at risk," said Barrasa.

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A Toronto public space activist is concerned an ongoing review of provincial regulations governing roadside advertising will ultimately result in the proliferation of distracting electronic billboards along major highways. It’s currently illegal to display advertising on billboards adjacent to provincial highways like Highway 401 and the QEW, although they are allowed in some cases on "bush country" or rural routes. With the Ontario Ministry of Transportation (MTO) reviewing and considering revamping the existing signing policy, Dave Meslin worries the door will be opened to allow for digital signage, leading to dangerous distractions for motor-

ists. "The best-case scenario (for a revamped signing policy) is better enforcement," said Meslin, who has created a website dedicated to the issue. "The worst-case is it allows for more video billboards." In an email to Metroland Media Toronto, MTO spokesperson Bob Nichols said digital billboards can be allowed on highways in certain situations, depending on the level of distraction and other impacts. He said the review "may or may not" lead to a new policy for advertising along highways. Nichols added ministry officials are reviewing feedback attained through a public consultation, which ended in mid-December. "The ministry is now reviewing the comments received and will consider them when making decisions about third-party advertising along provincial highways and its impacts


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Toronto police reform ushered in with hope, skepticism The City of Toronto is preparing for some substantial changes on a number of fronts. Budget consultations are underway and residents are signing up by the dozen to appeal to decision-makers to maintain funding for programming. Toronto Council is considering some new revenue tools to provide some of that funding, with road tolls, a hotel tax and very possibly more in place. And then there’s policing. Change has been very slow to manifest itself within the ranks of the Toronto Police Service (TPS). There is indication that some is on the way. In an interview with crime reporter Andrew Palamarchuk this week, Toronto police Chief Mark Saunders outlines what some of those changes will look like: removing crossing guard responsibilities from TPS and amalgamating various police divisions among them. A report on modernizing the force is finally bringing about the change we’ve wanted to see for a long time from police who have a reputation for heel dragging when it comes to reform and economy. The chief describes this change as "exponential" on the one hand. On the other, he makes it clear that it won’t happen overnight. Forgive us for wishing that it would. It would have been nice, for instance, to see the controversial carding policy change more quickly. Changes have finally come into effect, on Jan. 1. Information from past carding interactions – targeting a group consisting disproportionately of young black men – will now be more difficult to access. Critics arguing that the information should simply be deleted are persuasive. It’s been slow going on this issue – under both Saunders and his predecessor Bill Blair. The Toronto Police Services Board, headed by Mayor John Tory, hasn’t done much to accelerate matters. Will Toronto’s police service be any quicker to implement the "exponential change" that Saunders insists is coming? It’s tough not to be skeptical, but it would be unduly cynical not to be hopeful. We are in a time of change in the governance of our city. Money is tight. Our leaders have made expensive choices to spend what we’ve got in areas other than policing. Toronto’s police service will have to adapt to that change, and it’s got a blueprint as to how to do so. It remains to be seen whether its leadership is also seized by the urgency. We hope that it is.

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Are hookah bars really a health threat? Is there a limit to what the City of Toronto can do to keep you safe? Karim Raja Fallah and Maher Hamarneh think so. Both own hookah lounges where customers - mostly young men, but people of all ages - smoke herbal mixtures called shisha through water pipes. The city says that’s unhealthy. It banned hookah use in all licensed places, and only a case to be heard at Ontario’s Appeal Court stands between such businesses and what their owners believe is financial ruin. Lounge owners say they make 90 per cent of their money through shisha. So, the city’s ban is like going to a store selling only cheese, and banning cheese, Fallah says. Yes, shisha smoking is a

MIKE ADLER Edges of Toronto bit unhealthy, the men admit; but so is fast food, alcohol, and car exhaust. "You smell air, you get harm," Hamarneh argues. There are bars, marijuana dispensaries, and doughnut shops aplenty in Toronto. Fallah says that’s fine. "If a person is an adult, they can do what they want." Before the ban, the city’s health department report-

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ed shisha smoking was growing more popular among young Torontonians, but few were aware of the health risks. Owners, including Hamarneh, believe benefits of such businesses as social spots outweigh whatever harm is done by smoke. Hookah bars have clustered in commercial areas such as East Danforth and Wexford Heights in Scarborough - with a Middle Eastern flavour. The ban is set to deliver them an economic wallop. "This is our culture. And you believe in multiculture? It’s not multiculture, it’s favouritism," Harmarneh says. Years ago, the city banned sales and possession of shark fins - a status food at Chinese weddings -

in part because shark fins had an "adverse impact" on Torontonians’ health. While the worldwide loss of sharks is catastrophic, a judge in decided in 2012 that it wasn’t a municipal issue and threw the ban out. He noted people appealing the fin ban argued it was "a gratuitous insult to the dignity of the Chinese community," since the city hadn’t banned "any other food or clothing products enjoyed by any other ethnic groups." Dozens of Toronto businesses now hope for a similar reprieve. Edges of Toronto is a column about how people see life in Toronto differently, depending on where they live. Reach Mike Adler at madler@insidetoronto.com

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Money to benefit SickKids hospital FANNIE SUNSHINE fsunshine@insidetoronto.com The draw of the regular crowd, along with firsttime curious onlookers, helped the De Sario family raise more than $16,000 for the Hospital for Sick Children during their annual Christmas light display at their Keele Street and Sheppard Avenue area home. For 17 years, Pat and Amatore De Sario have outfitted the exterior of their Benjamin Boake Trail home with 50,000 LED lights and countless inflatable decorations, which serves as a fundraiser for the downtown hospital, where the family spent time after their daughter, Angela, was diagnosed with juvenile dia-

betes years ago, and this is their way of giving back. A collection box is situated out front, along with a book for visitors to sign. The lights were on from mid-November to Jan. 6, and $16,592 was raised, bringing the family’s overall hospital donation to date to about $165,000. Though area residents have been well aware of the dazzling display for years, the spectacle got a boost when the De Sario family and their decor was featured on The Great Christmas Light Fight Dec. 12, 2016, marking the first time in the show’s four seasons a Canadian family was profiled. The competition series sees four families, who decorate their homes to the extreme for Christmas, compete for $50,000 each episode. The De Sarios were contacted in the summer by the show’s production

crew to encourage them to audition after reaching out to The Mirror, which has profiled the family’s display for years, for their contact information. Turns out the crew didn’t have to do much explaining about the show, as the De Sarios are fans. Initial interviews with the production crew took place Sept. 8, and weeklong filming began Thanksgiving weekend. The inside of their home had been decked out for Christmas since August, but that’s all put away now. "Of course, it helped," Pat said of traffic to her home thanks to the television show. "The show looked great and we had a lot of fun doing it." The days leading up to Christmas and the immediate ones that followed saw the most traffic to the display, which will be taken down over the next few months, Pat said.

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Ella Erteki, 3, (left) and Ellora Perino, 3, check out the De Sario family Christmas light show on Monday, Dec. 5, at 165 Benjamin Boake Trail which aims to raise funds for SickKids’ Hospital.

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Toronto World Hijab Day conference cancelled FANNIE SUNSHINE fsunshine@insidetoronto.com A lack of sponsorship has cancelled the World Hijab Day conference planned for next month in North York, said the founder and CEO of the organization be-

hind it. But Nadia Sayeh of ANNISSA Organization of Canada is hopeful a smaller event will take its place Saturday, Feb. 4, the day the conference was to be held at the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre near Don Mills Road and

Wynford Drive. For the past two years, the conference was held at Sakinah Community Centre in Scarborough, which was shut down one year ago by the City of Toronto after declaring the building unsafe.

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This year’s conference would have seen it held in North York for the first time, Sayeh said, adding her organization is still committed to the movement. World Hijab Day conference was to bring together both Muslim and non-Muslim women to try on the hijab, a head covering worn in public by some Muslim women, with the aim of bridging understanding about the garment which is oftentimes misunderstood, Sayeh said. "The hijab is the one thing that separates Muslim women from the rest of the community," she said. "It’s a misunderstood symbol of Islam." The biggest misconceptions Sayeh hears is Muslim women are not educated, are forced to wear the hijab, and are forced to stay home and take care of the kids. "It’s completely wrong," she said. "I have a career, I’ve attended (post-secondary institutions), I’m not forced to stay home. I wear the head scarf on my own." ANNISAA (the name means "the women" in Arabic) Organization of Canada was founded in 2012 as a non-profit dedicated to the empowerment of Muslim women through educational enrichment opportunities and social development. Hijab Day is the brainchild of New York resident Nazma Khan, who came up with the idea as a way to foster religious tolerance and understanding by bringing together non-Muslim and Muslim women who don’t wear the hijab to experience the head scarf for one day. The first World Hijab Day was held in 2013. For information regarding ANNISAA Organization Canada visit annisaa.org.

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’Exponential change’ coming to Toronto Police Service Chief Mark Saunders says ’community-centric’ policing is his mandate moving forward ANDREW PALAMARCHUK apalamarchuk@insidetoronto.com Toronto’s top cop wants to offload non-core police services like the city’s 600 school crossing guards in a year that is expected to see "exponential change" on the force. Toronto police Chief Mark Saunders said crossing guards shouldn’t be a police issue. "Why are we one of the only police agencies in North America looking after this?" he said in an interview with Metroland Media Toronto. "We have a tremendous amount of schools across the city and getting these boys and girls across the road is important. We’re aware of that, but there are other entities that should be, and could be doing this." Not only are police in charge of crossing guards, officers often fill in for them when the guards are away. "It’s 35 times a day, give or take," Saunders said. Police are also analyzing the types of calls they respond to. "We, on average, go to about two-million calls a year," Saunders said. In 2016, police responded to more calls than the previous year though fewer calls were for an emergency. "We had more of these calls that, to be quite honest, the police might not have been the best resource to go to, so we want to prioritize to see what calls the police should be going to and what shouldn’t we be going to," Saunders said. "Through analytics, we’re going to figure out what those calls are going to look like that we’re not going to. We will be

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Toronto police Chief Mark Saunders ties a ribbon on an ambulance at the 2016 launch of MADD Toronto’s Project Red Ribbon Campaign at police headquarters Nov. 7. Saunders says 2017 will see police implementing the recommendations on modernizing the force. embedding members of city hall to work with us to develop a more robust 311 program as well as also utilizing their bylaw officers and any other assets that they can bring to the table so that they will have a more active response." Saunders said his officers spent "over 3,100 reported hours" on the crossing guard file. "The taxpayers look at that and say is that the most effective and efficient way of using highly trained police officers?" But Scarborough-Rouge River Councillor Chin Lee, who is vicechair of the police services board, said city studies have indicated that it’ll be more expensive if the city looks after crossing guards as well as beach life guards, who

Crimes do not happen in police stations. Officers will spend more time out on the road. – Chief Mark Saunders are also employed by police. "The hourly rates for the programs at the city are higher," he said, suggesting the crossing guards should be offloaded to the school boards because "they are more familiar with the schools than we are." Saunders said 2017 will see "exponential change" as police

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begin implementing the recommendations of the final report by the Transformation Task Force on modernizing the force. The final report goes to the police services board Jan. 26. An interim report was released in June followed by public consultations across the city. "Over the next year, you will see us starting to roll out more officers on foot," Saunders said. "The final report will also speak to timelines with some of the initiatives...Every three months, I have to report to my board to say that this report isn’t just a report that is sitting on my shelf; it’s a report that is actually being executed. The public had asked for that, and I will deliver."

The implementation of the recommendations will be made over three years and is expected to save $100 million. "The savings will be coming from the reduction in the number of officers," Lee said. "The final target after these three years would be 4,700 uniform officers. Now, it’s about 5,200." Merging police stations are also in the plans. Saunders said officers typically record their encounters in their memo books and then input the information into a computer at the station. "But our business process is going to be more virtual," he said, adding a component of that could involve e-memo books so officers wouldn’t have to go to stations to input their encounters but do it "right where they are." In that way, stations would become less important. "Crimes do not happen in police stations. Officers will spend more time out on the road," Saunders said. "One of the things we heard at all of the community consultations was they wanted more of a community-centric approach to policing, so we’re going to be policing the neighbourhoods by having more officers on the beat." Lee suggested more stations don’t necessarily mean better policing. He stressed many of the new initiatives will be implemented over three years "so don’t expect things to change overnight." According to Toronto police statistics, shooting occurrences in 2016 were up 41 per cent over the previous year while the number of shooting victims increased by 34 per cent. Saunders said the problem isn’t unique to Toronto. "The answer is not just about enforcement," he added. "It’s about government working with the police to invest in those neighbourhoods that are in need of resources and that are in need of guidance, and I think that is the starting point to success."

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EVENTS O Thursday, January 12 The Sistine Chapel WHEN: 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. WHERE: North York Central Library, 5120 Yonge St. CONTACT: 416-3955630 COST: Free The Sistine Chapel Ceiling is Michelangelo’s most famous painting, yet he had very little painting experience when he was handed this commission by Pope Julius II. Speaker: Betsy Purvis, Lecturer, University of Toronto, Department of Art.

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O Monday, January 16 Scottish Country Dance - Beginner Lessons WHEN: 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. WHERE: St. Leonard’s Church, 25 Wanless Ave CONTACT: 416-5340516, dancescottish.ca/Lessons. html, paulbarber48@gmail.com COST: 10 weeks/$100 Learn Scottish country dancing

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Councillor Pasternak’s Town Hall WHEN: 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. WHERE: Antibes Community Centre, 140 Antibes Dr. CONTACT: 416-392-1371, pasternak@ toronto.ca COST: Free Councillor Pasternak’s annual Ward 10 Town Hall. Light refreshments will be served. Donway Badminton Club WHEN: 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. WHERE: Don Mills CI, 15 The Donway East CONTACT: 647-2392242, bit.do/DonwayBadmintonClub, donwaybclub6@gmail.com COST: New Members- $50 Get active and have fun playing badminton. For age 16 years and older. Every Tuesday until May 16.

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O Saturday, January 14 Evergreen’s Winter Village at the Brick Works WHEN: 11 a.m. to WHERE: Evergreen Brick Works, 550 Bayview Ave. CONTACT: , 416-596-1495, https://www.evergreen.ca/whatson/wintervillage/, communications@evergreen.ca COST: Free Enjoy the new Street Food Market, shop the Farmers Market and play outdoors. Eat, shop and play local. Open weekends through Feb.

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What is the harm in a quiet meeting between politicians, to hash out strategy and direction, maybe sort out differences? That is the reasonablesounding question that Mayor John Tory has asked in a private meeting with Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne. As documents obtained by The Toronto Sun in a Freedom of Information request show, and Tory has confirmed, Tory asked for changes to the City of Toronto Act that would lift the rules preventing more than 50 per cent of a committee or council from meeting privately. Tory is specifically interested in having full, private meetings with his executive committee, the most powerful assembly in the city with the exception of council itself. The executive’s members are generally considered especially loyal to the mayor and his agenda - in-

DAVID NICKLE The City deed, have been handpicked by the mayor for that purpose. Tory didn’t want to make decisions in those meetings; they’d just be to set the agenda, discuss strategy. Which is something that one would expect to be done with a cabinet filled with loyalists. It is much easier to do in a big group than in the two-bytwo meetings that Tory says he needs to do to even order lunch with his 12member committee. So no harm, right? Perhaps no harm, but doing so would be a lot of trouble - so much so that when the

matter became public, Tory indicated, maybe a little sullenly, that he wouldn’t in fact be pursuing the change."It’s not worth the trouble," he told reporters.It is trouble, and should be trouble, to do something like this. It’s not because of fear that Mayor Tory’s behaviour will become particularly more nefarious indulging in quiet lunch-ordering meetings with his caucus. It’s a matter of transparency, and checks and balances - and appearances. And any time that a politician makes a move to close a door, it gives the appearance that transparency and checks and balances are being sacrificed for something rather more serious than efficiencies. And there’s the harm. David Nickle covers city hall for Metroland Media Toronto. Contact him at dnickle@insidetoronto.com?

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