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FIFTH ANNIVERSARY: St. Norbert’s Roman Catholic Church marked the fifth anniversary of the 2008 explosion at Sunrise Propane with a special mass on Saturday. Joining the service were Robert Leek’s widow Fulvia Leek, right, and her son David. Robert Leek was a Toronto Fire Services District Chief who suffered a fatal heart attack while responding to the explosion. Parminder Singh Saini, a Sunrise employee, also lost his life.
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“We have not made that decision,” Sheena Rodda, supervisor of TAS’s north shelter on Sheppard Avenue east of Keele Street, told The Mirror Monday.
“It was not claimed by an owner so at that point, it becomes the property of Toronto Animal Services.” >>>SNAKE, page 7
Mohamed Ahmed has seen firsthand how young people living in the Jane Street and Finch Avenue area have benefitted from the Success Beyond Limits (SBL) program. The free, six-week summer program gives students entering Grade 9 an early high school credit. Some 100 Grade 8 students from Oakdale Park Middle School and Brookview Middle School participated in the program this year, held at York University, focusing on English and math. The other component of the SBL program is field trips, which were organized in afternoons. York University’s Faculty of Education is one of the program’s sponsors. Those who complete the program, which focuses on literacy, numeracy and life skills, earn a >>>PROGRAM, page 7
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Seneca College students can now pursue a range of degree programs offered at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) in Oshawa without having to repeat relevant courses, thanks to a new partnership between the institutions. Students from select diploma programs can apply credits earned at Seneca toward 14 UOIT programs, including honours undergraduate degrees in arts, commerce, information technology, health sciences and science. “This new partnership with UOIT provides qualified Seneca students with more pathways to earn two postsecondary credentials in less time,” David Agnew, president of Seneca College, said in a release. “Seneca is the Ontario leader in providing pathways to university and this further demonstrates our commitment to student success by providing new and enriching opportunities.”
The inaugural Art Walk North will be held Friday, Aug. 16 and Saturday, Aug. 17 at Mel Lastman Fri.-Sat. Square, 5100 Yonge St. The two-day event, organized by Artists Network, will feature more than 60 art exhibits. The event will run Friday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. For information visit http:// artistsnetwork.ca/node/401
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U. to ink archive on memorial tattoos wYork York University researchers are building a framework for the world’s first comprehensive public archive of memorial tattoos, a growing trend where people ink images on their bodies to remember deceased loved ones. Sociology professor Deborah Davidson and a cross-disciplinary team of researchers are behind the project, which will capture images and the stories behind them, according to a statement from the university. The project is funded by a federal government research
funding agency. Davidson has already collected dozens of stories and photos for previous research and is now crowd-sourcing for more contributors. The goal is to initially collect 500 images and stories, with the archive then becoming part of a larger international collaboration with researchers at other universities. To find out more about contributing to the project, email email@example.com
with a brush cut, a thin build and tattoos on both arms. He wore a dark blue T-shirt with “HIGH” on the front and dark pants. Last Thursday police released still images of the suspect from the bus’s security video system.
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Police are looking for a man after a 26-year-old woman was sexually assaulted while walking on Hendon Avenue in the Yonge Street and Finch Avenue area early last Friday. Police said a man came up to the woman from the front and sexually assaulted her around 12:25 a.m. The man fled when the woman screamed. The suspect is white, 20 to 28 years old, about six feet tall and 190 to 200 pounds. He wore a black hoodie and black pants.
Police have released security camera images in the hopes of identifying a suspect in an assault on board a Toronto Transit Commission bus. Police said a man was “viciously assaulted” on the bus, number 1217, near Yonge Street and Finch Avenue around Image/Courtesy 9:30 p.m. Friday, July 26. The suspect is white, 22 to 26 years old, 5’10” to six feet tall
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When the committee ordered a compliance audit, he appealed the decision through the courts but lost. The compliance audit report debated last Friday, showed numerous problems. It found that he had exceeded the campaign’s authorized spending limit by $3,064.72, and had accepted contributions totalling $21,000 from corporate entities. The report also found problems Peter Li Preti with the finished second filing of t o A n t h o n y campaign Perruzza in the expenses. 2010 municipal A n d L i election. Preti failed to report the use of signs from previous Li Preti campaigns, the report found. The committee voted unanimously to proceed with prosecution, directing city
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Mammoliti’s case to be heard Thursday DAVID NICKLE email@example.com York West Councillor Giorgio Mammoliti will be in court Thursday defending himself against charges of breaching the Municipal Elections Act with regard to his 2010 municipal election expenses. According to city spokesperson Wynna Brown, the city has retained Brian Gover of Stockwoods LLP as a special prosecutor to bring the charges, and Gover has
elected to proceed. Mammoliti is charged with exceeding the candidate spending limit, failing to record or incorrectly recording campaign contributions and expenses, failing to keep records of campaign expenses and accepting cash contributions of over $25. Mammoliti’s campaign in 2010 was complicated by the fact that he began the campaign period registered as a mayoralty candidate, and finished the race seek-
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legal staff to either prosecute the matter themselves or hire an outside lawyer to do so. If convicted, Li Preti could be liable for fines as high as $25,000 per contravention, and be barred from running in the next election. Li Preti told reporters that he’d defend the matter in court – and suggested that he was being treated unfairly compared to other campaigns that have come before the committee. In particular, he said, Mayor Rob Ford escaped prosecution with similar violations. Former councillor Howard Moscoe was one of those who’d laid the complaints. He said that the committee did the right thing. “The court will eventually decide, but if they had not commenced prosecution on Li Preti here, they may as well have torn up the bylaw,” Moscoe said. “It’s absurd to suggest that a corporate contribution is not a contribution.”
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ing reelection to his council seat. In the end, an external auditor found that Mammoliti had overspent his campaign limit by more than $12,000, or 44 per cent. The consequences of a conviction are potentially severe. Mammoliti could face fines, removal from office, or a ban from running for office again.
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Coroner’s inquest an overdue item
ntario’s chief coroner has announced an inquest into three shooting deaths by Toronto police involving people who were carrying edged weapons and “may have been experiencing the effects of a mental disorder at the time of their deaths” over the past three years. The similarities to the fatal shooting of Sammy Yatim, 18, on a streetcar in the Dundas and Bathurst streets area on July 27 are many. The coroner’s inquest set for October will look into the deaths of Michael Eligon, 29, in February of 2012 in East York; Sylvia Klibingaitis, 52, in North York in October of 2011; and Pickering resident Reyal Jardine-Douglas who was shot after stepping off a TTC bus on Victoria Park Avenue in August of 2010. It’s too bad inquests were not called earlier as the question of how police deal with people who may be having a mental health crisis is an extremely important issue which needs clear and consistent guideacross Ontario. our view lines As it stands, Ontario’s Ombudsman Andre Marin is set SIU director to review the Yatim shooting. The province’s Special Investigations first called Unit (SIU) is also looking into that shooting to determine if police for inquest actions were justified. In the shooting deaths of Eligon, Klibingaitis and Jardine-Douglas, the SIU said the Toronto police officers were justified in using lethal force. However, it’s important to note that in its report in May of last year into the Eligon shooting, SIU director Ian Scott said the incident raised a number of questions beyond his organization’s mandate. He said those questions would be best answered by a coroner’s inquest. Among Scott’s questions were: Should front-line police officers receive different training to deal with these situations and should front-line police officers be issued Tasers? In the Eligon shooting, the front-line officers responding to the call did not have Tasers. They also did not have access to the services of a crisis intervention team consisting of a mental health professional and specially trained police officer to help deal with such situations. The same scenario played out in the Yatim shooting. A crisis team was not on hand and the officer with the Taser did not board the streetcar until Yatim had been shot. We called for such an inquest in a May 2012 editorial and while we’re pleased action is now being taken; it should have been called sooner.
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The Ex gears up while summer winds down
he Ex starts Friday and I can’t wait. The truth is, I’ve been thinking about it non-stop for the last two weeks. The moment August arrives, I begin counting down the doughnuts – days, days. I meant days. Honest. I don’t count down the Tiny Tom doughnuts until I actually get there. The point is, I always look forward to the Ex. I have since I was a kid. You couldn’t help but long for its return each year when I was growing up. It was the place to be this time of year. That’s because the Ex had the last two weeks of August through Labour Day all to itself. The Blue Jays hadn’t been born. Canada’s Wonderland wasn’t around. There was no Wild Water Kingdom. We weren’t tasting streets. Or dancing in them. In short, it was a much less cluttered entertainment landscape. With all the competition over the years, the Ex
jamie wayne BUT SERIOUSLY seems to have lost a bit of its mojo, but one gets the feeling it could be making a comeback. That it is about to be rediscovered by those who once had it circled on the calendar but hadn’t dropped by for awhile and those new to the city who know the name, but have yet to go through its gates. I hope so. I’d hate to see the Ex disappear one day. To me, summer wouldn’t be summer without it. I’ve never lost that loving feeling when it comes to the grand old lady by the waterfront. I was lucky enough to go to Disneyland when I was 10 years old and I can tell you that didn’t stop me from feeling that the Ex was still as cool as ever when I came back home. So what was the big attraction to the Ex? That’s the crazy thing about it. It
wasn’t one big thing, it’s a whole a lot of little things. Heck, just getting to the Ex was fun. The streetcars were so jammed and everybody inside was so psyched up that when the doors burst open you hit the CNE grounds running. Well, walking actually. The Ex was about walking. And walking. And walking. We had to see everything that was there. So we’d walk from one end to the other and back. Several times. We hit the midway to check out the rides we were afraid to go on and check out the games that all looked impossible to win. We lined up on the streets to hear salesmen pitching frying pans. We saw animals, we listened to music. We walked to the Food Building for free samples and then over to a pavilion. Back to the Food Building for more free samples and then over to another pavilion. Back to the Food Building for more free samples and over to yet another pavilion.
And then we did it all again. We walked and walked and walked until we were all walked out. It felt like a happening place from the moment we arrived until the moment we left. Much of that atmosphere had to do with it always being crowded. Daytime, nighttime, it was packed. And maybe that’s the secret ingredient that’s been missing over time. Those huge crowds. Perhaps if people come back in those same numbers, then the return to those feelings the city had for the Ex in yestersummers will also return. A lot of new acts and rides have been added this year, so the Ex is clearly putting its best foot forward to make it happen. Beginning Friday, we’ll start finding out if our feet decide to follow its lead. Jamie Wayne is a lifelong columnist, who takes writing very seriously. The topics? Not so much. His column appears every Tuesday. Contact him at email@example.com
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Fairview Mall Farmers’ Market WHEN: 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. WHERE: Fairview Mall - South Parking Lot, 1800 Sheppard Ave. E. CONTACT: William Blyleven, 905-317-3010, www.Facebook.com/FairviewMallFarmersMarket, maplegreenhouses@ bellnet.ca COST: Free Open weekly until Oct. 11 Korean Dance Recital and Talent Show WHEN: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. WHERE: Korean Culture Centre, 1133 Leslie St. CONTACT: Mi Young Kim, 416443-9329, www.koreandance.net/
upcoming_events.html, kdance@ KoreanDance.net COST: Free The Korean Dance Studies Society of Canadahosts ‘K-dance Appreciation Day’ as a small token of our gratitude. RSVP by Aug 14. Art Walk North WHEN: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. WHERE: Mel Lastman Square, 5100 Yonge St. CONTACT: http://artistsnetwork.ca/ node/401, email@example.com COST: Free Sixty artists exhibit their work over two days; also Saturday, Aug. 17, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
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Emergency Preparedness and Fire Safety WHEN: 2 to 3 p.m. WHERE: Downsview Library, 2793 Keele St. CONTACT: Diana, 416-395-5720, firstname.lastname@example.org COST: Free Are there fire hazards in your home that you might not be aware of? Are you and your family properly prepared in the event of an emergency? Toronto Fire Services will discuss fire safety and emergency planning.
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ansoora Marrium ran her own homemade food business in Pakistan and wanted to apply her knowledge to the culinary arts when she moved to North York. After locating to the Finch Avenue and Weston Road area almost a year and a half ago, Marrium enrolled in North York Community House’s (NYCH) culinary employment training program, which runs twice a week and offers 45 hours of inclass instruction, including food handling certification. Those enrolled can have opportunity to work for NYCH’s Delightfully Yours Catering Services, which helps new immigrants get a start with employment. After completing the program, Marrium found part-time work as a hotel prep cook and also runs her own business, Homemade Fresh Food. She eventually plans to take a pre-apprentice baking course at George Brown College. NYCH recently released a report outlining how to support the entrepreneurial activity of immigrants living in the city. The findings are based on a literature review and interviews conducted with 100 immigrant owners of small businesses in North York, primarily in the neighbourhoods of Bathurst Street and Finch Avenue, Lawrence Heights, and Jane Street and Lawrence Avenue. The report, titled DIY: Immigrant Entrepreneurs Are Doing it For Themselves, indicates more immigrants to Toronto are starting their own small businesses for several reasons, including as a response to an unfavourable job market, to supplement a low income, and to work flexibly according to their own schedule. The research also found immigrant entrepreneurs are a highly
(from DIY: Immigrant Entrepreneurs Are Doing it For Themselves)
diverse group with a wide range of skills and experience, and those who provide services in this area must be able to recognize and support their individual needs. The majority of immigrant entrepreneurs interviewed indicated they needed support in starting their business, from developing business skills to securing resources. However, the findings reveal support from family and mentors is often able to make up for a lack of business experience and assets. Strong networks are crucial, and service providers must be aware they can play a key role in facilitating these opportunities in order to maximize immigrant entrepreneurs’ chances for success. NYCH established an advisory roundtable of service providers who support immigrant entre-
The study found there is no single type of entrepreneur. Some are pressured into it because they can’t find jobs, others want to do it. – Shelley Zuckerman
preneurs to provide input to the project. Shelley Zuckerman, executive director of NYCH, said they received a number of requests from immigrant entrepreneurs for support, and the organization wanted to better understand their needs and create some positive models that will help newcomers create successful small businesses. “As an organization, we’ve worked with immigrants for a long time,” she said. “In the past few years, more and more have been coming to us. They either had a business or wanted to start one or needed assistance.”
• Immigrant entrepreneurs were surveyed from January to March, 2013 • Surveys were conducted in five languages most common in the northwestern Toronto catchment areas: Tagalog, Farsi, Korean, Mandarin and Russian • 95 per cent of survey respondents said they owned and operated businesses in Canada • 44 per cent of the businesses are one-person organizations • 29.3 per cent of the businesses have one staff member in addition to the owner • 2.4 per cent of the businesses employ 11 or more people
Mansoora Marrium took a culinary training program offered through North York Community House and now runs her own food business.
NYCH offered a number of workshops focusing on tools involved in owning a business, then worked on the report, she said. “The study found there is no single type of entrepreneur,” Zuckerman said. “Some are pressured into it because they can’t find jobs, others want to do it. The study gives us a better sense of what situations are like, what the real needs are.” The study found the majority of immigrants surveyed ran a one-person business, with very few having more than 10 employees, she said. “We found entrepreneurs
who had either experience (as a business owner) or who had family support often did better,” Zuckerman said. “If they don’t have that, we provide mentorship and networking. We have a real role to play as an organization.” The study also found English language skills are critical, even in cases where customers and owner speak the same language, she said. Judy Fricker, NYCH’s employment and life skills program coordinator, oversees the culinary program and said the goal is for graduates to find employment in the food service industry. “They either get a job in the
food sector, or continue on with education in the food sector, or start their own food business,” she said. “They learn to be independent and earn money. People need to work and they need an injection of knowledge to get their business going here. They want to replicate what they had at home. The culinary employment training program also includes workshops on entrepreneurship in which we cover the development of a business plan, ownership types, and goal setting, also the advantages of having one’s own food business. In times such as these, when it’s difficult to find employment, starting up a business makes sense.” The DIY: Immigrant Entrepreneurs Are Doing it For Themselves study was funded by the Metcalf Foundation and was done in partnership with Public Interest.
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Program gives participating students a high school credit >>>from page 1 high school credit in General Learning Strategies. Most of the participants go on to start high school at Westview Centennial Secondary School. The SBL program is conducted in small classrooms, with one teacher and three mentors for every 15 students. Mentors are Westview students. T h i s y e a r’s p r o g r a m wrapped up Aug. 6, complete with a graduation ceremony. Ahmed, who was a student in the program before taking on a mentor role, is now the academic and social co-ordinator for the initiative. “When they go to Westview they will know the mentors and the other students in
the program,” he said. “They gain a high school credit so they are already a step ahead of the other students.”
(Mentors) play an integral role. They are the backbone of the program. – Mohamed Ahmed
Mentors act as a bumper between students and teachers, Ahmed said, adding younger students view mentors as role models. “(Mentors) play an integral role,” he said. “They are the backbone of the program.” Ahmed, who has bachelor of education and sociology
degrees from York University, is working toward his masters degree in education, hoping to become a full-time teacher. After watching a presentation at school about the program, Tanjim Hossain decide to enrol. “I think it’s very good,” he said. “We learned lots of stuff we didn’t know.” Hossain said he plans to become an architect and design houses. The SBL program is a joint initiative of York University and the Jays Care Foundation, in partnership with the Toronto District School Board.
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Snake found in North York garage >>>from page 1 L a s t F r i d a y, F i o n a Venedam, supervisor of the emergency and mobile response unit, told The Mirror the snake may be sent to a sanctuary or Reptilia in Vaughan if the owner didn’t claim it. Just before midnight on Aug. 6, TAS received a call from a homeowner in the area of Don Mills Road and Lawrence Avenue who found the snake in their garage, Venedam said Friday. The homeowner is not the owner of the legal snake and
didn’t know who it belonged to, she said. Staff took the one-metrelong python to the shelter, hoping the owner would claim it. “It’s a legal snake. It won’t grow more than (the legal limit of ) three metres,” Venedam said, adding the python does not pose a danger. “It seems like a ver y friendly snake. We do believe it’s owned.” TAS gets reportings of snakes about once or twice a year, including another ball
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Inquest called into three fatal police shootings North York incident from October 2011 part of coroner’s probe Ontario’s chief coroner says three fatal shootings by police in Toronto form a common cause and will be covered by an inquest this fall. The three persons – shot in East York, North York and on the North York-Scarborough boundary – were all carrying edged weapons and “may have been experiencing Tuesday the effects of a mental disorder at the time of their deaths,” the province’s community safety and correctional services ministry added Thursday in a release. O n t a r i o ’s S p e c i a l Investigations Unit has cleared police officers of
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TTC bus, which was then followed by police. The bus stopped at Biscayne Boulevard, and according to the SIU, Jardine-Douglas produced a knife, got off the bus, walked towards an officer and was shot.
T h e c o r o n e r’s o f f i c e expects the inquest to begin on Oct. 15 in North York and last eight weeks, with testimony from more than 50 witnesses. A jury will examine events surrounding the three deaths and may make recommendations to prevent similar deaths. Community advocates and TEGH cited Eligon’s death while lobbying a regional health authority to create an East Toronto Mobile Crisis Intervention Team to assist police in situations with persons in distress. The team was approved earlier this year. The circumstances of the three inquest deaths were similar to the shooting death of 18-year-old Sammy Yatim by police on a Dundas Street streetcar on July 27, said Victor Willis, executive director at the Parkdale Activity Recreation Centre, charging
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Clockwise from top left: American Serena Williams celebrates her Rogers Cup victory after defeating Sorana Cirstea 6-2 6-0 in the women’s singles final at Rexall Centre on Sunday; Williams returns a serve during the final round of the women’s singles; Williams reaches for the ball; Serbian Jelena Jankovic returns a ball during the final round of the women’s doubles at the Rogers Cup at Rexall Centre on Sunday. Jankovic and her Slovenian partner, Katarina Srebotnik, defeated Czech Kvetoslava Peschkeová and German Anna-Lena Grönefeld; Jankovic, left, and Srebotnik high five during the final round of the women’s doubles; Grönefeld returns a ball; Peschkeová reaches for the ball; Cirstea wipes away tears after being defeated by Williams in the women’s singles final. Staff photos/ADAM DIETRICH
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As part of a Summer Snapshot feature, the North York Mirror looks at the changing trends and demographics in its local neighbourhoods. Data courtesy Statistics Canada via the City of Toronto.
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This week: Willowdale West Staff file photo/Dan Pearce
Willowdale West includes the North York Central Library.
Willowdale West Population (2011): 14,990
Persian (Farsi) is the most common non-official language in Willowdale West, just slightly ahead of Korean. In the 2011 census, 8.5 per cent of residents listed Farsi as their Mother Tongue, and 6.9 per cent listed Farsi as their Home Language, tops in both categories after English.
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Top 10 Home Languages
1. English 2. Persian (Farsi) 3. Korean 4. Russian 5. Chinese (not otherwise specified) 6. Cantonese 7. Mandarin 8. Italian 9. Spanish 10. Tagalog (Pilipino, Filipino)
1. English 2. Persian (Farsi) 3. Korean 4. Russian 5. Chinese (not otherwise specified) 6. Cantonese 7. Mandarin 8. Spanish 9. Tagalog (Pilipino, Filipino) 10. Italian
City context A comparison of a neighbourhood statistic with its Toronto equivalent
difference of a decade
Between 2001 and 2011, the number of people in Willowdale West who listed Persian (Farsi) as their Home Language increased more than sevenfold (135 people to 1,040).
While the neighbourhood still has a greater proportion of seniors (aged 65+) compared to the cityâ€™s, the count of those aged 65 and above only increased by 2.1 per cent between 2006 and 2011, whereas the neighbourhoodâ€™s population increased 19.8 per cent during that time.
POPULATION BY AGE GROUP Willowdale West has a significantly higher percentage of its population aged 65 and above compared to the cityâ€™s percentage: 19.8 per cent of the neighbourhoodâ€™s population is 65 or older. In contrast, those aged 65 and above make up 14 per cent of Torontoâ€™s population.
The highest age group growth in Willowdale West occurred in the 25-64 category (Working Age). That age group grew 47.1 per cent.
+31.6% The overall population in Willowdale West has increased by 31.6 per cent between 2001 and 2011.
The number of people in Willowdale West who listed Romanian as their Home Language decreased by 62.5 per cent between 2006 and 2011.
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Police chief Bill Blair has sought out a retired Ontario chief justice to review the Toronto Police Service’s useof-force options in dealing with emotionally disturbed people. Blair made the announcement during a news conference at police headquarters yesterday, just over two weeks after 18-year-old Sammy Yatim was shot and killed by a police officer while wielding a knife on an empty streetcar on Dundas Street. Dennis O’Connor, who sat on the Ontario Court of Appeal from 1998 to 2012, will examine how police respond to the emotionally disturbed and will make recommendations on the force’s policies, procedures, training and equipment. “As a result of the most recent event and other events that have caused a great deal
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Eli Bakhtiari, Sales Representative C. 647.296.6945
4 Properties Listed & Sold by Eli & Bella Team
2 WHITELOCK CRES
138 CHURCH AVE.
80 CENTRE AVE
23 CASWELL DR 60X150Ft-A Rare Find!! $988,800
#505 662 SHEPPARD AVE E Gorgeous Unit W/Panoramic View! $1,198,000 !
242 EMPRESS AVE
17 GUSTAV CRES
A Rare Find Ravine Lot!! $1,248,800
Gorgeous Custom-Built $1,699,900
11 BLITHFIELD *Prestigious and hi demand in Bayview Village *Professionally and totally reno’d and upgraded *W/ contemporary /modern design *350 by 55 + professionally ﬁnished aprx 1680sft basement *50 by 120 lot size $1,799,000
3 CARNEGIE CRT
Premium Lot!! $848,000 !
192 KINGSDALE AVE One Of A Kind Land!! $2,348,800 E ST
401 LONGMORE ST
Absolutely Stunning!! $1,198,000
93 FINCH AVE E
A Rare Opportunity To Own!! $1,328,000
60Ft-Premium Corner Lot! $1,088,000
2 RAVENSCROFT CIRC
High Demand In Heart Of Bayview Village!! $1,180,000
12 ANETA CIRC
Ultimate Elegance/ Quality/Privacy Crt!! $2,398,000
Bella Lee, Broker C. 416.939.3003
336 HOLLYWOOD AVE
In The Heart Of High Demand Of Willowdale!! $1,348,000
59 OLIVE AVE Gorgeous Floor Plan $1,688,000
589 SHEPPARD AVE E Amazing Opportunity $2,200,000
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