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TEEING OFF: Marco Fitzgerald, 12, tees off from the first hole at the Don Valley Golf Course. Jan Shah practises his putt before his tee time. Forecasts call for a mix of sun and cloud with a high of 32 today, and 27 each of Saturday and Sunday. The forecast does suggest rain on the holiday Monday, however.

JBG arts program offers youth chance to dance FANNIE SUNSHINE fsunshine@insidetoronto.com For two weeks this summer, 35 young people honed their dancing skills at Westview Centennial Secondary School, topping it all off with a showcase last Friday.

The program, run by Just BGRAPHIC (JBG), a youth arts program based in the Jane Street and Finch Avenue community, ran five days a week inside the Finch Avenue and Hwy. 400 school, focusing on hip hop, contemporary, reggae and break dancing.

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The showcase, held at Yorkwoods Library Theatre, was made up of different dancing and singing routines, said Kayode Brown, founder and executive director of JBG. “The summer program is totally fun,” Brown said. “We give youths a space that’s safe and where they are @NorthYorkMirror

engaged and challenged.” The not-for-profit organization is strongly rooted in arts, culture and education, collaborating with educators citywide to ensure positive results within the youths served. “We encourage youth to be who they are, be creative and be

together,” he said. “We are based in Jane and Finch, but our footprint is all across the city.” Currently offered in Westview, Downsview Collegiate Institute and C.W. Jefferys Collegiate Institute during the school year, JBG is free >>>JBG, page 5

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It’s going to be a busy September for the arts in North York n ON STAGE

messages. INFO: RSVP to vmoreno@ kofflerarts.org or 416-6381881, ext. 4249 by Sept. 3.

WHAT: ‘The Gold Bird’ WHEN: Sept. 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 29 and 30; at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. WHERE: Solar Stage Children’s Theatre, 4950 Yonge St., in The Madison Centre TICKETS: $16 ($13 on Sept. 8 and 9) DETAILS: A music-filled production, adapted from Grimm, tells the story of the gold bird that steals gold apples from the queen’s orchard. Marvel at the twists and turns in the plot as the queen’s daughter tries to stop the bird from stealing the gold apples and tries to bring it back to the palace to help the queen. For ages 3 to 10. INFO: www.solarstage. on.ca, solarstage@bellnet. ca, 416-368-8031 WHAT: The Presence of Magic WHEN: Friday, Sept. 14, 8 p.m. WHERE: Studio Theatre, Toronto Centre for the Arts, 5040 Yonge St. TICKETS: $32.50 at www. ticketmaster.ca DETAILS: Take part in an experience of magic and mystery where things go bump in the night. See lecture-demonstration from Eugene Burger, a performer and scholar of magic and spiritualism (manifestations of spirits and talking to the dead). INFO: www.tocentre. com/studio/burger

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WHAT: Bach Brandenburg Concertos WHEN: Sept. 25, 8 p.m. WHERE: George Weston Recital Hall, Toronto Centre for the Arts, 5040 Yonge St. TICKETS: Call the box office at 416-964-6337 DETAILS: Presented by Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra. Bach’s brilliant and exuberant concertos continue to enthrall after

Penelope Stewart, known for her beeswax interventions, will be one of the artists at the Sept. 27 opening of the TBG Art Gallery at the Toronto Botanical Garden.

nearly three centuries. Join us for Brandenburg Concertos nos. 1, 3 and 5, as well as Bach’s Orchestral Suite no. 4, all featuring the talents of Tafelmusik’s musicians as soloists. INFO: www.tafelmusik. org

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WHAT: Imaginary Homeland WHEN: Opening Reception Wednesday, Sept. 12; exhibit continues to Dec. 4 WHERE: The Art Gallery of York University, Accolade East Building, York University, 4700 Keele St. DETAILS: Imaginary Homelands is the culmination of a three-year experimental residency project with Colombian artists that explored the oscillation of

people, ideas and materials between two places, Toronto and Bogota. INFO: http:// theagyuisoutthere.org/ everywhere

Hulchanski’s “Three Cities within Toronto” report on neighbourhood change in greater Toronto over a 35-year period. INFO: 416-395-5535

WHAT: A Colourful World by Erika Youssef WHEN: Sept. 1 to 30 WHERE: Don Mills Library, 888 Lawrence Ave. E. DETAILS: The diversity of nature, places and people are expressed through water colours and mixed media. INFO: 416-395-5710

WHAT: TBG Art Gallery Opening Weston Family Library WHEN: Thursday, Sept. 27, 7 to 8 p.m. WHERE: Weston Family Library at Toronto Botanical Garden, 777 Lawrence Ave. E. COST: Free DETAILS: Meet the inaugural exhibiting artists Jean Johnson and Penelope Stewart and admire the library’s new look. We invite you to check out the yearround, rotating displays by some of Canada’s best botanical artists. INFO: 416-397-1341,

WHAT: Three Cities within Toronto WHEN: Sept. 1 to 30 WHERE: North York Central Library, 5120 Yonge St. DETAILS: An exhibit of the highlights of J. David

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WHAT: A lecture by Roy Doliner, co-author of the international bestseller ‘The Sistine Secrets’ WHEN: Sept. 6, at 7:30 p.m. WHERE: Joseph D. Carrier Art Gallery, Columbus Centre, 901 Lawrence Ave. W. COST: Free DETAILS: The Sistine Secrets: 500 years ago, during one of the darkest periods of religious intolerance, a devoutly Christian artist was ordered to decorate the ceiling of the most important chapel in the Catholic world. He managed to conceal in this work a vast array of secret

Toronto Botanical Garden is offering art classes for people who are inspired by nature. • Botanical Art for Beginners is a 10-week course offered Thursday evenings from 6:30 to 9:30, starting Sept. 12 Learn the basic skills needed to create botanical artwork. Start with drawing exercises and lead into an introduction to watercolour. Students will progress at their own pace and receive individual assistance. No experience is necessary. The cost is $375 for members of the public and $300 for TBG members. • A Botanical Art Studio is a 10-session class for people wanting to develop their own style of botanical painting while receiving individual instruction based on their level of expertise. All levels are welcome. It takes place Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., from Sept. 13 to Nov. 22. The cost is $375, or $300 for TBG members. • Brushes with Serenity – Autumn Colours takes place over six weeks starting Sept. 17, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Using bamboo brushes, ink and watercolours on rice paper, participants will depict the beauty of Canada in the fall. The cost is $200, or $160 for members. There is an extra $30 fee if art materials are required. Toronto Botanical Garden is at 777 Lawrence Ave. E. Call 416-397-1341 or email info@torontobotanicalgarden.ca n Visit insidetoronto.com and sign up to post events to our online calendar. Call 416-774-2256 for more information.

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abour Day marks the end of summer for most people – in particular those with school-aged children. School supplies are being purchased, vacations have been taken, daycare has been set up, and everyone is getting back to their daily business. Let’s make this school year one where learning is truly an experience, where students – as well as parents and teachers – do more than just study. Let’s see classes become our view increasingly active in making their communities a better place. Great lessons Schools – separate, public, private and French – are the heart in community of any community, where our youngest members learn how to participation become active and connected parts of their school, neighbourhoods, and to a greater extent, the entire city. Beyond learning about those less-fortunate, or issues in society that need fixing, students should be taught social responsibility. And what better ways to do just that than by participating in fundraisers, school events, or helping clean a park? Every corner of the city sees students taking part in activities that directly impact their fellow students and the city as a whole: Summit Heights Public School students in North York became the proud parents of an African penguin after raising the necessary money. Scarborough’s Charlottetown Junior Public School students and staff helped raise $6,500 to build a clean water project in Haiti. For their efforts, they received an inspirational visit from Spencer West (who lost both his legs at the age of five) and his Redefine Possible mission. And this past June, St. Leo Catholic School students in Etobicoke each completed three acts of kindness, in return national and international powerlifting champion Ryan “6-Pack” Lapadat returned during the school’s fundraising Spring Fling flipping a 2,000pound car to break a Guinness World Record and raise money for SickKids Hospital. Students across the city have been honoured for their efforts helping others. Schools as a whole have done their part when dealing with issues in their communities. And for this, all Torontonians should be grateful. That’s why school should be more than just a place students go to bury their noses in books. It should be a place where students go to become active members of a community – whether that be the school community, their neighbourhood, or the city as a whole.

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To the editor: Re: ‘Gather facts on Danzig Street shooting,’ Opinion, July 20 David Soknacki’s article is brilliant. It seems that most of the press are pushing for instant answers to problems in the subsidized housing areas. That can only mean a lot of money being misdirected in order to garner some politician a headline. I recently read that residents in social housing cannot evict a tenant who is convicted of a crime or is engaged in criminal activity. Does it make any sense to leave vulnerable residents living in fear of their criminal neighbours? It wouldn’t even cost money to remedy this bizarre situation. The taxpayers have a right to know what really happened on Danzig Street. Anne Robinson

Use land transfer tax to make city safer To the editor: It’s clear we have a problem with guns and gangs in Toronto. So what’s the solution? Do we want Guardian Angels patrolling our streets? Do we want Councillor Giorgio Mammoliti to become a self-imposed czar in the battle of gangs? No. What we do need is an immediate, co-ordinated and comprehensive plan of action that does not take days to form but only hours. When Toronto was hit by an outbreak of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) in 2003, community leaders and politicians moved fast to combat Toronto’s reputation from being further bruised. Toronto staged the rock concert of all rock concerts featuring the Rolling Stones. Thousands came out; in fact it was billed as the largest ticketed outdoor

concert in Canadian history. The city didn’t stop there. Festivals such as Luminato were created to showcase to the world that Toronto was indeed a world-class city. In our opinion their actions worked. Why? Because they were focused, efficient and didn’t waste time. They acted because they knew that if they didn’t it would be too late to save Toronto from being branded as a place not to visit. They simply knew what had to be done. How is it then, that when Toronto is hit with such devastating gun crimes, like we have just witnessed this summer, we suddenly blank out or resort to tired practices of dealing with gun crime? We have reams of statistics, bundles of studies and reports from many sources reporting on how to tackle gun crime, but we seem to fail

at moving forward with an actual plan — a new plan. So far the only true action that has been taken is that of the Ontario government and Toronto police. In the immediate aftermath of the Danzig Street shooting, Premier Dalton McGuinty rolled funding for Toronto’s AntiViolence Intervention Strategy (TAVIS). TAVIS includes roving units of 72 officers deployed into Toronto’s hot spots and receives about $5 million a year from the province to operate. In addition, the province will spend $500,000 to support stronger co-ordination among Toronto police and will present an “action plan” in 30 days. The police are placing more “approachable police officers” on our streets and deploying resources accordingly. Great start but not enough to truly combat such a deep social problem. For this

we do need a deeper coordinated effort in tackling the problem. We propose a direct and interim approach that can be deployed immediately until a co-ordinated and comprehensive plan is implemented. This would form council’s response. So far they don’t have one. We propose that 10 per cent of Toronto’s land transfer tax – about $30 million – be immediately deployed to Toronto’s front line responders. These include police, community youth engagers, those managing at risk youth programs, those running on the ground not-for-profits working in gun crime hot spots and the Toronto Community Housing Corporation (TCHC). We are engaged and concerned citizens and we want our community leaders to act. Bruce Baker Chris Yaccato

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The City of Toronto’s parks, forestry and recreation division will offer several options on Labour Day Monday. Open: • Unsupervised splash pads will be open Monday, Sept. 3 and will remain open until Sept. 23. Parents and caregivers are reminded to supervise their child/children at all times. • Toronto’s beaches will be open, with lifeguard supervision. • Toronto Island ferries will run on the regular summer schedule up to and including Monday, Sept. 3. • Toronto’s parks and green spaces will be open for unsupervised leisure activities. • Riverdale Farm will be open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Sept. 3. For information

call 416-392-6794. • High Park and the High Park Zoo will be open Monday, Sept. 3. • L’Amoreaux Tennis Centre will be open on Labour Day. Courts can be booked on a pay-as-you-go basis, subject to availability. For information call 416-396-4041. Closed: • All other parks, forestry and recreation facilities will be closed on Labour Day. Regular programs and services resume on Tuesday, Sept. 4. • All outdoor pools and wading pools will be closed on Labour Day. Sunday, Sept. 2 is the last day of summer operation for the City’s outdoor pools and wading pools. For Labour Day schedules for leisure activities, visit toronto.ca/ parks

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who has choreographed for So You Think You Can Dance Canada; Desman, JRDN, Tyler Medeiros, DJ Lissa Monet and DJ Starting From Scratch. JBG also offers the Luther Brown Award of Excellence, presented to youth who have diligently pursued and achieved artistic and academic excellence. Brown, who has a background in teaching, graphic design and marketing, said he established JBG as a way to engage young people following the death of Jordan Manners, who was shot to death inside C.W. Jefferys in 2007. Brown, who knew Jordan, said the 15 year old’s death deeply affected him. “I knew we had to find ways to get kids engaged in a safe space,” he said. Along with offering programs and awards, Brown said he’s hoping the community will jump on board by donating their Air Miles to help send youngsters to visit prospective post-secondary institutions. For information visit www.justbgraphic.org

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Office, 416-487-3281, www.templesinai. net COST: $20 Since 1966 Cantor Severin Weingort has made many contributions to Temple and to its Brotherhood. Join us to honour Cantor Weingort.

OUA women’s soccer - Laurier at York WHEN: 1 p.m. WHERE: York Stadium, 4700 Keele St. COST: Free The Laurier Golden Hawks visit the York Lions in OUA women’s soccer play. OUA men’s soccer - Laurier at York WHEN: 3:15 p.m. WHERE: York Stadium, 4700 Keele St. COST: Free The Laurier Golden Hawks visit the York Lions in OUA men’s soccer play.

n Sunday, Sept. 2

OUA women’s soccer -- Waterloo at York WHEN: 1 p.m. WHERE: York Stadium, 4700 Keele St. COST: Free The Waterloo Warriors visit the York Lions in OUA women’s soccer play. OUA men’s soccer -- Waterloo at York WHEN: 3:15 p.m. WHERE: York Stadium, 4700 Keele St. COST: Free OUA men’s soccer play at York Stadium with the Waterloo Warriors visiting the York Lions.

n Tuesday, Sept. 4

Knitting for Charity WHEN: 6:30 to 8 p.m. WHERE: Centennial Library, 578 Finch Ave. W. CONTACT: Zelda Pasternack, 416-395-5490, www.HoneyColeman.com, EFTHoney@ gmail.com COST: Free New knitters/crocheters welcome. We meet every Tuesday night. Needles and

yarn provided. Refreshments included. Yarn donations always welcome at the library.

n Wednesday, Sept. 5

Feminist Book Discussion Group WHEN: 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. WHERE: North York Central Library, Room 1, 5120 Yonge Street CONTACT: Eleanor Batchelder, 647-235-0843, eob62@ yahoo.com COST: Free Meets on the first Wednesday of each month. On Sept. 5, we will be discussing: “The Elegance of the Hedgehog,” a novel by Muriel Barbery. Co-sponsored by the Older Women’s Network, and open to all women (even if you haven’t read the book). Refreshments.

n Thursday, Sept. 6

Open House at Temple Sinai Nursery School WHEN: 5:30 to 7 p.m. WHERE: Temple Sinai Congregation of Toronto, 210 Wilson Ave. CONTACT: Marcie, 416-4873281, www.templesinai.net, education@ templesinai.net COST: $9 and child $6 Join us for a magical evening of fun and entertainment with a bouncy castle, ball pit, arts & crafts, games and more. Enjoy a pizza dinner, learn about our nursery school and have a tour. Please register online at www.templesinai.net/study/ nursery or call the Education Office at 416-487-3291 by Sept. 6.

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A Magical Tot Shabbat WHEN: 6 p.m. WHERE: Temple Sinai

Congregation of Toronto, 210 Wilson Ave. CONTACT: The Education Office, 416-487-3281, www.templesinai.net, education@templesinai.net COST: Varies What magical experiences will you and your children have during the High Holy Days? Start off this time of renewal with the amazing magic of Larry Hitch. Bring your family and friends and join other young families for dinner and an enchanting evening. Dinner: 6 p.m.; Service: 7:15 p.m. Cost: Member adults: $16; member children (aged 3 – 7 years): $9; non-member adults: $20; non-member children: $10. Call to register by Sept. 5 at noon. Kabbalalalat Shabbat WHEN: 7:15 p.m. WHERE: Temple Sinai Congregation of Toronto, 210 Wilson Ave. CONTACT: The Education Office, 416-487-3281, www.templesinai.net, education@templesinai.net COST: Free Join an interactive musical event with the Temple Sinai Choir and Band. Time: 7:15 p.m. Come and learn the music of the service and become part of our instant choir. Enjoy a sampling of spiritual hors d’oeuvres at 7:45 p.m. and meet and share stories with your Temple family. At 8 p.m., welcome Shabbat with a multigenerational service in the round followed by an Oneg Shabbat.

n Saturday, Sept. 8

York Lions football WHEN: 1 p.m. WHERE: York Stadium, 4700 Keele St. CONTACT: York Univer-

sity COST: $8 (adults), $5 (non-York students, seniors) The York Lions host the Ottawa Gee Gees in CIS men’s football regular season action. North York Annual Flower and Vegetable Show WHEN: 2 to 5 p.m. WHERE: Edithvale Community Centre, 7 Edithvale Dr. CONTACT: www.northyorkgardenclub. ca COST: Free Featuring Australia as the flower arrangement theme; the cultural classes will also include grasses and shrubs. If you grow vegetables you should come out to see what can be grown in North York and have a coffee and home made treat.

n Sunday, Sept. 9

OUA women’s soccer - UOIT at York WHEN: 1 p.m. WHERE: York Stadium, 4700 Keele St. COST: Free The UOIT Ridgebacks visit the York Lions in OUA women’s soccer play. OUA men’s soccer -- UOIT at York WHEN: 3:15 p.m. to WHERE: York Stadium, 4700 Keele St. COST: Free OUA men’s soccer has the UOIT Ridgebacks visiting the York Lions.

n Monday, Sept. 10

Men’s Night honouring Cantor Emeritus Severin Weingort WHEN: 6:30 p.m. to WHERE: Temple Sinai Congregation of Toronto, 210 Wilson Ave. CONTACT: The Education

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n Wednesday, Sept. 12

Junior A Hockey -- Toronto Lakeshore at North York WHEN: 8 p.m. WHERE: Carnegie Centennial Centre, 580 Finch Ave. W. COST: Admission The North York Rangers host the Toronto Lakeshore Patriots.

n Thursday, Sept. 13

Senior Safety Seminar WHEN: 2 to 4 p.m. WHERE: Better Living Health & Community Services Recreation Centre, 1 Overland Dr. CONTACT: P.C. Kellie Downie, kelly.downie@ torontopolice.on.ca COST: Free Topics include: personal, pedestrian & traffic safety, elder abuse, and fraud targeting citizens 50 and over. Tips on reducing your chances of becoming a victim of crime. North York Garden Club Front Garden Contest Awards Night WHEN: 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. WHERE: Edithvale Community Centre, 7 Edithvale Dr. CONTACT: Gail Bebee COST: Free Awards recognize the gardeners in our community Visit insidetoronto.com to sign up for submitting events to our website!


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REVIEWING RESULTS: Jennifer Chen, left, Amanda Tavares, Helen Kravetz and artist-in-residence Jeff Natchigall check the results of the Baycrest Health Sciences’ Centre for Learning, Research and Innovation (LRI) summer arts project on Wednesday. University students pursuing careers in health care and seniors at Baycrest participated in the art-based learning project.

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his month we’ll meet two little piggies looking for a forever home together and Bailey a senior long-haired dachshund who finds himself homeless after a lifetime with the same family.

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Eric and Ernie are currently in the foster care program at Piggles Guinea Pig Rescue but are ready to be adopted into a forever home – as long as they can stay together. When the pair of pigs entered the rescue they had not been handled much and were skittish but have been getting one-on-one attention and proper handling in their foster home. They squeak enthusiastically for food and love spending time outside in the garden (under supervision). At two years old Eric and Ernie are a well bonded pair who clearly adore each other. They are affectionate and interactive both with each other and with people and would make great

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Bailey is a 12-year-old neutered male mini long-haired dachshund weighing in at approximately 10 pounds. He spent his entire life with one family and he’s homeless now because a baby is on the way. The little dachshund is loyal, will bark if someone comes to the door and loves to be with people. Bailey often reacts to fast movements so for this reason he would not be a suitable match for a family with small children. His foster dad says he gets along well with his dachshund foster brother and sister. Bailey loves to go for walks and has good leash manners. He sometimes barks when left alone so a house

Bailey is a 12-year-old neutered male mini long-haired dachshund companions for either adults or ments in order to be healthy, a family with appropriately aged these are not difficult to meet. If children. Guinea pigs make wonyou are interested in the ‘boys’ derful family pets and, although visit www.pigglesrescue.com or they have certain specific requireemail info@pigglesrescue.com

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Catholic board votes to continue HPV program 8-3 vote shoots down motion to discontinue Cynthia Reason creason@insidetoronto.com Students’ physical health versus their spiritual and moral well-being was debated amongst Toronto’s Catholic trustees on Tuesday, as the board squared off on whether or not to continue its human papillomavirus vaccine (HPV) program. The publicly funded Gardasil vaccination program has seen all Grade 8 girls in the Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB) given the opportunity to be vaccinated against HPV – a sexually transmitted disease cited as the cause of more than 70 per cent of cervical cancers and 90 per cent of genital warts in Canada – since September 2007. The future of the program, however, was called into question at Tuesday night’s meeting of the board as a handful of trustees raised doubts as to Gardasil’s safety, and as to whether or not its administration to 13- and 14-year-old girls runs contrary to the teachings of the Catholic church by promoting premarital sex. “I’ve had a problem with the fact that we’ve been doing this through our schools ever since it first came up,” said Toronto Trustee Barbara Poplawski. “It’s medical, it’s not something that something the Catholic Bishops of Ontario have supported, and it’s not something that I’m comfortable with.” A letter from the Assembly of Catholic Bishops regarding the Gardasil vaccine cautions parents that infection with HPV can only occur through sexual activity, which itself carries “profound risks to a young person’s spiritual, emotional, moral and physical health.” “Sexual activity is appropriate only within marriage,” the letter reads. “Outside of marriage, abstinence is not only clearly the choice that leads to spiritual and moral well-being, but it is obviously the best protection against risks of the disease.” Also at issue, Poplawski argued, is whether or not the board is doing a good enough job fully informing parents of the risks involved with Gardasil. While an information pack-

How they voted In favour of program’s demise (3): Trustees Angela Kennedy (East York/Toronto), Barbara Poplawski (Toronto), and Tobia Enverga (Scarborough). Against program’s demise (8): Peter Jakovcic (Etobicoke), Patrizia Bottoni (North York), Frank D’Amico (York), Ann Andrachuk (Etobicoke), Sal Piccininni (North York), John Del Grande (Scarborough/North York), Jo-Ann Davis (Toronto), Maria Rizzo (North York), Nancy Crawford (Scarborough) age sent to parents about the vaccination includes literature from Toronto Public Health that details both the drug’s common and more uncommon side effects – ranging from itchiness and swelling at the injection site, to vomiting and diarrhea, to difficulty breathing – Poplawski said the warnings don’t go far enough. “I don’t think we know enough about Gardasil at this point,” she said, recalling a recent presentation to the board by a young woman who claimed to have been left paralyzed by the HPV vaccination. East York/Toronto Trustee Angela Kennedy, herself a registered nurse, agreed with Poplawski’s misgivings and put forth a motion that the TCDSB cease providing the vaccine in its schools immediately – a move that triggered an hour-long debate in which the majority of the trustees spoke out in favour of the HPV vaccine program’s continuation. Etobicoke Trustee and Board Chair Ann Andrachuk defended the program, stating its importance as a free service to families who might not otherwise be able to afford such protection for their daughters – potential side effects or not. To repeat history and deny Catholic parents the opportunity to protect their daughters from HPV and possible cervical cancer, Andrachuk said, would be a shame: “If we take this decision away from our parents, then shame on us because who do we think we are? We’re not medical physicians, we’re not doctors.” Etobicoke Trustee Peter Jakovcic argued Grade 8 is a “critical” time for the HPV vaccination. “I think the purpose of the age of 13/14 is that it is a criti-

cal age, considering puberty and the nature of adolescence – and the fact that there are certain things we can’t control,” he said. “I don’t believe the administration of the vaccine is a prerequisite or leads to what has been insinuated as a promotion of sexual activity amongst our teens. I think it’s in due course with other medical practices that we have.” Toronto Trustee Jo-Ann Davis said a decision to continue the program would signal only that the board has the health of its students in mind. “We are not making any kind of moral statement by making this (vaccine) available. We are making a health statement: we want our girls to live.” Scarborough Trustee Nancy Crawford agreed: “I see this as a health issue, I do not see this as a chastity issue. Let’s not forget the horrors of cancer and the many women we have the statistics for who have died of (cervical cancer) here in Ontario.” An unwell North York Trustee Maria Rizzo phoned in her impassioned opposition to any suggestion the HPV vaccination program be ended at the TCDSB. “I say this with all due respect to everybody and their ideological views: please put them away...(This motion) is radical, it’s insane. I don’t even know why we’re having this debate again,” she said. “Please don’t do this. This is our gift to our students; our gift to our girls. Please don’t put them in this situation, I beg of you. This is an important initiative that we need to be able to continue, because it’s the right thing to do.” Kennedy’s motion to discontinue the HPV vaccination program was ultimately defeated by a vote of eight to three.


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