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People open hearts in wake of $2 million Salvation Army theft LISA QUEEN lqueen@insidetoronto.com

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Navleen Dhonsi, 7, helps sort food with other volunteers at the North York Harvest Food Bank Winter Food Drive Sunday.

Winter Food Drive runs until Jan. 7 With just three weeks to go, North York Harvest Food Bank (NYHFB) has reached a third of its goal for the Winter Food Drive. To date, 85,000 pounds of food has been donated, along with $85,000, said communications manager Juneeja Varghese. This year’s goal is to collect 240,000 pounds of food and $240,000. “The increase in need reflects ongoing, systemic issues,” Anette Chawla,

Beary merry delivery christmas cheer: Humber River Regional Hospital pediatric patient Reina Elsaouda, left, receives plush toys from Toronto Community News advertising staff members Serena Tung and Joachim Reinert on Tuesday as part of the company’s Beary Merry Christmas program. Photo/Peter C. McCusker

executive director of NYHFB, previously said in a release. “Many of our clients face unemployment, or parttime and contract work, and struggle to meet the high cost of living in Toronto.” The food bank is facing a 19 per cent increase in demand, which closely reflects post-recession levels of 2008. NYHFB is the primary food bank in northern Toronto, distributing 1.6

million pounds of food in 2011 to 60 community programs. The food bank’s catchment area is bounded by Steeles Avenue, Victoria Park Avenue, St. Clair Avenue/Eglinton Avenue and Hwy. 27. The Winter Food Drive kicked off Nov. 29 and will end Jan. 7. For a list of suggested food donations, visit www. northyorkharvest.com/ donate-food

In the wake of a $2-million alleged theft of toys and other items from its North York warehouse on the eve of its annual Christmas campaign, Salvation Army officials were nervous. While the public was bound to be sympathetic, would they choose not to give to the campaign that helps thousands of less fortunate people? “But what we quickly found out (was) we had people in our corner,” said Neil Leduke, the Salvation Army’s director of communications. “It (the alleged theft) was such a dark shadow but we’ve been able to celebrate and move forward.” As of Tuesday afternoon, 127,775 toys had been donated to the campaign and Leduke said the Salvation Army expects to achieve its goal of 150,000 toys by the end of this week. Last year at this time, just over 100,000 toys had been donated. People and companies appalled by the alleged theft have jumped in to help, Leduke said. “People come to us and they’re upset this has happened to us,” he said. “(People say) ‘How can this happen to the Salvation Army? How could somebody do this?’” In late November, the

‘It was such a dark shadow but we’ve been able to celebrate and move forward.’ – Neil Leduke, the Salvation Army’s director of communications Salvation Army announced that 100,000 toys and other items had been taken over two years from its warehouse and distribution centre on Railside Road, southeast of the Don Valley Parkway and Lawrence Avenue. The alleged theft was discovered when a whistleblower came forward. The former executive director of the warehouse, David Rennie, and Umaish Ramrattan are each facing numerous charges including theft and trafficking in stolen goods. They will appear in court Jan. 4. Shortly after the alleged theft was announced, Toronto police found 150 skids of toys, cribs, strollers, food and personal care items allegedly stolen from the Salvation Army at Northern Sales Group near Weston Road and Steeles Avenue while other items were discovered in a cold storage warehouse in Brampton.

A few days later, investigators seized 122 storage bins containing $24,000 worth of toys, also allegedly stolen from the organization, from 51 Orfus Rd. west of Dufferin Street and at 2300 Lawrence Ave., east of Birchmount Road. Immediately after the alleged theft came to light, several companies such as Hasbro, Spin Master and the Canadian Toy Association donated hundreds of thousands of dollars in toys to the Salvation Army’s campaign. Many individuals and families have also donated to the campaign, saying they want to make sure the Salvation Army is able to provide the less fortunate with toys and other items for the holidays, Leduke said. Some people, including regular donors, said they would not be contributing this year because they were upset so much was allegedly stolen from the warehouse over such a long period of time, Leduke acknowledged. But once church officials explained that they cherish every donation, most people agreed to give, he said. Meanwhile, church officials put in strengthened and new security measures at the warehouse after the alleged theft was discovered. And financial giant KPMG is conducting a forensic audit and will make recommendations, Leduke said.

Holiday hours Please note, the North York Mirror office will close at 3 p.m. on Dec. 24 and Dec. 31. Through the holiday season you’ll receive simply a Thursday newspaper, with the Friday

newspaper being delivered again beginning Jan. 11. Please have a safe and happy holiday season.

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t may be green. It may even be warm. But warm weather won’t change the true spirit of the Christmas season. On the front page of The North York Mirror and the eight other Toronto Community News newspapers we publish our view today, we feature a seasonal piece of art with a local connection. We must The holiday season is underencourage way and we thought featuring good works from the community would be a welcome change from artisans’ efforts tough issues, tough headlines. You can see the complete set of art from our front page photos in our online photo gallery found at bit.ly/TCN_holidayart You will see snow scenes. Stained glass. Classic and contemporary art. You will quickly see this community is rich in artistic talent and that our artists have a flair for understanding and reflecting the neighbourhoods of Toronto. Artists offer the same kind of experience as a newspaper. An artist chronicles a special place at a special time – and you can refer to that piece of work far into the future. A photo, a story or a piece of art can convey our history, our culture, our past, present or future. It’s fascinating how the warmth of a piece of art can melt the cold of a true winter day. To all of our readers, our online users, our advertiser partners and all community members, we wish you the best of the holiday season. Whether a Christian celebrating Christmas or not, this season offers time and opportunity to reflect on all that is accomplished, and offers the chance for us all to take steps to make the year ahead even better. In this space on the page, we often charge or challenge people to do something – and try to send a message you won’t see in other publications. Today, we’d like to challenge you during the year to buy a work of local art. We all need to encourage the efforts of our community’s artisans. That one small purchase, supports a local artist – and turns you automatically into a community builder. That piece of local art can be enjoyed by you, or give a whole younger generation a view of what was important to their ancestors’ culture, life and community. Encourage the artists. And keep the spirit of the season alive in their continued good works. newsroom

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To the editor: Re: ‘Mayor’s mandate must continue,’ Letters, Dec. 7. I find it most interesting that people like letter writer David C. Searle are pleased Mayor Rob Ford does not support unions. I gather the letter writer is not employed by a union, therefore unions are wrong. Years ago when men tried to unionize a company, they were often beaten for the attempt to do so. These brave men brought about wonderful changes for many of the workers. No more 60-hour weeks with poor pay. No more overtime with maybe $1 for supper money. The union would defend a worker if they were fired for no reasonable reason. It is not the unions that are causing the upset in today’s economy. If union jobs are wiped out, the letter writer would be surprised at the change back to the “good old days” of long hours and low wages – not only in union jobs. Joy Taylor

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anta Claus was scheduled to make a special appearance at a mall near me last Saturday, so I decided to drop by to have a heart-to-heart with the big guy. I wasn’t the only one. When I got there I encountered the longest line-up I’ve seen since the opening of Star Trek 99: The Search For A Believable Hair Piece For Kirk. At the back was my neighbour’s daughter, Jasmine. I tucked in behind her and gave her a tap on the shoulder. Normally Jasmine breaks into a big smile when she sees me, but this time she frowned. “I hate to break it to you, Jamie, but you’re not allowed in this line,” she scolded. “Why not?” I asked. “You have to be little,” she said sternly. “But I’m five-foot-two. You always tell me how

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short I am.” “I meant a little boy or a little girl,” she clarified. “Says who?” I cried. “Christmas 101.” “I never heard that carol,” I said skeptically. “It’s not a carol. It’s a rule.” (She pronounced it “ruwull.”) “The golden ru-wull,” I asked. “I don’t know what colour,” she replied resolutely. “But you better get out of line fast or somebody might call a security guard.” “What if I go to that face-painting booth next to his sleigh and get my face painted to look like a little boy or little girl?”

Jasmine scowled. “That’s the oldest trick in the book. Santa didn’t get to be Santa falling for that kind of stuff.” “But if I don’t stand in line, how am I going to sit on his lap?” I whimpered. “You can’t sit on Santa’s lap. You have to be little to do that, too, obviously.” “But I’m not much bigger than you are and judging by the speed at which kids grow these days, you’ll probably be taller than me by the time we get to Santa.” “Jamie, what part of little BOY or little GIRL don’t you understand?” “But if I don’t sit on his lap how will he know what I want for Christmas?” “You can’t ask Santa for stuff. You have to be a little boy or a little girl.” “Can I tell the two elves he brought with him what I want?” I pleaded. “No. You have to be a little boy or a little girl.” “Can I touch Rudolph’s

shiny red nose?” “No. You have to be a little boy or a little girl.” “Can’t Santa make an exception? One time? For me? Pretty please?” “Sorry, Jamie. But a ruwull is a ru-wull.” “Can’t you just toss me a bone here at least?” I sniveled pathetically. She paused for what seemed like an eternity and then took a deep breath. “OK. Though it goes against my better judgment, I’ll ask Santa for a bone. But I’m gonna pretend it’s for me and I’m definitely not going to toss it to you until he’s looking the other way. I’ve got a tradition to uphold. Little kids all over this mall – and the world – are counting on 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

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It’s Happening in North York ■ Monday, Dec. 24

Family Christmas Eve Service With Communion WHEN: 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. WHERE: Parkwoods United Church, 85 Parkwoods Village Dr. CONTACT: 416-447-5519, www.parkwoodsunitedchurch.ca, Office@parkwoodsunitedchurch.ca COST: Free-will offering All welcome. Wheelchair accessible. Equipped for the hearing impaired.

■ Tuesday, Dec. 25

Christmas Day Worship Service WHEN: 10 to 11 a.m. WHERE: Parkwoods United Church, 85 Parkwoods Village Dr. CONTACT: 416-447-5519, www.parkwoodsunitedchurch.ca, Office@parkwoodsunitedchurch.ca COST: Free-will offering All welcome. Wheelchair accessible. Equipped for the hearing impaired.

■ Thursday, Dec. 27

Holiday Concert: Cassava Latin Band WHEN: 2 to 3 p.m. WHERE: North York Central Library Concourse, 5120 Yonge St. CONTACT: 416-395-5639 COST: Free Warm up with the alluring rhythms of South America. Drop in, for all ages.

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A Tu B’Shvat Tot Shabbat WHEN: 6 p.m. WHERE: Temple Sinai Congregation of Toronto, 210 Wilson Ave. CONTACT: Education Office, 416487-3281, www.templesinai.net, education@templesinai.net COST: $16/$20 Tu B’Shvat is the season in which the

earliest-blooming trees in the Land of Israel emerge from their winter sleep and begin a new fruit-bearing cycle. Call or email to reserve. Registration is required by Jan. 9 at noon.

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Mini Programs WHEN: 9:30 a.m. WHERE: Temple Sinai Congregation of Toronto, 210 Wilson Ave. CONTACT: Education Office, 416487-3281, www.templesinai.net, education@templesinai.net COST: $80 An eight-week program starts today for children 12 months to five years old: Mini Chefs at Work, Super Scientist, Junior Circuit, Surprise Package, Let’s Celebrate, Bubby/Zaidy and Me, Puppetry and Sportball. Morning programs run from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m; lunchtime programs run from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; afternoon programs run from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. and 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. North York Diabetes Group WHEN: 7 to 9 p.m. WHERE: North York Civic Centre, 5100 Yonge St. CONTACT: Anna Le-quang, 416 221-2841, anna. le-quang@diabetes.ca COST: Free This informal group meets monthly to discuss the treatment, control and cure for diabetes. The group arranges regular talks by a variety of health care professionals in respect of diabetes to encourage better prevention and control of diabetes. If you or a family member has diabetes or is pre-diabetic we encourage you to attend.

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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 Group meets again starting today. New knitters/crocheter’s welcome. We meet every Tuesday night. Needles and yarn provided. Refreshments included. Yarn donations always welcome at the library. Canadian Opera Company Opera Talk 3: ‘La clemenza di Tito’ WHEN: 7 to 8 p.m. WHERE: North York Central Library Auditorium, 5120 Yonge St. CONTACT: Elizabeth, 416-395-5639 COST: Free This talk balances history and guided listening with images and production insights into the operas presented in the COC’s 2012/2013 season. Talk 3: For his final opera, Mozart saved his best for last in this sublimely beautiful score that celebrates the virtues of enlightened political leadership in the face of devastating personal betrayal. Call to register.

■ Friday, Jan. 25

Shabbat Shirah WHEN: 7:15 p.m. WHERE: Temple Sinai Congregation of Toronto, 210 Wilson Ave. CONTACT: Temple Office, 416-4874161, www.templesinai.net, office@ templesinai.net COST: Free Celebrate Shabbat Shirah with the Temple Sinai Ensemble Choir and Band

■ Saturday, Jan. 26

Shabbat Morning Family Service WHEN: 10:30 a.m. WHERE: Temple Sinai Congregation of Toronto, 210 Wilson Avenue CONTACT: Temple Office, 416-487-4161, www.templesinai.net, office@templesinai.net COST: Free

■ Sunday, Jan. 27

An Evening with Dr. Mordechai Kedar WHEN: 7:30 p.m. WHERE: Temple Sinai Congregation of Toronto, 210 Wilson Ave. CONTACT: Temple Sinai, 416-4874161, www.templesinai.net, office@ templesinai.net COST: Free

■ Announcement

Miniature Train, Stroll with Santa at Shops at Don Mills WHEN: Continues to Jan. 6 WHERE: 1090 Don Mills Rd. CONTACT: Shops at Don Mills, 416-447-6087, www. shopsatdonmills.ca, sdmguestservices@ cadillacefairview.com COST: $3 Tickets will be sold at guest services for $3 per person per ride with net proceeds to the Toronto Fire Fighters’ Toy Drive. Also, meet Santa Claus as he strolls through the outdoor mall handing out treats. Visit the website for exact dates and times.

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Weekly Bridge WHEN: Noon to 3 p.m. Mondays WHERE: Willowdale United Church, 349 Kenneth Ave. CONTACT: Betty Jacobs, 416-223-0568, bettyjeanne.jacobs@

gmail.com COST: $2, includes refreshments New players welcome. Friendly Games of Bridge WHEN: 9:30 to 11 a.m. Wednesdays WHERE: Trinity Presbyterian Church York Mills, 2737 Bayview Ave. CONTACT: 416-447-5136 COST: $2 per session Women in the community welcome to join in. Coffee and cookies afterwards. Scrabble WHEN: 6:45 to 9:45 p.m. Wednesdays WHERE: Broadlands Community Centre, 19 Castlegrove Blvd. CONTACT: Rosemarie Rabindranath, 416-449-7126 COST: Free Toronto Jewish Folk Choir Invites New Singers WHEN: 7:30 to 10 p.m. Wednesdays WHERE: Winchevsky Centre, 585 Cranbrook Ave. CONTACT: Luba, 905669-5906, www.winchevskycentre. org/institutions/choir.html, folkchoir@ hotmail.com COST: Free

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Del Grande tinkers with city budget, but must increase property tax

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Nutrition programs, botanical garden get funding boosts DAVID NICKLE dnickle@insidetoronto.com Toronto’s budget chief Mike Del Grande offered up some “tinkering” to the city’s 2013 operating budget – adding back some funding for children’s nutrition programs, the Toronto Botanical Garden, local arts organizations and various other programs, to the tune of $1,150,000. But the largesse comes at a price: $1.30 for the average Toronto homeowner next year, in the form of a two per cent property tax increase as opposed to a 1.95 per cent tax hike. And Del Grande warned his colleagues that if councillors try to add back anything more, he won’t be around to shepherd the next two budgets through council.

“If at the end of the day council wants to blow $25, $50 million more, I can tell you, guarantee for sure, they won’t have me again as the budget chair,” Del Grande told reporters following Monday’s penultimate budget committee meeting. The city’s capital and operating budgets will have one more go-around at the budget committee Jan. 8, before being sent off to executive committee and then Toronto Council for final approval. The $9.42-billion budget has been under consideration at the budget committee for about a month, and last week, more than 200 deputations came to raise various issues with programs that had been flatlined or cut. Del Grande said he’d

spent the weekend trying to figure out which of those requests could be accommodated, and how that might happen. He said his solution amounted to “tinkering” and dealt with various problems, at least in part. For instance, he will restore $300,000 in funding to local arts organizations in the city’s inner suburbs, and $30,000 to cash-strapped lawn bowling clubs. The Toronto Botanical Garden had asked for $160,000 in funding to keep going; Del Grande offered $75,000. And he moved that the city report on ways to get revenue from the billboard tax into local arts programs. And he set aside cash for community partnership funding and the city’s priority neighbour-

hoods. To fund it, he said the 0.05 per cent additional property tax increase is the way to go. “I’m going against the grain of what the mayor’s request was, but I just can’t accommodate everything,” said Del Grande, who later was unclear about whether he had discussed his plans with Mayor Rob Ford before bringing them to committee. “I think this is a fair tinkering. The budget, if we leave it alone now, will get us a lot closer to sustainability than we’ve ever been.” The amended budget will mean an effective 2.5 per cent property tax increase, because of shifts in tax burdens as a result of the latest round of MPAC current value assessment.

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Striking teachers walk the picket line Tuesday outside the Toronto District School Board headquarters on Yonge Street near Sheppard Avenue. The teachers staged a one-day walkout, leaving work to picket the school board, office of the Ministry of Education, and several schools across Toronto. At issue was the controversial Bill 115, which the teachers’ union says strips them of their collective bargaining rights.

Woman hit crossing Steeles A woman suffered serious injuries after she was hit by a car near Steeles and Maxome avenues Monday. Police said a vehicle heading south on Henderson Avenue turned left onto eastbound Steeles Avenue around 8:30 p.m. and hit the

woman, who was attempting to cross Steeles Avenue just east of the crosswalk. Police are asking for witnesses to come forward. Anyone with information can call police at 416-8081900 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-8477.

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cookbook launch: Above, Neptune community program manager Alicia Clarke, right, serves up some food for Grace Josao, Destiny Bakare and Mariam Dukari during the launch last Thursday of the Soul Kitchen Cookbook at Yorkdale Shopping Centre’s Community Arts Centre. Top left, Esosa Igbinenikaro, left, and Grace Josao check out the recipes in the cookbook. At left, Neptune community board member Martin Gagne receives an autographed copy of the Soul Kitchen Cookbook from Victoria, left, and Nathaniel Tshiswaka.


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here has never been a more interesting year in the history of amalgamated Toronto Council than 2012, and that’s saying something. Toronto, after all, has had some interesting times in its short history since megacity amalgamation took effect at the start of 1998. We’ve lived through epic corruption scandals, high comedy from goofball mayors, endless battles with the provincial and federal governments, riots and mass arrests, and stinky, stinky garbage strikes. But 2012? You have outdone yourself, o waning year. The one interesting thing that didn’t happen this year was a garbage strike, and that’s something. But over the past 12 months, it has been a wild, reality-showworthy ride: Toronto has seen nothing less than a seismic shift of power and influence away from a mayor who was just two years ago elected with a very powerful mandate. Mayor Rob Ford’s fall from grace, such as it was, was a constant narrative through the year – and not just because we scribes made it so. The year began on an optimistic note, as the mayor and his brother, Etobicoke North Councillor Doug Ford, started on what seemed like an easy, humanizing and healthful project, to drop a few pounds (well, 50) over six months. The mayor’s faltering diet and exercise regime would become an all-to-apt metaphor for his faltering control of council.

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In the early months of 2012, councillors took matters into their own hands. The 2012 budget was re-made on the floor of council, to the mayor’s chagrin. And council didn’t stop there, voting to kill Ford’s dream of a subway to Scarborough and restore the light rail transit plan that he’d campaigned against. One could go on all column about the indignities that council heaped on the mayor’s office. But at least half of the fun of this reality show of a year comes from the mayor himself. As early as February, Ford sowed the seeds of what might be his political downfall, when he spoke and voted on an integrity commissioner report demanding he repay $3,150 in donations to his football charity. As a result, Ford finishes the year awaiting an appeal of a judge’s ruling that will see him removed from office if it’s upheld. In between February and today, the mayor’s been called to the carpet for reading while driving, chasing a reporter, and skipping council meetings to coach high school football, among other things. In 2013, all of this could culminate in something even more interesting: a mid-term mayoral

City of Toronto to host casino consultations in January DAVID NICKLE dnickle@insidetoronto.com

The City of Toronto will be taking the question of whether there should be a casino built in city limits to a number of neighbourhood meetings in January. The city-wide consultation will take the form of a series of community open houses, as well as an interactive website. The consultation will allow input on several questions that council will be facing later in the winter when it decides whether to welcome a casino resort to the city: should there by a casino in Toronto at all? If so, where would be the best location? What else should council consider in making its decision? The consultation meetings will take place in five locations starting the second week in January:

n Wednesday, Jan. 9: City Hall Rotunda, Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen St. W, 6 to 9 p.m.

n Saturday, Jan. 12: North York Memorial Hall, 5110 Yonge St., 1 to 4 p.m. n Monday, Jan. 14: Etobicoke Olympium Gymnasium, 590 Rathburn Rd., 6 to 9 p.m. n Thursday, Jan. 17: Scarborough Civic Centre Rotunda, 150 Borough Dr., 6 to 9 p.m. n Saturday, Jan. 19: Bluma Appel Salon at Reference Library, 789 Yonge St., 1 to 4 p.m. The website is available now and will provide opportunities for comment in January, at http:// www.toronto.ca/casinoconsultation

byelection, in which Toronto voters are asked to come in and pronounce judgement on the

wild, precipitous year that’s just now passing. n David Nickle is The Mirror’s

city hall columnist. His column appears every Thursday. Contact him at dnickle@insidetoronto.com

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York Mills Collegiate grad is Canada’s only First-Team All-American in soccer A York Mills Collegiate grad, who almost lost his life to a rare adolescent disease when he was 12 years old, is the only Canadian male soccer player to earn All-American honours stateside this year. Daniel Haber, who represented York Mills Collegiate at the top quad-A Ontario Federation of School Athletic Association (OFSAA) championships in 2009, was named a First-Team All-American Dec. 7. Additionally, he was also a semifinalist for the MAC Hermann Trophy given to the national U.S. collegiate soccer player of the year (it’s soccer’s equivalent to football’s more well known Heisman Trophy). In his third year with Cornell, Haber was the top U.S. college player in both points per game (2.53) and goals per game (1.06). That worked out to 43 points, including 18 goals, in 17 games. That output helped Cornell to its first Ivy League title since 1995 and its first NCAA Tournament berth since 1996. And Haber’s First Team designation was Cornell’s first since 1973.

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Al-Anon offers support for families over the holidays While families and friends gather to celebrate the holiday season, this time of year can present special challenges for the families of those who dealing with alcohol abuse issues. For these families, every festive event has the oppor-

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That support is especially important and needed during the holiday season. Those in need can contact Al-Anon/Alateen Family Groups at 416-4103809 or visit al-anon.alateen.on.ca for details.

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Family hopes specialized physio gets toddler walking TAMARA SHEPHARD tshephard@insidetoronto.com Len Benoit is a personal trainer who works 16 hour days to build his business and help his clients achieve great health and fitness. Yet the one person he’d like to help most, he can’t. Benoit and partner Aida Kadic’s one-year-old son, Kaden, can’t sit or crawl yet on his own. Kaden has been diagnosed with hypotonia, a state of low muscle tone and control. Its cause in Kaden is a rare chromosomal deletion that affects his motor nerve control by his brain. The baby is missing some genes along chromosome two, but the deletion is so rare doctors can’t predict his future. Last week, Kaden started his third, two-week block of specialized physiotherapy called CME with physiotherapist Simona DeMarchi, founder and director of North York-based Blue Balloon Physiotherapy. CME or Cuevas Medic Exercises was created by Chilean physiotherapist

Ramon Cuevas in 1972. CME is an avant-garde approach inspired to provoke automatic motor responses in motordelayed children three months of age and older with need of the child’s co-operation or motivation. CME is not covered by OHIP. DeMarchi moves Kaden’s body through a series of exercises during intensive 50-minute sessions. DeMarchi trained under Cuevas in Chile. She is the only level 4 certified CME physiotherapist in the world. “She’s my best friend. I see so much hope in her,” Kadic said. “Kaden is responding really nicely to CME. His head control is much better. It’s God-given luck Simona happens to be in Toronto.” But the family, who lived in Etobicoke up until a few months ago and now call Mississauga home, cannot afford ongoing CME treatment, which costs $150 a session or $1,500 for a two-week block of treatment. Two-week treatments are followed by two-week breaks. Last month, clients of

Benoit’s Etobicoke-based Fit 1 Boot Camp, led by client Leah Cook, organized a fundraiser that collected more than $10,000 to help with the cost of Kaden’s CME physiotherapy. Benoit and Kadic were moved to tears as they recalled the generosity of both the clients who organized the fundraiser and the people, including strangers, who attended. Complete strangers donated on Kaden’s website. “Donations started coming in one, then another one, then another one,” Benoit recalled, his voice breaking with emotion. “People were sending texts and emails asking how they could help. Kids were giving us money from their piggy banks. I’m not sure anything was harder than that. CME therapy offered in the community is simply not sufficient, DeMarchi said, to see improvements in children with complex needs. “We’re trying to provoke Kaden’s brain to make connections (to fix) whatever happened in his development with the deletion on his chromosome map,” DeMarchi

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Little Kaden Benoit who has hypotonia, which results in decreased muscle tone, does exercises with the help of his parents Aida and Len.

explained. “We’re trying to encourage sitting, crawling, keeping his weight on his hands, movements of a child typically does at a year old.” DeMarchi reported Kadic has already booked CME therapy blocks for Kaden with her throughout 2013. “We don’t know what will happen with Kaden over the

course of his life,” DeMarchi said. “We want to give him as much therapy as possible to see how far he can go. Aida is convinced he will walk independently. But it’s a long course of therapy. It’s a marathon, not a sprint.” Teya is a case in point. DeMarchi treated the little girl from seven months old

until age two-and-a-half. Teya has an underdeveloped cerebellum and could not sit, walk or talk. She is also deaf. Cuevas then worked with Teya from age four-and-a-half to eight-and-a-half. Today, DeMarchi reported Teya walks independently, gets around on her own and is “doing far more than people predicted she would do.” DeMarchi is convinced CME therapy will benefit Kaden. “I wholeheartedly believe if Kaden has the ability to become independently mobile, this is the therapy that will get him there. Whether his brain makes that step, we have to see,” she said. Kadic is determined to see her youngest child walk, talk and lead a full life. “I refuse to believe anything other than he’s going to be just fine,” she said. Visit www.helpkaden.com to donate to Kaden’s CME therapy costs. Donations may also be made at any TD Canada Trust bank branch to the account “Kaden Ermin Benoit”, account number 10362 004 06346324520.

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range of courses, lectures and hands-on workshops as well as a gardening book club. A non-profit charitable organization called Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation, which beautifies Toronto’s parks and urban forests, created magnificent calenders for under $20 featuring a different tree each month. Everyone needs a new calender for the year 2013 – it’s a chance to give and receive. feet first I tend to wear hiking books when I work in the garden. A number of gardeners I know prefer boots. There is an American

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PRE-EXAM PREP: Therapy dog D gets lots of attention from students at York University earlier this month to help them overcome pre-exam jitters. The event marked the second time that the university had a canine visitor for this purpose. The event was sponsored by the York Access Centre and Centre for Human Rights’ Diversity Peer Education Team. Staff photo/Dan Pearce

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ballet school. Alison started off in competitive figure skating in Thornhill, where both girls attended kindergarten, but decided to audition last spring for the National Ballet’s associates program like her sister, and ever since, ballet has become her new ambition. Since September she has been focusing on twice weekly ballet classes and will dance the role of a mouse in this season’s Nutcracker. “They both say that they want to continue ballet for as long as they can and eventually might be interested in becoming teachers,” said their proud father, Paul Rattle. Both girls have been rehearsing their Nutcracker roles with the professional dancers since Nov. 11. They will be performing tonight, Dec. 27, Dec. 30 and Jan. 4. The show, choreographed by James Kudelka, runs until Jan. 5 at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts in Toronto; to buy tickets visit http:// national.ballet.ca

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