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s a young boy growing up in Tel Aviv, Israel, Tomer Sidi would skip school and race to a friend’s house, where they would download World Wrestling Federation (WWF) matches on the Internet, as Sidi’s family didn’t own a computer. “I always knew it was entertainment,” he said. “And I always wanted to try it.” After finishing army duty, he packed “a suitcase of dreams” in 2010 and, to his parents’ dismay, boarded a plane for Toronto and searched for a wrestling school. “The only English I knew was from watching wrestling,” said the Bathurst Street and Steeles Avenue area resident, who recently turned 26. “The commentators were my English teachers.” Sidi, who briefly lived with his brother in Toronto, signed up with professional wrestling school Squared Circle Training at Finch Avenue and Hwy. 400, where he quickly learned the reality of the scripted form of entertainment. “I saw the ring and I was like, wow, this is real,” he said. “I felt like a million dollars.” By his own admission, he was not in the best shape when he first stepped into the ring and had never wrestled before. “The first time I fell on my back, I thought it would be a cushion,” he said. “I almost got a concussion. I thought, I came all this way, this is crazy. It’s not easy at all

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and it hurts. But slowly, my heart, desire and passion took over.” His goal was to train for one month, but the fun factor took over and Sidi extended his stay. “I thought maybe I would do one match and then call it quits,” he recalled. “My first match was in Oshawa in front of seven people and I thought, wow, this is amazing. It was like winning an Oscar. I thought maybe one more match, then it was a bigger crowd. I kept setting goals.” His time as a free agent Jewish gimmick wrestler, who goes by stage name Tomer Shalom and has the Star of David on his wres-

tling attire, has taken him across Ontario and other provinces through Canadian independent professional wrestling organizations. He has also appeared on Victory Commonwealth Wrestling on Rogers TV, Toronto’s premiere indy wrestling league, under stage name Goliath Ayala. Now, his next and ultimate goal is to make it as a professional wrestler in the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), formerly the WWF. Sidi, who used to train about six hours a day, now spends about two hours a day perfecting his craft while hitting the weights to keep his body in top condition. He has had several injuries, including a broken leg, ankle and finger as well as a concussion, but nothing he couldn’t push past. Sidi decided to train in Canada in part because of the Albertabased Hart family’s reputation in the wrestling world, and because of the abundance of training facilities in Toronto – or so he thought. “I looked up 16 wrestling schools, but when I got here they were all closed,” he said. “But my English wasn’t great so maybe I spelled the names wrong. I didn’t

find a school for two months.” When Sidi would tell family and friends of his plan to become a WWE wrestler, it wasn’t exactly met with support, he said. “They would laugh in my face,” he said. “I had no support from anybody. My family thought I was an idiot. Even today, they think it’s one of the worst ideas I’ve ever had. They still want me to be a lawyer. I knew if I didn’t try, I would regret it.” Sidi takes part in about four wrestling events a week, and has earned a reputation as a safe, professional wrestler, he said, adding he recently wrestled against Jake the Snake Roberts and has worked with Brutus the Barber Beefcake and The Bushwhackers. And he once found himself in the locker room with childhood wrestling idols Rick Martel and Edge. “Edge and I had the same trainer,” Sidi said. “I was sitting in the locker room with Edge to the left, and Rick to the right, just having conversations.” Relishing in his Jewish gimmick, Sidi said he likes his persona and uses it to his advantage, as there are few professional Jewish wrestlers who tout their religion openly. “Some (organizations) use me as a good guy, some use me as a bad guy,” he said, adding he sports a hoodie with the words ‘nice Jewish boy’ on the back at matches. “The best thing I have is charisma. I know how to interact with a crowd.”

It was his story of leaving his home country with dreams of making it as a WWE wrestler that caught the attention of filmmaker Sari Colt. Colt met Sidi at an event shortly after he arrived in Toronto and initially chuckled when told why he was here. “He said he came here to be a wrestler and I started to laugh,” she said. “I said, no really, why are you here? I thought it was kind of funny.” She caught up with him a year later and toyed with the idea of making a documentary about his story. “He came to Canada without any connections and he’s trying to get into the industry,” Colt said. “He’s really going for this. I wanted to show how hard it is to become a wrestler. Perhaps the outcome is set ahead of time, but you still have to be an athlete.” Colt’s 10-minute short Tomer the Wrestler will premiere at the sixth annual Daring Independent Film Festival on Saturday at Measure Theatre, 296 Brunswick Ave., at 2 p.m. The documentary, which was shot in 2012, features interviews with Sidi, his trainer, his time training and matches, she said. “He was very open to sharing his story,” she said. “It’s an immigrant story. English is not his first language and I think it’s a story a lot of us can relate to.”

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f you still haven’t settled on your 2014 new year’s resolution yet, you better get a move on. The New Year’s Eve countdown is rapidly approaching. In the meantime, a word of advice: if you’re hoping to keep your resolution longer than the usual second or two most people seem to last, the experts say a good support system is the key. My pal Mike took that information to heart. He dropped by to tell me his resolution the other day and asked if he could lean on me from time to time to help him see things through. I have to tell you, I was touched. In all the years I’ve known him he’s never reached out like that before. “You know you can,” I said, as a tiny tear appeared in the corner of my eye. “And to prove I mean business, I’ll call you right after dinner next Wednesday.” “WEDNESDAY,” he

jamie wayne BUT SERIOUSLY shrieked. “What on earth for?” “That’s Jan. 1, big guy,” I bubbled excitedly. “I want you to know I’ll be there for you from day one.” “No way I’m kicking things off on a Wednesday,” he snapped. “You can’t start a new year’s resolution in the middle of the week. It’s too unsettling.” “No problemo. I’ll just catch up with you Thursday night, then.” “You’re not serious, I hope,” he scoffed. “Jan. 2 doesn’t work, either?” “Do the math, “ he explained. “It’s the first day back to work after the Christmas holidays. I’ll have way too much on my plate at the office to try and initiate a major lifestyle change at the same time.” “Gotcha. I’ll make it the

evening of Friday the third. We’ll be good to go. And I won’t call, I’ll actually come over. How do you like them apples?” Mike shook his head. “Come on, man. Nobody in his right mind begins anything of importance on a Friday. We’re programmed from our childhood to think of Friday as the end of the week.” “Shall I touch base Saturday perhaps, Jan. 4?” I asked hopefully. “Give me a break. Who starts new things at the beginning of a weekend?” “Sunday, then? The fifth of January?” I sighed. “The END of a weekend? That’s even worse.” “So by process of elimination I’m guessing your resolution will be starting on Monday, Jan. 6. I’ll jot that down on my calendar right now. How about I give you a dingle right after WWE Monday Night Raw?” “Don’t bother. I’ll be too busy. My mom’s coming in that week from Halifax.”

“How about the following Monday, then?” “Sorry. I won’t be around. I’ll be in Stockholm for an old-timer’s hockey tournament.” “Mike, just out of curiosity, what was your resolution again?” “Come on, man. I told you 20 times already. It’s to stop procrastinating. But enough about me. You never told me your resolution.” “To stop being so darn forgetful.” “Excellent choice. And just to let you know, I’ll be there for you, too, Jamie, OK?” “Thanks, pal. It means a lot to me to hear you say that.” “That’s what friends are for, buddy. So when are you gonna start yours?” “Huh? Start my what?” 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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Funny Magic Show: Incredibrent WHEN: 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. WHERE: Amesbury Park Library, 1565 Lawrence Ave. W. CONTACT: Elsa, 416-395-5420, elsapoon@torontopubliclibrary.ca COST: Free Join us for some laughs at this fastpaced interactive magic show for all ages. Drop in, first come, first served.

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Healthy Lifestyle Workshop Series WHEN: 4 to 6 p.m. WHERE: Unison Lawrence Heights site, 12 Flemington Rd. CONTACT: 416-787-1661, Ext. 235 COST: Free Are you a youth in grade 9 or 10? Join us for six free sessions led by a registered dietitian on Jan. 13, 20, 27 and Feb. 3,10 and 17.

Youth Dance Workshop WHEN: 4 to 6 p.m. WHERE: Oriole Community Centre, 2975 Don Mills Rd. W. CONTACT: Bryan Cando, 416-990-7809 COST: Free Learn from professional choreographers: Azonto, dancehall, hip-hop and more.

Movie: ‘Pride and Prejudice’ WHEN: 2 p.m. WHERE: Barbara Frum Library, 20 Covington Rd. CONTACT: 416-395-5440 COST: Free Sparks fly when spirited Elizabeth Bennet meets single, rich Mr. Darcy.

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Victoria Village Library Adult Book Club WHEN: 2 to 3 p.m.; 7 to 8 p.m. WHERE: Victoria Village, 184 Sloane Ave. CONTACT: 416-395-5950 COST: Free A lively discussion of the non-fiction book ‘A Train in Winter’ by Caroline Moorhead. Join either the 2 to 3 pm or 7 to 8 p.m. group. Registration required.

Sting Women’s Basketball Classic Tournament WHEN: 9 a.m. WHERE: Seneca College’s Newnham Campus, 1750 Finch Ave. E. CONTACT: Ryan Phipps, 416-491-5050, www.senecasting. ca, ryan.phipps@senecacollege.ca COST: FREE The Seneca Sting Women’s Basketball team will compete against six other OCAA teams in this annual tournament. Games run all day Friday and Saturday. Official times TBA.

Scooter’s 2013 Holiday Specials: • Thurs. Dec. 26 Boxing Day 10 am-12 Morning Skate – Cancelled 1-5 pm All Ages Skate 7-8 pm Lesson – Cancelled 8-11 pm Adult Skate • Fri. Dec. 27 1-5 pm All Ages Skate 6-9 pm All Ages Skate 9 pm-12 am Night Skate • Sat. Dec. 28 10 am-12:30 pm Tiny Tot Lesson & Skate 1-5 pm All Ages Skate

8 pm-1 am Night Skate • Sun. Dec. 29 1 pm-5 pm All Ages Skate 8 pm -11 pm Adult Old School Skate • Mon. Dec. 30 1-5 pm All Ages Skate 6-9 pm All Ages Skate • Tues. Dec. 31 1-5 pm All Ages Skate 7-8 pm Lesson – Cancelled • New Year’s Eve Skate **9 pm – 2 am**

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Toronto Jr. Canadiens OJHL Hockey WHEN: 7:30 to 10 p.m. WHERE: Chesswood Arena (Rink 1), 4000 Chesswood Dr. CONTACT: 416-6308114, torontojracanadiens.pointstreaksites.com, jrcanadiensmedia@ gmail.com COST: $5 to $10 (children under six and seniors over 65 free) Toronto Jr. Canadiens vs. The Wellington Dukes. New Year’s Concert: East-MeetsWest Performance of Classics WHEN: 8 to 10 p.m. WHERE: Toronto Centre for the Arts, George Weston Recital Hall, 5040 Yonge St. CONTACT: Confucius Institute, confucius.institute@senecacollege. ca, 416-491-5050. ext. 77350 COST:

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Knitting Circle WHEN: 1:30 to 3 p.m. weekly WHERE: Mosaic Home Care and Community Resource Centre, 2900 Steeles Ave. East CONTACT: 905597-7000, www.mosaichomecare. com COST: Free Drop-in, no registration required. All ages and levels welcome.

Visit ticketmaster.ca Chinese New Year’s concert featuring the Toronto Festival Orchestra. Toronto Jr. Canadiens OJHL Hockey WHEN: 7:30 to 10 p.m. WHERE: Chesswood Arena (Rink 1), 4000 Chesswood Dr. CONTACT: 416630-8114, torontojracanadiens. pointstreaksites.com, jrcanadiensmedia@gmail.com COST: $5 to $10 (children under six and seniors over 65 get in free) Ontario Junior Hockey League action. Toronto Jr. Canadiens vs. The Aurora Tigers.

Toronto Scrabble Club WHEN: 6:15 p.m. to 9:45 p.m. WHERE: Earl Bales Community Centre, 4169 Bathurst St. CONTACT: John Chew, 416-876-7675, torontoscrabbleclub.com COST: $4 Open to all skill levels.

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Bridge / Euchre WHEN: 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. WHERE: Blessed Trinity Card Club, 3220 Bayview Ave. CONTACT: Jack Kyte, 416-225-9735 johnkyte@rogers.com COST: $1

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Feminist Book Discussion Group WHEN: 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. WHERE: North York Central Library, Room 2, 5120 Yonge St. CONTACT: Diane Meaghan, 416-509-5508, diane. meaghan@utoronto.ca COST: Free Group meets on the first Wednesday of each month, except New Year’s Day, Wednesday Jan. 1. On Jan. 8 we will discuss ‘Kingdom of Strangers’ by Zoe Ferraris. Co-sponsored by the Older Women’s Network, and open to all women, even if you haven’t read the book. Refreshments.

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Ben Cooke, left, Francis Cooke, Barbara Phillips and Ben Barlow show scarfs that can be purchased and jerseys that will be worn at this Saturday’s alumni hockey game in celebration of the 50th anniversary of Parkwoods Hockey League at Fenside Arena.

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Parkwoods Hockey League marks 50 years with alumni day this weekend FANNIE SUNSHINE fsunshine@insidetoronto.com

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layers and coaches of games past will come together for Parkwoods Hockey League’s Alumni Day Saturday. Though Barbara Phillips’ son, Chris, wrapped up his playing days with Parkwoods two years ago, she still longed for the days spent at the rink. Last year, she came up with the idea of having an alumni day and tested the idea by hosting a ’92 vs. ’94 game, she said, adding the younger team won. “Then I found out Parkwoods Hockey League was celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, so I thought alumni day could

We want a day of good, clean, fun hockey. Parents can come watch (their kids) play, regardless of age. – Barbara Phillips

be incorporated into that,” Phillips said. Alumni Day will be made up of 1991, 1992, 1994, and 1975 to 1980 players, along with a game between past and current coaches, she said. “It’s fun, it’s not competitive that day,” Phillips said. “We’re expecting 250 to come. We’re still looking for past players who haven’t connected with us.”

It will also be a time for parents who haven’t watched their kids play in years to do so – even if their children are in their 30s, Phillips said. “We want a day of good, clean, fun hockey,” she said. “Parents can come watch them play, regardless of age.” Since 1964, Parkwoods has operated a community-based hockey league for boys and girls aged four to 17. The not-for-profit organization is completely run by volunteers and managed by an executive elected by players’ parents. Prior to the construction of Fenside Arena at 30 Slidell Cr., the league played its games at Broadlands rink on Castlegrove Boulevard.

Games have been played at Fenside Arena for more than 40 years. Gordie McDonald, who has been coaching at Parkwoods for 19 years, said families tend to stick around the rink long after their kids have left the league because of the family oriented, social nature of the league. “Most house leagues have 17 kids on the bench and play 12 minutes a game,” he said, adding the league has almost 300 players spread out over 22 teams. “We only have 12 skaters per team, which means they are on the ice basically every other shift. We don’t care if the (gear) matches, our focus is giving kids as much ice

time as possible. It’s the formative years for kids and the parents tag along. You make some nice friendships over 10, 12 years.” McDonald, who will play in the coaches’ game Dec. 28, said the close-knit community of Parkwoods reminds him of growing up in the village of Alexandria, Ontario. “I am exceptionally proud of the league we run,” he said. Francis Cooke, president of Parkwoods Hockey League, said the organization has seen several changes over the years, most notably the addition of female players, and the Winter Classic and Parkwoods Cup tournaments.

“Originally we were an all-boys league, not because girls weren’t allowed, but because girls didn’t play,” he said. “Now we have a lot of girls.” The Parkwoods Cup, a three-week intra-league December tournament, was added several years ago, as was the league’s version of a Winter Classic, a full day of outdoor games at Broadlands outdoor rink in February. “We’re trying to provide a community hockey experience,” said Cooke, whose mother, Aileen, spent many years on the executive.

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There is plenty to look at, as well as read, when you visit local libraries in January. • Trees and Other Growing Things is an exhibit of artwork by Maria Williams on display at the Fairview branch, 35 Fairview Mall Dr. • North York Central Library, 5120 Yonge St., has an exhibit by Val Magarian, whose paintings are described as “serene yet foreboding, with mystery and humour.” • At Don Mills Library, 888 Lawrence Ave. E., you can find a photography exhibit by Melaine Keller, titled Define me: I’ll let you see Toronto through my eyes. Visit www.torontopubliclibrary.ca Stage Centre stages ‘The Heiress’ Stage Centre Productions presents The Heiress, Jan. 16 to 25 at Fairview Library Theatre, 35 Fairview Mall Dr. The play tells the story of Catherine Sloper and her

father, Dr. Austin Sloper, and the conflict that arises when Catherine is courted by a poor, but handsome man. Dr. Sloper is convinced the man is after his daughter’s inheritance, but Catherine refuses to give up her beau. Visit www.stagecentreproductions.com Teatron presents Days’ w‘Seven

Teatron Toronto Jewish Theatre brings Seven Days to the Studio Theatre at the Toronto Centre for the Arts, 5040 Yonge St. The play, by Ron Rutberg, runs Jan. 8 to 19, and follows Sarah and Nathan Reznicks, not your average immigrant family, in two parallel time periods separated by 15 years: the seven-day mourning period following Sarah’s death in 1990, and the several weeks preceding their youngest son Barack’s abrupt departure in 1975.

Ohama Cloth Letter Exhibition wLinda

In March 2011, 19,000 people were killed or reported missing after a catastrophic earthquake and tsunami hit the coast of Japan. Japanese-Canadian filmmaker and artist Linda Ohama launched the Cloth Letters Project in which hundreds of Canadian children drew, painted and embroidered cloth squares with images of hope and support for Japanese children. Ohama had the letters sewn together and eventually they became big enough to fill a gymnasium. The letters have come to Canada and are being shown at the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre Gallery, 6 Garamond Ct., until Jan. 26. Admission is free. Call 416-441-2345 or visit www. jccc.on.ca

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The North York Mirror looks at the changing trends and demographics in its local neighbourhoods. Data courtesy Statistics Canada via the City of Toronto.

check-up This week: Yorkdale-Glen Park

The intersection of Dufferin Street and Lawrence Avenue.

Rustic: Population (2011): 14,700

Languages

Staff file photo/ Dan pearce Italian is the most common nonofficial language in Yorkdale-Glen Park. In the 2011 census, 20.7 per cent of residents listed Italian as their Mother Tongue, and 12.8 per cent listed Italian as their Home Language.

Top 10 Mother Tongues

Top 10 Home Languages

1. English 2. Italian 3. Portuguese 4. Spanish 5. Tagalog (Pilipino, Filipino) 6. Vietnamese 7. Cantonese 8. Chinese (not otherwise specified) 9. Greek 10. Tamil

1. English 2. Italian 3. Portuguese 4. Spanish 5. Tagalog (Pilipino, Filipino) 6. Vietnamese 7. Cantonese 8. Chinese (not otherwise specified) 9. Tamil 10. Greek

City context A comparison of a neighbourhood statistic with its Toronto equivalent

SENIORS Seniors are defined as those who are aged 65 and older. In the 2011 census, 23.3 per cent of Yorkdale-Glen Park’s population is aged 65 and up. That number is 14.4 per cent in all of Toronto.

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Between 2001 and 2011, the number of people in Rustic listing Portuguese as their Home Language more than quintupled (90 to 475).

-0.2% Between 2001 and 2011, the only age group that experienced a decrease to its numbers was Youth (age 0-14): 0.2 per cent.

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Despite a slight dip between 2006 and 2011, Yorkdale-Glen Park’s population increased by 6.3 per cent between 2001 and 2011 .

While the number of Seniors (aged 65+) in Yorkdale-Glen Park rose significantly between 2001 and 2006, its numbers dropped 3.9 per cent between 2006 and 2011.

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While Italian is by far the most common non-official Home Language in Yorkdale-Glen Park, the number of people listing it as a Home Language did dip 12.7 per cent between 2006 and 2011.

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>>>from page 1 in the gymnasium and two other rooms, and a room was dedicated for kids’ activities. Breakfast, lunch and dinner were also provided, with many lining up for a morning meal consisting of pancakes, french toast, muffins, bananas, juice and coffee. Seventy-five people stayed over Sunday. The centre also offered warm showers, although people were asked to bring their own towels. Pets such as dogs were allowed inside during the day but not overnight. And if people felt like skating, the rink was open. Some people stopped by to charge their electronic devices, while others settled into chairs with a warm drink and newspaper. The centre’s office phone rang non-stop, with many callers asking to pass on messages to family staying there, even inquiring who to call to remove broken tree

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Eighty-five-year old Ronald Clinton relaxes Monday morning at the Mitchell Field Community Centre warming centre.

limbs. C h a n t a l Bl a c k s p e n t Sunday night at the emergency shelter after returning to her building following a shopping trip to discover the power was still out. “I came here just after midnight,” she said, reading from a chair.

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to leave TTC chair position wStintz Karen Stintz officially announced she will step down from her position as chair of the TTC board in February. Stintz, who intends to run in the 2014 mayoral election, made the announcement at last week’s TTC board meeting. She will leave the chair’s seat as of Feb. 22, but will remain on the board. She has already endorsed fellow board member Josh Colle as

rahul gupta TO in TRANSIT her replacement. Maria Augimeri, a longtime TTC commissioner, is also considered a contender for the position. City council will vote on Stintz’s replacement at its Feb. 19 session. raises funds for United Way wTTC

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$860,000 in 2013 for its annual campaign to benefit the United Way. The commission’s employees organized weekly $1 pizza sales at subway stations over the year. They also contributed to the campaign through payroll deductions as well staff events, said a press release. Last week, representatives from TTC management and the Amalgamated Transit Union local 113 presented a cheque to the United Way.

stop pole design feedback sought wBus The TTC is seeking public feedback for redesigned bus stop poles and shelter maps introduced earlier in the year. The redesigned infrastructure was installed on a trial basis along the 94 Wellesley bus route in February. At the time, TTC senior executive Chris Upfold said the intention of the new look was to provide clearer information to customers

while preserving the iconic nature of past TTC design. Critics of the designs say they are too simplified. A short online survey for the new designs is available on the TTC’s webpage, www. ttc.ca and TTC free on New Year’s Eve wGO

GO Transit service will be free of charge as of 8 p.m. New Year’s Eve. Train and bus service arriving and departing from Union Station will also be

extended so revellers can party late into the night. During the day, regular afternoon train trips on all seven GO train lines will be moved to earlier in the day to accommodate commuters leaving work early. For information about holiday scheduling, visit www.gotransit.com The TTC will also be free on New Year’s Eve. Rahul Gupta is the Mirror’s transit reporter. His column appears every Thursday. Reach him on Twitter: @TOinTRANSIT

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reetings of the season to readers with wishes for a safe and happy holiday. In this, the last column of the year, you will meet Kernel Christmas, a senior beagle who found himself abandoned after following his nose and becoming lost. You’ll also meet Oats and Barley, a bonded pair of young cats who have been through so much together including a severe virus that has left Oats needing eyesaving surgery. Kernel Christmas comes to you offering tidings of great joy, sweet beagle love and a low thyroid. Kernel apparently toddled off and wandered too far from home. He was found by caring people who called Animal Services who in turn picked him up and took him to the shelter. An owner was located but when the shelter called him, he said he would not pay a pound fee and the dog was getting too old anyway, so he wasn’t coming to claim his dog. The shelter staff loved the little guy and reached out to rescue groups to help him. The vet ordered blood tests, which showed Kernel had a low thyroid but all other blood levels were normal. A local rescue responded to the shelter’s plea for assistance and picked up newly named Kernel Christmas from the shelter. He is now on thyroid and arthritis medications and doing well. He loves and adores people (not so much

lorraine houston critter chatter other dogs, though), he is house-trained, enjoys a good nap, rides well in a car, has no handling issues, walks slowly on leash but loves to get out and put that sniffer to good use and is basically a sweet old man (in the 10 year old range). He is neutered, fully vetted and microchipped. If you would be interested in offering Kernel Christmas a forever home, email info@ speakingofdogs.com or call 416-444-4190. Visit him online at www.speakingofdogs.com

Oats and Barley, above, are two young cats in need of a home together. Below, Kernel Christmas has lots of beagle love to give.

OATS AND BARLEY Oats and Barley were rescued this summer as kittens from a backyard in North York where they were the only two from their litter that survived. They were in poor shape and diagnosed with upper respiratory and eye infections. Urban Cat Relief (URC) volunteers nursed the pair through their illness and although Barley’s eyes healed well, Oats’ eyes did not. He recently saw an eye specialist and it was determined he has a serious ocular condition. Despite being on eye drops and receiving prompt medical attention, it will not be enough to give him back his eyesight. URC is now fundraising for surgery to

remove the scar tissue from his eyes to give him back this sight. “This angel and his brother have been through so much together, they are survivors. We will do everything we can to give Oats the gift of sight back,” said Roz Gelade, president of UCR. For more information on adoption or donating, contact Gelade at Urban Cat Relief at roz.ucrcats@live.ca, visit www.ucrcats@live.ca or call 647-716-2287. Lorraine Houston is director of Speaking of Dogs, an organization devoted to education, outreach and rescue. Her column appears the last Thursday of every month. Contact her at lhh4dogs@rogers.com

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Education tax harming city businesses: TABIA DAVID NICKLE dnickle@insidetoronto.com Running a successfully competitive small business can be a trick at the best of times. But for the past 15 years, Toronto business owners have been operating with a handicap that many of their neighbours outside of the 416 area code have not. Property taxes going to fund provincial education are higher in Toronto than they are in surrounding municipalities – and while relief has been promised, it’s not coming quickly enough for business leaders. “The difference for Toronto could amount to thousands of dollars,” said Lionel Miskin, vice-president of the Toronto Association of Business Improvement Areas (TABIA), which represents 74 BIAs (comprising of some 35,000 business and property owners) across the city. “If my business is on the south side of Steeles Avenue in Toronto and I’m competing

with businesses on the north side of Steeles Avenue, which is in Markham, I’m at a huge disadvantage.” The reasons behind that disadvantage is historic – stretching back to Mike Harris’ Common Sense Revolution in the late 1990s, continuing through governments led by Ernie Eves, Dalton McGuinty and Kathleen Wynne. Through it all, businesses in Toronto have waited, sometimes patiently, sometimes less so, for the mess borne of a seismic change in the way education was administered in this province to be fixed. It was a bright winter’s day in 1998 that Ernie Eves, Finance Minister in Mike Harris’ Progressive Conservative Government, came to a Danforth Avenue restaurant promising relief. Eves was promising to fix the Business Education Tax, a levy on businesses across the province imposed when the PC government took over the funding of education from local boards of education that

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Toronto businesses are hoping for a fix to the Business Education Tax.

same year. The change resulted in inequities. When local boards levied property taxes for local schools, they taxed according to local needs, and all those tax dollars went into local schools. But with the Ministry of Education allocating funding according to a specific formula, the money raised was spread across the province according to regional needs.

The province immediately equalized residential property tax rates for education. But business tax rates remained at their legacy rates, which varied widely from municipality to municipality. Because of that shift, Toronto and other large municipalities took on a larger portion of the property tax burden than smaller ones. Eves committed to change all that – over time, cutting

business taxes for relatively high rates so that it eventually would equalize at 1.6 per cent. The initial target date set by Eves for achieving that rate was 2007. By the time they left office in 2003, the Progressive Conservatives were cutting the tax by $400 million a year. That didn’t last long. When the Ontario Liberals took over that year, they froze the reductions until the 2007 budget, when it announced it would resume the cuts, once again targeting complete reduction of the rates by 2014. But in the 2012 budget, the government announced another freeze in the phaseout – until 2017-2018, when the provincial budget is anticipated to be balanced. For TABIA, that’s too late. A July 2013 report commissioned by TABIA and the Ontario Business Improvement Area Associations indicated the freeze would effectively penalize Toronto, where business taxes remain higher than

normal, and would not significantly speed up the rate at which the deficit is eliminated. TABIA is hoping Premier Wynne will move where her predecessor, McGuinty, has proven unwilling, and has organized a petition of business owners to bring political pressure to do so. Miskin said it’s a matter of equity. “What’s of concern is this discrepancy of rates,” he said. “If you can imagine a situation where everybody in different parts of the province paid different income tax rates – I’m making $50,000 and in a 25 per cent tax bracket, but a guy in Brampton is in a 15 per cent bracket.... there’s no equity to it.” And he said while Toronto may have seen some benefits in reductions in rates, the largest reductions weren’t to have come until 2013-2015.

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A terrible year for Toronto’s government two-alarm fire

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t’s been a good year, 2013 has, for the profile of municipal journalism. That goes without saying – the Ford follies have put city hall reporters in a class akin to reality TV hosts – but it needs saying that it has been a terrible year for municipal governance, civic engagement, and community in this city. It started out bad enough. Since 2010, it’s become clear that a large number of residents of Toronto’s suburban communities have come to hate those who live closer to the downtown core, and for a large number of downtowners, the feeling seems mutual. It’s a particularly unhealthy tribalism we’ve caught ourselves in – a tribalism that’s stoked and been stoked by Mayor Rob Ford and his brother Doug. When the year began, with Mayor Ford successfully challenging a ruling to remove him from office for a conflict of interest, the division simmered. When newspaper reports revealed that Ford had appeared in a video smoking crack cocaine and was prone to bouts of public drunkenness,

david nickle the city his evolving denials poured gasoline on the fire. We in the media helped fuel that further, relentlessly seeking clarification from a mayor who refused to do so, camping outside his office and occasionally outside his home – allowing conspiracy theorists to posit that the media ‘elites’ were attempting to run the mayor out of office. We couldn’t have played it differently – as events transpired, it emerged that Mayor Ford was lying about nearly everything; that a video of him smoking crack cocaine did indeed exist and police were investigating him. The mayor’s behaviour and untruthfulness was, to put it mildly, unprecedented, and journalists who don’t chase that down, aren’t doing their job. But in doing our jobs, yes, we helped make it worse. For much of 2013, as a colleague of mine observed, the news cycle has lived on the timetable of an angry drug user. And we’ve

highlighted the grossest dysfunction of the communities in which we live. Some have taken to calling it all a distraction, but I submit that it’s more an amplification, a distortion – not of the sins of our mayor, but the forces that are tearing the city apart. In the months and years to come, someone is going to have to fix that. Toronto Council has taken the first steps in doing so, sidelining Mayor Ford and putting the agreeable face of Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly at the head of council. The last year of the term has hopes of being sedate, conciliatory and friendly. At least, it will be as much of those things as one might expect in an election year. Ultimately, that is going to be Toronto’s test — not just of its leadership, but more importantly, its citizenry. We’ve got a city broken by anger, suspicion and paranoia and we’re going to have to get past that, if there’s to be any hope at all.

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K eep busy over the holiday break Find something that suits you, with this listing of family-friendly activities

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he holidays are coming to an end, but there’s still plenty to do in the community and across the city. No need to stay at home! Here are our suggestions on things to do with the family.

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n Evergreen Brick Works, 550 Bayview Ave., outdoor rink is open until March, Monday to Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. but closed Christmas Day and Boxing Day. Weather permitting. Call 416-596-7670 for updates. Skate rentals and sharpening $5 each. Visit ebw. evergreen.ca/whats-on/recreation/ skating n Harbourfront’s The Natrel Rink, 235 Queens Quay W., the artificially cooled outdoor rink, is also open. There are rentals, change rooms and skate sharpening. Visit www.harbourfrontcentre. com n For a complete list of City of Toronto arenas and rink in your neighbourhood, visit bit.ly/18X9dRG

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Christmas Treats Trek Watch as the Toronto Zoo’s animals receive their Christmas treats from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Bring a nonperishable item for the food bank. Halfprice admission. Toronto Zoo, 2000 Meadowvale Rd. Visit bit.ly/1bAczsl ROM for the Holidays, Toys, Games and Gatherings Play games from various cultures and mark 130 years of Canada’s favourite pastimes at the Royal Ontario Museum until Jan. 5. Included with admission. Various times. Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen’s Park www.rom.on.ca Christmas in the Park You are invited to Christmas in the Park at Colborne Lodge from noon to 4 p.m. until Jan. 5. It is closed Dec. 26 and Jan. 1. Various costs. Colborne Lodge at High Park, 11 Colborne Lodge Dr. Email clodge@toronto.ca Ross Petty’s The Little Mermaid This show is more like the Hans Christian Anderson fable than the Disney version and it runs at various times and dates until Jan. 4. Tickets range from $27 and to $235 for a family four pack. Elgin Theatre, 189 Yonge St. Visit www.rosspetty.com/tickets. php

Zoo animals get Christmas treats too on Dec. 26.

The Nutcracker Presented by The National Ballet of Canada, The Nutcracker is set in 19thcentury Russia and takes audiences through the glittering world of the Snow Queen to the splendour of the Sugar Plum Fairy’s palace at various times, dates and prices until Jan. 4.

Brrrr - folks get jogging at the Hair of the Dog Run Jan. 1.

Four Season Centre for the Performing Arts, 145 Queen St. W. Visit http://bit.ly/1buVxL6 Ice Age Mammoth Christmas 4D View the movie to find out if a handful of prehistoric misfits really save the holidays from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Jan. 5. Regular admission applies. 301 Front St. Visit www.cntower.ca Peter Pan Join Peter Pan, Tinkerbell and their old nemesis Captain Hook as they use music, dance and drama to tell selected parts of this classic Edwardian tale filled with humour and adventure at various times and dates until Dec. 29. Free with regular admission. 1 Austin Terrace, www.casaloma.org/events. index.gk AstraZeneca Human Edge The new 10,000-square-foot exhibit promises to inform visitors of all ages about the human body, health, fitness and nutrition during regular science centre hours until Dec. 31. Regular admission. 770 Don Mills Rd. Visit www.ontariosciencecentre.ca/human/

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Gingerbread Make And Bake Kids Kids four and older can make traditional gingerbread cookies while touring Fort York Dec. 27 to 31 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost, regular admission. 100 Garrison Rd. Call 416-392-6907 to register.

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Hair of the Dog Run Start your new year with the 34th annual Hair of the Dog 9K Run and 3K walk, which goes from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cost, $30 for adults, $10 for youth and children. Balmy Beach Club, at the foot of Beech Avenue. Visit www. balmybeachcanoe.com, email balmybeachcanoeclub@yahoo.ca

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The week between Christmas and the new year is traditionally the busiest of the year for hockey tournaments, and Toronto is no exception with plenty of Greater Toronto Hockey League (GTHL) tournaments on tap. They include: Toronto Marlboros Int. Holiday Classic WHEN: Dec. 26 to 30 WHERE: Games at Canlan Ice Sports (Etobicoke) Arena, 1120 Martin Grove Rd.; Chesswood Arena (North York), 4000 Chesswood Dr.; and Canlan Ice Sports York, 989 Murray Ross Pkwy. LEVEL: AAA AGE GROUPS: minor bantam, bantam, minor midget WEBSITE: torontomarlboros.com Paul Coffey Christmas Tournament WHEN: Dec. 27 to 30 WHERE: Westwood Arena, 90 Woodbine Downs Blvd. Rexdale LEVEL: AA AGE GROUPS: minor atom to midget WEBSITE: http://mississaugajets.ca Canadiens Cup WHEN: Dec. 27 to 29 WHERE: Buckingham Arena LEVEL: AAA AGE GROUPS: minor atom, minor peewee WEBSITE: http://torontojrcanadiens. wordpress.com/alumni

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