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A former North York resident who was paralyzed in a skiing accident is hoping her foundation will help disabled students with post-secondary studies through scholarships. T h e Ta m a r a G o r d o n Foundation, now a registered charity, will be recognized Thursday at Queen’s Park during a reception hosted by Ontario Lt.-Gov. David Onley. The foundation plans to seek out donors and attain grants to provide scholarships, although a number and value have not been finalized, Gordon said. The foundation hopes to gain funding through private donors, government funding and fundraising galas. “We just got incorporated in December,” she said. “We are a brand new charity right now. We had our first board meeting in >>>tamara, page 8

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standpoint, RadioShack’s use of ’80s icons, tearing down the existing store to make way for the new, is like saying, this ain’t your father’s RadioShack, we’re the new RadioShack.” On the flip side, a “couple of duds” stood out, notably Kia’s use of Laurence

Fishburne in his Matrix role of Morpheus, and Beats Music, starring Ellen DeGeneres as Goldilocks in the humorous re-telling of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. “(For Kia), if they were given this opportunity to get Laurence Fishburne and the Morpheus character, can they do something a little better?” Kalamut asked. “It was a wasted opportunity. Kia fell flat. Ellen DeGeneres for headphones was an ad that definitely played into Ellen’s brand, but not Beats Music’s.” A great ad is attentiongetting and tells a great story, grabbing the viewer in the first five seconds, Kalamut said. Apple’s 1984 Macintosh c o m p u t e r c o m m e rc i a l defines what a Super Bowl ad should be, he said, adding each year something gets better about the advertisements flashing across the television screen. “Super Bowl is a business,” he said. “And now, social media plays a big part in getting the ads out beforehand. It starts the conversations in advance.”

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Post-budget breakfast hosted by rotary clubs Area Rotary Clubs will be hosting a post-budget breakfast Wednesday, the morning after the release of the 2014 federal budget. The meeting will be at Bayview Golf and Country Club, 25 Fairway Heights Dr., near Leslie Street and Steeles Avenue. Breakfast will be served at 7 a.m. Speaker presentations begin at 7:30 a.m. Analysts include Fred Cassano CA, senior manager tax service, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. Federal finance minister Jim Flaherty’s federal budget will be tabled Tuesday. Sponsoring Rotary clubs include Toronto-Don Mills, North York, Willowdale, Markham Sunrise, Newmarket, Scarborough Bluffs, Agincourt, Markham Unionville and North Scarborough. Register online at facebook. com/budgetbreakfast. Price is $25 and includes a hot and cold breakfast buffet. It’s $35 if you pay at the door.

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I never miss the opening ceremonies. The trouble is they begin Friday at 11 a.m., EDT, when I’ll be stuck at work. The festivities last five hours. There’s no way I can spend that much time hunched over my phablet without drawing attention or throwing out my back. Any suggestions? A. I’m no doctor and I certainly don’t play one in a community newspaper, but it sure sounds like you’ve got a nasty bout of the flu coming on. Oh, say, around Thursday evening? Keep me posted. Q. I know all the official Olympic sponsors, except for one that just slips my mind for some reason. What is the Official Turkey of the Sochi Games again? A. Turks and Caicos vs. Trinidad and Tobago in men’s ice hockey. Q. Speaking of ice hockey, because CBC is the rights holder, Don Cherry is going to be one of the analysts in Russia. Does this mean

jamie wayne BUT SERIOUSLY Grapes is actually going to be calling hockey “ice hockey” just like everybody else? A. I wouldn’t count on it. Q. When the downhill is on and I ask my boyfriend what a particular move the skier is doing is called he’ll say, “Shush.” He says it over and over, too. I hate when he does that. It’s very irritating. Do you think I have a right to be upset? A. Absolutely. He should know better. What he should be saying is “Schuss.” Q. In figure skating, how long is the long program and how long is the short program? A. Uh, you mean how long is the long and how short is the short, right? Q. During the ice dancing if one of the couples accidentally slips into a samba during the mambo, what do

the judges do? A. Honestly, I’ve never paid attention to their reaction, because whenever I see it happen, I immediately leap up on the couch and break into the lambada. Q, My son, who’s in university, lives with me. He hates sports and knows nothing about any Winter Olympic events but says he wants to see the skeleton. His eyes light up when he says it, too. He assumes he’s going to be looking at skeletons all day. I’m in a real bind here. We only have one TV set. How on earth am I going to watch what I want to watch - curling? A. Easy peasy, mom. Since he’s never seen skeleton before, tell him you’re putting it on, but flip on curling instead. Just make sure to turn it on right before the last rock of the 10th end, just as the announcer is about say, “There are two lying in the house, one is buried, the other, lying next to it, is shot and the skip is holding the

hammer coming home.” Trust me, his eyes will really light up. Q. We’ve got Winter and Summer. How come no Fall or Spring Olympics? A. The way things are going with global warming, we could soon be down to just the Summer Games. Q. Lastly Jamie, I really hate to mix politics with sports, but what are the chances we see a Cuban Olympian defect right after Sochi? A. I’d say somewhere between slim and none, considering Cuba is not represented in Sochi and has yet to send a team to any Winter Games. However, if the weather doesn’t get any milder soon, I wouldn’t be surprised if a few of my co-workers end up defecting TO Cuba DURING the Games. 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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Young at Heart Club WHEN: 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. WHERE: Church of the Incarnation, 15 Clairtrell Rd. CONTACT: Audrey Stratton, 416-221-7516, www.incarnationtoronto.ca, audrey.stratton@sympatico. ca COST: $5 Society of Singers concert preceded by lunch.

TCDSB 4th Annual Dance Festival WHEN: 7 to 9 p.m. WHERE: Cardinal Carter Academy for the Arts, 36 Greenfield Ave. CONTACT: Mireya Martin, 416-222-8282, ext.2543, mireya.martin@tcdsb.org COST: $10 More than 180 students from secondary schools within the Toronto Catholic District School Board will showcase their creative dance techniques.

Conversations at the Friendship Cafe WHEN: 2 to 4 p.m. WHERE: Barbara Frum Library,20 Covington Rd CONTACT: 416-395-5440 COST: Free A meet and greet afternoon with older adults and seniors. Dinner to Help Karen Aid in Kenya

WHEN: 5 to 8 p.m. WHERE: Bathurst and Finch Unison Hub (Room One), 540 Finch Ave. W. CONTACT: Karen Penaranda, 647-345-3532, natitapenaranda@hotmail.com COST: $10 Enjoy a pasta dinner, music and community building, to support Karen Penaranda on her journey to Kenya to build, teach and spread her friendship program.

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Hospital, Markham Stouffville Hospital, Richmond Hill’s Mackenzie Health, and Newmarket’s Southlake Regional Health Centre. Its purpose is to share with each other innovative ways to improve patient care and increase efficiency, a level of collaboration believed to be unknown among community hospitals, North York General president, Dr. Tim Rutledge, told The Mirror. “I’m not aware of it with other community hospitals,” he said, adding the Joint Centres is attracting a lot of attention. “There’s no reason (if it is successful) why this can’t be scaled up to all hospitals in Ontario.” The presidents are determined to guard

against the Joint Centres structure growing into a super-bureaucracy, Rutledge said. One of the innovations North York General will be sharing is information about its patient care maps, which are electronic plans outlining the best methods of dealing with about 500 medical conditions. The maps can suggest anything from appropriate medications to physiotherapy and respiratory therapy approaches. The innovations are practical solutions to issues facing the hospitals, Rutledge said. “We’re not going to be growing hearts in petri dishes. We’ll be looking at

practical ways to improve quality,” he said. “The special thing about this is it’s six hospitals that are community hospitals that have been very involved in innovation around quality and sustainability. We’re going to be doing innovation in the real world.” Margo Twohig, co-chair of North York General’s patient and family advisory council and a former patient, is impressed the presidents of the six hospitals have come together in such a short period of time to create the Joint Centres. “They’re not using excuses not to collaborate and share new ideas in the care of patients,” she said.

“Nobody is saying, ‘We have a better thing and it’s ours’ like kids playing with toys.” Twohig is adamant the Joint Centres’ primary focus must be patient care. “Finances are important, the bottom line in operating these centres is important, but I want to make sure these innovations are shared in a way that everybody has access to them,” she said. “If I’m not front and centre in this equation, it’s a waste of time. Every patient deserves that.” Twohig likes the idea that patients at any of the six hospitals will benefit from the innovations going on at all of them. “If this is happening because six CEOs are taking the initiative, there’s

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– Dr. Tim Rutledge, North York General president

no reason in my mind why this idea-sharing can’t happen right across the province,” she added. Boosting innovation is necessary as health care costs continue to balloon and society faces an aging population requiring more health care, Rutledge said. “We’re excited about it. We think it is a new approach. Innovation in itself is what we must do in health care in Canada,” he said. “Rather than individual hospitals doing it on their own, we’re going to put our minds together and do it on a grander scale and we’re doing it at community hospitals, that’s what’s special. It’s not earthshattering or the answer to health care, but it’s part of the answer.”

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Dr. Jeremy Theal shows Health Minister Deb Matthews the eCare: A Platform for Innovation initiative developed by North York General hospital during the first InnovationEX: Inaugural exposition and exchange last week.

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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: Bathurst Manor

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Bathurst Manor: Population (2011): 15,420

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LANGUAGES Russian is the most common nonofficial language in Bathurst Manor. In the 2011 census, 11.1 per cent of residents listed Russian as their Mother Tongue, and 9.4 per cent listed Russian as their Home Language.

Top 10 Mother Tongues

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1. English 2. Russian 3. Italian 4. Tagalog (Pilipino, Filipino) 5. Spanish 6. Hebrew 7. Greek 8. Yiddish 9= Korean 9= Turkish

1. English 2. Russian 3. Tagalog (Pilipino, Filipino) 4. Italian 5. Spanish 6. Turkish 7. Korean 8. Greek 9. Hebrew 10. Persian (Farsi)

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The growth of the number of people listing English as a Home Language has outpaced overall neighbourhood growth between 2001 and 2011: by 30.3 per cent.

The number of people listing Turkish as a Home Language grew 69.2 per cent between 2006 and 2011.

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MOTHER TONGUE “Mother Tongue” refers the first language learned at home in childhood and still understood at the time of the census. In the 2011 census, the percentage of people in Bathurst Manor who list Russian as their Mother Tongue is 9.4 per cent. That number is 1 per cent in all of Toronto.

The population of the Youth (age 15-24) age group in Bathurst Manor grew by 24.1 per cent between 2001 and 2011.

+15.2% The overall population in Bathurst Manor increased 15.2 per cent overall between 2001 and 2011.

The number of Seniors (aged 65+) in Bathurst Manor dipped by 13.6 per cent between 2006 and 2011, after growing slightly between 2001 and 2006.

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Gordon graduated from high school as an Ontario Scholar and went on to graduate on the Dean’s Honour Roll in June 2009 from York University with a degree in administrative studies. She’s received more than 60 awards and scholarships, including the Ontario L i e u t e n a n t G ove r n o r’s Community Volunteer Award for Students, the Bank of Montreal Award, the Harry Jerome Scholarship and a Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal from Prince Charles in 2012. Gordon said she first thought of starting her own foundation while a student studying business administration at York University, adding students can re-apply for scholarships through her foundation as long as they are in school.

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Also on exhibit until March 3 at the Carrier Gallery is a show titled Latin Music and the Festival of Colours, by Mario Cabrera. His acrylics on canvas depict musical images and colors that create silent musical rhythms.

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The Hungarian Visual Artists of Canada will host their Winter Colours art show starting today until March 3. The opening reception is this evening, 6 to 9 p.m., at the Joseph D. Carrier Art Gallery in the Columbus Centre (lower gallery), 901 Lawrence Ave. W. Meet 10 artists and view more than 40 works of art. The exhibit features paintings in oil, acrylic and watercolour; wood and leather carvings; ceramics, sculptures and hammered copper. Visit www.huvac.ca

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The application deadline approaches for those wishing to compete at the North York Music Festival. The annual festival encourages amateur musicians of all ages to pursue their musical aspirations and promotes the appreciation of classical music. The 2014 festival dates are April 4 to 6, 11 to 13 and 25 to 28 at Lawrence Park Community Church, 2180 Bayview Ave. The registration deadline is Feb. 10. To view the syllabus and download the registration form, visit www. northyorkmusicfestival. com/2014-festival

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in the last month. Aubree’s older sister, Kaylee, 4, weighed half of her younger sister when she was born. Despite all the attention Aubree has received, Totera described her as a normal baby who doesn’t eat more than any other newborn. “Because I had a C-section, it hurts to hold her too long,” Totera added. “Mostly, she just hurts your arm.” Asked how the family is doing since Aubree’s arrival, Totera said: “We’re perfect.”

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‘The Children’s Hour’ play still shocks Seeing Lillian Hellman’s 1934 play The Children’s Hour today, you can’t help but think of how audiences 80 years ago would have been shocked by the story. A spoiled brat schoolgirl at a private girls’ school takes revenge on her teachers by spreading malicious gossip that the two women are involved in a lesbian relationship. Hellman based the play on true incident that rocked a small Scottish town in the early years of the nineteenth century. Though the story has been told with other variations, Hellman’s version neatly points up how heartless and vicious young people can be. Vicious only begins to describe the character of Mary Tilford, brought to life by Sydney AddisonRudat. By the end of the first act you will have to fight the urge to slap her, and she doesn’t engender any more sympathy in the second half. This young

mark andrew lawrence front row centre actress is totally committed to the role. The teachers at the centre of the drama are played by Kathleen Pollard as Karen Wright and Marisa King as Martha Dobie. Pollard emphasizes the sweetness of Karen, while King shows her feistiness in the later scenes when Martha is up against an unforgiving group of townsfolk led by the self-righteous Amelia, played to the hilt by Harriet Rice. As Karen’s long-time fiancé, the doctor Joe Cardin, Will Van Der Zyl scores points for his sensitive handling of difficult role: trying to be supportive but yet terrified at what people must think of him in light of the rumours about his bride-to-be. Jacqui Burke has staged this classic play in a claustrophobic set that

represents primarily the sitting room at the boarding school. As the tension builds there seems to be no way out. The school girls, particularly Cara Robinson as Rosalie Wells, all give realistic performances. This is a dark play, but one that grabs hold of the viewer early on and never lets up. It still shocks, though perhaps for different reasons. It will always be relevant as long as – to borrow a phrase from Sir James Barrie – children remain “innocent and heartless.” Encore Entertainment presents The Children’s Hour in the Studio Theatre at the Toronto Centre for the Arts until Sunday. For tickets, visit www.encoreshows.com or call 416-7330545. Veteran theatre reviewer Mark Andrew Lawrence offers his insights on stage and musical productions for The North York Mirror. Contact him at nym@insidetoronto.com

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Pair of North York teams advance to International Open LEGO championship Tournament taking place downtown in June Two teams from the same North York school will advance to the FIRST LEGO League (FLL) International Open in June. Teams CTRL-Z and iGo from Bayview Glen

placed first and second, respectively, at the annual FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) FLL provincial robotic championships Jan. 18 at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology in Oshawa.

Team CTRL-Z also took home the Coach of the Year award. Nearly 400 students aged nine to 14 took part in the competition, which encouraged students to apply math and science concepts to research, design, build and program auton-

omous robots using LEGO Mindstorms software. The competition was designed to have teams delve into real-world scientific issues, with this year’s challenge focusing on nature’s fury. Competitors discovered and explored innovative solutions to help people prepare, stay safe, or rebuild. Robotic missions include considerations

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Scarborough subway an uncertainty On balance and considering their limitations, Toronto council put together a proper so-so budget for 2014. It’s too bad that in the midst of all that mediocrity, the most vital debate in the 2014 budget deliberations didn’t quite happen. That’s not to say there wasn’t a lot of talk about the wisdom of slathering a 0.5 per cent property tax premium to pay for a portion of a multibillion dollar subway going into Scarborough, because there was. St. Paul’s Councillor Josh Matlow provoked a couple of high-octane discussions about the property tax hike. On the first day of the budget deliberations, he tried to have the property tax hike itself voted on separately. He was thwarted by Speaker Frances Nunziata and council’s procedural rules, and then council supported her ruling on a razor-thin margin. And once that vote happened – it was done. When Matlow, an admitted nay-sayer on the Scarborough

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Seneca Super Bowl Party TEAM COLOURS: Romeao Allen, 2, cheers on his favourites during a Super Bowl party held Sunday at the Seneca College-Newnham campus student centre. The Denver Broncos’ Orlando Franklin is a product of the local Toronto Thunder football club program. Unfortunately for the Broncos’ fans in attendance, their dreams of a Super Bowl win were dashed when Seattle bested the Broncos 43-8.

rock the house OH SO CLOSE: Top: John Epping, skip of his Donalda Club foursome in North York, was in action last week at the Travelers Tankard Ontario men’s provincial championships in Smiths Falls. Epping’s crew, which includes Collin Mitchell, Scott Bailey (pictured at left) and David Mathers, finished just out of the playoffs with a 5-5 record.

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sports schedule TORONTO DISTRICT SCHOOL BOARD BOYS INDOOR SOCCER NORTH REGION/SENIOR THURSDAY, FEB. 6 w York Mills CI vs. Newtonbrook SS (Hangar Field 4, 75 Carl Hall Rd., 2 p.m.) w Downsview SS vs. William Lyon Mackenzie CI (Hangar Field 2, 75 Carl Hall Rd., 3 p.m.) w Northview Heights SS vs. Jarvis CI (Hangar Field 3, 75 Carl Hall Rd., 2 p.m.) w Westview Centennial SS vs. Runnymede CI (Hangar Field 1, 75 Carl Hall Rd., 3 p.m.) TUESDAY, FEB. 11 w Jarvis CI vs. William Lyon Mackenzie CI (Hangar Field 1, 75 Carl Hall Rd., 3 p.m.) w Westview Centennial SS vs. York Memorial CI (Hangar Field 2, 75 Carl Hall Rd., 3:30 p.m.) TUESDAY, FEB. 18 w Earl Haig SS vs. Jarvis CI (Hangar Field 2, 75 Carl Hall Rd., 3:30 p.m.) w John Polanyi CI vs. York Mills CI (Hangar Field 1, 75 Carl Hall Rd., 2 p.m.) w Newtonbrook SS vs. Richview CI (Hangar Field 1, 75 Carl Hall Rd., 3 p.m.) w Silverthorn CI vs. Weston CI (Hangar Field 2, 75 Carl Hall Rd., 3 p.m.) NORTH REGION/JUNIOR THURSDAY, FEB. 6 w Downsview SS vs. William Lyon Mackenzie CI (Hangar Field 2, 75 Carl Hall Rd., 2 p.m.) w Northview Heights SS vs.George Harvey CI (Hangar Field 3, 75 Carl Hall Rd., 2 p.m.) w Westview Centennial SS vs.Runnymede CI

active@insidetoronto.com (Hangar Field 1, 75 Carl Hall Rd., 2 p.m.) TUESDAY, FEB. 11 w George Harvey CI vs. William Lyon Mackenzie CI (Hangar Field 1, 75 Carl Hall Rd., 2:30 p.m.) w Westview Centennial SS vs. York Memorial CI (Hangar Field 2, 75 Carl Hall Rd., 2:30 p.m.) BOYS CURLING EAST REGION TUESDAY, FEB. 11 w Marc Garneau CI A vs. York Mills CI (Tam Heather Curling Club, 730 Military Trail, 2 p.m.) COED CURLING EAST REGION TUESDAY, FEB. 11 w Birchmount Park CI vs. York Mills CI (Tam Heather Curling Club, 730 Military Trail, 2 p.m.) TUESDAY, FEB. 18 w Albert Campbell CI A vs. York Mills CI (Tam Heather Curling Club, 730 Military Trail, 2 p.m.) w Albert Campbell CI B vs. York Mills CI B (Tam Heather Curling Club, 730 Military Trail, 2 p.m.) BOYS HOCKEY NORTH REGION/TIER 2 THURSDAY, FEB. 6 w Earl Haig SS vs. Victoria Park CI (Fenside Arena, 30 Slidell Cres., 12:30 p.m.)

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w AY Jackson SS vs. Don Mills (Fenside Arena, 30 Slidell Cres., 2:30 p.m.) FRIDAY, FEB. 7 w Victoria Park Tournament T.B.A. vs. T.B.A. (Commander Arena, 140 Commander Park)

Isiah Ankerah of Westview moves the ball past Stefan Roper of Don Mills during a junior boys basketball north region quarter-final game Tuesday afternoon. Don Mills won the game 55-53.

TUESDAY, FEB. 11 w Northview Heights SS vs. Don Mills CI (Civitan Arena, 1030 Don Mills Rd., 1:30 p.m.) THURSDAY, FEB. 13 w Victoria Park CI vs. AY Jackson SS (Cummer Park Arena, 6000 Leslie St., 1 p.m.) w William Lyon Mackenzie CI vs. Earl Haig SS (Herb Carnegie Arena, 580 Finch Ave. W. 1 p.m.)

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FRIDAY, FEB. 14 w Don Mills CI vs. AY Jackson SS (Cummer Park Arena, 6000 Leslie St., 1 p.m.)

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UPCOMING GAME In TDSB boys hockey, north region, tier 2, Northview Heights SS takes on William Lyon Mackenzie CI at Herb Carnegie Arena on Feb. 20 at 1 p.m.

BOYS BASKETBALL NORTH REGION/JUNIOR FRIDAY, FEB. 7 w Championship Final T.B.A. vs. Earl Haig SS (Earl Haig SS, 100 Princess Ave., 3:30 p.m.) NORTH REGION/SENIOR FRIDAY, FEB. 7 w Championship Final T.B.A. vs. T.B.A. (Location T.B.A., 3:30 p.m.) TDCAA BOYS HOCKEY SENIOR

THURSDAY, FEB. 6 w Community Hebrew Academy vs. Father Redmond MONDAY, FEB. 10 w Brebeuf vs. Cardinal Newman

w Community Hebrew Academy vs. Neil McNeil HS WEDNESDAY, FEB. 12 w Senator O’Connor vs. Blessed Cardinal Newman

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City budget passed after two days of debate DAVID NICKLE dnickle@insidetoronto.com

between $10 million and $15 million. Councillors rejected a raft There’s a little more money of other motions, includfor firefighting, student ing one to remove security nutrition and public transit guards from public librarin the 2014 budget. ies, one to collect overdue But after two days of library fines on the property tax bill, cuts to councillors’ debate, Toronto Council said no to all but a couple travel, staff and operatof ideas that Mayor Rob Ford ing budgets and a plan brought forward to bring to charge a minimum of the 2.23 per cent property $14 to underprivileged tax increase down to 1.75 children accessing proper cent. grams. And despite the efforts Trinity-Spadina of councillors opposed to Councillor Adam Vaughan the Scarborough subway called that last motion “immoral,” pointing out extension, it managed to avoid a vote that might have that the $14 was just $2 put the brakes on spending more than the amount of the bounty of a 0.5 per cent money Ford was trying dedicated tax to save increase. property BREAKDOWN In the end, taxpayers. the numbers Toronto hom- By Ford, • Total budget: $9.6 billion eowners will • Residential property tax hike: however, be paying a 2.71 per cent pointed total property out after tax increase of the meet2.71 per cent, due to shifts ing that he was the only in assessment of properties, member of council which amounts to $68.59 on attempting to save money the average Toronto housein the budget. hold for the year. There was at least one If Ford had had his way, other major attempt to that tax increase would have save money during the been $12 lower. debate. Last Thursday, Ford St. Paul’s Councillor unveiled 18 amendments to Josh Matlow attempted the budget that he claimed repeatedly to first elimiwould save $60 million from nate the 0.5 per cent levy the $9.6-billion budget. to raise money for the Ford’s amendments were Scarborough subway a combination of outright extension – then to defer budget cuts and requests for spending any of that reports on ways to reduce money until 2015. certain budgets. On Wednesday, he In the end, only a couple attempted to have the vote were approved. on the 0.5 per cent tax levy Council voted in favour voted on separately from of asking city staff to look at the rest of the levy. ways to bring in corporate He had a narrow majorsponsorship for $19.1 mility of council support for lion in programs the city will that, but not the two-thirds be creating as showcases for he would have needed to the Pan Am Games in 2015, have that vote taken. the cancellation of Toronto’s And on Thursday, he Employment Engagement moved the motion to Survey for $250,000, the end delay spending the money, to two city-produced magaa motion that speaker zines, saving $475,000, and Frances Nunziata finally a report on ways to speed ruled out of order. up the implementation of But the motion’s presa shared service plan that ence during debate on the Ford guesses could save budget led to some heated

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Extraordinary Opportunity, Outstanding Luxury Home On 213Ft Deep Lot In Willowdale Area! Award Winning Designer Home!! Great Attn To Details & Craftsmanship, Elegant & Architectural Design! Great School Zoning!!

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Absolute Stunning Home In Superb Location On 1 Of The Best Lot 50X150!! Elegant Huge Custom-Built 5+2 Bedroom House W 2 Storey Foyer W Marble Floor, Totally Renovated, All Brand New washrooms. Steps To Yonge Finch Subway, Restaurants & McKee, Earl Haig Schools.

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R-A-V-I-N-E With Walkout Basement! Renovated Extensively From Top To Bottom; Separate Entrance To Huge Walkout Basement! Newer Stone Front Facing; Modern Updated Kitchen; 3 Gas Fireplace W/ Designer Built Mantles; Stone Interlock Driveway; All 6 Updated Washrms (4 Ensuite Full Bathrms); Hardwood Fls In All Bedrms & Family Room. Located Near Leslie & Steeles (South); Ay Jackson & Zion Heights School District.

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Luxurious Ultima Tower Penthouse Suite, Amazing Sunfilled Unit with South East Views of the City, High Ceilings, Floor To Ceiling Windows & 2 Large Balconies!!! Excellent& Functional Floor Plan. Close To Restaurants, 24hr Grocery Store, All Amenities! Located in the Heart Of Downtown North York.

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Stunning L-U-X-U-R-Y Bright & Spacious Tridel Condo (Triumphe 2) in the heart of North York, with an unobstructed Panoramic South East & South West View Of City. 2Br + Den can be used as 3rd Br. Close To All Amenities: Underground Access to 24hr Grocery store, TTC, Restaurants, Shops, Movie Theatres, Yonge Subway Line. Don’t Miss This Amazing Opportunity.

10 CREEKSIDE RD

Absolutely stunning renovated home on huge lot on quiet Cul-De-Sac!! Among multimillion $$ homes. Elegant 4+2 Bedrooms With 5 baths. Steps to best schools Earl Haig and McKee. Excellent location!

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A True Masterpiece* Gorgeous Luxury Home On Pool Size 150 Lot! Astonishing Design & Finishes As This Home Was Crafted Beyond Original Specs! **Best School Earl Haig.

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Ready To Build! Rare Offering 88 X 116.66 Lot, Already Severed To 2 Lots Ready To Build W/Permit For 2 Custom Luxury Hae. Surrounded By Million Dollars Homes! Walk To TTC Bayview Village, Subway Walk To Earl Haig School! Mins To 401, Library, Restaurants, Mall. Art Centre.

4968 YONGE PH203

Absolutely Stunning Brand New Luxury Home on Prime Lot In Willowdale! Beautiful Stone & Stucco front with a Built-in Garage and a double private Driveway. Solid wood Front door. Bright & beautiful Home With lots of Large Windows, Deck in Backyard, Walk-Out Basement. Elevated Basement feels like you are on ground floor. No expense spared, custom built brand new home is an absolute beauty!

Luxury ranch style bungalow on prime Bayview Village, walk to subway, Bayview Village, Loblaws. Renovated: Newer limestone, granite, hardwood floors, huge kitchen, newer bathrooms. Elkhorn PS, Bayview MS, Earl Haig SS.

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Gorgeous and Absolutely Stunning Custom Built Luxury Model Home. Very well Maintained & Immaculate! Apprx 4500 sq ft of Extravagant Living + 2300sq Ft In Bsmt. Located in Quiet Cul-De-Sac With 69ft Frontage. Close To Bayview Village, Bayview/Sheppard Subway, Shops Restaurants, Yonge Street, All Amenities! **EARL HAIG SCHOOL ZONE** An Absolute Rare Gem!

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201 MCKEE AVE

Extraordinary New Custom Blt Luxury Home W/Amazing Finishes. **Stunning Ultra Luxurious Home In Heart Of Willowdale. Best School **Earl Haig** Walking Distance To Yonge/Sheppard Subway!

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