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The “very boring” 2014 federal budget tabled Tuesday by Finance Minister Jim Flaherty is a set up for the 2015 election year, didn’t offer new personal or corporate tax rate changes, and included little for national infrastructure and transportation, a financial analyst told a post-budget breakfast hosted by a number of area Rotary clubs yesterday. The $279.2-billion budget contains no major tax breaks and is expected to be balanced next year, Fred Cassano, senior manager of tax service with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, told the crowd at Bayview Golf and Country Club on Steeles Avenue, west of Leslie Street. The price on tobacco is going up $4 a carton, a new tax credit is in place for search and rescue volunteers who perform at least 200 hours of service a year, and the adoption expense tax credit has been upped to $15,000 from >>>no, page 8

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Happy valentine’s Day! Melissa Conforme makes a Valentine’s Day craft at Yorkgate Mall Saturday afternoon. Valentine’s Day is tomorrow, when temperatures are expected to warm up to a relatively balmy – 1 C. More photos on page 2.

Man charged in 2012 North York murder Toronto police have made an arrest in connection with a 2012 murder. At about 12:05 a.m. Oct. 11, 2012, officers responded to a call for unknown trouble

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Award-winning York University student dedicated to community activism Talisha Ramsaroop a booster for JaneFinch neighbourhood LISA QUEEN lqueen@insidetoronto.com Before one of her best friends was killed, Talisha Ramsaroop admits she was a mediocre student, a teenager from the Jane and Finch community who wasn’t encouraged to pursue post-secondary education. It was only when 19-year-old Brandon Paltooram died after being stabbed on a Mississauga street on Oct. 12, 2008 that she began to fully realize her life was full of possibilities. “Brandon was kind of the only person who was like, ‘You have so much potential, you need to do something with your life,’” Ramsaroop said. “When I went through that, I realized losing someone so young is something nobody should go through.” In the wake of her friend’s death, she started a Facebook page dealing with youth violence issues. But it wasn’t until she began studying at York University that Ramsaroop transformed into a community activist in North York and York. Soon after she started school, she overheard one student giving another advice about grocery stores in the area. “He said, ‘There is one on Keele and one at Jane and Finch but you don’t want to go to there because that’s where everyone gets shot.’ I was like, I live there. I don’t get shot. I go to the mall every single day,” the Emery Collegiate Institute graduate said. “At that point, I was thinking why would people from my community want to come to university with that attitude? But at the same time, I was thinking there are so many people in my community with so much potential if they were encouraged to do

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Talisha Ramsaroop received the Lincoln M. Alexander Award from the provincial ministry of citizenship and immigration for her work with Noise for Social Change, a York University mentoring program for youth in the Jane-Finch community.

that.” Ramsaroop, who lives in the area of Jane and Sheppard Avenue but considers herself from the broader Jane and Finch neighbourhood, is now a fourth-year sociology student also earning a certificate in anti-racist research and policy. She has thrown herself into projects at school that link her department with the Jane and Finch community, including organizing a neighbourhood walk so people realize the area is not a place to fear. Ramsaroop has worked on Assets Coming Together (ACT) for Youth, a five-year research alliance

between the university and the community, and for the last year has been a research intern with York’s New Opportunities for Innovative Student Engagement (NOISE) for Social Change mentoring program. Last month, she was recognized for her work with a $5,000 Lincoln M. Alexander community award from the Ministry for Citizenship and Immigration. Jennifer Ryan, ACT’s manager of research, nominated Ramsaroop for the award and said she is very deserving of the honour. “She brings the most incredible energy to all that she does and she

works very hard to create opportunities, not just for herself but for those around her as well,” she said. “It is this generosity of spirit and a very honest desire for social change that makes her a natural leader in her community and at York University.” Ramsaroop’s community work extends beyond the university campus to other organizations including Cultivating Herstory: The Jane and Finch youth food and health project, Creating Equitable Spaces Toronto, Toronto Community Foundation’s Playing For Keeps project, the city’s Toronto Regional Champion Campaign Protégé Program that matches young women with female councillors to introduce them to the dynamics of municipal government, and the For Youth Initiative (FYI) in York. While Ramsaroop devotes countless hours to her community, she said she gets tremendous satisfaction from her work. “I think I get a lot of knowledge out of it. Every time I take part in a new program, I learn something new, about new issues, about new experiences,” said Ramsaroop, who envisions herself continuing her community work, obtaining a Ph.D and possibly entering politics. “Youth have so much (to offer). They’re so smart, they have so much potential. We always say that kids don’t know anything, they probably don’t get it but kids know about these stereotypes, they know how they affect them, they know how to resist them. They’re just so smart. I like the idea of giving other youth the chance not to worry about what colour your skin is or what sex you are or what community you come from. Just do what you want to do and be happy with it. I want more youth to experience that and not be restricted by things that don’t matter.” The Lincoln M. Alexander Award honours youth who have demonstrated leadership in eliminating racial discrimination in Ontario. for more, visit www. citizenship.gov.on.ca/english/citizenship/ honours/lma.shtml

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o, I went to get my morning cup of coffee in the food court. At the usual place. At the usual time. From the usual cashier. And before I even had a chance to open my mouth, as usual, the cashier asked, “The usual, sir?” (By the way, that’s a large quintuple quintuple, for those keeping score at home.) Anyhow, also as usual, she waited for my usual vertical nod of approval. But said nod was not forthcoming. Much to her surprise, my head movement was of the horizontal variety, signifying an unexpected negative response. “Not this time,” I replied. “I’ll still take a large, but instead of the usual, I feel like I want to have it slopestyyyyyle.” The crowd gasped. The person right behind me tapped me on my shoulder. “Excuse me, mister, but I couldn’t help but overhear

jamie wayne BUT SERIOUSLY your coffee request. Did you just order a large slopestyle?” “Close. Actually, what I said was slopestyyyyyle. You have to make sure to elongate the styyyyyle for effect. Try it a few times. You’ll get the hang of it.” Then the cashier gave me my cup and a high five and I scurried off to work while in the background I could hear everyone enthusiastically screaming their orders, “Slopestyyyyyle. Slopestyyyyyle. Slopestyyyyyle.” Impressed by my morning java, for lunch I went back to the food court to grab a slice at the pizza counter. I stood in the usual line. For the usual length of time. I was greeted by the usual cashier. Then, as usual, without me having to say anything, the cashier inquired, “The usual, sir?”

(That’s a pineapple quintuple quintuple, for those still keeping score at home.) Again, I didn’t follow the usual script. “I’ll take a rain check, if that’s OK. Can you make it slopestyyyyyle, instead?” Then he gave me my slice, a low five (he’s taller than me) and I left serenaded by another chorus of, “Slopestyyyyyle. Slopestyyyyyle. Slopestyyyyyle.” A trend was clearly developing. So, not one to mess with a good thing, after work I decided to go back to the food court one last time before calling it a day. I went to grab a sub first and it was more of the same routine. “The usual, sir?” “Nah. I was kinda hoping for slopestyyyyyle.” Next, I went to pick up some ice cream. “The usual, sir?” “Nope. What I had in mind was slopestyyyyyle.” Then, it was off to the organic juice hut for a

smoothie to wash it all down. “The usual, sir?” “No thanks. Today has slopestyyyyyle written all over it.” Well, soon after inhaling the goodies, I had to make a beeline for the drugstore on the lower level. The pharmacist could tell by my expression I’d eaten too much too fast. To help relieve my tummy ache he suggested a liquid antacid. “The usual, sir?” I mumbled. “Not in this case. You’re going to need something way more powerful.” “What do you recommend?” “A magical new product that works wonders. It’s a specially designed winter formula that’s taking the world by storm. It’s called Slopestyyyyyle.” 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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Monochrome: A Celebration of African Canadian Heritage Month WHEN: 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. WHERE: Cardinal Carter Academy for the Arts, 36 Greenfield Ave. CONTACT: Lorne Matthews, 416-393-5556 COST: Donation minimum $5 A production of music, dance, drama and visual art, organized by students.

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Toronto Cat Rescue Adoptathon WHEN: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today and Sunday WHERE: Pet Valu, 486 Lawrence Ave. W. CONTACT: Alison Finkelstein, 416-538-8592, www. torontocatrescue.ca COST: $90 adoption fee Family Fun Fest WHEN: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. WHERE: Downsview Park, 1-35 Carl Hall Rd. CONTACT: www.familydayfest.com, COST: $20 for unlimited childrens ride pass, $8 adult admission Indoor fun for the Family Day weekend: today, Sunday and Monday. Tracing Your East Indian Heritage in the British West Indies WHEN: 6:30 p.m. WHERE: North York Central Library, 5120 Yonge St.

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Canadian Citizenship Preparation Class WHEN: 6 p.m. WHERE: North York Central Library Auditorium, 5120 Yonge St. CONTACT: Laura, www. torontopubliclibrary.ca COST: Free Call 416-395-5660 to register.

Check out our complete online community calendar by visiting www. northyorkmirror.com. Read weeks of listings from your North York neighbourhoods as well as events from across Toronto. CONTACT: Gwyneth Pearce, www.torontofamilyhistory.org/learn/courses, publicity@torontofamilyhistory.org COST: $40 ($35 for OGS members) Offered by the Toronto Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society; information relevant to Guyana, Trinidad, Jamaica, Grenada, St. Lucia, St. Kitts and St. Vincent.

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Crown Jewels WHEN: 3 to 5 p.m. WHERE: Toronto Centre for the Arts, George Weston Recital Hall, 5040 Yonge St. CONTACT: Samantha Little, 416-4677142, www.orchestratoronto.ca, info@orchestratoronto.ca COST: $39 to $15 Presented by Orchestra Toronto.

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North York Histoical Society Program Meeting WHEN: 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. WHERE: North York Central Library, Room 1, 5120 Yonge St. CONTACT: Linda, gargarol@hotmail.com COST: Free Author Rona Arato: Working for Freedom, the Story of Josiah Henson

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The Social History of Dress in 19th Century Canada WHEN: 2 to 4 p.m. WHERE: North York Central Library, Room 1, 5120 Yonge Street CONTACT: Gwyneth Pearce, www.torontofamilyhistory. org/learn/courses, publicity@torontofamilyhistory.org COST: $40 ($35 for OGS members)

Bare Bones & Up Front WHEN: 8 to 11 p.m. WHERE: Toronto Centre for the Arts, 5040 Yonge St. CONTACT: Kim Jarrett, kim@kimjarrett.com COST: $20 Showcase of Toronto’s musical talent.

DFC Winter Soccer Program WHEN: 4:30 to 6 p.m. WHERE: The Hangar, 75 Carl Hall Rd. CONTACT: Rohit Singh, 647-398-7557, www. downsviewfootballclub.ca, rsingh@ downsviewfootballclub.ca COST: Call for pricing details Grassroots soccer skill development program for youth aged three to 13. Winter session runs to April 1.

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Hub, 540 Finch Ave. W. CONTACT: North York Women’s Centre, 416781-0479, info@nywc.org COST: Free Meet other women in a welcoming environment, get information and learn about available resources. TCDSB Mental Health Symposium for Families WHEN: 5 to 6:30 p.m. WHERE: Catholic Education Centre, 80 Sheppard Ave. E. CONTACT: Dr. Maria Kokai, 416-222-8282, ext. 2626, www.tcdsb.org/ProgramsServices/ BoardServices/psycholo COST: Free The Great Black North Anthology WHEN: 6:30 to 8 p.m. WHERE: Downsview Public Library, 2793 Keele St. CONTACT: Diana, 416-3955720, doprograms@torontopubliclibrary.ca COST: Free Poetry readings in celebration of Black History Month. Call to register.

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Education is a lot more than just going to university. It’s about learning. It’s about finding a career path.

– Peter Paputsis, principal of Northview Heights Secondary School

What I really loved about this program is it offers a really specialized insight into many different trades. It’s kind of like a buffet.

Graduating students of the Construction Trades Exploration Program this year at Northview Heights Secondary School include Farid Mohammad, left, B r a n d o n H i c k e y, Abraham Sen, Mary Grace Mallari, Joshua Singh, Fernando Torrez and Ryan Webley.

– Sandra Mahr, co-op education teacher at Vaughan Road Academy

This program really opens your eyes to the real world. And the people you meet, new friends, you’re there for each other. – Ryan Webley, West Humber Collegiate Institute student

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n “eye-opening” program that has changed students’ lives is open to 22 students from across the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) each semester. But what industry professionals, teachers, graduating students and their parents want is for enrolment to the Construction Trades Exploration Program to increase significantly. “Expand, expand, expand,” said Peter Bayrachny, whose son, Matthew, recently graduated from the program held at Northview Heights Secondary School near Bathurst Street and Finch Avenue. “Let’s get more kids in the program. If it wasn’t for you guys giving kids a chance, nobody would.” The program gave his son direction, added Bayrachny, noting Matthew discovered he loved working with sheet metal during his co-op placement. To d a y, h e’s p u r s u ing his passion further at George Brown College in the Construction Trades Technique Program. Current students shared

the same sentiment, attributing their success in finding a direction for their lives to the program. “During the course, I learned a lot about the different trades,” said Abraham Sen, who will be graduating from Western TechnicalCommercial School this year. “I know what I’m doing and I have everything planned out.” Fernando Torrez from Burnhamthorpe Collegiate Institute said he’d been in trouble with the law prior to taking the program, where he learned he had a brighter future ahead. ‘changed lives’ “It really did change a lot of students’ lives,” he said. It all started with Elvy Moro, a teacher and the program co-ordinator at Northview Heights, about eight years ago with one student and one company. “I had a student who knocked on my door and wanted to be a bricklayer,” recalled Moro, realizing some students are kinesthetic learners who better understand by seeing and being more hands on. “How

do you harness that? That’s the question.” He found the answer after talking with a representative from the developer Monarch Corporation. From that first co-op placement, the Construction Trades Technique Program has grown to 44 students admitted each school year with 40 companies now involved, including some of the city’s biggest developers such as Tridel, Tribute, Menkes, and the Daniels Corporation. The call to expand the program is only getting louder with such organizations as BuildForce Canada estimating a shortage of skilled trades workers with as much as 25 per cent of the construction workforce expected to retire over the next decade. “We need support from all levels of government,” said Moro, encouraging further discussion on how to expand the program and promote the construction skilled trades to more students. “They’re viable careers. They’re great careers.” Jon Kitancevski, health and safety director at The Daniels Corporation, said he’d like to see a mandate set by the

government and the TDSB to better support programs like the one offered at Northern Heights and make it even more successful. “It breaks my heart when I hear we’re turning people down,” said Kitancevski, hearing that 22 out of 35 who applied this past semester made the cut. “It really does open doors to people who don’t fit into the traditional path.” promoted for girls That’s what Grade 12 student Mary Grace Mallari discovered after initially wanting to be an architect. But while she did really well in the construction courses, Mallari admitted she found physics to be a little more challenging. “Then I found out about project management in construction,” said Mallari, the only female student enrolled this year in the program. “I took it and I love it. This program should be more promoted especially for girls. It gave me the hands-on experience on site.” She excelled in the program and was recognized with an award as one of the

top students. Fa r i d Mo h a m m a d acknowledged he was a troubled student who could never sit in class. “I thought I wasn’t qualified to be in the program,” said Mohammad, who didn’t know he got in at first and missed his orientation class at George Brown College, where students also earn a college credit for a course on occupational health and safety. But he recalled Moro reaching out to him to stay in the program. Mohammad was glad he did. “It has disciplined me and made me a better person,” said Mohammad, noting he just got offered a job for the next two months with Monarch Corporation. For Moro, in the end, that’s what the program is all about: “When you see a student struggle and all of a sudden that lightbulb goes on, that makes it worthwhile for me.” If you are at least 16 years old and have completed a Construction Technology or similar course at the Grade 10, Grade 11or Grade 12 level, pick up an application package in the Co-op or Student Services Departments at your school.

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I really didn’t know what I wanted to do. (The program’s) opened a lot of doors. It gave me a lot of experience. It was eye-opening. – Brandon Hickey, Northview Heights Secondary student

Coming into the program, I wanted to be an electrician and I knew I wanted to be in the trades. Now I’m starting an electrician apprenticeship in February. – Joshua Singh, Western TechnicalCommercial School student

There’s a stigma if you’re still not going to university. This program should be included in every country, in every school. It’s awesome to be part of it. – Alex Ewing, professor at George Brown College


Learn about mobile marketing An upcoming Enterprise Toronto session is focusing on mobile marketing for small businesses. The session, taking place from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Feb. 27 at the North York Civic Centre, 5100 Yonge St., will look how small businesses can develop mobile strategies to reach a market that’s in the millions of people in Canada. Call 416-395-4716 or email enterprisetoronto@ toronto.ca to register. The session takes place in Committee Room 3. Real Estate 101 in North York The North York Central library branch is hosting a session on real estate, called Real Estate 101, on Feb. 20. Running from 6:30 to 8 p.m., the presentation will feature Claude Boiron, who is a real estate broker, investor, author and professor at the University of Toronto.

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Finance Minister Jim Flaherty tries on a pair of shoes at Mellow Walk Footwear in North York last Friday while Andrew Violi, company president, looks on during a pre-budget photo op. The federal finance minister getting a new pair of shoes for budget day is a Canadian tradition stretching back generations. This marked the second year in a row Flaherty visited North York for the shoe fitting. Last year, he was at the Roots Factory on Caledonia Road.

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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: Clanton Park

Sheppard Avenue and Allen Road.

Clanton Park: Population (2011): 14,610

Staff file photo/RAHUL GUPTA

Languages Tagalog (Pilipino, Filipino) is the most common non-official language in Clanton Park. In the 2011 census, 11.7 per cent of residents listed Tagalog as their Mother Tongue, and 7.1 per cent listed Tagalog as their Home Language.

Top 10 Mother Tongues

Top 10 Home Languages

1. English 2. Tagalog (Pilipino, Filipino) 3. Italian 4. Russian 5. Spanish 6. Hebrew 7. Ilocano 8. Greek 9. Yiddish 10. French

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

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

MOTHER TONGUE “Mother Tongue” refers to 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 Clanton Park who list Tagalog as their Mother Tongue is 7.1 per cent. That number is 1.4 per cent in all of Toronto.

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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 22.2 per cent.

The number of people in the Working Age (25-64) category grew 10.3 per cent. between 2006 and 2011 (the neighbourhood grew 6.3 per cent overall).

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The population of the Youth (age 15-24) age group in Clanton Park grew by 18.2 per cent between 2001 and 2011.

+8.6% The overall population in Clanton Park increased 8.6 per cent overall between 2001 and 2011.

The number of people in Clanton Park listing Russian and Italian as Home Languages dipped between 2006 and 2011, by 12.7 per cent and 27.3 per cent, respectively.

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glinton Avenue West is going to get a whole lot busier with news from Metrolinx that it is limiting access to Allen Road for the foreseeable future. The provincial transit planning agency is constructing the underground section of the Eglinton Crosstown LRT line, which has resulted in traffic disruptions even with the main construction taking place below the avenue. This week, Metrolinx announced it is reducing northbound access to the Allen to one westbound lane for “many months.” That’s in addition to the existing lane restrictions along Eglinton Avenue West. The Crosstown LRT is scheduled to open in 2020. accessibility a challenge wstation

A modified subway route map shared on Twitter this week shows just how much work is needed to

rahul gupta TO in TRANSIT make TTC stations fully accessible. The map (http://bit. ly/1eo0FP9) from Twitter user @nicofara shows the existing TTC route map juxtaposed with a modified version highlighting which stations are accessible – and leaving the ones which are not blank. The map starkly illustrates the challenge facing the TTC in making all of its stations accessible. To date, just 32 of a possible 69 stations have elevators leading to the subway, sliding doors at the entrances or other improvements intended to reduce barriers for those who need mobility assistance. tries Reddit on for size wWynne

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne took part in a Reddit

AMA (Ask Me Anything) online chat this week She took questions from the site’s members who are known as Redditors on a variety of topics, from job creation efforts to her favourite books. But when it comes to future transit planning, Wynne was decidedly vague. While she did commit to having some sort of investment in this year’s spring budget, Wynne did not go into details during the web chat, which was held Tuesday. The premier answered approximately 10 questions during the one-hour AMA and promised to address some of the many more left unanswered throughout the week. To read a transcript of the chat, visit www.reddit. com Rahul Gupta is The Mirror’s transit reporter. His column appears every Thursday. Reach him on Twitter: @TOinTRANSIT

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NORTH REGION/JUNIOR WEDNESDAY, FEB. 19 w City semifinals T.B.A. vs. T.B.A. FRIDAY, FEB. 21 w City Championships T.B.A. vs. T.B.A. BOYS CURLING EAST REGION TUESDAY, FEB. 18 w Crossover 1: #1s from each pool. Birchmount Park CI A vs. Birchmount Park CI B (Tam Heather Curling Club, 730 Military Trail, 2 p.m.) w Crossover 2: #2s from each pool. TBA vs. TBA (Tam Heather Curling Club, 730 Military Trail, 2 p.m.) WEDNESDAY, FEB. 19 w Crossover 3: #3s from each pool. TBA vs. TBA (Leaside Curling Club, 1075 Millwood Rd., 1 p.m.) w Crossover 4: #4s from each pool. TBA vs. TBA (Leaside Curling Club, 1075 Millwood Rd., 1 p.m.) CO-ED CURLING EAST REGION 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.) WEDNESDAY, FEB. 19

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Mackenzie Collegiate’s Jason Jin (7) challenges Jarvis C o l l e g i a t e ’s B a r b o u r Torimullah during high school indoor soccer seniorlevel action Tuesday afternoon at The Hangar at Downsview Park. Jarvis went on to win the game 12-1.

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Grappling with selection method of Toronto’s Neighbourhood Improvement Areas Superior Tire & Auto employee Marko Brancatella explains the various functions of automobile fluid to attendees.

Ladies Night: A huge success at Keele Street Superior Tire & Auto The annual Superior Tire & Auto Ladies Night was a great success again this year as it was held in late January. This complimentary event is held annually and is designed to help women be more confident and informed about their vehicles. Superior Tire & Auto’s experts covered a wide variety of automotive topics from what to do when your engine light comes on, to appropriate tire

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FANNIE SUNSHINE fsunshine@insidetoronto.com If the current 13 Neighbourhood Improvement Areas (NIAs) lose that designation, the city needs to have a plan in place to help make the transition as smooth as possible. That sentiment was expressed by Tammie Orifa, manager of employment services for JVS Toronto’s Jane Street and Finch Avenue site, who was one of about 70 people who came out to North York Civic Centre Jan. 30 for a Strong Neighbourhoods Strategy 2020 discussion with the project team to help select criteria in relaunching NIAs for council’s approval, which may see some designations revoked. Community consultations were held last fall, and Thursday’s meeting was a consultation process for criteria in choosing NIAs, which is based on community input and the Urban Heart data tool, a set of equity-focused criteria including voter participation, walkability and self-reports of good mental health. A city steering committee will make its final recommendations this month for council consideration, with council approval slated for April. From 2005 to 2008, the city designated 13 neighbourhoods as “priority,” which meant extra funding from the city and United Way for things

such as programming and health services, along with waiving fees for recreational activities. The term “priority” was renamed “improvement” in 2011 by council, which felt the word was less stigmatizing. Currently, the 13 neighbourhoods are Scarborough Village, Eglinton East/ Kennedy Park, WestonMount Dennis, Lawrence Heights, Steeles-L’Amoreaux, Jane-Finch, WestminsterBranson, Flemingdon ParkVictoria Village, Dorset Park, Jamestown, Malvern, Kingston-Galloway and Crescent Town.

The community needs a lot of support and now is not the time to withdraw that. – Tammie Orifa, JVS Toronto (Jane and Finch)

Another issue is resources can only support 12 NIAs, due to staffing cuts. Participants were asked to select NIA criteria options from two proposals – equal weighting and explanatory power. With the first option, NIAs would be chosen based on the greatest overall level of inequity across physical surroundings, healthy lives, participation in decision making, social development and economic opportunities. The second option would

see NIAs chosen by placing greater emphasis on the inequities that explain most of the difference across the neighbourhoods. “I’m quite concerned,” said Orifa, who prefers the latter option. “The community needs a lot of support and now is not the time to withdraw that.” The NIA designation has allowed her site to get targeted program funding for troubled youth, something that might not have happened without the label. While Orifa favours reevaluating the NIA process, if Jane and Finch loses the designation it will have huge impacts on the community. “ The neighbourhood doesn’t have the economic structure other neighbourhoods have,” she said. “There needs to be a plan in place to deal with this.” Scott McKean, manager of the city’s social development, finance and administration department, said from a city of Toronto perspective, these are very difficult discussions to have because of the unknowns. “We need to be creative with how we do business as a city,” he said. A second discussion was held at North York Civic Centre that day, and one was held at Metro Hall the following day. For more information on Neighbourhood Improvement Areas, visit http://bit.ly/1olhAL3

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‘Two-tier citizenship’ created: immigration advocates MIKE ADLER madler@insidetoronto.com Proposed changes to rules for Canadian citizenship and the power to revoke it send the wrong message to new Canadians in Toronto, local advocates for immigrants’ rights said last week. In the city last Thursday, federal Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander announced what the Conservative government says is the first complete overhaul of the Citizenship Act since the 1970s. The changes in Bill C-24, the Strengthening Canadian Citizenship Act, “reinforce the value of citizenship while ensuring the integrity of the immigration system is pro-

tected,” the minister said in a release. Campaigners for the group I Vote Toronto have variously estimated the number of permanent residents in the city at 200,000 and 380,000 (about 15 per cent of the population), and say the city receives 50,000 immigrants a year. Alexander’s proposals would grant citizenship to permanent residents only if they remain in Canada for four of out of six years, instead of the current three out of four. Immigrants would also have to pay Canadian income tax during those years, and sign a declaration saying they intend to live in Canada. Tests to prove proficiency in either English or French

would be extended to applicants aged 14 to 64, instead of the current 18 to 54, and the applicants would no longer be allowed the help of an interpreter. There would be harsher penalties for citizenshiprelated fraud, and the minister would be able to revoke dual citizenship, or deny it to permanent residents who were found to be members “in an armed force or organized armed group engaged in armed conflict with Canada” or convicted of terrorism, treason or spying offences. The government can only revoke dual citizenships, because Canada has signed international agreements against rendering someone stateless. Citizenship could also be denied to applicants charged with or convicted of serious crimes outside of Canada. Already put in place is a rise in the application fee for citizenship from $200 to $400. (The Conservative

government in 2006 cut a hope to talk to Canadians $975 landing fee imposed about the government’s on permanent residents by proposals. the previous Liberal regime Douglas said she was pardown to $460.) ticularly concerned about Last Friday, the Ontario requiring people over 60 to Council of Agencies Serving prove a language proficiency, Immigrants (OCASI) said and argued doubling the increasing the time permaapplication fee creates an nent residents “undue burden for many folk.” wait before they Be a part of the About 85 per can fully particidiscussion. Visit pate in Canadian cent of Canada’s this story on our society “will not permanent resiwebsite and share dents become citstrengthen democyour thoughts in racy in Canada.” izens - a figure we the comments should be proud In an interview, Debbie Douglas, about - but the section. OCASI’s executive minister’s prodirector said the  bit.ly/1emKBNJ posals will make government was, this more difficult in effect, creating to achieve, she “two-tier citizenship” because said. some Canadians could have Avvy Go, director of the Metro Toronto Chinese and their citizenship revoked. “Citizenship is about equalSoutheast Asian Legal Clinic, ity,” and Canada’s criminal also said she is concerned justice system can deal with the government is making it criminal behaviour, said harder to become a citizen, Douglas, saying the Torontowhen it should be making based council and the 231 it easier. organizations it represents The proposed changes tell

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newcomers “you are not really that welcome here,” said Go, adding the minister seems to be “questioning the loyalty of some permanent residents, when in fact the reason they moved to Canada is they want to be part of this country.” Though the government says the changes will speed up citizenship applications, Go said she doubts it, and the increased length of stay before applying means “someone here today basically has to wait eight years” for citizenship. Davenport MP Andrew Cash, a New Democrat, said the government “has failed to take action” on the backlog of citizenship applications, one of the system’s most obvious problems. “Instead of giving himself more power, the minister should focus on helping thousands of families still waiting to reunite,” he added in a release.

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��������� A FUNERAL? LOCK YOUR DOORS: POLICE ◗ATTENDING Police warned homeowners last Friday to make sure to lock doors and windows after a string of recent break-ins throughout the city, including three in North York’s 33 Division recently. The daytime break-ins targeted homes whose occupants were attending the funeral of a close family member. Funeral notification had been published in print and online. In addition to securing doors and windows, police are encouraging residents to have a family member, friend or neighbour watch their homes when attending funeral services. Anyone with information is asked to call police at 416-8083300 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-8477. SERVICES INCREASED FOR OPIOID ADDICTION Black Creek Community Health Centre (BCCHC) is increasing services for addiction to opioids, which are drugs with morphine-like effects. BCCHC has received funding from the Central Local Health Integration Network (LHIN)

to establish outreach and day treatment services for pregnant and parenting women with substance use issues. BCCHC is at Sheridan Mall at Jane Street and Wilson Avenue and Yorkgate Mall at Jane and Finch Avenue. Visit www.bcchc.com or call 416-249-8000 or 416-246-2388. ROOMS BETTER: SUNNYBROOK NICU ◗SINGLE-FAMILY

Single-family rooms in neonatal intensive care provide better outcomes than traditional open-bay designs, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre said three years after its NICU moved to the new model at the Bayview Avenue site from Sunnybrook’s Women’s College Hospital, where 12 babies were cared for in one room. The new 48-bed unit is Ontario’s only single-family room model in a Level III NICU. The new model improved family and staff satisfaction, reduced medical errors and lowered costs by $500 a day per patient. SESSIONS FOR OFF-RESERVE ABORIGINAL RESIDENTS Off-reserve aboriginal residents in North York and York

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What’s the secret to Ford’s steady support? Here are some recent data points about our mayor, that can only confound. One: Mayor Rob Ford’s approval rating has fallen, slightly, to 43 per cent according to a Forum Research poll released on the weekend. Two: on Tuesday, a small protest of women and their children, set up outside the mayor’s office, focused not on any city policy – but on Ford’s moral turpitude. The poll was released a day before and the protest came the day after Ford clarified, on YouTube, that he’d lied about using crack cocaine because he was “embarrassed,” as many people would be under the circumstances, and so chose to lie... as people, he said, do. And it all came days after Ford decided to drop all pretense about scheduling conflicts surrounding the Pride parade and out himself as what is effectively a homophobe, trying to haul down rainbow flags and snubbing World Pride as a matter of identity. It’s unlikely these two events will do anything to sway either the 40-odd per cent of Torontonians who continue

david nickle the city to approve of the mayor’s performance, or the undefined number of parents who can no longer conceal their disgust for the mayor. And therein lies the confounding puzzle: how it is that a man who has seemingly embraced bigotry, dishonesty and criminal substance abuse can hold the support of such a significant percentage of the city? To say that Toronto has a growing strain of conservatism is not enough. Toronto has, apparently, an unbelievably high level of tolerance for intolerance and dishonesty. That is so unbelievable, that it is unlikely to be true. What’s a more likely: many of us are deeply susceptible to locally based, retail politics. Willowdale Councillor John Filion spoke about the Ford phenomenon in his ward, where Ford did well in 2010 and still enjoys support. Filion has been described as a leftleaning councillor, insists he’s really a centrist, and has man-

aged to maintain the support of a ward whose voters have leaned to the right for two decades. Filion says he suspects many voters support Ford and himself for the same reason. “I’m a little like Rob Ford in that I’m out in the community all the time,” said Filion “They see me in the community, say, ‘that guy understands us.’ Last election, I often had people saying I’m voting for you and for Rob Ford. They basically say it because ‘we think you both care about us.’” Filion said he could see Ford winning in October, if the field is crowded and another candidate doesn’t emerge who provides the same feeling of commonality that he does, “I hope there’s someone else the public can identify with more,” said Filion. “I haven’t seen who they are yet. They really have to own their messages, or the Ford brothers will just body slam them and put them in a submission hold and throw them out of the ring.”

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students stage olympics Clockwise from top left: Andrew Short waves the Scottish Flag before Sunny View Public School’s Olympic opening ceremonies Monday; Myrtle King, student Liam Goberdhan and Susan Deokie walk for Trinidad at the opening ceremonies; Julie Kwon, left, student Hamzah Patel and Salma Joyia walk for their countries; student Kimone Mones and staff member Nancy Birkhoff walk for Jamaica; student Riynad Ahmad and staff member Kathleen Oda represent Canada; Louie Dimitrovski , left, and student Joseph Nastamagou walk for Macedonia. Sunny View, located near Lawrence and Bayview avenues, serves the needs of elementary students with physical disabilities from across the City of Toronto. Staff photos/Dan Pearce

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Backing Onto Open View, Elegant Freehold $838,800

LIS

TIN

G

SO

TIN

G

1 SHOULDICE CRT

NE

G

W

LIS

TIN

G

60 HAWKSBURY DR

Back to Ravine! Bayview Village Area $2,888,000

LD

3 REAN DR 2504

LIS

High-Demand, Prestigious St. Andrew / Windfield Area $1,099,000

226 BURBANK DR

LD

W

G

Bright Fully Renovated Home (Approx. $150K) $1,648,000

SO

W

Luxury Home On Prime Lot $2,499,000

Truly A Rate Find- Park-Like Setting Backyard $2,999,000

NE

NE

128 JOICEY BLVD

60 FIFESHIRE RD

NE

Mandarin

G

478 MELROSE AVE

Most/Highest-Demand/Outstanding Location!! $1,498,800

24 PALOMINO

LIS

Custom Built Luxury Home $1,599,000

62 KINGSDALE AVE

SO

W

G

Gorgeous Home / High Demand Location $1,099,000

NE

NE

Cantonese

**Panoramic /Spectacular View!! $468,000

SO

LD

5 NORTHTOWN 3 REAN DR WAY 25041004

**Panoramic ***Unobstructed /Spectacular PanoramicView!! View!! $325,000 $468,000 #28 in TOP Teams in Canada for the Third Quarter in 2012

#13 in Canada!


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