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DAVID NICKLE dnickle@insidetoronto.com The fight over cuts to Toronto Fire Services and an unfulfilled promise to cut recreation fees for adults in the city’s priority centres will likely be fought on the floor of council next week, according York Centre Councillor James Pasternak. The councillor and budget committee member said council will have to be the final arbiter, after his attempts to alter the budget were rebuffed at the final meeting of the city’s budget committee yesterday. Pasternak had hoped to send the proposed cuts to Toronto Fire Services on to today’s Executive Committee

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Pasternak vows city’s budget battle not over meeting without recommendation, because he said the budget committee had insufficient information to make the cuts. And he had tried through several motions to have recreation fees for adults waived in recreation facilities located in priority centres. “That was a council directive (to remove adult recreation fees) and I’m a little surprised at the pushback at budget,” said Pasternak. “We’re going to have to fix that at council – we’re going to have to fix a few other things.” Pa s t e r n a k m a d e t h e motions after city staff revealed Toronto’s annual budget surplus from 2012 was much higher than anticipated, sitting at $232 million. He argued that under the circumstances, the city didn’t necessarily need to make cuts to Toronto Fire Services that involve shutting down a station and not filling 100 positions. And he said the city needed to make good on a

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Winter food drive fails to meet targets North York Harvest Food Bank (NYHFB) has fallen short of its collection goals for the Winter Food Drive. With the drive wrapping up Monday, Jan. 7, numbers stand at 203,336 pounds of food and $210,000. The goal was to collect 240,000 pounds of food and $240,000. A previous story regard-

ing a food drive update had said monetary collection was $211,800, but that figure, provided by NYHFB, included numbers not related to the drive, said spokesperson Juneeja Varghese. The food bank is facing a 19 per cent increase in demand, which closely reflects post-recession levels

of 2008. NYHFB is the primary food bank in northern Toronto, distributing 1.6 million pounds of food in 2011 to 60 community programs. The food bank’s catchment area is bounded by Steeles Avenue, Victoria Park Avenue, St. Clair Avenue/ Eglinton Avenue and Hwy. 27.

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WEST-END BATTLE: Chaminade College’s Keelan Harrold, right, is fouled in the act of shooting by Archbishop Romero Cartholic Secondary School’s Javonte Wilmont during Toronto District Catholic Athletic Association senior boys’ basketball action at Chaminade on Tuesday. Romero went on to win the game 63-52.

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Ron White collects shoes for needy Torontonians FANNIE SUNSHINE fsunshine@insidetoronto.com Ron White was walking along Yonge Street when he noticed a homeless man sitting on the sidewalk with his toes sticking out of his shoes. “It’s crazy,” the high-end shoe designer said. “You buy new shoes and leave the old ones behind, and sometimes they are still in good shape.” White then decided to ask his clients to bring in shoes to donate to organizations dealing with those less fortunate, with the initiative eventually evolving to celebrities such as Hilary Duff and Paul Anka donating their footwear to help boost the collection to more than 30,000 pairs to date. “It’s now the largest shoe drive in the country,” said White at the launch of his 17th annual shoe drive inside his Yorkdale Shopping Centre store last Thursday. The launch included a display of shoes signed and donated by celebrities, from the likes of Matt Damon, Celine Dion and Kevin Spacey, that help raise awareness of the cause. Celebrities who donated this year include Rachel McAdams, David Spade, Sarah McLachlan and Laureen Harper. The public can drop off gently worn men’s, women’s

‘People take something like shoes for granted and assume everyone has some. It’s giving a small hand up to people who are struggling.’ – John Tory and children’s shoes at any Ron White shoe store until Sunday, Feb. 10. The shoes will then be cleaned and donated to shelters and organizations in need. This year’s charity partners include North York-based New Circles and Ve’ahavta, along with Dress for Success, Streethealth and Halton Women’s Place. As a thank you, donors will receive a $25 credit towards a future purchase at Ron White Shoes. “This is our second year participating in the shoe drive,” said Robyn Segall, manager of marketing and PR and interim general manager of Ve’ahavta. “The shoes donated will be distributed to the men and women living on the streets of Toronto. In the harsh winter months in Toronto frostbite is a serious issue and can

result in infection or in the most serious cases can even be fatal. Having warm dry socks and shoes can make a significant difference for those who need it most. We are grateful to be one of the participating charities in this shoe drive.” Winter footwear is especially needed, White said, adding the goal is to collect thousands of shoes by the drive’s end. Civic leader John Tory said he was more than happy to donate a pair of his shoes to such an important cause. “I’ve known Ron a long time and he does so much in the community,” he said. “People take something like shoes for granted and assume everyone has some. It’s giving a small hand up to people who are struggling.” Jane Craig, executive director of New Circles, said her organization gives away 10,000 pairs of shoes annually so any donation helps. “The need is always great and growing, particularly for men and children’s shoes,” she said. “Thirty-four per cent of our clients are children.” With a catchment area of Flemingdon Park, Thorncliffe Park and Victoria Village, New Circles sees about 100 new clients a month, Craig said. n For information, visit www. ronwhitefoundation.com

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feast of the epiphany: Above, magician Mike D’urzo, left, levitates a table with help from Leah Moses, 8, during the La Befana Brunch at Villa Colombo Sunday. An appearance by La Befana is a traditional part of the celebrations of the Feast of the Epiphany on Jan. 6 each year. The folkloric character is a witch who arrives on her broomstick during the night of Jan. 5 and fills children’s holiday stockings with gifts. Right, la Befana greets children with treats. Photos/Nancy Paiva

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net action: York Lions Alexander Duncan-Thibault spikes the ball past Sherbrooke Vert Et Or blockers during the 34th annual Excalibur Classic Tournament Thursday at York University. The Lions defeated Vert Et Or 25-14, 25-16, 25-16 and ultimately wound up with silver.

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oronto council must understand the future of the Gardiner Expressway is a significant consideration. The Gardiner’s place in Toronto’s transportation infrastructure is an issue that needs to go beyond next week’s budget deliberations. It can’t just habitually resurface when a piece of concrete falls from it. Council needs to identify a comprehensive plan. Council must move forward with the Environmental Assessment (EA) process that began under the previous administration exploring tearing down the Gardiner east of Jarvis Street. That EA was shelved, however, after the 2010 municipal election – despite no council order to do so. That the budget committee voted Tuesday to resume the EA, originally authorized in July 2008 at a cost of $7.69 million, is reason for optimism. our view Council must have the best information available. The EA Gather info will present those options. to make best The Gardiner is well-used. It is busy. And it is aging. Currently decision about $500 million is proposed for the roadway over the next 10 years. Engineers have raised significant concerns that the eastern portion’s safety will be compromised by the end of the decade should those repairs not be made. Those dollars are significant. Most recently, Toronto’s budget committee asked for a report on the pros and cons of selling or leasing the Gardiner. That, too, is an impactful proposal. There are important questions for council to consider. How should we expect our major roadways to operate? How do any of the proposals for the Gardiner fit in with other planned transportation improvements, such as light rail? What kinds of impacts can our communities expect? The Gardiner is a large piece of Toronto’s existing transportation infrastructure. According to Waterfront Toronto figures from 2008, some 200,000 drivers use it daily west of the core. That number is 120,000 east of Jarvis. It’s a significant east-west corridor, serving not only residents of the city, but the Greater Toronto Area. But in many respects this is the ultimate neighbourhood issue – one that has an impact beyond even the 14 Toronto neighbourhoods the roadway actually touches. The pressures of gridlock, only expected to intensify, have far-reaching impacts – into all of our neighbourhoods. Council must gather the best information to confront that reality. newsroom

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To the editor: The majority of people who live in the 905 area work in Toronto. Most of them drive on our roads on a daily basis to and from work. Former mayor David Miller had seen it fit to just punish Torontonians by imposing the much-hated $60 license tax. Mayor Rob Ford had seen it differently and he did the right thing by removing that tax. I do hope the relevant authorities let the people who use the Gardiner Expressway shoulder the responsibility by paying for its repairs. This burden shouldn’t be on Torontonians, most of whom do not travel on that road. Kenneth Singh

Snow-covered park inspires big smiles for everyone

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’ve had this big smile on my face since that snowfall on Boxing Day. Alas, the milder temperatures are slowly melting away much of that beautiful white carpet and the smile as well, it saddens me to say. I hope that Boxing Day blast was not the end of our winter. But if it was, well, it’s one more than we got all last year and it sure was fun while it lasted. So was the smile. I’m guessing I’m not the only one around here who feels that way. I came across countless others in my neighborhood with the same look on their faces over the holidays. Big smiles were on plentiful display, particularly in Cedarvale Ravine, which was jam-packed with them throughout the break. There were big smiling joggers. There were big smiling baby stroller pushers.

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There were big smiling cross country skiers. There were big smiling bird-watchers. There were big smiling people walking their dogs. There were big smiling dogs walking their people. There were big smiling rabbits. A big smiling fox made a cameo appearance. And big smiling hockey players and big smiling pleasure skaters were abundant in the new big smiling outdoor rink. Yeah, Cedarvale Ravine was a veritable big smilefest, alright. But the highlight for me. hands down, was the big smiling kids tobogganing.

When it came to big smiles, these kids were in a class all their own. I had to take my hat off to them. Actually, for the record, it wasn’t a hat, it was a tuque. And I didn’t really take it off. I don’t dare take off a tuque in company. My hair’s nothing to write home about at the best of times, but after a tuque comes off? Fuggedaboutit. It just looks plain weird. But I digress. Back to the tobogganers. They had some wild moves, these kids. I used to love tobogganing when I was their age but I don’t remember doing of any of the fancy stuff they were doing. During the entire time I was watching I don’t think I saw any of them go downhill in the conventional way. They went face first, backwards, sideways, upside down, downside up; they did spinneramas,

they went over mini-jumps. They were truly a sight to behold. And the best part of the sight I was beholding? Their unmistakable facial expressions throughout it all. They raised the bar for snow-induced big smiles. They took them to a whole new level. I can’t wait for it to snow again to see if I can match their output. But I know I’ve got my work cut out for me. They’re going to be a tough act to follow. And for the simplest of reasons. You see, it wasn’t an act at all. As one who has experienced a lifetime of big winter smiles, they flow naturally. They come with the snow-covered territory. n Jamie Wayne is a lifelong columnist, who takes writing very seriously. The topics? Not so much. His column appears every Thursday. Contact him at jamie.wayne@sympatico.ca

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De Sario 2012 light show raises $14,500 for hospital While Pat De Sario is appreciative of any amount her family receives for their annual fundraiser for The Hospital for Sick Children, she’s a little disappointed numbers did not surpass last year’s total. This year, $14,512.25 was collected, down from $16,000 the previous year, she said. “Last year was our biggest ever,” De Sario said. “This year we did have a few rainy days so people just went by in their cars, or maybe people are having a hard time (financially) this year.” For the past 13 years, the De Sarios Benjamin Boake Trail home has lit up for the Christmas season, which

‘People just put what they can and we really appreciate that. We want to thank everyone for coming out and supporting our cause.’ – Pat De Sario serves as a fundraiser for The Hospital for Sick Children. The De Sarios spent time at the downtown hospital after their daughter was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes years ago. After a month of preparation and 150 hours of work, the lights were

turned on Nov. 25 and shut off Jan. 6. New to the display this year was an inflatable Charlie Brown and a pair of penguins, along with old favourites Mickey and Minnie Mouse and Snoopy. But the inflatables make up just part of the impressive display, as thousands of lights adorn the hard-tomiss house. “We are still happy with the amount we raised,” De Sario said. “It’s been the best two years so far. People just put what they can and we really appreciate that. We want to thank everyone for coming out and supporting our cause.” The family puts out a donation box and more than $90,000 has been raised to date for the downtown hospital.

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t happens often in both churches and synagogues: the board is searching for a new minister or rabbi, someone young with fresh ideas who will appeal to the younger people in the community. Once the perfect candidate is selected and tries to implement changes needed to increase membership, the board becomes polarized and seems to do everything it can to block the new leader from carrying out any kind of plan. That’s the situation faced by Rabbi Sam in this perceptive play by Charlie Varon, and brought to vivid life for its Toronto premiere by director Ari Weisberg. In a richly layered performance by Ron Boyd, Rabbi Sam sets about trying to win over the board with his plan to reinvent Judaism for the 21st century. You would think the board of a synagogue facing declining membership would welcome such an opportunity,

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RAHUL GUPTA rgupta@insidetoronto.com Hundreds of millions of dollars for subway expansion are at stake should Toronto City Council vote against building a casino, according to a report released by a local taxpayers group. The report by the Toronto Taxpayers Coalition calls on council to approve a casino for the city which would generate $400-million annually – enough to pay for one new subway station and one kilometre of track every year. Coalition spokesperson Mathew McGuire said the significant amount of money for new transit could be attained through hosting fees – estimated at $50 to $100-million – plus revenues gained from licensed gaming tables in restaurants and bars and through expanded online gaming. “You can have $400 million in new revenue every year from a casino to build subways without raising taxes

one dime,” said McGuire, president of the coalition. City council, which will vote on the issue this spring, can ensure maximum revenues by leveraging the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation’s (OLG) stated preference for Toronto as the location for a new casino, said McGuire. “OLG wants a casino in Toronto and it will pay hosting fees to represent that,” he said. “Toronto can capitalize on our influence to negotiate for a large fee.” But while the report, released Jan. 5, extols the benefits of a potential casino, it’s short of data showing how it came up with the $400-million figure. McGuire called the number a “best-case scenario” that takes into account certain variables such as the size and future location of a casino. He said a team of interns had looked into casino revenues, but was not able to provide specific sources they contacted through the course of

their research. The report concerned Toronto-Danforth Councillor Mary Fragedakis, a casino opponent, who said the estimates presented by the coalition are not in line with the current proposal. “The formula for the OLG is to give three per cent as a hosting fee,” said Fragedakis. “That’s significantly less than whatever numbers they’re throwing out there.” She said any potential monetary benefits from a casino would be offset by a rise in crime and other social ills. “If the crime that is attached in having casinos in cities is anything to go by, we could presumably be spending more on policing,” she said. The city is holding several public consultations for the casino question throughout the month and is also giving residents the opportunity to offer online feedback until Jan. 25. For more information visit www.toronto.ca

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The operator of a dog rescue company wanted by police for allegedly hanging a dog inside Toronto Animal Services in North York has turned herself in. On Aug. 24, police allege a woman walked into Toronto Animal Services on Sheppard Avenue, east of Keele Street, with a Shar Pei male adult dog for the purpose of handing the animal over to the facility. She then allegedly killed the dog by hanging it from a leash she had brought. The woman then left the scene, police said. Police said employees managed to bring the dog

down but he was already dead. An investigation by Toronto Animal Services was conducted internally before police were called in December. Rita Mueller, 50, of Bolton, turned herself in at 31 Division early last Friday. She is charged with killing or injuring animal other than cattle; cause or permit unnecessary pain or injury or suffering to an animal or bird and disobey court order. Mueller also operates a dog rescue company called Scooby’s Dog House and Rescue in Caledon.

Woman, 47, hit by bus on Steeles Avenue A woman is in hospital after she was hit by a TTC bus yesterday. Police said the woman, 47, was struck at Steeles Avenue and Signet Drive, near Weston Road, as she attempted to cross the

street just before 7 a.m. She was briefly trapped under the bus and was taken to hospital for treatment of leg injuries, police said. No charges have been laid.

Police investigate shooting in North York parking lot Police are investigating after several cars were shot at in a Finch Avenue and Weston Road parking lot Monday. Three to four shots were fired around 7 p.m., police said, adding no one was

inside the vehicles at the time. A suspect description is not yet available. Anyone with information is asked to call police at 416-808-3100 or Crime Stoppers anonymously.

Teen charged in rash of car break-ins near Bathurst and Lawrence A young offender has been charged after vehicles were broken into in the Bathurst Street and Lawrence Avenue area. Police allege the accused attempted to break into six vehicles in the early hours on Sept. 10. In two breakins, a garage door opener was used to gain entry into garages, police said. A 17-year-old was arrested Dec. 29 and charged with 15

offences. He cannot be named under the Youth Criminal Justice Act. Police are urging residents in that area to check security footage from Dec. 29 and to be aware of ways their garages can be accessed. Anyone with information is asked to call police at 416-808-3200 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-8477.


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Stream Restoration to Protect Infrastructure in West Don River Municipal Class Environmental Assessment Notice of Study Completion Study Overview The City of Toronto has completed a Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (EA) study to assess where erosion has created risks to sanitary infrastructure in the west branch of the Don River through G Ross Lord Park. The objective of the study is to provide recommendations specific to the study area for channel restoration where sanitary infrastructure is in direct contact with a watercourse and has created risks to the environment and public health & safety. The City has accepted the consultant’s recommendations to address erosion concerns of the west branch of the Don River Study Area, which include: • Relocating the sanitary sewer and maintenance holes away from the channel. • Restoring ongoing erosion along the entire segment of channel in the vicinity of the sewer system. Opportunities for Review The study was carried out following the requirements for Schedule 'B' projects under the Municipal Class EA. A Project File Report has been completed and has been placed on public record for a 30-day review period starting January 3, 2013 ending February 1, 2013. It will be available for review online (see project website) or at the following location: Centennial Library, 578 Finch Ave. W., 416-395-5490 If you have any outstanding issues about this project, please address them to the City staff listed below and we will attempt to seek a mutually acceptable resolution. Mae Lee Senior Public Consultation Coordinator Public Consultation Unit City of Toronto Metro Hall, 19th Fl. 55 John St. Toronto, ON M5V 3C6

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ayor Rob Ford was back in court Monday, this time sitting quietly in an Osgoode Hall courtroom as his lawyer Alan Lenczner made a final pitch for his job. Newspaper deadlines being what they are, by the time you read this, it is entirely possible the three judge Divisional Court panel will have decided on Ford’s appeal of the conviction by Justice Charles Hackland. Monday was not so much about the future, but what has gone before. 12-1898

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no new evidence Being an appeal, there was no new evidence, no testimony and a surfeit of arcane legal arguments, which was as it should be: Ford’s lawyer’s job was to dig into Hackland’s decision to convict Ford under the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act, and demonstrate whatever errors he might find. Lenczner took on another task, though: to present and recast the narrative of the mayor’s career on council in the kindest light possible. So when Ford spoke and voted on his own behalf

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over a recommendation to compel him to repay $3,150 in charitable donations to lobbyists, he did so, according to Lenczner, as “an honest man.” There was no subterfuge, nothing hidden. He simply had a flawed understanding of the way the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act applied to matters of personal accountability on council. It’s a narrative that seems to be an easy sell for a large number of Torontonians. Ford continues to poll well in spite of a great deal of evidence that suggests he shouldn’t. Quite apart from the February 2012 vote that led to Ford’s conviction, over the past two years the mayor has been accused of diverting his office staff to support his football coaching hobby, which he has also missed city meetings to attend. None of this came up at the appeals court, of course, because none of

this was before the court. So Lenczner could present an image of a mayor dedicated to openness and honesty, whose simple desire to help young people only occasionally affected his judgment. There was some indication that the narrative found some currency with the judges. honest mistake? Senior Justice Edward Then wondered aloud whether Ford might not have simply made an honest mistake. Clayton Ruby, the lawyer effectively prosecuting Ford on behalf of Torontonian Paul Magder, spent a good amount of time attempting to disabuse him of the notion. So in that sense, whatever the future holds for him in reality, Ford can take some comfort in the fact that the narrative he and his supporters crafted – of the stolid everyman, the only honest one at city hall – has at least survived the ordeal of his mayoralty. n David Nickle is The Mirror’s city hall reporter. His column appears every Thursday. Contact him at dnickle@insidetoronto.com

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Notice of Filing of Study Addendum Emery Creek Stormwater Quality Control Ponds Project Municipal Class Environmental Assessment The City ofToronto has completed an Addendum (update report) to the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (EA) for the Emery Creek Stormwater Quality Control Ponds Project.The Class EA was completed in December 1997 and followed Schedule C requirements of the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment planning process.The purpose of the EA was to address stormwater runoff discharges to the Humber River with the goal of improving water quality in the Humber River watershed.

Background

As presented in the 1997 Environmental Study Report (ESR), the preferred solution consisted of a stormwater management system with three stormwater quality control ponds within the floodplain at Emery Creek and the Humber River. The treatment system consisted of a sedimentation pond to remove the heavier particles and debris, a constructed wetland to remove nutrients by plant uptake, and a finishing pond to filter finer particles. Implementation of the project has been put on hold since 2002 due to the need to secure easement agreements in the study area.The City ofToronto has since purchased the required land and an Addendum has been prepared due to the lapse of more than 10 years since the completion of the 1997 Class EA ESR. The Addendum documents the review of the planning and design process from the original EA and the assessment of the current environmental setting for the project. Based on the current assessment, the addendum does not identify significant changes to the recommended solution and design for the project and confirms that the mitigation measures identified in the 1997 ESR are still valid. The addendum recommends minor modifications to the project design as follows: Relocation of a proposed access road (identified in the 1997 ESR) south of Lanyard Road along the western side of Emery Creek. New bicycle pathway connection to the existing path system from Weston Road along the proposed Emery Creek ponds. Extensive plantings around each pond as an environmental enhancement.

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The Addendum Report has been completed and placed on the public record for a 40-day review period starting December 13, 2012 and ending January 25, 2013.The Addendum Report is available for review on the project website at: toronto.ca/wes/techservices/involved/wws/stormwater_emery_creek/index.htm and at the following locations: Woodview Park Library 16 Bradstock Rd. (Weston Road, north of Sheppard Avenue) 416-395-5960

Humber Summit Library 2990 Islington Ave. (south of Steeles Avenue) 416-395-5840

If you have any outstanding issues about this project, please address them to the City staff listed below and we will attempt to seek a mutually acceptable resolution. Mae Lee (Rigmea) City of Toronto, Public Consultation Unit Metro Hall, 19th Fl., 55 John St., Toronto, ON M5V 3C6

Tel: 416-392-8210 Fax: 416-392-2974 TTY: 416-338-0889 E-mail: rigmea_lee@toronto.ca or Visit: toronto.ca/involved/projects

If concerns regarding this project cannot be resolved in discussion with the City ofToronto, a person or party may request that the Ontario Minister of the Environment make an order for the project to comply with Part II of the Environmental Assessment Act (referred to as a Part II Order), which addresses individual environmental assessments. The Minister must receive the request in writing by January 25, 2013 at the address below, and a copy must also be sent to the City contact. If no requests are received by January 25, 2013, the City may proceed with this project as outlined in the Project File Report. The Honourable Jim Bradley Minister of the Environment

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