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Don’t use Downsview Park as ‘cash cow’

Community pleads with feds to nix development plan LISA QUEEN

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MP Olivia Chow (Trinity-Spadina), left, the Downsview Lands Community Voice Association’s Albert Krivickas, Toronto Councillor Maria Augimeri and the North York Cycling and Pedestrian Committee’s Michael Black address a media conference held Wednesday at the Rameses Shrine Temple regarding the sale of land at Downsview Park.

Community advocates and politicians are pleading with the federal government to abandon any plans to sell off more of Downsview Park to developers. “Downsview Park is created for the people of Toronto,” TrinitySpadina MP Olivia Chow said at a press conference Wednesday at the Rameses Shrine Temple on Keele Street, south of Sheppard Avenue. “Downsview Park is not created as a cash cow.” Chow stood alongside York Centre Councillor Maria Augimeri, Downsview Lands Community Voice Association Inc. (DLCVA) vice-president Albert Krivickas and Cycle Toronto member Michael Black. They all begged Ottawa to save the 50 per cent of the park not now slated for development as a legacy for present and future residents. Augimeri accused the government of treating Downsview Park like a “second-class citizen” compared to Scarborough’s Rouge Park, which is receiving $143.7 million in federal funding over 10 years and an annual budget of $7.6 million after that. The Downsview community has become more worried about addi>>>concern, page 10

Metrolinx to share public opinion on plan to extend Crosstown tunnel At the end of January, Metrolinx will hold a follow-up meeting regarding its plans to alter the eastern tunnel alignment of the EglintonScarborough Crosstown light rail

transit line. The meeting takes place in the TELUS Conference Centre, inside the Ontario Science Centre, on Thursday, Jan. 31 starting at 7 p.m. At

the meeting, Metrolinx is expected to share public feedback from its plan to extend the Crosstown’s eastern tunnel to east of Don Mills Station.

At a public meeting on the matter on Dec. 11, the plan was met with opposition from members of the community, concerned the new alignment would remove two

planned surface stops at Leslie Street and Ferrand Drive from the Crosstown’s station map. In response, Metrolinx extended >>>next, page 10


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Street art workshops heading North York teen takes Conservatory gold medal into the rainbow tunnel Mural Routes with flute performance seeks people to design and paint CN Rail tunnel

FANNIE SUNSHINE There is something about the tone of the flute that captivates Katharine Hao’s attention. A flautist since Grade 5, the North York resident spends two to three hours a day perfecting her skill on the instrument that’s been instrumental in her life for almost a decade. And that dedication has paid off, as the 17-year-old was recently awarded a national gold medal for scoring 85 per cent on the Royal Conservatory of Music’s graduate level examination in flute performance. Hao, who took the exam for Associate of The Royal Conservatory (ARCT) in flute performance, said she was “pleasantly surprised” by her medal recognition. “I decided I was ready,” she said of taking the exam. “I found out about a month ago I was to receive a medal. I didn’t know it was a really big deal until the ceremony.” Winners received their awards Sunday, Jan. 13 at Koerner Hall, in the Royal Conservatory’s TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning at Bloor Street and Avenue Road. The ARCT is a professionally recognized diploma in performance, theory or pedagogy awarded upon completion of the conservatory examination system. After studying piano when she was young, Hao switched over to flute after her mother showed her video of an orchestra performance. “She asked if I wanted to play the flute and I said yes,” she said. “I stopped playing the piano in Grade 6. The flute has such a beautiful tone the way it comes over the orchestra.”



Flautist Katharine Hao has won a national gold medal for scoring the top marks at the Royal Conservatory of Music’s graduate level examination.

Though she has yet to decide what she wants to focus on once she graduates high school, Hao said there’s a good chance it might involve teaching kids music. “Kathy is amazingly motivated and passioned musician,” said her teacher for the past three years, Gennady Gefter. “Her playing flute skills are in line with the best of her age.” Regional gold medals, handed out to musicians for scoring the top marks in

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Ontario and Quebec in annual Royal Conservatory examinations, were also awarded to North York residents James Hefferman for Grade 6 piano, Audrey Ho for Grade 3 flute, Yujene Oh for Grade 9 voice and Sharon Xinyuan Qiu for Grade 6 French horn. Eligible candidates must score at least 80 per cent on their practical examination and must have completed the co-requisite theory examinations for their respective grade and discipline.

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A public art project aimed at bringing together generations will get underway at Flemingdon Park library Feb. 23. Step x Step: Introduction to Mural Arts, a program run by Mural Routes, will offer nine free workshops on Saturdays until April 27, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 29 St. Dennis Dr. Using the nearby CN Rail “rainbow” tunnel near Don Valley Parkway and Lawrence Avenue in Milne Hollow Park as an example, participants will be encouraged to eventually volunteer to help design a mural for the tunnel’s inside come spring. “The program is basic entry level, no skills needed in mural or public art making,” said Tara Dorey, program coordinator. “It’s an introductory into what mural and street art is and why we do it.” Minimum age requirement is 14 and there isn’t a cut-off age, so Dorey hopes the project will bring together different generations. The program has 20 spots available and only a handful left, so she advises those interested to register quickly. The not-for-profit arts

Program participants will be encouraged to eventually volunteer to help design a mural for the rainbow tunnel’s inside come spring.

service organization, which focuses on the creation, development and promotion of public wall art, re-furbished the tunnel’s rainbow mural last fall. “The inner tunnel design has not been decided yet,” Dorey said. “We are hoping (project participants) will come up with some ideas.”

‘It’s an introductory into what mural and street art is and why we do it.’ – Tara Dorey While participation in helping to create the tunnel’s design is not mandatory, those signed up in Step x Step: Introduction to Mural Arts will learn basic drawing skills, with a focus on making stencils, using a canvass to

create designs, she said. The tunnel’s rainbow design has a colourful history. The rainbow was first painted about 40 years ago by Norwegian mural artist B.C. (Berg) Johnson. After injuring himself while working on the mural, rendering him unable to finish it, students from Don Mills Middle School took over and completed it. It was eventually painted over by the city, until Johnston re-painted it in 1994. Though he was arrested and slapped with a no-trespassing order, police allowed him to finish it before his arrest. Restoration of the project was needed after years of deterioration, and that’s where Mural Routes stepped in last fall. To register for Step x Step: Introduction to Mural Arts or for information, email tara@ or call 416698-7995.

Presidents’ Challenge Cup continues The Downsview Hockey Club is hosting its Presidents’ Challenge Cup Tournament for house league select teams until Sunday. The tournament features seven four-team divisions from minor novice up to

midget junior. Most of the action is at Downsview Arena, 1633 Wilson Ave., with some games also at three other North York arenas: John Booth Memorial Arena, 230 Gosford Blvd.; Roding Arena, 600 Roding

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wo big days ahead for the City of Toronto: One, the fate of Mayor Rob Ford’s appeal in his Conflict of Interest case is decided today; and two, a new Premier for the Province of Ontario will be selected on Saturday when the our view Ontario Liberal Party chooses a new leader. What will these two events Govern by mean for the city? That all what’s best depends on council, and their ability to put aside partisan politics and actually get down to for Toronto running this city. Regardless of the Ford decision, council and the mayor (whoever that might be) will have to create a relationship with the new premier. If it’s any of the three remaining Toronto contenders – Eric Hoskins, Gerard Kennedy, or Kathleen Wynne – that road might be easier to follow. They already know the ills of the city, and can quickly wrap their heads around them. Even if it’s Sandra Pupatello, the Liberal red shawl Toronto wears makes it easier. Once the Legislature is back in business, though, the opposition parties may quickly opt to defeat the Liberal minority government and send us into a provincial election, the result of which is anyone’s guess. This is precisely why council must govern based on what is best for Toronto. Party politics will only work against the city. Leave the colourful bickering to Queen’s Park and Parliament Hill. At the city level, it’s about neighbourhoods, and the day-to-day decisions that impact citizens. Toronto City Hall is where councillors should debate what is best for the city and not what is best for their political affiliations. Unfortunately, the latter seems the case most days. The brothers Ford, and their allies, are blatantly conservative. Gord Perks, Adam Vaughan and others on the left happily wave their flags. This does nothing but inflame rhetoric, and alienate Torontonians, along with potential political allies in the provincial and federal governments. Council is in the second half of its term. Whether Mayor Ford is at the helm is irrelevant. What is pressing is that all 44 councillors work together because our relationship with the province is key to the city’s future. On transit alone, having a clear vision, one that is not constantly changing, is key because whether its a Progressive Conservative, Liberal or NDP government at Queen’s Park, councillors will have to work with them. newsroom

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To the editor: I was surprised to hear the TTC is considering limiting the number of baby strollers on buses. Don’t they know families use the buses to get to work and the daycare centres? Are TTC drivers going to let a mother with one or more children stand and wait for the next two or three buses until she can get on? Maybe if the TTC purchased a good bus in the first place, we, the riders, would not have to fight for space on them. It is a ridiculous compromise design that does not really suit the needs of the people who use it. The design is all about the wheels and once you step inside, you are compressed between them. While it might have been determined to be a good thing to mix the needs of the transit riders, I think these buses were not the solution and it is obvious they are not. One has to wonder why this design of vehicle was selected in the first place. Chris Belfontaine

Students are the real casualties of Bill 115 To the editor: Here is the day in the life of a Bill 115 casualty: 8 a.m.: Arrive at school to see teachers pacing the sidewalk with “Kill the Bill!” signs. 8:30 a.m.: Knock on the office door of the English department with no response. The door is locked and students will be ignored until 8:45 a.m. 8:45 to 8:50 a.m.: is the time slot given for communication with teachers outside of class. 8:55 a.m. (not a minute sooner): Teachers arrive to class wearing black to signify “the death of democracy”. 10:15 a.m.: Music classes are informed the concert they have been preparing for since September has been cancelled. 11:35 a.m.: Lunch period starts. Classrooms

and offices are locked tight and staff members disappear. Noon: The atmosphere in the school is tense. The cafeteria and hallways are filled with frustrated students whose normal lunchtime activities have been cancelled abruptly. 12:25 p.m.: Students prepare for the possibility school may be cancelled next class so the teachers can participate in a “day of protest”. 1:45 p.m.: On the way to fourth period, a gym teacher announces to another staff member: “If they wanted extra-curriculars so bad, they should’ve joined them outside of school”. The other staff member is quick to agree. 2 p.m.: The Grade 12 World Issues class discusses Bill 115. They are told about how rough the

teachers have it and how horrible the Liberal government has always been to them. They are asked “Well, what would you have done differently?” 3 p.m.: The ski trip that was organized in October is cancelled. Participants are told that they will get their money back soon. 3:15 p.m.: The gym doors are locked and the teachers are gone. All teams have been cancelled indefinitely. On Monday mornings, school is never a particularly welcome thing. But after waking up every day for six months to the sound of your educators protesting coming to teach you, Monday mornings past don’t seem to be complaint-worthy at all. Though students are told Bill 115 is not an issue that concerns them, I hope

the timeline above shows that it does. This bill is something students can see, feel and hear at school. We can see it in the doors that are closed in our faces after class time, feel it in the frustration and anger that comes with having clubs and sports teams cancelled and hear it in comments like “If they wanted extra-curriculars so bad, they should’ve joined them outside of school” from our supposed role models. I understand the frustration toward Bill 115, and I understand it is the union, not the teachers making these decisions. What I cannot understand is comments such as this and the attitudes behind them that are so belittling and disrespectful to students. R McCulloch

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On Stage n WHAT: ‘Love Letters’ presented by Encore Entertainment n WHEN: Runs until Feb. 3 n WHERE: Studio Theatre, Toronto Centre for the Arts, 5040 Yonge St. n TICKETS: $35.75; www. n DETAILS: The Pulitzernominated Love Letters is an entertaining and insightful look at friendship, love and life. It traces, through letters, the relationship between lawyer Andrew Makepeace Ladd III and artist Melissa Gardner. n INFO: www.encoreshows. com, n WHAT: Lidia’s Italy Live Performance n WHEN: Feb. 10, 3 p.m. n WHERE: Main Stage Theatre, Toronto Centre for the Arts, 5040 Yonge St. n TICKETS: Visit DETAILS: Celebrity chef and restaurateur Lidia Bastianich has spent the last 40 years promoting Italian culture and cuisine across North America. Her culinary roadshow comes to Canada in this debut. n INFO: n WHAT: Theatre @ York presents ‘playGround: Fringe Festival of New Plays in Development’ n WHEN: Feb. 12 to 15 n WHERE: Joseph G. Green Studio Theatre, York University, 4700 Keele St. n TICKETS: $7 per show; Call the box office at 416736-5888 n DETAILS: playGround is created and produced by undergraduate students in

installation, Minute is a bilingual title. In French, the artist refers to time, but in English, he refers to scale. Gallery hours are Tuesday to Friday noon to 3 p.m., Saturday 1 to 4 p.m. n INFO: 416-487-6721, gallery n WHAT: Organic Alterations by Ian Alter n WHEN: Feb. 6 to March 4 n WHERE: Joseph D. Carrier Art Gallery, 901 Lawrence Ave. W. n INFO:

The art of Nick Biagini and Domenic Piluso is featured from Feb. 6 to March 6 at the Joseph D. Carrier Art Gallery in the Columbus Centre, 901 Lawrence Ave. W. The men began their friendship while growing up in the Danforth and Coxwell area of Toronto. The friendship continued into adulthood. One night, Biagini and Piluso began to discuss their passions: Biagini for painting and Piluso for photography. They explored how to mesh their two disciplines into a form of art, and the photography/painting collaboration between the two artists emerged. For this exhibit, A Taste of Italy, Piluso and Biagini focused on iconic buildings then to transfer the photographs buildings onto canvas, with Biagini adding oil paint to sections of the canvas. The result is a form of contemporary art that combines the realism of a photograph and the texture of an oil painting.

the Department of Theatre. Now in its 21st season, this student-produced fringe fest features original works and works-in-progress by up-and-coming playwrights, directors, designers and performers. In keeping with the spirit of playGround, the pieces reflect an uncurbed spirit, a humourous undertone and a risk-taking mindset. n INFO: http://theatre. n WHAT: ‘Something to Offer’, a play in celebration of Black History Month n WHEN: Feb. 16 at 7:30 p.m.; Feb. 23 at 7:30 p.m. n WHERE: Studio Theatre, Toronto Centre for the Arts, 5040 Yonge St. n TICKETS: $34.50 and $50; n DETAILS: After spending five years in prison for aggravated assault, Justin

Williams makes a personal vow that he would never be like his dad. Then one day be becomes the father of a boy and before he knows it, some of the same patterns of behaviour he hated in his father start to manifest themselves in him. n INFO: n WHAT: ‘Villains and Vixens’, produced by Angelwalk Theatre n WHEN: Feb. 20, 8 p.m. n WHERE: Studio Theatre, Toronto Centre for the Arts, 5040 Yonge St. n TICKETS: $36.25; www. n DETAILS: From Javert in Les Misérables to Sally Bowles in Cabaret, a night celebrating the Villains we love to hate and the Vixens we dare to love. n INFO:,


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presented by Teatron Theatre n WHEN: Feb. 27 to March 10 n WHERE: Studio Theatre, Toronto Centre for the Arts, 5040 Yonge St. n TICKETS: Visit n DETAILS: Jack Shore is appearing in a tribute to his grandfather, Jacob Shemerinsky, star of the Yiddish Theatre. Backstage in his dressing room, Jack confronts his challenges as an actor and as a husband to his co-starring wife. Simultaneously, 75 years in the past, Jacob has problems of his own. n INFO:, www.tocentre. com

art n WHAT: Focus, Korean Toronto Photo Club 14th

Exhibition n WHEN: Feb. 1 to 28 n WHERE: North York Central Library, 5120 Yonge St. n ADMISSION: Free n INFO:, 416-395-5535 n WHAT: Oil Paintings, Figures and Landscapes, by John Rzewuski n WHEN: Feb. 1 to 28 n WHERE: Don Mills Library, 888 Lawrence Ave. E. n ADMISSION: Free n INFO:, 416-395-5710 n WHAT: Minute de Vie (Small Things of Life), an exhibit by Laurent Vaillancourt n WHEN: Feb. 5 to March 8 n WHERE: Glendon Manor, Glendon College, York University, 2275 Bayview Ave. n DETAILS: A mixed media

n WHAT: Nature and City: Toronto & Surroundings n WHEN: Feb. 5 to March 4 n WHERE: Joseph D. Carrier Art Gallery, 901 Lawrence Ave. W. n DETAILS: An art photo show by Janos Gardonyi n INFO:

music n WHAT: Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra Winter Concert n WHEN: Feb. 3, 7:30 p.m. n WHERE: George Weston Recital Hall, Toronto Centre for the Arts, 5040 Yonge St. n TICKETS: $16 to $27 n DETAILS: The TSO’s RBC resident conductor Shalom Bard conducts a program featuring soloist Nicole Li, a TSYO Concerto On & Off the Wall runs monthly in the North York Mirror. If you have a local arts event to submit please send an email to nym@insidetoronto. com. The deadline for the March column is Feb. 15.

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Calendar it's happening n Friday, Jan. 25

Bridge and Euchre WHEN: Noon to 3:30 p.m. WHERE: Parkwoods United Church, 85 Parkwoods Village Dr. CONTACT: Ann Patterson, ann. COST: Free For those 50 years and older. Weekly.

n Friday, Jan. 25

Shabbat Shirah WHEN: 7:15 p.m. WHERE: Temple Sinai Congregation of Toronto, 210 Wilson Ave. CONTACT: Temple Office, 416-487-4161,, office@ COST: Free Celebrate Shabbat Shirah with the Temple Sinai Ensemble Choir and Band.

n Saturday, Jan. 26

Icewave GTA/Toronto Beach Volleyball Event for SickKids WHEN: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. WHERE: Beach Blast, 15 Leswyn Rd. (off Orfus Rd.) CONTACT: Rosanne O’Neill, 416-237-0123, www., info@ COST: $450 per team The 17th anniversary indoor beach volleyball event for SickKids with three Saturdays to choose from: Jan. 26, Feb. 2 and

looking ahead n Thursday, Feb. 14

Pianist Mboya Nicholson presents Duke & Monk WHEN: 12:30 p.m. WHERE: North York Central Library Auditorium, 5120 Yonge St. CONTACT: 416-395-5639 COST: Free Pianist Mboya Nicholson from the TorontoJazzBuzz company, will demonstrate how stride pianists and ragtime music influenced the styles of jazz greats Duke Ellington and Thelonious Monk. Call to register. Seating is limited. Check out our complete online community calendar by visiting Read weeks of listings from your North York neighbourhoods as well as events from across Toronto. Feb. 9. Visit the website for an entry form and online fundraising. Shabbat Morning Family Service WHEN: 10:30 a.m. WHERE: Temple Sinai Congregation of Toronto, 210 Wilson Ave. CONTACT: 416-487-4161, www.templesinai. net, COST: Free Jazz Piano Concert with Mb0oya Nicholson WHEN: 2 to 4 p.m. WHERE: St. George on Yonge Anglican, 5350 Yonge St. CONTACT: Chris Hayward, 416-225-1922,, the.haywards@ COST: $10 general,

$8 students/seniors at the door Coffee House WHEN: 7 to 10 p.m. WHERE: Willowdale Christian Reformed Church, 70 Hilda Ave. CONTACT: 416-221-7829 COST: Donation An evening of music and dessert, plus a silent auction to raise money for Toronto City Mission.

n Sunday, Jan. 27

To B’Shvat Seder and Feast of Food, Words, Art and Music WHEN: 5:30 to 10 p.m. WHERE: 18 Wynford Dr., Main Floor CONTACT: Roby Sadler, 416-3853910,, roby@ COST: Non-members: $15 plus potluck contribution A short fruit, nuts and wine ceremony will be followed by a potluck dinner and the sharing of poetry, readings, humour and music by our members. Accent on Youth Concert WHEN: 11 a.m. WHERE: Temple Sinai Congregation of Toronto, 210 Wilson Ave. CONTACT: 416487-4161,, COST: Free Featuring the Kachol Lavan Choir and the Temple Sinai Youth Choir. An Evening with Dr. Mordechai Kedar WHEN: 7:30 p.m. WHERE: Temple Sinai Congregation of Toronto, 210 Wilson Ave. CONTACT: 416-487-4161, www.templesinai. net, COST: Free Dr. Kedar is an Israeli scholar of Arabic literature and a lecturer at Bar-Ilan University.

n Monday, Jan. 28

North York Garden Club WHEN: 8 to 9 p.m. WHERE: St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, 3200 Bayview Ave. CONTACT: Pat Cappelli, 647-296-0402,, patcappelli@ COST: Free Advice from Ian McCullum of Woodhill Garden Centre.

n Tuesday, Jan. 29

Satellite at Sinai: Live from New York, An Evening with Al Gore WHEN: 7:30 p.m. WHERE: Temple Sinai Congregation of Toronto, 210 Wilson Ave. CONTACT: 416-487-3281, www.templesinai. net, education@templesinai. net COST: Members $10, nonmembers $15 Listen via satellite. Pay at the door. Refreshments served.

n Thursday, Jan. 31

‘Turn Off Your Phone, It’s Dinnertime!’ with Author Terry Keenleyside WHEN: 1 to 2 p.m. WHERE: Downsview Library, 2793 Keele St. CONTACT: Diana, 416-3955720, COST: Free Call or email to register.

n Friday, Feb. 1

Pizza and Prayer WHEN: 6:30 p.m. WHERE: Temple Sinai Congregation of Toronto, 210 Wilson Ave. CONTACT: 416-487-3281, www.templesinai. net, COST: $4 to $9 Friday night service for families

with children aged 8 to 11. RSVP by noon Jan. 31.

n Saturday, Feb. 2

Meet Writer in Residence Alissa York WHEN: 2 to 3 p.m. WHERE: North York Central Library Auditorium, 5120 Yonge St. CONTACT: Register at 416-395-5639 COST: Free

n Sunday, Feb. 3

Documentary Film: ‘The Phenomenon Bruno Groening’ WHEN: 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. WHERE: Better Living Health and Community Services Recreation Centre, 1 Overland Dr. CONTACT: Circle for Spiritual Aid to Life, 647-834-3074, www., COST: Free

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egendary Broadway director Hal Prince once said that for a successful play all you need are two tables and a passion. With that in mind, Encore Entertainment is offering an early Valentine’s treat with their staging of A.R. Gurney’s funny and touching play Love Letters. The play is presented by actors simply seated at a pair of desks reading letters, tracing a friendship that begins in childhood and continues for decades. It may sound dry as toast but very quickly you get caught up in the ongoing relationship and when you have two committed performers at the helm, the journey offers a satisfying feast of emotional highs and lows as we glimpse into the lives of two very different characters. Andrew Makepeace Ladd and Melissa Gardner meet as chil-

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and Donna Jacobs. No matter which couple you see, you are in for an emotional roller coaster as the play has many funny exchanges as well as some touching moments as it speeds along to the heartbreaking conclusion. Garbe easily captures the rambunctious free-spirited nature of the budding artist Melissa, balanced by Karch as the down-toearth lawyer/politician Andrew. The two build an almost instant rapport and when Andrew and Melissa hit a few bumpy patches in their sometimes tumultuous relationship and stop answering each other’s letters, the silence communicates volumes. Then it starts up again with more letters, pleading for a reply, an answer, a hint that they are still connected. Director Jacqui Burke has

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Concern raised about park’s fate >>>from page 1 tional development at Downsview Park after the government announced last month that the park is being handed over to Canada Lands Company, Krivickas said. Canada Lands’ mandate is to manage, redevelop and/or sell government properties no longer needed. “This is Canada’s land. This is our land,” he said, adding millions of dollars from Downsview land sold years ago for big box store development that was supposed to help fund the park was diverted elsewhere. Augimeri and Chow are sending a letter to Public Works Minister Rona Ambrose urging her to honour previous commitments to protect at least 50 per cent of the park and to dedicate revenue from land sales to sustaining the park rather than going into general government coffers. Further, they want the daily operation, financial management and maintenance of the

park put in the hands of a new arms-length body made up of community representatives, park users and area politicians. Augimeri said the press conference was held now in response to Canada Lands’ takeover and in advance of a 10-day Ontario Municipal Board hearing beginning Feb. 18 for the future Stanley Greene neighbourhood in the park. “This is a last-ditch effort to save this huge, precious land,” she told The Mirror. Manon Lapensee, Canada Lands’ director of communications, said the organization won’t address issues raised at the press conference because the organization is still in the process of evaluating Downsview Park’s future. “It’s still early days for us,” she said. “We’re proceeding with our analysis. We want to take the time to do it right.” The organization doesn’t know when it will announce any decision, Lapensee

said. “Certainly, (it will be) this year,” she said. “We’re working as quickly as we can because we know there are a lot of people interested in what we’re doing but, again, we want to get it right.” Augimeri said Chow headlined the press conference because she is a forceful voice in Ottawa and because Downsview MPs have “completely failed” the community by not bringing their concerns to Parliament Hill. York Centre MP Mark Adler, whose ward includes the park, was too busy to discuss issues arising from the press conference with The Mirror, a staff member with his constituency office said Wednesday afternoon. Instead, he emailed a statement. “The new governance m o d e l w i l l s t re n g t h e n accountability, ensuring the sustainability of Parc Downsview Park. These changes are being under-

taken in a way to ensure and strengthen the long-term viability of Parc Downsview Park,” the email said. “More will be known once a strategic review has been completed and the Board and Management of Canada Lands Company have had an opportunity to thoroughly review the operations of Parc Downsview Park.” Meanwhile, York West MP Judy Sgro said in a letter last month in response to Canada Lands’ takeover that she is increasingly concerned about the fate of the park, given the organization’s mandate to sell surplus government property. “I suspect the outcome will be the construction of 20,000 or even 30,000 new housing units over the next 20 years,” she said, stressing she has no specific knowledge that will happen. Sgro urged residents to share their concerns about Downsview Park’s future with Adler.

Silent films screened at St. John’s York Mills St. John’s York Mills Anglican Church, 19 Don Ridge Dr., will host its 10th annual Silent Film Series starting Saturday, Feb. 2. Clyde Bruckman and Buster Keaton’s The General will be shown at 7:30 p.m. The series will continue on Saturday, March 2 at 7:30 p.m.

Internationally acclaimed silent film accompanist William O’Meara will provide improvised accompaniment on the organ. Admission is free. Donation proceeds from the evenings will be directed to FaithWorks. For information, visit or call 416225-6611.

Next steps for tunnel alignment to be shared >>>from page 1 the period for online consultations to Jan. 21 and announced the Jan. 31 meeting when it will share the feedback it received as well as discuss the next steps for the eastern tunnel alignment’s modification. In December, Metrolinx spokesperson Jamie Robinson said any proposed changes to the line require an adden-

dum to the Crosstown’s 2010 environmental assessment approval, which must then be endorsed by the agency’s board of directors before being sent to the minister of the environment for final approval, expected to be in the spring of 2014.


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Parents learn about French language courses Parents wishing to enrol their kids in any of the Toronto Catholic District School Board’s extended French programs in September are invited to attend one of a series of information meetings over the next few months. The Extended French Program is available to students beginning in Grade 5. Parent meetings are scheduled at the following

schools on the following dates in North York: n Wednesday, Feb. 20 at 7 p.m. at St. Bonaventure, 1340 Leslie St., 416-3935263 n Thursday, March 7 at 7 p.m. at St. Margaret, 85 Carmichael Ave., 416-3935249 n Thursday, March 21 at 7 p.m. at St. Timothy, 25 Rochelle Cr., 416-393-5298 Registration at all ele-

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n Celebrate Family Literacy Day in North York The Toronto Catholic District School Board is hosting a series of open houses at Parenting and

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North York Catholic Schools with literacy learning centres: • St. Charles Garnier Catholic School, 20 Stong Ct. • St. Francis de Sales Catholic School, 333 Firgrove Cr. • Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic School, 125 Glenmount Ave.

n Fellowship in dementia announced at Toronto Memory Program A doctor will be chosen to build a career as an investigator in the field of drug research into dementia, thanks to a new one-year fellowship announced Thursday by North York’s Toronto Memory Program, the Alzheimer Society of Ontario and drug company Pfizer Canada. The fellowship will take place at the Toronto Memory Program,

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York University will have a new hands-on business law internship program for the university’s Osgoode Hall law students this year. Canadian law firm McCarthy Tétrault LLP donawted $150,000 to help create the program, which will be a joint initiative of Osgoode Hall Law School and the Schulich School of Business at York University. Up to five students a year will be placed in for-profit or not-for-profit organizations from May to August starting this year.

n North York YMCA prominent fixture for pair of leadership honourees A pair of residents – one the first woman from the YMCA of Greater Toronto to do so – with strong ties to the North York YMCA have received the YMCA Fellowship of Honour medal for outstanding leadership.

on display n North York artist to be featured at Wychwood Barns Gallery A new collection of artwork by North York artist Julia Hacker will be on display at Wychwood Barns Gallery early next month. The exhibition, called The Wonderment of Life, reflects her travels through life with a curious eye. The show runs Feb. 1 from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Feb. 2 and 3 from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 76 Wychwood Ave., near Christie Street and St. Clair Avenue West. After running youth programs for the YMCA in some of the city’s most underserviced areas, Judith Levkoe went on to become program director for the North York YMCA. George E. Rodger was hired as a fellowship student in Halifax in 1962, starting his career with the YMCA of Greater Toronto five years later as a youth worker and camp director. He would eventually rise to the position of vice president, financial and

Bayview-York Mills resident Julia Hacker (‘Spring Rain in Ottawa’ featured above) is an artist who has an exhibition coming up at the start of February at the Wychwood Barns Gallery.

facility development. He was also instrumental in creating the North York YMCA, the first YMCA to be built in the city in 70 years. The YMCA Fellowship of Honour was established in 1978 as the highest recognition for YMCA volunteers and staff and is presented every three to four years by the Governor General of Canada. The awards were handed out Tuesday during a ceremony in Ottawa.

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Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital has launched an online contest to raise awareness of childhood disabilities. Those entering filmpossible 2013 can submit a two-minute video or a photo that shows how kids with disabilities experience life, focusing on both the ordinary, and sometimes extraordinary. Entrants can be bold, tender and hilarious. Winners will be determined by a panel of celebrity judges, including singer/song writer Justin Hines, as well as public voting. Submissions will be accepted until Sunday, March 17. Grand prizes include $5,000 for the top video and $1,000 for the top photo. To enter, vote or for information, visit

a community based medical facility specializing in diagnosis and treatment of Alzheimer’s. The facility is located northwest of Don Mills and York Mills roads.

Family Literacy Centres across Toronto Monday to celebrate Family Literacy Day. Literacy activities for families with young children from birth to 6 years of age include singing songs together and story time. Families have the opportunity to meet other families in their community, and there will be free refreshments.

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