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y graduating high school, Whitney Smith is hoping the term “atrisk” won’t be used anymore to describe teens who reside in the Jane Street and Finch Avenue area. Some 100 graduates of C.W. Jefferys Collegiate Institute, Westview Centennial Secondary School and Downsview Secondary School walked in unison from C.W. Jefferys to York University Friday, June 14, symbolizing the passage of age from high school to postsecondary education. Led by the C.W. Jefferys drum line, students and staff walked along Sentinel Road to the university, some cheering and waving pom poms during the “walk of excellence” to York’s Telus Centre for a presentation. “I wish they had done this a while back,” said Smith, who is Westview’s student council president. “We’ve been labeled at-risk and >>>WALK, page 10

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33 DIVISION OPEN HOUSE: Auxiliary officer Yichen He shows Erik Marshall, 2, the inside of a police car during an open house at 33 Division on Upjohn Road in North York Saturday. People attending could tour the police station and vehicles, see a police dog and police horse and participate in a bike rodeo.

Canada’s Next Green Journalist a North York resident FANNIE SUNSHINE Kobikah Chandran might only be in Grade 9, but she’s already

a passionate advocate for the environment. And that passion won her a national environmental journalism award. The St. Joseph’s Morrow

Park Catholic Secondar y School student placed first in the article category for ages 11 to 14 for Environmental Defence’s Canada’s Next Green

Journalist competition, and was presented with an award during a presentation Friday at her school. >>>NORTH, page 7


community of having an off-leash dog area within the Bayview Finch Hydro Corridor? The city is holding a public meeting about the proposed Monday area on the west side of Bayview Avenue south of the new bike trail and adjacent to the Bayview Arena north of Finch Avenue. The meeting will review proposals, receive input from the community and discuss next steps. It will be held Monday, June 24 at 6:30 p.m. at the Bayview Arena at 3230 Bayview. Please leave dogs at home.


Bayview-Sheppard condo proposed wA public meeting will be held this month so residents can learn more about a proposed 29-storey condo building at the northwest corner of Sheppard and Bayview avenues. The building, at 500 Sheppard, would include 310 residential units, almost 3,000 square metres (32,300

square feet) of commercial and retail space and a threelevel underground garage. The project has been revised to add an additional 700 square metres (7,500 square feet) of parkland to the existing parkette at the northwest corner of Bayview and Sheppard. The meeting will be held Wednesday, Wed. June 19 at 7 p.m. at St. Gabriel Catholic School at 396 Spring Garden Ave. northwest of Sheppard and Bayview.


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York U. volleyball star helps Canada to bronze

Toronto native Melissa Humana-Paredes, who suits up for York University’s highly touted women’s volleyball team, has had a good start to her summer. The Humberside Collegiate grad, along with her partner, Taylor Pischke of Winnipeg, won the bronze medal in beach volleyball at the U-23 World Championships in Poland June 9. The Canadian duo defeated Eliska Galova and Adela

Machova of the Czech Republic in the third-place match 19-21, 21-15, 16-14. They narrowly missed out on a shot at the gold medal with a tough 2-1 semifinal loss to a Brazilian pair, including a 23-21 loss in the third game (which normally goes up to 15). With the York Lions indoor team, Humana-Paredes has cemented herself as one of the top outside hitters in Ontario University Athletics. She is a twotime firstteam all-star and also earned CIS secondteam allCanadian honours in 2012, en route to being named York’s female athlete of the year. Day at Mel Lastman Square wCanada

If you are planning for Canada Day make sure to include Mel Lastman Square. Kick off the summer by attending the Canada Day festivities in the square. On July 1 from 5 to 10:30 p.m.,

there will be performances by world champion hoop dancer Lisa Odjig, dance company Northbuck Krumping, Zero Gravity Circus featuring aerial acrobatics, singer-songwriter She King and Juno Awardwinner Derek Miller. The celebrations will wrap up with fireworks at 10:15 p.m. Serenades at Mel Lastman Square wSunday

As for the rest of the summer, Mel Lastman Square will be swingin’ on Sundays. Beginning July 7 and running to Aug. 18, Sunday Serenades, a free weekly concert series, will be held under the stars. On summer Sundays from 7:30 to 9 p.m., you can enjoy swing, jazz and big-band music. The performance lineup is available at special_events/serenades in Library festival June 29 wChess

Chess in the Library’s (CITL) fourth annual chess festival will be held Saturday, June 29 at North York Central Library, 5120 Yonge St., from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the auditorium.

CITL is a student founded and student run organization that promotes chess by running weekly programs in libraries. The festival will be made up of a team tournament, a puzzle competition, activities with a giant chess set and a chess simulation where chess teacher Mike Ivanov will simultaneously play 20 players. To contact CITL visit Wanted woman faces charges w100+

A woman who was wanted on a Canada wide warrant for more than 100 charges, including kidnapping and armed robbery, was arrested June 12. Three people are accused of abducting a 42-year-old man from an underground parking lot of a Yonge Street and Finch Avenue condominium on Sept. 15, 2012. Dana Lee, 28, of Toronto, has been charged with 104 offences. Two other suspects were previously arrested.

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Police are trying to determine whether the weekend shooting death of a 27-year-old man is a suicide or a homicide. Police said a woman called 911 at 2:55 a.m. Sunday to report a man was found shot in a condo at 35 Empress Ave. in the Yonge Street and Sheppard Avenue area. “ When we got there, it started off as a suicide (investigation),” Toronto police spokesperson Const. Victor Kwong said. “We did find someone with a gunshot wound to the body and there was a gun beside him.” But Kwong said police soon became suspicious. They received information about a car speeding away

BACK TO SCHOOL: Above (staff photo Nick Perry), representatives from various partnering organizations, including York University, the Government of Ontario, ZAS Architects, Laing O’Rourke, and ARUP, take part in a ground breaking ceremony Monday for a new building for the Lassonde School of Engineering at York University (artist rendering at right).


Pair recovering after car ends up on its side

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PC Andrew Nanton investigates an accident in a parking lot on Bathurst Street south of Steeles Avenue Friday. A man and a woman were hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries as a result.

A man and a woman are recovering after the car they were in ended up on its side in a North York parking lot Friday. Police said the 68-year-old driver lost control of the car as it travelled southbound on Bathurst Street south of Steeles Avenue at 11:23 a.m.

The car jumped the curb, ending up on its side in a parking spot outside a McDonald’s restaurant. Paramedics took the driver and his 58-year-old female passenger to Humber River Regional Hospital’s Finch site. Both suffered non-lifethreatening injuries. Police closed off a section of the McDonald’s parking lot for nearly two hours as they investigated.

Police are investigating two sexual assaults in North York. Police said a man in a vehicle struck up a conversation with a person who was in the Keele Street and Gulliver Road area Saturday around 6:30 a.m. The driver got out of the car and sexually assaulted the victim, police said. The suspect was last seen driving north on Keele Street. The suspect is described as white with an olive complexion, 30 to 40 years old, 5’8 to 6’0 with a medium build. He had short dark thinning hair and was unshaven. He was wearing a dark waist-length jacket and light-coloured shirt and pants. He may have spoken with a slight, unspecified accent.




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from the scene. In addition, the woman who called 911 hadn’t been identified and hadn’t come forward. “Someone who calls 911 for something like this could be in shock,” Kwong said Monday. “We don’t know the reason. We’d like to speak to that person.” Kwong said police will also be canvassing the area for witnesses. “We’d also like to speak to anyone who saw this car speeding away.” The homicide squad is working on the case alongside with 32 Division. “It hasn’t been deemed a homicide yet,” Kwong said.

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The vehicle is described as a newer model four-door silver Dodge Avenger with a rear spoiler. The following day, police said a 21-year-old woman was walking in the Bayview Avenue and Burbank Drive area when she was sexually assaulted around 11:30 p.m. The suspect fled the scene on foot. The suspect is described as male, white, 20 to 27 years old with a medium build and short hair. We was wearing a white short-sleeved shirt, jeans and running shoes. For the Saturday report, anyone with information is asked to call police at 416-808-7474 or Crime Stoppers anonoymously at 416-222-8477. For the Sunday report, anyone with information is asked to call 416-808-3300 or Crime Stoppers.



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Ways to find alternative financing

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FRIDAY FARE: Cody Blyleven, of Blyleven farms, displays food for sale at the opening day of the Fairview Mall Farmers’ Market Friday. The market, established in 2009, runs every Friday from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. until Oct. 11.

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Looking for options for business financing beyond the traditional bank loan? Enterprise Toronto is hosting a free seminar on Thursday, June 27 that details a number of those options. Steven Uster of Zillidy, a private personal asset lender, will lead the seminar and introduce the types of financing available, the pros and cons to securing them, and the qualifications required to secure those funds to meet your business needs. The event takes place in Committee Room 3, in the lower level of the North York Civic Centre, 5100 Yonge St. Register at or call 416-3957416. Your Estate wMaximizing

As part of the Money Matters series, the North York Central Library is hosting a session on Estate Planning this Thursday. Guest speaker Garry R.

paul futhey business in brief Duncan, author of When I Die: Financial Planning for life and Death, will cover items to consider when dealing with an estate plan The event takes place in the library auditorium from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Registration is required. Call 416-395-5613. North York Central Library is at 5120 Yonge St. Royal LePage Century wCelebration

Royal LePage Partners is hosting an “old-fashioned” birthday party Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. at 169 Willowdale Ave. Royal LePage, founded in 1913, is celebrating its 100th birthday with barbecued hot dogs, entertainment, cake and giveaways. The first 100 people in attendance are to receive a gift, according to an announcement. There will also be a kids colouring contest.

Organizers are urging those attending to bring their pennies as a fundraiser for the North York Women’s Shelter; 100 per cent of the proceeds from the event will go toward the shelter. of Trade golf tourney wBoard

The Toronto Region Board of Trade’s annual golf tournament is on June 26. Hosted by The Country Club in Woodbridge, the event features an opportunity to connect and network, in addition to enjoying 18 holes of golf. Sign-in is at 10 a.m., and the shotgun start is at 11 a.m. Visit www. to register. The fee for a single player is $300, while a foursome is $1,100. Paul Futhey is the managing editor of The North York Mirror. Business in Brief appears every two weeks. Email him at pfuthey@inside


Going Up North This Weekend





◗ Wednesday, June 19

60th Anniversary - Lansing Cooperative Nursery School WHEN: 3 to 6 p.m. WHERE: Lansing Cooperative Nursery School, 80 Church Ave. CONTACT: Robert Merson COST: Free Historical displays and tours of the facility will be available. Activities for young children throughout the afternoon and entertainment too. Donations are being accepted to upgrade the school’s outdoor playground facilities. 2013 Ben Steinberg Musical Legacy Award – Winner Lyrit Milgram, violinist WHEN: 8 p.m. WHERE: Temple Sinai Congregation of Toronto, 210 Wilson Ave. CONTACT: Temple Office, 416487-4161,, COST: $0 Temple Sinai’s annual young artist’s award will be presented to violinist Lyrit Milgram.

◗ Thursday, June 20

Complimentary Chair Exercise Class WHEN: 10 to 11 a.m. WHERE: St. Bonaventure Church, 1300 Leslie Street CONTACT: Er, (416) 450-0892, COST: Free Class focuses on balance, coordination, strength, flexibility and posture. Facilitated by a qualified instructor.

looking ahead ◗ Monday, July 1

Canada Day Celebration and Citizenship Ceremony WHEN: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. WHERE: Black Creek Pioneer Village, 1000 Murray Ross Pkwy CONTACT: 416-736-1733,, bcpvinfo@ COST: see website for admission details Celebrate Canada’s past and future. Watch as 40 people become Canadian Citizens. Special activities include live music, special Village tours, sampling in the Brewery, traditional games and horse-drawn wagon rides. Regular admission rates apply. CHECK OUT OUR complete online community calendar by visiting www. Read weeks of listings from your North York neighbourhoods as well as events from across Toronto. Celebrating Italian Heritage Month - Learn Italian! WHEN: 1 to 2 p.m. WHERE: Downsview Library, 2793 Keele St. CONTACT: Diana, 416-395-5720, COST: Free Have some Italian for lunch - nouns, not gnocchi! With Pino Coluccio, from Toronto’s language school Tutorino. Amica at Bayview’s Lunch’n Movie WHEN: 1:15 to 4:30 p.m. WHERE: Amica at Bayview, 15 Barberry Place CONTACT: Kimberly Davies, 416-

977-3177,, COST: Free Enjoy a wonderful lunch followed by the film Ladies In Lavender. Please RSVP by June 18. The Girl WHEN: 2 to 4 p.m. WHERE: Barbara Frum Library, 20 Covington Rd. CONTACT: 416-395-5440 COST: Free The turbulent relationship between filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock and actress Tippi Hedren. The Mystery of San Nicandro WHEN: 7:30 p.m. WHERE: Borochov Cultural Centre, 272 Codsell Ave.

CONTACT: 416-636-5425 COST: $20 in advance, $25 at the door Na’amat Club Aviva will be screening the documentary, The Mystery of San Nicandro, which tells the story of a people discovering their Italian Jewish roots. The speaker will be Laura Cattari, who will be introducing the film and answering questions after the screening. Refreshments following.

◗ Friday, June 21

Make Music Toronto WHEN: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. WHERE: Mel Lastman Square, 5100 Yonge St. CONTACT: Anna and Oceane, 416-922-2014, COST: Free All music lovers are invited to play, sing and listen to music. This free event is organized by Alliance Française de Toronto in partnership with John Filion, Conseil scolaire Viamonde, Toronto Public Library and North York Arts. Relay For Life in North York WHEN: 7 p.m. to 7 a.m., June 22 WHERE: Esther Shiner Stadium, 5720 Bathurst Street CONTACT: COST: Fee

for non-registered participants who want to eat! The Canadian Cancer Society’s Relay For Life is a 12-hour overnight, noncompetitive fundraising event where teams of 10 people come together to celebrate, remember and fight back! Anne & Robert Strom Memorial Concert-in-the-Round - The Roaring Twenties WHEN: 8 p.m. WHERE: Temple Sinai Congregation of Toronto, 210 Wilson Avenue CONTACT: 416-4874161,, office@ COST: Free Exploring the music that influenced the work of George Gershwin, Benny Goodman and Kurt Weill! Presented by Toronto’s own Annex String Quartet with special guests, and based on their recently recorded CD.

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he City of Toronto wants to host the 2017 World Youth Championships in Athletics. The event features the world’s top track and field athletes aged 17 and under. Right now, Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal have all shown an interest in hosting the event, and are in the process of submitting their bids to Athletics Canada. In December of this year, that organization decides which Canadian city will have the right to hold the games. The Canadian bid goes to the International Association of Athletics Federation in late 2014, at which time it will decide the host country. Some 170 countries participate, and it’s estimated there will be 1,400 athletes and 600 team officials in attendance. Canada last hosted in 2003 in Sherbrooke, Quebec. Athletics Canada estimated the championships generated some $37.4 million in benefits to the Province of Quebec, with $28 milour view lion of that being in Sherbrooke. Toronto’s hosting would come on the heels of the Pan Am/ City in great Parapan Games set for August of position on 2015 in this city and the GTA. Having hosted the Pan Am future events Games just two years earlier will put us in an excellent position to host the World Youth Championships. One of the key parts of the Pan Am Games in 2015 is the legacy it leaves Toronto in athletic infrastructure and experience. We will already have an army of trained volunteers who can be activated for any number of international community events in Toronto. The legacy of that volunteer force goes beyond athletic events, though. Their enthusiasm, pride and experience will make them a powerful force. Perhaps those volunteers become the cornerstones of a new civic ambassadors program that spreads the message of Toronto the Good on a continuous basis. Real people who are spreading the good word about Toronto and area is more valuable in terms of international credibility than figureheads who simply do business elsewhere or serve in a political capacity. Toronto residents don’t have to look too far to see the impact the 2015 Pan Am Games are already having – the brand new athletics stadium under construction at York University is just one example. Toronto’s bid for the World Youth Championships is being led by the Toronto Sports Council and Athletics Ontario. We urge residents to show their support. A great way to do so is to take part in the 2015 Pan Am Games – either as a volunteer or enthusiastic supporter.

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Here’s the scoop: The tale wags the dog


o, I was over at Peter and Jill’s house for a barbecue last night and Rover was the center of attention as usual. Rover is their dog, not one of their children, in case the name didn’t tip you off. Anyhow, Rover spent the majority of the evening in my lap – his usual modus operandi when anybody with a lap drops by – and the conversation eventually drifted to how come I don’t have a dog. There’s no mystery there, folks. It’s the picking-up-thepoop thing. I just can’t wrap my mind, let alone my hands, around it. I should qualify that last remark. Inside the house, I’m in favour of it, of course. Let’s face it, you’ve got no choice. You don’t pick dog poop up inside, the neighbors will start gossiping

jamie wayne BUT SERIOUSLY behind your back. Maybe even go on the Doctor Phil show to rat you out. Who needs that? But outside, it just doesn’t make any sense to me to pick their stuff up. Birds, squirrels, chipmunks, rabbits, foxes, raccoons and skunks are all pooping away like there’s no tomorrow and I don’t see anybody rushing around to pick up after any of them. Their poop has got to be way worse for the environment than a dog’s. What can they possibly be eating? Fast food wrappers, cigarette butts? And that’s if they’re lucky. On the other hand, most dogs I know have very nutritional dietary habits these days. Heck, many probably eat better than

their owners. How can their healthy poop be bad for the grass? But, there’s an even more critical issue in play here. I think we’re jeopardizing the mental health of our dogs with the mixed messages we’re sending them. Take Rover. When he poops inside the house, he gets a stern scolding. Heck, when he merely passes gas he gets a glare. Ah, but outside, he’s treated like he just won the lottery. The moment he so much as assumes the familiar squat, he gets a standing ovation. We’re talking a huge one here, too. Bigger than Carrie Underwood gets when she returns to American Idol. Then, after Rover is finished doing his business, Peter and Jill wrap up the evidence with more care than a five-star restaurant packing up your leftovers

for you to take home. What’s Rover supposed to think? Inside it’s a no-no, outside he’s treated like a celebrity. All that’s missing is the pooparazzi snapping his picture. I tell ya, the poor boy is this close to seeing a shrink. But the truth is, my biggest concern isn’t how we’re messing with the minds of pooches, it’s the pecking order around here. Last I checked we were the top dogs on the planet, not them. We shouldn’t be picking up their poop. If anything, they should be picking up ours. Mind you, it should begin and end there. We can live without the standing ovations. They’re way over-the-top. Jamie Wayne is a lifelong columnist, who takes writing very seriously. The topics? Not so much. His column appears every Tuesday. Contact him at


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New program at Downsview Services for Seniors Frail seniors living in two buildings in the west part of North York will get help with daily living activities, thanks to a new program from Downsview Services for Seniors. The Assisted Living program will help up to 149 high-risk seniors living in a Toronto Community Housing building in the area of Jane Street and Wilson Avenue and a second TCH building in the area of Keele Street and Sheppard Avenue. Services are wide-ranging and include care co-ordination, security check and homemaking. A ribbon cutting event was held June 7 to launch the program, which is supported by the Central Local Health Integration Network (LHIN), Toronto Community Housing and the Central Community Care Access Centre (CCAC). For more information on Downsview Services for Seniors, visit


North York girl, 14, focuses winning piece on three litter solutions for community >>>from page 1 Open to youth ages 11 to 14, 15 to 18 and 19 to 21, Canada’s Next Green Journalist is an opportunity for young people to contribute an article, photo or video about environmental issues focusing on litter and waste management. Kobikah is one of eight Canadian winners who will go on to compete in the international Young Reporters for the Environment competition, where she will have the chance to win an allexpenses-paid international trip to report on an environmental education mission. Fo r h e r s u b m i s s i o n , Kobikah wrote an article outlining three litter solutions for her community. “One solution to put a stop to all of this is to provide more pocket ashtrays and ash receptacles on sidewalks, parks, buildings, parking


Communications manager with Environmental Defence Jen Mayville, left, and St. Joseph’s Morrow Park Catholic Secondary School principal Anita Bartolini, right, present Kobikah Chandran with her Canada’s Next Green Journalist Award Friday at the school.

lots and more,” she wrote. “Providing more ash receptacles at all entry/exit places

of buildings, at bus stops, and other areas where people frequently need to discard their

cigarettes would be one helpful solution. Another possible solution would be smokers buying pocket ashtrays but they can’t be any kind. They should be the ones that are plastic or metal so that they can be used for years.” Other solutions include developing fines and dispensing more recycling and waste bins in parks and buildings and along sidewalks, she wrote. “It was an awesome feeling,” Kobikah said of winning. “I don’t like the fact people litter. I care about the environment.” This year’s first place winners will receive a video camera, digital SLR camera or laptop, $500 for their school for an environmental initiative and a personalized certificate recognizing their work. “The Canada’s Next Green

Journalist competition not only gives youth the opportunity to learn more about environmental issues in their community but also empowers them to come up with solutions to effectively address these problems,” said Stephanie Kohls, spokesperson for Canada’s Next Green Journalist program. “This year, we received many outstanding submissions from youth across the country. Kobikah’s article stood out from the rest in her age category because of the high quality of her writing and her creative ideas on how to solve the problem of littering in her community. She is very deserving of this award and I would like to congratulate her.” For more information, visit issue/canadas-next-greenjournalist



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the north york mirror tackles a local issue. this week: the bathurst-finch community hub

our exclusive look

a century of care As part of the North York Mirror’s Exclusive Look series, we are focusing on the organizations that make up the Bathurst-Finch Community Hub and the

services they offer to the community. The Mirror sat down with Janet McCrimmon, director of building inclusive communities for Family Service Toronto.



Tell us about your organization and what it does.

In 2014, Family Service Toronto (FST) will be celebrating its 100th year of providing services to individuals, families and communities from across the city. FST’s 27 different programs provide counselling, education, social action, advocacy and community development. Most of the 64,237 individuals we served last year were adults, although we do some work with children and youth in specific programs. We serve clients as diverse as the city, including individuals with developmental disabilities, newcomers to Canada, members of the LGBTQ communities and individuals living on low incomes. FST provides service in 20 languages with the most common being English, Spanish, Farsi, Tamil and French. Staff work out of 14 different locations as well as in the community. FST’s community and neighbour-


What is your role in the organization?

My role is director of the building inclusive communities department, which includes our options and passport programs for individuals with develop-


hood development programs include health promotion programs for seniors, programs for families with young children, capacity building work with youth in the Crescent Town neighbourhood, supporting resident engagement in the revitalization of the Lawrence Heights community and capacity building work with a number of other communities and groups. FST’s social enterprise, the Family Services Employee Assistance Program, provides a range of services to organizations and businesses in Toronto and across Canada. FST also has a range of opportunities for volunteers, students and trainees with 309 individuals making contributions to FST through these opportunities last year. FST is a proud United Way Toronto member agency.

mental disabilities as well as our community and neighbourhood development programs.

How does your organization fit in with the Bathurst-Finch Community Hub?

FST has two offices at the hub. We share those offices with staff from several of our programs including Violence Against Women, Next Steps, Counselling and Community and Neighbourhood Development. Counselling for women who have experienced abuse is provided in Farsi and English. In addition, general counselling to address a range of life challenges is available in Farsi. Group programs offered at the hub include support groups for women, a group for men who are abusive (in Farsi

and Dari) and Healthy Families – Healthy Communities workshops to address community needs. Community and Neighbourhood Development staff support the Action for Neighbourhood Change group to recruit, select and support residents in the community to lead initiatives that work towards improving the neighbourhood and developing community leadership. These initiatives are funded through United Way Toronto’s Resident Action Grants.


What has the feedback been like from the local community since you opened the doors there?

We hear from community members that they are happy they can access so many programs and services in one location. The location is easily accessible, which is so important as this community has historically lacked access to needed services. The broad range of health, social service and settlement services offered in

a number of different languages is very impressive. Also, staff and community members appreciate the sheer beauty of the hub building. Specifically in terms of FST’s services, we’ve had very positive feedback on the services we are providing and the fact that they are offered in several different languages.

We hear from community members that they are happy they can access so many programs and services in one location...the broad range of health, social service and settlement services offered in a number of different languages is very impressive. – Janet McCrimmon


What’s the difference between the location of the hub and other locations?

A huge benefit of community hubs like Bathurst-Finch are the many different programs and services offered by different agencies under one roof, which makes it easy for individuals to access services and creates the potential for partnerships


among agencies to address community needs. Also, the hubs are located in neighbourhoods that traditionally have been underserved – making sure people can access services they need is an important part of creating a healthy city.

Talk about your mission statement with specific reference to the Bathurst-Finch neighbourhood.

MISSION STATEMENT: Family Service Toronto collaborates with individuals, families and communities to create lasting, measurable improvements in their health and well-being. Our services in the Bathurst-Finch neighbourhood include working with individuals, families, community groups and other agencies on problem resolution, prevention and capacity building. We believe it is important to implement different strategies to address community needs and to strengthen local capacities to address needs now and in the future.

We know Bathurst-Finch residents have many strengths and know their community. Working collaboratively with others can enhance our ability to make a difference in the health and well-being of community members.


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Above and at right, high school students take a symbolic walk to York University to celebrate the passage of age from high school to post secondary education Friday. Staff photos/Dan Pearce

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Walk symbolizes passage from high school to post-secondary >>>from page 1 that’s not true. At-risk meant students didn’t know how to realize their potential. Today that term doesn’t exist. Today we are graduating and a lot of students are on the honour roll. They just needed a little push.” Smith, who plans to study business management at Ryerson University in the fall, said students were hugging and laughing with each other at an assembly inside C.W. Jefferys before the walk, excited for what lies ahead for them. “It’s a momentous feeling right now,” she said. Downsview graduate Dillon Fera said he hopes the walk becomes a tradition and more schools join in future years. “It seems pretty cool,” he said. Fera attended Catholic school before enrolling at Downsview Secondary

This is something to be celebrated and we want our community to see that. – Monday Gala

School, a move that baffled some of his friends. “You hear rumors about certain schools and you get scared, but the rumors aren’t true,” he said. “It’s sad to know people think these are bad schools.” The walk was organized by Itah Sadu of Educational Attainment West, who wanted to showcase the good of the Jane Street and Finch Avenue neighbourhood. “The Jane and Finch community is full of great people, full of knowledge and we often don’t hear that,” she said. “We are demonstrating

student success.” Monday Gala, C.W. Jeffery’s principal, didn’t hesitate when Sadu approached him with the walk idea. “I thought it was fantastic,” he said, adding he hopes to turn the walk into an annual event. “I had some misgivings about how we were all going to march, but the students have worked so hard over the past four, five years, and the majority of them are going on to post-secondary education. This is something to be celebrated and we want our community to see that.” The event was sponsored by Promoting Education and Community Help (PEACH), the York Centre for Education a n d C o m m u n i t y, Yo r k University and the Toronto District School Board.


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Top: A soldier fires on rebels during the Battle of Black Creek Revolutionary War re-enactment Saturday at Black Creek Pioneer Village. The re-enactment took visitors back in time to the 1770s and the time of the American Revolution. In addition to viewing the conflict, visitors could explore military encampments, and witness a musket demonstration. Bottom row, left to right: Soldiers remove a civilian from court; Rebels and soldiers fire on each other; a scuffle ensues.

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Toronto, the event was billed as a first opportunity to view design proposals as part of an environmental assessment study of the Gardiner’s elevated eastern portion from Jarvis Street to the Don Valley Parkway, and Lake Shore Boulevard. During the meeting, a panel made up of Waterfront and city staff outlined the six commissioned designs depicting possible visions for the elevated section of the Gardiner. Those visions ranged from beautifying the crumbling expressway to tearing it down completely. The designs, some of which propose elevated public parks and vibrant underpass marketplaces, are intended to be the first opportunity for the public to provide feedback which will then be incorporated in the Gardiner East study, said Waterfront Toronto’s Christopher Glaisek “The point is to show key

ideas and get people talking about them,” said Glaisek, the body’s vice president for planning and design. Brendan Pine was impressed by the plans on display, but concerned they weren’t incorporating enough transit integration. “They seem like expensive design ideas,” said Pine, who lives in East York. “But it’s all about people and where they’re going to live and how they’re going to move around.” The study, which is about one quarter complete, was resumed earlier this year after a two-year hiatus. Its findings will not affect nearly $500 million of funded repair work scheduled to take place in the next 10 years, said deputy city manager John Livey.


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The last subway train from a fleet dating back to the 1970s made its final journey in the TTC system last week. The H-5 trains, which were manufactured by Hawker-Siddeley, were characterized by orange and brown seats and yellow interior doors. When they began service in 1977, they were the first subway cars to have air conditioning. At noon hour on Friday, the final H-5 train left Wilson Station on the YongeUniversity-Spadina line for one last trip – but only made it to Eglinton West Station before it was taken off-line for good. TTC spokesperson Brad Ross said the train will eventually be shipped to Lagos, Nigeria to join other H-5s providing service there.

Woodcock to find the mysterious station located on the Sheppard line which is likely the TTC’s least-visited subway destination. “I am going to Bessarion Station to prove to myself it exists,” says Woodcock during the six-minute long video. He adds, “I have no idea what I am going to see there.” Does Woodcock ever find Bessarion? You’ll have to watch the video. It has already been viewed by nearly 14,000 people since it was released on YouTube June 11. Visit and type ‘Bessarion’ in the search field.

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The TTC is looking for individuals with engineering and other backgrounds to apply for membership on an expert panel evaluating plans for future subway station exits. Made up of volunteers,

the panel, which will meet between the fall of this year and throughout 2014, will work on addressing community concerns with TTC staff as well as assist with developing criteria for future second exits construction. For more information contact Susan Sperling of the TTC: art finalists unveiled wPublic

Finalists for a $200,000 public art project at Union Station celebrating the city’s rich parks history were unveiled recently. The five candidates are the last of 36 vying for the opportunity to create a permanent art installation 21-metres long on a new pedestrian concourse below Front Street in honour of Walks and Garden Trust, a city agency established in 1853 to create public parks projects along the Toronto shoreline. For more information about the contest, visit www. Rahul Gupta is The Mirror’s transit reporter. His column runs every Tuesday. Reach him on Twitter: @TOinTRANSIT


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sports schedule TORONTO BASEBALL ASSOCIATION MIDGET TUESDAY, JUNE 18 w North Toronto Knights vs. Scarborough Stingers (Neilson Park, 1555 Neilson Rd., 7:30 p.m.) THURSDAY, JUNE 20 w North Toronto Knights vs. Royal York Cardinals (Connorvale Park, 281 Rimilton Ave., 7:30 p.m.) w East York Bulldogs vs. North York Blues (Bond Park, 120 Bond Ave., 7:30 p.m.) MINOR BANTAM TUESDAY, JUNE 18 w North York Blues AA vs. Vaughan Minor Bantam (Sports Village, 2600 Rutherford Rd., 8:30 p.m.) WEDNESDAY, JUNE 19 w North York Blues vs. Pickering Ajax Cubs (Ajax Sports Complex, 7:30 p.m.) FRIDAY, JUNE 21 w Whitby Chiefs vs. North York Blues (Bond Park 5, 120 Bond Ave., 7:30 p.m.) SUNDAY, JUNE 23 w Bolton Braves vs. North Toronto A’s (Talbot Field, 635 Eglinton Ave. E., 2 p.m.) w Whitby Chiefs vs. North York Blues (Bond Park, 120 Bond Ave., 3:30 p.m.) w North Toronto Nationals vs. Toronto Playgrounds (Christie Pits, 777 Crawford St., 7 p.m.) MONDAY, JUNE 24 w North Toronto Nationals vs. Markham Mariners #1 (Milliken Mills 3, 7 p.m.)


PEEWEE TUESDAY, JUNE 18 w North York Blues A vs. Martingrove White Sox (Carmen Bush field, 35 Richview Pk., 6:30 p.m.)

Metro Toronto Wildcat quarterback Jack Vernon (17) is upended by Markham Raider Matthew Santiago, left, and Chris Paul during Ontario Varsity Football League junior division play at Esther Shiner Stadium on Saturday. The Wildcats went on to win the game 42-20.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 19 w North York Blues A vs. Aurora Jays (Leisure Complex 3, 6:30 p.m.) w Vaughan Peewee 2 vs. North Toronto Expos AA (Sentinel Park 2, 315 Sentinel Rd., 7 p.m.)


MONDAY, JUNE 24 w North Toronto Expos AA vs. North Toronto A’s AA (Sentinel 2, 2315 Sentinel Rd., 7:15 p.m.)

UPCOMING In Toronto Baseball Association rookie division, Whitby takes on the North York Blues at Bond Park on Thursday, June 20 at 6:30 p.m.

MINOR PEEWEE TUESDAY, JUNE 18 w East York Bulldogs vs. North Toronto Pirates (Sentinel 2, 315 Sentinel Rd., 7 p.m.) WEDNESDAY, JUNE 19 w North Toronto Pirates vs. Markham Mariners (Milliken Mills 2, 6:30 p.m.) SUNDAY, JUNE 23 w Royal York Cardinals vs. North York Blues AA (Bond Park, 120 Bond Ave., 3:30 p.m.) w North Toronto Pirates vs. East York Bulldogs (Stan Wadlow Park, 373 Cedarvale Ave., 7:30 p.m.)

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