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Comic books an educational tool: teacher Manfred J. von Vulte pens ‘Comic Books and Others Hooks’

Police are appealing for public assistance in a shooting investigation at York University last Thursday that sent two people to hospital. Investigators are asking anyone who may have images or video related to the incident to upload them to www.torontopolice.on.ca/ yorkushooting Police said a man discharged a firearm inside the Student Centre around 10:45 p.m., hitting one woman in the leg. A second woman was wounded by shrapnel.

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Toronto educator believes comic books can help introduce a form of education that might be more beneficial to kids. Manfred J. von Vulte, deputy headmaster at Northmount School in North York, released his new book in January titled Comic Books and Other Hooks: 21st Century Education. In it, he argues that education needs to change into a more experiential experience. Using comic books among other things as experiential tools, von Volte believes the methods he explains in his book can greatly benefit the learning experience for children. He said in his experience in being an educator, von Vulte has noticed a lot of students between grades 5 and 8 become accepting of their academic fate. These students prematurely decide they can’t read or write well. Von Vulte argued that this attitude often comes within a narrow framework of opportunities available to them. “There’s a wider world out there for students,” von Vulte said. “There always exists a chance for children to be better readers and writers. Comic books are one of the ways they can achieve that. There are other ways as well and the book talks about those, too.” Comic books by nature involve a dynamic setting with characters set in a context of lore. The complex nature of a comic book and its appeal to children can be beneficial in developing important literary skills in the long term, said von Vulte. Having always been interested in comic books since his childhood, he looked at them in his own practice and saw the poten-

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tial. “If you take a look at the high level of vocabulary,” von Vulte said. “The ability for students to immediately refresh their memory or the plot and the development of the character and back

‘Comic Books and Other Hooks’ is written by Manfred J. von Vulte, deputy headmaster at Northmount School.

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story. It’s a super resource. It’s beginning of hooking someone into literature and can certainly reinforce concepts later on.” Von Vulte makes it clear in his book that though he sees this learning potential in comic books, they are not the only source. He provides comic books as an example as something that can change the course of how children are educated. Having seen EQAO and other test performances from students across Ontario, von Vulte said that there is an over-emphasis in schools on content over process. He explained content as a mix of textbooks, multimedia and general assignments and process as a combination of hands-on experiential learning. The additional examples in his book among comic books are robotics, instrumental music and fine art. “The key words I always use is we need to show children the world behind the book,” von Vulte said. “Ontario’s got a fantastic curriculum, but the issue comes in

the execution. I advocate experiential learning.” Von Vulte believes experential learning gives children a better understanding of the subject. At Northmount School, he has introduced this method with several examples. Students were given a book on farming and started a garden at the school. For robotics, in addition to a normal lesson plan, students got the opportunity to build an R2D2 from Star Wars. Since the release of the Comic Books and Other Hooks, feedback has been positive. On the weekend of March 1, von Vulte was invited to a Chapters at Bayview Village for a book signing. At the end of it, his book sold out and he left with none in hand. “I’ve been invited to over eight TDSB schools,” von Vulte said. “They see this working for children who are high-achieving and for children that are having some issues making grade level. It’s creativity leading to something positive.”

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Police grab jumping man by ankles Police potentially saved the life of a man by grabbing hold of his ankles as he alledgedly attempted to escape from a sixth floor apartment window Monday. Police allege a man forced his way into an apartment at 14 Gulliver Rd. around 1:30 a.m., contrary to a court order, and violently kicked, punched and choked a woman while using a cleaver. The woman was able to scream for help and broke free to open the door for police. The man then attempted to jump from the window, but officers were able to grab his ankles as he fell. Gordon Maracle, 28, is charged with several offences.

correction Last week’s listings of declared candidates for the municipal election misspelled one of the candidates’ names. Danny Quattrociocchi is a candidate in Ward 9 (York Centre). The Mirror regrets the error.

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City’s food truck proposal leaves Toronto hungry

Write us The North York Mirror welcomes letters of 400 words or less. All submissions must include name, address and a daytime telephone number for verification purposes. We reserve the right to edit, condense or reject letters. Copyright in letters remains with the author but the publisher and affiliates may freely reproduce them in print, electronic or other forms. Letters can be sent to letters@ insidetoronto.com, or mailed to The North York Mirror, 175 Gordon Baker Rd. Toronto, ON, M2H 0A2.

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orontonians hoping to fill their bellies with flavours representative of our diverse city may be disappointed with the city’s long-awaited menu of food truck bylaw amendments. While foodies (and truck owners) waited to see what Toronto’s new ‘food renaissance’ would look like, Monday’s proposal seems to have been served undercooked. The proposal would allow food trucks to sell from all pay-and-display parking spaces on major and minor arterial roads and in parking lots, as long as they are 50 metres or more from a bricks-and-mortar restaurant and 30 metres from school property. And no more than two trucks on given block. our view anyThis may seem like a victory for the food truck movement and our Let residents taste buds, but is it? The proposal by city bureaudecide success crats appears to give an advanof food trucks tage to restaurateurs. It would also allow councillors and BIAs to ask the city to ban the trucks from a particular area. Most cities in North America have a buffer between truck and restaurants. Setting the buffer at 50 metres seems high, but better than the 100 to 200 metres restaurant groups wanted. Why so many obstacles in a city that prides itself on being multicultural, that prides itself on its burgeoning restaurant scene? Celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain even paid a visit to our fine city for some gastronomic delights and enjoyed himself. But, while the rest of North America seems to be moving forward on this culinary quest, Toronto sets up more obstacles to success. We raise a cautious hand, as we recall the city’s failed 2010 a la Cart experiment, which saw some vendors loose a lot of money due to the bureaucratic red tape. City hall should not be over-thinking the food truck movement. It should regulate it, hold it to the highest health standards, then let residents decide what they want. The proposal goes to the licensing and standards committee on Tuesday and then likely to all of council for a deciding vote on April 1. Although ambitious, the city wants to have trucks operating on the street by May 15. We’ll see what they serve up.

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ell, Sunday was my last outdoor game of shinny for the season and I was determined to go out on a high note. It was a classic, back-andforth affair from the start that could have gone either way and with less than a minute before the Zamboni was coming on and the score tied 392-392, I got just the break I wanted. I intercepted a pass at our blueline and found myself on a twoon-one with Tristan. I was about to send him in all alone, when I heard a loud ringtone. Tristan reached down his sweatpants and pulled out his cellphone. “Hi, Shmoopie,” he said. “I’ll call you in a sec. I’m in the middle of something.” Then he hung up. The phone rang again. Tristan picked up again. “I told you I was gonna get right back to you. No, nothing’s more important than talking to my beautiful Shmoopie Doopie. You

jamie wayne BUT SERIOUSLY know that, Shmooperienie.” I looked to the heavens to that big Gondola in the sky wondering what Foster Hewitt must be thinking. Meanwhile, Tristan was still gabbing away. “Shmoopela, please. Time’s running out and the game is on the line. I promise, as soon as it’s over and I’m in the dressing room, I’ll give you a dingle.” Then he hung up. The phone rang again. Tristan picked up again. “Yeah, I’ll be back in time to go to your mother’s. And, yes, I’ll remember to pick up that chocolate flan, too. Just like I said I would. Now I really have to scoot. I love you, too. I love you more. I love YOU more. No, I love you MORE.” Mercifully, it didn’t ring right after he hung up for once and we still had a two-on-one. Phew. But the others were gaining fast.

There was not a second to waste. “Tristan,” I yelled. “Go to the net, man.” Alas, as he made a beeline for the crease, he reached for the phone one last time. Only this time he was the one making the call. “Shmoops? Just out of curiosity, what the heck is a flan anyway? And where do I get one? Hang on, another call is coming in ... Who’s this? Luciano? I don’t know any Luciano. Oh, the big stud on our defense. Hey Looch, what up? You want me to look at who? Jamie? Who’s he? That shifty little speedster on my line? What for? He’s trying to tell me to do what...” Too late. Before I could get the words “keep your head up” out of my mouth, Tristan hit the post – with his chest. Looking on stunned, I was stripped of the puck by a skinny guy in a Habs jersey who raced down the ice and scored just as the Zamboni came out. We lost a heart-breaker,

393-392. Meanwhile, Tristan’s cell, had been jettisoned high into the air upon impact. I grabbed it deftly on the way down. “Hey Shmoopster,” I said speaking into it. “Just wanted you to know your boyfriend may be running late. What’s that? Of course, I know what a flan is, silly billy. Doesn’t everybody? Not to worry. I’ll let him know. My best to your mom.” OK. So I lied. I have no idea what a flan is, either. All that really matters is this story had a happy ending. You see, in one of life’s delightful ironies it turns out it was a good thing Tristan brought that smartphone, after all. I used it to look up flan on Google before he got back on his feet. 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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>>>from page 1 courses and noticed they offered evening drawing classes. The art class then began to experiment with ceramics before moving onto sculptures. And from that point on, Merei found her passion. “I loved the idea of working with stone,” she said. “I was taken by the beauty of the natural material. Once you start to carve and sand, the beauty shines through.” Not a fan of abstract, she mainly focuses her work on bodies and faces, which allows Merei to best express emotion, she said. “When I express my feelings, usually it’s through a body or a face,” she said of her pieces. “They are mostly female. It’s the best way to express my feelings or moods.” To celebrate 30 years of exhibiting her work, the North York sculptor is planning a home studio show in the fall, but before then has two shows lined up. One show, at the Columbus Centre, 901 Lawrence Ave. W., runs until March 28. The second exhibit will be showcased at the Canadian Sculpture Centre, 500 Church St., from today to April 4, with the opening reception March

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15 at 1:30 p.m. Some of the pieces in the show just came back from her hometown of Szombathely, Hungary, where Merei exhibited her work for two months at the Iseum Savariense Museum. That’s a world away from her first exhibit in Yorkville in 1984, and she went on to have shows across Canada, Italy and the

United States. She has also served on the executive of the Sculptors Society of Canada and is currently represented by Galerie Lamoureux Ritzenhoff in Montreal. Though she has sold many pieces throughout her three decades of sculpting, there is one piece she refuses to give up – her very first one, of a body lying down and emerging from the stone. “There are certain pieces you don’t sell,” she said, adding sculpting has been her full-time job for the past seven years. As for time spent on her craft, it all depends how the creativity is flowing, Merei said. “It’s quite erratic,” she said. “If you’re in the zone, you wake up, no coffee, it’s straight down to the studio. Sometimes I have something in mind, other times I’m not sure and need time. The stone tells you what it wants to be.” As for her favourite piece? “As any artist will tell you, it’s always the one just sold,” she said. For information, visit www. elizabethmerei.com

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Taking the chill out of the cold call Cold calling: we don’t like doing it, but small businesses have to in order to survive. Enterprise Toronto is hosting a seminar on how to take the fear out of cold calling. It takes place from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday, March 27 at the North York Civic Centre, Committee Room 3. Tom Kaufman, of TK Enterprises, will lead the session. North York Civic Centre is at 5100 Yonge St. The event is free but registration is required. Call 416-395-4716 or email enterprisetoronto@ toronto.ca tax clinics in North York wIncome

There are a number of income tax clinics taking place in North York at the Central and Downsview branches. This free service is provided by Certified General Accountants for 2013 Income Tax returns. The clinics are available to single persons with incomes under

paul futhey business in brief $25,000 or families with incomes of under $35,000. North York Central Library is hosting sessions on Tuesday evenings until April 15 (except for April 8) from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Call 416395-5613 for details. The Downsview branch is hosting Saturday sessions from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. These will go until May 10. Call 416-395-5720 to register. healthy habits of money management wTen Still at the libraries, the Downsview branch is hosting a session with a certified professional accountant (CPA) on healthy habits of financial management. Taking place from 1 to 2 p.m. on Thursday, March 27, the session will cover topics such as financial literacy and goal-setting, as well as where to go for additional resources to get your

financial house in order. Register by calling 416-395-5720, email doprograms@torontopubliclibrary.ca or visit the branch at 2793 Keele St. PanAm procurement opportunities Businesses looking to take advantage of procurement opportunities arising from the upcoming PanAm Games in Toronto may be interested in an upcoming event hosted by the Toronto Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. The event takes place from 8 to 11 a.m. at 25 Dockside Dr. March 17. Attendees will hear from the new Games CEO, Saad Rafi, as well as Bill Zakarow, the director of procurement. The event is free to members, $75 for non-members. For more information, visit www.thcc.ca

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special exhibit that was featured five years ago at the Ontario Science Centre has returned with new features, more interactive displays, and plenty to do for all ages. Sultans of Science: 1,000 Years of Knowledge Rediscovered opened Friday and will run until June 7 for visitors to learn about the important scientific and technological discoveries made by scholars during the Golden Age of Islamic Science. “It’s the only exhibition we ever brought back,” said Hooley McLaughlin, vicepresident and chief science officer at the Ontario

Learn from the Sultans of Science Visitors to Ontario Science Centre can explore 1,000 years of discoveries in new exhibit Science Centre. “This one is special. The research is deep and the research is extensive.” The exhibition areas include the Foundation of Optical Science where visitors can conduct various experiments in the optical laboratory of Ibn Al-Haytham, a 10thcentury Muslim physicist who invented the pinhole camera. There’s also a display where people can examine replicas of sophisticated dental and surgical tools used long ago that are quite similar to those doctors and dentists use today. “We are talking about the roots of our science,” McLaughlin said. “Science is a part of our lives and our history.”

Lesley Lewis welcomed back the popular exhibit to the Ontario Science Centre in her opening remarks, which she noted coincides nicely with the scheduled opening of the Aga Khan Museum near Don Mills Road and Eglinton Avenue this year. “The Sultans of Science was immensely popular when we first brought it in 2009,” Lewis said. “The knowledge displayed in this exhibition is important to everyone in our diverse society.” Ludo Verheyen, CEO of MTE Studios, which developed the interactive exhibition, thanked the Ontario Science Centre to be able to present Sultans of Science a second time in “one of the leading science centres in

the world.” The exhibit has now travelled to 11 countries and four continents since it was first developed more than a decade ago. Early reviews from a few high school students exploring Sultans of Science on the opening day of the exhibition were positive. “I really like it,” said Jessica Patel, a Grade 12 student from Lakeshore Collegiate Institute, who particularly appreciated the historical information behind some of the inventions. Fellow Grade 12 students Sophie Zhang and Ava Ghods also gave their approval. “I think it’s the best one in the science centre so far,” Zhang said.

Families take in the Sultans of Science displays Friday at the Ontario Science Centre. Visitors can catch the exhibit until June 7. Staff photo/DAN PEARCE The Ontario Science Centre is at 770 Don Mills Rd. Visit www.ontariosciencecentre.ca for details.

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Baycrest Health Sciences can expand its landmark study looking at the brain health of hockey players, thanks to $750,000 donated by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. The study is now looking at 30 former National Hockey League players. The new funding will allow researchers to study university hockey alumni. The study is being con-

ducted by Baycrest’s Rotman Research Institute, recognized as a world leader in research on the aging brain. Aeros sweep playoff series The Toronto Aeros women’s junior hockey team, who finished third in their Provincial Women’s Hockey League (PWHL) regular season, swept their opening round best-offive series in three straight against 14th place London Devilettes. Other first-round matches were set to wrap up as of Tuesday and the Aeros, also based out of North York’s Herbert Carnegie Centennial Centre, were awaiting the posting of their second round match-up and schedules. They’ll be posted at http:// pwhl.pointstreaksites.com

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The 10th annual Iranian Fire Festival takes over Mel Lastman Square from 7 to 10 p.m., Tuesday, March 18. The festival of fire is a prelude to the ancient Nowrouz (Iranian New Year) festival, which marks the arrival of spring and revival of nature. It is celebrated on the eve of last the Wednesday of the Iranian year, literally the eve of ‘Red Wednesday’ or the eve of celebration. Special programs include Iranian music and dance performances and Iranian-themed Kids Zone, Iranian Food, fireworks and more. For more information, visit iranianfirefestival.com

accepting summer camp registration wYNOT Youth Now on Track Services is taking registrations for its summer camps. Camps are for youth aged eight to 17 and are running from July 2 to Aug. 29. Youth Now on Track (YNOT) is a community based organization dedicated to giving meaning to the lives of youth (aged 12 - 24 years) in conflict with the law. To register, call 647-4274898 or email info@ynotservices.org

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Olivia Chow to resign federal seat, join race for mayor’s seat DAVID NICKLE dnickle@insidetoronto.com Olivia Chow is expected to enter the mayor’s race this morning, launching her campaign at 11 a.m. in St. James Town. That is according to an email release from Chow’s 2011 federal campaign manager Joe Cressy, sent

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the parish hall at St. Simonthe-Apostle Church, 525 Bloor St. E. The note ends a two-anda-half month guessing and waiting game for Chow, who today resigns her Federal seat representing the riding of Trinity-Spadina for the New Democratic Party. Until now, Chow has been coy about her inten-

tions regarding the mayoral race, spending the first months of 2014 promoting her autobiography My Journey. The launch Thursday will fill the roster of anticipated high-profile candidates in the 2014 mayoralty race. So far, Mayor Rob Ford, David Soknacki, John Tory and Karen Stintz have begun

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March Break SPArty WHEN: Noon to 3 p.m. WHERE: Yorkgate Mall, 1 Yorkgate Blvd CONTACT: Erika, 416-739-6968, ext. 26, eenyolu@arcturusrealty.com COST: Free Fun activities for kids: hair and face glam, nail and nail arttemporary tattoos, video game lounge, walk the runway,visual fashion displays. March Break: Marc Domenico WHEN: 2 to 3 p.m. WHERE: Victoria Village Library, 184 Sloane Ave. CONTACT: Despina Kyraleos, 416395-5950, dkyraleos@torontopubliclibrary.ca COST: Free Join Markus, an arts educator, singer and songwriter. For children of all ages. DIY: Make Your Own Buttons WHEN: 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. WHERE: Don Mills Library, 888 Lawrence Ave. E. CONTACT: Debby Ng, 416-3955710, debbyng@torontopubliclibrary. ca COST: Free For ages 12 to 19. Call to register.

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Community Volunteer Income Tax Clinics WHEN: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. WHERE: Downsview Public Library, 2793

Toronto, 210 Wilson Ave. CONTACT: 416-487-3281, www.templesinai. net, programs@templesinai.net COST: Free Call to register.

Earl Bales Community Centre Winter Concert WHEN: 1 to 3 p.m. WHERE: Earl Bales Community Centre, 4169 Bathurst St. CONTACT: 416-3957873 COST: Free Everyone is invited to enjoy free performances from local musicians.

School Boundary Review WHEN: 7 to 9 p.m. WHERE: Chaminade College School, 490 Queen’s Dr. CONTACT: Emmy Szekeres Milne, 416-222-8282, ext. 2356, emmy.szekeresmilne@tcdsb.org COST: Free Second public meeting to discuss boundary review involving Immaculate Conception, St. Fidelis and St. Francis Xavier Cathollic Schools.

Check out our complete online community calendar by visiting www. northyorkmirror.com. Read weeks of listings from your North York neighbourhoods as well as events from across Toronto. Keele St. CONTACT: 416-395-5720 COST: Free Program provided by the Canada Revenue Agency for people with low incomes and simple tax situations. Saturdays until May 10. Registration is required. Saturday Night Sinai WHEN: 7 to 10 p.m. WHERE: Temple Sinai Congregation of Toronto, 210 Wilson Ave. CONTACT: 416-4873281, www.templesinai.net, programs@templesinai.net COST: Free

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Family Skating Party WHEN: 2 to 4 p.m. WHERE: Amesbury Sports Complex, 155 Culford Rd. CONTACT: Effie, 416-243-7984, lalbanese.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org

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Irish Night Dinner and Entertainment WHEN: 6 to 9 p.m. WHERE: Iona Presbyterian Church, 1080 Finch Ave. E CONTACT: Bob Williams, 416494-2442, postmaster@tri-church.ca COST: $15 Irish stew dinner, followed by Robert Graham’s keyboard stylings and an Irish singalong. Judaism 101 with Rabbi Ilan Emanuel WHEN: 7 to 8:30 p.m. WHERE: Temple Sinai Congregation of

North York Historical Society Program Meeting WHEN: 7:30 to 9 p.m. WHERE: North York Central Library, Room 1, 5120 Yonge St. CONTACT: Linda, gargarol@hotmail.com COST: Free Author Millie Morton speaks about Grace: A Teacher’s Life in one -oom schools and a century of change in Ontario.

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Healthy Eating & Healthy Living Event WHEN: 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. WHERE: Lawrence Square, 700 Lawrence Ave. W. CONTACT: Danielle Astrug, 416-303-2177, dastrug@ nych.ca COST: Free Community fair features exercise, food demos and information from community organizations on how to live a healthy lifestyle and ward off the chances of developing diabetes.

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Passover Food Drive WHEN: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. WHERE: National Council House, 4700 Bathurst St. CONTACT: Glenda, 416633-5100, www.ncjwc-ts.org, pfd@ ncjwc-ts.org COST: Free Volunteers needed: pack boxes, sell matzo bricks, deliver food, collect from food boxes. Bookings must be made. Donations appreciated.

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Movie: Philomena (2013) WHEN: 2 p.m. WHERE: Barbara Frum Library, 20 Covington Rd. CONTACT: 416-395-5440 COST: Free

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Toronto Crime Stoppers aims to snuff out contraband tobacco ANDREW PALAMARCHUK apalamarchuk@insidetoronto.com

Toronto Crime Stoppers hopes to snuff out contraband tobacco with an aggressive ad campaign launched Tuesday. The six-week initiative consists of 42 billboards placed throughout the city, many near high schools, warning of the dangers associated with illegal cigarettes. Another 42 ads will be placed at transit shelters across the city next week. The campaign, kicked off at a Mac’s Convenience store on Dean Park Road in Scarborough, is funded by the National Coalition Against Contraband Tobacco. The group’s executive

director Jacqueline Bradley said illegal tobacco funds 175 organized crime groups that in turn fund guns and drugs. “Even human smuggling has been linked to contraband tobacco,” she said. “The fact is it’s being trafficked to our children and the easy accessibility coupled with how very dangerously inexpensive this product is makes me extremely concerned for our youth.” Toronto Crime Stoppers vice-chair Sean Sportun noted there are also health risks associated with illegal cigarettes. “It’s unregulated. You don’t really know what’s in that type of tobacco.” Bruce Watson of Mac’s

Convenience said about 30 per cent of the tobacco market in Ontario is contraband. “We feel there’s a risk that number is going to increase,” he said. “We know that, for example, somebody could buy a bag of 200 (cigarettes) for $10. A carton of legally bought cigarettes is about $80.” Watson added the contraband market is “totally flushing down the toilet all the years of work and progress made in reducing youth smoking.” Bradley said her group has identified 50 illegal tobacco manufacturing plants in Canada and many illegal smoke shacks (makeshift stores that sell contraband cigarettes).

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Dozens of members from the Toronto Somali community shouted “Shame” at the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) meeting last week, protesting a plan to help improve the educational success of Somali students. They disagreed with recomDespite all the challenges, mendations from a special task our community has a lot force established by the TDSB of potential to succeed in November 2012 to address the issue of “students of Somali through education. This descent experiencing a signifiis part of the transition. cant, persistent achievement gap – Ahmed Ilmi, task force member when compared to TDSB students overall.” Some of the recommendaIt also reported 47 per cent tions included developing and of Somali-speaking students expanding homework support confirmed an offer of admission and mentorship programs from a post-secondary school linked to curriculum, increasing compared to 61 per cent of all the number of parenting and TDSB students. family literacy centres in neighAhmed Ilmi, a PhD University bourhoods with large Somaliof Toronto graduate and member Canadian populations, and of the task force, said the recomestablishing a Somali Heritage mendations would help build Month. better community schools that But critics of the task force say give students of Somali descent such recommendations would the best opportunity to succeed. only stigmatize the local Somali Not unlike the Africentric community. elementary school first estab“We’re telling you we don’t lished by the TDSB in 2009, Ilmi want it. It’s not helping us,” said said there is benefit from having Anisa Osman. “That’s why this teachers who are equipped and commotion is going on, because better understand the Somali we’re not being heard.” diaspora to support young learnSaeed Mohamud, a parent ers. with three children in the public “Despite all the challenges, our school system, said they will community has a lot of potential continue to reject the to succeed through Be a part of the proposal. education,” he said. “It’s segregation “This is part of the trandiscussion. Visit for our community sition.” this story on our and we will never The meeting ended website and share accept it,” he said. with confusion after your thoughts in “Our children will not some trustees unknowthe comments participate in this. ingly voted to receive section. Why don’t they help the task force report all students equally?”  http://bit.ly/1kcfjz8 without debate, leading Mohamud added to the vocal protest by they weren’t conmembers of the Somali sulted in the process and called community who had stayed more the task force “a special interest than four hours expecting to hear group.” discussion on the contentious “They don’t represent our chilagenda item. dren,” he said. The rest of the meeting But a TDSB report cited the was then convened in private task force, consisting of trustees, until midnight when trustees board staff and Somali commuadjourned for the night. nity members, sought input from The next regular meeting of the the larger Somali community Toronto District School board is through five community consulscheduled for Wednesday, April 9. Visit www.tdsb.on.ca tation meetings held across the

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BADMINTON - VARSITY CENTRAL DIVISION TUESDAY, MARCH 18 w Brebeuf/Morrow Park vs. Senator O’Connor (Senator O’Connor, 60 Rowena Dr.) w Etienne Brule vs. Marshall McLuhan (Marshall McLuhan, 1107 Avenue Rd.)

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North York Storm goalie Sophia Akhavan keeps an eye on a Clarington Flames player during Leaside March Break Madness Tournament midget AA action at Oriole Arena on Saturday afternoon. Clarington went on to win the game 4-2.

THURSDAY, MARCH 13 w Addison (team 4) vs. Dynamic Leasing (team 1) (Don Mills Arena, 1030 Don Mills Rd., 8:20 p.m.) w Maxwell’s Menswear (team 2) vs. vs. Just Hockey (team 3) (Don Mills Arena, 1030 Don Mills Rd., 9:20 p.m.)

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 19 w St. Mary’s vs. Marshall McLuhan (Marshall McLuhan, 1107 Avenue Rd.) THURSDAY, MARCH 20 w St. Mary’s vs. Brebeuf/Morrow Park (Brebeuf, 211 Steeles Ave. E.) w Senator O’Connor vs. Cardinal McGuigan ( Cardinal McGuigan,1440 Finch Ave. W.)

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FRIDAY, MARCH 21 w Etienne Brule vs. Brebeuf/Morrow Park (Brebeuf, 211 Steeles Ave. E.) DON MILLS CIVITAN HOCKEY LEAGUE ATOM DIVISION SATURDAY, MARCH 15 w McDonald’s Orange (team 2) vs. McDonald’s Green (team 3) (Don Mills Arena, 1030 Don Mills Rd., 11:45 a.m.) w McDonald’s Blue (team 4) vs. McDonald’s Black (team 1) (Don Mills Arena, 1030 Don Mills Rd., 12:45 p.m.)

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BANTAM DIVISION WEDNESDAY, MARCH 19 w Orthodontics at Don Mills (team 4) vs. Don Mills Flyers (team 1) (Don Mills Arena, 1030

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UPCOMING GAME In Parkwoods Hockey League, midget division, Prentice Yates & Clark takes on Boyd’s Decorating at 3:30 p.m. on March 15.

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an apple a day... great big crunch: David Huang and Seneca Hill students and teachers bite down on an apple for The Great Big Crunch last Thursday. This health initiative is a special day of good food education, ending with a massive, synchronized bite into a crunchy apple to celebrate. Staff photo/Dan Pearce

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Advancing to provincials junior league action: The North York Rangers’ Liam Kerins, front, collides with St. Michael’s Buzzers’ C.J. Shugart during Ontario Junior Hockey League action Friday at Herb Carnegie Centennial Arena. The Rangers went on to win the game 3-1, lifting the team to a 4-1 opening series advantage and advancement to the second round of the playoffs. North York now faces the TorontoLakeshore Patriots. Photo/Peter C. McCusker Photo/COURTESY For more community photos from North York, visit http://bit.ly/ northyork_galleries

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North York’s Balsdon gets sportsmanship honour from Tim Hortons Brier North York native Greg Balsdon brought back a prestigious trophy from the 2014 Tim Hortons Brier, which wrapped up in Kamloops on Sunday – but not the one he was really after. In his first appearance at the national men’s curling championship, Balsdon skipped his team from Hamilton’s Glendale Golf and Country Club, where he is the curling professional, to a 5-6 record. While it wasn’t good enough to make the playoffs, he did leave with the Ross Harstone Award, given to the curler judged by his peers to best represent “high ideals of good sportsmanship, observance of the rules, exemplary conduct and curling ability.” “Very honored,” responded Balsdon in a tweet. The Balsdon team was competitive early on with a 4-2 record at one point before four straight losses put them out of the running. “Hope to be back,” he tweeted. And that can’t be ruled out, judging by his track record at the always tough provincial men’s championship held earlier this year. In his seventh visit to the Ontario Tankard he managed to accomplish what no other curler in Ontario had been able to do in eight previous years: knock off Glenn

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Mackenzie ties for fifth in OFSAA wrestling A couple of Toronto high schools almost wrestled their way onto the podium at the provincial high school boys wrestling championships. Rexdale’s West Humber Collegiate and North York’s W.L. Mackenzie Collegiate finished fourth and tied for fifth, respectively, at the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations (OFSAA) boys wrestling championship held in Brampton March 5 and 6. Both schools were back in action after last year’s Toronto District School Board (TDSB) winter sports season was shuttered due to a labour

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The TTC has announced a series of subway closures in March and April for construction related to its signal upgrade work on the YongeUniversity-Spadina (YUS) line, also known as Line 1. Two more closures are planned for the weekend of March 22 to 23 and on April 5 to 6 during which time there will be no subway service between Bloor-Yonge and St. Andrew stations.

rahul gupta TO in TRANSIT Frequent closures have been a staple of TTC use over the last couple of years as the transit commission proceeds on a host of modernization improvements, including automatic track control (ATC). While the work isn’t expected to be completed until 2018 at the earliest, the TTC promises when ATC is online, headways – the distance between trains – will be automatically calculated by computer, allowing for more efficient train service on Line 1. The TTC posted online a YouTube explainer video of the ATC work. Visit www. ttc.ca exhibit: Sketching the Line wart An art exhibition featuring sketches of subway commuters from several countries is screening on TTC subway platform video screens until April 13. Sketching the Line is the

latest cultural offering from the Art in Transit series and features 78 renditions of subway riders from Toronto, New York City, Berlin and the United Kingdom. The drawings depict commuters caught in a state of contemplation while they ride the subway in various locales. Visit www.artintransit.ca driving fatalities : OPP wDistracted

Distracted driving is now the No. 1 killer when it comes to automobile-related fatalities, says the OPP. With fines for texting or talking on a cellphone while driving set to increase, the provincial police force released statistics last week showing last year there were 78 fatalities caused by distracted driving, compared to 57 for impaired driving and 44 for speeding. As of March 18, fines for distracted driving will increase from $155 to $280. Rahul Gupta is The Mirror’s transit reporter. His column appears every Thursday. Reach him on Twitter: @TOinTRANSIT

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The City Youth Council of Toronto (CYCTO) is looking for residents from the ages 14 to 24 who have exhibited leadership and acts of kindness. The City Champions program, now in its second year, chooses one champion a month for making a difference in building a better city. The 12 winners are decorated in an awards ceremony and press conference at the Toronto City Hall’s Members’

It was not for nothing that Rob and Doug Ford made a point of listing an electoral ‘hit list’ of city councillors they’d like to see replaced. If the Fords are serious about governing for another four years, they’ll need both allies on council – but more importantly, they’ll need to reduce the ranks of what can only be called enemies. This is a problem for the Fords. Also, it’s a problem for those considering supporting Rob Ford again for mayor. For those, here is a reality check: it might, in real terms, be impossible to re-elect Ford as mayor, even if he manages to pull in the most votes. A city government made up mostly of councillors who were re-elected or elected by voters upset with the way Mayor Ford has comported himself, are unlikely to let a re-elected Mayor Ford govern. Remember, a solid majority of councillors voted to strip Ford of his powers last year. Since then, council has trundled along reasonably peaceably under Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly.

Lounge in December, when they will be able to network with city council and the mayor. One of them will also be announced as City Champion of the Year, and their name will be engraved on a plaque at Toronto City Hall. “There may be a young person who is not on the honour roll, who isn’t the athlete of the year at their school, but has done something positive in their school

or community and deserves to be recognized no matter how small of it was,” said Tyler Johnson, founder of the CYCTO. Recipients are selected by the Youth Councillors, who are elected to two-year terms for each of the city’s 44 wards. They advocate for civic literacy and participation by youth in municipal government. Nominations can be made at toronto.mycitymyvoice. ca

david nickle the city More than a few councillors – some on, and some off the record – made it clear that in the event the mayor’s re-elected, they’d waste little time in extending Ford’s exile. “It’s true that if the city should choose to return him, you have to ask how can we take his powers away,” said Don Valley East Councillor Shelley Carroll. “But I’ve got to tell you, we’d be looking to. .. (His re-election) is a slim possibility, but we would be giving him a rough ride.” For Ford to govern, councillors like Carroll will have to go straight up – and others, who are maybe less forthright at the moment, will have to be on the list, too. Etobicoke Centre Councillor Gloria Lindsay Luby, no friend of the mayor, merely said, “I think he has to demonstrate that he’s changed.” Etobicoke Lakeshore’s Peter Milczyn pointed out that an election – even

one that might not see a majority in charge – should confer the powers of office on the winner. But he admitted that in the case of Mayor Ford, the decision of whether to respect that vote entirely would be a tough call. “Certainly the initial reaction would be you win an election, you get to enjoy the power that goes with the office,” he said. “But the question of what else goes on between now and then... If there’s more drugs, or drinking, or whatever it is between now and election day, but he gets elected anyway? That kind of colours any authority he would have.” So there it is: Rob Ford could transform himself between now and Oct. 27. Or, council could all face the wrath of Ford Nation – and re-elect Rob Ford along with a council that doesn’t worry about things like drug abuse and truancy. It’s anybody’s guess, which is the harder fight to win.

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City’s Strong Neighbourhood Strategy could expand Number of neighbourhoods could increase to 31 from 22 DAVID NICKLE dnickle@insidetoronto.com More neighbourhoods in Toronto could be encompassed in the city’s Strong Neighbourhood Strategy if Toronto council goes along with a staff report that would bring the total number of Priority Neighbourhoods to 31, from the current 22. If council goes along with the plan put forward by staff, it would mark the first time since 2005 that the city revised its system of setting priority neighbourhoods since 2005, when under then-mayor David Miller the city first adopted its Toronto Strong Neighbourhoods Strategy. At the time, the city used data

gathered by the United Way of Greater Toronto, in a city-wide study that used various criteria to recognize neighbourhoods in need of help. Poverty and crime were a factor, but so, too, was access to services such as daycare and basic staples such as groceries. The new system uses a new metric, called a “Neighbourhood Equity Score,” which is derived from five categories: w economic opportunities (which look at the unemployment levels, income levels and social assistance) w social development (which measures education level and degree of marginalization) w the ability to participate in decision-making (tied to the municipal voting rate) w physical surroundings (looking at available meeting spaces, walkability, healthy food stores and green space) w healthy lives (which encompasses premature mortality, mental health, diabetes rates and hospitalization rates) City staff has assessed 140 neighbourhoods and calcu-

It seems to have worked well in a number of the neighbourhoods. To expand that into areas that have their challenges makes sense. – Councillor Peter Milczyn

lated a benchmark score, below which a neighbourhood is deemed priority. The new scoring system shows 31 neighbourhoods fall into the priority category. If approved, those neighbourhoods will be eligible for more city resources. At least for now, that won’t have a financial impact, because in 2014 council approved another $300,000 in funding to support “emerging needs in underserviced areas” and $12 million in capital funding for investment in Neighbourhood Improvement areas. Those funds will be used to transition neighbourhoods that will be moving into the new

portfolio. Mayor Rob Ford told reporters Monday that he’d oppose the changes. But other councillors were more supportive of the possibility. “That’s perfectly fine as long as the deliverables are clear as to what we want to achieve,” said Etobicoke-Lakeshore Councillor Peter Milczyn. “It seems to have worked well in a number of the neighbourhoods. To expand that into areas that have their challenges makes sense.” Don Valley East Councillor Shelley Carroll noted that the highrise community surrounding the Peanut on Don Mills Road didn’t make the cut – despite having poverty and crime issues. But she said it made sense, given that the area is already well-served with a combination of public services and charitable services. “It’d be great to be a priority neighbourhood but I wouldn’t get a whole lot more than what’s underway,” she said. “There are neighbourhoods on the new list that need it all.”

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