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Plane Pull a ORGANIC OFFERINGS benefit for ALS research The annual Bombardier Plane Pull for ALS Canada, being held this month, is a show of human strength. It features teams competing to see which can pull a Bombardier Q400 NextGen aircraft, weighSunday ing about 37,000 pounds, 100 metres in the shortest time. It also symbolizes the mental and spiritual strength of people living with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. ALS is a progressive and incurable disease that causes a person’s muscles to stop working. About 3,000 Canadians have ALS and 90 per cent of patients die within five years of diagnosis. The third annual plane pull will be held May 26 at Bombardier Aerospace at 123 Garratt Blvd., northwest of Wilson Avenue and Dufferin Avenue. The event raises money for ALS Canada, the leading non-for-profit organization working nationwide to fund ALS research and improve the quality of life for Canadians with ALS.

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The organic farmers market runs weekly on Thursdays, 3 to 7 p.m., until Oct. 10 at 777 Lawrence Ave. at Leslie Street.

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MARKET FRESH: Catherine Zisniowski, left, and Betsey Price organize the bread products at the Marché 59 booth at the organic farmers market outside Toronto Botanical Garden Thursday afternoon during the first day of the market’s 2013 season.

HRH banks on $500,000 donation from CIBC LISA QUEEN lqueen@insidetoronto.com

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The cancer centre waiting room at the new Humber

River Hospital will be named in honour of the CIBC, after the bank donated $500,000 to the hospital now under construction at Hwy. 401 and Keele

Street. The donation, presented at the construction site last Thursday brings the CIBC’s contributions to Humber River

to $1 million. “I chose Humber, specifically, because Humber is my hospital,” said Larry Tomei, CIBC senior vice-president of retail

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North York General Hospital is reassuring patients they have received the most effective breast cancer screening available, following the release of a study from Cancer Care Ontario. The study compared three different types of breast screening technology used in the province. It found digital direct radiography and screen film radiography, the type used at North York General at both its main site and Branson location, are significantly more effective than digital computed radiography at detecting breast cancer. “North York General mammography patients can be assured that they have received the most effective breast cancer screening available,” the hospital said in a statement. “At no time has North York General utilized computed radiology (CR) as a breast screening tool.” For more information, visit bit.ly/11KfegI

Catholic School opened its doors half a century ago. Now, the school is inviting alumni and former staff to celebrate its 50th anniversary Tuesday on June 4. The party kicks off at 5:30 p.m. with a spring concert, followed by a fun fair that includes children’s activities, raffles, a book sale and lots of surprises. Blessed Trinity is located at 3205 Bayview Ave., at Finch Avenue.

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Birchmount Park Stadium will be busy with football games this coming weekend with the Ontario Varsity Football League (OVFL) kicking off its spring/ summer season. Usually only the Scarborough-based Thunder make the south Scarborough stadium their home, but the North York-based Metro Toronto

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Wildcats have also inked in a few games there this season, including opening weekend, with the rest being played at their usual stadium – Esther Shiner Stadium in North York (where they will be back playing for week two games on Saturday, June 1). Here’s this weekend’s Wildcats’ opening schedule: The Wildcats take over Birchmount Stadium on Saturday, May 25, with the bantams at 12:30, juniors at 3 p.m. and varsity at 6 p.m. The bantams and varsity host the Oshawa Hawkeyes while juniors host the North Bay Bulldogs. Seneca offering non-profit program Seneca College has a new graduate certificate program focused on the non-profit sector. The college’s Nonprofit Leadership and Management graduate certificate program will prepare students to lead and manage nonprofit organizations toward sustainable growth in the competitive sector, Seneca announced earlier this month. The new program is offered

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by Seneca’s School of Business Management, and has been designed to address the growing need for graduates who understand the unique requirements of managing in the non-profit sector, the college said. According to the Ontario Nonprofit Network, more than 45,000 organizations in the province mobilize five million volunteers and employ more than 600,000 people. hit by car at Yonge and York Mills wAnSenior elderly woman is in hospital after she was hit by a car in the Yonge Street and York Mills Road area last Thursday. Police said the vehicle left the scene after hitting the 80-year-old woman around 12:30 p.m. The woman was taken to hospital for treatment of serious head and leg injuries. Police closed one lane on northbound Yonge Street for an investigation. CO-AUTHORS GALLBLADDER STUDY wSUNNYBROOK

Many patients with gallbladder inflammation are enduring

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Fond farewell to St. Charles Garnier family Decision to retire after 40 years an emotional one for Angie Giancola FANNIE SUNSHINE fsunshine@insidetoronto.com

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he year was 1973, and a young Angie Giancola was taking registration for the new St. Charles Garnier Catholic School from a trailer across from where the school would eventually be located. Living around the corner from the Driftwood Avenue and Stong Court school, 19-year-old Giancola, who worked for the Metropolitan Separate School Board (now the Toronto Catholic District School Board) in payroll, applied for a secretary job at St. Charles. “I was getting married, I was going to have a family one day, it was so close to home,” she recalled. “I would have vacations off to be with my kids.”

The key to happiness is you have to love, not like, what you do. – Angie Giancola

Three months after taking registration, the school opened on Stong Court with 420 students to be taught in portables. The school’s building was built in 1975. Giancola, who many refer to as the heart of the school, is retiring after 40 years on the job. “Obviously I didn’t think I would stay 40 years,” she said, laughing. “But what makes you stay is that you’re happy. They say change is good for you, but my change happened around me. Kids change, teachers move on. Some of the kids (from years ago) still live in the area and their kids go here. It’s beautiful. One former student has two grandkids who go here.” Her greatest joy is relishing in visits from former students and

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Angie Giancola, longtime secretary at St. Charles Garnier Catholic School on Stong Court, is retiring after 40 years on the job.

finding out what became of their lives, she said. “Maybe they were a troublemaker and now they are successful,” she said, adding one former student became a priest and another a lawyer in New York City. Giancola took it upon herself to plant a garden of perennials for the school’s 25th anniversary, which she would tend to at recess (someone new took over that job this year). Through the Knights of Columbus in Woodbridge, where she now lives, she would help select students to be part of a Christmas celebration that included a meal, entertainment and present. And when a local church called around Christmas saying they had 30 vouchers for food, Giancola called the parents who would most benefit from the offering. “I would always see how I could help,” she said. She recalled a religious retreat to Midland for the entire school to celebrate St. Charles’ 25th anniversary as a highlight, but her most

memorable moment was a school makeover in 2004. Parent volunteers repainted classrooms, built shelves, and two new playgrounds went up, she said. “Politicians, board members were here,” she said. “The community came in to help us. I helped with the garden out front and prepared the letters that went out to let people know what was happening.” After several years of pondering retirement, she finally made the gut-wrenching decision to leave the school she’s been part of for four decades. “I think I’ll never be ready, but this is the time I should go,” she said. “This is my second family. It was very emotional for me because I don’t know what’s ahead. This is what I’ve known all these years.” Giancola, who hopes to return to the school on a volunteer basis, said she doesn’t have immediate plans following her retirement, save for perhaps travelling with her

husband, Mario, who retired two years ago. “I will stop to smell the roses,” she said. Always focusing on the positive over the negative, she zones in on the good she sees in the hundreds of children who have walked through the school’s doors.

She’s funny, gutsy. People swarm around Angie. – Angie Scarangella

“Kids are kids,” she said. “They get in trouble, but they are lovable. Even if they are a troublemaker, I see the good in them.” Giancola starts work at 8:30 a.m., greeting supply teachers and preparing for the day. After the 9 a.m. announcements, she hands out late slips, makes phone calls, and deals with constant interruptions, she said. “I’m supposed to leave at 4:30 but a lot of the time I leave at 5, 5:30 because a parent hasn’t come to get

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their child, or the babysitter hasn’t come to get them,” she said. “I make sure the kids have left before I go home.” Though her last day of work is Friday, July 5, Giancola’s departure will be celebrated with a party Tuesday, June 18 at Julius Banquet Hall at Hwy. 400 and Finch Avenue. “Past and present teachers and students have been invited,” she said. “It’s nice. I’d like to see everyone socially.” Giancola, who had a co-worker click the send button on the email informing the school board of her retirement because she couldn’t bring herself to do it, said she will miss everything about her time at St. Charles Garnier Catholic School. “Kids are so proud when they show you something they have done,” she said. “There is an innocence to them. I’ve been happy all these years, I’ve gotten along with everybody. They see me as a sister or a mother. The key to happiness is you have to love, not like, what you do.” Angie Scarangella, who retired from teaching at St. Charles two years ago, said she’s known Giancola for seven years and wanted to help plan her retirement party. “Angie always helps out those in need, whether it’s students or personal problems,” she said. “She’s funny, gutsy. People swarm around Angie. She tells stories, she’s outgoing, friendly. I think Angie runs the school, she’s the glue that holds it together.” Principal Sal Lofranco, who has worked with Giancola the past two years, called her the matriarch of the school. “She knows all the pressure points, all the family’s histories,” he said. “She has given her blood to the community and the board. She’s the principal, the vice-principal, the nurse, the guidance counsellor, the mother, the sister. I don’t know where we go from here. I don’t want to think about it. She’s the face of the school.” A ceremony will be held for Giancola during mass Tuesday, May 21, he said.

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Learn secrets of technology startup As part of its Small Business Month series, the Toronto Public Library’s North York Central branch is hosting a session on technology startups. Mahyar Fotoohi, the chair and co-founder of Unified Computer Intelligence Corp., will lead the session. Fotoohi leads a technology startup that produces the Ubi, a product that changes how people interact with the Internet and technology. The event takes place in the auditorium and runs from 6:30 to 8 p.m., Monday, May 27. Call 416-395-5613 to register. A business plan that works wfinding

Enterprise Toronto is hosting a free session on business plans next week at the North York Civic Centre. The seminar looks at key factors in creating a sound business plan, what banks are looking for, what benchmarks to set and how to track your progress. The session will feature a presentation from Cecil Munkoh of TD Canada Trust Small Business Banking.

paul futhey business in brief The event runs from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 29 in Committee Room 3 of the North York Civic Centre, 5100 Yonge St. Call 416-395-7416 to register. makes $3-million donation wTridel

North York-based Tridel Corporation has pledged $3 million toward George Brown College’s Success at Work fundraising campaign. The donation will aid the renovation of learning spaces in the college’s Centre for Construction and Engineering Technologies at its Casa Loma campus. In recognition of this donation, the college’s construction management school will be named the Angelo Del Zotto School of Construction Management. Del Zotto serves as chief executive officer and

chair of the Tridel Group of Companies and Tridel Corporation. supports SickKids wBaskin-Robbins

As part of a month-long fundraiser for The Hospital for Sick Children, the Baskin-Robbins chain is holding a promotion on Saturday, June 1 from noon to 5 p.m. called Cones for the Community. Customers can e n j oy 3 1 - c e n t scoops at 74 participating locations in the Greater Toronto Area (including several in North York). Baskin-Robbins franchisees in the Toronto area have donated $3,100 to SickKids Foundation and will collect in-store donations throughout the month of June for the foundation.

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Business in Brief appears every two weeks in The Mirror. Email Paul Futhey at pfuthey@insidetoronto.com

Black Creek Brewery gets rebellious with latest beer Feeling rebellious? North York’s Black Creek Historic Brewery has the beer for you. The brewery, at Black Creek Pioneer Village, has launched its latest ale, named Montgomery’s Courage. Named in honour of Toronto’s Montgomer y Tavern, the base for a 1837 rebellion led by William Lyon Mackenzie, which was quickly defeated, the beer is the third edition in a series of 12 historic brews representing each consecutive decade of Canadian and brewing history, a statement from the brewery said. Montgomery’s Courage represents 1830 to 1839, when the colonies of Upper and Lower Canada revolted against unfair government rule. According to legend, rebel forces that met a Montgomery’s Tavern gained their courage for their shortlived uprising by sampling

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Montgomery’s Courage is crafted at the historic brewery.

many of the establishment’s fine ales, the brewery statement said. Ed Koren, brewmaster of Black Creek Historic Brewery, praised the Montgomery’s Courage. “In (the) 1830s, rye-based ales like Montgomery’s Courage were in abundance.

This amber ale is lightly carbonated and balanced to favour a slightly bitter hopping while delivering peppery, spicy notes with a bouquet reminiscent of ripe apples or calvados,” he said. Montgomery’s Courage is available while supplies last at select LCBO stores. It sells for $3.95 for a 500 millilitre bottle. Customers can search the LCBO for the beer (product number 34137) at www.lcbo.com A working recreation of an authentic 19th century brewery, Black Creek Historic Brewery uses only period equipment and no electricity to produce its beers. The public is welcome to tour the brewery with costumed staff and taste samples drawn from oak barrels.

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North York Senior Games: Chess WHEN: 7 to 10 p.m. WHERE: Earl Bales Park Community Centre, 4169 Bathurst St. CONTACT: Fred Kormendi, 416-223-0126 COST: Free

Toronto Symphony Orchestra Presents Musical Chat WHEN: 7 to 8 p.m. WHERE: North York Central Library Auditorium, 5120 Yonge St. CONTACT: Elizabeth, 416-395-5639, http://www. torontopubliclibrary.ca/detail. jsp?Entt=RDM114629 COST: Free Featuring British composer Sir Edward Elgar’s ‘Enigma Variations’. Classical music expert Rick Phillips lends his insights. Call to register. ‘I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change’ WHEN: 8 to 10 p.m. WHERE: Toronto Centre for the Arts, Studio Theatre, 5040 Yonge St. CONTACT: 1-855985-2787, http://www.angelwalk.ca COST: $25 to $45 Angelwalk Theatre and KooGle Theatre Company are bringing the hit Off-Broadway musical to Toronto audiences. On stage until June 2.

◗ Sunday, June 2

Ward 10 Community Bike Ride WHEN: 1 p.m. WHERE: Esther Shiner Stadium, 5720 Bathurst St. CONTACT: Councillor James Pasternak, 416-392-1371, www.jamespasternak.ca, councillor_pasternak@toronto.ca COST: Free Join a community bike ride in Ward 10 to celebrate Toronto Bike Month. Leave from Esther Shiner Stadium and bike along the Finch-Hydro Corridor trail through G. Ross Lord park. 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.

◗ Wednesday, May 22

Bowling Mixed Pairs WHEN: 9 a.m. to noon WHERE: Willowdale Lawn Bowling Club, 150 Beecroft Ave. CONTACT: Emma Varga, 416 225-9024, evarga3@rogers.com COST: Free

Learn To Use Your iPad WHEN: 9 to 11 a.m. WHERE: Bernard Betel Centre, 1003 Steeles Ave. W. CONTACT: Dianne Erdos-Rush, 416-225-2112, www.betelcentre.org, dianneer@betelcentre.org COST: $25 Two classes: today and Wednesday, May 29.

◗ Friday, May 24

It’s Not All CSI And Serial Killers WHEN: 2 to 3 p.m. WHERE: Don Mills Library, 888 Lawrence Ave. E. CONTACT: 416-395-5710 COST: Free Sharon A. Crawford, writer-inresidence with the Canadian Authors Association Toronto Branch, will discuss the origins of her plots and characters as she reads from ‘Beyond the Tripping Point.’

‘Mame’ WHEN: 7 p.m. WHERE: York Woods Library Theatre, 1785 Finch Ave. W. CONTACT: Box Office, 416-755-1717 COST: $28 The Civic Light-Opera Company presents the Broadway musical, on stage until June 1.

◗ Thursday, May 23

Kabbalalalat Shabbat WHEN: 7:15 p.m. WHERE: Temple

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Sinai Congregation of Toronto, 210 Wilson Ave. CONTACT: Temple Office, 416-487-4161, www.templesinai.net, office@templesinai.net COST: Free

◗ Saturday, May 25

Cassandra P.S. Spring Fling WHEN: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. WHERE: 45 Cassandra Blvd. CONTACT: Trixie Doyle, https://sites.google.com/site/ cassandraparents/events, cassandraparents@gmail.com COST: Free Games, barbecue, silent auction, face painting, bouncy castle, and more. Preventing Pests in Fruit Trees WHEN: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. WHERE: Lotherton Pathway Orchard, 109 Lotherton Pathway CONTACT: www. orchardpeople.com, info@orchardpeople.com COST: Adults $30; seniors, students $20 Faywood ABC Elementary School Fun Fair WHEN: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. WHERE: 95 Faywood Blvd. CONTACT: 416-3952390 COST: Free Games, food, inflatables, entertainment and community spirit. Lansing United Church’s Rendezvous with Spring WHEN: 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. WHERE: 49 Bogert Ave. CONTACT: Jennifer Adamthwaite/Orville Green, 416221-1722, lansingunited@bellnet.ca

COST: Free A concert followed by dessert. Features will include steel drum renditions, vocal solos and entertaining readings by Friends of Lansing. Donations of $10 (children $5) will be accepted. 50th Anniversary Worship Evening WHEN: 7 to 9 p.m. WHERE: Willowdale Christian Reformed Church, 70 Hilda Ave. CONTACT: 416-2217829, www.willowdalecrc.com, office@willowdalecrc.com COST: Free

◗ Sunday, May 26

North York Astros Host Kingston FC WHEN: 4:30 p.m. WHERE: Esther Shiner Stadium, 5720 Bathurst St. CONTACT: www.northyorkastros. ca, tickets@northyorkastros.ca COST: Adults (14 and over) $15; youth (3 to 13) $5

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hey’re big, they’re cute and they could be two of the greatest things to happen to our city in decades. They are Da Mao and Er Shun, the two giant pandas on loan from China that are now on display at the Toronto Zoo in northeast Scarborough for the next five years. In a word, they are ambassadors. Ambassadors from China. They can serve as ambassadors to bring your family and friends from afar to Toronto. Beyond the economic benefits of increased tourism that the pandas will bring, we can also use them as a chance to start feeling good about ourselves and our city. We certainly could use that opportunity given the devastating our view first-round NHL playoff loss the Toronto Maple Leafs suffered at Zoo exhibit the hands of the other bears – the Boston Bruins. a welcome Local residents and tourists alike opportunity will have lots of opportunities to see Da Mao and Er Shun in the special Giant Panda Experience exhibit built just for them. It officially opened to the public on Saturday. The first time the Toronto Zoo hosted a panda exhibit was back in 1985 when our panda guests were Qing Qing and Quan Quan. They only stayed three months that time and the zoo broke all previous attendance records during their visit. The world is a different place now, and so is Canada’s relationship with China, but what hasn’t changed in 25 years is the fact that our city and our zoo are now the focal point of national and international attention when it comes to giant pandas. Let’s bask in that. It opens doors for everyone in the city to welcome family and friends, be they from Oakville or the other side of the world, to come and see the pandas. And once our guests have arrived, we can also show them some of the other great things Toronto has to offer. In the case of a trip to the zoo, a suggestion for another special place to visit in Toronto is the Rouge Park – literally right beside the Toronto Zoo. To learn more about the giant pandas and their stay at our zoo, visit www.torontozoo.com/pandas For more on the journey of getting the pandas to Toronto, go to our website at www.insidetoronto.com and visit the Hot Topics section.

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A letter to our two giant panda guests Dear Er Shun and Da Mao, A belated welcome to Toronto. I hope you’ll both forgive me for not being on hand to deliver the greeting in person at the official opening of your Toronto Zoo exhibit on Saturday, but I’ve been a tad preoccupied of late. I’ve been spending all my time trying to cheer up scads of forlorn Toronto Maple Leaf fans. But I’ll be up soon. Count on it. In the meantime, I’ve seen a ton of your pictures online and you both look fantastic. What’s your secret? How can you be none the worse for wear after a long journey from China. I’m worn out after just a jaunt to Buffalo, for crying out loud. And it’s also very apparent that the quarantine has agreed with you. You must be a couple of real smooth talkers. Quarantines never agree with anybody. You should also know that the culinary crowd is licking it lips over your mouth-watering all-you-can-eat bamboo, seven-days-a-week, 24-hoursa-day diet just as much as

jamie wayne BUT SERIOUSLY you. Since it was made public, it has become the envy of restaurants all over town. I’m told the Mandarin is hearing footsteps. A word of warning on that stockpile of yummy bamboo, though. Your parrot neighbour Polly Wannacracker is said to be jealous. You might want to save a doggy bag or two for her to keep that busybody quiet. Know what I’m saying? You also might want to pass over a few bucks of that $1 million a year you’re picking up for coming here to Edgar the Elephant who lives down the road. That news can’t be making him happy. It’s no secret he’s working for peanuts. Anyhow, I have no doubt the zoo is going to be a real habitat away from habitat for both of you and you’re going to love it here. Just as importantly, we’re going to

love having you here. Which brings me to the real purpose of this letter. They say timing is everything in life, and the timing for your arrival couldn’t have been better. You see, the local citizenry is in rough shape at the moment. The Raptors had another so-so campaign, TFC is struggling once again and after so much was expected, the Blue Jays got out of the gate sluggishly. And the biggest downer of all? The Leafs, who finally made the playoffs after a nineyear drought, ended their season with a heart-breaking OT loss in Game 7 to the big, bad, Bruins. I’m guessing you witnessed that sad tale given that Lazlo the Lion nearby has TV in his den and the rumour going around was that everybody who is anybody at the zoo was invited over to see the game. Anyhow, Er Shun and Da Mao, more than a week has transpired since that fateful night and we’re still hearing about how difficult it is going to be for everyone to

recover. Enough already, I say. It’s time for the city to get its smile back. And you’re just the pair to make it happen. But how you might ask? Elementary my dear pandas, elementary. No, you don’t have to dance around together in a couple of Phil Kessel and James van Riemsdyk jerseys. Or give a big group hug to Dion Phaneuf and James Reimer. No choreographed silliness like that is necessary. All you gotta do, is do what you were brought here to the big leagues to do in the first place: just be you. Period. I ask you, who can look a couple of giant pandas in their giant eyes without breaking into a huge grin? Nobody, that’s who. It just isn’t possible. Trust me, even the most distraught Leaf fan will be putty in your paws. Jamie Wayne is a lifelong columnist, who takes writing very seriously. The topics? Not so much. His column appears every Tuesday. Contact him at jamie.wayne@sympatico.ca

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Metrolinx CEO comments on transportation plans THE BIG MOVE Sixteen billion dollars in investment has already started the building of The Big Move. There are number of major projects completed or currently in construction that will transform how our region moves. The Union Pearson Express will cut the journey between the airport and downtown to a quick 25 minutes. GO Transit is expanding, with major infrastructure projects like the Union Station Revitalization and the Georgetown South Project creating new capacity to meet rapidly growing customer demand, and help make the GO train an even more convenient travel option for you and your family. New rapid transit is being built across the region. Currently under construction is an 18-kilometre eastwest busway that will run across the city of Mississauga, as well as vivaN-

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FULL CIRCLE 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 Lisa Levin, vice-president of communications and development for Circle of Care.

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Tell us about your organization and what it does.

Circle of Care is a leading community support and home health care organization that has been serving the Toronto area since 1974. Through our many services, Circle of Care enables our 7,000 clients, many of whom are frail seniors, to age in the comfort of their own homes. Our wide range of services include:

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respite through the skills of our 530 personal support workers w seniors’ transportation including rides to downtown hospitals w kosher Meals on Wheels w a day centre for seniors with dementia w individual and group counseling w a ssistance with navigating the system of community support services w diner’s clubs w friendly visiting w supports for family caregivers w visiting hospice program w supports for victims of elder abuse

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What is your role in the organization?

I am the vice-president of communications and development. In this role I oversee all internal and external communications, the agency’s marketing strategy and our community partnerships. I led Circle of Care’s initial work in joining the Bathurst-Finch Hub, before the building was even designed. At the time

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Many people do not know where to turn when they or their loved one needs support to stay at home. A common example would be a couple in their 80s – the wife took care of the husband who has Alzheimer’s disease, then the wife has a stroke and is hospitalized. The couple’s children don’t know who to talk with to determine what steps can be taken to keep their parents at home. By calling Circle of Care, our professional staff can provide guidance on the next steps to take free of charge. We help families find answers and support them on their journey. Our staff speak over 24 languages including Russian, Hebrew, Tagalog, Farsi and Mandarin, to meet the needs of Toronto’s diverse population. Circle of Care also has specialized home care supports for Holocaust survivors. Over 350 volunteers support the work of the agency in a wide range of roles including Meals on Wheels delivery, visiting hospice volunteers, and phone pals.

I realized what a wonderful opportunity it would be for Circle of Care to be able to offer programs and services out of the hub. We currently serve just under 800 clients in the neighbourhood in their homes. We now have a meeting spot closer to these clients.

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

It has been very positive. As indicated earlier, there are so many seniors in the

area we have been able to attract participants to our programs.

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

We are supporting partners, which means that we do not have dedicated office space at the hub, but we have signed an agreement and pay a fee to be able to use the hub’s meeting rooms 10 hours a month. Programs that we currently offer at the hub include a diner’s club for frail seniors and a spousal support group for caregivers. This neighbourhood has the highest percentage of seniors in the city; our programs and services are very much in demand. Circle of Care is also involved in the Bathurst Finch Network, a group of community residents and workers from community agencies who plan community-based programs and make positive

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

The majority of our work takes place in people’s homes since our clientele often have difficulty getting out. Previously, some of our diner’s clubs were held in our office. The Bathurst-Finch Hub is a much more inviting and appropriate space for these programs. It is also located in a

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change in the neighbourhood. We sit on the Food Action Team which oversees the implementation of food security initiatives in the neighbourhood such as the food bank at Northview Heights Secondary School, the SHOP program, a free market sponsored by the Second Harvest Food Bank, and two community gardens. Parts of the Bathurst-Finch neighbourhood have been identified as a food desert, a community where fresh affordable produce and food is not available or very difficult to access. It’s a major problem and even greater for seniors who have difficulty walking and shopping for groceries.

neighbourhood with the highest percentage of seniors in they city. A location at the hub will help us reach out to these seniors. We also plan to work cooperatively with the other hub partners to offer co-ordinated services and programs, to build on the synergy of the location and make service offerings more client centred.

Your organization’s mission is to support independence and enhance quality of life. Talk about that goal.

We work very hard to facilitate aging in place of our clients in this neighbourhood. Our basket of services enables seniors in the area to receive personal care, respite care, kosher Meals on Wheels,

transportation, etcetera. What makes our work in Bathurst-Finch different than our work in other areas is the effort that has been placed into community development initiatives such as those led by the Food Action Team.


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Cancer centre waiting room named for CIBC >>>from page 1 Humber River as a child for a broken ankle and later for a broken arm. His children were also born there, “Humber is really a special hospital for me. It’s where my family and friends go,” he said. “This team is world class. I really, really mean that. I’ve never been involved in an organization that is so dedicated to their, I was going to say clients, but their patients in making sure this hospital is leading edge. Not to be leading edge (just for the sake of it) but to make a difference for their patients.” Cancer hits close to home for Tomei, who said his family has been left devastated by the loss of his brother-in-law in December of colon cancer at the age of 46. “It’s amazing what cancer does to people, but I thank God, and I really mean it, I thank God for all the people (medical staff ) who are going to be in that hospital day in and day out because that’s what gets people through,” he said. The new Humber River will be North America’s first fully digital

expected to treat more than 17,000 cancer patients a year when the new hospital opens in the fall of 2015, said Dr. Jon Wilson, head of hematology and oncology at Humber River. Already, Humber River offers a comprehensive cancer program. “From assessment and detection to treatment, Humber River Hospital’s cancer program provides an integrated approach to care that puts patients and their families first. Physicians, nurses, educators, therapists, dieticians, pharmacists and support staff surround patients throughout their cancer journey and support them with comprehensive care,” Wilson said. “You may be surprised to learn that Humber River is home to one of the busiest cancer programs in the province. In fact, it is the third largest oncology program in the GTA, next to Princess Margaret and Sunnybrook hospitals.” Humber River treats every kind of cancer except leukemia. “This means our physicians are experienced with most forms of cancer and can bring a broad, expert perspective to patients’

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hospital, meaning every process in the hospital will be fully automated, president Dr. Rueben Devlin said. CIBC’s investment will help

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treatments,” Wilson said. “We also do a high volume of clinical trials, which allow patients to participate in clinical trials while staying close to home for cancer care.”

I’ve never been involved in an organization that is so dedicated to their... patients in making sure this hospital is leading edge. – Larry Tomei, CIBC

When the new hospital opens, the cancer centre will have 28 treatment spaces, up from the 10 the hospital now offers. “Speciality clinics, like breast health and prostate clinics, will address important community needs,” Wilson said. “All of these aspects contribute towards creating an environment that is centred on patient and family care.”

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rahul gupta TO in TRANSIT argues Toronto, though larger in population than Chicago, fails to connect the city as well as it should and needs urgent expansion. Keelesdale Park tunnelling update A bridge providing alternate access to Keelesdale Park during tunneling construction for the Eglinton-Scarbrough Crosstown light rail transit line is scheduled to be finished by June. When it is complete, the bridge will be the only public entry point into the park, located at 2801 Eglinton Ave. W., which Metrolinx is using as a construction staging area for the tunnel excavation of the Crosstown’s underground portion. Three more public meetings are also planned to discuss future planning priorities for Eglinton when the Crosstown opens in 2020. For more information, check out www.toronto.ca/ eglinton

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The committee will also be hearing about the city’s 2013-2017 Community Arts Action Plan, which is to say, how revenues from the Third Party Sign Tax will be distributed and invested.

david nickle the agenda The report recommends continued monitoring of the arts sector, and also boosting grant programs through the Toronto Arts Council. The report recommends creating a “cultural hot spot” program to celebrate Toronto’s neighbourhoods as cultural destinations, and seeking more physical space for community arts activities. Street office incentives wYork

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The developers are building an office tower valued at $230 million at 1 York St. According to city staff, it meets all the criteria for the Imagination, Manufacturing, Innovation and Technology Financial Incentive program. The program was better known as the TIEG program under former mayor David Miller. It was first used, unsuccessfully, to kickstart a major redevelopment of lands around the Woodbine Racetrack in north Etobiocke. It will be up to the committee and then council as to what happens regarding the York Street development.

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Games in Toronto. The city’s parks, forestry and recreation department will ask the committee to support the release of surplus funds raised at the games for community sports and recreation programs. The legacy initiative from the games reflects a surplus of $73,620 that the committee is expected to recommend city council disperse to WeirFoulds LLP and the Toronto Community Foundation (trustees) for the Toronto Sports Council Emerging Athletes Fund and the Playing for Keeps Give Sport a Try program. The 2012 Ontario Summer Games took place from Aug. 14 to 19 at a number of Toronto locations, and saw young athletes from across the province take part in a variety of athletic events.

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mental health strategy York University approved a comprehensive mental health strategy focusing on fostering student academic success and a better workplace to create a mentally healthy campus, the post-secondary institution announced last Tuesday. Over the next 18 months, the newly formed mental health steering committee will work on policy development, building awareness of campus resources and promoting the new software Moodle training program Mental Health EDU, an online 20-minute mental health program designed to assist faculty and staff in understanding how to help students in distress using an approach that fits their individual comfort levels. “In any given year, one in five Canadians will experience a diagnosable mental health problem or illness,” Mamdouh Shoukri, York’s

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sports schedule TDCAA GIRLS SOFTBALL EAST DIVISION THURSDAY, MAY 23 w Senator O’Connor vs. Mary Ward (L’Amoreaux Park, 2000 McNicoll Ave.) w St. Joseph’s Morrow Park vs. Francis Libermann (Iroquois Park, 295 Chartland Blvd. S.) w Blessed Cardinal Newman vs. Blessed Mother Teresa (Malvern Rec. Park, 30 Sewells Rd.) BOYS BASEBALL TIER 2 TUESDAY, MAY 21 w Community Hebrew Academy vs. Blessed Pope John Paul II (Wishing Well Park, 1801 Pharmacy Ave.) w Senator O’Connor vs. Neil McNeil (Highview Park, 150 Highview Ave.) WEDNESDAY, MAY 22 w Father Redmond vs. St. Basil (Sentinel Park, 315 Sentinel Rd.) w Blessed Cardinal Newman vs. Brebeuf (Bond Park #3, 120 Bond Ave.) TDSB BOYS WATER POLO DISTRICT REGION TUESDAY, MAY 21 w West Hill CI vs. Lawrence Park CI (Northview Heights SS, 550 Finch Ave. W., 2:30 p.m.) w Victoria Park CI vs. Northview Heights SS (Northview Heights SS, 550 Finch Ave. W., 3:30 p.m.)

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THURSDAY, MAY 23 w Lawrence Park CI vs. Georges Vanier SS (Newtonbrook SS, 155 Hilda Ave., 2:30 p.m.) w Northview Heights SS vs. Newtonbrook SS (Newtonbrook SS, 155 Hilda Ave., 3:30 p.m.)

Downsview Hockey Club had seven of its Select teams make it to the semi-finals and finals this season. Three of them won their division championship. The Downsview Bantam Black Team (at left) includes Head Coach Loui Triantafillou, Manager Andre Felix, and Assistant Coaches and Trainers John Travassos, Nick Sosa and Nelson Janicas. The team includes: Martino Pagliaroli, Sergio Gimenez, Nicholas Does, Jordan Travassos, Melad Qarizada, Anthony Digiantommasso, Daniel Janicas, Daniel Rosario, Gian Paolo Pittis, James Runca, Brian Buchan, Robert Rose, Paul Fortuna, Andrew Rossit, Anthony Levine and Mascot Ryan Triantafillou.

CO-ED ULTIMATE FRISBEE NORTH REGION WEDNESDAY, MAY 22 w Westview A vs. CW Jefferys CI (CW Jefferys CI, 340 Sentinel Rd., 3 p.m.) w Westview B vs. Newtonbrook SS (CW Jefferys CI, 340 Sentinel Rd., 3 p.m.) w Northview Heights SS vs. Earl Haig A (Earl Haig SS, 100 Princess Ave., 3 p.m.) w Georges Vanier SS vs. Earl Haig B (Earl Haig SS, 100 Princess Ave., 3 p.m.) w York Mills CI vs. W.L. MacKenzie “A” (William Lyon Mackenzie CI, 20 Tillplain Rd., 3 p.m.) w AY Jackson SS @ W.L. MacKenzie “B” (William Lyon Mackenzie CI, 20 Tillplain Rd., 3 p.m.) w Westview A vs. Newtonbrook SS (CW Jefferys CI, 340 Sentinel Rd., 4:15 p.m.) w Westview B vs. CW Jefferys CI (CW Jefferys CI, 340 Sentinel Rd., 4:15 p.m.) w Northview Heights SS vs. Earl Haig B (Earl Haig SS, 100 Princess Ave., 4:15 p.m.) w Georges Vanier SS vs. Earl Haig A (Earl Haig SS, 100 Princess Ave., 4:15 p.m.) w York Mills CI vs. W.L. MacKenzie “B” AY Jackson SS @ W.L. MacKenzie “A” (William Lyon Mackenzie CI, 20 Tillplain Rd., 4:15 p.m.)

UPCOMING The city championships in TDSB girls rugby, tier 1 will be held Thursday, May 23 at Sunnybrook Rugby Pitch. Teams T.B.A.

GIRLS SOFTBALL NORTH REGION VARSITY TIER 1 WEDNESDAY, MAY 22 w Quarter-final - 7th @ 2nd - Earl Haig SS vs. York Mills CI (Goulding Park, south diamond, 45 Goulding Ave., 9 a.m.) w Quarter-final - 6th @ 3rd - T.B.A. vs. T.B.A. (Goulding Park, south diamond, 45 Goulding

Ave., 11 a.m.) w Quarter-final - 5th @ 4th - T.B.A. vs. T.B.A. (Goulding Park, south diamond, 45 Goulding Ave., 1 p.m.) MONDAY, MAY 22 w Semifinal 1 - T.B.A. vs. Victoria Park CI (Goulding Park, south diamond, 45 Goulding

Ave., 10 a.m.) w Semifinal 2 - T.B.A. vs. T.B.A. (Goulding Park, north diamond, 45 Goulding Ave., 10 a.m.) w North Gold Medal Game - T.B.A. vs. T.B.A. (Goulding Park, south diamond, 45 Goulding Ave., 1 p.m.)

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Positive Change Ontario’s Budget 2013

Helping people in their everyday lives ✔ Reducing Auto Insurance by 15% on average ✔ $260 million investment in expanding home care ✔ New Youth Jobs Strategy ✔ Revitalizing infrastructure across small towns, big cities, rural and Northern Ontario For more information on Ontario’s Budget, please visit Ontario.ca/Budget, call 1-800-337-7222 or contact Laura Albanese.

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Don Mills Optical hosts class trip and complimentary eye exams for students at Don Mills Collegiate Students in Ms. Sullivan’s developmental disability class at Don Mills Collegiate were invited to Don Mills Optical, courtesy of owners Betty Prebeg RO and Bob Bassier RO. The students were treated to eye exams from the inhouse optometrist at 170 The Donway west and got an up close

look at how the equipment is used. The students were explained the importance of an eye exam and the role of the opticians. Don Mills Optical would like to thank the students for their enthusiasm and great behaviour. They were all treated to cookies and a stylish Transi-

tions pencil after their exams. Betty and Bob are sure that the students had fun and learned a great deal about the importance of eye care. As a further thank you for their visit, Don Mills Optical is please to provide complimentary pairs of glasses to two students in Ms. Sullivan’s class.

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