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Highrise approved beside school board 34-storey condo planned for 90 Sheppard East LISA QUEEN

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C. W. Jefferys Collegiate Institute student Miriam Damile demonstrates a distracted driver while students look on during a Take Action Against Distraction event at the school yesterday.

Students tell tales of distracted driving C.W. Jefferys students witness drivers shaving and applying makeup

FANNIE SUNSHINE Maame Darkwa expected to see drivers texting and talking to their passengers, but she wasn’t prepared

for the man who was shaving or the woman doing her make-up while behind the wheel. “I saw more than I thought I’d ever see,” said the Grade 11 C.W. Jefferys Collegiate Institute student.

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“I never thought I would see someone eating cereal out of a bowl or shaving with an electric razor. That’s for the bathroom.” Darkwa was one of several students who took part in Allstate @NorthYorkMirror

Insurance Company of Canada’s Take Action Against Distraction event, which was held nationally Sept. 20 from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. at 92 sites. >>>TEENS, page 5

Willowdale Councillor John Filion admits he was “shocked and appalled” when he first heard of plans for a 34-storey condo building in a parking lot beside the Toronto Catholic District School Board office in downtown North York. But then he learned the former city of North York had left the door open to development on the site. “So, the question was, what would be the best building to build under the circumstances?” Filion said. At the Wednesday meeting of North York Community Council, councillors approved a mixed-use commercial and residential project proposed by developer Minto at 90 Sheppard Ave. E., east of Yonge Street, beside the school board’s head office at 80 Sheppard. The development, which still requires approval from city council >>>RESIDENTS, page 5

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Man gunned down at San Romanoway apartment ANDREW PALAMARCHUK A 24-year-old man was gunned down in a North York apartment building early Thursday. The shooting happened at 25 San Romanoway northeast of Jane Street and Finch Avenue at 12:05 a.m. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. An 11th-floor resident who didn’t

give his name said his neighbour woke him up. “He said he heard a big bang and then screaming. He thought something blew up,” the resident said. “Within a short time, the cops arrived, knocking on all the doors on the floor. I opened the door. The officer asked me if I heard any shots. I told him no but my neighbour did.” The resident, who has been living in the building since 2005, said three

young men live in the unit where the shooting occurred. “I’ve never heard of a shooting in this building before,” the resident added. “Fighting is common but not shooting.” Police officers were dusting building doors for fingerprints and examining security camera footage. Anyone with information is asked to call the homicide squad at 416808-7400 or Crime Stoppers.

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Toronto police forensic officers attend at the scene of an early morning murder in an apartment building at 25 San Romanoway Thursday.

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chip truck dog clinic serving up implants: At left, Anne Xu and her dog, Caesar, wait to enter the Toronto Animal Services’ CHIP truck clinic at JaneFinch Mall recently for a microchip implant. The implants, which are the size of a grain of rice, provide a permanent identification system to reunite lost or stolen pets with their owners. Above, the Garcia family has their dog, Snoopy, microchipped by veterinarian Esther Attard. At right, Casey waits for his turn to get into the Toronto Animal Services’ CHIP truck clinic. Photos/PETER C. MCCUSKER

EFFORTS LAUDED caravan carnival: At left, Salvador Sánchez Cerén, vice-president of El Salvador, left, meets Father Hernán Astudillo last month at San Lorenzo Anglican Church on Dufferin Street. Cerén was visiting the church to thank its members for their efforts to donate food, clothing and medical supplies to Central America through The Caravan of Hope. At right, Anna Fuentes prepares food during the festival celebrating the Caravan of Hope. The Caravan has been providing food, clothing and medical supplies to communities in need in Central America since 2001. Staff photos/NICK PERRY

A man has been arrested in the robbery of a Keele Street and Wilson Avenue bank Sept. 14. Police said a man walked into the bank around 3:50 p.m. and just as the teller was ready to serve him, he spoke with someone in Spanish over his cell phone. The man then handed the teller a note demanding money. The man obtained a quantity of cash and left the bank. Jorge Luis Oliveros Ortega, 22, of Toronto, was arrested Tuesday and charged with robbery.

Local heroes in Willowdale to receive Jubilee medals Thirty local heroes will be presented with Diamond Jubilee Medals today. The award, which pays tribute to Queen Elizabeth’s 60 years on the throne, is given to Canadians who have made outstanding contributions to their community and country. Willowdale MP Chungsen Leung will present the recipients with their medals in the council chambers of the North York Civic Centre at 5100 Yonge St. beginning at 6:30 p.m. The winners are Marion Allsop, Melitina Blandau, Anna Bloom, Irene Carriere, Angela Chan, Donald Chen, Walter Chmela, John Choy, Daniel Coates, Warrant Officer Malcolm Dawson, Maj. Gino Falconi, Geoffrey Geduld, Murthy Ghandikota, Capt. Lionel Goffart, Albert Kowalenko, Chi Tsan Lok, Janet Love, Joan Mactavish, Gerald Mak, Heidi Mottahedin, Dr. Nicolas Pairaudeau, Mark Persaud, John Reid, Evelyn Robertson, Steve Sankar, William John Scrafton, Dr. Pang Shek, Jack Daniel Uger, Robert Weeks and Stephen Yiu.

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ransit. Transit. Transit. The news has been filled with transit stories of late: funding options for Toronto transit, a transit union public awareness campaign, and earlier this week the advocacy group Greater Toronto CivicAction Alliance asked residents ‘What would you do with 32’ extra minutes each day, if the province’s $50-billion Big Move transportation plan is completed? CivicAction’s Wednesday our view campaign launch goes beyond Toronto’s borders to include the It’s important Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA). It not only asks to participate residents to participate in the campaign, but it demands a real in campaign transportation vision for the entire region. Alas, nothing is free in this world and $50 billion is a lot of money to not just spend, but more importantly find in the Province of Ontario’s ever-shrinking coffers. Granted, it amounts to only $2 billion a year for 25 years. Seems possible, but it would take the conviction of Premier Dalton McGuinty’s government – already facing a significant budget shortfall – to put up meaningful funding. And that’s a challenge. CivicAction estimates the average commute for residents in the GTHA, if the Big Move were not completed, would increase from 77 to 109 minutes – a loss of 32 minutes to one’s day. Thankfully, the 32 Minutes campaign isn’t about advocating one type of transit solution over the other, but simply asks a very real question: “What we are willing to do to make sure new transit gets built,” said the group’s chair, John Tory, after the launch. Closer to home and added to the Big Move, Toronto itself is faced with the challenge of funding a transit system that needs to significantly expand to meet the needs of the city. As our Oct. 4 editorial – ‘Toronto will get the transit it pays for’ – stated succinctly: taxpayers across the GTHA will have to face the reality that what you pay for – or don’t – is what you get. We encourage everyone to tell us how you would spend 32 extra minutes in your day and participate in the CivicAction campaign by visiting It’s important this conversation be kept alive. The idea of having people reflect on those extra 32 minutes a day should engage comment, along with highlighting the very real toll congestion is taking on our lives. If we fail to act, the problems of today’s commuters will get much worse in the future. Toronto Community News is a division of Metroland Media Group Ltd. The Mirror is a member of the Ontario Press Council. Visit newsroom

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To the editor: Thanks to the North York Mirror, those of us who make avid use of the Fairview Library were made aware it was closing and would be opening “sometime next year.” One is left to wonder, who did the planning for this branch? There were no signs, information or indication this was to be so, and, in my opinion, gives a “couldn’t care less” gesture to the people who pay for and use the library. My understanding of the city’s finances are that we are in dire straits, but there seemed to be enough ($4.4 million) to rehabilitate the Fairview branch. It will be interesting to see whether there will be over-runs. I shall be contacting my councillor and since we have received no word from her on this matter, I am left to wonder whether even she knew of the branch closing. Derek Pennington

Public housing report ‘skirts uncomfortable realities’


rom time to time a report comes from Toronto City Hall on an issue that cries for solution. To respect the complexity of a problem, council sets up a task force, and provides enough time and resources to examine the options. In return, the public and council expect solid recommendations. But after the fanfare and media availability, when the details are examined, comes the realization that the final report does little. Unfortunately council’s attempt to respond to the maintenance backlog in our public housing in the report “Putting People First” falls into this category. Which is too bad, because we Torontonians have a problem. Not only are we a landlord to around 164,000 residents in 2,200 buildings, but we also own a backlog of repairs that stands at about $750 million, which is growing by at least

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$90 million per year. So far, about 400 units are unfit for habitation. As the unfunded repair backlog balloons, there is a very real risk that more of our public housing stock will be less safe, less rentable and certainly more undesirable. In response, the Toronto Community Housing board recommended selling about 700 higher value single-family houses to generate “at least $222 million” for repairs. A firestorm of protest greeted the proposal. Without either side able to take control or draft a compromise, council deferred the problem to a working group. Aware that council was indecisive, the working group

could do little other than recycle cliches. Finally, it selected ideas based on pain avoidance rather than effectiveness. In response to the key issue of selling 619 single-family houses, the report recommended selling less than 10 per cent of those units. In addition came a suggestion to offer perhaps another 15 per cent of those homes to tenants. The rest of the report was filled with the usual recommendations, plus it took up the municipal mantra for more federal and provincial money. Like most reports, this one skirted uncomfortable realities. The report could have made explicit the unpleasant truth that the majority of our public housing stock is in good enough condition so that strong medicine can be pushed off. There could have been an evaluation of how current successes can be used elsewhere in Toronto. The report

could have investigated how Toronto’s social housing agency could learn from the successes in Regent Park, and plans for Lawrence Heights and Alexandra Park near Kensington Market. Both of the newer plans hope to replace aging public housing, add affordable housing stock plus public amenities. Clearly there are risks, but at least the scale of the figures show promise in addressing the maintenance backlog. Even on smaller issues the report chose to steer away from decisions that could seriously reduce the problem. There were also no lessons from other jurisdictions. If the goal of the report was to address the issue of how to turn around the increasingly poor state of Toronto’s public housing stock, it could have been much better. n David Soknacki is a former City of Toronto councillor and budget chief. Contact him at

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>>>from page 1 at its Oct. 30 meeting, includes a 34-storey condo building with 359 units on the west side of the site and 16 three-storey townhouses in two blocks along the north and east boundaries. The existing seven-storey Crown Realty office building will remain on the site, which will be split into two lots. Once the property is severed, the residential development won’t front on to a road, meaning residents living there will share a driveway with the school board, a city planning report said. The development will include a courtyard water feature that extends between the residential building and the townhouses. Planning consultant George Belza, who represents the developer, said the project will be an attractive addition to the neighbourhood. “I think this raises the architectural bar in the North York centre,” he said. The developers met an “unprecedented” four times with about 100 residents to address concerns, with most

‘(The area) is becoming a graceless canyon of buildings, with little architectural merit and total lack of community feeling.’ – Arnold Landis residents accepting the project, Filion said. “Ever yone, including myself, would prefer there wasn’t another condo building here,” he said. “But if development was going to occur here, this is how they want to see it.” However, some residents in the area are worried about the development. Joel Stanbrook, speaking on behalf of Saskia Zeegen, who owns a condominium on Kenneth Avenue just to the east of the development, is concerned about the loss of mature trees, the height of the building blocking out sunlight for neighbours,

emergency and personal vehicles having a hard time accessing the development, and additional traffic in an already congested area. In a letter to the city, residents Ming Hou and Kaiyan Fu said they are worried about additional traffic creating safety concerns in the area, the increase in pollution, the number of condo buildings in the area disrupting TV and cellphone signals and the threat to privacy for homeowners who have condo buildings towering over them. Arnold Landis agreed. Since moving into the neighbourhood in 1975, he has seen the area transform into a corridor of condo buildings. “I believe it is a mistake to grant this permit,” Landis said in a letter to the city. “Let the developer go to some other less-dense area or build some single house dwellings. That, at least, would soften the landscape from what is becoming a graceless canyon of buildings, with little architectural merit and total lack of community feeling.”

Teens observe drivers in North York >>>from page 1 The student volunteers at C.W. Jefferys counted 215 distractions while observing drivers at Sentinel Road and Finch Avenue, the most common being talking on the phone, talking to passengers, eating, smoking and texting. The aim of Take Action Against Distraction is to educate young people about the dangers and consequences of distracted driving, said Charles MacLennan, agency manager at Allstate Canada. “Nine or 10 (drivers) were engaging in multiple distractions at the same time,” MacLennan said prior to an assembly on the topic at the high school Thursday. “What the students saw, I know it surprised them.” Allstate wanted students to observe distracted drivers and then tell other students in an assembly format, as studies have shown young people are more likely to change driving behaviour if they hear it from their peers, he said.

‘I felt like, what are you doing, you’re going to get into a car crash.’ – Miriam Damile Driving distraction falls into three categories, he said: visual, such as looking at your cell phone; manual, such as eating; and cognitive, where the driver’s mental focus is not entirely on the road. According to Allstate, 75 per cent of Canadians admit to driving while distracted and eight out of 10 collisions are caused by distracted drivers. The company also notes drivers are 23 times more likely to crash while distracted; driving while distracted is equivalent to getting behind the wheel after consuming four beers. Like Darkwa, Miriam Damile wasn’t shocked to see drivers texting, but the woman who searched for her

iPad caused the Grade 11 student to raise an eyebrow. “I felt like, what are you doing, you’re going to get into a car crash,” she said. One time Damile said she witnessed her friend tie her hair in a ponytail – while steering with her knees. “It’s going overboard now,” she said. For Ireti Ilori, what was even more surprising than the man shaving or the person eating cereal was a package delivery company employee driving with headphones on while drinking coffee. “I thought he would be more careful,” said the Grade 11 student. “I didn’t expect to see that.” High school students have a chance to win cash in Allstate’s video, song or poster contest, which aims to create awareness of distracting driving. The contest is open to all high school students across Canada. The contest closes Friday, Nov. 2. For contest rules, visit

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Residents speak out against development

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Casino: councillors hear pros, cons York West councillor Mammoliti calls meeting ‘illegal’ DAVID NICKLE To r o n t o a n d E a s t Yo r k Community Council heard from more than 40 people on the pros and cons of allowing a casino resort to locate in the downtown area Wednesday night. And for the most part at the public hearing held in council chambers at Toronto City Hall, they focussed on the cons. “When I talk to my constituents in my riding, it’s very clear they reject the idea of a casino out of hand,” said New Democrat MPP Peter Tabuns, who kicked off the marathon public hearing by telling councillors he estimates 70 per cent of the riding want nothing to do with a casino resort in the city. Tabuns and others were particularly concerned with the idea of locating a casino

in the port lands – one of several downtown locations the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation is said to be contemplating. Community council members held the consultation to the consternation of other city councillors in favour of bringing a casino to Toronto. York West Councillor Giorgio Mammoliti arrived at the consultation early, to tell reporters he believed the meeting was “illegal,” in that the Toronto and East York Community Council would not in the end be the one making a decision on the location of a casino in its boundaries. The local planning committee, he said, would be superceded by Mayor Rob Ford’s executive committee and Toronto Council. But the meeting continued. Community councillors heard from a handful of deputations in favour of casinos – including several unions representing gaming industry and hospitality workers – and the Canadian Gaming Association’s chief executive officer, Bill Rutsey, who had that

afternoon launched a website for his organization, www. Rutsey said the committee needed to “get the facts,” and agreed with OLG numbers suggesting a casino resort would bring 12,000 jobs into the city, paying on average $50,000 a year. And he said the predictions “of blight” from casinos in a city don’t come to pass. “Reliable research shows that the development of casinos have no effect or positive effect on surrounding businesses,” he said. “Review all the facts and make a reasoned decision. You’ll find the fears that have been raised do not come to pass.” Most other deputants weren’t so sure. Lakefront resident Margaret van Dijk, quipped, “The jobs they’re most likely to bring is crime.” Jason Applebaum, a selfconfessed compulsive gambler, said casinos proximate to a major population centre like Toronto will be a dangerous lure for problem gamblers like himself. In the end, councillors voted

to ask for more reports on issues such as transportation, and the impact the casino would have on the horse racing industry. Trinity-Spadina Councillor Adam Vaughan questioned the statistics being used to pitch a casino. “There used to be a saying in the newsrooms I worked in: when you’ve got round numbers, you’ve got hollow arguments,” he said. “Until we have those numbers in real time, it’s just corporate pornography.” Toronto-Danforth Councillor Mary Fragedakis said the city shouldn’t rely on a casino to solve its problems. “I’m not sure we need to gamble on a casino,” she said. “I think we’re better to devote our resources to build on our strengths.” Only Davenport Councillor Ana Bailao appeared open to the possibility of a casino. “We’ve got to keep an open mind,” she said. “It bothers me when we say a casino is taking money from our most vulnerable people. We’ve got to have a reasonable conversation here.”

Pickling at Gibson House Celebrate the traditions of two communities at Gibson House Museum through the art of pickling. An exhibit called Kith, Kin and Kimchi delves into the 1850s Willow Dale settlement as well as North York’s vibrant Korean neighbourhood. See – and taste – how the two cultures approach preserving and learn about Korea’s signature dish, Kimchi. Take in the Living in Today exhibit by artist Joung-Yoon Lee in which she explores one’s relationship to the past, present and future and questions if you are happy, joyful and have hope. Children can contribute to a wall of public work using pencil and paper to explore the themes happiness and hope. Also included are textile works by guest artist Jung-Hee Rhee from Korea. Kith, Kin and Kimchi is offered Saturday, Oct. 20 from noon to 5 p.m.

Regular admission prices apply: adults $5.48, seniors and youth (13 to 18) $3.10, children (two to 12) $2.62. On Sunday, Oct. 21 you can join Kimchi expert BongJa Lee to learn traditional Korean preserving, and compare this with Mrs. Gibson’s historic pantry pickling. Explore the science and flavours of these two preserving traditions, and take home a container of Kimchi and a jar of Mrs Gibson’s pickles. This workshop takes place from 1 to 3 p.m. and costs $25 (plus HST). Registration and prepayment are required. Call 416-395-7432. Built in 1851, Gibson House was the home of Scottish immigrant David Gibson and his family. He was a land surveyor who helped map early Toronto. Visitors can step back in time and explore this elegant farmhouse. Visit www.toronto. ca/museums-events for details.

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Juggle family opinion when purchasing your first home These days, many first time home buyers are juggling a lot more than their finances. They have to deal with the challenge of well-meaning, but unwanted opinion. Why? Real estate agents agree that with down payments and closing costs increasing, more than ever before, young adults look to their parents for financial help. This leads to a greater involvement in the househunting process, and new home buyers soon discover that their family members bring along their own opinions in addition to their cash. But when the young buyers' dream home ideals clash with the older generations' vision, both parties must do a balancing act. “Satisfying both tastes is key,” explains Claudine Montanoareal estate agent on W Network's reality series My House Your Money. “For

young adults looking in the urban city, I stage the place to appeal with a modern contemporary look for the young professional—sleek and modern, bold and intense in terms of paint, furniture and décor.” When extended family members come along, the presentation certainly changes. “To appeal to young adults and their parents, it has to feel modern, but traditional as well. The look is not as bold in terms of paint and décor, but has a more relaxed, cosy feel with softer furnishings throughout, so both age groups can connect with the space.” Having been through the process previously, parents tend to be much more critical in home purchasing and are a bigger challenge to delight. “The young couple is usually more excited, and focus on the things on their wish-list

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they are getting. In fact, they are excited to just purchase something they can call their own,” adds Montano. When it comes down to it, winning this war is easier than imagined for the new home buyers, says fellow My House

Your Money real estate agent, Helene Baguley. “Most parents or extended family members, even if they are providing the down payment, want to see their kids happy at all costs.”


Greater Toronto Area (GTA) realtors reported 5,879 transactions through the TorontoMLS system in September 2012. The average selling price for these transactions was $503,662, an increase of more than 8.5 per cent compared to last year. The number of transactions was down by 21 per cent in comparison to September 2011. However, it is important to note that there were two fewer working days in September 2012 compared to September 2011. The majority of transactions are entered on working days. On a per working day basis, sales were down by 12.5 per cent year-over-year. “While sales have been lower due to stricter mortgage lending guidelines, we continue to see substantial competition between buyers. The months of inventory trend remains low from a historic perspective, which explains the strong price increases we

are experiencing,” says TREB President Ann Hannah. September average selling prices were up compared to last year for all major home types. Price growth was strongest in the City of Toronto, including condominium apartments with eight per cent year-overyear growth. All benchmark home types included in the MLS Home Price Index (MLS HPI) experienced year-over-year price increases, with substantially stronger increases for low-rise homes. “Barring a major change to the consensus economic outlook, home price growth is expected to continue through 2013. Based on inventory levels, price growth will be strongest for low-rise home types, including single-detached and semi-detached houses and town homes,” says TREB’s Senior Manager of Market Analysis, Jason Mercer. – TREB


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and eight detached. The neighbourhood’s semi attached homes will be built on 25 foot lots while single detached homes will be built on 36 and 40 foot lots. Semi detached starting prices are in the mid $600,000.00 for approximately 1,700 square feet and up to 3,500 square feet for the detached. Homes with be built with the same high quality standards as all homes found in its award winning community developments. When it comes to interior and exterior design, Arista pays special attention to detail and takes pride in offering innovative designs. Its product offering and standard specifications set the company apart in the

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What would you do with an extra 32 minutes? CivicAction’s transit awareness campaign invited comments on benefits of a shorter commute RAHUL GUPTA What would you do with an extra 32? That’s the question advocacy group the Greater Toronto CivicAction Alliance is asking residents beginning this week with the launch of a media campaign in favour of better regional transit. The group is calling on commuters to weigh in on what they’d do with an extra 32 minutes each day, the time it says would be saved on commuting if the province’s $50-billion Big Move transportation plan for the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA) is completed. Not completing the Big Move, the group argues, would push the average commute time from 77 to 109 minutes – a loss of 32 minutes – and continue to cost the regional economy billions of dollars in lost productivity. “Our message to the people of the GTHA is have your say in how you would benefit from moving across the region more easily,” said CivicAction’s CEO Mitzie Hunter at a media event in downtown Toronto

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Greater Toronto CivicAction Alliance members John Tory, left, and Mitzie Hunter hold signs promoting the group’s new media campaign Wednesday morning. The group is asking residents what they would do with an extra 32 minutes per day if better transit links are built within the region.

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The fall campaign is the first phase of CivicAction’s strategy to bring more awareness for transit. Tory said the next step would be to convince residents of the increased costs they’ll have to shell out to complete the Big Move. “We think it’s better to establish the need first that there is a congestion crisis,” he said after the press conference. “Then we can move to the question of what we are willing to do to make sure new transit gets built.” He said the group would continue to pursue a regional focus and avoid advocating on what mode of transit is best. “We’re not going to get involved in the subway versus LRT argument,” said Tory. “We’re more interested in getting people to face up to the issues and decide on priorities and how to pay for them. If we can achieve that, it would be a constructive use of our time.” Hunter said she expects phase two of the campaign will launch sometime in the winter. For more information, visit www.



The Royal Canadian Legion will build a Virtual Wall of Honour and Remembrance to honour all veterans who have died. The appearance of the Virtual Wall will coincide with the national Remembrance Day ceremony, orga-

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Oktoberfest in the Square WHEN: Until Sunday, Oct. 14 WHERE: Shops at Don Mills, 1090 Don Mills Rd. CONTACT: 416-447-0618, http://www., sdmguestservices@ COST: $5 to $15 Raise a stein, grab your lederhosen and enjoy live music, traditional German delicacies and an Oktoberfest keg in the Town Square. Hours: Friday 5 to 10 p.m., Saturday 4 to 10 p.m., Sunday 2 to 6 p.m.

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Toronto Cat Rescue Adoptathon WHEN: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. WHERE: Pet Valu, 486 Lawrence Ave. W. CONTACT: Alison, 416-538-8592,, COST: Adoption fee applies Also happening Sunday, Oct. 14. Miniature Enthusiasts of Toronto Show and Sale WHEN: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. WHERE: Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre, 6 Garamond Ct. CONTACT: Heather, 416-463-1817,, COST: $8 (free for children under 12) Show features miniature dealers and artisans from across Canada who make and sell everything for your miniature house or setting.

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Bayview Ave. CONTACT: 416-447-5136 COST: $2 per session Women are welcome to join in every Wednesday morning. Coffee and cookies afterwards. Basic Genealogy and Family History WHEN: 2 to 4 p.m. WHERE: North York Central Library, 5120 Yonge St. CONTACT: Toronto Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society,, COST: $132 ($120 for OGS members)

Parlour Talk with Author Dorothy Duncan WHEN: 1:30 to 3 p.m. WHERE: Gibson House Museum, 5172 Yonge St. CONTACT: 416 395-7432, gibsonhouse, COST: $5 in advance Join Dorothy Duncan in the parlour at Gibson House as she speaks about her latest book ‘Hoping for the Best, Preparing for the Worst, Everyday Life in Upper Canada 1812-1814’. Enjoy demonstrations and tastes in the historic kitchen. Registration encouraged.

Tree Tenders Volunteer Training Program WHEN: 6 to 8:30 p.m. WHERE: Toronto Botanical Garden, 777 Lawrence Ave. E. CONTACT: Jessica Piskorowski, 416413-9244,, jessica@ COST: $50/$70 A multi-day course for people wanting to gain tree-related knowledge and skills. Runs today and Thursday 6 to 8:30 p.m., Saturday 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Tuesday 6 to 8:30 p.m.

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Human Library WHEN: Noon to 5 p.m. WHERE: North York Central Library, 5120 Yonge St. CONTACT: 416-395-5660 COST: Free Borrow a ‘human book’ for a one-onone conversation. Hear their stories, ask questions, broaden your mind and find some common ground. Call to register.

Giant Fall Sale WHEN: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. WHERE: Donway Covenant United Church, 230 The Donway West CONTACT: Jaren McLeod, 416-444-8444,, COST: Free Kith, Kin and Kimchi WHEN: Noon to 5 p.m. WHERE: Gibson House Museum, 5172 Yonge St. CONTACT:, 416-395-7432,, COST: Admission In the historic kitchen discover how pickling used in 1850s Ontario compares to the process of making the traditional Korean pickled dish Kimchi. The Willowdale Group of Artists Fall Show and Sale WHEN: Noon to 5 p.m. WHERE: North York Civic Centre, 5100 Yonge St. COST: Free More than 100 watercolor, oil, acrylic and pastel paintings. Continues to Nov. 2. Show times: Saturday noon to 5 p.m.

Antiques Sale for North York Women’s Shelter WHEN: 4 to 7 p.m. WHERE: Yorkminster Citadel Salvation Army Church, 1 Lord Seaton Rd. CONTACT: Grace Foster, 416-417-2141, grace.foster@sympatico. ca COST: $5 admission Donations of vintage, antiques and collectables appreciated

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DISCOVER A JOY OF BEING PAIN-FREE! Heel Spur, Elbow or Shoulder Pain, Arthritis and much more

In the last 10 years, over 300 articles and abstracts have been published in Canada regarding the efficacy of shockwave therapy. With a higher than 85% success rate, it is more effective than surgery, ultrasound or laser therapy (Canadian Chiropractor Journal). The Art of Life Health Centre employs genuine, focused Radial Shock Wave Therapy (RSWT) for medical problems of the musculoskeletal system. Using state-of-the-art RSWT technology imported from Europe, you can experience immediate relief from the following conditions only after 3 to 5 sessions, without any anaesthesia: • • • •

Heel Spur or Plantar Fasciitis Tennis/Golf Elbow or Frozen Shoulder Trigger Points and Back pain Delayed Unions or Non-Unions (following a fracture or surgery), Stress Fractures • Ligamentous Damage and Degeneration • Similar Conditions Involving Major Joints Like Knee, Hip, Elbow & Shoulder

Our patients who are again active and pain-free share their successful stories: “I was treated with Radial Shockwave Therapy at “The Art of Life” health clinic for about one month. I had a heel spur for more than three years. I tried every treatment I could find for this problem, and Shockwave Therapy was my last hope. Miracles do happen! My pain has disappeared completely. I was so happy that I came back to the clinic to demonstrate that I am able to dance again!” Erin G. “The pain in my elbow was so bad, that I could not even sleep. When my family doctor referred me for a new physiotherapeutic treatment, I was so glad that did not even ask him for any information regarding it. I simply made a telephone call to book the first available appointment at “The Art of Life” clinic. When I shared with my co-workers my hope to be healed from my two year old problem at the mentioned health centre, their reaction was not encouraging at all. They were very suspicious about that new European equipment and were trying to convince me not be so easily caught by marketing tricks. They even checked all the information about Radial Shockwave Therapy that they were able to find online. All of us were surprised with the medical statistics showing successful results after those treatments being provided. Everybody agreed that I should give it a try. I received three treatments, and then, three weeks later - the fourth one. After the first two treatments I got some inflammation. I knew from my conversation with the practitioner, that it could happen, and yet I was about to give up that experiment. It was my friends who asked me not do that. After the third treatment I was able to sleep without painkillers. A few weeks later I went back to playing tennis. (I had stopped playing three year ago). I think, the public should be getting more information about the medical market new developments from all over the world.” Fred D. “My frozen shoulder was giving me a hard time for at least four years. Every year I had to spend a couple of thousand dollars over and above my extended health care benefits for physiotherapy, acupuncture and massage. Even cortisone shots did not work

A Step Towards Triumph Often while watching television or reading a newspaper article, we come across a commercial or an advertisement of yet another charity concert with the words “sick children”. Then an unconscious thought crosses our mind: just another campaign exploiting our feelings of guilt to collect money! It’s so easy to wave it all off, let it pass by you and not to pay attention. Avoid being involved with other people’s despair and misfortune; all you have to do is turn the TV off and put the newspaper aside. No worries, no need to feel sorrow or responsibility. It’s much easier and more peaceful to live in a world where childhood illness doesn’t exist, because there seems to be no place for them here. They don’t belong! Hundreds of charity concert funding, thousands of sacrifice callings, and countless sick children with uncertain futures... What can be more tragic than the helplessness and hopelessness of a sick child? What else can parents’ and grandparents’ lives revolve around and focus on, when there is a sick child at home? What a waste of talent and energy! What if it was your baby? Now, imagine if this sickness were to continue for years, and all your strengths and resources were to run out? Parents of these children seek more and more medical opinions, appeal to social services, plead for some sort of funding, call their friends and relatives for help. Meanwhile, it is easy to imagine someone sitting comfortably in their chair, reading or viewing the cry for help, and responding, “They are asking for money again!” There are many cries for help, but all too often, the response is the complaint that you should stop bothering them. Fortunately, we are able to seek out and join a different community, where there are people who are willing and ready to commit to the idea of sacrificing for our children: people who are ready to give their time and offer their resources, in order for talented children with health problems to have a chance to obtain psychological stability, as well as the WILL to overcome their insecurities and begin to grow. It’s interesting to realize that these seeds of hope have grown through pain,

resulting in miracles, spiritual growth and at the same time physical and emotional healing in the future. The very talent of overcoming opens doors to other talents which have been given to these kids from their birth. The main focus of our not-for-profit organization, The Art of Life Community Health Care Centre, is to develop educational, psychological and medical programs for these gifted children with health problems. Our choice and contribution to these very special kids will give them a chance to be free and independent citizens in this world, while realizing their talents and filling this life with music and harmony. Talented musicians Rena and Rufat Amiraliev have first-hand experience with these difficulties. Themselves children with health difficulties, they fought through years of everyday struggles, and as the years have passed, they have not betrayed their talents. After graduating from Moscow’s conservatory in the name of Chaikovski, they have triumphed over their challenges, and currently perform many concerts all over Europe and America. On this very special occasion a concert has been organized to benefit the not-for-profit organization The Art of Life. They will share their stage with two other gifted children: trombone player Mark Krytik, and violinist Kerry Wong. Your decision to help these gifted children will bring new hope, and give an opportunity for a new generation to find and celebrate their roles in our lives. The concert will be held on November 10th 2012, at 19:00hrs, at the concert hall at Runnymede United Church (432 Runnymede Road, Toronto, ON, M6S 2Y8), Together with the Art of Life Community Health Care Centre and the Prater Ensemble. For information and tickets Call: (416) 449-6747, (647) 778-7214, (416) 222-0533 Or contract us at:

anymore. Then my physician told me about a new European treatment called Radial Shockwave Therapy. Although I did not believe that anything except surgery could help me, I decided to try it. I had only two and a half months before the date when I was booked for surgery. I underwent three sessions with Shockwave Therapy. The pain was still there, and I decided to go for the operation. Two months later I got a phone call from the hospital reminding me about the scheduled surgery and was shocked at that moment. I realized that there was no more pain in my shoulder. I had completely forgotten about it! I cannot even tell exactly when that happened. Now I am coming to the clinic to get an absolutely unique treatment for the arthritis in my knees.” John F. “That was fast! The pain was gone just after the first treatment, but came back in four days when I started to play golf. I recalled that the physiotherapist told me not to use my elbow during the period of treatment. I came back to the clinic and received two more sessions with Shockwave Therapy. Four weeks later I did not feel any discomfort at all in my elbow. I am ready for the golf season!” Michael J.

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