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hen Sheryl Kirby found a void in the world of small press, she decided she would be the one to fill it. Kirby and her husband Greg Clow, who live in South Parkdale, started the Toronto Indie Arts Market series, after Kirby wrote and published a collection of food memoirs titled Kitchen Party. Since she had selfpublished, Kirby said there wasn’t a venue for her to sell her book. The city had been home to a twice-a-year gathering of 40 or more independent publishers called the Toronto Small Press Book Fair, but Kirby said it stopped running in 2012 after more than two

decades. “Toronto doesn’t really have much for small press,” Kirby said. “Somebody had to do it, so why not me?” That gave rise to the Toronto Indie Arts Market, an artisan market that promotes local art, crafts, food, fashion, small press, music and more, held each month (or thereabouts) at the Gladstone Hotel. “The original idea was for it to be a little bit of everything,” Kirby said. Just in time for the holidays, Kirby has organized a special small press and literary festival version of the Indie Arts Market with a focus on all things small press such as self-published books, zines, comics, journals, magazines, micro-press paper goods and more. Admission to the

Toronto doesn’t really have much for small press. Somebody had to do it, so why not me? – Sheryl Kirby

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Sheryl Kirby started the Toronto Indie Arts Market with her husband Greg Clow. On Dec. 14 they will present a Small Press and Literary Festival at the Gladstone Hotel. Partial proceeds from admission will go to Parkdale Project Read.

Toronto Indie Arts Market Small Press and Literary Festival is $5, with a portion going to Parkdale Project Read, a non-profit, community-based literacy

program that operates an adult learning centre in South Parkdale. “Every market we do we have a charity partner that gets 40 per cent of the door

and we wanted this one to be a literary organization,” Kirby said. “And we like to keep things in the neighbourhood if we can.” There are 70 vendors booked for the Small Press and Literary Fair. “We have a lot of people who applied who are running their own press or are binding stuff themselves,” she said. “We also have vendors who are doing paper goods, cards, hand-bound notebooks and stuff like that.” The Toronto Indie Arts

Market Small Press and Literary Festival takes place Saturday, Dec. 14 from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W. This market will also serve as the launch of a publication called Beer and Butter Tarts. Kirby said the plan is for these Indie Arts Markets to continue next year beginning in March when the market will be dedicated to fashion vendors. In April, the market will be a standard, mixed media affair and May will be another small press market. For more information, visit www.torontoindieartsmarket.com

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Vendor Queens offers West Queen West a New York-style market Holiday Night Market Dec. 12, and a Queen Victoria’s Night Market planned for Dec. 26 ERIN HATFIELD ehatfield@insidetoronto.com “Yea shall know thy merchant, yea shall hear sweet songs, yea shall be merry and gay, yea shall find treasure, yea shall eat richly.” This tagline, inscribed on the front window of West Queen West’s new artisans market, Vendor Queens, perfectly sums up the intent of the initiative, said Caitlin Brubacher. Brubacher, from Parkdale, started Vendor Queens with her friend and fellow artist Mark Savoia from Bloor West Village. Opened in mid-November in a vacant space destined to be a condo, Vendor Queens runs every weekend until the end of 2013. With around 20 vendors each week, Vendor Queens brings together local food and drink vendors, jewelry, vintage dealers, vinyl, oneof-a-kind clothing, hand bags, head pieces, a live DJ and more. These people might not otherwise have a space of their own, the pair said. “It is essentially giving

people a chance to have their own mini store in this larger space where rent is affordable and people know where to find you,” Savoia said. “It is the opportunity to have more than just a table.” The name, Vendor Queens, is about being a vendor and being proud, said Savoia, who makes stained glass and calls his business Rules of Refraction. “Your interactions with the vendor are just as important as the product you are purchasing,” he said. “It is about the experience and it is drawing attention to the vendors.” Brubacher, who is from Toronto, moved to Brooklyn, New York in her mid-20s to do a masters of fine art in playwriting. She then went on to teach English at Brooklyn College as an adjunct professor. Also at about this time she started creating art by finding and framing old books, an enterprise she named Elephant in the Attic. “I was working with them the same way I wrote plays, which was just to find stuff from all over the place and

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Madeline Fimandl, right, shops at Caroline Bruce’s booth Saturday at Vendor Queens, a New York-style market in a soon-to-be loft space in West Queen West.

make something new of it,” Brubacher said. “I found a way to integrate my art with a more everyday way of making a living.” She started vending at Artist and Fleas, a weekly artist, designer and vintage market in Brooklyn. “I fell in love with the market culture there,” Brubacher said. “They have a similar structure to what I am going for here, which is the vendors are all here and you get to leave

your stuff if you are doing the next weekend so you don’t have to do all this schlepping up and down,” Brubacher said. “A community forms and you get to know the people you are working with.” The model allows makers and craftspeople to have an operation that feels like a real business without having to have a ton of capital, Brubacher explained. There are markets all over the city and the province, but the majority, Brubacher said,

are one-offs, which isn’t the easiest system for vendors who are trying to make a living. When Brubacher moved back to Toronto to be near family in July, her initial plan wasn’t to start a market; it was to start a store of her own. With the help of Savoia they started to search for a space. “First we were looking for a five-year lease and then we were looking for a two-year lease, and then we were looking for a pop-up just because as we kept looking we realized it was just too much of a risk because rents are so high here,” Brubacher said. “It was a very frustrating process.” The pair went back to

the drawing board and that was when they decided they should do a market. “We really need a weekly market in the city so people can know where their income is coming from,” Brubacher said. “If we can get enough people to come to this thing and give it a bang start, then maybe we can move into a more permanent situation in the long run,” Brubacher said. “As we are starting we want everyone to invest together to make it great. It is not something that we are going to make amazing on our own. We need all the vendors.” Admission is free and the market runs from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays in December at 1093 Queen St. W. just east of Dovercourt Road. There is a Holiday Night Market Dec. 12 from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. and a Queen Victoria’s Night Market planned for Dec. 26, also from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m.

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he Toronto District School Board is faced with a stark reality: a declining student population, while its costs continue to grow. But in an attempt to reign in some of these growing costs, the province is contemplating selling $60 million worth of school properties this year. The loss of such valuable community space will not only impact students but the city as a whole. Where will not only students, but sports and community organizations hold their events - sports or otherwise? How will we keep students active if there are no places to play sports or participate in outdoor activities? In a time when more and more community organizations are looking for our view community space, to sell off these properties is, in the words of Karen Pitre, Toronto Sports Make Council chair, “mind-boggling.” There is a truth that some community school populations are shrinking, space better and keeping schools open just for the sake of a small student body is not economical. Some schools will need to close, but community space is at a premium in Toronto. Neighbourhoods across the city are trying to carve out small parcels of land for community space, and with large playing fields already in existence, it begs the question why sell such valuable real estate? How will the community as a whole benefit by the selling of a field? Why not look to partnerships with organizations to help preserve fields? Give the space over to the city to manage as a park or sports field. Take a different direction – create a covered skating rink like that at Greenwood Park, which can be used year-round for other things, including concerts and other sports. This is a time for creative thinking, not a time when it’s easier to just sell off a commodity. It’s important for the community – politicians included – to look at the community space that’s currently there, and think of ways to keep it there or make it better. Some properties will have to be sold, but others should be preserved, improved and should become places that build community rather than divide it.

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rom the ridiculous, to the absurd – and past that, to the slanderous, paranoiac and delusional. That is the route of discourse, coming from the office and family of the titular Mayor of Toronto these days. On Monday, Vision TV aired an interview between Lord Conrad Black and Mayor Rob Ford astonishing in its scope. In the interview, Ford alleged Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair had used Ford’s friend Sandro Lisi as a “prop” to get at him in the course of the police investigation into Ford’s alleged crack use – because, Ford said, the chief was cross at having been asked to curtail his budget. allegations He made really unconscionable allegations about Star reporter Daniel Dale – allegations that

david nickle the city were dismissed by the police when they were first made – about his 2012 visit to public land behind the mayor’s house. vicious slander Without going into detail for fear of repeating them, one can only characterize the allegations as a vicious slander that Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly wasted no time in calling “beyond the pale.” The previous Friday – as the Black-Ford interview was taking place – the mayor’s de-facto deputy, city councillor and brother Doug Ford, let loose his own litany of fabrications and contradictions. In a 10-minute encounter with reporters, the city councillor suggested the generally Ford-critical

The media, he was sure, was murderous enough that they would be happy to drag Rob to the square and hang him by the neck.

media was practicing journalism in the manner of the Soviet state-supported (and generally state-supporting) Pravda. Outdoing his little brother on the policebaiting front, he suggested that Blair, the judiciary and the media were all conspiring to release police documents in such a way as to slowly destroy the mayor and drive him from office. murderous media The media, he was sure, was murderous enough that they would be happy to drag Rob to the square, and hang him by the neck,

if we were only provided a suitable length of rope. It’s hard to know how to respond to all of this. Lord Black exhibited his characteristic nerves of steel, chuckling supportively as the mayor burbled on with a list of dubious assurances, and unsupported assertions. wrath of Doug Clearly, Black’s time in prison has made stronger stuff of him than we in the city hall press gallery, faced with the wrath of Doug. The best that we could manage was to ask questions, challenge obvious falsehoods, and attempt to clarify outrageous-sounding conspiracy theories. And for all that, the Fordian discourse barely wobbled.

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DAYS OF CHRISTMAS FEED THE BIRDS IN AT PARKDALE FLEA HIGH PARK ◗TWO ◗HELP A special double-day Christmas instalment of the Parkdale Flea takes place Saturday and Sunday. Vendors will be on site at 1266 Queen St. W. selling crafts, vintage goods, cookies, handmade goods, clothing, furniture, antiques and more. Each day will host different vendors. This holiday version of the Parkdale Flea takes place from 1 p.m. to midnight Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. Visit www.parkdaleflea.com MAKE A CHRISTMAS CENTREPIECE Colborne Lodge in High Park hosts Christmas centrepiece workshops for adults Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Thursday, Dec. 19 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The cost is $32.50 plus tax. They also host combined adult and youth centrepiece workshops Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to noon. The cost is $42.50 plus tax for one adult and one child; $12.50 plus tax for an additional youth. A tour and light refreshments are included. Call 416-392-6916.

Help decorate an evergreen tree in High Park with handmade pine cone bird feeders and edible garlands for the birds. Hike through the woods and learn how to feed chickadees from the palm of your hand, search the skies for soaring hawks and discover how birds such as cardinals, nuthatches and woodpeckers survive the winter Sunday at High Park Nature Centre, 440 Parkside Dr. Contact 416-392-1748. CHECK OUT THE WINTER CRAFT FAIR The annual Dufferin Grove Winter Craft Fair takes place Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Local, non-professional crafters will be on site with handmade goods such as teddy bears, jewelry, knitwear, T-shirts with unique designs, ceramic bowls and tiles, print work and more as well as life music, storytelling and more. The Zamboni Café will offer healthy food and hot drinks. The fair takes place outside

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The Boulevard Club donates $50,000 to PARC Charitable arm of private facility holds largest fundraiser in support of Parkdale centre ERIN HATFIELD ehatfield@insidetoronto.com Representatives from The Boulevard Club brought a big cake and an even bigger cheque to their friends at the Parkdale Activity-Recreation Centre (PARC) Dec. 6. The Boulevard Club Gives Back, the charitable arm of The Boulevard Club, a private multi-sport, recreation and social club located in south Parkdale, raised $50,000 for PARC’s meal program. Ann Geddes, general manager at The Boulevard Club, explained the Gives Back’s largest fundraising event of the year was held in October. Money was raised through a silent auction, raffle and a live auction where members purchased meals for PARC members. With the auction, Boulevard Club members don’t take anything away with them, instead they were

simply pledging anywhere between $300 for a month of meals to $3,600 for a year of meals for one person. “For the second year in row, the meals have brought in the largest portion of the funds,” Geddes said. After six years of working with PARC, Geddes said the Boulevard Club membership is developing a connection with the members at PARC and this year, instead of a classic cheque presentation, representatives from Boulevard Club Gives Back came to PARC’s drop-in centre and shared a meal and cake. PARC works with members on individual issues of poverty, mental health, addictions, homelessness and food security through four core areas of operation: a drop-in centre, a peer-support program, an outreach program, and supportive housing. PARC chef Alain Levesque

It keeps us afloat in the most basic sense. It contributes to our ability to purchase food, it contributes to our ability to employ people – Chef Alain Levesque

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Representatives of the charitable arm of the Boulevard Club present a cheque for $50,000 to the Parkdale ActivityRecreation Centre last Friday.

said in 2012 the organization served 77,000 meals. The financial contribution of The Boulevard Club makes an enormous difference at PARC, he said. “It keeps us afloat in the most basic sense,” Levesque said. “It gets divvied up in combination with other funding we get from the City of Toronto. It contributes to our

ability to purchase food, it contributes to our ability to employ people like myself, other cooks and dishwashers.” PARC receives a high volume of food from the Daily Bread Food Bank and Second Harvest, Levesque said. “They provide the majority of the fresh food that we are able to serve, but we do

have to purchase and supplement what we get from them in order to provide a wellrounded nutritious meal,” said Levesque, adding the donation helps PARC to do that. “We are well supported by our partners, but there are some definite gaps that The Boulevard Club helps us to close,” Levesque said. Sheila Koffman, the owner of Another Story Book Shop and the co-chair of the board of directors at PARC, said it is important to PARC that every effort is made to get the best food for the mem-

bers. Donations such as the $50,000 from The Boulevard Club Gives Back enables PARC to do that. “They are supporting an organization that is so important and the food is such an important part of PARC,” Koffman said. “Most of the people that are here might not even have a home, they might be on the street, they might live in a rooming house or a place where they don’t have the ability to make their own food.” PARC is seeking donations from the community to help provide PARC members with access to healthy and nutritious food. A donation of $70 will provide one week of meals to a member during the holidays; $300 provides a full month of meals; and $3,650 will provide a full year of meals.

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NOTICE OF COMMENCEMENT Metrolinx is proposing to electrify the Union Pearson (UP) Express route beginning at the future UP Express Union Station in the City of Toronto and terminating at the future UP Express Pearson Station (Terminal 1, Toronto Pearson International Airport) in the City of Mississauga. The project involves the electrification of approximately 25 kilometres of track along the Union Station GO Rail Corridor and Kitchener GO Rail Corridor to Highway 427, where the route then follows the new UP Express spur line (under construction) into Toronto Pearson (see map below). The purpose of the project is to convert the UP Express route from diesel to electric power. Electrification of the UP Express is part of The Big Move, Metrolinx’s regional transportation plan which will dramatically improve how people move in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton areas. Funding for the electrification is dependent on the Metrolinx Investment Strategy. ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT (EA) PROCESS Metrolinx and Hydro One are carrying out a parallel EA process to satisfy both Metrolinx’s requirements under the Transit Project Assessment Process (TPAP) and Hydro One’s requirements under the Class EA for Minor Transmission Facilities (Class EA). The parallel EA process involves both EAs being completed simultaneously. The Environmental Project/ Study Report will be made available for public review and comment. THE PROJECT Electrification of the UP Express route will be achieved through a Traction Electrification System which will provide electricity to the trains by means of a Traction Power Distribution System (Metrolinx) and Traction Power Supply System (Hydro One). TRACTION POWER DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM The proposed Traction Power Distribution System is an Overhead Contact System (OCS) comprised of a wiring system providing power to the trains. The wiring system will be suspended from a number of OCS structures (i.e. portals, cantilevers) placed along and over the track. The Traction Power Distribution System also includes two Paralleling Stations (PS) to boost the voltage along the UP Express route, as well as gantries which provide power to the OCS, and are located in the vicinity of each PS. A new electrified maintenance facility will need to be built to carry out maintenance on the new electric trains. The environmental impact of the Traction Power Distribution System components and electrified maintenance facility is being assessed under the Transit Project Assessment Process, in accordance with Ontario Regulation 231/08 – Transit Projects and Metrolinx Undertakings.

TRACTION POWER SUPPLY SYSTEM Electrification of the UP Express requires a connection to Ontario’s electrical system. It is proposed that the power be supplied from the existing 230 kilovolt (kV) transmission line that runs between Hydro One’s Claireville Transformer Station (located near Highway 407 and Highway 27 in the City of Vaughan) and Richview Transformer Station (located near Highway 401 and Highway 27 in the City of Toronto). Cables will deliver power to a new 230 kV Traction Power Substation (TPS). The TPS will convert the voltage from 230 kV, to 25 kV so that it can be used to power the electric trains. The Traction Power Supply system is subject to provincial Environmental Assessment Act approval in accordance with the Class EA for Minor Transmission Facilities. CONSULTATION Members of the public, agencies and other interested parties are encouraged to participate in the EA process by attending consultation opportunities or contacting the project team directly with information, comments or questions. Consultation opportunities are planned and will be advertised on the project websites, in local newspapers and via direct mail. A second round of joint Public Open Houses are planned for winter 2014 to present and seek feedback on both the TPAP (Metrolinx) and Class EA (Hydro One) project components. Consultation with the public, review agencies and First Nations and Métis communities is a key component to the UP Express Electrification EA. If you would like to submit a comment or question, or receive additional information related to the UP Express Electrification Project, please send an email to the project team at: electrification@metrolinx.com or contact: Karen Pitre Executive Director, Electrification Metrolinx-GO Transit 20 Bay Street, Suite 600 Toronto, ON M5J 2W3 tel: 416-874-5910 e-mail: electrification@metrolinx.com www.gotransit.com/electrification

Patricia Staite Environmental Planner Hydro One Networks Inc. 483 Bay Street TCT6 Toronto, ON M5G 2P5 tel: 416-345-6799 e-mail: Community.Relations@HydroOne.com www.HydroOne.com/projects

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Residents get preview of Exhibition Place strategic plan ERIN HATFIELD ehatfield@insidetoronto.com If one of Exhibition Place’s goals is to improve its connection with surrounding communities, area residents suggested it could do so by adding green space, improving transit onto the site and perhaps creating a dog park or an outdoor skating rink. Residents from the communities surrounding the 192-acre, city-owned site had an opportunity to see and respond to Exhibition Place’s draft Strategic Plan for 2014 to 2016 at a community meeting held earlier this month at the Queen Elizabeth Building. Joe Berridge from Urban Strategies Inc., which has been working with Exhibition Place, walked residents through the plan, which makes broad goals and priorities for the site in the coming years. It lays out a vision of fostering Exhibition Place as an inclusive and accessible parkland and destination for conventions, exhibitions,

entertainment, recreation, sporting events and public celebrations. All this while being self-sustaining and environmentally responsible. The plan identifies a number of transformational opportunities for Exhibition Place to take advantage of in the next few years including the 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games, the ongoing construction of a hotel on the site, the redevelopment of Ontario Place and the growth of the surrounding community. Where once Exhibition Place was an isolated pocket along the western waterfront, today there are fast-growing communities such as Liberty Village to the north and Fort York to the east. “The passages through need to be better,” Berridge said. “There needs to be a series of gateways on the north side of the site.” Berridge added that what was traditionally seen as the “back door” to the site,

considering the ongoing redevelopment of Ontario Place, is a “big, unanswered question” in the plan, Berridge said. But the goal that residents seemed most interested in discussing was around public space and infrastructure. The plan pro-actively seeks to integrate Exhibition Place with “the world around it, through physical connections, improved public transit and coordinated planning efforts” as well as striving to enhance open spaces and offer community programming. “We have this wonderful space here,” Berridge said. “How do we make that work for the surrounding communities?” The plan outlines objectives to enhance the public assets at Exhibition Place, integrate assets with the surrounding community and establish it as a destination and gathering place for the community. In particular it presents broad ideas of enhancing food and beverage opportunities to serve the local commu-

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Exhibition Place’s draft strategic plan for 2014 to 2016 was discussed at public meeting this month.

the north side, should be reconstructed as a gateway to neighbourhoods to the north. The draft strategic plan also sets out some broad goals and objectives. There is an emphasis in the plan to build on convention and exhibition business as well as maintaining environmental stewardship and improving public understanding of the site and what it does

The plan also calls on Exhibition Place, as a public organization, to demonstrate effective use of public funds and seek additional revenue opportunities. Particularly, it calls on Exhibition Place to seek to establish a new funding mechanism within the city. Much of the strategic plan makes reference to the integration between Ontario Place and Exhibition Place, which,

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Staying afloat in cardboard boat competition LISA RAINFORD lrainford@insidetoronto.com Archbishop Romero Catholic Secondary School took top honours at the annual Skills Canada – Ontario Cardboard Boat Races at Bishop Marrocco/Thomas Merton Catholic Secondary School, Wednesday, Dec. 4. The Bloor and Dundas West streets-area school’s gym was a chaotic scene of cardboard and duct tape as intermediate students from Catholic schools across the city participated in the annual event.

Teams of four students from more than 20 schools within the Toronto Catholic D i s t r i c t S c h o o l B o a rd (TCDSB) constructed their boat in the morning and then competed in both a speed and weight challenge in the swimming pool in the afternoon. “We started with a lot of cardboard and a lot of tape,” said Joey Scamolla, a Grade 12 student at Bishop Marrocco, as he and his team scrambled to assemble their boat. Asked what their strategy was in building a boat that could hold the four team-

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Toronto WordSmiths Writing Group WHEN: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. WHERE: Parkdale Library Basement Auditorium, 1303 Queen St. W. COST: Free Toronto WordSmiths Writing Group for youth 16 to 29. Visit facebook.com/ towordsmiths.

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Toronto Indie Arts Market Small Press & Literary Festival WHEN: 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. WHERE: Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W. CONTACT: www. torontoindieartsmarket.com COST: $5, partial proceeds to Parkdale Project Read Toronto has a thriving DIY publishing scene, but few places for those writers and publishers to sell their work. A Very Glutenous Christmas Comedy Fundraiser WHEN: 10 p.m. WHERE: LOT Comedy Club, 100 Ossington Ave. COST: $20 Performances by Haus of Bot, Darryl Orr, Lianne Mauladin

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New Year’s Day Polar Bear Dip for Habitat for Humanity WHEN: noon WHERE: Sunnyside Beach, Lake Shore Boulevard West at Parkside Drive Take a dip in the lake and help build homes for families in need. Donation. Visit torontopolarbear.com

Check out our complete online community calendar by visiting www.parkdalevillager.com. Read weeks of listings from your neighbourhood as well as events from across Toronto. and others. Visit facebook.com/ events/677178735648455. City of Craft WHEN: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. WHERE: Theatre Centre, 1087 and 1093 Queen St. W. COST: $2, free for kids City Of Craft Indie craft shopping, workshops, installations and more. Visit cityofcraft.com

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Decorate A Tree for the Birds WHEN: 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. WHERE: Howard Park Tennis Club, 430 Parkside Dr. Help decorate an evergreen tree in High Park today and Dec. 21 at 1 p.m. Cost $8. Visit highparknature-

centre.com Introduction to Buddhism WHEN: 2 p.m. today and Dec. 22 WHERE: KSDL Tibetan Buddhist Temple, 7 Laxton COST: $5 suggested donation CONTACT: 416653-5471 Course on the theory and practice of Buddhism.

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VQ Holiday Market Handmade WHEN: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. WHERE: Vendor Queens, 1093 Queen St. W. Handmade, vintage, food and more.

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Good Times Xmas Show Kids show WHEN: 3 p.m. WHERE: Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen St. W. Pay what you can. Call 416-5315042. Historical Baking Workshop WHEN: 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. WHERE: Colborne Lodge, 11 Colborne Lodge Dr. Children will have fun making unique and tasty treats to take home for the holidays in Colborne Lodge’s historic baking workshop that uses an 1830s Canadian gingerbread recipe. While the cookies bake, participants will tour the house and discover Victorian Christmas traditions and stories. To register and for more information, contact 416-3926916.

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Forty-five minutes of FUN with the Funky Mamas WHEN: 11 to 11:45 a.m. WHERE: Parkdale library, 1303 Queen St. W. The Funky Mamas, one of Canada’s best loved children’s bands, is four moms, one banjo, one fiddle, one guitar, a mandolin, a penny whistle, and heaps and heaps of fun. All ages.

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Trinity Bellwoods Community Association WHEN: 7 to 8 p.m. WHERE: Trinity Community Centre 155 Crawford St. Meets every two months on the fourth Monday.

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Parkdale library The Parkdale library offers speciality programs at 1303 Queen St. W. including movie nights, poetry circle and more. Call 416-393-7686 West Toronto Stamp Club The West Toronto Stamp Club meets Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. at Fairfield Seniors Centre, 80 Lothian Ave. Membership is $20. Call Don Hedger at 416-621-9982. Residents association Parkdale Residents Association meets the last Thursday of every second month at 20 West Lodge Ave. Call 416-533-0044.

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Metroland Media Toronto is very proud to be the founder of the Beary Merry Christmas Campaign. For the 11th consecutive year, Parkdale Villager employees will deliver teddy bears to children spending the holidays in our local hospitals. We are so proud to have Samko & Miko as the official sponsor of this year’s teddy bears. As you can see, there are many other community minded businesses in the area that have generously purchased a bear for a needy child this season. We thank all of our partners for helping us put smiles on the faces of so many children this Holiday Season.

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Community rallies around dancing crossing guard

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Students from Alexander Muir/Gladstone Avenue Junior and Senior Public School, along with parents and community supporters from the Brockton Triangle area, show their support for dancing crossing guard Kathleen Byers with a flash mob protest at the intersection of Dufferin and Gordon streets on Monday. Byers, a longtime crossing guard, was told to stop dancing by police this week.

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>>>from page 1 to stop dancing. “I was told not to bring music, not to play music and not to dance,” Byers said. “I asked if I could just exercise, which means just rhythmic movement, and I was told not to do that, too.” Byers, who works as a crossing guard under the Toronto police 14 Division, said she was told she was a distraction to motorists and she could cause a child to be hit by a car. At first Byers was devastated by the no-dancing directive and her community rallied to call on the police to rescind. On Tuesday, Byers met with representatives from Toronto Police Services regarding the directive that she stop playing her music and dancing on the job. “It was very amicable. I couldn’t have met with a nicer group of police,” Byers said of the meeting. “They are very concerned about me, very kind and caring.” Byers said the police explained to her they have a policy that she can’t have

music on because it could be made for Byers. distracting. On Dec. 9 hundreds of stu“If it is not allowed then I dents from Alexander Muir/ am not going to balk at that,” Gladstone Public School and Byers said. the Grove Community School, She will continue to have parents and residents from fun and enjoy her job as a the Brockton Triangle area s h owe d t h e i r crossing guard, support for Byers but her music Be a part of the with a lunch hour and dancing will discussion. Visit be reserved for her flash mob protest this story on our walk to and from at the intersecwebsite and share tion of Dufferin the job site. your thoughts in She will conand Gordon the comments streets. tinue to offer section. walkers a safe pasThey waved sage and she will signs and brighten their days  http://bit.ly/1fhxuRx chanted, “Let with her love and Kathleen enthusiasm for her Dance!” job, Byers said. Area resident Meghan “I have lots of stuff up my Price attended the protest and explained she works from sleeve,” she said. However Byers said she home and said Byers routinely doesn’t regret the situation. brightens her day and because She suspects it will all serve of that she wanted to come to be a catalyst to building out and show her support. an even stronger Brockton “I see her doing a good community. job, she is engaged and she is “There was a reason all this joyous,” Price said. “But she is happened and I think it was careful and conscientious and to make the community even she brings the community stronger,” Byers said. together.” That strong sense of comPolice did not respond munity has already been evito repeated requests for an dent in the show of support interview.

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TDSB re-elects Trustee Chris Bolton as chair Trinity-Spadina Trustee Chris Bolton was re-elected as the Toronto District School Board chair (TDSB) at the annual organizational board meeting last week. The former teacher and

principal brings nearly 40 years of education experience to the role of TDSB chair. “I look forward to building on the progress we’ve made over the next year,” Bolton

said in a statement. Willowdale Trustee Mari Rutka was elected as the vice-chair. Visit www.tdsb.on.ca/ boardroom for detailed election results.

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Board of Health advises council to reject Porter proposal DAVID NICKLE dnickle@insidetoronto.com Toronto’s Board of Health has unanimously recommended council reject a plan to expand the Billy Bishop Airport on the Toronto islands, to allow Porter Airlines to land jet aircraft. The board voted on the matter at its meeting Monday, after considering a rapid

health impact assessment by Toronto’s health department. That assessment was damning, suggesting that even in its current form, the airport contributes to significant health risks in the area, which includes a school, daycares, community centres and members of vulnerable populations currently residing there.

The report indicates the airport contributes to traffic congestion, poor air quality and noise issues, and feelings of safety in the community – and in the long run, the airport should actually reduce its activities there. That flies in the face of the proposal by Porter Airlines, which is hoping to expand its regional turboprop airline to destinations further afield.

In order to do so, Porter has ordered new jet aircraft from Bombardier and requires that the airport be expanded, with runways that would need to extend over the existing harbour. Council delay Toronto Council won’t likely be dealing with the matter this year – at last

week’s executive committee, councillors agreed to put the matter off until February, in the face of a planning report recommending against going ahead with the expansion immediately. Staff said there were too many unanswered questions about the proposal at this point, and suggested council shouldn’t make a decision on the matter until the spring

of 2015. The Board of Health is recommending outright refusal – at the request of Toronto Centre-Rosedale Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam. “I can practically walk to that airport and be in Ottawa in a short time, but I cannot in conscience inflict harm on the community,” she said. “The environmental and health concerns are real.”

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First group of 1,000 Tibetans arrives in Toronto ERIN HATFIELD ehatfield@insidetoronto.com The first wave of Tibetans arriving under Canada’s Tibetan Resettlement Project has arrived in Toronto and settled in Mimico. T h e G ov e r n m e n t o f Canada is facilitating the immigration of up to 1,000 Tibetans living in a remote region of India. “The project essentially is to bring 1,000 displaced Tibetans from the Arunachal Pradesh region of India before May 2016,” said Nima Dorjee, president of Project Tibet Society. The society was founded in 2011 as part of the public policy to oversee the implementation of the Tibetan Resettlement Project, a program announced in December 2010 following a 2007 appeal by the Dalai Lama to Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Dorjee said. The first two groups selected to resettle in

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Above, Karma Wangchok, right, welcomes newly arrived Tibetan Lhakpa Tsering with a white scarf as he exits the arrivals gate at Pearson Airport’s Terminal 1 on Friday afternoon. Right, Tenzin Tsayang waves and smiles as he exits the arrivals gate.

Canada arrived in Toronto and Ottawa Friday, Nov. 29. Others selected in the first round will arrive in Vancouver and Victoria on Dec. 14 and in Calgary in January. A total of seven Tibetans – five females and two males – arrived in Toronto in that first wave. Five settled in a

single transitional house in Mimico and the other two are staying with family already living in the area. “This project does not come with any government funding,” Dorjee said. “The Project Tibet Society has signed an agreement with the government that we will

be responsible for their settlement and assistance for the first 12 months after their arrival.” They come with landed immigrant status and within three years can apply to become Canadian citizens. “I am absolutely confident that given the opportunity

they will succeed here, they will do fantastically well,” Dorjee said. These new residents will not be eligible to access Canada’s social welfare system, but the Project Tibet Society will work with settlement organizations to help them find jobs and permanent housing. “Our focus is to get them employed very quickly,” Dorjee said. About 200 Tibetans will be making their way into Canada through this program in the next six months, Dorjee said. Around 80 per cent of those people are between the ages of 18 to 45, have functional English and many have a college degree. Within the catchment area of this program, the Arunachal Pradesh region, Dorjee said there are about 8,000 displaced Tibetans, and more than 6,600 expressed an interest in coming to Canada, Dorjee said. For 50 years, tens of thousands of Tibetans have

lived in India as refugees after China occupied Tibet in 1959. In India, these Tibetans are not given citizenship rights, Dorjee said, so their residency has to be renewed every six months. Located in India’s northeast, the region is remote and the infrastructure is bad, Dorjee said. It is a restricted, politically sensitive region of India, which requires a special permit to travel in and out of. These things make immigration to Canada appealing, Dorjee said, adding this would be these Tibetans’ first opportunity to have citizenship to a country. To qualify for this program, people had to have been living in Arunachal Pradesh since before Dec. 18, 2010, be able to demonstrate their identity as displaced Tibetans and be able to demonstrate an ability to establish in Canada.

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police officers and representatives of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) said. “People are still not getting the message. There are a lot of people in our society who drink and drive every day. We arrest people who have five, six, seven convictions of impaired driving,” 32 Division Supt. Sam Fernandes said. “There are (also) a lot of people who don’t realize the consequences. They will go out to somebody’s home or to a restaurant and they think because they had a meal, they are OK. “There is no rule that says you can have one drink per hour or you’re a big person or you had a good meal. There is no rule that will exempt you from blowing over and if you are arrested, these are the consequences.” Over the holidays, some people are more willing to have a drink or two and get behind the wheel, MADD spokesperson Carolyn

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