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Christmas in their home at 96 Ritchie St. The home was built on land donated by Loblaws to accommodate Bryan’s cerebral palsy and autism in a location that is near Lorena’s job as an RBC mortgage broker’s assistant and the hospitals downtown. The house is fully equipped with an accessible bathroom, big windows to help Bryan – who is also legally blind with only light perception – to see. It used to be, in their previous co-op apartment, that Lorena would have to carry him down six flights of stairs while >>>COUPLE, page 3

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Second Christmas for family in Habitat for Humanity home Ten-year-old Bryan Sinato has every TTC subway station memorized, but Dundas West is his favourite. It’s near this station that he lives with his mom, Lorena, and his stepfather, Gord March. Bryan’s room has two great big skylights that let in tons of light, and the park next door has a swing that’s just for him. Life has its challenges for Bryan and Lorena. But it’s thanks to Habitat for Humanity the mother and son are about to celebrate their second




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Tucked just below grade in a big brick building on West Queen West, Graven Feather is a functioning artist studio, a workshop, retail space, gallery space and a labour of love for Erin Candela and Pam Lobb. One that, at this time of year, has had them hard at work, hand-carving linoleum blocks to create unique art calendars they sell in order to sustain the space. Candela and Lobb are two of the founders of Graven Feather, an art hub in the Artscape West Queen West building at 906 Queen St. W., beside Trinity

Bellwoods Park. “We have a really strong mandate to keep things accessible for emerging artists,” Candela said. Open for two and a half years, the women said Graven Feather’s aim is to foster community. They provide space to other collectives, host lectures and workshops and offer a guest artist or group show in the space once a month. They have also recently incorporated an artist residency program. “We are trying to figure out multiple ways of making this space vibrant and rich and a place that will help people grow and develop, including >>>THEME, page 10

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Parkdale partners set up online store to distribute vegan makeup

ERIN HATFIELD Carla Smith has had a longtime love affair with high-end makeup, but it came to an end when she went vegan. Now, after much trial-anderror, Smith said she has sourced out the best vegan and cruelty-free makeup and she and her partner, Bob Mersereau, have launched an online store to distribute it while raising funds to help animals. Smith became a vegan three years ago after a chance encounter with a poster promoting veganism on a streetcar. “I guess at that time my mind was just open to it,” Smith said. “I got home and I said to Bob, ‘I want to become a vegan’ and I just switched overnight.” She and Mersereau started cutting meat and meat products out of their diet. She then started educating herself on veganism and joined different vegan groups. After about a year, veg-

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Parkdale resident Carla Smith is raising funds for a piglet shelter through her start-up venture, HeartCoeur, that distributes vegan makeup.

anism started to seep into other areas of her life. She stopped purchasing leather, wool and silk fabrics and not long after, she started seeking out vegan makeup, a difficult task because she had grown accustomed to high-end

makeup. When she was in school she worked at high-end makeup counters. In 2001, she lived in Japan for two years where she did cosmetology at a Japanese salon. “Over the years, I really

started to love the expensive brands of makeup,” Smith said. “I felt like that was what it had to be in order for it to be good.” But when she looked up her favourite brands – and their parent companies – she

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found they were tested on animals or had animal products in them. “I had very few options,” Smith said. “With my background, I figured I had the knowledge and tools to find good vegan makeup.” It was difficult and expensive to put together a full makeup look, and she said she had to go to different sites and pay multiple shipping charges. But after much research and trial, Smith said she has sourced out all the best vegan makeup from around the globe. In an effort to assist other vegans, and encourage nonvegans to use cruelty-free makeup. In the summer, S m i t h a n d Me r s e r e a u launched HeartCoeur, an online shop dedicated to

curating a collection of quality and fashionable, cruelty-free vegan makeup. Smith quit her job selling shipping solutions and she and Mersereau, who live near Queen and Dufferin in Parkdale, started the operation out of their home. T h e n i n S e p t e m b e r, S m i t h a n d Me r s e r e a u launched an initiative called CharmOverHarm, a program that partners with sanctuaries or animal welfare organizations to raise funds through proceeds of makeup sales. Their first partner was Snooters Far m Animal Sanctuary. On Monday, Dec. 16 CharmOverHarm donated money to complete an emergency medical stall in the sanctuary’s pig barn. Until the end of December, the pair is raising money for Cedar Row Farm Sanctuary, just outside Stratford, ON, to raise $2,000 to build a shelter for specialneeds piglets.


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Couple put equity hours in their Habitat for Humanity home >>>from page 1 he experienced seizures because the elevator would break repeatedly. And before, she used to check to make sure that there were no cockroaches on him while he slept. “The building was terrible with a lot of single moms and a lot of drug dealers,” Lorena said, adding she used to wake up in the middle of the night to hear police running through the apartment. Once, she had to replace the glass on her special-needs van after strangers smashed it in the co-op’s parking lot. “I’m like, please God just a few more days and it’s going to be over,” said Lorena recalling her last week at the King Street and Shaw Avenue area apartment less than two years ago. She was woken up in the middle of the night by a domestic dispute with a 16-year-old single mother in the apartment next to hers. Lorena moved to Toronto from Brazil in 2002 and soon after was pregnant with Bryan. Born early at 27 weeks, Bryan suffered a brain infection while in the hospi-

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Gord March, left, Bryan Sinato, and Lorena Sinato. The home was built to be accessible and accommodate Bryan’s special needs.

tal, causing brain damage according to Lorena. She lived in the co-op for seven years before her application to Habitat was accepted in 2012. She applied on the recommendation of other people she knew who

had received homes through Habitat. “When I applied for Habitat I was waiting for two years. I said I’m going to need to move from here – I just can’t,” Lorena said. The house only took three

months to build with 15 volunteers showing up every day. Lorena herself had to contribute 500 sweat equity hours in order to receive a home, which she did by volunteering at the Habitat

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for Humanity Restore every Saturday for four to six hours. Neighbours on Ritchie Street came and volunteered for a day to welcome the Sinatos to the neighbourhood, and some of Lorena’s co-workers volunteered to help her finish her hours faster. “It was harder because I had only the weekend, and I needed a nurse for Bryan to do my hours,” Lorena said. While working Saturdays on the site of her own home, she met volunteer Gord March. “Still every time we have the opportunity to volunteer, we do,” Lorena said. Lorena and March are now married, and Bryan has gotten used to having him around. The boy reacts with excitement when his stepfather comes home. “ W h e n t h e a rc h i t e c t designed everything, they knew about Bryan’s need,”

said Lorena whose bedroom is on the main floor beside Bryan’s so she can check up on him throughout the night. Joanna Dwyer, marketing and communications director with Habitat for Humanity, said they were fortunate to secure the property. “Habitat was lucky to have an amazing partnership with Loblaws who donated a piece of land to use that would not have otherwise been affordable,” she said and emphasized the importance of volunteers and donations to the organization. “It’s certainly not affordable for us to build a single, detached, fully accessible home for this family, this close to the downtown region of the city – close to hospitals and close to her son’s doctors.” Lorena is paying a mortgage on the house, which will go directly into the building of other Habitat for Humanity homes.


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he holiday break presents a welcome opportunity for us to relax and spend time with loved ones. And you needn’t feel restricted to the confines of your home. If you’re looking to share in an experience, start a new family tradition or explore a new neighbourhood, Toronto is simply a great place to be. When it comes to finding things to do in the city at this time of year, there are a lot of options. Our feature on page 6 lists a number of events in Toronto’s communities taking place over the coming days. There’s a wide array of choices for those looking to add a fresh experience to this year’s holiday season and make it a truly special time. our view For example, if the goal is to get outside and get a bit of City a great exercise, there are skiing, snowboarding, skating and snowplace to be shoeing options. For those more during holidays adventurous, there’s the 34th Annual Hair of the Dog run and walk in the Beach area on New Year’s Day. If you’re more interested in the spectator side of things in athletics, Toronto also has several highcalibre hockey tournaments to take in. The immediate post-Christmas period has several tourneys on tap including the Toronto Marlboros International Holiday Classic from Dec. 26 to 30. Hosted at the Canlan arenas in Etobicoke and North York as well as North York’s Chesswood Arenas, the AAA tournament features top teams from the minor bantam, bantam and minor midget divisions. If you’re looking to be entertained, there are several family-friendly activities including theatrical productions and visits to museums and other city attractions including Fort York, the CN Tower, and the Royal Ontario Museum to consider. This time is also a chance to get to know a new area of the city a little better. Toronto’s 140 neighbourhoods make up a diverse, vibrant city, with unique experiences to be discovered in each of them. Consider adding a new experience to your holiday time this year. *** You can find more Toronto events at our online community calendar at Additionally, if you have an event and wish to submit it to us, visit for instructions and helpful suggestions for posting.


A terrible year for Toronto’s government


t’s been a good year, 2013 has, for the profile of municipal journalism. That goes without saying – the Ford follies have put city hall reporters in a class akin to reality TV hosts – but it needs saying that it has been a terrible year for municipal governance, civic engagement and community in this city. It started out bad enough. Us versus them Since 2010, it’s become clear a large number of residents of Toronto’s suburban communities have come to hate those who live closer to the downtown core, and for a large number of downtowners, the feeling seems mutual. It’s a particularly unhealthy tribalism we’ve caught ourselves in – a tribalism that’s stoked and been stoked by Mayor Rob Ford and his brother Doug. When the year began, with Mayor Ford success-

david nickle the city fully challenging a ruling to remove him from office for a conflict of interest, the division simmered. When newspaper reports revealed that Ford had appeared in a video smoking crack cocaine and was prone to bouts of public drunkenness, his evolving denials poured gasoline on the fire. We in the media helped fuel that further, relentlessly seeking clarification from a mayor who refused to do so, camping outside his office and occasionally outside his home – allowing conspiracy theorists to posit that the media ‘elites’ were attempting to run the mayor out of office based on some kind of classbased agenda. We couldn’t have played it differently – as events transpired, it emerged that Mayor Ford was lying about

nearly everything; that a video of him smoking crack cocaine did indeed exist and police were investigating him, and on and on. The mayor’s behaviour and untruthfulness was, to put it mildly, unprecedented, and journalists who don’t chase that down, aren’t doing their job. Making things worse But in doing our jobs – in shedding light, and posing questions and persisting – yes, we helped make it worse. For much of 2013, as a colleague of mine observed recently, the news cycle has lived on the timetable of an angry drug user. And day in, day out, we’ve highlighted the grossest dysfunction of the communities in which we live. Some have taken to calling it all a distraction, but I submit that it’s more an amplification, a distortion – not of the sins of our mayor, but the forces that

are tearing the city apart. Move on In the months and years to come, someone is going to have to fix that. Toronto council has taken the first steps in doing so, sidelining Mayor Ford and putting the agreeable face of Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly at the head of council. The last year of the term has hopes of being sedate, conciliatory and friendly. At least, it will be as much of those things as one might expect in an election year. Ultimately, that is going to be Toronto’s test – not just of its leadership, but more importantly, its citizenry. We’ve got a city broken by anger, suspicion and paranoia and we’re going to have to get past that, if there’s to be any hope at all.


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Winter Kids experience a Victorian Purchase a Friends of Don’t forget your snow wTheLong w w w Festival holiday Roxton park calendar clearing duties Long Winter Kids Festival for From now until Jan. 5, Tuesdays Still need a new calendar for Winter is here. Residents are babies and kids up to 12 years old takes place Saturday at the Great Hall, 1087 Queen St. W. The festival will feature music, art, storytelling, magic, dance and more with Hooded Fang, Njacko Backo, Girls Rock Camp and others. The event runs from noon to 5 p.m. and is pay-what-you-can. Visit for more information. Make some gingerbread cookies at Fort York Until Dec. 31, children visiting Fort York National Historic Site, 250 Fort York Blvd., can join the cooks in the officers’ mess kitchen to create traditional gingerbread cookies between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. In this hands-on workshop, children will use period cooking utensils and tools to sift flour, crush cinnamon, cloves or allspice, pound sugar and grate nutmeg and ginger as they prepare an 1800’s gingerbread recipe. Included with regular admission to the Fort, sign up in the Museum Store when you arrive.


to Sundays from noon to 4 p.m., discover the magic of Christmas in the winter wonderland surroundings of High Park and enjoy a tour of Colborne Lodge, the home of the founders of High Park, which is decorated for a Victorian Christmas. Holiday admission prices apply. The museum is closed Dec. 26 and Jan. 1. Call 416-3926916 for details.

2014? The Friends of Roxton Road Parks 2014 calendar is a limitededition calendar featuring historic photos and maps courtesy of the City of Toronto Archives. Priced at $10, proceeds from the sale of the 2014 Friends of Roxton Road Parks calendar support the work of the history sub-committee in sharing and celebrating the heritage of Toronto’s parks and neighbourhood. For details or to purchase a calendar, visit Support tree preservation with calendar The Toronto Tree Portraits 2014 Calendar is now available online. The self-standing desk calendar is square, measuring seven inches wide by seven inches tall. All proceeds go directly towards preserving, enhancing and increasing Toronto’s urban forest. The 2014 Toronto Tree Portraits is available online for $23.75 including HST and shipping at www.torontoparksandtrees. org

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reminded they have 24 hours to clear steps, landings, walks and driveways in order to provide safe access for persons and vehicles. While the majority of sidewalks in the city are cleared of snow by mechanical ploughing within 36 hours if the accumulation is greater than eight centimetres, on streets with continuous on-street parking and where sidewalks cannot be cleared, residents are also required to clear sidewalks adjacent their property within 12 hours of a snowfall. Seniors or the disabled can contact 311 Toronto to obtain a list of organizations that provide these services.

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K eep busy over the holiday break Find something that suits you, with this listing of family-friendly activities


he holidays are coming to an end, but there’s still plenty to do in the community and across the city. No need to stay at home! Here are our suggestions on things to do with the family.

The Christmas Flower Show at Allan Gardens until Jan. 12.

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Guided Walks in Rouge Park Stretch your legs and walk Rouge Park Dec. 26 to 31 and Jan. 1 at various times and locations. Free. Visit www., call 905-713-3184 or email Christmas Treats Trek Watch as the Toronto Zoo’s animals receive their Christmas treats from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Bring a nonperishable item for the food bank. Halfprice admission. Toronto Zoo, 2000 Meadowvale Rd. Visit

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ROM for the Holidays, Toys, Games and Gatherings Play games from various cultures and 130 years of Canada’s favourite pastimes, scavenger hunt and more at the Royal Ontario Museum until Jan. 5 and included with admission. Various times. Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen’s

Park Centennial Park Conservatory Christmas Flower Show Centennial Park Conservatory Christmas Flower Show takes place until Jan. 12 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free. Centennial Park Conservatory, 151 Elmcrest Rd. Call Scott Nisbet, 416-392-1417, conservatories Christmas in the Park You are invited to Christmas in the Park at Colborne Lodge from noon to 4 p.m. until Jan. 5. It is closed Dec. 26 and Jan. 1. Tour Colborne House and celebrate a Victorian Christmas. Various costs. Colborne Lodge at High Park, 11 Colborne Lodge Dr. Email clodge@ Boxing Day Hike of The Toronto Islands Take a 12-kilometre, four-hour mostly flat hike of Toronto Islands at 9:30 a.m. when you catch the ferry, returning

FIND MORE EVENTS ONLINE! Learn how to access our calendar, view events across the city and post your own. Go to torontocalendar paying adult. Gardiner Museum, 111 Queen’s Park Visit

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Earth Rangers’ Holiday Show Take in the Earth Ranger’s Bring Back the Wild Holiday Show, a multimedia presentation that introduces animal lovers to the planet’s most amazing creatures Dec. 27 to Jan. 5 at 1, 3 and 5 p.m. with a meet and greet at 2 and 4 p.m. Regular admission. Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen’s Park. Contact Chris Clapinson at 416-704-5293.

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Lace up your skates at the Harbourfront Centre.

to Toronto at 4 p.m. (catching either the 3:15 or 3:45 p.m. ferry). Ferry costs $7 for adults, $4.50 for students and seniors and $3.50 for juniors. Donations to the Escarpment Legacy Fund accepted. Toronto Island Ferry, 9 Queens Quay W. Contact Toronto Bruce Trail Club, www.torontobrucetrailclub. org, 416-763-9061, information@ Hike is Free. Animal Stories Animal Stories presents the tales of humans’ encounters through ceramics from the 17th century to our day. The exhibition also features illustrated books alongside ceramics Monday to Thursday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Friday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. until Jan. 12. Cost ranges from $1 to $9 and free for children 12 and under with a

Ring in the New Year The Chevrolet City New Year’s Celebration 2014 will take place at Nathan Phillips Square on Tuesday, Dec. 31 from 8 p.m. to midnight. This exciting event for all ages marks the 29th year the City has hosted the Toronto New Year’s Eve celebrations. Performing live are JUNO-awardwinning band Fathead and JUNOnominated band, God Made Me Funky.

Balmy Beach Canoe Club holds its annual Hair of the Dog Fun Run Jan. 1. Visit

n Harbourfront’s The Natrel Rink, 235 Queens Q. W., the artificially cooled outdoor rink, is also open. There are rentals, change rooms and skate sharpening. Visit www.harbourfrontcentre. com n For a complete list of City of Toronto arenas and rinks in your neighbourhood, visit


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Peter Pan at Casa Loma until Dec. 29. Visit

n Centennial Park offers a ski and snowboard school, snowboard and downhill rentals, helmet rentals, T-bar, carpet lift, night skiing and snack bar. The facilities are open, weather permitting, mid-December until mid-March and the hours are Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. at various prices. Centennial Park, 256 Centennial Park Rd. Call 416-394-8754

n Shawnee Park, 81 Shawnee Circle at Victoria Park and Finch avenues This is a park with a small hill, which is good for younger kids. n The ‘Sugar Bowl’, 3900 Danforth Ave. across from Variety Village. It really is shaped like a bowl so there is no danger of sliding onto the road. And it’s not too steep or too long, so perfect for younger kids. n Hill behind Variety Village, 3701 Danforth Ave.

n Earl Bales Park Earl Bales Park offers snowboard and downhill rentals, helmet rentals, ski and snowboard school, snowmaking, four-passenger chair lift, rope tow, night skiing and snack bar, weather permitting, Dec. 14, and closing March 16. Open various days and times. 4169 Bathurst St., one light south of Sheppard Avenue West inside Earl Bales Park. Call 416-395-7931.

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


n Evergreen Brick Works, 550 Bayview Ave., outdoor rink is open until March, Monday to Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. but closed Christmas and Boxing Day. Weather permitting. Call ahead at 416-596-7670 for updates. Skate rentals and sharpening is $5 each. Visit

n Cedarbrae Collegiate Institute, 550 Markham Rd. n Cedarvale Park, 443 Arlington Ave. n ‘Murder’ Hill at Graydon Hall, 185 Graydon Hall Dr. just east of Don Mills. n Dallington Park at Sheppard Avenue and Leslie Street. n Christie Pits, 750 Bloor St. W. at Christie Street n Riverdale Park at Broadview Avenue and Gerrard Street n Greenwood Park, 1041 Gerrard St. E. What is your favourite tobogganing spot? Email



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Theme for hand-pressed calendars is ‘creators’ >>>from page 1 ourselves,” Candela said. Primarily a painter and illustrator, Candela, who lives in Parkdale, is originally from northern B.C. Her content focuses on northern iconography and Canadian mythology, while Lobb, who lives in the Junction, is a printmaker who graduated from the University of Guelph with a B.A. in fine art. Lately her art involves printing on to Japanese paper, which she then molds on top of textiles. The pair met when Candela attended a workshop Lobb was giving on printmaking. When Lobb was moving from one apartment into another, and couldn’t take one of her printing presses with her, the pair started to search for a studio space. Printmaking requires a lot of large equipment. The pair have a number of presses in the space and cabinets full of metal type. Much of the type was a c q u i re d f r o m Mo r l e y Balinson, whose father, Henry

Balinson, was the editor of 1930s Hamilton Yiddish language newspaper the Yiddish Shtime. When the opportunity at the Artscape West Queen West came up, the pair, and a third member who has since left Graven Feather to go back to school, made a proposal that was accepted. And that is where the calendars come in. “The original thought, even before we had this space, was doing the calendar as a studio rent raiser,” Lobb said. “One hundred per cent of all the income we get from it goes toward sustaining the space.” This is the third year the women have made handpressed calendars. Each image is hand carved in lino blocks and the grids are silkscreened. “It has been a great collaborative process as well. We have volunteers who come in and help us and barter with us for studio time in exchange for printing the grids,” Lobb

said. The theme for the 2014 Graven Feather calendar is creators and the women create original images for each month. It is printed on 300g Legion Rag Paper with both silkscreen and letterpress techniques. Calendars are $45 and are available at Graven Feather or through its website www. In the tradition of printing, the calendars, only 175 of them, have been numbered. The women said the wonderful thing about these calendars is that when each month is done, the pages can be cut and framed. “That is kind of the idea... you have 12 original art prints,” Candela said. This year, for the first time, the women scanned two of their calendar carvings and have silk-screened them onto tote bags and journals.


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Clockwise from top: Erin Candela (left) and Pam Lobb are two of the founders of Graven Feather, an artists studio, as well as a workshop, retail, and gallery space on Queen Street West near Trinity Bellwoods Park. Metal type pieces acquired from the son of Henry Balinson, the editor of 1930’s Hamilton Yiddish language newspaper the Yiddish Shtime, are used in printmaking and workshops to create test sheets of the calendar which Pam Lobb and Erin Candela create each year to raise funds to sustain the Graven Feather.









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Councillors back increases in water and garbage rates for 2014

Debate over contracting garbage east of Yonge put off until after election

Water rate hikes to pay for upgrades to city’s aging system DAVID NICKLE It will cost more to turn on a tap and toss out trash in 2014 as Toronto Council finalized the rate-supported budgets for next year. Council voted Wednesday, Dec. 18, to support a nine per cent water rate increase for 2014, with hikes of eight per cent a year for the following three years. And it has approved a three per cent increase to the cost of throwing out garbage in its solid waste budget. For the typical water user, that will add $73 a year to their water bill – with money going to the ongoing upgrade of the city’s aging water system. The garbage fee increase

will mean a small garbage bin will cost $230.72 (up from the current $224), a medium will now cost $280.09 (up from $271.93), and a large will cost $380.39 (increased from $369.31). start paying

Layton argued the fees would be crippling to charities such as Goodwill, which receives donations of furniture and other large objects which sometimes must be disposed of. “Goodwill estimates the full cost could be $600,000,” said Layton. “That’s going to result in them having to close down some community stores and restrict some of the services they deliver.” Layton said the city should be supporting charities that do valuable work in the community, and the fee amounts to a “clawback.”

diately. “You’re either for waste diversion or you’re not for waste diversion,” said Minnan-Wong. “I never thought I’d have to give Layton a lesson in environmental stewardship or responsibility...The right thing to do is to say we want you to be part of the waste diversion system. “That’s the principle behind this program and that is why we need to support the program. That’s why this is a perfect system of carrot and stick.” But council wouldn’t go either way, voting down Minnan-Wong’s motion 14-20, and Layton’s motion 16-17.


“This is not anti-union. I encourage unions to compete and vote, and if people disagree this will be a great election issue, just like it was last time.” Earlier in the term, the city contracted out about a quarter of the city’s garbage collection to Green For Life, and got changes to the collective agreements with city outside workers that allow the city to contract out the rest of garbage collection. But Ford had held off on moving ahead with full contracted out garbage until after the 2014 election. Minnan-Wong, who is openly considering a run for mayor himself, made it clear he’d like to see if it can go ahead more quickly. He moved to have the entire matter referred to the committee he chairs. Councillors voted down OL S Minnan-Wong’s referral,S and supported Ford’s.

Toronto Council has agreed to put off the question of contracting out garbage east of Yonge Street until after next year’s municipal election – siding with Mayor Rob Ford, in a clash with public works and infrastructure committee chair Denzil Minnan-Wong. Fo r d a s k e d c o u n c i l Wednesday, Dec. 18, to request a report on the pros and cons of contracting out garbage collection on the east end of the city, to be delivered to the public works and infrastructure committee in 2015. “I find that we’ve had huge success contracting out garbage collection in Etobicoke, then finally got everything going west of Yonge Street. The proof is in the pudding – I’ll be shocked if it comes back that it’s cheaper to do it in-house,” said Ford.

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GO also revealed its 2014 schedule which will include new bus timetables as well as some additional morning train trips. For information about the changes and holiday scheduling visit The TTC will also be free of charge on New Year’s Day until 7 a.m. appoints new ceo wcivicaction

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rahul gupta TO in TRANSIT new CEO. Sevaun Palvetzian is getting ready to join the Greater Toronto CivicAction Alliance as its CEO in the New Year. She will replace Mitzie Hunter, who left to run successfully for the provincial Liberals in the riding of ScarboroughGuildwood during August’s byelection. Palvetzian also has ties to

the current provincial government, most recently serving alongside CivicAction chair John Tory on a Ministry of Tourism revitalization plan for Ontario Place. Palvetzian is expected to start as CEO on Jan. 6, 2014.

The redesigned infrastructure was installed on a trial basis along the 94 Wellesley bus route in February. Critics of the designs say they are too simplified and of less value to local commuters. A short online survey for the new designs is available on the TTC’s webpage,

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Thai Room Appetizer Platter

$17.99 $6.99

Green Mango Salad (Yam Ma-Muang) Malaysian Salad

$8.99 $8.99

Chicken Salad (Lard Kai)


Spicy Beef Salad (Nuer Num Tok)


Malay Curry Shrimp


Garlic Shrimp (Goong Kratiam)


Basil Shrimp Goong Phad Kraphow)


Basil Seafood (Phad Karapow Ta-Lay)


Salmon in Spicy Sauce


Salmon in Tamarind Sauce (Pla Jian)


Crispy Red Snapper in Spicy Sauce


Red Snapper in Tamarind Sauce


Thai Room’s Famous Pad Thai (Thai Rice Noodles) Vegetables $9.99 Chicken $10.99 Beef $10.99 Shrimp $12.99 Seafood $12.99 Thai Room’s Signature (Chicken and Shrimp) $11.99 Curry Pad Thai Vegetables $10.99 Chicken $11.99 Beef Shrimp $13.99 Seafood $13.99 Oodles of Noodles Bean Curd $9.99 Chicken $11.99 Beef Lamb $12.99 Shrimp $12.99 Thai Spicy Noodles (Phad Kee Mao) Vegetables $9.99 Chicken $11.99 Beef Lamb $12.99 Shrimp $12.99 Seafood Thai Room’s Stir-Fried Glass Noodles (Phad Woon Sen) Vegetables Chicken and Shrimp

SOUPS Thai Room’s Lemon Soup (Tom Yam) Mushrooms $4.99 Vegetables Chicken $5.99 Shrimp Room’s Coconut Soup (Tom Yam Kha) Vegetables $5.49 Chicken Shrimp $7.99 Seafood Thai Room’s Hot and Sour Soup Vegetables $5.49 Chicken Shrimp $6.99 Seafood

Coconut Sticky Rice with Mango Coconut Sticky Rice with Pineapple Deep Fried Banana with Honey and Cashew Nuts Deep Fried mango with Honey and Cashew Nuts Ice Cream


SALADS Thai Room’s Mixed Greens


Green Curry Shrimp (Keang Khiao Wan Goong) $12.99 Red Curry Shrimp with Pineapple (Panang Goong) $12.99

$5.99 $6.99

Thai Room Vegetarian Appetizer Platter


$5.49 $6.99 $6.99 $7.99

Rice Noodles Chicken and Seafood Topping


$11.99 $11.99 $13.99 $9.99 $11.99 $13.99

VEGETABLES Red or Green Curry Vegetales (Keang Puk)


Red or Green Curry lamb (Panang Gae) Malay Curry Lamb Ginger Lamb (Gae Phad Khing) Garlic and Pepper lamb

$13.99 $14.99 $14.99 $14.99

Malay Curry Tofu with Vegetables


Mixed Vegetables (Phad Puk Ruam)


Thai Style Eggplant (Phad Ma-Khua)


Sauteed Spinach


Basil Lamb


Basil Tofu (Kraphao Tofu)


Coconut Cashew Vegetables (Me D Ma-Muang Phad Pak)


Mango Tofu


Avocado-Peanut Stir-Fried


Tofu Goreng


BEEF Beef with Vegetables Green Curry Beef (Keang Khiao Wan Nuer)

$11.99 $11.99

Red Curry Beef with mango (Panang Nuer) Malay Curry Beef

$12.99 $13.99

Beef in Oyster Sauce (Nuer Nam Mun Hoy) Basil Beef (Nuer Phad Kraphao) Crispy Beef Thai Beef Steak (Nuer yang)

$12.99 $12.99 $12.99 $12.99

CHICKEN (Fresh, white meat)

Chicken with vegetables Green Curry Chicken (Keang Khiao Wan Gai) Red Curry Chicken (Panang Gai) Golden Curry Chicken Malay Curry Chicken Cashew Nut Chicken (Gai Phad Med Ma-Muang) Ginger Chicken (Gai Phad Khing) Basil Chicken (Gai Phad Krapao) Mango Chicken Chicken with Peanut Sauce Thai Chili Chicken Marinated Grilled Chicken (Gai Yang) Thai Avocado Chicken Coconut mango Chcken

2063 Danforth Ave. (Danforth/Woodbine)

$11.99 $11.99 $11.99 $12.99 $13.99 $12.99 $11.99 $11.99 $11.99 $12.99 $12.99 $12.99 $13.99 $13.99

RICE Thai Room’s Fried Rice (Khao Phad Gai) Vegetables $9.99 Chicken Beef $10.99 Shrimp Thai Room’s Signature (Chicken and Shrimp)

$10.99 $12.99 $10.99

Thai Room’s Curry Fried Rice (Khao Phad Kraphao) Vegetables $10.99 Chicken $11.99 Beef $11.99 Shrimp $13.99 Thai Room’s Signature (Chicken and Shrimp)


Thai Room’s Royal Pineapple Fried Rice (Khao Phad Supard)


SIDE ORDERS Steamed Rice $1.99 - Brown Rice Coconut Rice $3.99 Sticky Rice with Peanut Sauce Steamed Noodle $2.99 Roti Malay Bread (2 per order)

810 Bloor St West (Christie/Bloor)

(416) 693-8424 (416) 531-8424

Free Spring Rolls for orders over $ 25 before tax Free Chicken or Veggie Pad Thai for orders over $ 40 before tax Free Entree for orders over $ 50 before tax *Pick up and delivery only *Cannot be combined with any other specials or discounts




$5.99 $5.99 $6.99 $6.99 $3.99

$2.99 $3.99 $3.99

$5 OFF

DINE IN ONLY WITH PURCHASE OVER $20 *Must bring in coupon

$10 OFF

DINE IN ONLY WITH PURCHASE OVER $ 40 *Must bring in coupon


FREE DELIVERY 7 DAYS A WEEK 11am to 10.30 pm

Order online and get 20% coupon code: room20 valid till jan 31/2014

1200 Highway7, Unit#2 Thornhill (Intersection: Langstaff and Highway 7)

(905) 731-7376

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