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Fundraiser targets proposed condo ERIN HATFIELD ehatfield@insidetoronto.com T h e O s s i n g t o n Co m m u n i t y Association (OCA) is holding its first fundraiser with the aim of connecting neighbours and raising some money to bring their voice to the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB). The fundraising dance party is

called ‘We <3 Ossington’, the ‘<3’ being the computer keyboard emoticon symbol for ‘love’. All proceeds will go to the OCA legal fund to fight against the ‘109OZ’ proposal. The 109OZ proposal is for a six-storey condo at 109 Ossington Ave., formerly a car lot and garage. Reserve Properties, the developer

behind 109OZ, has taken their application to the OMB on the grounds the City of Toronto has taken too long to respond to it. The city has not yet completed the study of the area, which is necessary for the application to proceed. “In cases such as the present the city is compelled to do the area study that they are doing, but it takes

longer than the 120 days allowed to complete such a study,” explained Benj Hellie, spokesperson for the OCA. The pre-hearing for the application to develop 103, 109-11 Ossington Ave. has been scheduled for May 17 at 10 a.m. at the OMB. The OCA wants to be a party to >>>funds, page 13

Trinity-Spadina Councillor Adam Vaughan couldn’t even get a nomination to sit on Mayor Rob Ford’s Executive Committee at a recent meeting of the city’s Striking Committee which is tasked with making recommendations to fill appointments on various city committees and agencies. But Vaughan, one of Ford’s most vocal critics on council, is hoping Toronto Council will see the light and overrule the Striking Committee’s recommendations to put Ford loyalist Vincent Crisanti into the vacancy on the committee. “Ultimately it’s council’s decision,” said Vaughan, who represents Ward 20 on city council. “I think there’s a case to be made to recognize that on major issues it’s not about ideology – it’s about making sure that different parts of the city are present when issues are being debated.” Vaughan pointed out, currently, the mayor’s committee has no representation from the city’s downtown core. He said lack of representation on important committees can lead to unforeseen problems. “Maybe one of the reasons we didn’t get attention to streetcar lines this past snowstorm was the downtown councillors, who represent areas where most of the streetcar lines are, weren’t a part of the Toronto Transit Commission.” Toward that end, Vaughan had put his name on a short list of councillors interested in serving on Ford’s Executive Committee. The others were York Centre Councillor Maria Augimeri and Etobicoke North Councillor Vincent Crisanti. The committee only considered Crisanti, a Ford loyalist since the 2010 municipal election.


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Trinity Bellwoods Park Taking a snack break: Right, Chiara Puntanen takes a break for cookies and hot chocolate during the Family Day skate Monday at Trinity Bellwoods Park rink. Below, Kurt Neumann, left, his son Oliver and wife Vicki get ready to hit the ice at Trinity Bellwoods Park on Family Day.

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skating with Olivia: Trinity-Spadina MP Olivia Chow, left, Suzanne Rumskey and her son Robin go for a skate around the rink.

Queen Street Study subject of meeting and OMB appeal ERIN HATFIELD ehatfield@insidetoronto.com Zoning changes in Parkdale won’t fix the bad bars already operating in the area, but residents heard at a recent community meeting that it is the only tool the city really has when trying to control bars. The issue of controlling bars is a complex interaction between the city, Municipal Licensing and Standards and the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario, explained City Planner Dan Nicholson, adding the real tool the city has is to look at the zoning in an area. “Zoning is a blunt tool, whatever rules we come up with apply to everyone,” Nicholson said. “How will that fix the existing bars, those couple of bad apples... in the short term it won’t do much. Zoning is much better at controlling the future.”

In October 2012, City Council passed an interim control bylaw on Queen Street West in Parkdale, which put a moratorium on new bars and restaurants from opening in order to give the city planning staff time to complete the study of the area. It has been a hot button issue in the area and more than 70 residents attended a meeting on Feb. 13. At the annual general meeting of the Parkdale Residents Association (PRA), a panel discussed the Queen Street Restaurant Study, the ongoing study of the number of bars, restaurants and similar-use establishments on Queen Street West between Dufferin Street and Roncesvalles Avenue. The study is meant to determine if additional zoning controls should be introduced to mitigate some of the impacts of the high concentration of restaurants and bars. That could mean

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Zoning to control bars along Queen Street West in the Parkdale was the subject of a Feb. 13 panel discussion at the Parkdale Residents Association Annual General Meeting.

limiting size, how many restaurants can be on a single block or controlling rear and side patios. Residents currently have an opportunity to give planners input on what form the strip will take in the future and the panel was meant to help residents understand the issue and hear different points of view. The new chair of the PRA, Andrew Emery, moderated

the panel, and audience members were able to ask questions. Although how and why the interim control bylaw came about is still the subject of much debate in the community, Emery said the discussion that evening would focus in on the amendments being proposed as part of the study and not the bylaw that was already in place. The panel was made up of three Parkdale residents with

differing opinions on the way Queen Street should evolve: local business owner John Silva, Ric Amis who lives and works on Queen Street, and Aaron Hershoff a professional planner by trade. Silva explained as a business owner and resident of the area he is opposed to the implementation of the ban as well as the sorts of restrictions that might come out of it. “There is a problem with bars in our neighbourhood, but it is with a few bars and this doesn’t address those few bars,” Silva said. “What this does is stifle creative, energetic entrepreneurs that want to set up a business in this neighbourhood.” On the other side of the debate, Amis said he lives near Queen Street West and Elm Grove Avenue and the effects of the onset of bars on his block frustrate him and his neighbours so he

supports putting controls in place. Silva said the frustrations with existing bars should be being addressed by the AGCO which, he and others said, isn’t currently happening. Hershoff said he was on the panel as a sounding board for residents in terms of what they might like to see in the bylaw and to help them understand how best to communicate that with city planners. “You can’t regulate people’s behaviour, but you can limit where they do it by limiting the number of seats, sizes and patios,” Hershoff said. “Is zoning a blunt too? Probably, but it is the only tool the city has.” A final report to City Council by the Planning Department is expected in the June of 2013. The OMB will hold a hearing on the appeal on Wed. April 24 at 10 a.m.

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s Toronto’s Feeling Congested? campaign shifts into its next stage, Torontonians eager to see an improved transit system throughout the city and its surrounding regions must understand the size and complexity of the challenge. To be blunt, the process of enabling criticallyneeded transit improvements is going to get harder as the process advances. Having the public give feedback and direction – which happened earlier this month – is a critical compon=ent to this process. That meaningful methods of paying for transit infrastructure were at the heart of these consultations is important. Community members must understand that we will only get the transit we are willing to pay for. But ultimately it will be the leaders we elect who will be entrusted with the potentially difficult decisions that will get shovels in the ground. These leaders may be in a position where they have to weigh what’s best for a community versus what’s politically expedi- our view ent. Feeling But that’s one of the reasons why the public feedback part is Congested so important – that we articulate what it is we want and that we to host panel are willing to pay for it. It is also important to keep discussions that momentum going. Early next month, the Feeling Congested? campaign is hosting a series of discussion panels. The first features Toronto’s chief planner, Jennifer Keesmaat, former Vancouver co-director of planning Larry Beasley, president and CEO of Toronto Board of Trade Carol Wilding, along with councillors Peter Milczyn (planning and growth committee chair) and Michael Thompson (economic development committee chair). It takes place Monday, March 4 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Jane Mallett Theatre at the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts. It’s vital to get involved now any way you can. While this focus on transportation is looking not only at the needs of today, but also those decades from now, some big things are happening in the coming months. Last week we heard Metrolinx chair Robert Prichard say a special board meeting is being planned for May 27 where the investment strategy to pay for $34 billion worth of projects will be released. These projects include the eastern portion of a downtown relief subway line. The realization of some of these projects may be decades away, but the potential decisions putting them in motion are fast approaching. We need to be ready. newsroom

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arring anymore run-ins with the law, it looks as though Mayor Rob Ford has at least one serious fight ahead of him as he attends to the last two years of his term: the land transfer tax. The mayor has made it clear he would like very much to shave 10 per cent off the tax on real estate transactions. The plan is a dilution of his 2010 election promise to scrap the tax entirely – something even the tax-cutting Ford soon realized would be financially impossible. The tax brings in in the neighbourhood of $350 million a year, and since Ford’s predecessor David Miller introduced it, has become a crucial element in balancing the budget. The 10 per cent cut, on the other hand, is a battle the mayor might conceivably win. Held against budgets that run in the neighbourhood of $10 billion, $35 million can exist in a margin of error – and such a cut would just be added into the other pressures the city’s budget committee and council have to deal with each year.

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The real battle will be convincing council to support adding that $35 million to the tally. Ford’s former budget chief Mike Del Grande, as staunch a fiscal conservative as the mayor in most respects, was deeply skeptical about the plan. His replacement, Frank Di Giorgio, is comparatively cheerful at the prospect of at least looking. But he’s unwilling to make any cut to the tax without finding some offsetting revenue. And the rest of council? Over the past three budgets, council as a whole has been unwilling to follow the mayor and his agenda too far down the road to privation. With an election coming up, will 23 councillors jump onto the land transfer tax bandwagon as readily as they did in 2010, when they supported the freshlyelected mayor’s plan to scrap the vehicle registra-

tion tax? There’s very little percentage that they will do so. Unlike the vehicle registration tax, which all cardriving voters had to pay every year they continued to own a car, the land transfer tax is relatively invisible. Property-holding Torontonians pay it every time they move house. But that tax is rolled into other costs of buying and selling and moving – and once the move is done, the tax doesn’t rear its head again until the next move. Which means for most Torontonians in the 2014 election, it won’t be top of mind. Given that, shaving 10 per cent off in the 2014 budget will take an enormous amount of political capital from the mayor’s office – more than David Miller used to get it installed in the first place. It may take all that Ford has at this point in his mandate. It will likely take even more. n D a v i d Ni c k l e T h e Villager’s City Hall columnist. His column appears every Thursday. Contact him at dnickle@insidetoronto.com

To the editor: Re: Cartoon, page 4, Jan. 31. The cartoon commenting on the poor functioning of both minority and majority governments brilliantly highlights the problem with our current electoral system. The big problem with a minority government is that defeat of some legislation is taken as triggering a new election. Only when a fresh coalition cannot be formed is an election necessary. The other side of the coin is that our majority governments don’t actually represent the majority of the voters. Usually they only represent about 40 per cent. This means that legislation passed by parliament does not have the clear support of the electorate. The most popular class of electoral systems, proportional representation, ensures the elected representatives actually do reflect the way the people voted. Bills passed by parliament really do enjoy the support of the representatives of the majority of the people. If we followed the example of most countries and switched to some form of proportional representation, a cartoon complaining about the problems of both majority and minority governments would not be needed. Gary Dale

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erment through Art. In celebration of International Women’s Week, LMG Productions presents a weeklong series of free workshops and concerts involving 50 artists to spread empowerment through art. Visit www.WonderWomenWorld. tumblr.com

Get Lao’d for Laos WHEN: 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. WHERE: Twist Gallery, 1100 Queen St. W. CONTACT: www. torontotwilightrotary.com COST: $50 in advance A Rotary fundraiser, which will build a school in Laos, includes live music, two DJs, food samplers, bar, silent auction and Loatian dancers. Each year, the Toronto Twilight Rotary Club hosts a large fundraiser, directing the proceeds to a single large international project. This year’s event, proceeds will be directed to the Adopt A Village in Laos, a registered Canadian charity dedicated to helping improve living conditions in Laos.

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Community association meeting WHEN: 7 to 9 p.m. WHERE: Tampered Press, 256 Crawford St. The Trinity Bellwoods Community Association hosts their monthly meeting.

Dancing with Our Stars WHEN: 6 to 11 p.m. WHERE: Allstream Centre, Exhibition Place, 105 Princes Blvd. CONTACT: Laura Mandell, www.baycrest.org/dancingwithourstars Four Toronto philanthropists and their professional dance partners are hard at work rehearsing their best moves for the fourth annual Baycrest Dancing with our Stars taking place next month. The gala event will feature one-ofa-kind live performances to raise awareness and funds for Baycrest, a global leader in developing and providing innovations in aging brain health.

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WonderFest: Spreading Empowerment through Art WHEN: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. WHERE: The Gladstone, 1214 Queen St. W. WonderFest: Spreading Empow-

Great High Park litter cleanup WHEN: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. WHERE: Bloor Street and High Park Avenue and Parkside and High Park Boulevard entrances

to High Park CONTACT: Rod Muir, rodmuir@sierraclub Join family, friends and neighbours to clean up High Park.

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Skate night in Canada Smile for the camera: Left photo, Christian Begen, left, Amanda Cunningham, Katelynn Cook and Deanna Van Raltte mug for a photo on the ice during the Skate Night In Canada fundraiser held Sunday night at the Ricoh Coliseum to benefit the George Brown College Scholarship Foundation. Below, skaters take to the ice at the event.

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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 416621-9982. Parkdale Residents Association Parkdale Residents Association meets the last Thursday of every second month at 20 West Lodge Ave. Call 416-533-0044, visit http://parkdale.to or e-mail info@parkdale.to Rotary meeting Join the Rotary Club for breakfast and a speaker Thursdays from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. at Grenadier Cafe, 200 Parkside Dr. Rotary is an organization of professional and community men and women committed to the ‘Ideal of Service’. Contact Scott Bartle at 416-710-4383.

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Public Notice 2013 Interim Property Tax Bills The City ofToronto has now mailed the 2013 interim property tax bills. Property owners are responsible for paying property taxes by the due dates listed below.The interim bill is the first of two tax bills to be mailed this year.The final tax bill will be mailed in late May. Payment Due Dates (Interim Tax Bill only) Regular Instalment Plan: • March 1, 2013

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Pre-AuthorizedTax Payment Program 2-Instalment Plan: • March 1, 2013 6-Instalment Plan: • March 1, 2013

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Late Payment Penalties A penalty of 1.25% on the unpaid amount of an instalment will be added on the first day after the instalment due date. A further 1.25% of the outstanding amount will be added as interest on the first day of each month thereafter, as long as taxes remain unpaid. Monthly interest charges are also imposed on any unpaid taxes from prior years. Penalty and interest rates are set by City by-laws, pursuant to the City of Toronto Act, 2006. Penalty and interest charges on overdue amounts cannot be waived or altered. Call: 416-338-4829

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Planning Partnership to help finalize design of Sorauren Park Town Square ERIN HATFIELD ehatfield@insidetoronto.com The design firm behind Evergreen Brick Works and the new Don Lands Public Realm plan has now been contracted by the City of Toronto to prepare the final design for the Sorauren Park Town Square. The Planning Partnership has been brought on to draw up the final concept for the lands located off Wabash Avenue between the Fieldhouse and the old Canada Linseed Oil Mills plant which is vacant. The Wabash Building Society is a volunteer-run, non-profit corporation dedicated to the expansion of Sorauren Avenue Park into the adjacent land formerly occupied by the Canada Linseed Oil Mills Company. The society has worked for many years to, piece-by-piece, transform Sorauren Park. The Wabash Building Society spearheaded the development of the Sorauren Park Fieldhouse, which opened May 2008. Their current campaign focuses on building a new Town Square in the fenced off land just to the east of the Fieldhouse. “We are early in the design process and we wanted to meet with you to share first impressions,” said David Leinster with the Planning Partnership. “Hopefully we will bring a new layer of vitality to the town square project.” Leinster, a planner and

‘Raw building spaces as community spaces are becoming more popular.’ – David Leinster with the Planning Partnership landscape architect with The Planning Partnership, has worked on urban revitalization projects in communities across North America. He has prepared public realm master plans for both the Regent Park and Lawrence Heights revitalization projects. Currently, he is leading a team of consultants on the West Don Lands public realm master plan for Waterfront Toronto, the site for the 2015 Pan Am Village. He said it was important to look at the design of the town square in the context of Sorauren Park and the future context of vacant and rundown Linseed Oil factory building. The hope of the Wabash Building Society is the large industrial building could someday become a community space. Leinster said the future development of that building could be as simple as framing it up to make it safe, lighting it and opening it up in a style similar to the Brick Works. “Raw building spaces as community spaces are becoming more popular,” he said. “The precedent being Wychwood Barns Park, the

success of that park is in the inherent relationship between the buildings and the park.” Leinster and other representatives from The Planning Partnership met with members of the Wabash Building Society on Feb. 12 to hear about their history with the square and what they would like to see in the park design. The group said they would like to see the space be multifunctional, include spaces for adult activities, as there is a children’s park already in the area. They want a space for the Sorauren Park Farmers Market, outdoor sinks and a pizza oven. The Wabash Building Society is in the midst of the Sorauren Town Square Campaign. They need to raise another $75,000 by May 1 in order for a $125,000 Live Green grant they received to kick in. The group needs to raise matching funds to get the $125,000 from Live Green and they currently have raised in the area of $57,000. The next step in the process, Leinster said, will be to develop a detailed concept and then there will be a public meeting to present the plans. That meeting will likely be in March and the group hopes the presentation of the plans will help them to raise the money needed by May 1. For more on the Wabash Building Society or to make a donation to the Town Square Campaign, visit www.buildwabashnow.org


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There’s still time to create a mascot for the Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games. Steve Wallace, vice president of brand activation for the TO2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games, said his office receives about 10 entries a day. So far, more than 100 entries have been received. “It’s always fun to see them,” he said. The contest is open to teams of children and youth aged 16 and younger. Teams, made up of two to six members, can be budding artists, storytellers, mascot researchers and colouring experts. The mascot could be an animal, inanimate object or even a space oddity. Whatever captures the excitement of the Games and the imagination of the public through fun, colourful and community spirit. Wallace’s office has received entries from as far away as Gatineau, Quebec, and even Tiny, Ontario. They’ve had raccoons, moose, mice, a giraffe and lots of maple leaf-themed creatures, he said. He said youth get excited when they hear the idea of creating a mascot. It just takes some pencil crayons and paper and they will get to work, he added. “This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be part of history,” Wallace said. “It’s

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Students at All Saints Catholic School took part in the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games Mascot Challenge on Feb. 8. Illustrator Kevin Sylvester gives tips to Julia, Isabella and Penelope on their project.

a wonderful opportunity for kids to work together and be a part of history.” Entries have been submitted by the Girl Guides of Canada Chill Fest Camp, Mme. Walsh’s Grade 4 class at Glen Park Public School in Stouffville and an entry from First Nations School of Toronto. The mascot is the official ambassador of the Games and will visit communities and schools throughout Ontario and Canada to welcome athletes and visitors from 41 countries in 2015 and appear on signage and merchandise including collectible pins and plush toys.

The top six designs will be chosen from a TO2015 panel and the young nominees will have a chance to work with a professional illustrator to bring their creations to life. The designs will then compete in a nationwide online voting contest in the spring. Entries must be handdrawn with a 250-word mascot life story and be mailed by March 8. The winner will be announced Aug. 7. Top Canadian athletes and award-winning illustrators are hosting a series of workshops. For more details visit www. toronto2015mascot.ca


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Beer Store now recycles paint cans LISA RAINFORD lrainford@insidetoronto.com The first of its kind in the province, The Beer Store officially opened its ‘Recycling Plus’ depot that provides a one-stop drop-off spot for empty alcohol containers, paint cans and household electronics, last Friday. Located in the Dupont Street and Symington Avenue area, on Campbell Avenue across from The Beer Store, the depot – a pilot project – was initiated in co-operation with Stewardship Ontario and Sims Recycling Solutions. An idea that arose from Beer Store employees, Recycling Plus is an evolution of the beverage distributor’s deposit-return programs. “Ninety one per cent of all beer and 80 per cent of all wine, spirit and cooler containers are brought back,” said Ted Moroz, president, of The Beer Store during a grand-opening media event, at the depot, 299 Campbell Ave. “We’re able to divert half a million metric tones of packaging from landfill.” Now, in addition to beer and wine bottles, Torontonians can get rid of a wide range of electronics, batteries and paint cans. Moroz called the depot a “true one-stop shop where environmentally concerned people can bring back their waste” keeping “potentially hazardous waste” from landfill. “People of Ontario are thirsty for practical ways to keep waste out of landfill,” said Minister of Environment Jim Bradley. “I hope this program will pave the way for more initiatives like this.” Stewardship Ontario through its Orange Drop Program (which recycles municipal household hazardous and special waste materials) will oversee the collection and safe processing of batteries, paints, stains and coatings while Sims Recycling Solutions will process the returned electronic waste. Since its inception in 2008, the Orange Drop Program has kept more than 72,000 tones of household hazardous waste from landfills and waterways in Ontario, said Lyle Clarke, executive vice-president of Stewardship Ontario. Clarke said customer convenience is key to the success of the project. Wine, beer and spirit containers purchased in Ontario can be returned to the Beer Store and designated locations, such as Recycling Plus, for a full deposit refund. These include: glass bottles, bag-in-box, Tetra Pack containers, plastic bottles and aluminum and steel containers on which deposits have been charged. Recycling Plus will also receive (in

eXhIbIT space avaIlable march 22-24, 2013 November 8-10, 2013 Staff photo/LISA RAINFORD

Minister of Environment Jim Bradley helps launch ‘Recycling Plus,’ a one-stop drop off depot for not only empty alcohol bottles, but paint cans and household electronics, located in the Dupont Street and Symington Avenue-area.

containers 20 litres or smaller): interior and exterior house paints, such as latex, alkyd and enamel; undercoaters, primers, metal and rust paints; stains, urethane, polyurethane, varnish; sealers for wood and concrete; roof and driveway sealers. It will not accept automotive or marine paint or aerosols. As for batteries, it will take single-use dry cell batteries (i.e. non-rechargeable batteries); accepted chemistries include, alkaline manganese, lithium, silver oxide, zinc-air and zinc-carbon batteries. Recycling Plus will accept TV CRT, TV flat screen monitor CRT, monitor flat screen, computers, including desktop, laptop, server, printer, cellphones, keyboards, speakers, cables, scanners, typewriters, telephones and answering machine, scanners and printers, video players and recorders, amps, receivers and radios. It will not accept smoke detectors, medical electronics, electronics containing ozone depleting substances (like air conditioners). Recycling Plus is open seven-days a week, on Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Feb. 28 blues fundraiser for PARC celebrates life of Edmond Yu NEWS IN BRIEF In commemoration of Edmond Yu and the work his life continues to inspire, the Parkdale Activity Recreation Centre (PARC) is holding a blues concert in his name. Edmond Yu, who had been diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia, died on Feb. 20, 1997 after he was shot by police. An official inquest in 1998-1999 cleared the police of wrong-doing and resulted in a number of recommendations and concluded that housing is a mental health issue and the absence of decent housing is a major determinant to health.

The tragic death of Edmond Yu compelled PARC to ensure all people with mental illness have a place they know they belong by offering drop-in programs, art and music programs and supportive housing. On Feb. 28 at 3030 Dundas West (the actual name of the bar), ‘Blues for Edmond Yu’ will feature The Long Haul, featuring Chris Caddell, as well as a performance by the PARC Musicians. “The idea came from our Resource Development committee members. I believe they wanted to do something that commemorated Edmond Yu and his death,” said Geoff Gans

with PARC. “They wanted to keep that alive while at the same time raising money for PARC.” Money raised from the admission will go toward PARC’s main music program, a Wednesday jam that has been going on for 20 years. During this program PARC members and community members have a live jam from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Wednesday. For advance tickets to Blues for Edmond call Geoff Gans at PARC at (416) 537-2262 ext. 244. Tickets are $15 advance and $20 at the door. The show begins at 8 p.m. – Erin Hatfield

n Transit town hall

Residents are invited to join TrinitySpadina MPP Rosario Marchese at a special town hall event on Monday, Feb. 25 to discuss transit challenges. The program titled ‘Transit Town Hall: Six billion reasons to act now on transit’ will feature guest speakers Richard Joy, the Toronto Region Board of Trade’s vice president, policy and government relations, and Paul Bedford, former chief city planner for the City of Toronto.It runs from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Palmerston Library Theatre, 560 Palmerston Ave. Admission is free and the event is wheelchair accessible.

n Reassessment sessions

Homeowners in Davenport are facing an increase in property taxes next year, according to recent reassessments. On Saturday, Feb. 23, Municipal Property Assessment Corporation staff will be in attendance for an info session to explain the appeal process and answer questions, at New Horizons Tower, 1149 Bloor St. W., from 1 to 3 p.m. On Saturday, March 2 at St. Mary’s School, 66 Dufferin Park Ave., Davenport Councillor Ana Bailao will host a workshop to provide personal assistance to residents filing to appeal their assessment.


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