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When a pair of painters had their piece stolen a week before it was scheduled to show, they turned their anger into a creation even better than the first. Kevin Columbus and Tongson Chen went to OCAD University together and share a studio space at Creatures:Collective Gallery and Studio on Dundas St. West. The men had often mused about working on a piece together and when their fellow Creatures:Collective member Chris Perez told them about an exhibition he was curating called Coalition, which features works of art done by pairs of

artists, it presented the perfect opportunity to do so. “We worked on the painting for about a month,” Columbus said. “It was a pretty big struggle because visual artists work alone, where this was having to work with a co-worker and sort out problems and battle each other with ideas of where the painting should go. It was this weird partnership, almost like a marriage.” But things started to mesh and the painting was going really well. Columbus and Chen, were nearly finished the work when the studio was broken into Feb. 13 and the painting, along with three others, was stolen. >>>stolen, page 13

Memorial reflexology footpath to receive first steps by July LISA RAINFORD lrainford@insidetoronto.com Canada’s first-ever public reflexology footpath is set to be built in Dufferin Grove Park this spring. The city’s Parks, Forestry and Recreation department expects to hire a contractor by April with

construction scheduled for May and June and a completion date in July, according to Davenport Councillor Ana Bailao. The reflexology footpath is being built in memory of Jenna Morrison, a 38-year-old expectant mother, a yoga instructor and health practitioner, who was riding her bike on her

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Inside each of the two infinity loops, there will be two separate gardens with a handrail around each loop. There will be a rock element that will stand the height of a person. “This is a very Asian thing to do,” Nauboris said. Before Nauboris and Shuck embarked on the project together, the two went for a reflexology treatment together. They relied on the expertise of a local reflexologist for advice. “In A s i a , p e o p l e g e t together in the mornings

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First responders’ PTSD bill could be law in May ERIN HATFIELD ehatfield@insidetoronto.com Shannon Bertrand was living in Parkdale when she wandered into NDP MPP Cheri DiNovo’s constituency office in 2008, desperate for help. Bertrand, who now lives in Mississauga, has been a paramedic for the City of Toronto for the past 17 years. She suffers from posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), suffered at work. “I could not find any help or resources,” Bertrand said. “So I put in a WSIB (Workplace Safety and Insurance Board) claim, which is now in its eighth year.” The claim, Bertrand said, has been denied because it has not been deemed “an acute reaction to a life-threatening event”. Bertrand had knocked on every door she could think of from ombudsmen to labour relations and human rights organizations. “Then I found Cheri and she was the one who listened,” Bertrand said. Bertrand’s pleas served as the inspiration for DiNovo’s Bill 67, a private member’s bill to amend the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act with regards to PTSD. The bill passed second reading Feb. 27. “We’re one stop closer to easing the process for first responders with PTSD,” said DiNovo, the MPP for Parkdale-High Park. “These changes will help them come forward, get the

We are talking about dignity and support for our first responders. These are men and women who run into danger when we are running out.

Shannon Bertrand, left, joined MPP Cheri DiNovo (Parkdale-High Park) at Queen’s Park last Thursday. Bertrand, a Toronto paramedic, suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder and inspired DiNovo’s private member’s bill, Bill 67.

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necessary treatment, and heal.” Bill 67 proposes that if police, fire fighters and paramedics suffer from PTSD, the disorder is presumed to be an occupational disease that occurred due to the employment as an emergency response worker, unless the contrary is shown. In a press conference prior to the second reading of Bill 67, DiNovo explained a presumed diagnosis would mean first responders wouldn’t have to go through a lengthy process of proving the PTSD is a result of their work. “We are talking about dignity and support for our first responders,” DiNovo said. “These are men and women who run into danger when we are running out. What they deal with is reality, and it is a traumatic reality.” Those first responders who develop PTSD from their job, DiNovo said, should not have to be re-traumatized by having to prove they came down with PTSD because of their work. “This should be an assumption on our part,” DiNovo said. “We need

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to do all we can do to protect those who protect us.” Joining DiNovo at the press conference was David Whitley, an advanced care paramedic with York EMS, Bruce Kruger, retired detective with the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) and Jeffery Balch, with the Ontario Professional Fire Fighters’ Association. All three men have struggled with PTSD and with making WSIB claims, and were at Queen’s Park to voice their support for the bill. Whitley was T-boned while responding to a call in the ambulance. “In the days and weeks after, the sense of fear and anxiety was overwhelming,” Whitley said. “I was locked in my trauma, I felt stranded and I couldn’t share my experience with my employer and my colleagues.” He said he felt he couldn’t risk

the ridicule and humiliation he said he felt would come with making a WSIB claim for PTSD. “I didn’t want to be re-traumatized,” he said “It was just too much.” Presumed diagnosis for first responders has been in place in Alberta since 2012. This is the third time DiNovo has tabled this bill. It was previously tabled in 2010 and 2012, but this is the first time it has made it to and passed second reading. It passed second reading unanimously and an effort will be made to have it enacted by May 1, which is First Responders Day. “Cheri has had the political tenacity of a bull dog in not letting this go,” Bertrand said. “I believe she recognizes people are not able to reach the types of treatments and resources they need to get better and get back to work.”

Honey Family Foundation will match funds to zoo Friends of High Park Zoo has launched its 2014 fundraising match campaign with help from the Honey Family Foundation. Since the zoo’s funding was restored at the end of January, Friends is turning its attention to capital projects to enhance and sustain the zoo. “This initiative is critical since no capital funding has been allocated to the zoo in the city budget; help us ensure High Park Zoo is around for another 120 years,” said the group in a statement. $200,000 already raised Over the past two years, the Honey Family Foundation matching initiatives have raised more than $200,000 in support of the zoo. This year, the organization has agreed to increase the size of the matching program by 20 per cent to $60,000.

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If Friends can raise $60,000 by the end of June, the Honey Family Foundation will match the funds for a total of $120,000. This coincides with the zoo’s legacy of 120 years. Proceeds from this initiative will help to enhance the zoo and will be directed exclusively toward improving High Park Zoo’s llama pen. To make a donation, visit torontoparksandtrees.org/high-parkzoo Donations of $10 or more will receive a tax receipt.

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Ukrainians’ democracy dream ‘at risk’: MP Nash TAMARA SHEPHARD tshephard@insidetoronto.com Parkdale-High Park MP Peggy Nash argued in Parliament Monday that Ukrainians’ dream of democracy “is at risk” and the federal NDP joins the Canadian government in condemning Russia’s insurgence in Crimea. “As a three-time election observer in Ukraine, I know that what most Ukrainians aspire to is a normal democracy, free of corruption, where there is respect for human rights and the rule of law,” Nash said Monday in the House of Commons. “Today that dream is at risk. New Democrats believe all parties in Parliament should stand together in condemning the aggressive actions of the Russian Federation, which stand in clear violation of international law.” Nash was referring to the 1994 Budapest Memorandum, in which in exchange for giving up its nuclear weapons arsenal, Ukraine received security and territorial integrity guarantees from the United States, the United Kingdom and the Russian Federation. Thomas Mulcair, federal NDP leader and Leader of the Official Opposition, discussed what had been escalating tensions in Crimea with Prime Minister Stephen Harper last weekend, reported an NDP statement. That NDP statement called Russia’s military intervention in the region “unacceptable and provocative.” Vladimir Putin sharply accused Western governments of engineering “regime change” Tuesday as he pledged Moscow would not annex Crimea and would allow Crimeans to determine their future. The Russian president also said the Russian military would refrain from the use of force in Ukraine’s Black Sea peninsula – but retained the right to do so as a “last resort” in the event of attacks on Russian nationals in the area. Putin’s remarks during an hourplus press conference and an earlier announcement that Russia had ordered 150,000 troops mobilized along Ukraine’s border back to their bases served to dial back escalating tensions in the region. Last week, Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird led a Canadian government delegation to Kyiv to meet with the Ukrainian government.

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Ford’s Kimmel appearance little more than public shaming The Ford brothers’ trip to Los Angeles over the Oscar weekend caught a great many of us by surprise, particularly as Mayor Rob Ford left Toronto claiming to be en route to attend the Oscar ceremony and walk the red carpet, on the arm of none other than latenight talk show host Jimmy Kimmel. Turned out the mayor was a little premature. For some reason, according to his brother, there were security issues involving the late addition of Toronto’s chief magistrate to the A-list. No matter: the mayor would attend Kimmel’s after-party. Although it turned out Kimmel didn’t have one of those: just an after-Oscar show where the mayor took part in a little skit and Kevin Spacey (who’s not a politician, but plays one on Netflix) made some unkind Ford jokes. The next night, Mayor Ford seemed giddy when he came out for his guest

david nickle the city spot on Kimmel’s show. Listening to his brother Doug the next day, they had all been honestly hoping to use the time on the popular late-night comedy show to extol the virtues of Toronto. It sure seemed that by then, the only one surprised was Ford, who instead walked into a late-night version of A Christmas Carol, compressed into what seemed like an excruciating halfhour in which many of the mayor’s sins and humiliations were paraded before him. Kimmel called Ford on everything from his sartorial sensibilities (“Why are you dressed like a magician?”) to his apparent love of the vine (“If you’re drinking enough that you try crack in your 40s and you don’t remember it, maybe that’s something that

you might want to think about...”). Ford laughed it all off – and also sweated it off, to the point that Kimmel at one point reached across to dab the mayor’s forehead – and bravely tried to stick to his familiar message. Indeed, I don’t think a single word left Ford’s mouth in Los Angeles that hadn’t been road-tested many times with Toronto media. Give Kimmel this: his late-night comedy modus operandi was much more effective in deconstructing Ford’s patter than we’ve been here, swinging as we do between the hardball confrontational questions of a city hall scrum and the gently commiserative queries of Conrad Black. Kimmel put Ford in front of his sins and failures, and offering redemption only in acceptance. Ford left the studio unmoved. Indeed, the next day Doug Ford was in Toronto telling the media

how well it all went: how Kimmel thought it funny that Ford’s colleagues were annoyed with him for leaving town after stripping him of powers; how it was all scripted, and really no one was surprised at the hard questions; and how Americans thought that in the end, Rob Ford simply seemed to them more “real.” It certainly was that. Ford was faced with buckets of “real” over that half hour of television in Los Angeles. The reality was there was no red carpet walk – no after-Oscar party. Nothing but a trip to Los Angeles during a frigid Toronto weekend. Nothing but an expertly wrought public shaming, and an intervention delivered in earnest, both of which Ford appeared to do his best to ignore. And in that, there were no surprises whatsoever.

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Analogue Gallery, 673 Queen St. W., is hosting its third annual Sound Image Music Photography contest and exhibition. The exhibit runs March 7 to 23 and will feature submitted images of musical performances, crowds, and concerts. There is an open call for submissions and the best will be chosen for the exhibition. To attend the opening night party, where a winning image will be chosen, join the facebook event page (www.facebook.com/ events/1433322780237406) or call 416 901 8001. For more information visit www. analoguegallery.com

Live reading of The Kids in the Hall: Brain Candy As part of the 2014 Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival, TOsketchfest will present a live reading of The Kids in the Hall: Brain Candy including the debut screening of the film’s original ending. All five members of The Kids in the Hall will grace the stage at The Queen Elizabeth Theatre at Exhibition Place March 11 for a live reading of their 1996 cult film. Tickets are $39 and available at www.torontosketchfest.com The 2014 Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival runs from March 6 to 16.

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March 15, the Toronto Indie Arts Market presents a Spring fashion extravaganza. From 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W., the market will feature more than 50 local artisans who make jewelry, clothing and accessories. Admission is $5, with part of the proceeds going to The Corsage Project, a not-for-profit that puts

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St. Mike’s doctors adapt WHO tool JUSTIN SKINNER jskinner@insidetoronto.com A new tool developed by the World Health Organization (WHO) and adapted by researchers at St. Michael’s Hospital will offer a look into the health of the various communities that make up the fabric of the City of Toronto. Dubbed the Urban Health Equity Assessment and Response Tool, or Urban HEART, the tool showcases the strengths of each neighbourhood and in which areas each neighbourhood could stand to improve. It looks at a variety of factors, including economic opportunities, social and human development, governance and civic engagement, physical environment and infrastructure, and population health. Each of these factors is divided into sub-categories looking at employment, income, education, walkability, voting, green space, mental health and premature death rates. Taken together, these elements show how communities are functioning holistically while noting where the problems are in smaller geographic pockets. “We characterized all the neigh-

bourhoods in Toronto along five dimensions that the WHO outlined because it’s important to understand how well our neighbourhoods are doing,” said Patricia O’Campo, director of St. Michael’s Hospital’s Centre for Research on Inner City Health. “One of the reasons for doing it at the neighbourhood level is that there isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution to the problems being faced in Toronto.” The neighbourhoods are categorized according to colour. Green shows that a neighbourhood is exceeding the benchmarks set out through the WHO’s Millennium Development Goals to show it is healthy in a given category, while yellow shows that it meets the benchmark and red shows that it fails to meet the benchmark. “The red areas need improvement, but the yellows are important too because we don’t want a neighbourhood to slip below the benchmarks,” O’Campo said. The report showed the diverse conditions faced by those throughout the city. For instance, Regent Park showed red for 10 of 15 indicators, including unemployment levels, low incomes, high school graduation and marginalization, while exceeding

the benchmarks only in municipal voting, community meeting places and the prevalence of walking among its residents. Rosedale-Moore Park, meanwhile, met all benchmarks, exceeding 11 of the 15. “We hope neighbourhoods will look at the data and decide which reds they want to prioritize,” O’Campo said. She added the data collected serves as a snapshot and it was important to follow up every few years to see whether progress has been made or new areas need addressing. With the information collected, the hope is that community organizations take up the challenge of meeting the needs the data shows. “We as researchers can gather and process the data, but we’re not the ones in the best position to take action,” O’Campo said. “We’re hoping there will be strong uptake among the various communities.” The full findings including each neighbourhood’s score in each of the categories can be found online at http://torontohealthprofiles.ca/urbanheartattoronto.php

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Large 5 bedroom semi-detached home currently set up as 2 rental units. Over 3,200 sq. ft. of living space. 2 car parking. Separate entrance to finished basement. Great exposure for a home-based business. Steps to streetcar, minutes to the Downtown core, and on the doorstep of Liberty Village. 1261 KING STREET WEST - $849,900

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City looking to turn unsightly construction hoarding into works of art JUSTIN SKINNER jskinner@insidetoronto.com A new initiative being championed by Ward 27 councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam could see unsightly construction hoarding turned into works of art. The WORKSIGHT project, a collaboration between a social enterprise group called the PATCH Project and creative agency Wysp, would see developers hiring local artists to paint murals on the plywood boards erected around construction sites as a means of bringing street art to Toronto. At an event to announce the WORKSIGHT project at City Hall, Wong-Tam noted similar projects have already

taken place in the downtown core. At Allan Gardens, hoarding around an ongoing waterworks project was turned into a First Nations-themed mural, while construction companies Great Gulf and DiamondCorp have also jumped on board with artistic hoarding. “These (construction) sites are here for three to five years and Ward 27 is extremely development-heavy,” she said, noting putting art on the hoarding made the sites far more appealing than ads for condos. “We have literally hundreds of construction sites across the GTA.” PATCH project director of projects and partnerships Mojan Jianfar noted similar initiatives are far more

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Artist Javid Jah, left, The Patch Project’s Brent Fairbanks, Ontario College of Art and Design intern Mark Carlson, youth participants Savannah Lavallee and Jeremy Urbina and artist Danilo McCullum take part in an arts workshop.

common in London and New York. While some construction companies might consider the hoarding a space on which they can advertise their projects, she said most sites have plenty of room for both corporate branding and art.

“You could have a percentage that goes to ads and a percentage that goes to art,” she said during the Feb. 26 event. “It’s a blank canvas, so each developer could decide what those portions are and what percentage goes to public art.”

The project, she said, would do more than simply beautify the city. “One of the goals is to create a platform to support emerging artists and bring the idea of the art gallery outside of gallery spaces,” she said. “A lot of people don’t go to galleries, but it’s important to expose them to art.” A group of young Alexandra Park residents spent months working on art that will go up on construction hoarding as that community undergoes a massive redevelopment. They came up with two designs that capture the diversity and aspirations of the neighbourhood. “It was a way to build the fabric of the neighbourhood

into the art,” said Savannah Lavallee, who worked on the project. “It will make the area look nicer and show who the people living there are.” While similar initiatives have already taken place, WORKSIGHT will rely largely on developers’ participation to be a success, though WongTam hopes councillors push to ensure that construction hoarding contains a public art element. “I hope it becomes infectious,” she said. “I hope it becomes deal-standard because we deserve better and our residents deserve better.”

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The Dressing for Downton WHERE: Spadina Museum, 285 Spadina Rd. Fans of the hit BBC series Downton Abbey can take in costumes worn in the show alongside actual items of clothing worn in Toronto during the same era at the Spadina Museum. The exhibit runs until April 13.

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Toronto Indie Arts Market Spring Fashion Extravaganza WHEN: 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

WHERE: Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W. CONTACT: Sheryl Kirby, www.torontoindieartsmarket.com COST: $5, partial proceeds to The Corsage Project Welcome spring with a new wardrobe. Join more than 50 artisans of locally made clothing, jewelry and accessories for an afternoon of stylish shopping.

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Movement Workshop Week-End WHEN: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. today and tomorrow WHERE: Artscape Youngplace, 180 Shaw St. CONTACT: Angela Blumberg, 416-420-4345,

.com COST: $10 to $15 sliding scale The Intergalactic Arts Collective is excited to present their first Movement Workshop Week-End. The intention is to connect with the community and to offer affordable, engaging and high-quality classes, that bring out the joy of movement in young and old, experts and beginners!

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The City of Toronto holds public consultations as one way to engage residents in the life of their city.Toronto thrives on your great ideas and actions. We invite you to get involved.

Electronic and illuminated sign study Public Consultation Sign Regulations The City ofToronto is looking for the public’s input on potential changes to the sign regulations related to electronic and illuminated signs and billboards. In 2013, the City ofToronto initiated a comprehensive research project that included a planning and design review, an update of traffic safety implications, and a poll to assess public opinion inToronto towards electronic and illuminated signs. Public consultation is an essential element of this process. Based on the study findings, changes toToronto’s sign regulations have been proposed. AllToronto residents and businesses are encouraged to participate and provide the City with feedback about this important issue. Members of the public are invited to attend the following workshop for a brief presentation, and to speak with City staff to share thoughts and ideas on this subject.

Monday March 10, Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen St. W., Council Chamber, 6 pm., staff presentation at 7 p.m. For those unable to attend in person, comments can also be sent directly to signbylawunit@toronto.ca. Information will be collected in accordance with the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. With the exception of personal information, all comments will become part of the public record.

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Tax clinic hosted by Peggy Nash, MP WHEN: 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. WHERE: St. John’s Polish National Church, 186 Cowan Ave. CONTACT: 416-769-5072, http://peggynash.ndp.ca/taxclinics, COST: Free Volunteer Certified General Accountants will be on site to offer free tax preparation services, by appointment, to individuals with an annual income under $35,000 or families with an annual income below $40,000. Call 416-769-5072 to book an appointment.

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Ken Hall once used alcohol to bring him out of his shell, but when he found improv, Hall said he didn’t need any substances to make him feel good, open and empowered. “Improv is liberating, it will change people’s lives,” Hall said. “It totally changed my life. I used to be so shy and introverted and scared. Improv brought me out of my shell.” Hall, from Bloor and Ossington, is one half of the award winning comedy duo 2-Man No-Show, who will perform at the Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival on March 12 at Lower Ossington Theatre. Hall describes 2-Man No-Show as a hybrid of improv and sketch comedy heavily influenced by clown. The duo now tour the country and in addition to the comedy duo he writes, directs and teaches improv at Second City – a long way

It was a real process for me to discover who I was and who I wanted to be. – Ken Hall

from where he was just 10 years ago. “My life has changed so dramatically and I am so happy to be here and at peace with things and affirmed that I am doing what I am meant to be doing,” Hall said. Hall has major scoliosis and is 4 feet 9 inches tall. There was a time in his life when he was bullied and he grew quite angry. From high school through to his late 20s, Hall said he had a problem with binge drinking. Quit drinking It was after he quit drinking in his late 20s Hall said he really had to work to essentially find himself. “It was a real process for me to discover who I was and who

I wanted to be,” Hall said. “It has been a really remarkable journey.” Hall, 39, took a drama class on a whim about 10 years ago. He had been taking creative writing through night classes with the Toronto District School Board. He decided to register for a beginner’s drama class. He found it terrifying and exhilarating at the same and started to have a great deal of fun with acting. He then signed up to take improv classes at Second City. He continued to take classes there while also going to George Brown College to study career counselling. “Around that same time I was encouraged to audition for the Second City Conservatory,” Hall said. “And I got in.” 2-Man No-Show is being staged at the Lower Ossington Theatre, 100A Ossington Ave., at 10 p.m. on March 12.

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St. Clair Nissan reinvents customer care Operating at 3275 Dundas St.W.for over four decades, St.Clair Nissan is Canada’s oldest Nissan dealership,but offers customers the newest in customer service. The dealership is under new ownership and management led by new General Manager David Danon, - who just happens to be your neighbour! Danon is looking forward to overhauling the customer service experience at St.Clair Nissan to add a personal,localized touch. “It’s a new culture here at St. Clair Nissan,” says Danon, who has lived in the High Park/Junction area for almost 20 years.“We don’t sell cars, we start relationships, and we’ll welcome everyone with a smile. I’m looking forward to participating within our surrounding communities - I’m going to be your guy!“ The dealership has also expanded its vehicle inventory to offer customers the eco-friendly Leaf lineup, and currently has the 2013 model in the showroom, with a 2011 model available as a service shuttle. “Why burn gas in the city of Toronto when you

can drive a green car - especially in an area like High Park that is so connected to nature?” says Danon. Whether you are looking for a brand new Nissan or pre-owned vehicle,the trained and experienced sales staff will take the time to get to know your needs in order to help you find a vehicle that best suits your lifestyle and budget.The sales team adopts a noninvasive,no-pressure approach,making shopping for a new vehicle a comfortable and enjoyable experience. They understand that buying a car is an important purchase,and ensure you can rely on them for honest and friendly service. Visit the showroom to meet the new team, learn more about 2013 and 2014 Nissan and Leaf models, or to book a test drive.Sales hours are from Mon-Thurs 9:00am to 8:00pm, Fri. 9:00a.m. to 6:00pm and Sat. from 9:00a.m.to 5:00p.m.Service department is open Mon - Fri from 7:30a.m.to 6:00p.m.,and Saturday 8:00 am to 4:00pm. For more information, visit www.stclairnissan.ca, or call 416-762-7537.


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