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SPRAY PAINT SCENE: Artist Aaron Li-Hill is nearing completion of a huge mural that hundreds of people will see each day as they drive north and south on Parkside Drive under The Queensway bridge just north of Lake Shore Boulevard. Li-Hill is working with a group called ‘Collective Spaces’ on the project.

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If a motion to buy a parcel of land in south Parkdale makes it through the city’s Executive Committee and then city coun-

cil, it would mean the size of a small parkette would double. A motion for the acquisition of the Salvation Army property at 248-250 Dufferin St., adjacent to the Dufferin King Park, for parkland was unanimously

adopted by the City of Toronto Government Management Committee and by the city’s budget committee. Next, it will go to executive committee at the end of October for consideration and

if approved it will be before city council in November, said Parkdale-High Park Councillor, Gord Perks, Should the motion pass in city council, a community meet>>>CONSTRUCTION, page 5

The planning team conducting a study of options for the future of the Gardiner Expressway is recommending against burying the crumbling roadway due to costs. The plan to replace the elevated part of the Gardiner with a tunnel below Lake Shore Boulevard was one of several options presented by Waterfront Toronto during a media briefing Tuesday morning at city hall. The planning agency is collaborating with the city’s transportation services department as part of an ongoing environmental assessment of the Gardiner and is researching options for maintaining, improving, replacing or removing the elevated portion of the expressway, a stretch of 2.4 kilometres between Logan Avenue and Jarvis Street. While building a one-kilometre tunnel 600 metres under Lake Shore Boulevard is under consideration, the price tag for doing so could reach $910 million, making it an unlikely option according to Waterfront Toronto spokesperson Hillary Marshall. Waterfront Toronto and the city was set to unveil the design options to the public during a meeting last night at the Toronto Reference Library.

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track maintenance until Nov. 24 wTTC The TTC is doing streetcar track maintenance in the area of Dundas and College streets/ Sterling Road and Lansdowne Avenue. This work will require temporary changes to the 505 Dundas and 506/306 Carlton streetcar service west of Lansdowne. During the six-week period, which began Sunday, buses are replacing streetcars on the 505 Dundas and 506 Carlton routes, west of Lansdowne operating along regular routing. Streetcars will loop at the Dundas/College/ Lansdowne area for their return eastbound trip. Streetcar service will resume regular routing Nov. 24, or sooner, if the track maintenance work is completed early. Traffic will be reduced to a minimum of one lane in each direction. The work will be conducted weekdays between the hours of 7 a.m. and 11 p.m. as required. On occasion, work may extend past 11 p.m.

Markham Street, by 30 per cent and now they want to know what you think about it. The city’s Transportation Services has contracted Ipsos Reid to develop and carry out sur vey research of end-user bike parking experience along Queen Street West. From October to November, certified interviewers will approach cyclists parking their bikes on Queen to participate in a five-minute, anonymous survey. The city is also fielding an online survey to evaluate what residents think of bike parking more generally across the city. The key lessons drawn from this study will inform bike parking expansions across the city. Visit www.toronto.ca/cycling/ queenstreetstudy

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This year the city increased bike parking along Queen Street West, between Gladstone Avenue to

Howard Public School will host its popular Fall Fete, a fun-filled day of outdoor games, music and

entertainment Saturday. The fete takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 30 Marmaduke St. Follow at Twitter @fallfete Lin exhibition at Café wMascot

A new exhibition of work by Parkdale artist Dennis Lin runs until Nov. 12 at the Mascot Café at 1267 Queen W. In his work, Lin instills a design aesthetic to his use of natural materials, primarily woods and metals. Lin has completed several large-scale projects for international architecture and interior design firms throughout North America, Europe and Asia. Study meeting set for Tuesday, Oct. 22 wBathurst

In response to a number of development proposals on Bathurst Street, the City of Toronto is doing a study that will prepare an integrated view of the future of the street including land use, built form, heritage and public realm between Queen and Dupont streets. The study team will hold a public meeting to present and seek feedback on its draft proposed recommendations Tuesday from 6 to 9 p.m. at

Central Technical School, 725 Bathurst St. Visit www.toronto. ca/planning/bathurst.htm

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MakerKids builds opportunity for young creators to learn Non-profit creative centre looking for volunteers and craft material donations LISA RAINFORD lrainford@insidetoronto.com Eight-year-old A.J. was enthusiastically working on building his remote-controlled robot on a recent Tuesday after school – at a workshop space created especially for kids in Roncesvalles Village. “I’m going to bring it to school and present it – it’s going to be awesome,” said A.J. as he glued its “gigantic” wheels. A.J. discovered MakerKids only two weeks earlier, but was drawn to it immediately. “My dad found it online.

He said, ‘Oh, this is cool, we should go,’” A.J. said. “I just like making stuff, being creative. I like inventing stuff.” MakerKids is a non-profit and provides hands-on after-school programs, parties and workshops for youth and adults in 3D printing, electronics, woodworking, coding, sewing, crafting and Minecraft programs. All activities come with a fee, but some are discounted if you bring your own materials. Situated in a storefront near Dundas and Bloor streets west, the non-profit MakerKids has been open for about 18 months.

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David Shizgal, 8, Daniel Benaich, 8, and Clara Scott, 7, check on the progress of the 3D printer at MakerKids last week. With a huge variety of tools and parts available, the nonprofit workshop at 2241 Dundas St. West lets children design and build their own inventions with the help of adult volunteers.

Volunteer facilitator Misha Dubrovsky stumbled upon MakerKids while looking for a place to donate his chem-

istry set and soon became a teacher to the young children. “I like showing people how

to make stuff, teaching them skills. Everyone’s so enthusiastic,” Dubrovsky said. Co-founded by Andy Forest and his wife Marianne Mader, MakerKids was inspired by the couple’s children, now ages 10, 12 and 14. Forest said he simply loved helping his children make things in their garage. He says he was also inspired by Californian Gever Tulley, author of the book ‘50 Dangerous Things (you should let your children do)’ and creator of “Tinkering School.” “We set up a tinkering summer camp here in my garage with my three kids and their friends,” Forest recalled. “We made soap box cars we raced in High Park and boats we sailed in the lake.” The couple decided to look for a workshop space in their neighbourhood and

discovered the nearby storefront with basement at 2241 Dundas St. W. Inside, there are computers, a soldering station and a wood-working shop with table saw amid shelves of materials both purchased and donated. It is a hive of activity. ‘If you can imagine it, you can make it,’ a sign on the wall says. ‘Everyone is a maker. Our world is what we make it.’ David, 8, was busy designing a 3D six-legged spider on the computer. “I like making things with electronics,” he said. Programs and events are offered every evening and on the weekends. Volunteers are needed. If you have any old toys or craft materials you’re willing to donate, or for more info, email andy@makerkids.ca

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Cancer Train song aims to engage people about diesel train debate ERIN HATFIELD ehatfield@insidetoronto.com It’s an old-fashioned protest song, which area activists and musicians hope will help stop diesel trains from running through their neighbourhood. The Green Wall Boys, an ensemble of musicians and filmmakers from Roncesvalles Village and beyond, have released a new song and music video calling for the electrification of the Georgetown South rail corridor through Toronto’s west end. The song, written by local real estate agent and member of the Wabash Building Society Chander Chaddah is called Cancer Train. “It is an attempt to try to engage the public through music, which is a universal language and with that

engagement, energize the public to get up and say, ‘this is not right’,” Chaddah said. The Georgetown South (GTS) Project by Metrolinx will allow for the new Union Pearson Express (formerly known as the Air Rail Link) between Toronto’s Union Station and Lester B. Pearson International Airport and increase service from approximately 50 trains per day to about 200 by the time of the Pan Am Games in 2015. Currently, the plan is to run diesel trains along the line, which has some residents in the communities along the corridor, like the Wabash Building Society and the Junction Triangle Rail Committee, speaking and acting out against the project. Chaddah pulled together some musicians, a videographer and a producer he knows

who were on board with the idea and volunteered to create the song and video. The singer, Ian Butler, who lives in Leslieville, said he sees the use of diesel trains as a short-term decision by politicians when they should be looking long term. “I think it is silly that in a day in age when we are spending so much time encouraging health, we are doing something that discourages health,” Butler said. “In the end, I think we will look back and say, ‘that was a dumb idea’.” The song and video bring a lighthearted element to a serious topic, which Butler said would likely engage more people. “It is a good, fun way of getting across a message,” Butler said. There was no budget for the project, and the video

was filmed along the rail corridor. The idea for the song and video arose out of frustration, Chaddah said. “One of the most important issues in the city, with respect to public transit, seems to be completely off the public radar,” Chaddah said. He said the video is meant to introduce the public to the new website www.cancertrain.ca “It is an information website that lays out in a very cogent way arguments for electric and the arguments against diesel,” Chaddah said. If electric trains were used along the line to the airport it could stop more often, connect to the TTC, fare would be cheaper and therefore accommodate thousands more riders, Chaddah said. Also, if electric trains were used,

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ith colder weather approaching, the needs of the homeless in our city will come into sharper focus and there’s a new initiative underway that allows local residents, business, religious groups and social service agencies to coordinate the ways they can help. Homeless Connect Toronto is a branch of the North America-wide Project Homeless Connect which aims to improve the access the homeless have to the services and programs they need. The 2013 Street Needs Assessment interim report, which was released by the City of Toronto this summer, estimated the number of homeless at 5,219. While those numbers represent an increase of only about one per cent from the last survey in 2009, all Torontonians should be concerned that so many of our fellow citizens have no place to call home. It’s important to note more than 76.1 per cent of those surveyed by the city on the our view night of April 17 were recorded as taking refuge in city-administered homeless shelters. Approximately Homeless 8.6 per cent were sleeping outConnect has doors, according to the report. Perhaps the bright spot in the great potential report’s numbers is that the large percentage of homeless in shelters are at least within the reach of social service agencies and programs. Which is why an initiative like Homeless Connect Toronto has the potential to do a lot of good. Homeless Connect plans to bring together support services in fields such as housing, employment, health care, and clothing in one place, for those in need to access and learn more about what is available to them. The organization is planning an event at the Harbourfront Community Centre on April 13 of next year, and is now looking for sponsors and service providers to get involved. The local business community can help with sponsorships, covering the costs of getting the word out in the homeless community, and making those in need aware of potential job openings. Homelessness is far from a downtown issue in Toronto. There are shelters in neighbourhoods around the city. Local residents can take advantage of what Homeless Connect is doing by finding out the ways they can help, and by connecting to service agencies and programs in need of volunteers. For more info on Homeless Connect Toronto, visit www.hctoronto.org

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Councillor and mayor’s breakup an ugly one It surely was an aggressive move by Mayor Rob Ford to send robocalls to the constituents of Ward 43 Scarborough East Councillor Paul Ainslie Friday evening. One might even say it went over the top in its aggression, straight on to intimidation and bullying, or to use Ainslie’s words, “thuggery.” But it’s really not surprising. Never mind Ford’s generally pugilistic modus operandi when it comes to local, retail politics. eye to eye Never mind that Ainslie had broken with the mayor on his vision for a subwayat-all-costs for Scarborough residents. The two hadn’t seen eye to eye really since the beginning of the term. Ainslie started out, installed as the chair of the Toronto Public Library Board, where he did his best to implement the may-

david nickle the city or’s early-term cost-cutting agenda – ultimately getting caught up with the mayor’s office in the stumble over branch cuts that emerged in the 2011 budget process. And when it came time to replace Ford’s budget chief Mike Del Grande, Ainslie – an experienced budget committee member more than willing to do the job – was passed over in favour of budget neophite Frank Di Giorgio. On the other side of the equation, Ainslie wasn’t afraid to go on the record to the Toronto Star when they were investigating allegations that the mayor had shown up appearing to be intoxicated for the annual Garrison Ball. Ainslie said those allegations were true. So Ford took to the telephone lines, on his own dime, to tell Ainslie’s

constituents that it was “extremely, extremely unfortunate” that Ainslie “did not listen to his constituents,” and “led the charge” against the subway in Scarborough. The implication is clear: that good-hearted Scarborough folk should cast their votes elsewhere the next chance they get. Integrity commissioner Ainslie came out swinging Tuesday. He’s taking the matter to the city’s integrity commissioner. He outright called Ford a liar over his characterization of the subway and called the whole robocall adventure “a blatant act of political thuggery.” Strong, brave words. It’s a shame that he couldn’t have found them sooner. Ainslie was absolutely right to raise questions about the financial realities surrounding the subway

plan. Yet as recently as July, Ainslie supported moving along with that plan – despite the fact that many of the same funding problems existed then as now. In an interview, he explained that he’d hoped the city could negotiate those away by the Sept. 30 deadline council set. But really – hope for such a resolution was as faint then as it is now. Now it’s off to the integrity commissioner, who’ll be asked to rule on whether Toronto council’s code of conduct is copacetic with aggressive robocalling in the wards of one’s political enemies. While that sorts itself out, we might show a little understanding about the vehemence with which Ainslie directs his rhetoric toward his former friend the mayor. As breakups go, this is an ugly one.

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Grant to rehabilitate natural environment at Ritchie Parkette A small park in Roncesvalles Village is on the receiving end of a $25,000 grant. Ritchie Parkette, at 77 Ritchie Ave., is located near Dundas Street West and Roncesvalles Avenue. The parkette is a small high-traffic park, which is used consistently throughout the day by local families, high school students and summer camps. “It really is the neighbourhood backyard, it is always active and always full,” said Parkdale-High Pa r k C o u n c i l l o r G o r d Perks. Now, the W. Gar field Weston Foundation will suppor t improvements to natural surroundings at Ritchie Parkette with a $25,000 grant provided through the Weston Family Parks Challenge. The Rotar y Club of Toronto, the Friends of

Construction could start next spring, Perks says >>>from page 1 ing will be scheduled for residents to attend and voice opinions, requests, recommendations and concerns. “We would do a whole lot of work in the community around designing the park,” Perks said. There is a limited budget to bring the park up to a base condition and Perks said he may be able to unlock some additional resources should the community want to do something a little more fancy. Consultations around what the new expanded park should look like would take place in time for construction to begin next spring and summer, Perks said. According to Perks, local parkland assessment shows the area has some of the lowest levels of parkland in the city, but if the city were to purchase the land it would mean the expansion of the King-Dufferin Parkette south-

It is the neighbourhood backyard. It is always active and always full. – Councillor Gord Perks

Ritchie Parkette and the To r o n t o D e p a r t m e n t o f Pa rk s, Fo re s t r y a n d Recreation will use the grant to rehabilitate the parkette’s natural environment, introduce wildlife education and programming. The money will support native species planting, natural interpretive signs and rehabilitated habitat that will give park visitors a greater sense of their natural environment. “Ritchie Parkette is a fantastic example of how even the smallest green spaces can be used to provide valuable access to nature

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in the midst of a bustling city,” said Camilla Dalglish, director of The W. Garfield Weston Foundation. The W. Garfield Weston Foundation is a private Canadian family founda-

tion, established in the 1950s by Willard Garfield Weston and his wife Reta.

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ward, increasing its size and services for both the south Parkdale and Liberty Village communities. The Dufferin King Park, which is approximately 1,724 square metres, or 0.43 acres, features a splash pad and play structure, but has limited programming opportunities due to its small size. The parcel at 248-250 Dufferin St. consists of approximately 2,233 square metres or 0.552 acres. The property has been owned by the Salvation Army since 1938. It was most recently used for shelter and support services as a short-term transitional residence providing support for healthy and safe living, teaching of life skills and assistance in finding appropriate long-term housing. In 2011, the Salvation Army restructured its shelter and support services. The property was declared surplus and placed up for sale.

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High Park Real Estate is holding its first annual ‘Pumpkin Patch’ event during which staff will hand out pumpkins Saturday, Oct. 19 from 10 a.m. to noon at the corner of Queen Street West and Cowan Avenue. Donations of cash and or food items will go toward t h e Pa rk d a l e Community Foodbank. Visit HighParkRealEstate.com or call 416-769-1616 for details. YORK AFTER DARK: LANTERN TOURS wFORT

Tour the grounds of Historic Fort York at night and hear stories about this national treasure and the history that surrounds it. From the haunted lighthouse to the bloody Battle of York, the tour will also visit two military cemeteries near the fort. This event is not recommended for children under eight. Tours are scheduled for Oct. 18, 19, 25 and 26. Call 416-392-6907,

ext. 221 to register. The cost of the Fort York After Dark: Lantern tours is $12.50. Visit www.fortyork.ca OF EXHIBITION PLACE wGHOSTS

Exhibition Place is known for its bright lights and entertainment, but late-night staff know another story – that things sometimes go bump in the night. Exhibition Place Ghost Walks are back for a fifth season. The walks are lead by Steve Collie, a longtime volunteer at Exhibition Place and a frequent host of Toronto Heritage Walking tours. The walks run Oct. 18 and 25 from 7 to 9 p.m. The cost is $20 per person and participants must phone ahead to register at 416-263-3618. Visit www.explace.on.ca for details. is back at Exhibition Place wSCREEMERS

Haunted houses, mazes, monsters, creatures and more at Screemers. Attractions include Terror in 3D, The Haunted House, The Asylum, The Black Hole, Skull Castle, The Maniac Maze and Curtain Chaos.

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Haunted High Park takes place Saturday, Oct. 19 between 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. at Colborne Lodge, 11 Colborne Lodge Dr. Visit Colborne Lodge and its grounds at night and hear about legends and ghost stories that have been told about the lodge and High Park. This event is not recommended for children under eight.Contact 416-392-6916 or visit www.toronto.ca/museums for details. NIGHT OF DREAD at grove park wdufferin

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annual Night of Dread in Dufferin Grove Park Saturday, Oct. 26 at 4 p.m. when parade participants will begin assembling in the park. The parade itself begins at 6 p.m. followed by pageantry and celebration at 7:30 p.m. Clay and Paper has many costumes, puppets and masks for the public to wear in the parade. Come early to the Dufferin Grove Rink House to avoid disappointment. Admission is pay-what-you-can ($10 suggested donation). Visit www.clayandpapertheatre.org for details. HIKE in High Park wHALLOWEEN

The High Park Nature Centre hosts a Halloween Night Hike in High Park Saturday, Oct. 26 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. This walk through the woodlands will lead to lots of creepy nature spots to learn the not-so-scary truth about bats, spiders, gnomes and decomposers. Bring a flashlight. Costumes are recommended, but not required. Space is limited. Fun for all ages. Meet at the High Park Nature Centre, 440 Parkside Dr. The cost is $8 per person.

TORONTO WEST wRegister HALLOWEEN FEST now for the second annual Toronto West Halloween Fest, Sunday, Oct. 27 in support of St. Joseph’s Health Centre. The day includes a free costume community parade along Bloor Street West followed by a family friendly party at Earth Bloor West. There will be lots of entertainment and activities for the kids, including treats. Register now at www.torontowesthalloweenfest.ca PUMPKIN FLOAT wTake part in the annual High

Park Pumpkin Float Sunday, Oct. 27 hosted by the High Park Nature Centre. Carve a pumpkin, light it and set it sail in the wading pool at the north end of High Park. The cost is $2.50 per pumpkin. Call 416-392-6916 or visit www.toronto.ca/museums for details.

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Bacteria infection may have caused fish to die Months after thousands of fish were discovered belly up in Grenadier Pond, the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) says it has determined the cause of the die-off – sort of. The MNR sent several sunfish for testing at the University of Guelph at the end of July and the results show the cause of infection is “not too conclusive,” according to ministry spokesperson Jolanta Kowalski. “Results indicate the cause of infection is unclear, but it appeared to be bacterial,” Kowalski told The Villager, Tuesday, Oct. 8. “Ministry of Environment water tests show nothing was in the water that could account for the die-off.” To r o n t o R e g i o n

Results indicate the cause of infection is unclear, but it appeared to be bacterial... There is nothing to indicate the die-off was a risk to human health. – Jolanta Kowalski

Conservation Authority staff conducted “dissolved oxygen and water temperature” testing right after the die-off and the results came back normal, Kowalski said. “There is nothing to indicate the die-off was a risk to human health,” she said. Yellow perch, rock bass, black crappy and a few other

species were victims of the die-off. Small die-offs are not uncommon, according to Kowalski, however, she classified this particular one as large in size. Die-offs can be caused by such environmental events as storms or extreme heat. T h e re h a v e b e e n n o reports of dead fish since the initial die-off. The pond still has a significant warm water fishery with species such as sunfish, bass, pike and others that offer fishing opportunities for Torontonians and visitors alike. The MNR credits concerned citizens who frequent Grenadier Pond for alerting the ministry to the die-off.

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After-school program helps students gain confidence JUSTIN SKINNER jskinner@insidetoronto.com For many youngsters living in at-risk communities in Toronto and the surrounding areas, chances to develop leadership skills are often few and far between. Thanks to charitable organization Kids Now, more students are gaining those opportunities. The Toronto-based organization honoured a group of stellar students and school principal Tony Casole for their dedication to Kids Now’s after-school programs at a special ceremony in downtown Toronto on Wednesday, Oct. 9. “We want to empower kids to believe in themselves and feel worthy for who they are,” said Kids Now president and founder Janet King. “We encourage them to make great choices in their lives. Instead

of getting into drugs or drinking and driving, we want them to stay in school, take part in extra-curriculars and volunteer in the community.” The children join the program voluntarily, and by doing so, they already show a commitment to being the best they can. Throughout the 12-week Kids Now program, the students work with mentors who drive home the importance of self-esteem, goal-setting, communication, conflict resolution and stress management. “It helped me a lot with being a leader,” said Effie Liang, who attended the school last year while attending Sir Alexander Mackenzie Public School. “I’m not as shy as I used to be and I’m more involved in my high school than I would have been.” Helena Gervasio, who participated in the program at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic

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importance of setting goals and doing what I had to do to reach them.” Casole earned the title of Kids Now top school champion for the way the program flourished at St. Luigi Catholic

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includes a visit to p/m Gallery, MKG127, Erin Stump projects, local art collectives Rose Will Studio, N/A Collective and Art Metropole.

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Community Police Liaison Committee (14 Division) Gala WHEN: 6 to 9:30 p.m. WHERE: The Revival, 783 College St. COST: $100 CONTACT: http:// youthscholarships-eorg. eventbrite.ca The gala raises funds for the scholarship program, which

grew out of a communitypolice partnership and recognizes the contributions youth make to the safety and well-being of their community. The gala features Toronto talent, samplers from popular downtown eateries and more.

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Pumpkin parade WHEN: 5 p.m. WHERE: Sorauren Park, 50 Wabash Ave. The original Pumpkin Parade returns to Sorauren Park. Place your pumpkins along the edge of the path around the park beginning in the evening. Pumpkins will be lit at dusk. The city picks them up the following day.

WHERE: Ricoh Coliseum, 100 Princess Gates CONTACT: http://ricohcoliseum.com/event/ royal-winter-fair Celebrating 91 years as the world’s largest combined indoor agricultural and equestrian show, running Nov. 1 to 10.

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Free screening of Cashing at Revue Cinema WHEN: 4 p.m. WHERE: Revue Cinema, 400 Roncesvalles Ave. COST: free, but seating limited CONTACT: peggynash.ndp.ca/chasingice, cheridinovo.ca/events As part of the October Green 13 Movie Screenings and Discussions series, MP Peggy Nash and MPP Cheri DiNovo will host a free screening of Chasing Ice and discussion.

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Library plans centenary celebrations for Oct. 23

Bloor/Gladstone library largest in Canada when built in 1913 LISA RAINFORD lrainford@insidetoronto.com One hundred years to the day of its original opening, the Bloor/Gladstone library will host an all-day celebration in recognition of its milestone birthday, Wednesday, Oct. 23. The branch, a fixture at the corner of Dufferin and Bloor streets west, served as many as 400,000 people, who visited the branch to read, study, work, relax and attend programs and lent almost half a million of library materials last year. “It’s a community cornerstone,” the Toronto Public Library director of branch libraries Anne Bailey told The Villager. “The library plays a vital role in the local neighbourhood.”

When it first opened in the fall of 1913, the branch, then known as Dovercourt, was the largest in Canada and the first library building in the city to be constructed solely with municipal funds. “When you look at Bloor/Gladstone and you see the wonderful building and you see it still standing here working for the community, it’s a testament to its value and vitality,” Bailey said. Renamed the Bloor and Gladstone Branch in 1938, the building has undergone several reincarnations. Listed on the Toronto Historical Board’s Inventory of Heritage Properties in 1993, the library’s latest major renovation and expansion began in 2006. Reopened in 2009,

It blossomed after renovations. The community loves it. Every seat is always taken. – Cheryl Skovronek

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Standing in the doorway between the old and new sections of the Bloor/Gladstone library are the director of branch libraries Anne Bailey, left, area manager Cheryl Skovronek, and the library’s outreach services specialist Laysa Isoki.

the branch was the first Toronto Public Library building with a green roof. “It blossomed after reno-

vation,” said Toronto Public Library area manager Cheryl Skovronek. “The community loves it.

Every seat is always taken.” Birthday festivities begin at 10 a.m. on Oct. 23 with a singalong concert for

preschoolers. There will be family entertainment at 3 p.m. with a performance by Centre of Gravity; meet a local police officer on horseback; get your picture taken on a fire truck. There will be strolling magic inside the library starting at 4 p.m. Meet the Toronto Public Library Board chair Paul Ainslie and Davenport Councillor Ana Bailão. An official ceremony starts at 6:30 p.m. followed by refreshments and entertainment.

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focus’ needed for transit planning w‘Laser In an open letter to Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA) elected officials, Greater Toronto CivicAction Alliance chair John Tory called for a “laser focus” to transit planning. Tory, who is also a popular radio host, released the letter as city council debated whether to jettison a fullyfunded LRT plan and raise property taxes to fund a threestop Scarborough subway extension instead. Transit planning is in jeopardy due to “short-term decision-making and politicking”, writes Tory. “The result has been decades of cancelled projects, incomplete facts, and failed accountability.” work impacts streetcar service wTrack

Track and platform work will require replacement buses for west-end streetcar service late into December, the TTC announced. As of Sunday, both 501 Queen and 508 Lakeshore streetcar routes have buses running between Long Branch and the Humber Loop, until

rahul gupta TO in TRANSIT Dec. 22. Buses will also replace 505 Dundas streetcars between Lansdowne Avenue and Dundas West station, as well as on the 506 Carlton route between Lansdowne and Keele Station. Regular service on both of those lines is slated to resume on Nov. 24 kids letters on screens wsubway

Paeans to Toronto from the pint-sized will appear on subway video screens until the end of the week. Dear Toronto features excerpts from love letters written by children submitted during Harbourfront Centre’s Thanksgiving Day Festival, via the centre’s HarbourKIDS program. Until Oct. 20, the Pattison Onestop subway screen network will display Tweets from @HarbourKIDS excerpting letters, which all begin with “Dear Toronto”, followed by a brief sentence explaining what the children love about

the city. For more information about the project, visit www. artintransit.ca barrier wall protest campaign wNoise

A west-end neighbourhod group has organized a phone-in campaign targeted at the Ontario Minister of Transportation to stop construction of 16-foot tall noise barrier walls along the GO Georgetown South rail corridor. The Junction Triangle Rail Committee is asking residents to call Glen Murray’s office daily at 416-327-9200 and request he arrange to meet with members of the group and a commissioned architectural firm to discuss an alternative design for the walls. Metrolinx intends to construct the noise walls, to mitigate the effect of increased diesel train traffic, before the Union-Pearson Express air rail link opens in 2015.

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Mixed reviews for Eglinton Crosstown RAHUL GUPTA rgupta@insidetoronto.com While many residents support the Eglinton Crosstown LRT project, others like Bob Humphrey want it “killed” before it starts running. The pensioner was part of a passionate group of local residents to take part in a panel discussion co-organized by Metroland Media Toronto at Northern District Public Library last Thursday. Humphrey aired his concerns about the planned 19-kilometre rapid transit line to run below and along Eglinton Avenue, between Black Creek Drive and Kennedy Station. He was convinced the light rail project will achieve the opposite of its objective to make transit more accessible – by ushering in condo development and crowding out local residents as a result. “If they build all this stuff on Eglinton, people won’t be able to use transit and will go back to their cars,” said Humphrey, a resident

of Glencairn Avenue. “It’s the wrong line in the wrong place at the wrong time.” Several participants were also concerned that not enough is known about the specifics of the plan. One woman said she was worried the city and Metrolinx, the planning agency tasked by the provincial government with delivering the $5-billion dollar project, are not adequately communicating construction plans with residents. Eglinton Way BIA chair Maureen Sirois said she too feared not enough residents are aware of the Crosstown, the area’s first major transit undertaking in decades, which will take seven years of construction. But the proprietor of women’s attire shop Accessories by Eva, which has stood at 402 Eglinton Ave., for 55 years, said redevelopment of the street was long-overdue and the Crosstown crucial to the long term health of local businesses.

“You have to have an attractive streetscape which makes people want to visit during the day and come back at night,” said Sirois who was part of a three-person panel moderated by Metroland Media Toronto editor-in-chief Peter Haggert. Fellow panelist John Taranu agreed, saying the Crosstown could turn parts of Eglinton into one of the city’s most attractive destinations to visit, travel and shop, on par with the likes of the Danforth or the Beach. “Su d d e n l y, E g l i n t o n becomes a place you visit because you want to go there not because it’s close by,” said Taranu who is a director with advocacy group Cycle Toronto as well as the Eglinton 2020 community association. A final Crosstown community meeting takes place Thursday, Oct. 17 at the Mount Dennis Library, located at 1123 Weston Rd.

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