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‘We get a lot of calls regarding this silver maple.’ – Azadeh Chobak 125 years old – it’s rare for this species. It has stood the test of time.” It has witnessed the evolution of the neighbourhood, added Chobak, who said the committee was taken by residents’ passion for the tree. “We get a lot of calls regarding this silver maple,” she admitted. Situated on the east side of Roncesvalles Avenue, just south of St. Vincent de Paul Roman Catholic Church, the silver maple stands 11 metres high – approximately the height of a four-storey building. Its circumference is 320 centimetres. During the recent renovation and construction on Roncesvalles Avenue, the City of Toronto and the community joined forces to safeguard the tree. As part of the sidewalk reconstruction, flexible sidewalk tile was installed instead of conventional pavers to protect the roots and ensure better circulation of air and water. >>>heritage, page 16

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It’s a straight shot, roughly 30 storeys, up a ladder on the inside of the shaft to reach the top of WindShare’s ExPlace wind turbine. The climb isn’t for the faint of heart and takes some stamina explained Wesley Normington, development coordinator at TREC Education, but when you reach the top the views are incredible. Now, Climb the Turbine, a firsttime fundraiser of TREC Education, a not-for-profit that offers renewable energy education programs for students and communities, offers the experience and the view to teams of two who are able to raise $1000. “It is a unique experience that you are not going to be able to get anywhere else, unless you become a wind turbine technician,” Normington said. As far as TREC Education can tell, this is the first and only turbine climbing fundraiser in North America according to Normington. “It is a great opportunity to both raise positive awareness for wind energy in Ontario, while raising funds for educational programs for

wind energy,” Normington said. In addition to raising funds for educational programming, the climb is also a means of educating the climb participants on renewable energy by giving them inside access to the Toronto landmark that isn’t regularly available to the public. “Renewable energy still is something that isn’t greatly understood by the public. There is a lot of misinformation out there, a lot of rumours, so we are just trying to educate the public and present them with the facts,” Normington said. “This is a fantastic way of doing it, by giving them actual access and a hands-on experience with the wind turbine.” Climb the Turbine takes place Oct. 26 to 28. A guide will accompany teams of two. Teams are required to raise $1000 or more in order to participate in the climb. The trek takes approximately one to one and a half hours to complete and along the way the guide will explain the workings of the turbine and the importance of it to the participants. Only one team at a time can make the climb and Normington said TREC Education expects they can accommodate 20 teams during the

three days. The money raised will go toward Kids’ World of Energy, a program that delivers in-class, hands-on workshops for students across Ontario. TREC Education, which operates out of 401 Richmond, runs some of its workshops at Exhibition Place, where there are a number of sustainable energy initiatives, such as a green roof on the Horse Palace, geothermal heating in the Press Building and of course the highly visible wind turbine. “This probably isn’t the best place to put a turbine, but it is highly visible and it is part of Exhibition Place’s sustainable installations,” explained Kirsten Vanstone, education director at TREC Education. “It was always meant as an educational thing and we have formalized that with our programming.” The 91-metre (299 ft) tall ExPlace wind turbine, the first urban-based and co-operatively owned wind turbine in North America, is coowned by the WindShare and Toronto Hydro. TREC Education’s sister organization TREC Renewable Energy Co-operative played a key role in the construction of the tur-

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Wesley Normington, development coordinator at TREC Education, and Kirsten Vanstone, education director at TREC Education, stand at the base WindShare’s ExPlace wind turbine. People can “Climb the Turbine” Oct. 26 to 28 as part of a fundraiser for TREC Education.

bine. “There is a lot of good stuff down here. It is a lot of fun to tell the kids all that is happening (at Exhibition Place),” Vanstone said. TREC Education specializes in educational programs designed around youth and has a specific niche in energy education. “Energy is one of those components of environmental education that is often, not ignored, but relegated a bit because it is kind of hard to understand,” Vanstone

said. “So I see TREC Education’s mission as educating people about our energy use, where we get our energy from and the impact of both generating energy and using it, on the environment.” In addition to fundraising TREC Education gets funding from government grants, sponsorship and through foundations. There is room for more participants to sign up for Climb the Turbine at http://climbtheturbine. com

Non-profit bike group looking for new downtown home ERIN HATFIELD ehatfield@insidetoronto.com Dozens of bikes hang on the wall and meticulously labelled boxes of bicycle parts line the other. For the past 15 years the lower level of an old United Church at 761 Queen St. W. has been the ideal home for the Community Bicycle Network (CBN), said board chair Adrian Currie. “This is a perfect space. It is huge with high ceilings, a back entrance,” Currie said. “The only thing this place is missing is a storefront.” But, the organization is now being forced to move and is searching for a new home in downtown Toronto. CBN is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving communities through cycling and recycling. Started in 1993, CBN offers affordable bike repairs, do-it-yourself space where people can come and

use the space and tools. It sells used and obsolete parts, runs workshops and rents bikes, which fund their operations. “Our mandate is to promote the use of sustainable transportation through the use of bicycles,” Currie explained. “We focus on low income, at risk communities in Toronto.” The building they currently reside in, which houses a number of not-for-profit organizations, was purchased by R&B Properties from the United Church and tenants are required to move out by Dec. 31, 2012. “In September of 2011 we found out that the building had been sold and we would have to move,” Currie said. “We don’t know what their plans are for the building, but it sounds like it is going to be commercial and residential.” The Toronto United Church Council gave the CBN a generous

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Community Bicycle Network board chair Adrian Currie inside the not-forprofit’s current home at Queen Street West and Bathurst. The network needs to find a new home by the end of this year.

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McGuinty’s replacement must keep transit a priority

I endorse a one per cent corporate and union tax to bail out public transit. Some want property taxpayers to suck it up with yet another new tax or toll road tax. My position is that it is time for our corporations and unions to pay a one per cent new tax for the sole purpose of funding our public transportation systems. Peter Clarke

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alton McGuinty’s announcement Monday night that he was stepping down as Ontario’s premier and proroguing the provincial legislature has opened a number of interesting scenarios for Toronto’s many Liberal MPPs. Say what you wish about the timing of McGuinty’s move, Toronto residents can expect a number of their provincial representatives to be serious contenders for the Ontario Liberal Party’s leadership. Toronto has been good to the Ontario Liberals, showing them strong support in the last three provincial elections. After majority government wins in 2003 and 2007, the Liberals formed a minority government in 2011 and would not have done so without Toronto’s backing. Of our 23 seats, 18 went to the Liberals while the remaining five were taken by the NDP. Provincially, more than a third of the Liberals 53 seats at Queen’s Park belong our view to Toronto MPPs. We have strong political influence in the party, Potential and that will be reflected once the race to replace McGuinty leaders need heats up. At the same time to keep local MPPs were talking about McGuinty and his legacy, they residents were also putting out feelers about their own leadership chances. When they make their informed decision, they owe it to their constituents to let them know as soon as possible. Part of McGuinty’s legacy is transit. He created the provincial transit authority Metrolinx with the mandate to build and fund transit across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA). Whoever replaces him must continue to make transit in the GTHA a priority. Any MPP from Toronto will clearly understand the importance of the transit file, and it should be a major plank in the campaigns of those running for the party’s leadership. Progressive Conservative Party leader Tim Hudak was at Toronto City Hall Tuesday morning to talk transit at a meeting scheduled before McGuinty made his announcement. He will be making transit and traffic gridlock a key issue when we do get a provincial election call, presumably sometime after the Liberals pick their new leader. Flanked by a number of city councillors, including Councillor Doug Ford, Hudak looks as if he’ll have no problem working with the Ford administration at city hall. McGuinty was also able to work with Mayor Rob Ford. In a statement on McGuinty’s decision, Ford said, “While we had different political views on some issues, Mr. McGuinty and I always had a very good working relationship as mayor and premier.” Maintaining that good working relationship with Toronto’s mayor will be crucial for whoever is chosen as the Ontario Liberal Party’s next leader. Toronto Community News is a division of Metroland Media Group Ltd. The Villager is a member of the Ontario Press Council. Visit ontpress.com newsroom

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I have a thought of a great way to pay for transit in Toronto - why not designate all of the money generated by the parking control officers to fund transit. If council wants to penalize people trying to conduct legitimate business off of the inner city roads, why not? Surely the substantial financial haul that pours daily into the city hall coffers can be rerouted toward this essential service. Chris Belfontaine

McGuinty’s decision proves need for Toronto to fund own transit It’s been a long time since anyone has illustrated the argument for made-inToronto transit funding solutions as well as our soon-to-be-former premier Dalton McGuinty did Monday night. McGuinty’s surprise resignation was not only as leader of the Liberals and premier of the province, but as the remaining steward of Toronto’s current light rail transit expansion plan. That $8.5 billion plan, for light rail on Eglinton, Finch and Sheppard Avenues, is the reliable base-line for hope, for those who wanted to see faster transit to suburban communities. We’ve dreamed of other plans, of course. Mayor Rob Ford briefly created a convincing enough scenario in which the private sector might build subways to Scarborough. TTC Chair

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Karen Stintz created an even shorter-lived scenario in which Toronto might have as many new transit routes as burst capillaries on an old drunk’s nose. And now, the morning after McGuinty’s exit announcement, there are indications even the $8.5 billion light rail plan isn’t that reliable. Tim Hudak, the leader of the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party, stopped by Toronto City Hall to affirm his preference for a Mayor Ford-style subway expansion. Although the days are

early, it’s fair to say that Hudak’s chances of being the next premier of Ontario are excellent, as are the chances that Ontarians will be given the opportunity to weigh those chances in an election within the next six months. What happens to the $8.5 billion in light rail funding if that happens? Well, it’s up to Hudak. Work’s already started on the Eglinton-Scarborough Crosstown line, and unless the Progressive Conservatives want to develop a reputation as the kind of government that fills in holes on Eglinton (as the Mike Harris government did there in 1995) there will probably be some form of light rail transit there. But if the decision gets made to bury the rest of the line, that will take care of most of the $8.5 billion

right there. And Finch and Sheppard will be unfunded. When will subway funding come? “When I am the next premier, we will use whatever dollars are available to build underground,” he told reporters. Uh huh. Toronto’s decision earlier this year to look into funding transit expansion on its own starts to look pretty good, given all that – because really, with a provincial government deep in deficit, whatever money’s available won’t pay for much light rail, let alone subways. It’s pretty clear, as we move into our suddenly very muddy future the only reliable way to get around this town by bus, subway or light rail, is to belly up to the table and put our own money down.

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Friendship and loss lead to latest clown production ERIN HATFIELD ehatfield@insidetoronto.com Saucisse: a Foo Musical is a tragic comedy about friendship, fate and meat. Written and performed by Parkdale resident Helen Donnelly, Saucisse: a Foo Musical is the story of an unlikely friendship between a nomadic peddler named Foo, one of Donnelly’s reoccurring clown personas, and a new-aged, vegetarian pig named Saucisse, who is on a mysterious mission. As fictional a story as it may seem, this tale grew out of a real friendship between two clowns. Donnelly is an actor, instructor and both a theatrical and therapeutic clown. It was at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital in East York that Donnelly started working with Jamie Burnett. Donnelly’s persona was Dr. Flap, a clinical thinker, and Burnett’s persona, Ricky, was a naïve young person who believes everything he hears. “The great thing about

clown is it directly correlates to our own personalities, it is just exaggerated,” Donnelly said. “Clown is authentic that way; good clown should reflect authentically who you are.” Dr. Flap and Ricky used music, rhythm, movement and physical comedy to provide warmth and laughter to clients, families and staff. The duo worked together at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital for three years until Burnett died of cancer in December at the age of 33. “I’ve had a lot of things happen in my life, but this was the biggest one, because a clown partner is almost like a marriage,” she said. “You are there for each other, you see a lot and you share a lot.” Following his death, Donnelly said she started to think about their relationship, what it meant to her and all she learned from Burnett. “I guess I just wanted to start a discussion with myself about how we are with each other and acknowledging the challenges working with someone and loving someone

who is so very different from you,” Donnelly said. At the same time, she had a germ of an idea to expand an earlier Foo skit from 15 years ago. It was a short piece in which Foo held a sausage named Saucisse hostage and then develops a friendship with it. Divided soul She started to explore and do free writing about the connection between this former Foo skit and her relationship with Burnett. “I realized Jamie was Saucisse and I was this very divided soul and we had found each other somehow,” she said. She wrote backward from there, with the Foo skit as the tragic ending. “It is about unlikely friendship, tolerance and it’s about excepting each others paths,” Donnelly said. Saucisse: A Foo Musical is physical theatre and the dialogue is in Donnelly’s own language called “Tubegoshian”. “There are key words I

repeat that I want to make sure the audience understands,” she said. “And you will notice throughout the show some (words) are awfully close to English so that the audience will understand key points.” Award-winning choreographer and Parkdale resident Viv Moore did the choreography for the performance. Original music for the one-hour tragic comedy was composed by Matthew Reid, musical director for Second City. Directed by Susanna Hamnett, the production team also includes award-winning designers Lindsay Anne Black, set and props, and Michelle Ramsay, lighting. Saucisse: A Foo Musical opened Oct. 11 and runs until Oct. 20 in the theatre at Pia Bouman School for Ballet and Creative movement on Noble Street in Parkdale. Donnelly said the show would is suitable for children eight and old, but it’s not a children’s show. n Tickets are available at the door or at http://saucisseafoomusical-es2.eventbrite. ca/?rank=1&ebtv=C

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MPPs plan to spend more time in community LISA RAINFORD lrainford@insidetoronto.com The premier may have called it quits and shut down the legislature, but local MPPs plan on stepping it up, promising to be even more visible in their ridings during the hiatus at Queen’s Park. Parkdale-High Park MPP Cheri DiNovo says she is going to seize the opportunity to get back into her riding to speak to constituents. She and her staff will be going door-to-door seeking feedback from community members about not only Dalton McGuinty’s departure, but what they’d like to see happen and what should happen in the legislature and closer to home. “I’ll be knocking, walking and talking,” DiNovo told The Villager the morning after McGuinty’s Monday evening announcement. The provincial politician revealed she wasn’t caught off guard by McGuinty’s announcement. There had been a rumour circulating

around Queen’s Park for a while. “We were all surprised by when – but not surprised he did it. What’s really off-putting is the prorogation. That puts everything on hold. We’ve been elected to do some work here. The fact that we can’t is frustrating,” said DiNovo. She is soliciting any suggestions her constituents may have concerning the economy and any other issue on their minds. Meanwhile, she said she will turn her attention even more on local concerns, such as clean trains on the Georgetown South rail corridor and Air Rail Link (ARL) to Pearson Airport. “The clean train issue is huge,” DiNovo said. “We’ll have more time to get signatures on petitions – these are really making a difference.” DiNovo’s NDP colleague Davenport MPP Jonah Schein has also been working diligently for electric trains. Today would have seen the second reading of his private member’s bill calling

for the electrification of the Georgetown corridor and ARL. “Now, we can’t debate this. I think that’s really disappointing. It’s part of a pattern I’ve seen here. The government has not been accountable or transparent,” said Schein, citing the ORNGE air ambulance controversy and the cancellation of gas-fired power plants in Oakville and Mississauga as examples. Like DiNovo, Schein will take the suspended legislature as an opportunity to spend more time in his riding. “Ultimately, people elected us to be here and in our communities, it’s frustrating,” he admitted. Schein will be touching base with young people in schools and will be meeting with seniors and new Canadians. “Our community office does not stop working when our legislature does,” he said. “We continue to serve our immediate neighbourhood.”

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by Mayor Rob Ford’s office, the mayor wished McGuinty well and thanked him for his service as premier. “While we had different political views on some issues, Mr. McGuinty and I always had a very good working relationship as mayor and premier,” said Ford. “I wish him well and look forward to working closely with the next premier of Ontario to advance the interests of the people of Toronto.” Hudak, for his part, has joined NDP leader Andrea Ho r v a t h i n c a l l i n g o n McGuinty to recall the legislature. “I think the premier is putting a lot at risk here by proroguing the existing legislature,” said Hudak outside city hall. “You put a padlock on the door and there is no more business, putting laws into effect in the province. I’ve known Dalton McGuinty for 17 years – I was a backbencher, newly elected, he came over and shook my hand, said welcome aboard. And I respect his decision to

resign, he’s been in public life for 22 years. “What I do not respect is his plan to shut down the legislature. There are 600,000 men and women who woke up this morning with no job to go to. We owe it to them to continue to work, to focus on jobs.” Hudak was at the news conference alongside several city councillors including Deputy Mayor Doug Holyday, budget chief Mike Del Grande, public works and infrastructure chair Denzil Minnan-Wong and Doug Ford. There, he was introduced as “the next Premier of Ontario.” During his speech, Hudak acknowledged there was a great deal of talent among conservative councillors at city hall. Doug Ford, who mused openly about running earlier this year when it was possible the McGuinty minority government would fall, was somewhat more circumspect. “I’ve always said I’d be interested, but that’s hypothetical,” he said. “We have interests to take care of at the city.”


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Real Change Girls Film Screening WHEN: 6 to 8 p.m. WHERE: Parkdale library,1303 Queen St. W. Enjoy a program of short films directed by girls about issues facing girls today. Discussion.

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Fort York After Dark Lantern Tours WHEN: 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. WHERE: Fort York National Historic Site, 250 Fort York Blvd. CONTACT: 416-392-6907, ext. 221 to register Tour the grounds of Fort York at night and listen to stories. This event is not recommended for children under eight. Cost, $12.50.

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Juggle family opinion when purchasing your first home These days, many first time home buyers are juggling a lot more than their finances. They have to deal with the challenge of well-meaning, but unwanted opinion. Why? Real estate agents agree that with down payments and closing costs increasing, more than ever before, young adults look to their parents for financial help.

This leads to a greater involvement in the house-hunting process, and new home buyers soon discover that their family members bring along their own opinions in addition to their cash. But when the young buyers' dream home ideals clash with the older generations' vision, both parties must do a balancing act. “Satisfying both tastes is key,”

explains Claudine Montanoareal estate agent on W Network's reality series My House Your Money. “For young adults looking in the urban city, I stage the place to appeal with a modern contemporary look for the young professional—sleek and modern, bold and intense in terms of paint, furniture and décor.” When extended family mem-

bers come along, the presentation certainly changes. “To appeal to young adults and their parents, it has to feel modern, but traditional as well. The look is not as bold in terms of paint and décor, but has a more relaxed, cosy feel with softer furnishings throughout, so both age groups can connect with the space.”

Having been through the process previously, parents tend to be much more critical in home purchasing and are a bigger challenge to delight. “The young couple is usually more excited, and focus on the things on their wish-list they are getting. In fact, they are excited to just purchase something they can call their own,” adds Montano.

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Author Andrew J. Borkowski, a Roncesvalles Village native, is still celebrating days after winning the 2012 Toronto Book Award. He was honoured Oct. 11 during a ceremony at the Toronto Reference Library’s Bram and Bluma Appel Salon. His collection of short stories, Copernicus Avenue, set post Second World War, “conjures the smells and streetscapes of the Roncesvalles neighbourhood” praised the Book Awards committee. “His interwoven short stories reach into the souls of all who have struggled through adversity.” The recognition “feels pretty amazing,” he admitted on the phone from his home in East York. “I’m slowly coming back down to earth – initially, it was a bit of a shock. You don’t

find out ahead of time.” Borkowski admits while he didn’t prepare a speech, he did make some notes. However, he couldn’t seem to find them when he got to the podium so “I winged it,” he revealed. Copernicus Avenue is a life-long endeavor, inspired by his childhood memories, growing up on Galley Avenue where he played road hockey in back alleyways, attended St. Vincent de Paul Catholic School and escaped to High Park on Saturdays. “There’s a joke I like to tell, that several of these stories I’d told in bars to friends who’d say, ‘you’d better write these down or I’m going to steal them,’” said Borkowski chuckling. These stories began to take shape for the most part when the journalist and musician hit his late 30s and early 40s. One was written when Borkowski was an undergraduate student.

“I think I was always a writer. I’ve been writing since I was a little kid,” he recalled; his first story written on a Toronto Hydro blue bound notebook, compliments of his father who worked at the utility company, titled: ‘My Adventures’ about his weekend exploits. ‘Street cred’ In elementary school, his science fiction stories were read out loud to the class by his teacher, Mr. Davis. “This made me cool, this got me street cred,” Borkowski said. Born in the mid-50s (at St. Joseph’s Health Centre as crews demolished Toronto’s old Sunnyside Amusement Park on the lakeshore), Borkowski likes to refer to himself as a tail-end boomer. “I realized the extent of the world I grew up in was still on war footing. When I was a kid,

TV glorified the war. It was a large part of my childhood,” he said. Copernicus Avenue was chosen from a list of finalists that included Dave Bidini for his biography Writing Gordon Lightfoot: The Man, the Music, and the World in 1972; Farzana Doctor for her novel Six Metres of Pavement; Michele Landsberg for her collection of columns Writing the Revolution and Suzanne Robertson for her collection of poetry Paramita, Little Black. This year marks the 38th anniversary of the Toronto Book Awards. Established by Toronto City Council in 1974, the awards honour authors of books of literary or artistic merit that are evocative of Toronto. The annual awards offer $15,000 in prize money. Each finalist receives $1,000, and the winning author receives an additional $10,000.

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Author Andrew J. Borkowski, a Roncesvalles Village native, was honoured Thursday during a ceremony at the Toronto Reference Library’s Bram and Bluma Appel Salon, after winning the 2012 Toronto Book Award.


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vice-president of customer service for GO on Monday. She said the decision to phase out the paper monthly passes by the end of 2012 reflects the popularity of Presto among GO customers, 60 per cent of whom already use the cards. “A majority of our customers are on Presto at the moment,” said Proc. “The timing was right.” Presto implementation has endured some setbacks recently, most notably a delayed rollout in Ottawa due to faulty card readers that led to widespread criticism. In early October Steve Zucker, the Metrolinx executive in charge of the program, resigned. He was replaced on an interim basis by Robert Hollis. Proc said any bumps in the road to full Presto implementation were down to “teething problems” caused by the implementation of the new technology, but those issues were largely resolved. “As a technology, the re-

loadable fare card is here to stay,” she said. Signs were put up at all 64 GO stations notifying commuters of the upcoming changes, said Proc. On Twitter, news about the switch to Presto was met with mixed reactions. “Looks like GO is forcing me into the 21st century by eliminating the monthly pass in favour of the contemptible “Presto” cards,” @ TheDailyZack tweeted. “Go (sic) transit why must you make my life difficult and get rid of the monthly pass,” wrote @ThisisjuliaaaXO. Divyesh Mistry supported the upcoming switchover, pointing out in a series of tweets the advantages the Presto cards will have over its predecessor: “Really, all that is happening is that GO is moving from disposable paper media to reusable card technology.” Proc said GO would add more Presto card readers at its stations based on customer feedback.

Transit public forum set for Oct. 22, 7 p.m. Funding tools for new transit locally and region-wide are on the agenda for a public forum planned for next week in midtown. St. Paul’s city councillor Josh Matlow is hosting the event, billed as a transit town hall, which takes place Monday at the North Toronto Memorial Community Centre, located at 200 Eglinton Avenue West,

running from 7 to 9 p.m. The event will include a panel featuring former chief city planner Paul Bedford, Andre Cote from the Munk School at the University of Toronto, longtime transit watcher Steve Munro and representatives from TTC and Metrolinx. Also on the agenda for discussion: the under-construction Eglinton-Scarborough

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‘Human books’ at library The Toronto Public Library is hosting its third annual Human Library Saturday at three branches across the city – Toronto Reference, North York Central and Parkdale. At Toronto Reference and North York Central branches, from noon to 5 p.m., the volunteer ‘human books’ include: • inspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners; • police officers, war veterans and other community heroes; • visionaries who enliven our city

and other fascinating people. At the Parkdale branch, from 1 to 4 p.m., the event is being held as part of its Library Settlement Partnership Days celebrations in October, and the volunteer speakers spotlight both the newcomer experience and the Parkdale community. If you’re at the Parkdale branch make sure to reserve ‘human book’ Toronto Community News Reporter, Erin Hatfield. The ‘human books’ can be reserved in advance using your Toronto Public Library card by call-

ing or coming into one of the host branches. Spots may also be available the day of the event, but people are encouraged to place a hold on their favourite book early to avoid disappointment. for more info For information on this year’s ‘human books’ at the three branches, visit www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/ human-library

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The celebrating begins later this month with a plaque presentation and speeches from local dignitaries. Klaire Koski would like to invite the high school students in the Toronto District School Board Grade 11 Internship Program who helped create the video to the Oct. 27 event. Details of the event are still being finalized. The silver maple will be outfitted with a tracking number so anyone who would like to learn about the tree can visit the Trees Ontario website for further details, said Chobak. To view the video nomination, visit http://vimeo.com/37025211

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Artist turning heads at AGO with ultra-realistic sculptures With an uncanny eye for detail and a meticulous style, Toronto artist Evan Penny is turning heads at the Art Gallery of Ontario. Re Figured, a collection of Penny’s larger-than-life, ultra-realistic sculptures focusing largely on faces, marks the artist’s first exhibit at the AGO. Judging from the reactions of patrons, it will be the first of many. Penny, who lives in the TrinityBellwoods area and works primarily out of a studio in the Dupont and Bathurst streets area, has been creating this genre of life-like sculptures out of silicon, aluminum and real hair for more than a decade. “I always worked figuratively, but the question was ‘how does one become a figurative sculptor who engages contemporary concerns?’” he said. While the sculptures vary in size, their attention to detail is impeccable – no surprise when each piece takes months to complete.

“I might be able to do six pieces in a year, but typically I’m doing multiple pieces at a time,” he said. “It’s very craft-driven, artisanal work, not the kind of thing you can do in an assembly-line manner.” The pieces include realisticlooking eyes created through a painstaking multi-step process, skin imperfections and hair and even five-o’clock shadow implanted strand-by-strand. Special effects company Penny was set on his current path while working for a special effects company that catered to Hollywood movies. He was tasked with sculpting character masks and makeup for films such as Snow Falling on Cedars and K-19: The Widowmaker. While many of the sculptures in Re Figured are realistic, others are intentionally stretched or distorted and play with perspective and colour. “Some of the pieces do affect (viewers) on a physical level,” Penny said. “Some are challenging and

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