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Changes BRUSH-A-MANIA AT NORTH BRIDLEWOOD to ridings concern local MPPs MIKE ADLER

Two Liberal MPPs have added their opposition to a proposed redistribution of ridings in Scarborough. A federal commission redrawing boundaries is expected to make its decisions this year. Ridings they create would be used in a 2015 federal election and they are likely to be used afterwards for provincial ridings and municipal wards. Changing an earlier proposal, the commission has agreed with New Democrat MP Rathika Sitsabiesan that her Scarborough-Rouge River riding should not lose territory north of Hwy. 401. The commission instead proposed creating a new riding, Scarborough-Wexford, on both sides of the highway using a southern portion of >>>PUBLIC, page 10


TOOTH TIME: Matthew Hoffman brushes Timmy the Tooth at North Bridlewood Junior Public School on Friday morning during the Brush-A-Mania dental hygiene workshop presented to the students by the Toronto-Don Mills Rotary Club.

Scarborough health review to be ‘open and transparent’ MIKE ADLER


Scarborough’s hospitals and its regional health authority are expected this week to release

a schedule and other information for an area-wide review of hospital services. The Central East Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) intervened last month to stop

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Chess Club meeting wAgincourt The Agincourt Chess Club meets this Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. The meeting takes place at the L’Amoreaux Community Centre, 2000 McNicoll Ave., a t Ke n n e d y Road. Those interested in playing chess are invited to take part. There are no fees, teaching or tournaments. For more information, please contact Alex Knox at 416-493-0019, aftert 6 p.m. input sought on billboard tax wLocal

Toronto’s billboard tax is a new source of arts and culture funding for the city, which wants Scarborough residents to suggest ways it can be spent. One of four public consultations on this topic will take place tonight at the Toronto Public Library’s Cedarbrae branch on Markham Road from 6:30 to 9:30

p.m., the city said in a release. The tax “will have a profound impact on Toronto’s cultural vitality,” said Scarborough Centre Councillor Michael Thompson, chairperson of the city’s economic development committee, which is to hear a multi-year plan next month for investing the money. The plan will be based partly on comments from the Cedarbrae session and from an online survey residents can fill in until April 30. Orchid show this weekend The Toronto Artistic Orchid Association hosts its 12th annual Orchid Show in Scarborough this weekend at the Centre for Information and Community Services (CICS), 2330 Midland Ave. The show promotes orchid appreciation and cultivation. About 20 exhibitors, orchid vendors and amateur orchid cultivators from Ontario and the United States are expected to attend. The Orchid Show is Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Admission is $8. Children under age 8 are free. Please visit for more information. school board budget consultation wCatholic

Toronto’s Catholic school board is inviting staff, students, parents and all other Catholic school supporters to participate in its 2013-2014 budget consultation process. Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB) Chair Ann Andrachuk said it’s important for the board to hear from as many stakeholders in Catholic education as possible so that they know what their priorities are moving forward. “We recognize that we are facing some financial challenges due to the continued declining enrolment in the City of Toronto,” she said in a statement. “Our goal is to continue to focus our limited resources to areas that best meet the diverse needs of our school communities and support student achievement and well-being.” Anyone wishing to make a presentation highlighting their budget priorities and concerns to the TCDSB board of trustees is

invited to do so at a special board meeting set for Tuesday, May 7 at 7 p.m. at the Catholic Education Centre, 80 Sheppard Ave. E. Stakeholders are also encouraged to complete an online survey regarding the TCDSB’s budget at Surveys in Tagalog, Portuguese, Spanish, Polish, Tamil, Ukrainian and Vietnamese will also be available upon request by contacting a local Catholic school, or the board’s research department at 416-222-8282 ext. 2823. Eco-Summit set for UTSC The University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC) hosts the Eastern GTA Eco Summit this Friday. Those interested in develop-



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ing an Environmental Agenda for the Eastern GTA are invited to the summit which goes from noon to 4 p.m. at the UTSC Science Research Building at the campus on Military Trail. There will be a presentation from Smart Commute Scarborough, and a panel discussion. For more info, call the UTSC Sustainability Office at 416-2082679 or visit online at dinner in Scarborough wVeterans

Ontario District D of the Royal Canadian Legion holds its annual Veterans Dinner in honour of Second World War and Korean War veterans this Sunday in Scarborough. The event takes place at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 258, Highland Creek, 45 Lawson Rd., from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. About 350 veterans have been invited to the event from Sunnybrook Hospital, the Tony Stacey Centre for Veterans Care, Finchhurst Homes and Legion branches in Toronto. Ages of the veterans attending Sunday’s event will range from 75 to 100.

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A Toronto police officer investigates at the scene of a two-vehicle accident Friday afternoon at the intersection of Finch Avenue and Tiffield Road.

Man injured in vehicle rollover ANDREW PALAMARCHUK Two people were hurt, one seriously, following a two-vehicle crash in north Scarborough.

One vehicle flipped onto its roof during the 3:49 p.m. Friday collision at Finch Avenue and Tiffield Road, one block east of Middlefield Road. A man was taken to Sunnybrook hospital with serious trauma and internal

injuries. The injuries were later determined to be non-life-threatening. Paramedics took a woman to another hospital with minor injuries. Finch Avenue was closed for a few hours as police investigated.

Female suspect sought after girl robbed Police are looking for a female suspect after a 17-year-old girl was robbed near Midland Avenue and Gilder Drive, north of Eglinton Avenue. Police said the female suspect stole the victim’s cellphone and fled south on Midland around 9:45 p.m. last Thursday. No one was hurt. The suspect is black, 5’7” to 5’9” tall with black hair and a thin build. Woman robbed of purse A 56-year-old woman was robbed of her purse near Morningside Avenue and


Oasis Boulevard Thursday. The robber fled in a black four-door vehicle around 5:35 p.m. T h e v i c t i m e s c a p e d i n j u r y. The suspect is black, 15 to 25 years old, 5’2” to 5’7” tall with short black hair and a thin build. suspects sought in attempted robbery wTwo

Two men, one with a tattoo near his eye, attempted to rob a 22-year-old man on a TTC Scarborough RT train in the Midland and Lawrence avenues area on Friday afternoon. Police said the suspects threatened


the victim and demanded his iPod at 1:12 p.m. The suspects fled empty-handed when the passenger assistance alarm was pressed. There were no injuries. One suspect is black, 18 to 20 years old, 6’1” tall with short hair, a muscular build and a tattoo near his right eye. Police didn’t release a description of his accomplice.


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Dr. Robert Elgie, a lawyer, neurosurgeon, and former MPP who was chairperson of the Ontario Press Council, has died at age 84. A member of the Order of Canada, Dr. Elgie was the chief of medical staff at Scarborough General Hospital, later part of The Scarborough Hospital, before he was elected to Ontario’s legislature. From 1977 to 1985, he served in the cabinets of Progressive Conservative Premiers Bill Davis and Frank Miller and represented the riding of York East, which at the time covered what is now East York. As a minister, Dr. Elgie was a studious Red Tory and a hands-on “who didn’t leave it to the bureaucrats” and had a great capacity for mediation, recalled Tim Armstrong, a press council member who met Dr. Elgie when both attended the same high school in downtown Toronto. Armstrong later worked under Dr. Elgie as a deputy minister from 1978 to 1981 while Dr. Elgie was labour minister, a period which saw important changes to the Ontario Human Rights Code and passage of the Occupational Health and Safety Act. On Thursday, Ontario



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Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak praised Dr. Elgie as a parliamentarian of a “more genteel era” and said he had led an “astonishing lifetime of achievement.” In 2001, Dr. Elgie joined the Ontario Press Council, an organization to which Metroland Media and The Mirror belongs, and was made its chairperson in 2006. The council lets the public air concerns about newspapers and holds them to a code of ethical standards. At the General, Dr. Elgie was a sociable man who enlarged the neurosurgery department, said Dr. Sophie Hofstader, a colleague. Serving as medical staff chief, Dr. Elgie was recruited into politics, though he did return to take a seat on the hospital’s board of governors during the 1990s, said Dr. Hofstader. “He didn’t agree with everything in politics. He thought he might be able to do something to pitch in.” Since moving to the Town of Georgina, where he died at his home Wednesday, Dr. Elgie was active on municipal committees there. Dr. Elgie is survived by his wife, York Region District School Board trustee Nancy Elgie, and his children Peter, Stewart, Allyson, Bill and Catherine.


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hether Toronto councillors vote for a downtown casino or not, it’s critical they make that decision with accurate information and understanding of the long-term implications. The report released yesterday by Toronto city manager Joe Pennachetti lays out some of the terms Toronto councillors must demand if we are to enter into such an agreement with the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp. What the report does not do is come out for or against a Toronto casino. It leaves that decision to our elected councillors. What the report does do is give all involved some facts to work with. Pennachetti said the report paid particular attention to economic development associated with a casino. For instance, a casino downtown along with expanded gaming at Woodbine in our view Etobicoke would provide construction investment of $3.3 to $3.6 billion and create more than 11,000 Casino not construction jobs and some 12,000 an economic casino-related jobs once the facilities are built to their full capacity. cure-all The report also sets terms for the city to negotiate hosting fees from OLG. Given the desirability of a downtown location, Toronto should not settle for less than between $111 to $148 million annually, the report says. Property taxes from a new downtown casino and an expanded Woodbine are also estimated at $19 million a year, according to the report. Those are big numbers, but we urge care and foresight before going all in. A downtown casino is not the cure-all for all of Toronto’s financial woes, as some seem to believe. Linking city infrastructure projects to casino revenues is a dangerous game as that money cannot be guaranteed to flow endlessly and generously. Look at Windsor, which for years made big money from its casino but is now seeing its facility downsized as competition from Michigan keeps American gamblers and their money at home. There is only so much money available to be circulated and we need to be aware that money being spent in a casino, is money not being spent elsewhere in our economy. Yes, there is a lot of money to come the city’s way if we agree to a downtown casino. What we must be careful of is unrealistic expectations and linking that money to city-building projects that will end in failure if the casino tap starts running dry.

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ith the weather warming up and more and more sunlight in the evenings in which to work out, everybody seems to be talking about getting back in shape. If you’re feeling the urge, but still haven’t made up your mind what to pursue to try and get fit, I have a recommendation. Don’t ask my buddy Hoyle Killjoy for advice. According to Hoyle, everything is bad for you. Take jogging, for example. “All that pounding is murder on the joints,” he warns. And cycling “Hunched over like that will do a number on your spine,” he snarls. Tennis, anyone? “Surely, you’ve heard of tennis elbow,” he scowls. “And don’t tell me to not to call you, Shirley.” Moving, right along.

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Oops, bad choice of words. That Killjoy is very much against moving right along, too. Or left along for that matter. What about swimming though? “What rock have you been living under, pal? Haven’t you been reading about the quality of the water supply? You’re liable to come down with something right after you dive in.” How about inline skating, then? “If fractured wrists are your idea of a good time.” And so it goes. Hockey? “A concussion just waiting to happen.” Basketball? “You can kiss goodbye to your ankles.” “Weightlifting, maybe? “Hernia city, baby,” he scolds, waving his index

finger for dramatic effect. Heck, that Killjoy doesn’t want you playing sports video games either. “Anything involving a mouse and you’re a candidate for carpal tunnel syndrome.” So there are no activities out there that get your good seal of approval then? “That’s not true. Don’t try and put words in my mouth. You left out lawn bowling,” he beams with a twinkle in his eye. “You can’t beat it for my money.” Lawn bowling the safest way to get in shape? “As long as you don’t get carried away of course,” he warns. How the heck do you get carried away lawn bowling? “If you crouch too deeply when you throw the ball, that’s how, knowit-all.” But how can you get

any accuracy if you don’t crouch before your delivery? “Hey, that’s your headache, not mine. All I know is if you bend down too far you could end up scraping the ground making it riskier than all those other sports you mentioned combined.” How so? “And you say you know all about sports. Think of what a mess it will make out of your uniform, man. Talk about strenuous workouts. Have you ever tried to get green grass stains out of white pants? It ain’t possible. Meanwhile, you’ll end up throwing out your shoulder. Trust me, I’ve got the scars to prove it.” Jamie Wayne is a lifelong columnist, who takes writing very seriously. The topics? Not so much. His column appears every Tuesday. Contact him at


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To the editor: There has been a lot of discussion recently about the people behind the scenes trying to influence the simple minds of our politicians. Any meeting attended by an employee of any level of government, be it civic, provincial or federal, and the public should be on record and available to everyone. Whether a meeting is held during a weekend retreat at a cottage, drinks after work or over a can of pop and a hot dog at a sporting event, these details must be made public.

Any interaction with a constituent, business owner or a paid representative trying to influence the decision-making process has to be on record and openly declared before the world. To not do so implies there is something going on that probably won’t pass the smell test. Hey, Toronto is a business partnership between the public and the private sector and it needs to be run like one. I ask you, would any business venture be considered a success-

ful one if only some of the investors were to receive all of the bonuses? Ideally, our elected representatives are supposed to be looking after interests of their constituents first. There is a big difference between the people who elected them and the people who helped to get them elected with campaign contributions. What our representatives have to do is decide which one they want to work hardest for.

legislatures and in the cities and towns? I don’t think so. Let’s face it, close to half of the politicians are useless, the country could do without them and save tons of money. A couple of billion dollars saved would reduce our federal deficit and show to the taxpayers that politicians take seriously the present economic, financial and employment situation of the country. We better start acting






seriously now; if not, what’s happening with economies, finances and employment in many European countries will be happening here sooner or later. So dear politicians, please, don’t waste time on the meetings about ridings and municipal wards boundaries, leave that job to the Electoral Boundaries Commission and start thinking and doing something beneficial for the people who pay you. Mario Gasparovic


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Far left, Ontario Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, and Don Valley East MPP, Michael Coteau, right, presents a Volunteer Service Award to Raman Sedhar in recognition of her 25 years of service with Awic Community and Social Services. Left, Olive Hockings is honoured for her 40-plus years of service with The Scarborough Hospital-General Campus. Above, Alnoor Jadavi of the Shia Imami Ismailie Council for Ontario is presented with his award at Scarborough’s Grand Baccus Banquet Hall.

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n the banquet hall, Raman Sedhar was one of many. Hundreds filled rows of seats over three nights in Scarborough last week for the moment they stepped forward to receive a 2013 Volunteer Service Award, and 10,000 volunteers like them will be recognized across Ontario by June. Each one had given five or more years of service, and each one had their reasons. For Sedhar, it was her experience as an immigrant to Canada in 1975, a time in a new country when she didn’t know where to go or what to do. “I’m there to reach out to other people because I went through it myself,” said the Scarborough woman, who has spent 15 years helping with the Association of Women of India in Canada (AWIC) Community and Social Services, an agency now able to teach clients com-

puter skills, locate doctors or find employers who can give immigrants Canadian job experience. Sedhar started volunteering when realized she could help others, but from making AWIC’s client’s smile, she said, there’s a satisfaction she gets back in return. Strength, confidence “It strengthened me to become more confident, more positive,” Sedhar added. “Really, it’s empowered me to be what I am.” She is over 65 now, and retired, but the satisfaction of volunteering continues, as does Sedhar’s chances to meet other volunteers whose skills and strengths she can share. “I’ll carry on till I die,” she predicted. In the world-wide Ismaili community, it’s no exaggeration to say volunteering is a lifelong passion that starts “when you’re born,” though training as a junior volunteer is given typically to children at around age

eight, said Alnoor Jadavji of Scarborough. “It’s our tradition. It’s part of our foundation; it’s part of our pillar.” said Jadavji, recognized for 30 years of work for the Shia Imami Ismaili Council for Ontario.

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The community has 12,000 volunteers across Greater Toronto, serving as far afield as Tajikistan and Afghanistan, and not just for the benefit of their own faith group but for others. Jadavji points out a woman, Gulshan Jamal of North York, who has been a volunteer for 60 years, though only 20 of those years were for the commu-

nity’s Zamana Foundation in Ontario. Like her, she’s originally from Tanzania. Though volunteering is a fundamental principle of their community, Ismailis are under no obligation to do a certain amount, said Jadavji, who helps out at area senior homes and drives community elders to a prayer hall. “If you can serve, then serve - be a minute, or be years, it doesn’t matter.” Terry De Freitas, another Scarborough woman, started packing boxes for St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in her native Guyana 15 years ago. It’s through such efforts that Guyana Christian Charities (Canada) Inc. is able to ship used clothing, hospital supplies and toys to the people of that country, and De Freitas is glad to keep the supplies coming. “We knew that back home things were bad and they needed help,” she said. The group’s volunteers also cook food and arrange Valentine’s Day dances to raise money for the pack-

ages. “It’s like Christmas when the big boxes come in,” said John O’Connor, a friend who has volunteered to teach at the hospital for three months of each year. Robyn Parashyniak, development officer for Variety Village, said her organization needs volunteers to meet needs of its community. They are “extra pair of hands” as well as an “incredible energy” helping Variety grow, she said. The province, seeking a new generation with a passion for service, will try to get 30,000 high school students to volunteer through a Change the World campaign that starts on April 21. Honoured at Scarborough’s Grand Baccus Banquet Hall last Wednesday were volunteers for YMCA - Scarborough, Carefirst Seniors and Community Services Association, ZHR Polish Scouts of Canada and many other groups. Ontario Citizenship Minister Michael Coteau

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Provincial health critic to speak at local meeting O n t a r i o’s P r o g r e s s i v e Conservatives are sending their deputy leader to Scarborough this Thursday to answer questions on health care policy. Christine Elliot, who is also the party’s critic on health care, will speak at a “town hall” event hosted by the Scarborough-Agincourt Provincial PC Association. near Finch and Midland avenues.The forum, at which Elliot is expected to discuss both local and provincial health-care matters, will be open to all residents at the Chinese Canadian Service Centre, 70 Silver Star Blvd., Unit 131 from 7 to 8 p,m.

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>>>from page 1 Scarborough-Agincourt and the western part of Scarborough Centre. Jim Karygiannis, Scarborough-Agincourt’s Liberal incumbent, has said he objects to this proposal and will speak against it to a House of Commons committee this month.

Bolster position Last week, Soo Wong, who is Karygiannis’s provincial counterpart, and Bas Balkissoon, MPP for Scarborough-Rouge River, said they wrote to Karygiannis in order to bolster his position. “The historical significance of our community must be protected not divided,” Wong said in a joint statement by

the MPPs. Other MPs in Scarborough appear divided on the proposal along party lines, with Conservatives Roxanne James (Scarborough Centre) and Corneliu Chisu (PickeringScarborough East) opposing the commission’s latest version of the electoral boundaries and New Democrat Dan Harris (Scarborough Southwest) suppor ting them. Scarborough-Guildwood MP John McKay, whose Scarborough-Guildwood riding would be eliminated, will host a public forum on the boundaries from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. tonight at Curran Hall Community Centre. More information on the riding changes is available at


>>>from page 1 its annual budget. The authority’s board also ordered TSH to “convene a panel of physician and community leaders” in order to review its proposals within 90 days, as well as to work with Rouge Valley Health System, the other Scarborough hospital, on an “integration plan” over six months. The two hospitals were also asked to come up with a Scarborough-wide model for maternal, child and youth services and a LHINwide program for advanced neonatal and pediatric care within 90 days. After senior staff of both hospitals met LHIN officials last week, all sides appear to have reached an understanding of what fulfilling the LHIN’s commands will

require. In interviews, both RVHS CEO Rik Ganderton and Marla Fryers, a TSH vice president, both said reviews will have to be done fairly quickly to meet the regional authority’s deadlines. “What people need to know is it will be an open and transparent process,” Ganderton said. RVHS, which eliminated 65 jobs last fall, has already passed its budget for the coming year. It’s still unclear how TSH can do the same, erasing a $15.7 million shortfall, though Fryers said some cost-saving changes at the hospital can still go ahead.


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Cycle Toronto joined the chorus of cycling advocates who want more BIXI bike stations. The group is circulating a petition calling for the bikeshare service to substantially increase the number of cycles it offers up for temporary use, which stands at 1,000. Pointing to the success of the program which launched in 2011 and celebrated its millionth ride last fall, the petition wants BIXI to to expand past the downtown core. For more, visit Rahul Gupta is the Mirror’s transit reporter. His column runs every Tuesday. Reach him on Twitter: @TOinTRANSIT


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Introduction to Internet level 1 WHEN: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. WHERE: St. Paul’s L’Amoreaux Centre, 3333 Finch Ave. E. CONTACT: Sivanesan Muthiah, 416-493-3333 x 288, www., COST: $50 for 4 lessons ($45 for members) Learn to search engines like Google. Discover websites for news, entertainment, online games, shopping, and receive training on how to use the Internet safely. Recommended prerequisites: Introduction to computers. Employment Support WHEN: 3 to 4:30 p.m. WHERE: Malvern Family Resource Centre Women’s Place, 31 Tapscott Rd., Unit B6 CONTACT: 416-293-4664, COST: Free Malvern Family Resource Centre Women’s Place offers employment support to women in partnership with On-Track Employment who are looking to find employment. Strength & Stretch WHEN: 3:45 to 4:45 p.m. WHERE: St. Paul’s L’Amoreaux Centre, 3333 Finch Ave. E. CONTACT: Sivanesan, 416-493-3333 x 288,, COST: $ 30 for 10 lessons (If member $20) Participants will focus on muscle

strength and improving joint mobility and flexibility. Exercises are done seated and standing, and muscle warm up, muscle strengthening using light weights and resistance bands and a long segment of stretching. Fitness for Better Bones & Better Brain WHEN: 4 to 5:15 p.m. WHERE: St. Paul’s L’Amoreaux Centre, 3333 Finch Ave. E. CONTACT: Sivanesan (Siva), 416-293-3333 ext 288, sivanesan@ COST: $40 and $30 for members Exercises are designed to maintain bone strength and brain function, reduse your risk of falls, fractures and bone loss.

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Swing Dance Classes WHEN: 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. WHERE: Royal Canadian Legion Branch 614, 100 Salome Dr. CONTACT: Carolyn Cross, 416-447-9774 COST: $35 per session Learn to swing dance Thursdays, 7:30 p.m. First class free, session of five classes $35. New session starts every six weeks. Next session starts Royal Canadian Legion, 100 Salome Dr. Call Carolyn 416-447-9774.

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Introduction to computers WHEN: 1 to 3 p.m. WHERE: St. Paul’s

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Caregiver Education Workshop: Coping with Change and Loss WHEN: 10:30 a.m. to noon WHERE: St. Paul’s L’Amoreaux Centre, 3333 Finch Ave. E. CONTACT: Elsa Uy, 416-4933333 COST: Free As seniors age, they experience a number of losses. Caregivers also experience losses. This session will focus on how caregivers can cope with change and adapt.

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Special Intergenerational Service with Storyteller Cheryl Thornton WHEN: 10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. WHERE: Birchcliff Bluffs United Church, 33 East Rd.CONTACT: Sue, 416-694-4081 COST: Free Come and join us as Cheryl presents the story of Noah and The Ark as a drama.

L’Amoreaux Centre, 3333 Finch Ave. E. CONTACT: Sivanesan Muthiah, 416-493-3333 x288,, COST: $50 for 4 lessons ($45 for members) Learn basic computer operating skills, and receive hands-on experience with using the Internet: create a personal email account. And learn about buying the right computer. Seniors Board Games WHEN: 2 to 3 p.m. WHERE: Albert Campbell District Library, 496 Birchmount Rd. CONTACT: 416-396-8890, COST: Free

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Tax Clinic for Low Income Earners WHEN: 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. WHERE: First Alliance Church, 3250 Finch Ave. CONTACT: Lucy Liu, 416-494-3269, COST: Free Low income earners with a maximum household (gross) incomes of either $25,000 for Individuals, $30,000 for single parent (add $ 2,000 per child) or $35,000 for families (add $2,000 per child). Interest Income should

Caregiver Education Workshop Coping with Change & Loss WHEN: 10:30 a.m. to noon WHERE: St. Paul’s L’Amoreaux Centre, 3333 Finch Ave. E. CONTACT: Elsa Uy, 416-493-3333 ext 227,, COST: Free As seniors age, they experience a number of losses. Caregivers also experience losses. This session will focus on how caregivers can cope with change and adapt.


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A p r o g re s s re p o r t t h e long-awaited Downtown Transportation Study will be also be on the public works and infrastructure committee agenda on Wednesday. The study is looking at various ways to make it easier to get around the city’s downtown core — everything from bike lanes to pedestrian scramble intersections and

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The works committee will be looking at a recommendation from chair Denzil MinnanWong to create a “complete streets” policy that will make sure roads are designed for all users. Writes Minnan-Wong: “‘Complete streets’ is a relatively new term that quite simply describes streets that have been designed with all users in mind: the motorists, street car and bus riders, cyclists, pedestrians and those with disabilities.’” Snow removal review wwinter

Although the bulk of winter snowfall is behind us, the public works and infrastructure committee will be hearing about the way Toronto’s snow removal contractors handled themselves in the heavy snowfall of Feb. 8.

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city City staff say that feedback across the city on the response was mixed. Some wards were happy with snow removal, others weren’t. But it was a big storm, and snowfall was inconsistent across the city. There were also problems with streetcars blocked by cars parked next to snow banks. The report offers a list of improvements to the plan for next year. Building Design Guidelines wTall

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Scarborough’s Natalie Spooner, who played college hockey with the Ohio State Buckeyes, is a member of the Canadian Women’s hockey team playing at the world championships in Ottawa.

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S c a r b o r o u g h’s Na t a l i e Spooner and the Canadian women’s hockey team, as expected, will be playing a medal game to wrap up the world championships in Ottawa today. Exactly which medal game (bronze or gold), however, was to be determined by

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Etobicoke Bulldogs Selects’ Julian Morano, left, tries to chip the puck into the net past Scarborough Ice Raiders Selects’ netminder Connor Brooks as defender Connor Dunlop helps in the crease during Lloyd Hillier Tournament midget/junior division action Saturday at Centennial Park Arena in Etobicoke. The Bulldogs went on to win the game 2-1.

BOYS SOCCER EAST REGION SENIOR w West Hill Collegiate vs. Birchmount Park Collegiate (Birchmount Park Stadium, 93 Birchmount Rd., 8:30 a.m.) w Sir Oliver Mowat Collegiate vs. Sir Wilfried Laurier Collegiate (Birchmount Park Stadium, 93 Birchmount Rd., 11:30 a.m.) w Wexford Collegiate vs. David and Mary Thomson Collegiate (Birchmount Park Stadium, 93 Birchmount Rd., 2:30 p.m.)





West Hill vs. Birchmount Park at Birchmount Park Stadium, on April 10 at 10 a.m. in boys soccer – East Region – Junior.

FRIDAY, APRIL 12 w Faustina vs. Scarborough (Weston Arena, 2125 Lawrence Ave. W., 9:15 p.m.) BANTAM EAST DIVISION SATURDAY, APRIL 13 w Scarborough vs. Weston (Weston Arena, 2125 Lawrence Ave. W., 2:10 p.m.) WEST HILL MINOR HOCKEY ATOM AA CHAMPIONSHIP FRIDAY APRIL 12 w North Bay vs. Oakville (Scarborough Gardens Arena, 75 Birchmount Rd., 10 a.m.) w Mississauga vs. West Hill (Scarborough Gardens Arena, 75 Birchmount Rd., 11:30

a.m.) w London vs. North Bay (Scarborough Gardens Arena, 75 Birchmount Rd., 2:30 p.m.) w Oakville vs. Mississauga (Scarborough Gardens Arena, 75 Birchmount Rd., 4 p.m.) w Opening Ceremonies (Scarborough Gardens Arena, 75 Birchmount Rd., 6 p.m.) w West Hill vs. London (Scarborough Gardens Arena, 75 Birchmount Rd., 7 p.m.) SATURDAY APRIL 13

w Mississauga vs. North Bay (Scarborough Gardens Arena, 75 Birchmount Rd., 10 a.m.) w West Hill vs. Oakville (Scarborough Gardens Arena, 75 Birchmount Rd., 11:30 a.m.) w London vs. Mississauga (Scarborough Gardens Arena, 75 Birchmount Rd., 2:30 p.m.) w North Bay vs. West Hill (Scarborough Gardens Arena, 75 Birchmount Rd., 4 p.m.) w Oakville vs. London (Scarborough Gardens

Arena, 75 Birchmount Rd., 7 p.m.) SUNDAY, APRIL 14 w Semifinal game 1 (Scarborough Gardens Arena, 75 Birchmount Rd., 8 a.m.) w Semifinal game 2 (Scarborough Gardens Arena, 75 Birchmount Rd., 10 a.m.) w Championship game (Scarborough Gardens Arena, 75 Birchmount Rd., 3 p.m.)

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Stars’ lacrosse action At left, Scarborough based Toronto Stars’ Jasper Torsgrave knocks the ball away from Beaches G. Turner during the four team, U-15 tournament Sunday at Cherry Beach Lacrosse Fields. The Stars’ defeated Beaches 5-4 in the second sudden death overtime to finish third in the tournament. At right, Scarborough’s Toronto Stars’ Brandon Tamacs gets checked by Beaches D. Mocha during the four team tournament.


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CALL THE LOCATION NEAREST TO YOU 4526 Kingston Rd (Kingston Rd & Morningside Ave)

Scarborough Town Centre (McCowan Rd & Hwy 401)

Bridlewood Mall # 243 next to public library

Oshawa Centre Dufferin Mall Golden Mile

(Victoria Park Ave & Eglinton Ave)

Yorkdale Office Tower

(Suite 325)

Fairview Mall Suite 332 Downtown Toronto 127 Yonge @ Adelaide

Markham Mews

Across from Markville Mall

Shoppers Danforth Danforth and Victoria Park

(416) 279-1111 (416) 290-0900 (416) 491-4900 (905) 428-1234 (416) 782-0777 (416) 750-1300 (416) 244-6000 (416) 773-1999 (416) 943-9333 (905) 944-1888 (416) 690-4444

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