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For Cedar Brae Golf and Country Club, a third try at Toronto Council may finally gain approval for a rezoning that could pay for a new club house. The northeast Scarborough club has, meanwhile, appealed its rezoning bid to the Ontario Municipal Board because it felt it had no choice, said Catherine Lyons, the club’s lawyer. On two previous occasions, Scarborough Community Council approved an application for a 37-home development at 55 Mac Frost Way – on land club members and shareholders decided to sell in 2010 - and then sent it to city hall for final approval, only to have Toronto Council send the matter back to Scarborough without a decision.

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price sale will be tomorrow. The church is at Midland Road and Sheppard Avenue.

from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Islamic Foundation of Toronto, 441 Nugget Ave.

Agincourt Chess Club meeting 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., at Kennedy 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 416-4930019, aftert 6 p.m.

Community cleanup day Residents in the Kingston, Galloway and Orton Park area are invited to a community cleanup this Saturday. The event goes from 10 a.m. to noon and begins at the Giffen-Mack Funeral Home, 4115 Lawrence Ave. Participants will be provided with gloves and bags to help clean up the area. A free barbecue and refreshments will be available for participants. For more information and to sign up, call Dip Habib at 647347-1693, ext. 26.

w students present Callbacks wFairmount Fairmount Public School hosts its musical production Callbacks this week at R. H. King Academy. The musical takes the stage on Thursday and Friday nights of this week, starting at 7 p.m. Community members are welcome to attend the show. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students. For more infomation, please call Fairmount Public School at 416-396-6240. church holds nearly new sale wKnox

The Knox Nearly New Shop at Knox United Church hosts a halfprice sale tomorrow. Proceeds help fund outreach projects in the community. The shop is open Wednesdays from 1 to 3 p.m. and the half-

volunteer tax program wlocal

The Islamic Foundation of Canada hosts a Community Volunteer Income Tax Program in Scarborough until the end of April. The program is for low income taxpayers, seniors, those with disabilities, students and newcomers to Canada. Volunteers with the program will prepare and E-file tax returns for those who meet the eligibility requirements. The program runs Saturdays and Sundays

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The annual Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) Mayor’s School Cricket Tournament will begin next month. The 2013 tournament will be held on May 13 to 17 at the Eglinton Flats Park, G. Ross Lord Park, Centennial Park and Sunnybrook Park. The final games of the tourna-

ment will be held on June 1 at Sunnybrook Park. For tourney registration and info, please visit www.cimacanada.org.

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Condominium-dwellers in the Scarborough Town Centre area now at least have the City of Toronto’s promise another pedestrian link across McCowan Road “will be considered” in the future. A sidewalk on Corporate Drive connecting streets on the east side of McCowan Road with Scarborough Town Centre on Progress Avenue may be part of a future reconstruction, Scarborough Community Council heard. Thousands of condominium units have been built and more are planned on either side of McCowan south of Hwy. 401, and residents have complained there are few ways to safely cross McCowan on foot. Scarborough councillors and then Toronto Council last year asked for a review of pedestrian options including a possible Corporate Drive sidewalk. A staff report last week said pedestrian crossings at the Hwy. 401 ramp traffic signals “were not considered desirable” when Corporate Drive was built in the 1980s.

Grade 4 and 5 students from Bellmere Junior Public School will be joined by former Canadian women’s hockey team member Cheryl Pounder at a skating celebration this week. The students will be celebrating the completion of the their learn to skate program at Scarborough’s Centennial arena on Ellesmere Rd. on Friday afternoon.Pounder won two Olympic gold medals with the Canadian women’s hockey team. The program is a partnership of the City of Toronto, the Toronto

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SECOND WORLD WAR, KOREAN WAR VETERANS HONOURED: Above, Royal Canadian Legion Branch 258 Highland Creek pals Douglas Cook, left, Miller Montague and Donald Bishop get together during the Annual Veterans’ Dinner for Second World War and Korean War veterans held Sunday at the Highland Creek branch. Left, Charlie Kewen, 92, shows off his Vera Lynn autographed Burma Star Association card during the dinner.

Hospital announces number of layoffs in cost-cutting move Scarborough Cluster intergration process to begin MIKE ADLER madler@insidetoronto.com The Scarborough Hospital, facing a $17-million budget shortfall this year, says it has cut 98 jobs and will take other initiatives adding up to a savings of $9.2 million. The hospital had planned to pass its budget at a board meeting yesterday, but cannot do so because the Central East Local Health Integration Network has ordered a review of proposed changes to TSH programs, as well as studies on how the hospital could merge some services with Rouge Valley Health System. On hold In a release Wednesday, the hospital said 10 initiatives in its operating plan for 20132014 are on hold, but many more will go ahead to cut costs or raise more revenue.

The hospital, which has 3,210 staff, said only 31 employees were being laid off, since other eliminated positions were vacant or employees had taken voluntary exit packages. It added, however, “it is anticipated that additional position reductions will occur” as TSH continues moves to balance its budget. Plans halted The LHIN last month halted plans to consolidate Maternal and Newborn care at the Birchmount and General campuses into a single “centre of excellence” at the Birchmount, as well as a decision to make the Birchmount a centre for day surgery while directing complex, longer-stay surgery to the General. Physicians and some Scarborough residents were

critical of both plans, and local MPPs called for them to be reviewed. Review concerns On Wednesday, the LHIN and both Scarborough hospitals announced a panel of “external clinical experts and local community representatives” would review concerns about the TSH proposals, while a “facilitated integration process” was beginning between TSH and Rouge Valley, with LHIN support, on “a Scarborough Cluster hospital services delivery model.” The panel review of the TSH proposals must finish by June, while the hospitals aim to complete the integration plan by early September, the joint release said.

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Toronto firefighters battle a wall of flames late Saturday night after trucks caught fire in a parking lot off Birchmount Road south of Ellesmere Road. The Ontario Fire Marshal is investigating.

Suspicious blaze destroys trucks Six trucks were destroyed in a suspicious blaze at the rear of a Scarborough industrial building Saturday night. Fire crews were called to 1510 Birchmount Rd. at 11:28 p.m.

“Firefighters reported multiple explosions at the time of arrival,” Capt. David Eckerman said. The call was upgraded to a second alarm at 11:46 p.m. The fire was extinguished at

12:44 a.m. Damage is estimated at $1 million. Eckerman called the fire suspicious. “Because of that we contacted the OFM (Ontario Fire Marshal).” There were no injuries.


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irst, it was the only day for public deputations on the controversial report by city manager Joe Pennachetti on the pros and cons of building a casino in Toronto. Second, it marked another attempt to stifle debate with Ford limiting deputations to three minutes from the customary five. This is not the time to limit discussion on a topic of such great importance to Torontonians. Deciding to build a casino in Toronto is not a NIMBY issue, not solely an economic issue and not a societal issue. It is all of these, and limiting debate is a bad play on the part of the mayor and his executive committee.

Write us The Scarborough Mirror welcomes letters of 400 words or less. All submissions must include name, address and a daytime telephone number for verification purposes. We reserve the right to edit, condense or reject letters. Copyright in letters remains with the author but the publisher and affiliates may freely reproduce them in print, electronic or other forms. Letters can be sent to letters@insidetoronto.com, or mailed to The Scarborough Mirror, 175 Gordon Baker Rd. Toronto, ON, M2H 0A2.

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The very tenet of Pennachetti’s report is to weigh the pros and cons of building a casino in the city. A casino will not solve the city’s ills, but limiting deputations will never highlight the pros or the cons. With more than 200 people registered to speak, it’s apparour view ent Torontonians have something to say. Public should Ford has limited debate on issues before – the service-cuts be heard on deputations from 2011 were important issue cut to two minutes per deputation. Issues that attract an increase in public interest need more debate – not less. To lessen presentation time is also to lessen a speaker’s ability to state their case – whatever that may be. And on a contentious issue like this – however painful it may be to those listening – it’s even more important for those making deputations to have the ability to state their case. Many speakers will be against a casino in the downtown core. But there are also voices who support a casino – like representatives from Woodbine racetrack, who are open to expanding their facilities in north Etobicoke. Unfortunately, a location downtown – Exhibition Place or the Metro Toronto Convention Centre – seems ideal for those willing to build a casino. Councillors and the mayor were elected to do the will of the people. Unfortunately, this is not what’s happening here. It would appear those in North York, Etobicoke and Scarborough don’t mind building a casino in downtown Toronto – they are the mayor’s base, not those who live downtown. It’s unfortunate this debate is another failed attempt by the Ford administration to hear from the public on a topic that has polarized the city.

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f it’s true that you are what you eat, then it’s safe to say I am definitely not a vegetable. I can’t remember the last time I had one. An apple a day may keep the doctor away, but if you want to keep me away, you can substitute that juicy apple with just about any vegetable. Take Brussels sprouts, for example. I can’t stand them. Same goes for cabbage. I don’t care for eggplant or beets, either. I’ve never tried any of them, mind you. They just all look like I won’t like them. I’ve got a special knack for not liking vegetables that I’ve never sampled. I like to think of it as an acquired taste, developed over years of not tasting. I also hate cauliflower, which I‘ve never eaten either. Hot or cold. (For those keeping score at home, I hate hot cau-

jamie wayne BUT SERIOUSLY liflower more than I hate cold cauliflower, for reasons obvious only to me.) And if you offer me some rhubarb? I’ll pass, thanks. I break out into hives just thinking about them. My friends find this odd because not only have I never eaten rhubarb, I don’t even know what it looks like. Rhubarb recognition In fact, I wouldn’t recognize rhubarb if it hit me over the head with a rutabaga. I would recognize the rutabaga however, which I despise even more, even though I‘ve never had one of them either. Let’s see, what am I leaving out? Oh yeah, Swiss chard. Whatever that is. That just sounds like I won’t like it. And don’t even ask me

about spinach. Not only do I not like to see spinach on my plate, I don‘t like to see it on anybody else’s plate either. I’m not just talking about the dinner table, either. I don’t even like to see it in the same area code as I am. You know I’ve I moved three times over the years because of spinach? Oh, I could go on and on, but space is limited, so I will leave you with my absolute worst favourite vegetable of all: asparagus. It really gives me the creeps. Though my dislike for all the others may appear to be irrational, I come by my contempt for asparagus honestly. It all goes back to my childhood. You see, when I was a kid, I had a friend who told me if he didn’t eat all of his asparagus at dinner, his mother would hide it in his favourite breakfast cereal the next morning.

Can you believe that? Being tricked into eating something as scary looking as asparagus? By his own mom, no less? It gave me nightmares, I tell ya. Cocoa Puff check Mind you, I never bothered to ask him how she could camouflage a big, long, green thing in a bowl of white milk. Or what’s even more ridiculous, how he could possibly mistake it for a tiny flake. What can I say? He was three years older than me, so I just took his word for it. Kids, right? Oh, by the way, I still look for asparagus in my Cocoa Puffs today – just to be on the safe side. Jamie Wayne is a lifelong columnist, who takes writing very seriously. The topics? Not so much. His column appears every Tuesday. Contact him at jamie.wayne@sympatico.ca

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Local industrial areas allowing feral cats to survive and thrive To the editor: Re: ‘Friends of Ferals in need of more volunteers,’ News, April 2. I read with interest your article about the group, Friends of Ferals, with their mission to shelter and feed the feral cat population in Scarborough. The article mentioned the Eglinton and Warden avenues area as one of the sites the group serves. During the Second World War, this area of Scarborough was home to a top-secret munitions plant. The sprawling plant, called GECO, encompassed more than 345 acres, 172 buildings and its personnel, primarily women, filled more than 256 million fuses to aid the Allied forces. GECO boasted a more than four-kilometre tunnel system. On one occasion, a sparrow

Surface rapid transit most affordable choice To the editor: Yes, subways are a good way to move lots of people without interfering with surface traffic. But if funds are limited (and they always seem to be), then surface rapid transit is better than no rapid transit. And subways not only cost more to build, they cost more to operate and are cost effective only if use is high enough.

Shortly after the Sheppard subway opened, there was talk of shutting it down because of the higher operating costs. That didn’t happen, and taxpayers continued to subsidize its operation (more than the cost of operating buses on the route). That may have changed since then, but it is an issue when planning other rapid transit lines. P Reid

Working extra-curricular events is the decision of the employee A feral cat makes its way through one of the tunnels connected with the former GECO munitions plant in the Warden and Eglinton area in this photo submittted by reader Barbara Dickson.

hawk with a wingspan of 21 inches was found trapped in the underground labyrinth. Today, the area remains industrial area with several tunnels still accessible; a per-

fect breeding ground for feral felines and rodents. A mother cat and her newborn litter were found a couple years ago in one of the old tunnels. Perhaps as long

as there are industrial parks in our city, there will be an opportunity for “wildlife” to not only survive, but thrive. Barbara Dickson, local historian

To the editor: One wonders these days who really is in charge when it comes to who is responsible for extra-curricular activities in schools – teachers or any other person in any working capacity. If my work schedule is, for example, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. then that is by law, my

term of employment and if the employer wants me to work any additional time then it would by law have to be by mutual agreement, case closed. Anything else is no business of judges, lawyers or union affiliation. It is my decision along with my employers mutual decision. W.D. Adamson

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Giving the Gift of Life

The Scarborough Gift of Life Association aims to increase number of local organ donors.

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Why did you and other Scarborough residents form this association last year?

I’d been volunteering with Trillium Gift of Life Network, which is headquartered downtown. Later on, realizing the registration rate in Scarborough was atrociously low, I said to myself, I think it makes sense for us residents of Scarborough to focus on Scarborough and try to get our registration rate up. We grew the group to about 10 people who are really committed volunteers.

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What happened that you required a double corneal transplant?

I was a pre-med student (at the University of Manitoba in 1963 and) found out that my eyes were deteriorating to the point where I really couldn’t see in the lecture room. It was diagnosed as a condition called keratoconus, which means a cone-shaped cornea. At that time the only way of trying to correct that

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people. They tell us, “I’m not going to give you my organ!” (laughs) We’re not asking you for your organ now, we’re just asking you to think about it. So it’s almost like an emotion of fear, uncertainty, doubt. There’s a small minority have that kind of reaction, but the vast majority of are willing to speak with us. We want to work hard to change some of those perceptions, those fears. This is a shared responsibility of leaders in Scarborough, whether they’re political leaders or religious leaders or organization leaders.

How can political or religious leaders help get rid of the sigma or hesitation?

Political leaders could take more of a pro-active stance. (Scarborough-Agincourt) MPP Soo Wong, because of her background in health care, (has) jumped on the bandwagon and been extremely proac-

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feel with the person, although you don’t know who the person is. You do have this very deep sense of gratitude, because without that person making that decision, I don’t know what would have happened to me.

Why are Scarborough’s organ donation registration levels, which are at 10 per cent, so much lower than Ontario’s 22 per cent average?

It’s a question of education and awareness. Scarborough’s demographics are such that we’re so very multicultural and multi-religious. People who come from different countries and different backgrounds, I don’t think they’re as aware of the need as they might be. Each group, each community has its own set of norms and values. Some of that is inherited from where they come from. They come with a phobia, for example. We see at Service Ontario (at Cedarbrae Mall) when we talk to some of these

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problem was through a hard contact lens. Later on in life at IBM it came to the point where my vision again started deteriorating. The pace of medical technology changes so quickly and improves so much. When I did my first corneal transplant, I was in hospital for three days. I had it done, about 10 years later, it was outpatient surgery. I’m glad to say things have worked out.

What did you think about getting a donated cornea for a transplant?

When you get through that recovery and your vision improves, then you start thinking about the person who gave you this cornea. That is a different kind of emotional experience. There is that connection you

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The latest statistics on the need show there’s over 1,500 people in Ontario who need an organ transplant. In Scarborough alone we have approximately 189 people right now on the waiting list. I had a personal driving motivation, that I needed to give back to society (after) having personally benefitted from the double corneal transplant. Without that transplant my life would have been very different.

tive. A couple of days ago she made a statement in the (Ontario) legislature. She endorsed the work that we’re doing. She threw out the challenge to the community on her website. She speaks about it wherever she goes.

When you or other Gift of Life volunteers meet people, what questions are asked?

(There are) people in their 70s who want to donate their organs but they’re afraid their wishes will be overridden by their family. The best suggestion we have, in our experience, is for her to have the conversation with her family members and let them know what her

wishes are. The other question we get asked is, “We’ll I’m too old. You wouldn’t want my old organs and my old bones.” So we say that’s not true; we have people in their 90s who signed up and they’ve used some of their organs, and tissues, especially corneal tissues.

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Mohan Bisoondial of the Scarborough Gift of Life Association. The group can be reached at www.scarboroughgiftoflife.com


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Licensed Mortgage Agent Don McKay, Expert Mortgage’s “85-Alive” representative for the GTA and Durham region, says, “We’re seeing mostly homeowners behind on mortgage and property taxes. The banks are refusing to restructure their loans. Many of these people have lost jobs due to the bad economy... or they’re selfemployed. Unless you are a perfect applicant, the bank doesn’t want to talk to you.” But not everyone condones Expert Mortgage’s easy lending criteria. A local real estate agent with 25 years of experience, who has asked to remain anonymous, says, “When this market turns down, it’s going to get ugly! It’s utter financial suicide for Expert Mortgage to be giving money away so easily to clients without the ability to make payments. I’d be surprised if they’re still in business five years from now.” Nonetheless, homeowners

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city Seniors Strategy discussed wToronto Toronto has plans for the elderly — and tomorrow the city’s community development and recreation committee will get a look at the details. The Toronto Seniors Strategy takes into account the shift in demographics as the tail end of the baby boom ages into the grandparent boom. Toronto, like governments around the world, needs to retool the services it offers accordingly. The strategy is a plan to support older Toronto residents in their desire to stay “active, healthy, engaged and independent, in their own homes and living in communities of their own choosing.” Christie lands update wMr.

On Monday, April 22, the city’s economic development committee will be talking about the Mr. Christie lands situation in south Etobicoke. As reported last year, Mondelez Canada made a decision to close the Mr. Christie’s Bakery at 2150 Lake Shore Blvd. in hopes of

david nickle the agenda redeveloping the land. The city, however, wants to maintain the site as employment land. Economic development staff will be reporting out on discussions they’ve had with Mondelez – which have not gone well. As such, say staff, establishing a working group is premature.

transit recommendations wHealthy The committee will also be looking at two reports that have come through the Toronto Board of Health, looking into the public health implications of a robust public transit system. The board has recomm e n d e d t h e T TC l o o k at reducing fares for Torontonians in need, after determing if there is a relationship between health of lower-income individuals and access to public transit.

pet licence renewals considered wOnline water in parks wDrinking On Thursday, the licensing and standards committee will be looking at a plan for pet owners to be better able to renew pet licences online. The committee is looking at an information report that talks about e-Pet, Toronto Animal Services’ web-based service for pet owners. The website can handle both licence renewals, and donations to the city’s animal shelter system. The system is being enhanced to make that easier, at a cost of $50,000. As it’s already within the existing budget, not much is expected to change Thursday.

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Finch Ave. E. CONTACT: Elsa Uy, 416-493-3333 ext. 227, www.splc.ca, elsa@splc.ca COST: Free Benefits of home exercises; Top 10; Thera band; Incorporating exercise into your daily activities.

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Vendors Needed WHERE: West Scarborough Neighbourhood Community Centre, 313 Pharmacy Ave. CONTACT: Borana, 416-755-9215 italianseniors@wsncc. on.ca COST: Free West Scarborough Neighbourhood Community Centre is looking for vendors for its annual spring festival on Saturday, May 25 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tables are $20 at 313 Pharmacy Ave. Call 416-755-9215 ext 227 to book.

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The Battle of York WHEN: 7:30 to 9 p.m. WHERE: Bendale Public Library, 1515 Danforth Road CONTACT: Janice Howe, janicelhowe@sympatico.ca COST: Free Illustrated history of War of 1812.

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Fitness for Better Bones and a 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@splc.ca COST: $40, $30 for members Exercises are designed to maintain bone strength and brain function, reduse risk of falls, fractures and bone loss. This program includes warm ups, low impact aerobics, strength training, stretching, cool-down and brain activities. This program is taught by a sertified seniors’ fitness instructor.

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Introduction to Internet level 1 WHEN: 10 a.m. to noon WHERE: St. Paul’s L’Amoreaux Centre, 3333 Finch Ave. E. CONTACT: Sivanesan Muthiah, 416-493-3333 ext. 288, www. splc.ca, sivanesan@splc.ca COST: $50 for 4 lessons ($45 for memebers) Learn to use different search engines like Google. Discover the useful websites for news, entertainment, online games, shopping, and receive training on how to use the Internet safely. Recommended pre-requisites: introduction to computers.

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Seniors Movie Afternoon WHEN: 2 to 4 p.m. WHERE: Albert Campbell District Library, 496 Birchmount Rd. CONTACT: 416-396-8890, COST: Free Grumpy Old Men 103 mins. (PG 13).

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Alyson Spina in Concert WHEN: 8 to 9 p.m. WHERE: St. Giles Anglican Church, 37 Kecala Road CONTACT: Alyson, a.spina@utoronto.

Home Exercises WHEN: Noon to 1:30 p.m. WHERE: St. Paul’s L’Amoreaux Centre, 3333

among youth and raise funds for local Canadian charities. This year all proceeds are going to Starlight Children’s Foundation.

Check out our complete online community calendar by visiting www.scarboroughmirror.com. Read weeks of listings from your Scarborough neighbourhoods as well as events from across Toronto.

ca COST: $10 Soprano Alyson Spina and pianist Blair Salter perform. Featuring old American songs by Copland, Gershwin, and others, including: Summertime, Moon River, Nice Work if You Can Get It, I Got Rhythm, and many more.

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KGO Community Clean-Up Day WHEN: 10 a.m. to noon WHERE: Giffen-Mack Funeral Home, 4115 Lawrence Ave. E. CONTACT: Dip Habib, 647-347-1693 COST: Free Clean up the Kingston-Galloway/ Orton Park Community. Everyone is welcome to volunteer: bring friends, family and neighbours. Gloves and garbage bags are provided. Barbecue

and refreshments will be served. William G Miller PS Community Clean-Up WHEN: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. WHERE: South end of Bennett Road CONTACT: Colleen, miller.community@ gmail.com COST: Free Clean the neighbourhood around the school. Bring gloves. 2013 NEXUS SHOW WHEN: 4 to 8 p.m. WHERE: Sir John A Macdonald Collegiate Institute, 2300 Pharmacy Ave. CONTACT: Suneel Mistry, https://www.facebook. com/nexustdsb, s.mistry@hotmail.ca COST: $5 A TDSB affiliated, student-run initiative to raise social justice awareness

SBUC concert series -Jazz! WHEN: 7:30 p.m. WHERE: Scarborough Bluffs United Church, 3739 Kingston Rd. CONTACT: secretary, 416-267-8265, scarboroughbluffs.org COST: $15 reserved through the church office For final concert in the series, Downtown Jazz Band performs. Call to reserve tickets. Phone orders must be claimed at least 15 minutes prior to performance. The Pepper Shakers Play Buddy Holly at Muckish Irish Pub WHEN: 9 p.m. WHERE: Muckish Pub, 74 Hymus Rd. CONTACT: Hank Fox, 416-571-7663, http://muckishirishpub.ca/, peppershakersband@gmail. com COST: Free The Pepper Shakers, a three-piece roots rockabilly combo play a night of Buddy Holly Classics at Muckish Pub in Scarborough.

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The Battle of York WHEN: 7:30 to 9 p.m. WHERE: Bendale Public Library, 1515 Danforth Road CONTACT: Janice Howe, janicelhowe@sympatico.ca COST: Free Illustrated history of War of 1812.

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Driver facing impaired charges in fatal Kennedy crash >>>from page 1 (Scarborough) Bluffs,” Jessica said. “He would bike there everyday, if he could.” Mejia also loved soccer. In his teens, his family said, he trained with the national team alongside Scarborough’s Dwayne De Rosario, who now plays pro for Major League Soccer’s (MLS) D.C. United.

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Henry Mejia, 37, was riding his bike Saturday evening when he was hit and killed by a vehicle exiting at the Hwy. 401 off ramp at Kennedy Road. The vehicle’s driver has been charged with impaired driving.

Jessica said her father had just finished playing soccer with friends and was biking to his grandmother’s home when the accident occurred. Police allege a 1999 Dodge Durango, travelling eastbound on Hwy. 401, exited at Kennedy Road. While travelling down the off-ramp, the SUV didn’t stop for a red light at Kennedy and struck the cyclist at 6:42 p.m. “The SUV continued into the intersection and struck four southbound vehicles and one northbound vehicle before coming to rest,” police alleged in a news release.

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Toronto police investigate the crash Saturday night at the eastbound Hwy. 401 off ramp and Kennedy Road that took the life of passing cyclist Henry Mejia.

Mejia was taken to hospital were he died. He is the city’s 10th traffic fatality of the year. “My father always said that family came first. That was his number one thing,” Jessica said. “His heart was in a good

place. He did everything for friends and family. He would go out of his way completely ... He knew how to hold friends and hold family close together.” Mejia’s father Juan said his son was a wonderful man who was “friendly with every-

body.” A l va ro Da v i d , 4 6 , o f Toronto faces seven charges including impaired driving causing death. Toronto police are asking anyone with imformation on the crash to call them at 416808-1900.

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Spelling Bee at Woodside Square WORD POWER: At left, Ashan Prapaharan spells a word during the Bee a Star Spelling Bee competition at Woodside Square Saturday morning. Below middle, family members look on as children compete at the mic during the event. Bottom, a participant spells a word during the Bee. And below right, Abishan Easwarathsan spells a word at the competition.

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Transit users could soon have access to wireless internet service in Toronto GO stations, said a spokesperson for the regional transit agency. Mary Proc said a recently launched wifi pilot program will expand to eight train stations and three bus terminals within six months.

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Residents may slowly be warming towards supporting new transit funding, according to a poll commissioned by the Greater Toronto CivicAction Alliance. A total of 43 per cent of respondents support investing more in transit compared to 39 per cent who want current funding levels to stay the same. Also, 71 per cent of the 1,491 respondents polled by Forum Research between

March 28 and April 3 also say they are “fed up” with traffic congestion, while 39 per cent think residents should contribute more to regional transit costs. Commute Scarborough winSmart

Smart Commute, which promotes carpooling and other environmentally efficient transportation practices to businesses, has launched a program in the Scarborough area. According to a press release, the new program has already gained the support of several large local employers, including BMO Financial Group, Telus and University of Toronto Scarborough. The Scarborough program joins several Metrolinxsponsored Smart Commute operations in and around the Greater Toronto region. For more information on the program, please visit www.smartcommutescarborough.ca Rahul Gupta is The Mirror’s transit reporter. His column runs every Tuesday. Reach him on Twitter: @TOinTRANSIT

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Join the Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra for a night with The Romantic Masters, featuring great music and solos by two talented young artists. Come early! At 6:30, enjoy a gourmet food sampling and silent auction – an annual fund-raising event to support the orchestra and the great work of the Rotary Club of North Scarborough. Tickets are $60 in advance, combined with the concert. Concert tickets are $30/adult, $25/seniors, $15/students with ID.

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Stalemate between golf course, developers has June hearing at OMB >>>from page 1 Behind the stalemate is a dispute between the golf course and the Morningside Heights Landowners Group, developers who built area infrastructure and want Cedar Brae to pay for it. The city has imposed costsharing on Cedar Brae for storm and sanitary sewers the developers installed, which is fair, but it can’t make the golf course pay for more, Lyons told Scarborough councillors last week.

No free ride “We are not trying to free ride,” said Lyons, adding concessions were made by each side but there’s no settlement on how much Cedar Brae

would pay the developers’ group and by when. Scarborough councillors approved Cedar Brae’s application and sent it to Toronto Council for a third time. However, some councillors suggested it wasn’t fair for investors to let others spend to open areas for development and then not pay an equal share. Fair share of costs Councillors passed a motion by Scarborough Centre Councillor Glenn De Baeremaeker asking for a report on how “the city can ensure that all landowners who benefit from infrastructure improvements contribute their fair share towards

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Continue to negotiate An OMB hearing on 55 Mac Frost is set for June, though Lyons said negotiations on a settlement will continue until then. “This whole hearing is about how much the developers’ pockets will be lined,” she said.

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carborough Players received a standing ovation for their outstanding performance of their controversial and thoughtprovoking production of Inherit the Wind. This play, written by Jerome Lawrence and Robert Edwin Lee, is inspired by the 1925 Scopes Trial, where teacher John Scopes was jailed for teaching Darwin’s theory of evolution in his Tennessee classroom, which was illegal in that state. This show is about the freedom to think freely and the right to teach freedom of thought in the classroom. This production succeeds in making you think while pulling you into the drama of those who disagree on evolution versus creationism. Set in the small southern town of Hillsboro, a local teacher named Bertram ( Josh Motts) has been jailed for teaching evolution to his students. Since Hillsboro is “the buckle of the Bible belt” this crime, and trial, has the townspeople in an uproar. They’ve recruited famed prosecutor Matthew Harrison Brady (Mike Woodbridge), a charismatic, God-

fearing Christian, who the townspeople, including its Mayor (Jim Hyslop) and Reverend Jeremiah (Rob Pristas), have complete faith will win the case. Bertram has two supporters: Rachel (Cassandra Guthrie), a fellow teacher, his girlfriend and unfortunately, the preacher’s daughter, and also his lawyer, Chicago big-wig Henry Drummond (Greg Nowlan), who believes the Bible, like Darwin’s theory of evolution, is a book and people have the right to individual thought. They are seemingly outnumbered until the arrival of famed Baltimore Herald critic, E.K. Hornbeck (Chris Wakelin), who has arrived in this sleepy town to cover the case. This main drama in this show is the duelling between the two attorneys in the courtroom, since they deny Drummond all of his witnesses. So, in a shocking twist, he instead calls Matthew to the stand as “an expert on the Bible,” and proceeds to challenge him in a sizzling courtroom scene that ranges from comedic to intense to uncomfortable as the men verbally spar. Throughout, the townspeople are vocal with “shame” and “amen” being heckled throughout. The towns-

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people are portrayed as passionately ignorant and narrow-minded, but the crux of their ignorance doesn’t stem from their religious beliefs, but by their inability to accept that others can, and do, think differently, and that they have a right to do so. Woodbridge as Brady and Nowlan as Drummond give outstanding performances as the headstrong and passionate attorneys. Their individual performances, and the dialogue between them, is rivet-

ing, jaw-dropping and amazing to watch. Guthrie does a fantastic job portraying Rachel, who doesn’t side with Bertram’s beliefs but sides with him. She gives a strong performance that’s both sympathetic and at times painful to watch as she’s torn in two both in her situation and when she’s put on the stand. Motts plays the accused Bertram with equal amounts humility and conviction, and while he doesn’t say a lot, he speaks for everyone

who believes in the right to think independently. Wakelin, as the cynical and sarcastic journalist, is one of the more interesting characters in the show. His sharp tongued one-liners provide many much-needed laughs in this show. The townspeople, with their hostility and support, help to successfully create the charged atmosphere needed for this show and its touchy topic. All these amazing performances are supported by a stunning set, complete with a 10-foot courtroom archway, and many moveable pieces that create the different scenes in the show. Who wins or loses isn’t the point of this show, but it’s a wild ride watching how people fight this battle of beliefs. If you like a good courtroom drama with controversy, this is the show for you. Inherit the Wind runs April 18 to 20 at 8 p.m. General admission is $18. For tickets, call 416-267-9292 or visit www.theatrescarborough. com. Scarborough Village Theatre, 3600 Kingston Rd.

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The Cedar Ridge Permanent Collection is on display from Saturday, April 20 to April 25. It features items from its permanent collection, which includes works by

local Scarborough artists as well as artists who have been affiliated with Cedar Ridge Creative Centre and Gallery. The Cedar Ridge Creative Centre is located at 225 Confederation Dr. Call 416396-4026 for more information. Frank Glazier exhibit slated Mixed media works by Frank Glazier will be exhibited at the Cedar Ridge Gallery April 27 to May 2. Opening reception is Sunday, April 28 from 1 to 4 p.m. Glazier has been exhibiting his work since 2001, just two years after he retired from a career in architectural practice. He is interested in exploring beyond the traditional application of paint to canvas and incorporates a variety of materials into his works. The Cedar Ridge Creative Centre is at 225 Confederation Dr. Call 416-396-4026 for more information on the Glazier exhibit.

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Residents are invited to join the Bel Canto Singers for a spring concert to celebrate its 20th anniversary. Under director Linda Meyer, the choir delights audiences on Sunday May 5, at 2:30 and 7:30 at St. Dunstan of Canterbury Church, 56 Lawson Road in Highland Creek. Tickets are $15 and can be obtained at the door, or by calling David at 416282-8260. For more on what’s happening in the Scarborough arts scene visit us online at www. scarboroughmirror.com

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We s t H i l l G o l d e n Hawks’ Jean-Luc Foudy falls over West Ferris (North Bay) Trappers’ Nicholas Lalonde during provincial atom AA championship action Saturday at Scarborough Arena Gardens. The Golden Hawks went on to win the game 4-3. Photo/MANNY RODRIGUES

West Hill reaches semifinals at Ontario championships West Hill Golden Hawks atom AA’s ousted by GTHL nemesis in Ontario championships The good news for the Greater Toronto Hockey League (GTHL) champion West Hill Golden Hawks team is they were able to beat the other three league champs at the Ontario Hockey Association atom AA championship they hosted at Scarborough Gardens Arena last weekend. The bad news is they

couldn’t shake off their nemesis from the GTHL, the Mississauga Braves. West Hill had just beaten the Braves in the GTHL eightpoint championship series in a monumental series that went seven games (with West Hill posting three wins, two losses and one tie). But at the all-Ontario’s it was Mississauga beating West Hill 4-3 in the preliminary round and then – most damaging – 7-1 in the semifinals

to knock them out of the tourney. Outside of those two losses, West Hill won its other three games 3-1 over Alliance champion London Jr. Knights, 3-2 over Ontario Minor Hockey Association (OMHA) champion Oakville Rangers and 4-3 over Northern Ontario champion West Ferris Trappers, from the North Bay area – and in fact had finished in first place after the preliminary round.

It’s time to clean off the clubs and hit the links at one of the City of Toronto’s five municipally operated courses. The courses officially opened for play yesterday. “This is a great opportunity for people to relax, have fun, get some exercise and enjoy the outdoors without spending a lot of money,” said Councillor Norm Kelly for Ward 40 Scarborough-Agincourt and chair of the city’s parks and environment committee. “Our courses make it possible for everyone to have a chance to play.” Accessible by public transit City of Toronto golf courses include Dentonia, at 781 Victoria Park Ave., near Victoria Park subway station; Humber Valley at Albion Road and Beattie Avenue; Don Valley at 4200 Yonge St., just south of Hwy. 401; Scarlett Woods at Eglinton Avenue West and Jane Street; and Tam O’Shanter at Birchmount Road, north of Sheppard Avenue East. All courses are accessible by public transit, and offer programs for families, youth, adults and seniors. Each course has unique

features and offers instruction from Canadian Professional Golfers Association pros. Dentonia is an 18-hole par three/par 54 course and is perfect for a season warm-up round. Don Valley is a par 72 and is the oldest and most prestigious course with a Howard Watson design. Humber Valley is a par 70. It challenges golfers with its combination of links and valley lands. Precision, accuracy and patience is needed especially on the last three holes. Scarlett Woods is a par 62 and is a popular course for both novice and expert golfers. Tam O’Shanter is a par 72, nestled along Highland Creek and considered a moderately difficult course complete with water hazards. For more information, or to book a tee time, call Dentonia at 416-392-2558, Don Valley at 416-392-2465, Humber Valley at 416-392-2488, Scarlett Woods at 416-392-2484 and Tam O’Shanter at 416-392-2547.

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sports schedule TDCAA GIRLS RUGBY TUESDAY, APRIL 16 w Blessed Mother Teresa Catholic Secondary School vs. Blessed Pope John Paul II (Blessed Pope John Paul II Catholic Secondary School, 685 Military Trail) w St. Basil-the-Great College School vs. Mary Ward (St. Basil-the-Great College School, 20 Starview Ln.) BOYS RUGBY JUNIOR w Brebeuf vs. Blessed Pope John Paul II (Blessed Pope John Paul II Catholic Secondary School, 685 Military Trail) w Neil McNeil Catholic High School vs. Senator O’Connor College School (Senator O’Connor College School, 60 Rowena Dr.) w Blessed Pope John Paul II vs. Blessed Cardinal Newman (Blessed Cardinal Newman Catholic High School, 100 Brimley Rd. S.) BOYS RUGBY SENIOR w Brebeuf vs. Blessed Pope John Paul II (Blessed Pope John Paul II Catholic Secondary School, 685 Military Trail) TDSB GIRLS SOCCER EAST REGION VARSITY TIER 1

TUESDAY, APRIL 16 w Sir Oliver Mowat CI vs. Birchmount Park CI (Birchmount Park Collegiate, 3663 Danforth Ave., 8:30 a.m.) w David & Mary Thomson CI vs. Sir John A Macdonald CI (Birchmount Park Collegiate, 3663 Danforth Ave., 10 a.m.)

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THURSDAY, APRIL 18 w Sir John A Macdonald CI vs. Birchmount Park CI (Birchmount Park Collegiate, 3663 Danforth Ave., 8:30 a.m.) w Sir Oliver Mowat CI vs. David & Mary Thomson CI (Birchmount Park Collegiate, 3663 Danforth Ave., 10 a.m.)

Scarborough Ice Raiders’ Owen McKeegan (2) works at the doorstep of Weston Dodgers’ netminder Ben Formosa while team mate Fadi Elatabani looks for a rebound during Last Gasp Tournament bantam east division action at Weston Lions Arena on Saturday. Scarborough went on to win the game 4-2.

BOYS SOCCER EAST REGION JUNIOR WEDNESDAY, APRIL 17 w Stephen Leacock CI vs. West Hill CI (Birchmount Park Stadium, 93 Birchmount Rd., 10 a.m.) w Birchmount Park CI vs. Lester B Pearson CI (Birchmount Park Stadium, 93 Birchmount Rd., 4 p.m.)

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FRIDAY, APRIL 19 w David & Mary Thomson CI vs. Sir John A Macdonald CI (Birchmount Park Stadium, 93 Birchmount Rd., 1 p.m.)

Neil McNeil Catholic High School takes on Senator O’Connor College School at Senator O’Connor in Boys Senior Rugby action on Monday, April 22.

BOYS SOCCER EAST REGION SENIOR TIER 1 WEDNESDAY, APRIL 17 w Sir Wilfrid Laurier CI vs. West Hill CI (Birchmount Park Stadium, 93 Birchmount Rd., 8:30 a.m.) w Wexford CI vs. Winston Churchill CI (Birchmount Park Stadium, 93 Birchmount Rd., 1 p.m.) FRIDAY, APRIL 19 w David & Mary Thomson CI vs. Sir John A Macdonald CI (Birchmount Park Stadium, 93 Birchmount Rd., 2:30 p.m.) w Agincourt CI vs. Winston Churchill CI

(Birchmount Park Stadium, 93 Birchmount Rd., 4 p.m.) MONDAY, APRIL 22 w Woburn CI vs. Sir John A Macdonald CI (Sir John A Macdonald CI, 2300 Pharmacy Ave., 2:30 p.m.) w Birchmount Park CI vs. Sir Wilfrid Laurier CI (Sir Wilfrid Laurier, 145 Guildwood Pky, 4 p.m.)

BOYS SOCCER EAST REGION SENIOR TIER 2 WEDNESDAY, APRIL 17 w Stephen Leacock CI vs. SATEC @ WA Porter CI (Birchmount Park Stadium, 93 Birchmount Rd., 11:30 a.m.) w Albert Campbell CI @ Lester B Pearson CI (Birchmount Park Stadium, 93 Birchmount Rd., 2:30 p.m.)

MONDAY, APRIL 22 w Dr Norman Bethune CI vs. Stephen Leacock CI (Bendale BTI, 1555 Midland Ave., 1 p.m.) w SATEC @ WA Porter CI vs. Albert Campbell CI (Bendale BTI, 1555 Midland Ave., 2:30 p.m.) w Lester B Pearson CI vs. Bendale BTI (Bendale BTI, 1555 Midland Ave., 4 p.m.)

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Take control of subways, expressways, Hudak tells meeting MIKE ADLER madler@insidetoronto.com A Progressive Conservative government would assume control of Greater Toronto’s subways, light rail lines, the Don Valley Parkway and the Gardiner and Allen expressways through the province’s Metrolinx transit agency, Tim Hudak says. Transportation in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton area is a “broken system” which cannot fix itself while 10 different authorities are in charge, including the TTC, Metrolinx and suburban transit systems, the Ontario PC leader said at a Scarborough press conference Thursday. “We have too many back seat drivers in our system. It’s time the province took the wheel,” said Hudak, who appeared with local Tory candidates for Scarborough and Willowdale at an Agincourt community centre. As proposed in the party’s pre-election “white paper,” Paths to Prosperity, Metrolinx

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and groups such as Toronto Region Board of Trade and Greater Toronto CivicAction to solve the region’s gridlock, but argued though a “brand new grand strategy” seems to appear “every six months,” nothing gets built. The party’s preference in Toronto is to build transit underground, Hudak said, but suggested he would only raise taxes or fees to fund such

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