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Refugee cuts take toll on local hospitals: doctor MIKE ADLER madler@insidetoronto.com A prominent family physician in Scarborough says he is both ashamed of how Canada’s government has cut healthcare coverage for refugees and concerned local authorities don’t know how much hardship and added cost those cuts will bring. Dr. Paul Caulford saw early results of the new federal rules last week at the volunteer clinic for medically uninsured immigrants and refugees he runs on Lawrence Avenue in Scarborough. Refugee claimants whose coverage had been suddenly cancelled flooded the waiting room last Wednesday, including a pregnant woman, age 24, who Caulford said “arrived crying with severe abdominal pain.” After Bill C-31, the Protecting Canada’s Immigration System Act,

became law on Canada Day the woman’s coverage under the Interim Federal Health Program for refugees disappeared. She was told her obstetrician would charge her $130 per visit, which she was unable to pay. “And then there was the delivery and hospital costs,” Caulford wrote later. He also described meeting a 61-year-old man, staying in a Scarborough shelter for refugees, whose heart medications had run out. The patient had heart failure and arterial fibrillation, an irregular heart beat, Caulford said. “He spoke no English and arrived alone, by public transit. He was sweating, afraid.” In interviews, Caulford said the Conservative government is acting like a bully when it tells such people, effectively, to fend for themselves. Ontario’s hospitals won’t turn people away in an emergency, allowing uninsured refugees, for example, >>>NEW, page 5

The Mirror a member of Pan Am Games media sponsorship group The Scarborough Mirror , as a member of the Metroland Media Group, is now the official print and online media sponsor of the 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games. “The 2015 Pan American and Parapan American Games will be a wonderful opportunity to showcase our wonderful city – so it’s

only natural the media who cover the neighbourhoods of Toronto be involved,” said Mirror Publisher Ian Proudfoot, Metroland Central’s regional vice-president. Metroland Media Group joins the Star Media Group (which includes the Toronto Star and Metro English >>>MIRROR, page 6

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Loreen Narcis puts decorations on a costume Tuesday evening at Fantazia Mas Camp’s headquarters in Scarborough in preparation for the Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival.

Local revellers ready for carnival MIKE ADLER madler@insidetoronto.com People can call it the Toronto Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival if they wish, but the best and biggest parts of it come from Scarborough. This year, 11 of the 15 official carnival bands and all of the top eight - the best-judged masquerade crews, the ones sending all eight oversized costumes to the competitions and hundreds or thousands of revellers to the streets - were built in Scarborough warehouses and loading docks. Band leaders say most of volunteers who spend countless hours

cutting and gluing costumes are from Scarborough too. Some come every afternoon, stay until midnight, go to their homes and regular jobs and then return the next afternoon, said Will Morton, band leader of Fantazia International, who has had more than 100 helpers since May 15. “For the time they’ve spent on what they do, you can’t really pay them for their time,” said Morton, a welder by trade whose band will be in festival parade’s eighth spot Saturday. “We go through boxes and boxes of glue.” Near the front of an industrial unit off Brimley Road on Tuesday, Fantazia’s 300 masquerader cos-

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tumes in seven styles were in bags ready to be picked up. Around the back, the king – the last featured costume to compete tonight at Allan Lamport Stadium – was in sections, but ready. So was Ron DesVignes, the man who will maneuver it for the crowd and judges. He said he knew how to trap the wind in the stadium and not blow over, and that at 65, he might be the oldest of the evening’s competitors. Most of all, you have to be fit to maneuver the giant costumes, said DesVignes, who prepares with a lot of squats and a lot of cycling. “Of course, your core has to be right,” >>>SCARBOROUGH, page 14

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MOURNERS SHARE GRIEF: A large crowd of mourners gathered at the Highland Funeral home on Sheppard Avenue in Scarborough Saturday to bid farewell to Shyanne Charles. The 14-year-old Scarborough girl was killed during a shooting on Danzig Street in Scarborough on July 16 that also took the life of 23-year-old Ajax resident Joshua Yasay, and wounded 23 others. Those attending Saturday’s funeral service wore white to symbolize Shyanne’s innocence and purity.

Empowering youth goal of arts camp DANIELLE MILLEY dmilley@insidetoronto.com Instead of watching TV or hanging out with friends, Khylasean Brodie and Mark De Ocampo were learning team work, confidence and the language of Shakespeare’s Henry V. The two teens were part of the week long DAREarts summer camp taking place at Military Road Junior Public School in Scarborough. DAREarts is a non-profit organization that advocates for discipline, action, responsibility and excellence (DARE) in education. It runs a one-day-a-week program in schools across the city and the country teaching children about the arts while empowering them and helping them with self confidence, as well as the summer camp. Confidence through arts “We partner with teachers and artists and we bring students from all over the TDSB (Toronto District School Board). The idea is to empower them to build relationships and enact change and build self confidence through the arts,“ said teacher Valerie Kostyniuk. “What we hope to do is empower kids who are with us to know that they are excellent.” De Ocampo, 14, first got involved with DAREarts through his elementary school and then decided to take

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Participants in the DARE arts summer camp perform Shakespeare’s Henry V at Military Trail Public School recently.

the summer camp. This is his second year doing the summer program and he encouraged his cousin and sister to do it too. As part of the school program he learned about the various disciplines of art including visual, dance and architecture. He got to go on field trips to the Art Gallery of Ontario, National Ballet School and Casa Loma – he even got to meet

Academy-Award winner Christopher Plummer on a trip to the Stratford Festival. The camp wrapped up with a trip there to see Henry V last Friday. “I learned how to be more open to new things,” De Ocampo said. “They support you to try different things.” The Agincourt Collegiate student also enjoyed making friends with other teens from across the city.

Brodie, 15, said he’s learned many tangible and life skills from the program. “I learned how to sword fight, how to sing and how to play King Henry,” he said. The West Hill Collegiate student played the lead in the camp’s abridged version of Henry V and added he’s also learned leadership, public speaking and team work skills. “It’s a great program,” he said. “More kids should come out to it.” Mackenzy Willis has been involved with DAREarts for 13 years; first in the in-school program, then in the summer camp as a participant, assistant teacher and now teacher. She found it valuable. “I had a low-self confidence when I was younger. It taught me to open myself up and be confident,” she said. “It’s really inspiring to be a part of such an organization that can uplift kids from different families and help them become the best versions of themselves they can be.” Now in her first year as a teacher with the camp, she is enjoying watching the youth learn and grow. “I’m proud of the kids,” she said. “I’m proud of what they learned and that they can take it and use it in their real life.” The students pay a nominal fee for the week or attend on a scholarship.

Danzig media training about rights, not message: city MIKE ADLER madler@insidetoronto.com Media training received by Danzig Street residents last week wasn’t about any message they should give reporters, a spokesperson for City of Toronto’s Strategic Communications Division said this week. “About 10” tenants of the street’s townhouse complex participated in the session last afternoon after requesting help from the city in dealing with intense media interest that followed the July 16 mass shooting there, Jackie DeSouza said. Townhouse The session was led by a member of her staff at a vacant townhouse provided by Toronto Community Housing. It covered rights residents have when approached by reporters and other things “people who normally don’t deal with the media wouldn’t know,” DeSouza said. “It was just a discussion, mainly,” added DeSouza, who didn’t think there would be others taking place in the community. “‘Training’ is about messaging and this wasn’t that at all.”

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oronto’s a great city and has a lot to offer its residents in the summer. Take advantage of small neighbourhood gatherings. Attend a more public evening out like the Friday evening Cultura Festival events or this weekend’s Scarborough Rotary Ribfest at Thomson Park. Maybe it’s a multi-day/multi-site festival, such as this weekend’s Caribana, taking place in locations downtown and at Exhibition Place. our view It’s not so much what a resident chooses to experience. The type or scale of the event doesn’t Toronto has matter – but taking part in some plenty to offer way does. By supporting local events with their presence, residents are all its residents making an emphatic statement of community ownership and pride. They’re saying their community matters. Given the tragic events of the previous month, an infusion of community spirit across the city proves Toronto is for its residents to enjoy. When you’re part of a community, taking part in what it has to offer provides mutual benefits. Large or small, these events are an opportunity to educate yourself about your community. There’s a reason we choose to live where we do. Finding out more forges a stronger connection and a greater identification. If it’s an event close to home that is more to your liking, there are opportunities to find out more about your own neighbourhood. Even if you find community spirit is lacking, why not get involved to start something new that addresses this void? Own your piece of the city. Get to know it intimately. If it’s an event in another part of the city, it may be an opportunity to broaden your horizons. There are also opportunities for Toronto’s communities to learn from one another. You may even be inspired to start something similar in your neighbourhood based on something you’ve seen in another part of the city. Ultimately, Toronto as a city will only be as strong as its people. What better way to play that role than by experiencing and enjoying the things that make this city great? Think of it like a fine green lawn. A well-fertilized lawn not only enhances the growth and appearance, it chokes out the unwanted weeds that leave the lawn malnourished and unattractive. We can choke out the unwanted elements in our communities; it just takes an active population in every neighbourhood to show who owns the community. Toronto Community News is a division of Metroland Media Group Ltd. The Mirror is a member of the Ontario Press Council. Visit ontpress.com newsroom

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Step up to improve the lives of youth To the editor: Re: ‘Meeting seeks to find answers in wake of Danzig Shooting,’ News, July 26. Community leaders in Scarborough would agree with Mike Adler’s article that more mentorship and leadership programs are needed in Scarborough to alleviate the problems we face. Gun violence is a result of poverty, mental illness, lack of self confidence, issues at home and school and many other reasons. We need our youth to feel they belong to Scarborough – youth need to empower themselves and live a better life. Youth with guns killing each other because of gang wars or drugs is wrong and it happens in our own backyard. We have to say to the media, enough is enough. Report some of the great stuff our youths have achieved and end the negativity about the black com-

munity. We need more police patrolling for safety reasons and more undercover cops on the streets. We need more job opportunities created for all youth, so during the summer, youth are volunteering or working in partor full-time positions with companies in Scarborough. Businesses in Scarborough need to create employment opportunities, and youth organizations need to track the success of their students who register for summer jobs. Not only do youths need to learn new skills to find their summer job, they need to learn how to communicate with employers and how to network with people who are hiring. More recreational programs are also needed during the summer as a lot of non-profit groups go bankrupt because they do not have enough fund-

ing to run their programs, therefore, more financial assistance is needed for non-profit groups that are struggling. Canada is a rich country. Toronto is in a rich province, and it’s about time Premier Dalton McGuinty allocates at least $20 million annually for policing in Scarborough. Our police need more funding to hire more officers so we are safer. How many people have to die from gun violence before more of our tax money is spent to fix the problem? Everyone should call up their MPP and speak up. Do not sit in silence and wait for another victim of gun violence. Thank you to all the police officers in Scarborough. They are underpaid and over worked, they should all get a raise because they risk their lives for us. Henrietta Akit

To the editor: Recently, innocent people were killed and wounded by some who thinks it is acceptable to shoot guns in public places. Since these tragic and outrageous shootings, a serious problem has emerged. As was the case for far too many years, media refer to this crime happening “in Scarborough,” not “on Danzig, near Morningside, in the east end .” Experience shows that a misleading media characterization of Scarborough can become public perception, with a negative impact on citizens and businesses. Clearly, young people need employment opportunities and area businesses would no doubt like to help, but will be prevented from doing so if they suffer due to the distorted picture being created by the media. If this misleading media image is not corrected, it will impede the east end from continuing to develop and meet the needs of more than half a million Torontonians who live and work there. Ernie McCullough, executive director, Sheppard East Village BIA

Follow up on shooting arrest To the editor: Re: ‘Shooting arrest,’ Police, July 26. The Mirror reported Derrick Brown, 35, had been arrested in regard to a shooting that injured a 43-year-old man. The Mirror went on to report Brown was charged with attempted murder, discharging a firearm endangering life, careless use of a firearm, possessing a firearm contrary to a prohibition order, using a firearm to commit an indictable offence and failing to comply with probation. It is good The Mirror brings this to our attention, but I would hope you will follow up on the results of these charges to find out how our justice system deals with this. Dennis Hemmings

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Dr. Paul Caulford of Scarborough says refugees are facing dire medical consequences due to the federal government’s Bill C-31.

>>>from page 1 to seek treatment at emergency rooms for chest pain. But if the chest pain isn’t a heart attack, they will get a hefty bill, Caulford said. “How would you know that before going in?” Immigration Minister Jason Kenney has defended the rule changes, saying in a June 29 release the new law will stop people with “unfounded refugee claims from abusing Canada’s generous immigration system and receiving taxpayer-funded health and social benefits.” Canada’s immigration and refugee system, Kenney wrote, “is one of the most fair and generous in the world and will continue to be so under the new and improved system.” But while Kenney predicted changes to the refugee system will save provinces and territories “in the range of $1.65 billion over five years in social assistance and education costs,” no one, including

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Ontario’s health ministry, has estimated added costs to the provincial health system. In a place like Scarborough, “Canada’s global gateway community,” emergency care for uninsured refugees will be a significant blow to budgets of local hospitals, which are likely to bear most of the cost, Caulford said. EARLIER TREATMENT Conditions that produce such emergencies, meanwhile, could be avoided with less expensive earlier treatments, he said. The Health Care For All Coalition, to which Caulford belongs, has lately launched a website (refugeediaries.ca) “dedicated to ensuring that the harm of Bill C31 is available for all to see, and feel,” by recording stories of uninsured patients. Caulford said five members of the group – with “stethoscopes, white coats

and signs” – tried to bring their message to Kenney on July 20 when the minister visited offices of the Chinese Professionals Association of Canada in Scarborough, but weren’t allowed to enter an area containing a press conference. “We’re doctors and nurses. We don’t go out in the street (to protest). This is unprecedented,” said Caulford, adding the group is trying to engage hospitals and people in their communities about the legislation. Bill C-31 was a surprise to the Central East Local Health Integration Network, which funds hospitals and other health care providers from Victoria Park Avenue to Peterborough, CEO Debbie Hammond said two weeks ago. “The people that are most vulnerable are being caught in this,” Hammond said. “We’re faced with a situation. We’re not quite clear on what it

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ayor Rob Ford’s term of office may have started in December of 2011, but Toronto Council’s first term started somewhat later: a year ago this week, when Mayor Ford’s executive committee dared Torontonians to stay up all night to have their say on the KPMG core services review. The review, as you may recall, recommended the city get out of all sorts of services – curtailing library services, shutting down petting zoos, even selling major assets like the Toronto Zoo. Hundreds of residents put their name on a list to speak to the mayor in opposition to those changes – and in what can be described only as an historic act of passive aggression, the mayor decreed that all those deputations would be heard through a single meeting, even if it took all night. It did take all night. The executive committee heard from teenagers from Scarborough as well as downtown community organizers; parents worried about recreation programs for their children; and some people who were associated with the labour movement.

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There was almost no one there who thought the proposed cuts were a good idea, and at the end of it all, the mayor’s point man, Giorgio Mammoliti, dismissed the majority of the deputants as communists – because really, what else could he say? orders And that was about the point where those Torontonians and others who’d gone to bed gave their councillors their marching orders – which is to say, take charge and either negotiate with the mayor on service cuts or overrule him. Toronto Council did as it was told. It talked the mayor and his team out of closing libraries and pushed them away from unpopular service cuts. It gave communities surrounding the Riverdale Farm and the High Park Zoo the breathing room they needed to fundraise

to keep those things open. Council out-and-out took over the budget in 2012 and after that, ran the mayor’s subway plan out of town on a rail. This week, there are no public hearings – as there shouldn’t be, at the beginning of August in Toronto. Council in charge The 44-member Toronto Council is in charge. It’s not always graceful; that heavily-amended budget that council passed in the winter has required more than a little tinkering through the spring and summer to hold water, and a made-by-council transit plan crumbled to dust almost as soon as TTC Chair Karen Stintz unveiled it. But it’s worth remembering how a summer ago, Toronto residents stood up in the face of a stacked meeting and a determined mayor, and with their own determination, re-stacked city council and effectively changed the government. n David Nickle is The Mirror’s city hall reporter. His column appears every Thursday. He can be contacted at dnickle@insidetoronto. com

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This summer Toronto has seen recordsetting heat – and this weekend it’s about to get hotter. August 4 marks the biggest weekend of the 2012 Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival. It kicks off with the most anticipated event of the festival, the Grand Parade, which will colourfully wind it’s way down Lakeshore Blvd. this Saturday. The always boisterous and celebratory vibe of the parade draws spectators from across the world. “Certainly there’s nothing in North America that can touch us,” says Stephen Weir, communications director for the Carnival.“There are huge parties that movie stars fly into town for. A lot of the Americans, basketball stars, sports figures, the movie stars, the Brits, they all come for the parties just as much as the parade.” To accommodate the growing crowd of festival-goers, this year’s parade invites spectators to watch the excitement from additional seating located near the Automotive Building in the CNE grounds. It provides better viewing and

a less bogged-down parade. “This year we’ve added more bleacher seats for families and visitors who want to stand back from the crowd but still have a fantastic view,” says Weir.“Last year we had seats for 12 thousand, this year it’s expanded to 20 thousand.” Aside from the parade, the most popular event at the Carnival is the King and Queen competition, which takes place tonight at Lamport Stadium. Audiences are expected to flock to the show to watch the crowning of a King, Queen, and to view show-stopping, custom made costumes, which have been kept under wraps until this evening. “This is a huge event, which people love to celebrate. This year we opened up the other side of the stadium, and put in large TVs for better viewing,” says Weir. The Carnival is introducing a new culinary event called Beyond de Lime featuring a Caribbean Fish Fry on Friday, August 3 and Saturday, August 4, and musical performances on Sunday, August 5. “The food will be popular Caribbean dishes that you can’t get always find in the

Since entering the Caribana competition in 2005, the Toronto Revellers have become the premier masquerade band in the Scotiabank Caribana Festival. In 2007 and 2008, they captured back-to-back Band of the Year titles, and in 2007, they were showcased in the Bell Oasis documentary entitled Festival Bound, which followed the Revellers as they took part in Caribana’s 40th Anniversary celebrations and captured their first Band of the Year title for the stunning presentation of Viva Las Vegas, also winning the Children’s Carnival Band of the Year title. As we prepare for the 2012 season, the standard of excellence has been elevated with the theme announced, Bollywood, Lights, Camera, Action. The Children’s Band has already won the Band of the Year title with their portrayal of The Jungle Book meets Bollywood. One thing is for sure, the Toronto Revellers’approach is simple – educate, stimulate and cultivate the youth and our community. They are the “Peoples’ Band”! For more information, call the Mas Camp at 416288-1028 or visit www.torontorevellers.com

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city like Shark and Bake, which is deep fried shark meat,“ says Weir.“On Sunday we are expecting a big turn out for PopCaan, he’s a huge artist in the community.” As the festival community grows, so does its heart. In support of Caribbean and black culture, this year’s festival theme is Caring for the Community. Events will benefit charities that heavily affect the community including the Heart and Stroke, The Caribbean Children’s Foundation, the Children’s Breakfast Club, Prostate Cancer Canada and Sickle Cell Group of Ontario. As the largest Carnival in North

Tribal Carnival will be presenting the theme CANDYLAND at the Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival Toronto 2012. This theme is one of the most anticipated among its masqueraders and just like the name the costumes look as good as they taste! The theme has created a new vibe and has taken over the Tribal atmosphere. We can hardly contain our excitement. A renewed commitment has also been placed on service and quality of delivery along with a new direction, ideas, and energy. Triball Carnival wants the masqueraders to have the best experience possible. Tribal Carnival has emerged as one of the most successful Mas bands of the last decade. Driven by Dexter’s passion for building Mas, his creative vision has led Tribal Carnival to many victories in a number of carnival categories,“King of the Bands” in both 2009 and 2010 at the Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival. And most recently Junior King and Junior Queen titles in 2012. To seek partnership with Tribal Carnival please visit the Mas Camp at 83 Dynamic Drive, Unit 11 or email: info@tribalknights.com..

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America, and the one most true to its roots in Trinidad and Tobago, the city expects over 1 million visitors to take part in the festivities. As the festival community expands, Weir believes that it adds to Toronto’s multicultural richness. “Toronto is such a diverse city, people are more aware of the Caribbean culture than they used to be. Because of our size, people do know more than they would have if it wasn’t going on,” says Weir. We really do spread it out all over the GTA. - it’s every bit as much a Scarborough festival as it is a Toronto festival.”

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At left, youngsters ride the slide at last year’s Scarborough Rotary Ribfest at Thomson Park. Above, rib-lovers and barbecue chicken aficionados scope out their meal. And below, meat on the grill. This year’s ribfest starts on Friday and runs through the long weekend.

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Scarborough’s Duenas finishes 33rd in archery competition Sprinters Warner, Brown and Emmanuel, hurdler George prepare to take to Olympic track

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Scarborough archer Crispin Duenas releases an arrow during head-to-head elimination action against Ahmed El-Nemr of Egypt at the 2012 London Olympics on Monday. Duenas lost three sets to one and is out of the competition. He finished 33rd overall in the archery competition.

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Scarborough archer Crispin Duenas saw his Olympics come to a quick and unexpected end Monday in London as he lost his elimination round match to Egypt’s Ahmed El-Nemr 3-1 at Lord’s Cricket Ground. Duenas, who finished eighth out of 64 in qualifying round action on Friday, started Monday’s match with a hot hand. The 26-year-old Birchmount Park Collegiate grad won the first set easily, but then dropped the final three sets to El-Nemr, who had finished 57th after the qualifying round. The loss ends Duenas’ competition at the Games where he finished 33rd overall in archery. Duenas, who was introduced to the sport by his Grade 8 math teacher at John A. Leslie Public School in Scarborough, also competed in the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games where he finished 39th overall. Athletes remaining at the London Games with a link to Scarborough will take to the track later this week and early next week to begin competition. In the men’s 100 metres, Justyn Warner, 25, is slated for his first preliminary round race on Saturday.

Warner will also run for Canada with his brother Ian, 22, in the men’s 4-x-100m relay. The preliminary round in the relays is set for Friday, Aug. 10. The Warner family grew up in Malvern before moving north to Markham. Both Justyn and Ian attended Birchmount Park Collegiate Institute. Another Birchmount Park grad, Aaron Brown, 20, will run in the men’s 200m with the preliminary round set to start on Tuesday. Brown is also on the men’s 4-x-100m relay team. Crystal Emmanuel, 20, will compete in the women’s 200m, which begins with the preliminary round on Monday. Emmanuel grew up in Scarborough, returning to the Barbados for a couple of years with her family to take care of her grandmother, before returning to the city. Phylicia George, 24, who grew up in Markham but did her final year of high school at Scarborough’s Mary Ward Catholic Secondary School, will run in the women’s 100m hurdles. The preliminary round begins on Monday.


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Scarborough mas camps depend on volunteers >>>from page 1 said DesVignes, who dreamed of playing a king as a boy in Trinidad and has done it many times. “My mother put me in my first costume at two and a half and since then I haven’t stopped.” The costume’s chief builder, Kenrick Rickson, said the costume will present totally different sides to the crowd as it revolves - something Toronto hasn’t seen in a while, he said. Fantazia chose “Wonders of the Enchanted Forest” as its theme, and as the king is “the elevation of spirits” in the forest, the struggle of good versus evil is shown in the costume itself, Rickson said. “Like in every domain, there’s always the good and the bad.” Rickson misses some of the creativity of carnival costumes in Trinidad, perhaps sacrificed for “skimpy-looking, sexy looking” feathers younger revellers want,

he said. “You have a band playing The Deep - which is the sea - and then you have everybody coming down the road in feathers,” Rickson said, while in Trinidad, “when you see a costume made of a Roman, you actually think there’s a Roman walking down the street.” Parade crowds Both Rickson and DesVignes said if parade crowds in Toronto were more controlled, more people would be playing mas. As it is, people jump into the parade, which can prevent the bands from moving, they said. Penne Sutherland, who will play the queen at tonight’s competition, had also filled the role before. She wasn’t nervous about the competition, just excited to see the results. Across two tables nearby, the sequined fabric of one of her fairy wings was being laid over

the pipes that will attach it to the three-wheeled costume frame. “It’s a matter of having control, like driving a car. But you’re not driving with your hands, you’re driving with your body,” she said. The more you work on a costume, the more you see you have to do, Sutherland said. “Sometimes you sleep and in your sleep, you’re visioning” more changes, she added. “It can drive you crazy.” As a fairy queen, she will be trailing a garden behind her, one containing “frogs, little animals, water, bulbs, everything you see in the forest.” With the right make up, the masquerader can look like the costume and the costume comes alive, Sutherland said. Passed down through generations, the skills and cultural knowledge of carnival are also being learned by more non-Caribbean Canadians, said Nancy DesVignes, Canadian-

born wife of Ron. “First time I did it, I felt like a fish out of water,” she recalled, but added after half an hour of dancing you seem to fit in. “As they say, ‘you get the vibe, you get the feeling.’” Band launches Band launches a month or two before the carnival recruit many of the revellers, Nancy DesVignes said, adding, “you don’t just go to one band launch, people go to several” to see the costumes. Volunteer Elmo Medford, who said his specialty is “everything and anything” has sometimes been at Fantazia’s headquarters from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. “You learn a lot when you start at the bottom,” he said. “You got to learn and you’ll get better at it.” In other parts of Scarborough, larger and smaller bands were also preparing.

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DAVID NICKLE dnickle@insidetoronto.com The last time Jennifer Keesmaat drew a City of Toronto paycheque was the late 1990s when she worked as an executive assistant for two city councillors: left leaning Joe Mihevc, and right-winged councillor Jane Pitfield. “So I did both sides (of the political spectrum),” she recalls in an interview that took place just hours after the city announced the planning consultant’s return to city hall — where she’ll serve as chief planner for the administration of Mayor Rob Ford. At first glance, it doesn’t seem to be a perfect fit. Keesmaat, a principal in the Dialog consulting group, has publicly advocated for pedestrian-friendly neighbourhoods, most notably in a TED talk extolling the virtues of having one’s children walk to school. She supports what she calls “fair pricing” of things like roads and other municipal services, and is an admirer of London’s downtown congestion tax. She is a believer in the value of cycling and public transit infrastructure. Mayor Ford, meanwhile, has opposed road tolls as a tax grab, and

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Jennifer Keesmaat has been named Toronto’s new chief planner. She officially begins her duties on Sept. 10.

during the 2010 election promised to not only stop the light rail transit plan unfolding in Scarborough, but reduce the number of bike lanes in the city. Some might call the match something of a dichotomy. Not Keesmaat.

“I don’t think it has to be a dichotomy,” she says. “I think it’s a really important part of city building – ensuring that people have lots of choices. “What I hear in that story line about cars – this is what I hear, ‘I get around in my car and it’s difficult because there are cyclists in the way.’ From a planning perspective, I say let’s make it easier for everyone to get around. Some people will always drive their cars, and maybe they should drive their cars. But they should have choices. Transportation planning is about adding choices and to take transit, or live in a higher density community and walk, is a choice.” In her capacity as a planning consultant, Keesmaat has worked with municipalities across the country and around the world. Here, she’s worked on initiatives in major cities including Mississauga, Vancouver, London and Halifax and most recently founded the group Project Walk — promoting better understanding of pedestrian issues through various means. Keesmaat was hired to replace retiring chief planner Gary Wright, and will be taking the city through some fairly dramatic change. The portfolio includes not only land-

use planning, but also transportation planning and the city’s central waterfront. When reminded in the interview that all of that responsibility is in the context of being located in the largest and most complex city in the country, Keesmaat replies, “I just got a little shiver when you said that. My sense is that it’s almost a bit incomprehensible – which is why it’s a difficult position to comprehend, particularly if you’re not a Torontonian, how do you take this on? “My sense of the task before us is that we need to make some pretty bold decisions, we’re going to take some risks – we’re going to need to be inventive and embrace new kinds of collaborations.” Keesmaat is not the first chief planner to draw this conclusion. One of her predecessors, Paul Bedford, was a prime advocate for plans to tear down the Gardiner Expressway in the name of opening up the city’s waterfront. During that debate, Keesmaat came with a different point of view. She and her group presented a report that explored the idea of leaving the Gardiner up, but re-configuring the public space beneath it to make it friendlier to pedestrians and cyclists, and linking

the city with its waterfront. Keesmaat will be dealing with some specific infrastructure issues right out of the gate. In the fall, council will be taking another look at public transit infrastructure, after having sidestepped the issue in July. Keesmaat will have to weigh in on questions of what additional transit improvements ought to go where; and along with the city manager’s office, how one pays for it. While she hasn’t started the job yet, Keesmaat is a proponent of what she calls “fair pricing” for roads, admiring the effect that road pricing has had on congestion in London, England. She’s also watched with interest as Los Angeles residents voted in a referendum in favour of a special transit tax levy. “They had a referendum and the residents supported a tax, knowing it was dedicated to transit. There’s inspiration for us – but to get there you have to have the real conversation first. People need a lot of information, need to understand how things work – what’s currently subsidized and what isn’t. We need to enrich those conversations with real data. ” Keesmaat will start work with the city Sept. 10.

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