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A single mother and her four children lost all they had, including family pets, when a fire ripped through their home on Keesack Court, but people in their community are already rallying to help them. Diana Gardiner and her family were out to dinner when the two-alarm blaze destroyed their home, taking the lives of their three dogs last Thursday night. “They’ve lost absolutely everything except the clothes they had on,” Shannon Munroe, a friend, said Monday, March 4. The family, now staying temporarily in a Whitby hotel room, is grateful for any assistance people can give them, said Munroe, adding a trust fund for the family is being set up this week. The McDonald’s at Malvern Town Centre, where staff know the Gardiners as customers, has started collecting donations of cash, clothes and other household items for the family, said Steven Moran, manager of the restaurant at Nielson and Tapscott roads. Firefighters arrived at the Gardiner home shortly before 7 p.m. Thursday to find the home fully engulfed in flames. >>>THREE, page 16







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engineering Fair at Malvern town centre Get up close and personal with science and technology at a free hands-on science and engineering fair Saturday, March 16, in Scarborough. Hosted by the Toronto east and central chapters of The Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists, the event takes place from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Malvern Town Centre, 31 Tapscott Rd. All activities, exhibits and demonstrations are free to enjoy, with lots of prizes up for grabs. For more information, visit Zoo set for March Break wToronto

The Toronto Zoo offers lots to do for parents and children looking for March Break activities next week. Events go from Saturday, March 9, to Sunday, March 17, during zoo hours of 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Visitors can visit the many animals at the zoo, including the polar bear exhibit, African white lions, Western lowland gorillas,

Arctic wolves and more. There are also five tropical pavilions. During March Break, the zoo will be giving visitors a break with food and gift shop specials. For a complete list and more info, visit Events/?pg=marchbreak The Toronto Zoo is located on Meadowvale Road, north of Sheppard Avenue.


Teddy Bear clinic Slated for Centenary Children aged 3 to 9 years old are invited to Rouge Valley Centenary to bring their favourite stuffed animal to the hospital’s Teddy Bear Clinic on Tuesday, March 12. Kids will take their stuffed animals to meet health care professionals and volunteers, while their beloved toys receive x-rays, blood tests, surgery and experience life in the hospital Free clinics, such as this one, help ease kids’ hospital fears and allow children to learn the

ins and outs of the hospital, in a friendly, non-threatening manner. The free event is hosted by the hospital’s paediatrics program, which is at Rouge Valley Centenar y 2867 Ellesmere Rd. in the Dr. Bruce Johnston Conference Room. Spaces are limited. To register, contact Alex Frankel at 416284-8131 ext. 4091 or afrankel@


Free tax clinic program offered For the 45th year in a row, the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario is organizing its annual Free CA Tax Clinics, which will be offered at various times and locations across the province. Chartered Accountants (CAs) will prepare tax returns for those in low-income brackets until March 31. To qualify, household income must be less than $30,000 with dependents or less than $20,000 without dependents. Call 416-962-1841, ext. 462 or visit the Institute website at FreeCATaxClinics/1007page1057. aspx


Zoning bylaw hearing set for tomorrow

Tomorrow, the planning and growth management committee will be devoting the day to hearing from the public on the final report on the city-wide zoning bylaw. The zoning bylaw is a massive endeavour that has kept city policy-makers busy through much of the term. The bylaw sets out rules for everything from the type of parking allowed at multi-residential buildings to the niceties of locating crematoriums and setting out the difference between holistic services and adult entertainment parlours. The committee has cleared the day for dealing with the report, which is – with any luck – the final word on Toronto’s city-wide zoning bylaw.


Local councillors Say no to traffic lights Scarborough councillors disagreed when a colleague asked them to approve a set of traffic signals against the recommendations of City of Toronto staff. G l e n n D e Ba e re m a e k e r asked Scarborough Community Council to approve the lights at

McCowan Road and Huronia Gate, south of Ellesmere Road. A staff report said neither signals, nor a pedestrian refuge island or crosswalk were justified at the intersection, adding “queues from the signal could block entry and exit from Hurley Crescent,” a street north of Huronia. De Baeremaeker’s motion on the signals, which would cost $150,000, was outvoted 8-2.


College students raise their voices

Toronto college students are busy writing speeches outlining their hopes and concerns for the future as part of the Voices 2013 Speech Competition. This event includes participants from Seneca, Centennial and George Brown colleges. The competition is scheduled to take place on March 28 at the Great Hall at 1087 Queen St. W. V i s i t o n l i n e a t w w w. for more information.

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ou may notice a few changes to today’s newspaper. For one, it arrived on Tuesday, launching our new Tuesday and Thursday publishing cycle. You’ll see some graphic enhancement and some new features. We are particularly interested in your stories and your contribution to the news of your community. We’re dedicating Page 6 in your Tuesday newspaper to the issues that affect your neighbourhood and your community. So, if there’s an issue you’d like to see developed, pleased let us know. We think of ourselves as a community partner. And through our reports, and your contributions on our pages, our community website at www. or our community activity sponsorships we can play a role as a catalyst to drive community betterment. We don’t simply consider ourselves a newspaper company. We’d hope you consider us a trusted and relevant information provider, bringing you news and information via newspaper, website, Facebook or even Twitter. As always, we’d like to hear from you. Send along your thoughts to managing editor Alan Shackleton at ashackleton@insidetoronto. com or to me at phaggert@ Peter Haggert is editor-inchief of Metroland Media Toronto. Contact him at


Thirty-five Scarborough high school students have gone where no others have gone before, transcending space and time to record a song with Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield and the Barenaked Ladies. The song, I.S.S. (Is Somebody Singing), was penned by Hadfield and Barenaked Ladies’ frontman Ed Robertson (one of the band’s members recently named to the Scarborough Walk of Fame) for Music Monday, a national initiative promoting music education. The Wexford Gleeks, from Scarborough’s Wexford Collegiate School for the Arts, joined Barenaked Ladies in a Toronto studio to record the tune, where they were also joined by Hadfield, who performed his parts from the International Space Station. ‘Pretty outrageous’ “We had the footage of Chris Hadfield right there, it was pretty outrageous,” said Gleeks conductor Barbara Johnston. “Ed was playing along with Chris, who was playing guitar in space ... He would lift his guitar out of the air, and it would float and he’d turn it around, and it was really clear. It was pretty amazing.” On Music Monday, May 6, Canadians across the country will come together to perform the song, commissioned by

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Members of the Wexford Collegiate Gleeks rehearse at the school. The singers recorded a song with Ed Robertson of the Barenaked Ladies and astronaut Chris Hadfield recently for a song that will be released later this year as part of the national Music Monday event.

CBC Music and the Coalition for Music Education, in partnership with the Canadian Space Agency. Canadian music makers of all types are encouraged to join in the performance, which will happen simultaneously in different time zones throughout the country. The hope is that millions of Canadians will take part, filling the skies with music and uniting Canada in song. The song’s lead sheet, lyrics and musical arrangements are available for free download in 11 languages from the Music Monday website,

musicmonday/. A music video for the song is also featured on the website, showing the Wexford Gleeks performing alongside Hadfield and Robertson. Space and stars “They made the studio look like it was space, it was so cool, and we were all in black, and the walls were black and there were stars everywhere,” said Gleek Mary Mukhtarian. “(Chris) was actually in space with real stars, and it was so amazing.” Being part of the project was an out of this world expe-

rience, she added. “Getting to collaborate with people that are so well known here, and people that are in space, is unreal,” she said. “It’s so great to see what can happen, especially just in Canada, and for us, being here in Toronto and realizing we can reach space with what we’re doing here, it’s incredible.” Currently orbiting Earth as part of a five month space expedition, Hadfield will become the first Canadian Commander of the International Space Station this month. Hadfield, also the first Canadian to walk in space, will speak live from

the station during Music Monday. Wexford teacher Tom Leighton helped create the musical arrangement for I.S.S. When it came time to find a choir for the song, Leighton suggested the Wexford Gleeks, previous National Showchoir champions who have worked with CBC several times before. The Gleeks couldn’t have been more thrilled to be chosen. “I never thought I’d say I sang a song with an astronaut,” Gleek Steven Vlahos said with a laugh. “It was really cool.” The 35 Gleeks who performed on the recording are the best of the best of the school’s larger group ensemble. All of the Gleeks are working hard to meet the demands of a busy year, currently preparing for the 2013 National Showchoir Championships. Though always moving on to new projects, recording the world’s first song from space is a memory that will undoubtedly stay with the Wexford Gleeks for life. “It was a really exciting day,” Johnston said. “It was really great for the kids to be involved with such a national project, or intergalactical project I guess as it were.”


Residents can catch the group during upcoming performing arts showcases at Wexford Collegiate, 1176 Pharmacy Ave. Shows take place at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow and Thursday, with tickets available from wexfordtickets@

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he city’s Chief Planner, Jennifer Keesmaat, hosted the first in a series of roundtables Feb. 26 where residents could speak to her, and 12 city building experts, about the city’s future. our view What a brilliant idea, especially when City Hall often feels like More locations a place where residents are not heard. well worth the The city is facing many chaladditional cost lenges – chief among them, transit. However, there are many others on the horizon as we move toward building a truly world-class city with an ever-increasing population. Those very challenges should be seen as great opportunities, and Keesmaat’s roundtables will, hopefully, help harness them. The first roundtable discussed the concept of designing and creating public spaces, in the hope of enhancing the public realm. The roundtable discussed partnerships between the city and its agencies, private developers, and BIAs. This morning, the topic was ‘The Resilient City’ – a discussion on how to achieve a vibrant, strong and resilient city. As things change – demographics, environment degradation, income, access to healthy food, infrastructure, etc. – how does a city stay resilient? But all praise aside, there is a glaring issue: these roundtables take place at City Hall between 9 a.m. and noon – which limits this process from the get-go. Most people work during those hours. If the city is truly interested in public engagement, the roundtables should be open to more Torontonians by having one session during the day, another one at night – and perhaps across the city. It is this point that is most important when considering the April 2 topic: ‘The Next Generation Suburbs’. Discussing the suburbs during the day at City Hall seems short-sighted. And, the idea of calling anywhere other than the old city of Toronto a ‘suburb’ also breeds a disconnect across the city. It definitely doesn’t ‘build’ a common direction. Every neighbourhood has its own unique needs. The needs of north Etobicoke are not the same as central North York or south Scarborough. They are definitely not the same as those of downtown Toronto. We realize opening the roundtables may be more costly, but this is a cost well worth absorbing in order to engage the entire city – especially if the promise of these roundtables is to produce, according to the city’s website, a “series of actions that will identify immediate steps and set the stage for future initiatives.”

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ou called me, Boss?” I asked, as I knocked on the door of the head honcho of The Mirror himself, none other than Samuel Metroland III. “Come on in, Jamie. But before we begin, now how many times have I told you not to refer to me as Boss?” “About a gazillion, I guess. My apologies.” “You know how much I hate formalities. So let’s make a pact, OK? None of this silly Boss stuff, anymore. From now on, please just call me Mr. Metroland III.” “Will do, Boss.” “Uh, uh, uh.” “Oops. I mean, will do, Mr. Metroland III.” “Much better. Now let’s get down to the purpose of this little meeting. Did you bring your new column photo with you as we discussed?” “I most certainly did. I have it right here in my briefcase. I was kind of

jamie wayne BUT SERIOUSLY curious, though. Was there a problem with the old one?” “Oh, heavens no. It was a tad out of date, that’s all.” “And just how tad are we talking, may I ask?” “Well, let’s just say it looked like it was taken back when the Leafs won the Stanley Cup and leave it at that.”

Well, let’s just say it looked like it was taken back when the Leafs won the Stanley Cup and leave it at that.

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Cup since 1967.” “Actually Jamie, I was talking about the ’42 Leafs.” “Very funny, Boss.” “Uh, uh, uh.” “I mean, very funny, Mr. Metroland III.” “Perfect. Anyhow, let me just have a quick peak at the new photo so I can authorize it and you can get back to work.” “Voila.” “Now that’s more like it. Unlike the last version, this photo looks like it could have been taken today.” “Very funny, Boss. You know very well it was taken today. You’re the one who booked the appointment.” “Uh, uh, uh.” “I mean, very funny, Mr. Metroland III.” “Hmmm. Now, that’s odd. On closer inspection, as good as this photo looks, something seems to be missing that was part and parcel of your previous one.”

“Are you sure?” “Positive. Something that the other image had in abundance is definitely lacking. Hold on. Let me check my notes. Maybe that will provide the answer. Ah ha, of course. Now I’ve got it. It’s your hair. It’s disappeared. And I have nobody but myself to blame for that omission. I specifically told you all I wanted was a headshot only. So, as per my instructions, you made it a point not to include that long, flowing mane of yours this time. Sorry. My bad.” “Very funny, Boss.” “Uh, uh, uh. Remember our deal.” “I mean, very funny, Mr. Metroland III. Darn, I keep forgetting.” “Not to worry. You’ll get the hang of it eventually.” 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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Politicians have zero interest in people’s views To the editor: Re: ‘Speak up on city’s transit needs,’ Letters, Feb. 22. A wonderfully positive and uplifting message from letter writer Chris Belfontaine on the need for the Scarborough general public to become involved, civically, in the current transit discussions. I have read numerous comments from the Belfontaine’s pen over the past couple of years and am always impressed. Neither the special interest groups or the municipal politicians have any interest in the viewpoint of the general public, whether it be in Scarborough or anywhere else. Over the years, I have contributed many of my thoughts, viewpoints and ideas on transit in Toronto to newspaper editorials, to planning departments, to

...Sit back, watch and have a good laugh from the sidelines.

city councillors and to the mayor. Has there ever been one positive thing said in reply, even one germ of an idea commented upon or even argued against; a resounding no. Has a study ever been commissioned studying the submitted concepts, an existing plan changed, a second resounding no. Finished plans In fact, in most cases my submissions, letters, emails and editorials are not even acknowledged as received, let alone commented upon

or debated. Please, do take the opportunity to review the city’s Feeling Congested website. Do the same with Civic Action’s website, then continue your trip with Alice in Wonderland and visit the Metrolinx website as well. You will notice the finished plans are all there for you to study and that the only real opinion that they want is simply by what method, you, the taxpayer, wish to pay extra for the transit that should already have been in place and paid for. My suggestion for Belfontaine and to all residents of Scarborough and Toronto is to sit back, watch and have a good laugh from the sidelines; because either way, it’s gonna cost you. Clifford J. Layne

Sister’s restaurant remembered fondly To the editor: A famous landmark in Scarborough is no more. It wasn’t a heritage building or a historical place, but it was a part of many people’s lives over the years. At the end of January, the doors were closed forever to those of us who spent thousands of enjoyable hours there since 1957. The place was Sister’s restaurant on Kingston Road. I have attended the C.B.

radio brunches there, organized fundraising dinners, went to dinners for bowling, retirements, birthdays and anniversaries. You name, we did it there. I held my family and friends’ Christmas dinner there for the last seven years. Jazz nights were a lot of fun and an excellent method for fundraising for my chorus. I was told Elvis would be back this year in February

or March. I heard through the grapevine that Sister’s was closed and would only be open for banquets. I needed to find out for myself so I drove there, only to find out it was being turned in a mosque. I took some pictures outside and left. I felt really sad. I needed to write this. Now everyone will know what happened to our favourite place. Linda Carscadden

Only the tip of the rooming house iceberg shown To the editor: Re: ‘Rooming houses around university controversial,’ News, Feb. 15. This is just the tip of the iceberg. Thanks to those people who reported the exis-

tence of the rooming house in the vicinity of the U of T Scarborough campus. The city’s Municipal Licencing and Standards (MLS) needs to do a better job by not waiting for complaints about

illegal rooming houses. This organization issues permits to people to construct basement walkouts and no one follows up to see what happens after. C. Singh



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six on six The Mirror sits down with a prominent member of the community and asks six questions. We feature their answers on page 6.

This week: Camesha Cox, Educational director for The Reading Partnership and Scarborough resident Subject: Improving literacy for children in the Kingston-GallowayOrton Park area

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Focus on literacy

Why did you start the Reading Partnership For Parents Program and what does it involve?

Reading Partnership for Parents was born out of a need I saw in the KGO community - my community. I’ve been here for over 15 years. My first community development job in KGO was the Tropicana Summer Jobs for Youth Program. Over the course of three summers, I worked with over 240 youth. One thing that stood out to me was some of the youth struggled with simple tasks like filling out basic forms or answering questions in writing. I started to question why. In KGO, almost every school falls below the provincial average. Province-wide, 66 per cent of Grade 3s are reading at or above


The Reading Partnership says “a disproportionate number of KGO children and youth have been under performing their peers across the province” for more than five years. How are these lower levels of literacy affecting their lives?

It has a profound affect. Research indicates children who do not learn to read by age seven seldom catch up and are at risk of dropping out of school. Reading below grade level is the largest predictor of students dropping outl. Our society values education. Seventy seven per cent of new jobs being created require a diploma or degree. Low literacy is a


the standard level. Fifty eight per cent at Galloway Road Public School are reading at or above the standard level and at Eastview only 32 per cent. To me, this is alarming. We’re talking about kids who are born and raised in Canada. Going to teachers college and getting my masters in education I always had literacy in mind, what I could do to address this issue. I didn’t want to create an intervention program for youth. I didn’t want to wait until the kids got to 16. I wanted to create a preventative program that would empower parents to play the leading role in their children’s educational life.

barrier to achieving educational success. This affects your ability to pursue post-secondary education and to be employed as an adult. Imaginations are fostered through reading, it’s fun and it allows children to enter the fictional worlds that stories create. One of my greatest hopes is to reignite a love for reading in KGO children.

Can parents and other family members be helped to work at improving the reading skills of their children?

I believe that they can be helped and programs like ours help to remove some of the barriers that can prevent parents from being able to participate in extra-curricular activities with their children. In our program we do things like providing meals to participants so they don’t have to go home and prepare meals, we offer childcare for additional children, and transportation. We had a grandmother attend

the program in place of a parent unable to attend due to conflicting work schedules. Agencies designing programs need to consider barriers to participation and ensure that they have systems in place to address. In terms of ESL, we’ve had many newcomer parents struggling with the language who indicate that the program helps them as well. We are accomplishing two goals at once!

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Camesha Cox of The Reading Partnership, which aims to improve literacy among Scarborough children.


If children old enough for your program (four to six years) aren’t reading, what are they doing instead?

I cannot speculate on what they are doing. What I do know is that children who are 4 to 6 are what we would call emergent readers. They are just beginning to develop their literacy skills. Reading Partnership really focuses


One thousand books donated by Frontier College will be given away Tuesday at Spotlight on Literacy: A Community Conversation. What sort of books are these, and how will this spark more interest in reading in KGO?

There will be a broad spectrum of books. There will be something for everyone to appeal to all interests. The books are not solely for families but also for community organizations, daycares, and schools in the community that send representatives. We are injecting the community with 1,000 books and are hopeful


on building the capacity of parents to work with their little one establishing a strong and sound literacy education that will foster a love for reading.

that this will help to address the lack of access to resources that promote literacy. This is important because not everyone can afford to buy them. We hope to help parents start or add to their home libraries and to create a culture of reading within the community at large.

The Reading Partnership says closing the literacy gap in KGO “will require the collaborative effort” of parents, teachers, children and others in the community. What are some things people inside and outside KGO in Scarborough can do to make this partnership work?

Collaboration is key. We have to work together. We cannot create solutions to issues in isolation; all stakeholders need to be at the table. You can’t create a program for parents and children without engaging parents and children. We need to share information and best practices. We need to share resources. We

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Contemporary art exhibits by Jogi Makhani, Angela Houpt, Bob Rollings and Alex Tavares are now on display through the end of this week at Cedar Ridge Gallery. The gallery presents the last exhibit in its annual Contemporary Art series, featuring the stone and wood sculptures of Jogi Makhani, stone sculptures by Angela Houpt, wood sculptures by Bob Rollings and oil and acrylic works by Alex Tavares. Also, the Cedar Ridge Creative Centre Students’ Exhibit runs March 20 to April 10. Students of all ages will showcase their works in sculpture, pottery, weaving, portraiture, paintings, drawings and folk art. Cedar Ridge Creative Centre is located at 225 Confederation Dr. For more info, call 416-3964026.

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Agincourt Chess Club WHEN: Noon to 6 p.m. WHERE: L’Amoreaux Community Centre, 2000 McNicoll Ave. CONTACT: Alex Knox, 416-493-0019 after 6 p.m. COST: free If you are interested in playing chess stop by and enjoy a casual game at the Scarborough Chess Club. No tournaments, teaching or fees.

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Chronic Disease Prevention WHEN: 1:30 to 3 p.m. WHERE: Malvern Family Resource Centre Women’s Place, 31 Tapscott Rd., Unit B6 CONTACT: Shauna, 416-2934664,, sbenn@mfrc. org COST: Free Workshops facilitated by Toronto Public Health. Various topics will be discussed, including diabetes prevention, healthy eating, physical activity, etc. Registration is required. Chronic Pain Self-Management Program WHEN: 1:30 to 4 p.m. WHERE: St. Paul’s L’Amoreaux Centre, 3333 Finch Ave. E. CONTACT: Elsa Uy, 416-4933333, COST: Free Learn About: Effective ways to deal

with chronic pain, fatigue and depression; Setting up exercise and healthy eating plans; Ways to feel better and do more of the activities you enjoy; Strategies for better managing your medication and communicating with your doctor. 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 Employment support to women in partnership with On-Track Employment Career and Employment who are looking for assistance in gaining 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 and more. This program is taught by a certified senior fitness instructor. How to Create A Personal Brand WHEN: 5:30 to 7 p.m. WHERE: Malvern Family Resource Centre -

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Swing Dance Classes WHEN: 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. WHERE: Royal Canadian Legion Branch 614, 100 Salome Drive, 100 Salome Dr. CONTACT: Carolyn Cross, 416-4479774 COST: $35 per session First class free, session of five classes $35. New session every six weeks.

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Introduction to Internet level 1 WHEN: 1 to 3 p.m. WHERE: St. Paul’s L’Amoreaux Centre, 3333 Finch Ave. E. CONTACT: Sivanesan Muthiah, 416-493 3333 x 288,, COST: $50 for 4 lessons ($45 for members) Get hands-on Internet training. 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. Safety Tips on Handling Finances For Older Adults and Seniors WHEN: 4 to 5:30 p.m. WHERE: St. Paul’s L’Amoreaux Centre, 3333 Finch

Ave. E. CONTACT: Elsa Uy, 416-4933333 ext 227,, elsa@ COST: Free Topics: bank cards and machines; checking accounts; online banking; personal safety when banking. 6th Toronto Scout Group Community Euchre WHEN: 7:15 to 10 p.m. WHERE: Royal Canadian Legion Branch 11, 9 Dawes Rd. CONTACT: COST: $6 Community euchre with prizes, draw and refreshments. .

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TTC wins award for Victoria Park reno The TTC announced it has received the Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ 2013 Sustainable Communities Award for its eco-friendly renovation work at Victoria Park station, which was completed in 2011. The station now has a new bus bay, a green roof and more windows creating opportunities for natural lighting. Chair Karen Stintz accepted the award at the TTC’s board meeting last week.

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ON ICE: Above, Michelle Campbell of the Toronto Police women’s hockey team moves the puck between a pair of Cardinal Newman Knights players during an exhibition game at Scarborough Village Arena recently. The police defeated the Cardinal Newman girls 8-3. Right, Niamh Haughey takes a shot for the Cardinal Newman Knights.

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SCARBOROUGH ICE RAIDERS NOVICE 6 DIVISION SATURDAY, MARCH 9 ◗ Teal vs. Black (Don Montgomery Arena, 2467 Eglinton Ave. E., 8 a.m.) ◗ White vs. Maroon (Don Montgomery Arena, 2467 Eglinton Ave. E., 9 a.m.) ◗ Royal Blue vs. Powder Blue (Don Montgomery Arena, 2467 Eglinton Ave. E., 10 a.m.)

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SCARBOROUGH ICE RAIDERS NOVICE 7 & 8 DIVISION SATURDAY, MARCH 9 ◗ Maple Leafs vs. Kings (Don Montgomery Arena, 2467 Eglinton Ave. E., 11 a.m.) ◗ Red Wings vs. Stars (Don Montgomery Arena, 2467 Eglinton Ave. E., 11:15 a.m.) ◗ Penguins vs. Sharks (Don Montgomery Arena, 2467 Eglinton Ave. E., noon) ◗ Flyers vs. Bruins (Don Montgomery Arena, 2467 Eglinton Ave. E., 12:15 p.m.) SCARBOROUGH ICE RAIDERS PEEWEE DIVISION SATURDAY, MARCH 9 ◗ Teal vs. White (Don Montgomery Arena, 2467 Eglinton Ave. E., 1 p.m.)

Flyers vs Bruins at Don Montgomery, March 9, at 12:15 p.m. (Novice 7 & 8 Division)

◗ Gold vs. Blue (Don Montgomery Arena, 2467 Eglinton Ave. E., 2 p.m.) ◗ Red vs. Purple (Don Montgomery Arena, 2467 Eglinton Ave. E., 3 p.m.) ◗ Royal Blue vs. Black (Don Montgomery Arena, 2467 Eglinton Ave. E., 4 p.m.) SCARBOROUGH ICE RAIDERS ATOM DIVISION

SATURDAY, MARCH 9 ◗ Teal vs. White (Don Montgomery Arena, 2467 Eglinton Ave. E., 1:15 p.m.) ◗ Green vs. Grey (Don Montgomery Arena, 2467 Eglinton Ave. E., 2:15 p.m.) ◗ Red vs. Purple (Don Montgomery Arena, 2467 Eglinton Ave. E., 3:15 p.m.) ◗ Blue vs. Black (Don Montgomery Arena, 2467 Eglinton Ave. E., 4:15 p.m.)

NEW SPORTS SCHEDULE The Scarborough Mirror publishes a community sports schedule every Tuesday. High school sports coverage will continue once games resume after the March Break.

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Scarborough’s Smith ready for baseball classic Canada’s national baseball team is set to compete in the 2013 World Baseball Classic, which begins this week, with a Scarborough player on the roster. Tim Smith, a Birchmount Collegiate grad will suit up as Canada opens the tournament on Friday against Italy in a four-team preliminary round pool based out of Phoenix, Arizona, followed by games on Saturday against Mexico and on Sunday against the United States. Also on the Canadian team is Cincinnati Reds superstar and Etobicoke native, Joey Votto. Canada opened training camp Sunday in Arizona with exhibition games set for today against the Milwaukee

tug of war NORTHERN SPIRIT: Students from Sacred Heart Catholic School work together in the tug of war during the annual Northern Spirit Games held recently at Blessed M o t h e r Te r e s a Catholic Secondary School. The games introduce local students to traditional competitions in Canada’s northern communities.

Brewers and tomorrow against the Cincinnati Reds. Smith, 26, played double-A ball last year for the Mississippi Braves, a farm team of the Atlanta Braves. Through 55 games (and 165 at-bats), he was fifth on his team in batting average (.279) where he was promoted after batting .320 in single-A ball for the Lynchburg Hillcats. An outfielder, Smith helped Canada win all three games in a qualifying tournament held last September (in which major leaguers were mostly unavailable). Smith was used extensively with 13 at-bats over the three games for a .308 average. Back in 2004, Smith helped the Birchmount Park Collegiate baseball team win the Prentice Cup.

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Doctor warns of declining hospital service MIKE ADLER The Birchmount campus will dwindle down under a costcutting plan The Scarborough Hospital board may pass today, a 25-year veteran of the hospital has told hundreds of residents, doctors and other TSH employees. “Basically, we’re told we can’t carry on as two hospitals and we can’t close the Birchmount, so we’re going to do something in between,” said Dr. Tim Devlin, an internist and gastroenterologist on the campus, formerly called the Grace. TSH administrators say their proposal will solve a $17-million budget shortfall and get better results for patients by merging two Maternal Newborn and Child Care programs and dividing other services between campuses, making Birchmount a centre for out-patient surgery while the General handles more complex, in-patient

surgery. Despite a pledge the Birchmount emergency department – receiving 48,000 visits a year – will remain a 24-7 operation, staff left at the Birchmount are “not going to be doing much,” Devlin predicted at a forum run by a community group, Friends of TSH last Thursday night. “People are going to lose faith and you guys are going to go somewhere else, and we’re going to end up with somewhat of a black hole in north Scarborough,” he added. “So we might as well close the Birchmount (if the plan is approved) and just move everything to Scarborough General.” Devlin suggested there are other ways –perhaps “Rae Days,” unpaid days off once assigned to Ontario civil servants – in which the hospital and its staff could “share the pain” to save $17 million, about five per cent of the budget. “But nobody’s asked us to do that,” he said.

Speaking for Friends of TSH at L’Amoreaux Collegiate, Pat Sherman said residents want to weigh options for the hospital’s future in “an adult conversation,” but have not been given enough information.

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“Making changes to programs, withdrawing services before involving the community in transparent discussions is an open invitation to engage the community in a fight,” he said. Anne Marie Males, a TSH vice president responsible for community engagement said at the meeting the hospital was gathering people’s thoughts on its proposal, which includes a choice on where to put a merged

birthing centre. These will be brought to the board meeting at 4:30 p.m. today, at the General. “This is a listening exercise and we are listening,” she said. “Decisions haven’t been made.” Males said the administration’s plan is for 24-7 emergency departments and all services needed to support them, “and not to have a convoy of vehicles going between the hospitals.” Dr. Winnie Leung, a general surgeon, said that’s exactly what TSH will have. “There is going to be a convoy,” and since Toronto’s ambulance service “wants no part” of it, the hospital will have to hire own service and pay them for transfers to the General, she said. “There’s going to be a huge delay in patient care.” Leung said general surgeons were told Thursday all surgical clinics at the Birchmount will be closed April 1 and no new patients will be booked. “So this is

already happening,” she said. Other doctors and nurses at the forum – 131 physicians have signed a petition opposing the plan – said they shared the impression the administration has already decided to go ahead with a division of services. Surgery concerns Dr. Allan Abramovitch, a urologist said the surgical administration is planning not to have surgery at Birchmount after 5 p.m., and emergency surgery will be impossible on the campus even for patients who arrive at 10 a.m. D r. Na r i m a n M a l i k , an anthesiologist at the Birchmount, said the hospital may be committed to a 24-7 emergency department at the Birchmount, but after moving all in-patient surgery “You’re just not going to be able to do that. It’s just another nail in the coffin”

which she said will eventually lead to that department’s closure. Like others who spoke, Malik said TSH - which has hosted consultation meetings and focus groups on possible service changes for months - failed to ask its front-line staff how to make the hospital more efficient. “We have great ideas but the physicians weren’t asked. You need to engage us, and you need to engage the community, which hasn’t been done.” Asked to comment by a moderator, Males maintained “clinics closing is news to me,” but later said staff may be confusing “planning and doing.” “I know they’re having planning meetings (at clinics), as they should,” she said, adding her team is measuring obstetrical units at both campuses so the hospital will be ready when the board decides where to put a merged program. “But we’re not doing it, we’re planning.”


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