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Petition calls hospital’s plans ‘medically unwise’ The Medical Staff Association representing physicians at both campuses of The Scarborough Hospital is circulating a petition which calls the hospital’s proposed division of programs “ruinous” and suggests “it is financially unwise as it is medi-

cally unwise.” The group urged doctors at TSH’s General and Birchmount campuses to sign its statement before the Central East Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) holds its board meet>>>MEDICAL, page 17

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living at AcessPoint wHealthy Local residents are invited to a health living event on Thursday at AccessPoint Community Hub on Danforth. The event, Food, Fun & Family Healthy Is Happy, goes from 5 to 9 p.m. It will feature fitness ideas, recipes for healthy and affordable meals, and tips on managing health. The event is all ages. AccessPoint is at 3079 Danforth Ave. For more info, visit www. or call 416-6997920, ext. 443. named Local PC candidate wKang

Nita Kang has been nominated as the Ontario Progressive Conservative party’s candidate for the Scarborough Southwest riding. “Nita understands what government must do to make Ontario a better place for families and job creation,” said Ontario PC leader Tim Hudak in a release. Kang works in real estate and she is the managing director of the Toronto Taxpayers Coalition. “Better days are ahead for Ontario, but only if we can get

our fiscal house in order and our economic fundamentals back in line in the face of an ongoing jobs crisis,” Kang said a release.

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Scarborough’s first Dishcrawl tour takes place tomorrow in Wexford. The culinary tour of four Lawrence Avenue restaurants is being organized by Scarborough Dishcrawl ambassador Jennifer Thompson. At each location, dishcrawlers will hear from owners and chefs who will talk about their restaurants and food. The event starts at 7 p.m., running until approximately 10 p.m. Limited tickets are available for a discounted price of $50, plus HST and processing. Guests can save another $5 off the price by entering the promotional code spring5 when buying

Young Writers from the Edge Showcase features local talent tonight, at 6 p.m. at Blessed Mother Teresa Catholic Secondary School. Over the past two months, high school students worked with professional writer-mentors to develop their writing skills in different forms, including fiction, drama, and poetry/spoken word. Based on the work developed through these workshops, the youth will present their pieces alongside their mentors at a celebratory reading event. Diaspora Dialogues is a charity that works to support and nurture the growth of young creative

voices by bringing free workshop programs into schools and communities. Blessed Mother Teresa CSS is located at 40 Sewells Rd. For more details on the event, visit www.diaspordialogues. com gala for Moen Centre wFundraising

Tickets are now on sale for the annual fundraising gala for Scarborough’s Moen Centre. Located on Kennedy Road, the centre serves physically disabled and developmentally challenged young adults. The gala is on Saturday, May 11, from 5 to 9 p.m. at Senator O’Connor Catholic Secondary School, 60 Rowena, in the Victoria Park and Lawrence avenues area. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for those 12 and under. For more info, visit students raise wCollege 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 Thursday.

This event includes participants from Seneca, Centennial and George Brown colleges. The competition is scheduled to take place at the Great Hall at 1087 Queen St. W. Please visit online at www. for more information on the competition. event at Stephen Leacock C.I. wMath-E-Litics

Scarborough students are invited to take part in the Math-E-Litics Competition later this month. The Scarborough event takes place this Sunday at Stephen Leacock Community Centre, 2520 Birchmount Rd., from 2 to 6 p.m. Competition will be in three categories: Sub Junior (for Grade 6/7); Junior (for Grade 8/9); and Senior (for Grade 10/11). Prizes will be awarded and there is a registration fee of $215. For more info visit www. or call 647201-1086.


Local forum hears casino pros and cons DANIELA PITEO Opinions clashed during a presentation from supporters and those in opposition during a Toronto casino consultation meeting in Scarborough. Ward 37 Scarborough Centre Councillor Michael Thompson had invited a panel of experts and the community to hear both sides of the casino debate during a public forum Saturday at Parkway Mall. Panelists included Rod Phillips, Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) president and chief executive officer, Maureen Lynett, No Casino Toronto, Brantford Mayor Chris Friel, Toronto Chief Medical Officer Dr. David McKeown and Mike Yorke, Local 27 Carpenters Union. “Thirty-nine communities across Ontario are interested in hosting a gaming site,” Phillips said. “We are giving the community of Toronto a chance to say yes or no.” According to Phillips, a casino would generate approximately 12,000 parttime and full-time jobs with full-time salaries ranging from $40,000 to $60,000. In addition to job creation, Phillips said, Toronto would see a jump in tourism and with a


Scarborough Centre Councillor Michael Thompson speaks during a community forum Saturday at Parkway Mall on the proposal to build a casino in Toronto.

convention centre included in the gaming facility proposal, trade shows and conventions can be accommodated on site. “International visitors are more likely to come to the heart of a vibrant city,” said Phillips, noting a gaming facility can add that colour. Phillips also addressed concerns regarding a potential influx in gambling addictions. “All OLG casino staff are trained by CAMH (Centre for Addiction and Mental Health). Counseling

is increased in areas that have gaming facilities.” City of Brantford Mayor Chris Friel provided a complementary standpoint. Brantford’s casino is located in the central core of the city, directly south of their downtown. “It didn’t have a negative impact on our downtown,” Friel said, offering a counterpoint to protesters that feel a casino directs business from pre-established restaurants and stores and redirects within the gaming facility.

Since the Brantford casino opened its doors in 1999, nearly $460 million have been paid in wages and the nearly $50 million in revenue has been divided between downtown, receiving $14 million, the Wayne Gretzsky Sport Centre seeing $7.1 million from the profit and healthcare getting a $4.2 million cut, said Friel. “I don’t get it, I find gambling boring,” said Friel. “But a casino neither creates a Vegas nor a Sodom and Gomorrah. It’s something in

the middle.” For Chris Yorke, representing the Carpenters Union, the benefits outweigh dissenting opinions. “We recognize this city needs jobs and investment opportunities. All of this must be taken in the context of a city that is losing jobs.” According to Yorke, the casino project could bring approximately 6,000 jobs over three years. “It is a chance for our [employees] to start their career on such a great project,” Yorke said. Panelist Maureen Lynett, a petitioner from No Casino Toronto, brought forth a contrarian opinion. “We have five main concerns for the city,” Lynett said. “First, economically, casinos have worked in other cities. How are we so sure it will work in Toronto?” According to Lynett, it is misleading to claim that the local economy will benefit. “Casinos work in competition with local businesses and create dead zones, like in Atlantic City, where 287 businesses near the Boardwalk have closed,” said Lynett. As a result, there is a job loss, not gain. Building a casino, Lynett said, will also increase downtown traffic and congestion. Furthermore, Lynett added the dangerous social impact

a casino can have, especially where gambling addiction is concerned. Dr. McKeown provided public health statistics to the forum. “Where there are casinos, there will be an increase in problem gambling,” said McKeown. A small portion of the population will develop a gambling problem and for Toronto that could mean as few as 11,000 people and as many as 22,000, he said. Cosmas Dimitropoulos, a local resident, had issues with the proposed downtown location of the casino. “A casino is good for To r o n t o b u t i t i s t e rrible for downtown,” said Dimitropoulos. “Toronto is not Vegas or Detroit. We have enough entertainment downtown. What will happen to traffic. It is already over crowded. This will kill the city — no more oxygen.” Thompson refrained from supporting or opposing a potential casino until all the facts and considerations have been take into account. City councillors were have to vote for or against a Toronto casino when it comes before council. For more community news, including Toronto casino coverage, visit us at


Scarborough subway lines are still mayor’s top transit priorities DAVID NICKLE Toronto Mayor Rob Ford made it clear the first place any funding from the bolstered $53 billion Building Canada Fund announced in the federal budget should go is a subway on Sheppard. “The priority for transit expansion foremost is finishing the Sheppard subway,” said Ford.

“There is an emerging council consensus on building a subway to the Scarborough Town Centre.... Starting the downtown relief line is also important, but not as important as to get a subway to Scarborough.” Ford said the city also needs to revitalize its water infrastructure, improve the city’s road network, repair its aging housing infrastructure, and construct other suburban

subways such as a subway along Finch Avenue. His comments came a day after TTC Chair Karen Stintz told reporters the new federal infrastructure money needed to go to build a downtown relief line – a subway that would loop south from the Bloor-Danforth line through the downtown core, to take pressure off the overburdened Yonge-University line. Ford only released a cursory reac-

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tion to the budget Thursday, and on Friday explained he’d waited to respond so that city staff could pore over the details of the 400-plus-page budget document. His reaction, when it came, was in stark contrast to Stintz’ suggestion. At a Toronto Region Board of Trade luncheon, Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver acknowledged as much when questioned about the

“competing enthusiasms” for the new infrastructure fund. He said ultimately, Toronto would benefit from the infrastructure spending – but wouldn’t answer when asked how realistic funding for both the downtown subway line and a Scarborough subway would be. For The Mirror’s take on these “competing enthusiasms” please see our editorial on page 4 of today’s newspaper.


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he City of Toronto must present a cohesive vision for its transit future when it applies for federal government funding. Last week’s federal budget, which contains a bolstered Building Canada Fund, is potentially good news for cities eager to get much-needed infrastructure projects (including transit) in place to serve their residents. Under the previous federal commitment, those funds were set to run out in 2014. The extension of this program should be welcomed by municipalities. But in order to properly take advantage of the opportunity and grasp its fair share of the funds, Toronto must clearly identify what its priorities are for eligible projects. Reacting to the budget, TTC Chair Karen Stintz has said she is hopeful the funds will help make a downtown relief subway line (DRL) a reality – taking the burden of the crowded Yonge-University and Bloor Danforth lines. The DRL project has already been identified by provincial transportation agency Metrolinx as a priority in its ‘next wave’ of transit projects for the Greater Toronto our view and Hamilton area. In fact, according to a Metrolinx docuFederal funds ment, one of the other next wave projects, extending the Yonge must be used subway line north into Richmond Hill, is dependent on the DRL properly being built along with necessary “capacity improvements” at Bloor-Yonge station. Mayor Rob Ford, a day after Stintz made her comments, made it clear his preference is extending the Sheppard subway into Scarborough. He went so far as to say the DRL, while important, is not as important as a subway extension on Sheppard Avenue. Currently, a light-rail line is planned along Sheppard to extend from Don Mills Road to Morningside Avenue. That there are disagreements on the transit file is not unexpected in this city. This council term has seen some hard-fought battles already on this file. And Natural Resources Minister and EglintonLawrence MP Joe Oliver, speaking at the Toronto Region Board of Trade on Friday, acknowledged the reality of ‘competing enthusiasms’ for the funds. ‘Competing enthusiasms’ aren’t necessarily a problem. It’s when a fractured vision of a city’s future emerges, one that keeps changing while little gets done in the meantime to actually get people in the city moving – whether they live in Etobicoke, North York, Scarborough or downtown. Ultimately, as it has previously, Toronto council will make the decision.

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hy is it that every time kids ask you to read them a bedtime story, they always seem to interrupt you every five seconds to correct you along the way? Even when it’s a story they’ve never heard before. I was baby-sitting last night for little Emily and by the end of the fairy tale, it sure felt like she was reading it to me. Jamie: “Once upon a time there was an invisible man named Elmer Oglethorpe.” Emily: “C’mon, Uncle Jamie. Are you kidding me?” Jamie: “What? Why can’t an invisible man be named Elmer Oglethorpe?” Emily: “His name is not the issue here. It’s the invisible part. How do we know he exists if nobody can see him?” Jamie: “It’s called poetic license, sweetie. You’ll learn about it when you’re a little older. Anyhow, the invisible

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man lived in an invisible house. It was a beautiful bungalow that was dramatically increasing in value even though real estate prices generally remained flat and ...” Emily: “I hate to stop you again so soon, but you mean to tell me a guy who nobody could see, lived in a house nobody could see, either?” Jamie: “Uh, huh. In an invisible neighbourhood, like yours, but with invisible pollution so they had invisible blue boxes.” Emily: “Oh brother. And I gave up Wheel of Fortune for this.” Jamie: “Now where was I? Oh yeah, one morning the invisible man woke up and started putting on his invisible clothes.” Emily: “Clothes? Why didn’t he just walk around

bare naked? Who’d know?” Jamie: “Just because he’s invisible doesn’t make him impervious to the weather conditions. He has to dress appropriately, otherwise he’ll catch cold.” Emily: “And start sneezing through his invisible nose, right?” Jamie: “Bingo.” Emily: “Which he’ll wipe on his invisible sleeve, no doubt.” Jamie: “An invisible tissue would have been his preferred choice I’d hope, princess, but you’re getting the hang of it. Anyhow, after he got dressed, the invisible man headed off downtown to work.” Emily: “And let me guess, he has an invisible desk in an invisible office.” Jamie: “I thought you said you’d never heard this story before.” Emily: “I haven’t. I just took a wild shot in the dark.” Jamie: “You sure you wouldn’t like to finish this

for me?” Emily: “No, that’s OK, go on. It’s just that ...” Jamie: “Just what? Spit it out, cutie. What’s troubling you this time?” Emily: “I just don’t think an invisible man should have to work, that’s all.” Jamie: “And how would you suggest he take care of his rent, pray tell? Emily: “Easy. All he has to do is just give his landlord a blank cheque. Get it, Uncle Jamie? Invisible man ... blank cheque?” Jamie: “Yeah, I get it. You’re a regular Adam Sandler. The end. Good night.” Emily: “That’s it? No sequel?” Jamie: “Unfortunately, not. At this late hour, I’m afraid it’s invisible, too.”

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Centennial College update with Ann Buller Opened in 1966, Centennial College was Ontario’s first community college. Today, The Scarborough Mirror asks Ann Buller, the college’s president, six questions about the college and its role in the community.

How has Centennial and Scarborough changed since 1966?

Colleges were established with specific goals: broaden post-secondary opportunities, educate for a changing economy and ensure that employers had the highly skilled workforce needed for new and emerging fields in the 1960s. That mission stands today, but the breadth of programs and credentials has changed vastly. Back then we offered certificates and diplomas in 14 programs; now we offer more than 150 programs in a range of disciplines, and offer degree programs, postgraduate, and joint programs with universities. Centennial now draws students from across the GTA and serves more than 4,000 international students – the largest number in any Canadian college. Though the demographics of Scarborough have changed, the community as a welcoming, vibrant place for newcomers remains the same. This diversity makes our community the true face of Canada, and has influenced our approach to education.


What challenges face colleges today?

Recognition of the value of college education has meant the demand for our programs outpaces our financial and physical capacity to meet the need. Financial challenges are real, and while the Ontario government has made some terrific investments in our facilities (the new Library at Progress Campus), much of the transformation to our campuses is self-funded. The 30 per cent tuition rebate supports many students, but we cannot overlook the fact that rising costs challenge students’ ability to attend. The other key challenge is technology. Students want access to any course, on any device, at any time.


How does having one of Canada’s most culturally diverse postsecondary populations benefit Centennial College?

Our student population is eye-opening, with 62 per cent born outside of Canada and 44 per cent speaking a second language. Canadian students appreciate the diversity, which is a microcosm of the global economy. Canadian students are exposed to ideas and concepts from around the world, and international students take the best Canadian values and practices back home.


What do the college’s future expansion plans entail?

Ashtonbee Campus is undergoing a major makeover with the addition of a new building on Ashtonbee Road that will serve as our gateway to the campus. The building will house key student services and a fantastic new library. The gym will have a second floor added to provide space for weight training and workout space. Progress Campus has seen a considerable amount of expansion (three buildings added), and it will be subject to more investment soon.


What are the goals of Centennial’s upcoming fundraising campaign, and how important is the community’s support?

Centennial has a 25-year development plan, and our goal is to raise much of the money required to keep our campuses current, vibrant and meeting the needs of the students and employers we serve. We are blessed to have strong support for scholarships and bursaries, but it is critical that we continue to build those endowments. Community support is vital to the success of the campaign; both corporate and private donors have stepped up to the plate throughout our history because they believe in what we do, and they share our commitment to having a world-class college in Scarborough.


What prompted you to recently donate $150,000 to Centennial College and its bursary program, and how will it help?

I do not come from wealth, but I was raised in a family that believes you give what you can. My educational journey began in a college, and I believe that I would not be president now had I not had access to a wonderful, affordable college. And frankly, I love Centennial. I love our commitment to students, and I take our vision of transforming lives and communities through learning to heart. What better way to show my affection than by supporting our students?

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Ann Buller is the president of Centennial College. She says, “I believe that I would not be president now had I not had access to a wonderful, affordable college.”


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AWARDED: Suneel Mistry receives his Ontario Junior Citizen of the Year nomination certificate from Metroland Media Toronto managing editor, Paul Futhey Friday afternoon. Mistry spends his time with the Royal Canadian Air Cadets and contributes many volunteer hours with the work the cadets do. He also holds a co-leadership role in the student council at Stephen Leacock Collegiate Institute. Mistry is also involved with the Vedic Cultural Centre and takes the lead helping organize the youth for the annual Diwali show.

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CEO and Head Coach Birchmount Gymnastics Centre Linda began her career working for the Ontario Public Service. In her 25 year tenure, she held positions of Head of Highway Safety Research, and Director positions in the field of Corporate Policy and Communications. Before retiring in 2005, Linda was responsible for the development and implementation of leadership and executive training programs throughout the province. Linda has a Master’s of Education degree which she put to good use in developing her curriculum for recreational gymnastics when she opened

Birchmount Gymnastics stics Centre in 2002. Birchmount is home to over 500 recreational and 60 competitive athletes each term, and is the official provider of Motion Evolution child fitness programs for east Toronto. This is a North American wide program designed to promote healthy lifestyles amongst children and teens. Linda has served on the Gymnastics Ontario Board of Directors since 2005 and is currently the President of Gymnastics Ontario, a position she has held since 2008.

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square foot facility. It’s located on two and a half acres of land on a quiet cul-de-sac. The school offers education in the Montessori tradition. Committed to the students and their families, it aims to help guide every child to reach their fullest potential in a safe, nurturing environment. The school has grown around a multicultural community, and this is reflected in its population. The faculty and students have always contributed to the community via outreach programs and various community services.

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Starting dance at the age of six, Ani soon became a junior student at the National Ballet School of Canada. As a young dancer she received a full seven year dance scholarship to study in Armenia and performed with the Soviet State Ballet companies. Upon her return, she wanted to instill the love of dance in children and opened Legacy of Dance Academy in 1993; a friendly non competitive dance school for kids 2.5 years and up. The studio maintains small class sizes with 1012 students per class to ensure students receive

attentive instruction and feedback. It offers summer camps, birthday parties, and convenient dance workout drop-in classes for adults. The new 5000 square foot LEED (leadership in energy efficiency design) dance facility is the first of its kind in Canada and is equipped with Harlequin dance flooring, skylights, party room and free wifi lounge. The professional staff, friendly attitude and the eagerness to help each student has made Legacy of Dance the winner of best ballet and dance school in City Parent News Magazine for the past four years.

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SCEA JOB FAIR WHEN: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. WHERE: Scarborough Centre for Employment Accessibility, 3478 Lawrence Ave.E., Unit C006 CONTACT: 416-396-8100, COST: Free Meet one-on-one with hiring employers, guest speakers, all day drop-in resume reviews.Space is limited. Email or call 416396-8100 to register. Second Career Info Session WHEN: 2 to 4 p.m. WHERE: On-Track Career & Employment Services, 1371 Neilson Rd., Ground Floor CONTACT: 416-283-5229, pre-registration is required COST: Free Get valuable information on eligiblity and how to complete the training application. A referral from an employment consultant is required if you qualify.

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Young Writers From the Edge Showcase WHEN: 6 p.m. WHERE: Blessed Mother Teresa Catholic Secondary School, 40 Sewells Rd. CONTACT: Holly Tran, 416-944-1101, http://, holly@ COST: Free After weeks of intensive writing workshops, students will be coming together to present their stories,

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Job Search Workshop WHEN: 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. WHERE: On-Track Career & Employment Services, 1371 Neilson Rd., Ground Floor, CONTACT: 416-283-5229 Space is limited, registration is recomendedCOST: Free Learn the secrets of successful job search techniques; how to access the hidden job market and cold calling tips.

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poetry, and drama, alongside the mentors they’ve been working with. Hear their work today and tomorrow. Featuring students from Blessed Mother Teresa CSS with mentor Marcia Johnson. How the Scots Invented Canada WHEN: 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. WHERE: Bendale Public Library, 1515 Danforth Rd. CONTACT: Jan Howe, 416-7596052, COST: Free Illustrated history of how the Scots played a leading role in the develop-

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Rouge Park Guided Walks WHEN: 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. WHERE: Rouge Park Trailheads, visit www. for complete location details for each walk CONTACT: Diana Smyth, 905 713 3184, hike@ COST: Free, contributions welcome Fun and friendly volunteer leaders guide walks year round, rain, shine or snow. Visit

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for monthly schedules, meeting point and driving details. Job Search Workshop WHEN: 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. WHERE: OnTrack Career & Employment Services, 1371 Neilson Rd., Ground Floor, CONTACT: 416-283-5229 Space is limited, registration is recomendedCOST: Free Learn the successful job search techniques; how to access the hidden job market and cold calling tips.

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Chronic Health Prevention WHEN: 1:30 to 3 p.m. WHERE: Malvern Family Resource Centre Women’s Place, 31 Tapscott Rd., Unit B6 CONTACT: Registration is required, 416-293-4664, sbenn@ COST: Free Resource centre will be offering bi-weekly Chronic Health Prevention seminars in partnership with Toronto Public Health.

Seniors Book Club WHEN: 2 to 4 p.m. WHERE: Albert Campbell District Library, 496 Birchmount Rd. CONTACT: 416-396-8890, COST: Free Discuss literature. This month: Midnight at the Dragon Cafe.

Chronic Pain Self-Management 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 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

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

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Easter Sunday Service WHEN: 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. WHERE: Birchcliff Bluffs United Church, 33 East Rd. CONTACT: Sue, 416-6944081 COST: Free Home made hot cross buns will be served at social time. Agincourt Chess Club WHEN: Noon to 6 p.m. WHERE: L’Amoreaux Community Centre, 2000 McNicoll Ave. CONTACT: Alex Knox 416-493-0019 COST: Free Enjoy a casual game of chess. No tournaments, teaching or fees.




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CLASSIC GYMNASTICS: Scarborough’s Birchmount Gymnastics Centre hosted its annual Friendship Classic Meet last weekend. Among the many athletes competing from a number of Ontario clubs were (clockwise from top right) – Emilie Burrows from Birchmount Gymnastics Centre on the uneven bars; Carolina Bustamante from Birchmount Gymnastics Centre on the uneven bars; Bayleigh Hooper from Dance Makers Gymnastics performs on the beam; and Anyssa Sipos from Hamilton Regionettes performing a floor routine.

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The city is looking for input from residents on improving traffic congestion in the downtown core. Un l i k e t h e Fe e l i n g Congested citywide consultations, the Downtown Transportation Operations Study wants to know how best to improve traffic gridlock now. A drop-in public consultation is scheduled for tomorrow, in the Metro Hall rotunda, located at 55 John St. An online survey is at www.

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The TTC’s One Book Club returns in April to lead discussion of classic novel Fahrenheit 451. The popular series, a collaboration between the TTC and the Toronto Public Library, allows participants to exchange ideas about literary classics through social media. This year’s book is Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, and

Twitter users will be able to see their comments about the dystopian classic running across the TTC’s subway platform video screens operated by advertising firm Pattison Onestop from April 2 to 21. For details, visit meeting in Leslieville wPublic

At a public meeting in Leslieville this week, the TTC and the city will provide information on upcoming construction work of the Leslie Barns streetcar facility. The facility, which will be located at Leslie Street and Lakeshore Boulevard East when it opens in 2014, will house half of the TTC’s new streetcar fleet. Work is expected to begin in earnest in the spring and the city wants feedback from residents reducing traffic disruptions. For details, call the city’s manager of transit projects at 416-338-1954 or visit www. Rahul Gupta is The Mirror’s transit reporter. His column runs every Tuesday. Reach him on Twitter: @TOinTRANSIT



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Communication Circle slated The Bridlewood branch of the Toronto Public Library is hosting a two-hour Business Communication Circle tomorrow afternoon. The event, co-sponsored by MicroSkills, is an opportunity for attendees to improve their business communication skills and gain knowledge of Canadian workplace culture. It runs from 3 to 5 p.m. at the branch, located in the lower level of Bridlewood Mall, 2900 Warden Ave. For more information, call the branch at 416-3968960. AWARD-WINNER ◗SCARBOROUGH

Scarborough-based Fast Fence Inc. was recognized by Festivals and Events Ontario (FEO) earlier this month with a service award. The business, based in Scarborough near Markham Road and Finch Avenue, took home

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As par t of its featured workshops series, the NextSteps Employment Centre, Scarborough Rouge is hosting a session April 8 on careers in law enforcement. Roberto Hausman, founder of the Canadian law Enforcement Training College, is the guest speaker at the event titled: Crazy Career Choices. The event will feature

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Prime Minister Stephen Harper peers into Da Mao’s enclosure upon the giant panda’s arrival in Canada yesterday at Pearson airport. The two pandas were later given a police escort to the Toronto Zoo, where they will be in quarantine prior to going on public display sometime in May.

>>>from page 1 visit the zoos to see them.” The pandas, five-year-old female Er Shun and four-yearold male Da Mao, are now in quarantine at the Toronto Zoo on Meadowvale Road in Scarborough, where they arrived from the airport by police escort. They will spend a minimum of 30 days in quarantine, during which they will undergo medical testing and behaviour monitoring, while being introduced to training and enrichment programs. After the quarantine period, the pandas will be slowly introduced to their new habitat, before their exhibit opens to the public in mid-May. The pandas arrived in Toronto aboard the speciallynamed FedEx Panda Express, accompanied by a veterinar-

ian and several handlers, with Harper signing to accept the delivery. In exchange for the pandas’ loan from the Chinese Association of Zoological Gardens, the Toronto and Calgary zoos will invest $5 million each in giant panda research and conservation. It’s been 28 years since giant pandas were displayed at the Toronto Zoo. In 1985, when the zoo housed giant pandas for three months, it marked its highest annual attendance ever with 1.9 million visitors. Giant pandas also paid short visits to the Calgary and Winnipeg zoos in the 1980s. Giant pandas are one of the world’s most endangered species, with approximately 2,000 thought to be living in the wild in isolated Chinese mountain ranges.

The animals are said to symbolize peace, friendship and good fortune. Er Shun, which translates to “double smoothness,” was described as docile yet lively by her Chinese handlers. Da Mao, whose name means “big fur,” was described as a lively and tender gentleman. Er Shun was born at China’s Chongqing Zoo and raised by her mother, while Da Mao was hand-reared after being born through artificial insemination at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. Toronto Zoo staff are hopeful the pandas, chosen as a good genetic match for breeding, will produce cubs during their stay.


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Egg hunt alternatives Every now and again, Easter celebrants desire something different to make this year's fun unique. Try out these ideas for some fun family enjoyment: l Pin the tail on the Easter bunny: Draw or print a picture of a bunny. Glue cotton balls to a piece of cardboard to make tails, using double-sided tape on the back. Spin kids around and have them try to attach the tail l Treasure hunt: Parents can draw up a treasure map that takes

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with unprecedented program transfer that would threaten our communities’ health, safety and well-being,” added the petition signed last week by MSA executives Dr. Robert Ting, Dr. Eric Hurowitz and Dr. Nina Venka. Meeting in Pickering The LHIN is responsible for doling out funds to hospitals and overseeing health-care delivery in a territory including Scarborough. Its board meeting tomor-

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row is at the Pickering Recreation Complex on Valley Farm Road at 9:30 a.m. Earlier this month, The Scarborough Hospital’s board of directors voted to merge maternal and newborn care at both campuses into a single “centre of excellence” at the Birchmount campus in northwest Scarborough.


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The West Hill Minor Hockey Association is hosting its 42nd annual Shamrock house league select tournament this weekend. The huge tournament, which features 75 teams in 11 different age divisions from tyke to midget, runs March 29 to 31 at Canlan Ice Sports in Scarborough, 159 Dynamic Dr. The schedule for the younger teams is printed on the next page as well as a link for the complete schedule.

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Retiring three-time Olympic gold medalist Cherie Piper played her final Canadian Women’s Hockey League (CWHL) game against another Scarborough player who is taking up the torch on the national team, Natalie Spooner. Unfortunately, for both of them, they didn’t meet up in the championship game but in the final round robin game in the CWHL champi-

onship tournament which wrapped up Saturday at the Centennial Community Centre in Markham. Spooner’s Toronto Furies defeated Piper’s Brampton Thunder 4-3 in overtime. Spooner contributed a goal and assisted on the overtime winner. Piper was held off the scoresheet but was a plus-one. Brampton and Toronto each lost their games to Montreal and Boston. Boston won the championship game 5-2 over Montreal. Spooner will head to her third world championships with the national team April 2 to 9 in Ottawa.

which wrapped up Friday at the Powerade Centre in Brampton. Seeded third at the 16-team Ontario Federation of School Athletics Associations (OFSAA) tourney, Cardinal Newman managed a 3-3 tie against fifth-ranked Denis Morris Catholic Secondary School from St. Catharines while suffering two losses – 2-0 to 15th ranked St. Aloysius Gonzaga from Erin Mills and 4-2 to crosstown rival St. Michael’s College, seeded 10th. Michael Power, seeded 11th, made it to the bronze medal game where they lost 2-0 to fourth-seeded Holy Trinity from Courtice.

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WEST HILL MINOR HOCKEY Shamrock Tournament TYKE A DIVISION FRIDAY, MARCH 29 ◗ George Bell Titans Navy vs. West Hill Select A (Canlan Ice Sports - Victoria Park - Rink 1, 3552 Victoria Park Ave., 8:15 a.m.) SATURDAY, MARCH 30 ◗ West Hill Select A vs. North Toronto Tyke Red (Canlan Ice Sports - Scarborough - Rink 1, 159 Dynamic Dr., 8 a.m.) ◗ Vaughan Rangers Tyke Red vs. West Hill Select A (Canlan Ice Sports - Scarborough Rink 1, 159 Dynamic Dr., 11:15 a.m.) ◗ Semifinal game, teams TBA (Canlan Ice Sports - Scarborough - Rink 3, 159 Dynamic Dr., 3:55 p.m.) ◗ Semifinal game, teams TBA (Canlan Ice Sports - Scarborough - Rink 1, 159 Dynamic Dr., 3 p.m.) SUNDAY, MARCH 31 ◗ Championship game, teams TBA (Canlan Ice Sports - Scarborough - Rink 4, 159 Dynamic Dr., 9:30 a.m.) TYKE B DIVISION FRIDAY MARCH 29 ◗ West Hill Select Gold vs. George Bell Titans (Canlan Ice Sports - Scarborough - Rink 3, 159 Dynamic Dr., 9 a.m.) SATURDAY, MARCH 30 ◗ West Hill Select Gold vs. Leaside Tyke White (Canlan Ice Sports - Scarborough - Rink 2, 159 Dynamic Dr., 11:15 a.m.)

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Tyler Vine of Team Powder Blue carries the puck out during a game against Team Gray in West Hill Minor Hockey Association novice division action Saturday. The Gray team won the game 12-4. Photo/MIKE POCHWAT

MINOR NOVICE A DIVISION FRIDAY, MARCH 29 ◗ West Hill Golden Hawks vs. CVHA Vaughan Rangers Blue (Canlan Ice Sports - Victoria Park - Rink 2, 3552 Victoria Park Ave., 9:30 a.m.) SATURDAY, MARCH 30 ◗ George Bell Titans vs. West Hill Golden Hawks (Canlan Ice Sports - Scarborough - Rink 2, 159 Dynamic Dr., 8:15 a.m.) ◗ West Hill Golden Hawks vs. Westmall Lightning 05 BLK (Canlan Ice Sports Scarborough - Rink 1, 159 Dynamic Dr., 1 p.m.) ◗ Semifinal game, teams TBA (Canlan Ice Sports - Victoria Park - Rink 2, 3552 Victoria Park Ave., 4:30 p.m.) ◗ Semifinal game, teams TBA (Canlan Ice Sports - Scarborough - Rink 1, 159 Dynamic Dr., 5 p.m.) SUNDAY, MARCH 31 ◗ Championship game, teams TBA (Canlan Ice Sports - Scarborough - Rink 4, 159 Dynamic Dr., 1:10 p.m.)

UPCOMING GAME Scarborough Sharks Novice Division sees Royal Timbits meet White TimBits at McGregor Arena tonight.

MINOR NOVICE B DIVISION FRIDAY, MARCH 29 ◗ Unionville Jets vs. West Hill Minor Novice Gold (Canlan Ice Sports - Scarborough - Rink 2, 159 Dynamic Dr., 10:15 a.m.) SATURDAY, MARCH 30 ◗ West Hill Minor Novice Gold vs. Willowdale Sports Blackhawks (Canlan Ice Sports Scarborough - Rink 2, 159 Dynamic Dr., 12:15 p.m.)

SUNDAY, MARCH 31 ◗ Championship game, teams TBA (Canlan Ice Sports - Scarborough - Rink 4, 159 Dynamic Dr., 1:15 p.m.) NOVICE DIVISION Friday, March 29 ◗ West Hill Gold vs. North York Knights of Columbus Black (Canlan Ice Sports - Victoria Park - Rink 2, 3552 Victoria Park Ave., 12:30 p.m.)

◗ West Hill Novice A Team vs. Windsor Select 8 (Canlan Ice Sports - Scarborough - Rink 3, 159 Dynamic Dr., 1 p.m.) ◗ Windsor Select 8 vs. West Hill Gold (Canlan Ice Sports - Scarborough - Rink 1, 159 Dynamic Dr., 4 p.m.) ◗ RHHA Stars vs. West Hill Novice A Team (Canlan Ice Sports - Scarborough - Rink 3, 159 Dynamic Dr., 4 p.m.)

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Popsicle STICK bridges under pressure BRIDGE BUILDING: At top right, judges critique and grade Devarsh Patel’s bridge design Saturday at the Scarborough Chapter of Professional Engineers annual Popsicle stick bridge building event. At top, Patel’s bridge is broken on the loading platform. And at lower right, Nirmalan Vadivael hands back the bridge after the load test.

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MGM prepared to go elsewhere, board of trade meeting hears DAVID NICKLE Toronto Council needs to make a decision on whether to host a casino sooner rather than later, according to MGM Resorts International president Bill Hornbuckle. “We would like to see city council become engaged sooner rather than later,” said Hornbuckle, following a talk at the Toronto and Region Board of Trade yesterday afternoon. “The sooner the better. We collectively represent a huge economic engine — jobs training, and long-term advocacy for economic development. If Toronto comes to the conclusion it doesn’t want it, we’re prepared to go other places but want to be here.” Hornbuckle was at the board of trade presenting the $3.5-billion proposal from Cadillac Fairview and


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partnership The partnership would lease a portion of the Canadian National Exhibition lands, make infrastructure to improve traffic issues, and construct a massive entertainment/retail/hospitality complex, eight per cent of which would contain a casino. The pitch represents that the city would receive a total of $100 million in revenue. But last week, that figure was cast into doubt when Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne said that Toronto would get no special deal on hosting fees. Since that announcement, the Ontario Lottery

and Gaming Corporation announced that it would expand the area in which it would consider placing a casino from downtown to the City of Vaughan. Hornbuckle confirmed that MGM and Cadillac Fairview had had “limited” discussions with Vaughan about placing a casino there. “Look — we’re highly focussed on the CNE because we think it works for the city, the community, MGM and Cadillac Fairview, but we’re not beyond looking at other locations,” he said. “Vaughan, because of the subway link, is critical. Markham is another community we’d look at. We’d look outside of downtown Toronto but our priority is here.”


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at Toronto City Hall. There are no meetings Good Friday, and on Easter Monday, the lights go out – literally. This year as every year, the facilities people at City Hall have given fair warning that on Monday, April 1, Toronto City Hall will be powered-down and locked up for its annual electrical overhaul. That means everything from elevators to light bulbs will be off, from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. It means a day away from the press gallery for city hall reporters – and a Monday morning candle-light scramble for any hard-working bureaucrats who fall asleep at their desks Sunday night trying to figure out the 2014 budget.

Bundled in among those items is a request by the Toronto Public Librar y Board to have its 2013 capital budget adjusted by $417,143. The money will go to the Multi-Branch State of Good Repair project, using Section 37 funds for work on the Northern District branch (to the tune of $401,175) and the Yorkville branch (to the tune of $15,968). an expected topic for TTC wInfrastructure

On Wednesday, the Toronto Transit Commission meets – for the first time since the federal budget. There’s nothing on the agenda referring to the potential for federal infrastructure money to flow into either a downtown relief subway line – as TTC chair Karen Stintz suggested it should – or the Scarborough Relief Line, which is what city councillor Doug Ford called

committee meets on Thursday wBudget

The city’s budget committee, meanwhile, will be meeting Thursday, and with that 2014 budget far off, will be dealing with mainly housekeeping items.

his brother Mayor Rob Ford’s Sheppard subway plan. But it’s a good bet that the issue will re-emerge there one way or another. among zoo panda greeters wMammoliti

It’s a good bet – or at least something to hope for – that in the next week, York West Councillor Giorgio Mammoliti will put out another news release like the one that came out Sunday, trumpeting his prescience as a former Toronto Zoo chair, in convincing Chinese authorities to send pandas to the Toronto Zoo. “It couldn’t be done,” he says in the news release headlined ‘Panda Perseverance Paid Off ”, “Panda-Man” Councillor Mammoliti says. The release pointed out that every mayor from Mel Lastman to Rob Ford and two prime ministers doubted him. “They all basically said I was wasting my time.”


David Nickle is The Mirror’s city hall reporter. He can be reached a

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