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Scarborough subway a ‘done deal’ Feds earmark $660 million for line to Sheppard DAVID NICKLE A subway in Scarborough is “a done deal,” federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty told reporters in Scarborough yesterday morning. “It’s a done deal,” said Flaherty as he announced $660 million in federal funding for a Scarborough subway to replace the decrepit Scarborough Rapid Transit line. “It will create many, many jobs, economic activity, growth and prosperity.” Flaherty was joined by Mayor Rob Ford at the announcement of the federal funding, which was first revealed Sunday in an event with Flaherty and Prime Minister Stephen Harper in Etobicoke. Yesterday, the show came to Scarborough’s Don Montgomery Community Centre, just east of the current end of the Bloor-Danforth subway line at Kennedy station. The federal funding would be for a line that extended all the way north to Sheppard Avenue, travelling under McCowan Road. That is in contrast to the

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Federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty announces funding to extend the Bloor-Danforth subway line northeast to Sheppard Avenue and McCowan Road yesterday morning at the Don Montgomery Community Centre.

$1.4 billion line that Ontario Transportation Minister Glenn Murray has proposed, which would have been entirely funded by the provincial government but would end at the Scarborough Town Centre. Flaherty said he hoped that the province would co-operate with the realignment made more possible by the federal contribution, and supported by Toronto Council.

“I would hope the province would be co-operative with the governments in Toronto,” he said. “Our money’s for real, it’s in our fiscal framework, we have budgeted this money and it will flow. We keep our commitments. We are a majority government. We will be there, we will pay the money.” Mayor Ford spoke at the announcement but would not

take questions. He called this “a truly, truly historic day for Toronto.” “We now have all three levels of government at the table to build the subways that Scarborough has been waiting for for a long, long time,” said Ford, thanking the federal government and also “the many thousands and thousands of residents in the City of Toronto >>>COUNCILLORS, page 5

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the Agincourt Community Services Association, the agency that will run the program from the hub. On July 10, James announced $507,000 to extend GangBusters, another ACSA-led program using multi-systemic therapy in Scarborough, for a year.

Local MP Roxanne James got some federal crime-fighting responsibilities and a new public safety program for her Scarborough Centre riding on the same day. Prime Minister Stephen Harper named James parliamentary secretary for public safety on Thursday.

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TAAGS PROGRAM Hours later, on a visit to the Dorset Park Hub in Scarborough, Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney said that was appropriate. “It’s the core of her involvement in politics,” said Blaney, noting James, since being elected in 2011, successfully proposed a private members’ bill to stop “frivolous complaints” by prisoners. James’ bill changed the Corrections and Conditional Release Act, and received royal ascent in March. “I promised her we would keep her very busy” in her new role, Blaney said. Blaney and James were at the Kennedy Road building to announce Taking Action Against Gangs in Scarborough ( TAAGS), for which their Conservative government will

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Scarborough Centre MP Roxanne James, left, federal Minister of Public Safety Steve Blainey and Agincourt Community Services executive director Lee Soda paricipate in the announcement of a new anti-gang program at the Dorset Park Hub.

pay $3.4 million over five years to help 540 young people, between ages 12 to 18 and displaying “anti-social high-

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TAAGS, which will replace the old program, is apparently similar but will concentrate less on working with the young person’s family and friends than GangBusters does. Blaney also visited Scadding Court Community Centre in the downtown Toronto community of Alexandra Park to announce $487,000 over three years for the local Catalyst Program, which the government said “helps to reduce re-offending amongst youth” between ages 16 and 25. All three initiatives are funded under the National Crime Prevention Strategy. “These projects are great,” said Blaney, who called them “the forefront of crime prevention.”


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‘Scarberia’ reference by PC leader irks local Liberal MPPs MIKE ADLER Apologize for calling our constituents “Scarberians,” Scarborough’s six MPPs told Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak after heated exchanges at Queen’s Park about the proposed Bloor-Danforth subway extension. One word of Hudak’s drew the most attention: he accused the government last week of treating Scarborough as “Scarberia.” Using the word “is an insult to every person in” Scarborough, responded Scarborough Centre MPP Brad Duguid, who said Hudak owes the people of Scarborough an apology. The six Scarborough MPPs,

all Liberals, issued a statement criticizing Hudak for “slurs” against Scarborough. “Hudak referred to Scarborough residents as ‘Scarberians,’” it said. If Wikipedia can be believed, the word Scarberia a play on “Siberia” because the former City of Scarborough was far from Toronto’s downtown - “originated sometime in the 1960s and has remained a source of contention ever since.” Today, it’s use is “simply n o t a c c e p t a b l e ,” s a i d Scarborough-Agincourt MPP Soo Wong in an interview Thursday. “Scarberia is a slur; it’s a derogatory term.” Wong said Hudak used the word twice Wednesday, once outside the legislature in a media scrum, once inside.

She also objected to Hudak referring, during the same day, to the Scarborough MPPs as “field mice.” Etobicoke-Lakeshore MPP Doug Holyday, freshly elected as a Progressive Conservative, said Hudak was using “Scarberia” to describe the way Liberals had treated Scarborough, as if it was “some hinterland out there that wasn’t deserving full attention.” The Liberals “didn’t seem to care about what the people of Scarborough wanted (in a subway) until they got to the byelection” in ScarboroughGuildwood this summer, said Holyday, charging the twostop extension the government announced this month is a “shabby” one. “If anybody should apolo-

gize it should be them, for their treatment of the people of Scarborough,” he added, before calling the “Scarberia” controversy an “overblown” distraction from the real issue. Duguid said politicians of all levels of government are “playing politics” with the Scarborough subway extension, but Ontario’s Liberals are only government currently paying for one to be built. Calling it “Scarberia” runs counter to efforts to improve Scarborough’s image, Duguid said. It’s true people from Scarborough often use the word in a self-deprecating way, he added, but Hudak is “not an average Joe” and as a party leader should show more respect.

Not everyone was bothered by the word, however. “I’m from Scarborough. I used, and heard that term used all the time,” one Twitter user with the handle @CYYJCarol told Duguid. “No insult to me. Overreaction from you though.” John Del Grande, Toronto’s Ward 7 separate school trustee tweeted he was “a proud Scarberian.” Politicians have run afoul of Scarborough sensitivities before. During the 2011 federal election campaign, Bonnie Crombie, then a Liberal MP from Mississauga said, “I think you’re confusing us with Scarborough,” when asked by an interviewer about crime in her community. She later apologized.

Meeting on Eglinton LRT at library How w i l l t h e Eg l i n t o n Crosstown LRT ser vice improve community life? That’s the topic of an upocoming meeting presented in partnership by The Scarborough Mirror and Toronto Public Library. Amid all the debate about our transit system, one project is actually being built. In seven years the Eglinton Crosstown LRT will run from Mount Dennis in the west to Kennedy in the east. Join us for a discussion on how the big dig on Eglinton can become a catalyst for community life. The Oct. 3 session, featuring speakers and discussion how to capitalize on the opportunity, is from 6:30-8 p.m. at the multipurpose room of the Eglinton/Kennedy public library branch. “This is all about building strong communities,” said Scarborough Mirror editorin-chief Peter Haggert. “We’d like to explore just how this transportation system can increase the health and vibrancy of our community – but we need your input. We do hope you attend.” The Eglinton/Kennedy library is located at 2380 Eglinton Ave. E. Similar sessions will be held at Northern District public Library (Oct. 10) and Mount Dennis Public Library (Oct. 17.)

Charges laid after break-in Toronto police arrested two burglary suspects holding “a large quantity” of electronics, jewelry and cash Saturday afternoon near Middlefield Road and Finch Avenue, but a third man got away. At least three men tried to break into a home near Finch and Warden Avenue at 5:20 p.m., and three fitting a description later fled. Rutal Hankey, 32, of Toronto and Tashane Blair, 21, of Hamilton each face 29 charges stemming from area burglaries over the last few months, including 21 counts of break and enter.


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he latest level of government stepping up to the plate in the city’s transit baseball game is Stephen Harper’s federal Conservatives. With an official announcement yesterday, the feds are going to pony-up $660 million for transit in Toronto. This is great news; however, this does not solve the issues this city faces moving forward when it comes to transit - both in the way of funding and building. Nor does it seem to have diminished the one-upsmanship at all three levels of government. Whether it’s Mayor Rob Ford taking credit for allthings subway, provincial transport minister Glen our view Murray challenging the feds to put money on the table, or The one thing the federal government putmoney into the mix, it’s missing is true ting always a battle of who can come up on top. In the end, co-operation Toronto always seems to end up on the bottom. Cancelled plans, less-than-desired funding, council bickering; it’s always something. Yesterday’s federal funding would be for a BloorDanforth subway line extension north to Sheppard Avenue, travelling under McCowan Road, a plan supported by Toronto Council. Hopefully the federal money will help complete the recently announced $1.4 billion in funding from the provincial government, which announced it would pay for a subway to replace the existing Scarborough Rapid Transit. The one thing missing is true, open co-operation – something that seems to evade government, with Mayor Ford the only person willing to speak on behalf of Torontonians to any level of government willing to listen to him. If we co-operate, this one thing - transit funding for Scarborough - could be the way forward for many issues, including infrastructure, but not without clarity - another missing commodity these days. The back and forth transit talks, which have gone on for decades, have to stop. Now that the city, province and the federal government are all ready to actually build new transit in the city, perhaps they can all get together and discuss how best to do just that. Now that the Scarborough RT has been taken care of, Mayor Ford said he will switch his attention to the Sheppard LRT, which he also wants to be a subway. And so the game continues. Hopefully, Toronto will come up on top.

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on: “Mom, Dad, here it is. My 2013-2014 novice house league hockey schedule. Oh and in case you didn’t know, the seasons starts this weekend.” Mom: “Of course we knew, silly. We are both avid followers of you on Twitter.” Dad: “And I saw the announcement on Sidney Crosby’s Facebook page, too.” Son: “Nice try, Dad. You of all people should know that I wouldn’t have put it on Crosby’s site, it would have been on Phil Kessel’s. Anyhow, as I was about to say, my house league games are Saturday mornings. So, the question is, which one of you will be taking me each week?” Mom: “Funny you should ask. We were just about to resolve that when you walked in the room. Ready, dear?” Dad: “Ready as I’ll ever be. On the count of three: rock, paper, scissors.

jamie wayne BUT SERIOUSLY Shoot.” Mom: “Alright. Paper covers rock. Mom wins. Got that. junior.” Son: “Indeed, I do. Dad, it is, for house league. Moving right along, my selects games are Sunday mornings. So who’s volunteering for selects?” Dad: “On the count of three again, hon?” Mom: “You took the words right out of my mouth.” Dad: “Rock, paper, scissors. Shoot.” Mom: “Yes. Scissors cuts paper. Mom makes it two in a row. Have fun with the selects, dear. Am I on a roll or am I on a roll? “ Dad: “Any chance we can we do eenie, meenie, miney mo next time?” Mom: “No way, Jose.” Dad: “How about one potato, two potato?” Son: “Hello. Son to parents. Son to parents.

Remember me? Now, where was I before I was so rudely interrupted? Oh, yeah you’ll both be delighted to know my house league and selects schedules don‘t conflict with my school team schedule. So who wants the school games?” Dad: “Rock, paper, scissors. Shoot.” Mom: “Yes. Paper covers rock. Mom scores once more. Looks like Dad again.” Son: “I already pencilled him in. Which brings us to the Christmas and Easter tournaments for each team. So who’s up for the holiday tourneys?” Dad: “Rock, paper, scissors. Shoot.” Mom: “Alright, Scissors cuts paper. Mom’s four for four. Don’t forget to send me a postcard.” Son: “Congratulations, Dad. And last and certainly not least, the various fundraising games for each team. “ Dad: “Rock, paper, scis-

sors. Shoot.” Mom: “Oh yeah. Rock absolutely demolishes scissors. Game, set, match, Mom. And Dad’s in the driver’s seat one more time. Oh well, look on the bright side dear, that’s it for hockey.” Dad: “Hallelujah. Now, if you’ll both excuse me, I think I better get some rest. I have a sneaking suspicion that I’m going to need it.” Son: “Good idea, Pop. Uh, but before you hit the hammock, there is one last little piece of business I wanted to run by the two of you, if you have a moment. I just got this today, too. It’s my 2013-2014 novice house league, selects and school team basketball schedules.” Dad: “Rock, paper, scissors. Shoo ...” Jamie Wayne is a lifelong columnist, who takes writing very seriously. The topics? Not so much. His column appears every week. Contact him at jamie.


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Kathy Scott remembered for hard work with local community services group To the editor: This letter is in tribute to Kathy Scott who worked for West Hill Community Services for many years. She died earlier this month after battling Lou Gehrig’s Disease for five years. Kathy Scott had a hard life growing up in Jamaica. She came to Canada many years ago and at the time she lived in social housing. When she arrived initially, St. Margaret in the Pines Church furnished her apartment. She was hired at West Hill Community Services under one of the Ontario Works Programs and the rest is history. She was a single mother with one child. She bought her own house about five years ago in Pickering and a week later she was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s Disease. It has been a long hard struggle for her over the past few years. It is difficult to understand how such a special person or anyone can suffer so much just when she had reached a comfortable state with her own house and her daughter grown and graduated from college. She was one of those special people who worked quietly behind the scenes at West Hill Community Services, with no thought of recognition for herself. She will be missed Margaret Baker


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Councillors welcome federal funding >>>from page 1 that have spoken loud and clear. We have wanted subways, subways and more subways.” Ford ran in 2010 on the promise of building a subway along Sheppard Avenue. While no such project is funded or approved, he characterized yesterday’s subway announcement as an election promise fulfilled. Also in attendance at the event was TTC CEO Andy Byford and commission chair Karen Stintz, who had pushed for the subway along the line as opposed to the

approved LRT line at council this summer. Stintz had also supported along with the mayor a property tax surcharge to pay for the city’s share of the cost — or possibly the difference between the $1.8 billion the province had originally committed, and the $1.4 billion the province currently has on the table. “Council did approve a range of tax increases,” she said. “We did contemplate we might have to pay more if that’s what it takes to get the subway built.” She said she doubted that

there would be a big debate at council when the time comes to impose the tax increase. “Council overwhelmingly approved they wanted a subway if certain conditions were met. I don’t think it will be contentious,” she said. Local councillors Glenn De Baeremaeker and Michelle Berardinetti were also on hand, and said that Scarborough residents would likely get behind a tax increase. “That was the reason the vehicle registration tax didn’t work because it went into general revenue,” said Berardinetti. “This will

go to the subway extension, and residents will see that it’s very concrete.” De Baeremaeker said the subway would in general improve the lot of Scarborough residents in Toronto. “As Scarborough residents we have always felt left out from Toronto,” he said. “Now we have a subway that will poke north of Hwy. 401 to Sheppard...That will bring Scarborough into the family, finally.”


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From left, Scarborough Rouge River MPP Bas Balkissoon, Scarborough-Agincourt MPP Soo Wong, and Ontario Minister of Health Deb Matthews tour the Hong Fook Connecting Health Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinic in Scarborough during a celebration of the clinic’s recent opening.

Nurse practitioner clinic welcomed in Agincourt Health minister praises Hong Fook clinic for breaking down barriers to treatment MIKE ADLER


ulie Lee had a family doctor, but getting appointments to see that doctor was harder and harder. That meant Lee, like many people in Scarborough, had to choose a walk-in clinic or an emergency room when she had an urgent medical problem. “I felt like an orphan,” she said in a statement read aloud in Agincourt recently. “As my generation grows older, today’s doctors are not equipped to handle the influx of Baby Boomers.” Fortunately, Lee found an alternative she believes is better, a new local clinic led by nurse practitioners and run by the Hong Fook

Mental Health Association. Lee’s experience at the Midland Avenue storefront clinic, which opened this summer in a busy plaza north of Finch Avenue, was more humane. ‘Feeling orphaned’ She said she wishes other people “feeling orphaned” would try the Hong Fook Connecting Health Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinic, and added having such access to medical help earlier would have prevented some of the pain she carries today. The clinic’s name is a “mouthful” but worth repeating, said Katherine Wong, a psychiatric nurse who started volunteering with Hong Fook 30 years ago and is its current presi-

dent. At a ribbon-cutting ceremony, she said its integration of mental health and primary care under one roof is “a total package” which addresses gaps in health service. During its first month and a half, at least 50 per cent of the clinic’s clients were previously unattached but now have primary health care provider. “Together we have cause to be proud,” Wong told an audience that included many Hong Fook donors, volunteers and funders. The group started in 1982 because members felt patients from Toronto’s Asian communities weren’t getting proper mental health care because of language or other barriers. Hong Fook began with

hospital interpreters, then became cultural interpreters and later a provider of health care and family support, recalled Dr. Peter Chang, one of the group’s founders and its foundation chairperson. “We see this as another step in our evolution.” Ontario at its finest Provincial Health Minister Deb Matthews was on hand to congratulate Hong Fook for bringing barriers down. She called the clinic an example of “Ontario at our very finest.” Hong Fook’s is only the second clinic in Toronto led by NPs, who unlike other nurses are able to prescribe medications. Matthews said the ministry will see

whether clinics based this new model of care should be duplicated elsewhere in the city, but added patients “say we need more.” Scarborough-Agincourt MPP Soo Wong, who is a registered nurse, said Lee’s decision is part of the evidence the NP-led clinic concept works. “It’s very cost effective and it’s what the patient wants,” said the MPP, adding Ontario’s NP program had been “gutted” but the Liberal government brought it back. Poonam Sehgal, the clinic’s lead NP. said she signed on because she liked its holistic approach. Many new immigrants in the area don’t know where to look for a family doctor, she said. Besides a second NP, the clinic has other health pro-

fessionals including a social worker, a health promoter and a dietitian. Two more NPs and two RNs may be added soon. Staff between them speak Mandarin, Cantonese, Vietnamese, Hindi and Punjabi, and there is a collaborating psychiatrist on site once a week who can offer patients referrals which may otherwise take weeks or months, Sehgal said. The clinic at 3280 Midland, Unit 22, can handle 3,200 residents who have no family doctor. Those who do have one must call Service Ontario to de-register and make the clinic their primary healthcare provider.


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Waterfront Toronto has announced the date for a second public meeting on the future of the Gardiner Expressway. Along with the city, the tri-governmental agency has resumed work studying options including repair, replacement or outright removal of the Gardiner’s elevated portion. That’s in addition to $500 million of city-approved repairs scheduled over the next

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Fall and winter road closures were announced by Metrolinx as construction of the Eglinton Crosstown light rail transit project continues. Work crews are busy relocating watermains and other utilities in preparation for tunnelling below Eglinton Avenue West., which continues east of Allen Road come mid-2014. IMPACTED BY STREETCAR WORK ◗BUSES

Last week TTC began diverting Leslieville buses to assist streetcar track work. The transit commission is set to begin constructing a service route along Leslie Street leading south to the future Leslie Barns

carhouse. Until December, buses on the 83 Jones route will bypass Leslie in both directions between Lake Shore Boulevard East and south of Mosley Street as work crews continue watermain removal. A SHOUT-OUT TO BRIEF, ERA ◗‘INTERLINING’

A new line of retro-subway gear pays homage to the short-lived “interlining” era of the TTC. The idea was to integrate both Yonge and newlyopened Bloor-Danforth via a junction of switching tracks, making it possible to board a train and ride it between lines without having to transfer. The plan was shelved in mere months. Now Astrid Idlewild has produced classic tee shirts for each of the 36 stations on the 1966 subway map (including now-defunct Lower Bay station). For more info, visit www. Rahul Gupta is the Mirror’s transit reporter. His column appears weekly. Reach him on Twitter: @TOinTRANSIT


IN DEVELOPMENT CHARGES PLAN ◗HIKE Toronto’s executive committee sits for the first time since July today – with a full agenda, topped by a controversial plan to hike development charges by 90 per cent for residential development. The committee had originally seen the plan earlier this year, but over objections from the development industry asked city staff to consult further on the plan, which effectively ends the freeze on development charges imposed during the financial crisis of 2008. Now that consultation’s taken place and council will have to make the call. SESSION FOR WARD 3 HOPEFULS ◗INFORMATION

Tomorrow, Torontonians hoping to fill former Deputy Mayor Doug Holyday’s seat in Ward 3 Etobicoke Centre will be able to attend an information session from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Etobicoke Civic Centre. But the day before, the executive committee has a more immediate task: to find someone to chair

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The executive committee will also debate what to do with the governance of the Toronto Zoo. The zoo board has suggested that it be turned into an arms-length, autonomous board overseeing the zoo in northeast Scarborough. But city staff have looked at the numbers and don’t think that will work. If the zoo’s to stay sustainable, it should stay right where it is, staff reported. BISHOP JETS ON AGENDA ◗BILLY

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HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL OPENER West Hill Collegiate’s Jhovan McPherson, right, evades a Northern Secondary School tackler during senior high school football action at Northern on Friday afternoon. Northern went on to win the game 39-13.

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HOOPS OPENERS Scarborough Basketball Association hosts its house league openers Friday for senior boys 15 to 17 and Saturday for boys (U-14) and girls (U-16). For registration information, visit http://www.

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BELLAMY/ EGLINTON- 2 bedroom basement, furnished, near TTC, GO, amenities. Parking, internet, utilities. Non-smoking/ pets. $900. October 1st. 416-219-1525

NEILSON/ MILITARY (401)- 2 bedroom basement, separate entrance. Close to amenities/ shopping. No pets. Available immediately. 416-286-7906

KENNEDY/ FINCH- 1 bedroom basement, suits single, separate entrance, close to amenities. $790. October 1st. 416-289-8942


Thanksgiving 2013

Toronto Community News will run a Thanksgiving Feature especially for Places of Worship on

Thursday, October 10, 2013. Let your parishioners know when your special Thanksgiving Services will be held this year. Call today!

Rosewood Church of the Nazarene 657 Milner Ave., Scarborough, ON (416) 298-9932

Scarborough, North York or Etobicoke

THANKSGIVING SUNDAY 11:00 AM Sermon: “The Harvest”

$225 per paper (plus HST) (includes colour)

East York, Beach, City Centre, Parkdale, Bloor West, York

$125 per paper (plus HST) (includes colour)

Booking and art deadline:

Tuesday, October 8th

Directions: From Hwy. 401 exit north on Markham Rd. Turn right (east) at the 1st traffic light. Go along Milner 1.5 km and you will see the church on your right just before the Neilson bridge.

Sample S l Ad Ad: 3 columns l x 40 agates t (3 (3.05”x2.85”) 05” 2 85”)

To book your ad, call a Classified Representative at


Home Renovations

Eavestroughs & Siding

BUILDER/ GENERAL CONTRACTORS RESIDENTIAL/ COMMERCIAL. Finished basements. Painting. Bathrooms. Ceramic tiles. Flat roofs. Leaking basements. Brick/chimney repairs. House additions 905-764-6667, 416-823-5120

SEAMLESS EAVESTROUGH, soffit, facia, siding. Also repair work. Over 30 years experience. For the best prices please call Reijo 416-431-1558.

TEO REPAIRS and Renovations. Basement finishing, kitchens, bathrooms, ceramic tiles, painting. Call Teo 416-568-0624


EMERGENCY? Clogged drain, camera inspection Leaky pipes Reasonable price, 25 years experience Licensed/ Insured credit card accepted Free estimate James Chen 647-519-9506

Masonry & Concrete BRICK, BLOCK & NATURAL STONEWORK Chimneys, Tuck Pointing, Brick, Concrete Windowsills and Much More! For Free Estimate Call Peter: 647-333-0384 www. stardustconstruction .com

Masonry & Concrete Brick, blocks, stonework, chimney’s, tusk pointing, porches, flagstone, window sills. All masonry work. For free estimates call Roman 416-684-4324 www.fadom

Moving & Storage


From $40/hr Local, Long Distance Packing Service FREE Boxes FREE Storage Junk Removal Insured All sized trucks


Flooring & Carpeting

GARAGE SALES Garage Sale Saturday, Sept. 28, 9am-4pm. 11 Alpaca Dr. Scarborough

STREET SALE 97 Homes Sat., Sept. 28th Rain or Shine! 8am - 2pm Araman Dr. (access from Birchmount via Allanford, Harlyford or Cass.

Painting & Decorating PETE THE Painter. U.K. craftsman. Interior painting. Reasonable rates & seniors discounts. Free estimates. Call Pete Steele: 416-491-3934

Birthday? Call (416) Anniversary? 493-4400 Memoriam? Let your community know with a personal message.

Call 416-798-7284

CARPET Installed from $1.25/sq.ft. includes pad. Hardwood, Laminate, Ceramic at low prices. 20+ yrs experience. Free Estimates. No HST! 416-834-1834 NESO FLOORING Carpet installation starting from $1.19/ sq.ft. Hardwood, laminate at low prices. 27 yrs experience. Free Estimates. Best Price! 647-400-8198

WWW.DANARCO.CA 416-791-1234


Pot lights Service upgrades Breakers/Panels FREE ESTIMATES

Enjoy the fall!

*on some services






Replacement & Repairs Faucets, Sinks, Pipes, Drains Etc. Furnace, A/C, Water Heater, Gas 28 Years Experience • 24/7


Metro License #PH23521

** (Before



ON ALL Landscape, Hardscape, pruning, sodding & Much More!

* Contracted Services Not Included



•Fall Clean Ups • Gardening • Flower Planting • Seasonal Containers Plus many other services. Give us a call. Retain ad for a 10% discount*

416-427-3367 •

416-267-2384 LIC. #B23188

for low cost, fast, reliable repairs of: • fridges• stoves• dryers• washers • dishwashers• freezers • dehumidifiers• air conditioners Call Mark (Cert. Tech)

OvergrOwn Out Of COntrOl gardens

Master Electrician * License # 7001220 * Insured

• Resurface and Build new porches • Specialize in flagstone work • Stone facing around the house FREE ESTIMATES 10% Seniors Discount 36 years in Business


Specializing in






416-427-0955 Metro Lic. #P20212 - Fully Insured


24/7 No Extra Charges for Evenings, Weekends or Holidays

Call 416-699-4754

S U L L I V A N L A W N . C A

Since 1967!

Low Cost, Low Mint, Non Slip, Decorative Concrete Overlay on existing, poorly done, uneven or tiled Concrete veranda, steps, walkway, patio. etc. All Concrete & Interlocking Works & Repairs

• Beautiful Landscape Designs For Your New Patio or Front Entrance • Amazing Lawn Care Programs • Interlock, Flagstone, Rockeries, Gardens, Sodding, Overseeding

To highlight your

Home Improvement Business




Knob and tube replacement LED Lighting Aluminum wire reconditioning Permits and inspections

A Woman’s Touch Landscaping




Since 1990




647-235-8123 REPAIRS


416 419-1772



Burton Electric Inc.












BEST PRICE ROOF REPAIRS • Emergency Repairs • Eavestrough Repairs • Shingles • Chimneys • Animal Removal

• Ventilation • Skylights • And much more




CALL 416-820-3634







• Shingles • Flat Roofs • Skylights • Chimneys • Eavestroughs • Repairs • Free Estimates

Save UP TO 15% OFF Lic. # B21358

Fully Licensed & Insured


Roof Repair Experts

✓Full roofs ✓Missing Shingles ✓Minor/Major Leaks ✓Raccoon Problems

✓Eaves & Downspout ✓Skylights LIC# L179362 20% Senior Discount

| SCARBOROUGH MIRROR | Tuesday, September 24, 2013




TREE/STUMP SERVICES Danny • 416 845 3909


• Professional Tree Trimming • Dangerous Tree Removal • Cabling and Bracing • City of Toronto Arborist Reports • Lot Clearing |


Quick Service!!! • Experts in Removal of Dangerous Trees • Trimming, Pruning • Stump Removal • Ash Borer Treatment • $2 million Liability + WSIB SUMMER SAVINGS 10% OFF! .Call Bobby 416-828-TREE (8733)


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Free estimates 416-286-2666

Waterproofing and Foundation Repairs


Interior & Exterior Methods

Licensed & Insured • 35 yrs experience

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