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An annual golf tournament celebrating Scarborough’s diverse community has also raised money for The Scarborough Hospital’s pediatric clinic. The fourth annual Scarborough World Cup of Golf raised more than $100,000 for the hospital’s Paedlink Clinic. The program fast-tracks the emergency care of young patients by diverting them away from the emergency department to a childfriendly environment where they can receive appropriate services dedicated to children. UNIQUE MEDICAL NEEDS

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MURAL CELEBRATION: Representatives from Shoppers Drug Mart help Chad Hanna, president and CEO of Rouge Valley Health System Foundation, unveil a mural celebrating the Tree of Life fundraising campaign at the Centenary hospital site in Scarborough Wednesday afternoon. Shoppers Drug Mart’s Tree of Life campaign raises money for local charities across Canada.

Variety Village seeks help to deal with flooding MIKE ADLER madler@insidetoronto.com The July storm that flooded so many Scarborough basements also deluged part of Variety Village, which says it has no choice but to turn to its supporters for help. The oldest part of the recreational complex flooded three times this

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“Despite what we may think, a child is not just a small adult,” explained Dr. Peter Azzopardi, chief of pediatrics at The Scarborough Hospital. “They have very unique medical needs that require specialized assessment and treatment, which are best provided by pediatric nurses and physicians.” The clinic, which is offered at both the General and Birchmount campuses, has been successful in reducing emergency wait times and the number of admissions by providing more efficient pediatric services and helping children return home more quickly. Clinicians also focus on educating parents to avoid possible readmissions in the future. The program needs the support of fundraisers such as the golf tournament to improve facilities and buy equipment. The golf tournament took place on Tuesday of this week at Angus Glen Golf and Country Club in Markham.

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Camping in the Rouge: newcomers give it a try 3 Basketball league reaches out to Danzig and Galloway 8

Golf tourney helps out local kids

TREE OF LIFE AT CENTENARY HOSPITAL

An annual golf tournament celebrating Scarborough’s diverse community has also raised money for The Scarborough Hospital’s pediatric clinic. The fourth annual Scarborough World Cup of Golf raised more than $100,000 for the hospital’s Paedlink Clinic. The program fast-tracks the emergency care of young patients by diverting them away from the emergency department to a childfriendly environment where they can receive appropriate services dedicated to children. UNIQUE MEDICAL NEEDS

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MURAL CELEBRATION: Representatives from Shoppers Drug Mart help Chad Hanna, president and CEO of Rouge Valley Health System Foundation, unveil a mural celebrating the Tree of Life fundraising campaign at the Centenary hospital site in Scarborough Wednesday afternoon. Shoppers Drug Mart’s Tree of Life campaign raises money for local charities across Canada.

Variety Village seeks help to deal with flooding MIKE ADLER madler@insidetoronto.com The July storm that flooded so many Scarborough basements also deluged part of Variety Village, which says it has no choice but to turn to its supporters for help. The oldest part of the recreational complex flooded three times this

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Experiencing the great outdoors in Rouge Park Newcomers to Canada take part in camping event held in Scarborough campground DANIELLE MILLEY dmilley@insidetoronto.com

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group of newcomers came together this past weekend to take part in an activity that is decidedly Canadian – camping. The campers were brought together by CultureLink Settlement Services to spend a night roughing it in Rouge Park at the Glen Rouge Campground, the only place to camp in the city. The idea came out of the cycling program where cyclists are matched with newcomers to introduce them to cycling in Toronto and to get them active and exploring their new city. Kristin Schwartz, the cycling outreach co-ordinator, said someone mentioned they’d like to try camping so this year the staff and volunteers worked towards making that happen. She said it was an extension of showing people what recreational opportunities there are in the area. “To encourage them to value contact with nature and the outdoors as part of settling in Toronto,” Schwartz said. The response was great and an enthusiastic group of campers and their families set out for the park in east Scarborough Saturday. Upon arriving at the campground along the Rouge River, the campers learned how to pitch a tent and make a meal on a portable grill or over an open flame. Umar Khan thoroughly enjoyed his first camping experience. “It was really exciting and wonderful,” he said. Arriving nine months ago from Pakistan, camping was a foreign experience to Khan. But, it’s not

‘The best part of the experience was helping each other to set up the tent and take it down.’ Helen Yang, first time camper anymore. He went biking, hiking and even took a Zumba fitness lesson in the park – though most Canadians would reveal that’s not a normal part of the camping experience. Khan roasted marshmallows and played games around the campfire; he even went for a late night, or rather a very early morning, hike. The sights and sounds at 2 a.m. were a little different than the afternoon hike, he said. Despite the lack of sleep he was in great spirits on Sunday morning as the camp was being packed up. “If I get the chance next week I’ll come back for sure,” he said, but probably just for the hiking. The camping adventure wasn’t all songs around the campfire and s’mores, there were some not so good parts too. Mohamed Adbelkader had a more authentic first camping experience. After spending much of the day on the kitchen crew he missed the organized activities so he went on a late night hike by himself and when he returned to camp he couldn’t find his sleeping bag. He put his sweater on to stay warm, but he still had trouble sleeping and then he was awakened at dawn by the rising sun. He still enjoyed the experience. “It was all good,” he said.

Ehsanula Mohamed, 11, left, and Belquis Mohamed, 12, set out their sleeping bags.

He immigrated to Toronto from Egypt seven months ago and this was his first opportunity to camp, despite the rough night he did learn how to perfectly roast a marshmallow. For Helen Yang, camping was definitely something different. “There were a lot of mosquitoes,” she said. Before moving to Toronto she studied in the United States, but she is originally from China. She’d never been camping before and the bugs and the sleeping on the ground took some getting used to. “I still like my own bed more,” she said. The experience overall was a good one for her and she was all smiles Sunday morning. “The best part of the experience was helping each other to set up the tent and take it down,” Yang said, adding she liked just hanging out and interacting with other people. Schwartz said that is one of the great things about this experience. “One of the really special things about doing an event like this is that people from all over the world are meeting and sharing experiences,” she said. The camping was part of Camp Suzuki, a program of the David Suzuki Foundation aimed at increasing awareness of and getting people to experience the future urban national park in the Rouge. Even Schwartz wasn’t very familiar with the park and she’d lived in Toronto for years.

Above, Karaleen Pang, 13, Gordon Pang and Jun Wu pitch a tent during a camping event held Saturday at Glen Rouge Campground in Scarborough for new Canadians held in partnership by BikeHost, Culture Link and Cycle Toronto. Below, Gordon Pang, left, and Chloe Lee attach a tarp to their tent during the event.

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abour Day marks the end of summer for most people – in particular those with school-aged children. School supplies are being purchased, vacations have been taken, daycare has been set up, and everyone is getting back to their daily business. Let’s make this school year one where learning is truly an experience, where students – as well as parents and teachers – do more than just study. Let’s see classes become our view increasingly active in making their communities a better place. Great lessons Schools – separate, public, private and French – are the heart in community of any community, where our youngest members learn how to participation become active and connected parts of their school, neighbourhoods, and to a greater extent, the entire city. Beyond learning about those less-fortunate, or issues in society that need fixing, students should be taught social responsibility. And what better ways to do just that than by participating in fundraisers, school events, or helping clean a park? Every corner of the city sees students taking part in activities that directly impact their fellow students and the city as a whole: Summit Heights Public School students in North York became the proud parents of an African penguin after raising the necessary money. Scarborough’s Charlottetown Junior Public School students and staff helped raise $6,500 to build a clean water project in Haiti. For their efforts, they received an inspirational visit from Spencer West (who lost both his legs at the age of five) and his Redefine Possible mission. And this past June, St. Leo Catholic School students in Etobicoke each completed three acts of kindness, in return national and international powerlifting champion Ryan “6-Pack” Lapadat returned during the school’s fundraising Spring Fling flipping a 2,000pound car to break a Guinness World Record and raise money for SickKids Hospital. Students across the city have been honoured for their efforts helping others. Schools as a whole have done their part when dealing with issues in their communities. And for this, all Torontonians should be grateful. That’s why school should be more than just a place students go to bury their noses in books. It should be a place where students go to become active members of a community – whether that be the school community, their neighbourhood, or the city as a whole.

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To the editor: Re: ‘Gather facts on Danzig Street shooting,’ Opinion, July 20 David Soknacki’s article is brilliant. It seems that most of the press are pushing for instant answers to problems in the subsidized housing areas. That can only mean a lot of money being misdirected in order to garner some politician a headline. I recently read that residents in social housing cannot evict a tenant who is convicted of a crime or is engaged in criminal activity. Does it make any sense to leave vulnerable residents living in fear of their criminal neighbours? It wouldn’t even cost money to remedy this bizarre situation. The taxpayers have a right to know what really happened on Danzig Street. Anne Robinson

Back to school primer for parents and students

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I’m a dad, with one daughter who is just entering Grade 1, so I’m pretty new to this whole routine. Will she be doing homework Tuesday night after her first day of school? Max, Parkdale. A. I highly doubt it. On the first night, in the majority of cases, it’s the parents that end up doing it. Q. I hear Canadian families will be spending on average $362 this year on “essential” back-to-school supplies. That’s quite a lot and as usual I left all my shopping to the final weekend. Just what is the definition of “essential” anyhow? Chantay, Etobicoke. A. The general rule of thumb is: what all the other kids have. Q. Are there any special books I should read to help me prepare my son for his first day of school? Giselle, Rosedale. A. There are three: How To

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Make a Good First Impression, by Les Ismore; The Way To Insure You Get a Good Locker, by U. Snooze and U. Lose; and What To Do If I Don’t Like My Teacher, by Grinn and Barrett. Q. You know, it’s been so long since I was a youngster, I’ve plum forgotten. What’s that other name for a junior public school again? Dr. Watson, 221B Baker St. A. Elementary, my dear Watson, elementary. Q. My son has spent the entire summer surgically attached to his iPod. That includes while sleeping and showering, too. He and that contraption are inseparable.

How am I going to keep him from using it at school? Noreen, North York. A. Sorry, did you just say something? I just woke up, got out of the shower and I had my headphones on. Q. All my friends are really into it. Do you think I should sign up for some extracurricular drama after school, too? Ashley, Leaside. A. I don’t know. Facebook is not for everyone. Q. My grandpa says when he was a kid, the foundation of a good education was the three “R”s. He claims the “R”s stood for reading, writing and arithmetic. Now, I’m no fifth grader, but that sure sounds like one “R”, one “W” and one “A”. Dylan, Grade 4, Scarborough. A. With grandpas it’s always long and complicated. My grandpa used to tell me when he was my age he walked five miles to class and 10 miles back every day in a blazing

snowstorm. Yet, according to grandma, he lived across the street from the school. Q. My 10 year old wants to know what the protocol is regarding taking his laptop, portable hard drive. tablet, Kindle, cell phone, Xbox 360, Wii and MP3 player to school. Maria, York. A. If I were you, before he does try and take them, make absolutely sure to call a mover and see if they offer daily student discounts. Q . How t h e h e c k i s the federal government’s Parliamentary recess three months long and we work way harder than them and only get a measly 15 minutes? Jesse, Grade 2, the Annex. A. Tell me about it. n Jamie Wayne is a lifelong columnist, who takes writing very seriously. The topics? Not so much. His column appears every Friday. Contact him at jamie.wayne@sympatico.ca

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Community hub helps Dorset Park build pride MIKE ADLER madler@insidetoronto.com Keys dangle from locks on the office doors, cupboards are installed in the community kitchen and out front ­— facing the discount retail strip on Kennedy Road — is a steel “stroller corral” soon to be fitted with wooden cutouts of children. Sometime this fall, the Dorset Park Community Hub at 1911 Kennedy Rd., 10,000 square feet of converted plaza space, will be finished and open. People from the area - a “priority” neighbourhood centred on Kennedy from south of Lawrence Avenue to Hwy. 401 — will be welcome everywhere, in the kitchen, a program room that can be divided in three, a computer room, a centre for new Canadians and the offices of eight “anchor” support agencies. But another office is reserved just for the Dorset Park residents themselves. That room is for the Dorset Park Neighbourhood Association, a place from which people can speak for a neighbourhood chosen by the City of Toronto and its United Way because it lacked the services most others had. After years of working closely

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Agincourt Community Services Association executive director Lee Soda surveys the work being done Tuesday at the Dorset Park Community Hub, site of the social agency’s new offices.

with the tenants of buildings on Glamorgan Avenue, Antrim Crescent and Canlish Road, Action for Neighbourhood Change and Agincourt Community Services Association, the hub’s lead agency, thought the location near those streets and north of Ellesmere Road

was ideal, said Lee Soda, ACSA’s executive director. “It’s about making opportunities (for residents) available all the time,” Soda said during a tour of the building this week. “Let them come and let them use it because that’s obviously what we

want here.” The hub’s anchor partners, Soda added, “are not just coming in here to set up shop, they are coming in here to serve this community.” That means reflecting its needs, particularly employment and services for children, mothers and seniors. Family Association for Mental Health (FAME), for example, will move to the hub from ACSA’s Sheppard Avenue headquarters, as will the agency’s food bank. The Canadian National Institute for the Blind will be doing low vision eye exams and running a kiosk, “a shop in a box,” providing visionassisting aids. Extra Mile, a grassroots group for newcomers that has been working from churches, will be another hub partner, complementing regular work done in the Newcomer Centre by doing such things as introducing families to the local furniture bank, said Soda. “This is people connecting people.” “Intinerant” partners such as Toronto Public Health will also provide services when they are needed. There will be community meetings, classes on canning or preserving fruits and vegetables, and pre-employment services for the jobless.

A set of stained glass panels by local artist Wendy Daly, weighing 100 pounds together, will be hung in the foyer. The hub, free community space where it was judged to be scarcest, was one of the goals of the Strong Neighbourhoods Strategy, a partnership between the city and its United Way agencies underway since 2005. Scarborough, with six of the 13 “priority” neighbourhoods, was an outsized recipient of projects. The Hub at Victoria Park and Eglinton (Victoria Park Avenue north of Eglinton Avenue), The Hub Mid-Scarborough at Brimley and Eglinton, and AccessPoint on Danforth (on Danforth Avenue east of Victoria Park) are now open, all in converted spaces similar to Dorset Park’s. Residents were involved in designing the hub, under construction since last October, and groups of residents, including a Women’s English Circle which has grown to around 50 members, are excited about moving in, said Laura Harper, ACSA’s manager of community engagement. Since Harper started working in the area in 2008, “There has been a huge change. The community has started to build a sense of pride,” she said.


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Scarborough wheelchair basketball players Abdi Dini, left, and Adam Lancia are taking part in the London Paralympic Games. The Canadian men’s team won its opening game yesterday against Japan, an d takes on Great Britain today.

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Pair of Scarborough players on Canadian team The Canadian Men’s Wheelchair Basketball Team opened their London 2012 Paralympic Games with a 68-53 win over Japan yesterday. Two of the team’s players, Adam Lancia and Abdi Dini, are from Scarborough. Patrick Anderson of Fergus, ON, scored all of Canada’s 16 points in the first quarter as part of an impressive 29-point half. He finished with

a game-high 32 points and 13 rebounds. Next up, Canada will face hometown Great Britain today at 4:15 p.m. Toronto time. Canada is competing in a group with Japan, Great Britain, Germany, Columbia, and Poland. The Canadian men’s team won the silver at the 2008 Beijing Paralympics, and won gold medals at the 2004 and 2000 Paralympics.

Birchmount’s Triolo playing with Canadian junior baseball team Three Toronto baseball players have made the final cut onto Canada’s national junior baseball team which will compete at the 18U World Championships now taking place in Seoul, South Korea. The trio (along with their past/present high school affiliations) include: • Ga re t h Mo rg a n ( No r t h To ro n t o Collegiate); • Daniel Pinero (St. Michael’s College); • and Scarborough’s Mitchell Triolo

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going 3-1 in the provincial championship preliminary round. • The Toronto Stars peewee team were semifinalists in the peewee D division, losing their semifinal game 3-2 to West Durham. It was their only blemish throughout the championship weekend, forging a 4-0 preliminary round record. • The Toronto Stars bantam team ended up as semifinalists, losing their semifinal game in the bantam D division 5-4 to Sudbury. The Scarborough-based team forged an impressive 5-0 preliminary round record, including three one-goal victories on the final day of preliminary round competition. • The Toronto Beaches bantam team ended up as semifinalists in the bantam E division, losing their semifinal game 8-4 to Kingston. Beaches went undefeated in the preliminary round with two wins and a tie. GIRLS (field lacrosse) Toronto had three teams in this month’s field lacrosse championships which took place in Oshawa, but the local squads were shut out from gold and had to settle for three silver medals and one bronze medal. Here are the teams that hit the podium, winning the silver medal: • U-11: Toronto Beaches * U-13, B division: Toronto Beaches * U-15, A division: Mimico A bronze medal was earned by Mimico in U-19, B division. Complete results are available at www. ontariolacrossefestival.com


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CHAMP HONOURED: Caitlin Wong, 10, gets a signed Walmart vest signed by all the employees from store manager Jason Coleman Tuesday at the Walmart Supercentre, 3132 Eglinton Ave. E. in Scarborough. Wong, a SickKids patient, was named the new Children’s Miracle Network Champion presented by Walmart.

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to resume taekwondo classes on Sept. 24. before hosting a November tournament in the martial art that will draw around 1,000 people. Taekwondo classes for now will use a basketball court in Variety’s field house, but the situation is not ideal, he said. “Any program coming into the field house is pushing another program out of it.” Parapan Games site

Letter on website “I know it’s a lot to ask, especially as you may have already made a gift this year,” Willson said in a letter on the charity’s website which said Variety is “facing a bill totalling over $50,000.” In an interview, Willson said Variety received an estimate Wednesday of $70,000, including HST and that $50,000 was a figure from an earlier estimate. “The more they look at it, the more needs to be done,” Lynda Elmy, Variety’s communications co-ordinator. Some items in the studio and

Variety Village CEO John Willson shows spots where water seeped into the building’s basement during recent storms. Variety suffered at least $200,000 in damage and perhaps $70,000 won’t be covered by its insurance.

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Variety, which serves 35,000 individuals a year, and is a 2015 Parapan American Games site that has sent five athletes to the 2012 Paralympics in London, has no reserve or endowment funds. For a time, it struggled with its budget and conditions in its aging complex (the school opened in 1949, the rest in the 1980s), before being able to make roof repairs and replace windows and doors over the last few years. Last year, Variety, reported it had 30 full-time and 112 part-time employees, revenue of $5.242 million and expenses of $4.960 million. Willson said annual funding from the province, about $1 million a year over three years, has taken some financial pressure off Variety, but the

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• Upgrade the appliances. Perhaps nothing evokes a stronger response from prospective renters than a property's appliances. Outdated appliances make renters speculate as to what else might be outdated and if the building is well taken care of. On the other hand, newer appliances, particularly stainless steel items, create a contemporary feel and give the impression, true or false, that a landlord won't allow the building to grow dated or fall into disrepair. When shopping for appliances, choose ones that are more basic so any eventual repairs won't be too complicated or costly. Newer appliances enable landlords to charge more rent for a given property, and many renters would agree that such properties are worth the extra money. • Install new windows. Older buildings tend to have creaky or drafty windows, which not only makes the property colder during the winter months, but it also drives up utility costs as renters are forced to turn up the thermostat to combat drafts and cold air entering the unit. New windows can eliminate such drafts and reduce utility costs, something landlords can use to their advantage when discussing the property with potential tenants. Landlords might even be able to earn tax breaks when installing new, energy-efficient windows. Discuss if any such breaks exist with the local municipality. When it comes to renovating a rental property, landlords can make a handful of small renovations that, while relatively inexpensive, enable them to earn substantially more money from each unit over the long haul. – MS


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Though the housing market might not be booming, there are still buyers out there looking for a place to call their own. Some potential sellers might prefer a patient approach to selling their homes, choosing to do so when the market rebounds and homes regain some of their lost value. Other sellers might not have a choice and must make due with selling in a lackluster market. Regardless of which category you're in, there are easy ways to boost your home's value. Making minor changes to a home can add to your asking price, whether you're putting your home on the market this week or waiting for the market to rebound. The following tasks might not take much effort, but they pay dividends.

Work on the yard An appealing lawn is still a great way to catch a prospective buyer's eye. When a home boasts a lush lawn and well-manicured trees, it's hard to ignore that For

Sale sign out front. If landscaping has proven an Achilles' heel in the past, make an effort to take better care of your property in the months ahead. It doesn't take long for even the most neglected lawn to rebound from disrepair. By the time you feel confident to put that for sale sign out front, you might just be putting it up in a lush lawn no buyer can resist.

A clean carpet might make a world of difference to a home's inhabitants, but a new carpet will be more appealing to prospective buyers. Choose a neutral-toned carpet that will boast a more universal appeal.

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Prospective buyers won't be thrilled if they walk into a home and see outdated appliances. Some might even feel older appliances indicate a homeowner who cared little about appearances and might begin to wonder if there are any additional areas that might have been neglected around the house. Stainless steel appliances in the kitchen and even new fixtures in the bathroom are aesthetically appealing and tend to excite buyers. Homeowners who aren't immediately putting their property up for sale can gradually upgrade their appliances to lessen

A fresh coat of paint or new siding is always attractive to prospective buyers. If your home hasn't had a new coat of paint in awhile that might make buyers feel the home is musty or old. Many buyers judge a book by its cover, and sellers want their home's exterior to be as attractive as possible. Homeowners can also paint rooms inside the home to give it a fresh and welcoming feel.

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Scarborough Chorus (Sweet Adelines) WHEN: 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. WHERE: St. Paul’s L’Amoreaux Church, 3333 Finch Ave. E. (south west corner of Finch and Warden Avenues) CONTACT: Jessie, 416-4311403 COST: Free Rehearsals are every Wednesday. Sing four-part harmony.

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Catholic trustees discuss continuation of HPV program CYNTHIA REASON creason@insidetoronto.com Students’ physical health versus their spiritual and moral well-being was debated amongst Toronto’s Catholic trustees on Aug. 28, as the board squared off on whether or not to continue its human papillomavirus vaccine (HPV) program. The publicly funded Gardasil vaccination program has seen all Grade 8 girls in the Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB) given the opportunity to be vaccinated against HPV – a sexually transmitted disease cited as the cause of more than 70 per cent of cervical cancers and 90 per cent of genital warts in Canada – since September 2007. The future of the program, however, was called into question at Tuesday night’s meeting of the board as a handful of trustees raised doubts as to Gardasil’s safety, and as to whether or not its adminis-

tration to 13- and 14-yearold girls runs contrary to the teachings of the Catholic church by promoting premarital sex. “I’ve had a problem with the fact that we’ve been doing this through our schools ever since it first came up,” said Toronto Trustee Barbara Poplawski. “It’s medical, it’s not something that something the Catholic Bishops of Ontario have supported, and it’s not something that I’m comfortable with.” letter A letter from the Assembly of Catholic Bishops regarding the Gardasil vaccine cautions parents that infection with HPV can only occur through sexual activity, which itself carries “profound risks to a young person’s spiritual, emotional, moral and physical health.” Also at issue, Poplawski argued, is whether or not the board is doing a good

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SCARBOROUGH MIRROR | Friday, August 31, 2012 |

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TAX COURSES - Level 1 and Level 2

Job Opportunities WHAT YOU WILL LEARN:

✓ How to prepare and file tax returns. ✓ Proven tax-saving ideas. ✓ Changes to tax laws. ✓ Which deductions are most often overlooked. ✓ How to maintain necessary tax records. ✓ How easy it is to prepare forms and schedules. ✓ How to calculate deductions and credits correctly. ✓ How to properly claim dependents. ✓ Special rules for senior citizens. ✓ How to make adjustments to a tax return.

WHAT DO YOU GET: ✓ High quality instruction from experienced professionals. ✓ Text books, Online Materials, and CRA Publications. ✓ Upon completion, successful students will receive “Certificate of Accomplishment”. ✓ Taxtron – Canada’s tax software.

REGISTER NOW! SPACE IS LIMITED! Fairview Mall 416-773-1999 Scarborough Town 416-290-0900 Bridlewood Mall 416-491-4900 Centrepoint Mall 416-221-0010 Mississauga Head Office 905-273-4444

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