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What a difference a year makes. Toronto police’s 43 Division in southeast Scarborough had recorded no homicides in 2013 as of early Monday afternoon. The previous year, the division was dealing with the worst shooting in the city’s history: a gunfight at a block party on Danzig Street that left two young people dead and two dozen injured. “After the Danzig shooting we really looked at how 43 Division is structured and they came up with the idea of having the neighbourhood safety unit,” said Const. Randall Arsenault, 43 Division’s community engagement officer. >>>community, page 7

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Christmas Day. Power in his Kingston Road basement apartment was restored at 5 a.m. that morning. People who knew Harris believe he had been so cold he decided to seek shelter in the truck, parked behind his

G a r y Ha r r i s , a l i f e t i m e Scarborough resident and perhaps the only person in Toronto to die because of the recent ice storm, was found in his burning Jeep by firefighters at 2:30 a.m.

building on Sandown Avenue in Cliffcrest. A few more hours “If he would’ve had a few more hours (with power) he probably would have made it,” said Joselyn Joss, his neighbour

for a couple of years,. In his 50s, Harris was bearded, walked with a limp, had long hair and hung out “at Chick’n Burger and all around Kingston Road,” said Nard Marrilli, who met Harris 50 years ago when his friend was growing up on Sharpe Street, a few blocks away

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Above left, Premier Kathleen Wynne was joined by a number of Scarborough MPPs on Bush Drive in Highland Creek Friday afternoon to show support for hydro workers as they worked to restore power in the wake of the recent ice storm. Above right, a hydro worker from Kingston deals with the wires, ice and tree limbs on Bush Drive.

Councillors frustrated by long wait for power to return MIKE ADLER madler@insidetoronto.com After cold and darkness lasting nine days for the unluckiest residents of Scarborough, city officials were looking at what can be learned from the massive ice storm recovery effort and who ultimately will pay for it. Questions at a special Toronto council meeting on Jan. 10, at which the city is expected to ask the province for compensation, are expected on communications after the storm, and whether authorities could have found better ways to reach residents with important information. When Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and four

Scarborough MPPs arrived last Friday afternoon for a local visit, some homes on tiny Bush Drive in Highland Creek had power, and some didn’t. It had taken two Hydro One crews, men from Kingston who had worked long shifts for five or six days straight before coming to Toronto, the better part of two hours just to reconnect two houses to the working power grid. “Officials have responded in absolutely the way I would have wanted,” Wynne told reporters after watching the crew at one end of a cul-de-sac repair secondary lines snapped by falling branches during the Dec. 22 ice storm. “Everyone is working and

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doing their utmost.” As Toronto Hydro and the provincial utility Hydro One were then beginning what was described as the final, difficult recovery phase consisting mainly of individual houses. By press time Monday, officials were hoping power to the last 725 could be restored within hours, but on Friday 32,000 customers across the city were still in the dark. In Scarborough, that included entire streets where frustrations were building and greater efforts were still needed, said local councillors, some of whom said they were tired of storm-recovery “photo ops” staged by other politicians. O n Fr i d a y, Mi c h e l l e

Berardinetti, called the safety jackets and hard hats Wynne and the MPPs wore in Highland Creek “props” and questioned why the premier had come. “To my residents it looks fake,” she said. The councillor for Scarborough Southwest was among the first to call for a declared state of emergency – “Call it what it is,” she said – and insisted more still needed to be done for residents who had gone up to seven days without power. “People are really upset,” Berardinetti said. Berardinetti said the city hadn’t set up enough warming centres in hard-hit Scarborough. Gary Crawford, Southwest Scarborough’s other council-

lor, said at least 12 streets in his ward still had significant outages on Friday, and many there felt forgotten. “There’s a real sense of abandonment, that people just don’t care - which I don’t think is the case,” he said. Some residents, isolated and elderly, stayed because they worried leaving would open their homes to thefts, said Crawford, while others hadn’t yet seen a Hydro truck nearby and just wanted information. Paul Ainslie, a councillor for Scarborough East, counted three areas in his ward that were still dark. “We’re not talking house by house, we’re talking streets,” he said, adding his distaste for an appearance Mayor

Rob Ford had made at a local school. The school had power and the mayor, Ainslie said, had for a “photo op” pulled a crew from Hydro Windsor away from their work reconnecting homes around it. On Monday, ScarboroughAgincourt Councillor Mike Del Grande said he had been frustrated by a lack of specifics on, for example, where Hydro crews were working, and uncertainty on who, Mayor Ford or Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly, was really in charge of the city’s recovery efforts. “There should be one message coming from one place,” said Del Grande.

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new year dawns on our city and many people are considering their goals for 2014. In the spirit of reflection and resolution, we think there are a few goals the City of Toronto and its citizens, as a collective, should work toward. Let’s continue to be a place people want to live, work and play. Based on world ranking surveys in 2013, our city is already sitting comfortably at the top: we were named the most youthful city by the Youthful Cities index; the second most reputable city by the Reputation Institute; and second in the Overall North American Cities of the Future for business investment. Maintaining that high standard requires ongoing commitment by our elected officials, our business and community leaders. So here’s a wish for 2014: to see effective, accountable and dignified leadership from our mayor and city council. When we make headlines internationally, it our view should be for positive reasons help strengthen our repuWork together that tation – not tarnish it. If the to realize ill-conceived behaviour of any proves a detriment to opportunities person the effectiveness of this city, then they need to answer for it. We also hope 2014 is the year Toronto breaks out of its downward spiral on transit planning. No more flip-flopping, cancelled plans, lost investment and wasted time. We need vital transit upgrades and a concrete commitment from all levels of government to find a way to pay for it. Another wish: that this year Toronto gets an engaging municipal election – one where candidates focus on critical issues mentioned here, and one that gets residents invested in municipal affairs and gets them out to the polls. Lastly, we hope to continue to see evidence of the good will of the people of Toronto. Whether it’s offering refuge from a power outage after an ice storm, local police engaged in community building, or school children initiating charity drives for typhoon victims on the other side of the world – that spirit of compassion is our most defining feature. There’s much to celebrate this year, with the World Cup set to spark excitement in our communities only possible in a city as diverse as ours, and the ongoing preparation of hosting the Pan/Parapan Am Games in 2015. This is our chance to showcase our city on the world stage – let’s work together and make the most of that opportunity.

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uch to my delight, I bumped into one of the world’s foremost psychics in the mall over the holidays, the incomparable Frederico Fearless. He was there promoting his best-selling new book, I’m Delighted To Say I Told you So. This guy is good, folks. He was a perfect 100 for 100 last year. What’s more, he was kind enough to give me a signed, laminated copy of his 100 predictions for 2014 and permitted me to reproduce this unsigned, un-laminated portion. 1. By the end of the year it will be possible to lose an argument to your phablet over which movie you should watch on it, after which the phablet will be able to put YOU on pause while it goes out to dinner and a show with another phablet. 7. Due to the escalating saturation and resultant inflation of social media, 15 minutes of fame will be officially reduced to 15 seconds

jamie wayne BUT SERIOUSLY of fame. 19. In 2013 as I predicted there would be an app created for everything but the kitchen sink. In 2014, there will finally be an app for the kitchen sink, too. 25. While the relentless Twitterazzi will be dogging the Twitterati more than ever, the perplexed paparazzi will be obsessed with finding out why there’s no paparati to follow, seeing as how they’ve been around a heck of a lot longer. 38. The Country Music Song of the Year will include the following phrases: 1. “Talking ’bout my pick-up truck.” 2. “A country road.” 3. “A hot summer night.” 4. “A little whiskey.” 5. “And just you and me baby.” 6. “Oh, yeah.” It will be titled, “Talking ’Bout My Pick-Up Truck, A Country Road, A Hot Summer Night, A Little Whiskey And Just You And Me, Baby. Oh Yeah.”

46. William Shatner will shoot down industry rumours there is going to be a sequel to Star Trek 247. The former Captain Kirk will instead gleefully announce that there is, in fact, going be a triloquel to 247, taking the popular Star Trek franchise all the way to an even 250. But who’s counting, right? 55. Every Tuesday at that well-known restaurant chain, The One With The Three-Letter Acronym, somebody in line waiting to be served will ask the person standing next to them why it’s called Toonie Tuesday when the special of the day costs more than a Threenie. 62. Er Shun, the Toronto Zoo’s female giant panda, will have a molar pop out after munching on some bamboo, leave it under her pillow and be visited by the Tooth Fairy. Ironically, the Tooth Fairy will trip over a pile of bamboo while delivering Er Shun her cash and dislodge an incisor in the

process, only to discover, alas, that there is no Tooth Fairy for Tooth Fairies.. 78. The top-selling fastfood item will be inspired by the recently released second Hobbit movie, the Desolation of Smaug. It will be called the Benedict Cucumberbatch – and you can take it home in a recyclable Bilbo Baggins. 87. Miley Cyrus will sing a song on a music awards show in which she is fully clothed and not exhibiting any suggestive behaviour. (Just kidding. I wanted to see if you were still paying attention.) 100. Jamie will wrap this up by wishing all his readers a Happy New Year. “Happy New Year, everyone.” Wow. I told you Fearless was good. I had no idea I was going to end it that way. Jamie Wayne is a lifelong columnist, who takes writing very seriously. The topics? Not so much. His column appears every Tuesday. Contact him at jamie.wayne@sympatico.ca

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Ford front and centre during storm

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ay one thing about Mayor Rob Ford’s work ethic: it seemed to have grown two sizes over the Christmas holidays. When the power went out for a third of the city, leaving families freezing in the dark, there he was: front and centre. It’s unclear whether the mayor did so out of a sense of civic duty or a fear that if he didn’t step up, Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly and councillors like public works and infrastructure committee chair Denzil Minnan-Wong might soak up all of the credit for helping out during the ice storm. The fact that the mayor refused to declare a state of emergency, turning powers over to the deputy mayor and also perhaps increasing the amount of inter-governmental aid the city could expect, tends to support the latter interpretation. But never mind that. Despite having been

����� ������ ��� ���� stripped of his powers after having debased the office of mayor like none before him, the mayor took to podiums and neighbourhoods with great zeal – inserting himself as the reassuring voice of the public service in calamitous times. Doing so is a political calculus – if he is to stand a chance in the mayor’s race later this year, Ford must be seen to be doing something beyond brushing off reporters, dreaming of football and returning a handful of constituents’ phone calls. And he must not be seen to be absent during public emergencies, particularly when his other duties and powers as mayor have been so effectively curtailed. Now, it will take a lot of public emergencies over the next 10 months for

Torontonians to forgive his appalling behaviour over the past couple of years. This is the guy who admitted to smoking crack while in office, who consorts with gang-members and alleged drug dealers, makes lewd remarks related to his wife to deny allegations of making even more lewd remarks about former employees. As much as polls indicate that Ford’s base is remaining loyal, the majority of Torontonians are looking elsewhere for their next mayor. And Ford risks giving the impression that his newly-found municipal engagement is nothing but a cynical grab for photo-ops, as sincere as a death-bed conversion. Still, give him this: Rob Ford is finally doing the job he was elected to do. And whatever that does for his re-election chances, Ford seems to be doing the right thing now.

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December’s severe ice storm played havoc with transit operations across the city. Both TTC and GO Transit riders experienced major delays as the agencies struggled with power issues. Atthe storm’s height, service on all subway lines was affected as well as streetcar routes, plus the Scarborough RT. Several bus routes were also forced to cancel service or detour around areas where downed hydro wires or trees were reported. It wasn’t until midday on Christmas Eve– with the re-opening of the Sheppard subway – that service was fully restored. HIKES FOR TTC NOW IN EFFECT ◗FARE

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Metrolinx announced in December a pair of consortia pre-selected to bid on construction contracts for the Eglinton Crosstown LRT. Some 30 companies make up Crosslinx Transit Solutions and Crosstown Transit Partners, including heavyweights such as EllisDon and Aecon, which will have the opportunity to bid on over $2 billion worth of construction contracts,

everything from station design work to signal and communications system installations. Also available for bids are maintenance contracts to take effect following the Crosstown’s scheduled launch in 2020. The companies were selected by provincial procurement agency Infrastructure Ontario on behalf of Metrolinx. BUSES BACK ON THE STREET ◗ARTICULATED

Elongated TTC buses are back on city streets following a relaunch. Articulated buses are characterized by a pivoting accordion joint separating passenger compartments, which increases capacity by 45 per cent. The buses can hold a maximum of 112 riders, seating 77. On Dec. 19 the first of 15 “artics” were deployed on the 7 Bathurst routemainly during peak travel periods. Rahul Gupta is the Mirror’s transit reporter. His column appears on Thursday. Reach him on Twitter: @TOinTRANSIT

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Chess club meets wAgincourt The Agincourt Chess Club meets this Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. at the L’Amoreaux Community Centre. 2000 McNicoll Ave. Those interested in playing chess are invited to take part. There are no fees, teaching or tournaments. For more information, please call Luke Stets at 416-4906649. Kindergarten registration to start wtcdsb

Toronto Catholic District School Board invites new families with children born in 2010 to register for full-day kindergarten starting on Wednesday, Jan. 8. To accommodate busy schedules, each of the TCDSB 167 elementary schools will host an evening registration session sometime this month. Parents are asked to phone their local Catholic school for specific dates and times. To expedite the application

process, starting on Jan. 8, parents will be able to complete their application online at http:// soar.tcdsb.org, and follow up with a visit to the school.

mize convinced Scarborough councillors not to continue: they decided will be no levee this year at the Scarborough Civic Centre.

Snow Pass for students to ski The Canadian Ski Council is offering Snow Passes for students in Grades 4 and 5, which will grant them three free lift tickets at each of the more than 150 ski areas across Canada participating in the program. For a full listing of participating Ontario ski hills, go to http:// bit.ly/1bZskuw Cost of the passes is $29.95. To apply for a SnowPass, go to www.snowpass.ca, upload your child’s picture and proof of age, choose your delivery option, method of payment and your children’s Snow Pass will be mailed directly to your home. For more info, contact the Canadian Ski Council at 705445-9140.

Public health giving free flu shots Toronto Public Health will be giving free flu shots throughout the city. For a list of times and locations, visit the NoFlu4U website, www.toronto.ca/ health/flu The vaccine is free and available to those six months of age and older.

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Sometimes civic traditions do vanish, and in Scarborough the New Year’s Levee at the civic centre appears to be one of them. For decades, the former city held an afternoon event in early January where all interested residents could greet municipal politicians and each other early in each new year, and the practice continued at the Scarborough Civic Centre after Scarborough was amalgamated into Toronto. But it seems declining attendance and the need to econo-

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Community engagement unit formed in wake of Danzig Street shooting >>>from page 1 “That was a brand new unit, and those officers, their job is to be out there and engage, engage, engage.” A total of six people were murdered within the boundaries of 43 Division in 2012. The last homicide in the division occurred on Oct. 28, 2012 at a home on Military Trail.

Working together “Not just homicides, overall crime is down in every sector within 43 Division,” said Arsenault. “I think it’s a direct result of police working with the community.” The 43 Division area could now be one of the safest in the world.

“For our population, I’d put our stats up against any other place in this world,” said Staff Sgt. Peter Moreira of the 43 Division community response unit.

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Tu No Hua, 64, found dead in Alton Towers Circle apartment Police have released the name of the woman who was found dead inside a Scarborough apartment building last Thursday night. Police were called to Alton Towers Circle, near McCowan and Steeles avenues, around 11:30 p.m. following a 911 call. Investigation continues To Nu Hua, also known as Sandy, 64, was pronounced dead at the scene. The investigation is continuing and police are treating the death as a homicide.

Information “That’s as a result of the information that’s come forward. If that were to stop then we’d see a return to the levels of crime that we have seen in the past. We’ll certainly do our part and we’re hoping that the community continues to do their part and by doing that we should have the same successes that we’ve had this year.”

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Toronto police and paramedics were at the scene of a homicide investigation at 80 Alton Towers Circle last Thursday night.

Gary Harris remembered as quiet and polite >>>from page 1 weekends. He had not been working because of problems with his shoulder, but wasn’t retired, said Marrilli. Joss described Harris as

quiet and polite, but added he was known in the Kingston Road area and that friends of his had come by his home to give their condolences. Arrangements for his funeral were not announced,

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he year 2013 did not go down in history as a particularly noteworthy one for transit in the City of Toronto. There was some progress in improving transit, such as the introduction of articulated buses, completed subway station renovations as well as an emphasis on better customer service on the part of the TTC. Meanwhile, Metrolinx introduced all-day trips on GO train lines and proceeded on extensive renovation work at Union Station. Real progress was also made in June of 2013 on the Eglinton Crosstown LRT, with tunnel excavations commencing far below Eglinton Avenue. Also, in the fall Toronto Council voted to extend the Bloor-Danforth subway line to Sheppard Avenue and McCowan Road in Scarborough, to ultimately replace the aging Scarborough RT. By-and-large, however, transit in 2013 was characterized by the endless bickering between politicians about funding, subways, LRTs and revenue tools, even as record levels of transit riders dealt with higher levels of congestion, creakier service, higher fares and plenty of delays. It’s too soon to say whether 2014 will be any different, but the likelihood of two elections, provincially and municipally, make for an obvious and

useful coincidence for transit supporters seeking to drum up support for transit funding, such as TTC CEO Andy Byford. “I’m hoping politicians will recognize we have to continue to expand the network, so I’m looking for a serious, mature debate that will lead to decent and adequate funding,” said Byford of his hopes for 2014.

I’m hoping politicians will recognize we have to continue to expand the network, so I’m looking for a serious, mature debate. – TTC CEO Andy Byford

In the new year, Byford will be part of a delegation of city officials which includes mayoral candidate Karen Stintz set to travel to Queen’s Park and Ottawa in search of better transit funding. He said the TTC couldn’t continue to function without better funding, with annual fare increases no longer acceptable to riders frustrated by higher prices and a declining level of service. “We’ve got to be imaginative in the sources of funding, which is one of the reasons we’ve formed this task force,” he said. “We are doing our damnedest to make the service more reliable, but there comes a point you have to invest.”

The Greater Toronto CivicAction Alliance will also call for better transit funding in 2014, said a spokesperson for the advocacy group. L i n d a We i c h e l s a i d CivicAction, which bills itself as a non-partisan regional organization, will resume efforts to convince elected officials to sign its pledge for better transit funding. But as in the past, the group and its council of transportation “champions” will refrain from offering specific recommendations for funding or endorsements of pro-transit politicians. “From day one, we created a council with a great variety of interests from business to labour to social service agencies,” said Weichel, a vice president with CivicAction who was responsible for leading the group’s Your32 transit awareness campaign. “What everyone agreed on was we need investment.” CivicAction also had to deal with the impromptu departure of its CEO Mitzie Hunter in 2013, who left the group to run for the provincial Liberals in a Scarborough-Guildwood byelection which she won. “I had not anticipated her decision to run for office, and I understood eventually she would run, but that was down the road,” said Weichel who was part of an interim executive committee running the agency upon Hunter’s departure. “But I think she and we didn’t expect that moment

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The TTC showed off one of its new articulating buses at its Hillcrest facility in October. The 60-foot vehicles will provide 45 per cent more capacity than the regular bus fleet. They began running along Bathurst Street last month.

would come so soon.” Sevaun Palvetzian, a longtime civil servant, will officially replace Hunter as CEO of CivicAction as of Jan. 6, but the agency could also face another high-profile departure in 2014 if chair John Tory enters the Toronto mayoral race. Tory has not publicly announced whether he will run against announced candidates Stintz, David Soknacki and current mayor Rob Ford. Weichel said CivicAction would focus more on getting residents to endorse the idea of better funding. “The biggest obstacle is the question of trust,” she said. “It’s very clear people want to see something done to deliver a better network and offer more transportation

choices, but it’s really a question of whether there’s trust in governments spending that money wisely. There is more work to be done there.” According to Martin Collier, transportation issues will likely be front and centre in both the municipal elections (set for Oct. 27) and a possible provincial election, though historically that’s not often the case. “It’s funny but transportation seems to be more of an issue between elections than on elections, that’s been my experience,” said Collier, director of Healthy Transport Consulting which organizes a series of seminars entitled Transport Futures. “But this year, it could be totally different.”

In the case of the provincial election, he said it would be up to the minority Liberal government of Premier Kathleen Wynne to make the case for transit. But he thought the idea of paying more in taxes and fees could become a “wedge issue” and one provincial candidates would try to avoid during an election campaign. He hopes future debates on what project to build next, and how to fund them, come from places of reason rather than emotion. “We do have to make sure we’re making the right choices based on facts and evidence,” he said.

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The boring machine at the official launch of the first tunnel for the Eglinton Crosstown LRT was unveiled during a ceremony in June at Keelesdale Park.

Work by Metrolinx continued during the fall on the renovation of Union Station.

Completed rails tracks inside subway tunnels below the Downsview Park Station construction site in North York are shown during a tour of the line to Vaughan.


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The West Hill Hurricane’s Lucas Chapman, right, rushes up the ice past a fallen Faustina Fury defender during Carl Gordoneer Memorial Christmas Select Tournament minor novice action on Saturday at the MasterCard Centre.

TDSB BOYS BASKETBALL – EAST DIVISION SENIOR/TIER 2 MONDAY, JAN. 6 ◗ L’Amoreaux CI vs. Sir Robert L Borden BTI (Sir Robert L Borden BTI 200 Poplar Rd., 3:30 p.m.)

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UPCOMING GAME THURSDAY, JAN. 9 ◗ Mother Teresa vs. Community Hebrew Academy (Community Hebrew Academy, 200 Wilmington Ave.) ◗ Jean Vanier vs. Cardinal Newman (Cardinal Newman, 100 Brimley Rd., S.) ◗ Yeshivat vs. Francis Libermann (Francis Libermann, 4640 Finch Ave. E.) SENIOR TUESDAY, JAN. 7 ◗ St. Patrick’s vs. Francis Libermann (Francis Libermann, 4640 Finch Ave. E.) ◗ Crawford Academy vs. Brebeuf (Brebeuf, 211 Steeles Ave. E.) ◗ Monsignor Charbonnel vs. Yeshivat (Yeshivat, 159 Almore Ave.) ◗ Community Hebrew Academy vs. Neil McNeil (127 Victoria Park Ave.)

TUESDAY, JAN. 7 ◗ Stephen Leacock CI vs. Agincourt CI (Agincourt CI, 2621 Midland Ave., 4:15 p.m.)

In TDSB, boys hockey, east region, varsity, Sir Wilfrid Laurier CI plays Birchmount Park CI at Canlan Ice Sports Scarborough on Jan. 14 at 2 p.m.

THURSDAY, JAN. 9 ◗ SATEC @ WA Porter CI vs. Stephen Leacock CI (Stephen Leacock CI, 2450 Birchmount Rd., 3:30 p.m.) ◗ L’Amoreaux CI vs. Agincourt CI (Agincourt CI, 2621 Midland Ave., 4:15 p.m.) FRIDAY, JAN. 10 ◗ Sir Oliver Mowat CI vs. SATEC @ WA Porter CI (SATEC @ WA Porter CI, 40 Fairfax Cres., 4:15 p.m.) MONDAY, JAN. 13 ◗ SATEC @ WA Porter CI vs. L’Amoreaux CI (L’Amoreaux CI, 2501 Bridletowne Circle, 3

p.m.) ◗ Dr. Norman Bethune CI vs.Sir Oliver Mowat CI (.Sir Oliver Mowat CI, 5400 Lawrence Ave. E., 3:30 p.m.) SENIOR/TIER 1 MONDAY, JAN. 6 ◗ RH King Academy vs. Birchmount Park CI (Birchmount Park CI, 3663 Danforth Ave., 4:15

p.m.) TUESDAY, JAN. 7 ◗ Birchmount Park CI vs. RH King Academy (RH King Academy, 3800 St. Clair Ave., E., 4:15 p.m.) ◗ Woburn CI vs. Sir John A Macdonald CI (Sir John A Macdonald CI, 2300 Pharmacy Ave., 4:15 p.m.)

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 8 ◗ West Hill CI vs. Cedarbrae CI (CedarbraeCI, 550 Markham Rd., 3:30 p.m.) ◗ Lester B Pearson CI vs. Stephen Leacock CI (Stephen Leacock CI, 2450 Birchmount Rd., 4:15 p.m.) ◗ Sir Wilfrid Laurier CI vs. RH King Academy (RH King Academy, 3800 St. Clair Ave., E., 4:15 p.m.)

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Exciting times ahead for Scarborough basketball SEAN DURACK active@insidetoronto.com These are exciting times for promoters of the development of basketball in the province. The Ontario Basketball Association (OBA) the province’s governing body for organized basketball, teamed up with the Amateur Basketball Syndicate (ABS) in a bid to bring more structure to competitive basketball – namely by creating a new league for OBA rep teams. The program, which includes rep teams from the Scarborough Basketball Association, is experiencing a significant increase in interest since being introduced a year ago. David McKee, league co-founder and commissioner, said prior to

Spooner on women’s Olympic hockey team Scarborough’s Natalie Spooner has been named to Canada’s women’s hockey team for the Sochi Winter Olympics. The 23-year-old Spooner has been playing with the national women’s team for a number of seasons, but this will be her first appearance in the Winter Olympics. Hockey Canada made the announcement naming the Olympic team roster in late December. Spooner, a left-shooting forward, went to high school at Cedarbrae Collegiate in Scarborough. She also played hockey at Ohio State University where she set a number of school records, NATALIE including being the SPOONER Buckeyes alltime top goal scorer in women’s hockey. Scarborough is not unfamiliar with having representatives on the women’s national team, with both Vicky Sunohara and Cherie Piper winning Olympic gold medals while on the team. Spooner is the only player from Toronto on the women’s team for the Sochi Games, which begin in February.

last season clubs were tasked with running their own tournaments over the course of a season to possibly qualify for the provincial club championships. McKee likens the new association, which spans the GTA and currently hosts tournaments out of Oakville’s Sheridan College, to the structured format of the Greater Toronto Hockey League (GTHL). The GTHL facilitates rep programming for its district leagues

and is endorsed and governed by the Ontario Minor Hockey Association. Operating in co-ordination with the OBA, the ABS emulates this format, creating a complete system from top to bottom. “I believe this is really the start of something great. And, as it strengthens and as the associations build up their programs (over the years), I feel like it will be a go-to place,” said McKee. It has already proven to be a hit in

Scarborough where the Scarborough Basketball Association’s rep Blues division has a proven track record growing talent – Cory Joseph, Maurice Walker, Ryan Augustine and Ashton Khan, among many more – since 1996 when the Toronto Blues and Galloway Lancers unified to create one lone organization in the community. Radcliffe Golbourne, a coach and the rep director of player development with SBA, is reluctant to call

the ABS ‘a development league,’ but he did acknowledge developing talent is, at the end of the day, the result organizers are aiming for. The SBA, which provides house league and competitive programming, is one of the larger and more successful clubs with 40-plus teams at the rep level and one of the larger supporters of the new association.

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Deputy mayor: The year that was, the year that will be David Nickle dnickle@insidetoronto.com Going into 2014, Toronto’s Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly has a stack of books he wants to get to: a biography of Chairman Mao, another book on the new science of persuasion, a third looking at the fraternity of former U.S. presidents. But although he is wellknown as a voracious reader, Kelly hasn’t made much progress on these books and doesn’t expect to in the coming year. After a year of scandal, embarrassment and demagoguery coming out of the office of the Mayor of Toronto, the councillor from ScarboroughAgincourt who has now taken on many of the powers and responsibilities of the mayor, has his hands full. Not that he’s complaining. “It’s been very busy and the adjustment has been more comfortable than I guess I anticipated – but again, I didn’t know what to anticipate,” said Kelly, sitting down for a yearend interview.

“I’ve been blessed with a terrific team of people helping me. As a councillor, you have to select a certain number of issues to focus on, but as a mayor it has to be wider. In this position, you’re looking at a spectrum – you’ve got to be looking at everything,” he said.

We are the most important city in the region and the country, and we’ve tended to back away from that leadership role, and I would like to see if we can reassert ourselves. – Norm Kelly, Deputy Mayor

Kelly has been working as Toronto’s de facto mayor for about a month, since Toronto City Council voted to strip Mayor Rob Ford of most of his powers and bestow them on Kelly. It’s a unique position in Canadian municipal politics: Kelly was anointed deputy mayor in the summer by Ford, after former deputy Doug Holyday left city hall to sit on

the Progressive Conservative benches in Queen’s Park. Kelly took over as scandal, a police investigation and an admission of illegal drug use put Ford, and Toronto, on the world stage. In the interview, Kelly assesses the damage done to the city. “The executive function was beginning to erode in the last few days of the Ford administration,” said Kelly. “That has been cauterized. I think we’re well on our way, I hope, to regaining the respect of Torontonians, and maybe by extension the international media as well.” Kelly will be leading council into an election year – in an election that Ford promised would be bloody, as he set about to run for re-election. Kelly said he hoped it wouldn’t be too great a distraction to Toronto council. “I think that there’s a genuine willingness by most members of council to focus on the business of the city,” he said, “the most important of which is the budget, and I think that people are hoping that there

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won’t be any further personal issues that will erupt on the sidelines. I have a sense that councillors are getting down to business and will maintain that frame of mind going forward.” Kelly said that he antici-

pated much of the work of council in 2014 will focus on the budget, which will be approved in late January and implemented through the year. “The budget’s going to take you well into the new year and

the Billy Bishop airport issue is going to occupy almost the same territory,” said Kelly. “After that will be... the task of implementing the budget you decided on. And then you come into a smooth landing in July, and everybody gets off the plane and hits the streets at election time.” Beyond that, Kelly is hoping Toronto can regain a sense of leadership in the Greater Toronto Area that he believes it’s lost over the Ford years. “We are the most important city in the region and the country, and we’ve tended to back away from that leadership role, and I would like to see if we can reassert ourselves,” he said. One thing Kelly insists is that he will not seek election as mayor in 2014. “I’m very proud to represent the communities of Scarborough-Agincourt. I’ll be standing for that office, and that honour.”

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Gentle Fitness on a Chair WHEN: 1:45 to 2:45 p.m. WHERE: St. Paul’s L’Amoreaux Centre, 3333 Finch Ave. E. CONTACT: Sivanesan (Siva), 416-293-3333 ext. 288 COST: $20 for members and $30 for non-members Program includes a range of motion exercises, light resistance movements, stretching and relaxation.

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Garden Club WHEN: 10:30 a.m. to noon WHERE:

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St. Paul’s L’Amoreaux Centre, 3333 Finch Ave. E. CONTACT: Elsa Uy, 416-493-3333 ext. 227, elsa@splc.ca COST: Free Share gardening ideas. Tuesday Drop In WHEN: 1 to 3:30 p.m. WHERE: St. Stephen’s Presbyterian Church, 3817 Lawrence Ave. E. CONTACT: June Crawford, 416-724-9004 COST: Free Learn how to knit or crochet hats and scarves. Everyone welcome. Recreational badminton WHEN: 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. WHERE: Immanuel Child Care Centre, 21 Channel Nine Crt. CONTACT: Bette Kamerman, 416-293-2938 COST: call for details Recreational level badminton in Scarborough: Three courts, spare rackets.

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5 Pin Bowling Seniors WHEN: Noon WHERE: Parkway Bowl, 67 Ellesmere Rd. CONTACT: 416-7245162 COST: $12 No experience is required. Fun club.

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Taoist Tai Chi at Wexford Heights United Church WHEN: 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. WHERE: Wexford Heights United Church, 2102 Lawrence Ave. E. CONTACT: 416-656-

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Robbie Burns Luncheon WHEN: 1:30 to 3 p.m. WHERE: Church of the Master United Church, 3385 Lawrence Ave. E. CONTACT: Church of the Master, 416-431-0333 COST: Adults $20, call for child and family prices Enjoy a delicious roast beef dinner, Scottish ritual and haggis at this annual church event at a new midday time. Check out our complete online community calendar by visiting www.scarboroughmirror.com. Read weeks of listings from your Scarborough neighbourhoods as well as events from across Toronto.

2110, scarborough@taoist.org COST: varies Gentle set of movements that promote well-being for people of all ages and health conditions. Wednesdaya 7 p.m., Thursdaya 9:30 a.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m.

6th Toronto Scout Group Community Euchre WHEN: 7:15 to 10 p.m. WHERE: Royal Canadian Legion Branch 11, 9 Dawes Rd. CONTACT: David Bawcutt, COST: $6 Prizes, draw and refreshments.

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Canadian Federation of University Women, Scarborough WHEN: 7 p.m. WHERE: Knox United Church, 2569 Midland Ave. CONTACT: Janet Holt, jmholt@rogers.com COST: Free Topic: Early Learning and Childcare. Speaker: Dr. Gordon Cleveland. Meetings are third Monday of the month.

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Rouge Park’s 11th Annual Winter Bird Count WHEN: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. WHERE: Rouge Park, various locations CONTACT: Sheryl Santos, 905-713-6007 COST: Free Volunteers are needed to count birds in the Park or in their backyards. No experience necessary, ages 13 and up. For thsoe aged 12 and under let

French Immersion Parent Information Meeting WHEN: 6:30 p.m. WHERE: St. Agatha Catholic School, 49 Cathedral Bluffs Dr. CONTACT: St. Agatha, 416-3935302COST: Free Everyone welcome.

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Treats Walk at the Toronto zoo TASTY TREATS: Riley Segalowitz, 3, decided to get in on the action at the Toronto Zoo’s 38th annual Christmas Treats Walkon Boxing Day by tasting an icicle. The annual walk sees zoo animals fed holiday treats. At bottom right, a giant panda snacks on some bamboo. Below centre, a Bennett’s wallaby nibbles on some foliage. Below left, polar bear Nikita enjoys a snack. Below, an Arctic wolf rests in its icy enclosure.

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Tax tips at Port library wUnion The Port Union library presents a Tax Tips for 2013 and 21014 information evening next month. Chartered accountant and co-author of 78 Tax Tips for Canadians for Dummies, Brian Quinlan will let residents known what’s new in taxes for residents planning to get started on last year’s taxes and plan for this years. The event goes from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Feb. 6. The Port Union library is located at 5450 Lawrence Ave. E. Call 416-396-8885 for details. boss to speak at board of trade wTTC

Andy Byford, the CEO of the TTC, will be the guest speaker at the Toronto Region Board of Trade’s luncheon scheduled for Jan. 9. Byford will discuss the TTC’s future, including an update on what the city’s transit provider is doing to secure long-term, sustainable, and predictable funding from Queen’s Park and Ottawa.

alan shackleton Business in brief The event goes from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the board’s Downtown Centre, 1 First Canadian Place. For info or to order tickets, go to www.bot. com/events school honour for Schulich wBusiness

The Schulich School of Business is making it a habit to appear on business school ranking lists. Schulich, located at York University, was recently named as one of the world’s “most beautiful” business schools, according to topmanagementschools.com According to the website, these schools “are as aesthetically pleasing on the outside as they are innovative on the inside, and with their host of top-class facilities these attractive buildings may inspire students to work harder.” Of the 50 schools listed, Schulich placed 25th, the second-highest among

Canadian schools. for small businesses wSupport

Small business owners look to save some money in the new year after the provincial government passed the Supporting Small Businesses Act. Up to 88 per cent of private-sector employers will now be exempt from paying the Employer Health Tax. The exemption will increase from $400,000 to $450,000 of Ontario payroll, saving most employers up to $975 every year. To learn more about the act, go to bit.ly/1baFcYG to pick up slightly in 2014 wEconomy

Canada’s economy will pick up slightly to 2.3 per cent growth, compared to this year’s 1.7 per cent, according to the Canadian Chamber of Commerce’s 2014-1015 Economic Outlook. To see the full report, please go to bit.ly/1c7aWEk

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Concettina and Salvatore Amenta receive a certificate from Scarborough-Guildwood MP John McKay late last month to congratulate the couple on their 65th wedding anniversary. The couple was married in Sicily on Dec. 11, 1948 and immigrated to Toronto in the mid 1960s.

Couple celebrates 65th anniversary Scarborough’s Salvatore and Concettina Amenta recently celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary. Along with congratulations from friends and family, the couple also received a certificate from Scarborough-Guildwood MP John McKay. The couple were married in Siracusa, Sicily on Dec. 11, 1948. The couple had two chil-

dren, daughter Tina and son Paul. In 1965, Salvatore immigrated to Canada to join his two older brothers who were already living here. Concettina and the children were able to join Salvatore in Canada in 1966. They arrrived with only their suitcases, but quickly settled in Scarborough where they have always lived – now calling the Brimley Road

and Lawrence Avenue area home. Salvatore worked for 27 years as a spot welder with the same company, along with both he and Concettina doing factory work as well to help make a better life for their family. The couple has six grandchildren and six greatgrandchildren.

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