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The Scarborough Hospital appeared to dismiss calls from local MPPs for a new round of public consultations before any decisions are made on the hospital’s future. Scarborough-Agincourt MPP Soo Wong and Scarborough-Rouge River MPP Bas Balkissoon both expressed concerns after hearing last month from physicians and residents opposing proposed changes at TSH. Last week, the day after the hospital board of directors voted to merge maternal and newborn care on both campuses into a single “centre of excellence” on its Birchmount site, Wong and Balkissoon issued a statement calling for consultations to continue “in an open, transparent and accountable way.” “We need to rebuild the trust between the hospital and the com-



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munity” the statement said. On Thursday, Wong continued to raised the issue in Ontario’s legislature. “The local residents need to have a real voice at the table, real meaningful consultation, so they can move forward together” with the hospital, she said. CEO Dr. John Wright confirmed on Monday, however, the hospital’s consultation with the public is finished. “It’s been extensive. Why (Wong and Balkissoon) would feel it’s not extensive, I honestly don’t know,” he said in an interview. The hospital started to meet residents six months ago, warning each group the province’s new funding formula would force budget cuts and a “transformation” of how health care was delivered in Scarborough. It was not until a month ago, however, that the TSH administration >>>HOSPITAL, page 9

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IN THE AIR: Piper Gilles and her partner Paul Poirier skate at the Scarboro Figure Skating Club’s send off event for them on the weekend at Centennial arena. The skating couple are off to London, Ontario to compete in the worlds this week.


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A seminar for internationally trained professionals is set for this Friday, at the Scarborough Civic Centre. The event is sponsored by the Toronto East Chapter of the Ontario Association of Certified Technicians and Technologists (OACETT) and goes from 7 to 9:30 p.m. The evening will feature infor-


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mation on the Toronto Region and Conservation Authority’s Ontario Bridge Training Programs which help connect skilled internationally trained professionials with employers. Seating is limited. To reserve a seat, please email Pasha Mohammed of OACETT at, or call 416-820-1600. Kennedy

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The Cliffside community is in mourning for five-year-old Kayleigh Callaghan-Belanger, a kindergarten student at Cliffside Public School who was struck and killed by a garbage truck Thursday afternoon on her way home from school.

Community mourns loss of Kayleigh Funeral for girl killed by garbage truck to take place tomorrow morning TARA HATHERLY She wanted to be a bus driver and marry Justin Bieber, but instead a young Scarborough girl will be laid to rest tomorrow. Five-year-old Kayleigh CallaghanBelanger, a senior kindergarten student at Cliffside Public School, was killed instantly when she was hit by a City of Toronto garbage truck while walking home from school on Thursday. As most Toronto schools marked the start of March break Friday, at Cliffside, students and teachers marked the tragic loss of one of their own. “The school, as you will understand, is sad, and students are very, very upset,” principal Ken Samuels told a media conference outside the school. “Kayleigh was a very bright, funny little girl, very happy, loved to please her friends. She enjoyed school, she enjoyed her classmates, her class-

mates enjoyed her.” Grief counsellors were on hand at the school, helping students and staff deal with the tragedy. Kayleigh was walking with three other children when she was killed. Two of the children, a six-year-old and a 13-year-old, were also struck. Their injuries were not life threatening. The driver of the truck, a 64-yearold man, was also taken to hospital after collapsing in shock. CROSSING STREET The children were crossing Cliffside Drive from east to west, on the south side of East Haven Drive, when they were hit by the truck, which was turning left on Cliffside Drive. There was no crossing guard at the intersection. Samuels said he wouldn’t mind seeing a crossing guard there, noting many parents are advocating for one, and adding the intersection is heavily used by many students. In a statement from her teacher,

read by Samuels, Kayleigh was remembered as an easy-going child who loved playing at her grandmother’s and was proud of her strawberryblonde curly hair, as was her mother. She had two sisters, with whom she was looking forward to the birth of a new sibling. “She loved her class, and because she got along so well with everyone, she will be deeply missed,” Samuels said, adding the school is in shock over the loss. A photo of Kayleigh was displayed during the press conference, showing a happy-looking child with big, sparkling blue eyes, and a big smile to match. PORTRAIT A portrait of her was also shown, drawn from the photo by a classroom volunteer. The portrait, drawn on pink card stock, will serve as the front of a card for Kayleigh’s family. Her classmates will sign the card and paint butterflies inside. Butterflies were one of Kayleigh’s favourite things.

Artwork by Kayleigh was also displayed, showing a snowman surrounded by a fury of mutlicoloured paint. Kayleigh liked art, noted Samuels. Down the street from the conference, a large memorial marked the intersection where Kayleigh died. Countless flower bouquets and stuffed toys decorated a corner of the intersection, with countless messages to Kayleigh and her family placed amid rosaries and burning candles. “Rest In Peace sweet little Angel,” was just one of the many messages that could be read. A visitation service for Kayleigh will be held today from 5 to 9 p.m. at McDougall and Brown Funeral Home, 2900 Kingston Rd. Her funeral will be held at 10 a.m. tomorrow at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 131 Birchmount Rd. Police are still investigation the incident.


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A man struck by a van while crossing Victoria Park Avenue last week has died of his injuries, Toronto police say. The 35-year-old died last Thursday and is Toronto’s seventh pedestrian fatality of the year. He was crossing from the west side of Victoria Park to the east with two other men at 9:28 p.m. on March 5. According to police, he was several steps behind the other men when he was struck by a northbound Ford van in the curb lane south of Eglinton Square. No charges have been laid.

CITY OMBUDSMAN AT BIRCHMOUNT BLUFFS Fiona Crean, the first City of Toronto Ombudsman, investigates complaints by residents who believe they have been unfairly treated by their city government. Social Planning Toronto is inviting Scarborough residents to meet Crean this Friday at Fair is Fair, a forum from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Birchmount Bluffs Neighbourhood Centre, on Birchmount Road north of Kingston Road. “Despite the excellent work of many public servants, too many residents find that they have not been treated as they deserve,” the group said, adding the free event was called so people can understand their right to be treated fairly by city government.

FREE SKATING PARTIES PLANNED THIS WEEK Scarborough Southwest MP Dan Harris hosts a pair of free community skating parties this week. They are today from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Birchmount Community Centre, and Thursday from 1 to 3 p.m. at Don Montgomery Community Centre.

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ith the impacts of the change back to daylight saving time and the anticipated increase of cars and pedestrians on the streets due to March Break, Toronto police have launched a safety campaign this week.

The March Break - March Safe Pedestrian Campaign will run through to this Sunday. Though already planned, this week’s campaign has been made all the more meaningful by the death of fiveyear-old Kayleigh Callaghan-Belanger on Cliffside Drive in Scarborough. Kayleigh died instantly last Thursday after being struck by a garbage truck while she was crossing the road with other children while on her way home from school. Police are still investigating the circumstances of the incident. Her death has touched all Torontonians: drivers, pedestrians and cyclists alike. The consequences of these incidents are most often tragic and devastating. Sadly, this past weekend did not get much better on our streets. On Sunday, a cyclist suffered serious head injuries after being struck by a car on Bloor Street West, and a North York man suffered broken legs after he was struck by a vehicle. Part of the police’s message this week is that safety is everyone’s responsibility, and using caution in all circumstances is the best approach while on the roads. Part of the campaign will include increased enforcement of traffic violations committed by drivers, cyclists or pedestrians that threaten safety. Parking officers will also be out dealing with vehicles parked in ways that might impact saftey. Police will also be paying extra attention to unsafe behaviour in intersections, at crosswalks and by pedestrians crossing streets mid-block. This week’s campaign comes on the heels of a Toronto Police and GO Transit campaign urging pedestrians to Do the Bright Thing and make themselves more visible to drivers. Const. Hugh Smith pointed out that pedestrians taking actions to protect themselves was not a case of blaming them for being hit by vehicles. “So we’re just saying to be alert, be aware and be responsible for your movement.” We believe everyone using our roads has an equal share of responsibility when it comes to the safety of others and themselves. Drivers must always be keenly aware of the surroundings, following the traffic laws at intersections and not speeding, while pedestrians and cyclists need to improve their visibility and be vigilant. Together we can hopefully avoid more tragedies.

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Moving clocks up a wonderful idea S o, now that the clocks have been moved forward an hour, how are you enjoying seeing daylight rather than darkness in the early evening? I took a leisurely stroll around my neighbourhood Sunday night to gauge the reaction around here. And the verdict? I’d have to say that the majority gave it a resounding two thumbs up. But to be honest, it was far from a unanimous response. There were plenty of other views as well. For example, for a significant number the verdict was two paws up. In just as many cases, it was two wings up. For others, it was two ears up. Still others, it was two eyebrows up. And I came across plenty of bushy tails up as well. No doubt about it, the trend was definitely up all around. Topping the list of those

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celebrating the much-welcomed extra hour of daylight without doubt were the birds in the area that were chirping an extremely catchy little tune. They were carrying on as if they had been anointed to herald in the clock change.

The neighbours were out in huge numbers walking around and engaging in conversation or gleefully tending to gardening matters.

If they indeed had been singled out, I couldn’t think of a more fitting choice

for the honour. Equally excited were the squirrels racing around on the grass. They were even friskier than usual, which is saying something for this exuberant bunch. Normally the squirrels in this neck of the woods forage for scraps on fast food wrappers at this time, but they seemed to be just playing on Sunday. Dinner could wait this evening. They preferred to soak up the atmosphere. They had plenty of company. The kids on spring break were zipping around. Joggers and cyclists, too. The people walking their dogs all had an extra bounce in their steps that they don’t usually have when they go out when it’s dark. Which was a good thing, considering their pets were champing at the bit to get in on this daylight action. And not to be outdone were a couple of raccoons that typically aren’t visible when it’s sunny.

They were spotted peeking out from behind a nearby garbage can uncharacteristically curious about what all the hubbub was about. The regulars who work on Sundays and tend to have gloomy looks on their faces when they come home at this hour were delighted to be greeted by sunlight as they seemed to skip along the sidewalk. And the neighbours were out in huge numbers walking around engaging in conversation or gleefully tending to gardening matters. In short, the proverbial good time was being had by all. The moral of this story? Though it was just one night, it’s evident this daylight saving investment yields plenty of interest. And you can take that to the bank.

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To the editor: The gridlock in Toronto is getting worse every year. Our streets are plugged, which, by some estimates, is costing the local economy $6 billion a year. To add LRTs would be insane and only make things worse. The obvious answer is to build subways to take the load of above-ground roads. The subways that were built in the ’50s and ’60s have served us well and are still doing it now and will do it in future. Subways will be paid by taxpayers – either federal, provincial or municipal – or a combination of these and the savings that removing gridlock will save. I don’t remember who paid the bills in the ’50s and ’60s, but maybe

we should find out. If LRTs are imposed they will increase the problem. Decision-makers should come to their senses and look for long-term solutions. I would prefer a regional plan that combines subways and GO trains that would serve Toronto and Hamilton region under one authority. So let’s get busy and produce a proposal that solves our public transport problem for once and all. All large cities have regional public transport systems and all of them have subways, which have served them well. S. Suurmann


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There are other ways to fight congestion To the editor: Re: ‘Smarter commuting could save TTC money,’ Special Report, Feb. 28. Your recent Special Report concerning one of the most pressing challenges we face in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Region – automobile traffic congestion – highlights the need to manage travel demand as well as build more transit. Unfortunately, decisionmakers seem to promote and embrace only infrastructure expansion schemes that require billions of dollars as solutions to our traffic woes. We can’t discount the fact an increasing population and economic growth will require more buses, tracks and trains. However, a more sophisticated response is now needed that also considers the users of the transit systems – why, when and where they use it, and the opportunity through marketing

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On gridlock: Sensible transit solution means a regional plan with subways and GO trains

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Smarter commuting could save TTC money Offering flexible commutes could also reduce riders’ stress, improve employees’ productivity


proving more attractive to professional women with families, who must juggle As traffic gridlock worsens, their children’s needs with the commuters are facing the demands of their profession, stark choice of paying more said Samatas. to realize the completion of “Women are looking for new transit systems or watch flexibility but they also want commute times in the GTHA to be challenged by their job,” (Greater Toronto Hamilton said Samatas. “It’s hard to drop Area) continue to balloon to off your kid at daycare or unimaginable levels. school when you have to be at Throughout February, resia meeting by nine o’clock.” dents have had the chance to She said the company has participate in roundtables, achieved higher rate of retenconsultations and discussions, tion for its employees who to evaluate transit plans that are keen to stay in a position promise to reverse the tide of which affords them the flexcongestion and usher in a new ibility in how they work. The Staff photo/Dan Pearce future for transportachallenge, she said, is tion options – one that for more businesses to Former TTC board chair Adam Giambrone estimated that if one to two per cent of peak-time riders could alter their won’t come cheap. offer flexible work times commute times by just 30 minutes, it would save the TTC approximately $10 million in new service costs. Even if they are without sacrificing profunded, such massive ductivity. infrastructure under“I think we have crisis,” said Giambrone, who ing could be offering “incentakings will cost tens of is now a media commentator. tives” for travelling outside come a long way, but Inside billions of dollars and Toronto it’s one thing to have a “And one thing in the mix of of peak periods so that riders will take decades to policy and another to things to consider is shifting who choose to do so could complete. Meanwhile live and breathe it every the burden from the peak receive some form of fare residents, no matter their day,” Samatas said. hours.” discount. RAHUL GUPTA and region’s transit systems, Offering a flexible commute He estimates it costs the “Your goal here is to encourwhich, presently, is dealing choice of transportation, remain stuck in traffic patterns would not only improve an TTC around $6 million for age very specific travel,” said with overcrowding and trafpromised only to worsen. employee’s productivity but it every one per cent growth in A senior Toronto architect fic congestion. Giambrone. With new transit for Toronto would also benefit the cashapplauds Chief Planner Keesmaat has frequently ridership. Chris Upfold, TTC chief of and area far off into the future strapped TTC, said the former In 2012 the TTC reported customer service, acknowlstated her support of a lowJennifer Keesmaat’s call and existing transportation chair of the transit agency 514 million annual rides and edged some benefits in a camfor mid-level development rise future for Toronto that networks straining to deal with recently. is anticipating around 528 milpaign to encourage shifting projects with strong links to could handle the growing record ridership, new ideas on The TTC’s continuing lion by the end of 2013. commute times to off-peak public transit. city’s needs without raising how to deal with situation are dilemma, according to Adam Giambrone estimated that periods. But David Butterworth the ire of local communities emerging. Giambrone, is it is attracting if one to two per cent of those said he wants to see concerned about condoBut he balked at the prosBusinesses, especially, are record ridership numbers, but peak-time riders could alter pect of getting the TTC to Keesmaat and the city planminium towers changing looking to find ways for a much of that travel is coming their commute times by just 30 approach employers. ning department settle varithe landscape of the neighduring the peak hours. “I think we can do someous planning “ambiguities” bourhood. smarter commute for their minutes, it would save the TTC employees. Or in some cases, thing to help our customers regarding the building of At a recent speech at they are eliminating the comunderstand what their options six-to eight-storey buildthe at the Toronto Board mute completely by granting are, and where it might be ings along major avenues of Trade, Keesmaat encourWhat we find is people are more productive when employees more flexibility in in the city. aged shifting focus from busier. But aiming a camthey don’t have a long commute and are not deciding when - and where paign at employers is not a “If Jennifer is really sugsingle-family residences exhausted. We don’t want our employees getting TTC issue,” said Upfold. gesting this then she’s got they work. to higher density mixedup at 5 a.m. so they can spend three hours on a Local staffing and recruiting Instead, he said the TTC to allow some flexibility growth housing, particularly would likely focus on benefits outside of the downtown firm Poly Placements allows its and freedom within the nail-biting commute. workforce of around 50 people to customers, who could then mid-rise guidelines,” said core. – Sarah Samatas, Poly Placements flexible start and leave times, inform their employers about Butterworth, a senior “We have a tremendous head of human resources as well as the ability to telethe benefits of altering their designer for firm Kirkor amount of capacity within commute for one or two days commute times. Architects and Planners. the City of Toronto to per work week, said the place“Peak times are the most approximately $10 million in “We could show that if you Speaking this month, redevelop our avenues as ment agency’s head of human difficult time to add service,” new service costs. get on a bus or subway at a Butterworth said the type very livable urban places,” resources. Sarah Samatas He suggested the TTC certain time you’re going to of European-style develophe said. Keesmaat said. “You have to potentially buy get a seat, for example.” said ment Keesmaat envisions Butterworth said develsaid the company realized should consider a “twogiving employees options on new vehicles and hire more Upfold. “Customers can then for Toronto could create opers might be interested in pronged” awareness camwhen they come into work people just for those times. paign to educate riders and go back to their employers new creative opportunities building mid-level buildings at its location near the busy If you could get those people employers and called on the for designers. in areas near major tranand say: ‘Gosh wouldn’t it intersection of Yonge Street to adjust their commutes, you city and province to review be great if I can make these He said such planning sit connections but only and Eglinton Avenue made would have capacity to handle their current policies on comchanges.’ But we don’t have would facilitate the transif they can make it work for a more productive and less service load without adding mutes. plans in respect to influencing formation of certain subfinancially. distracted workforce. any service.” Giambrone said when employers.” urban neighbourhoods “Why is anyone going “What we find is people are Giambrone believes the While an advertising caminto local “satellite cores,” he headed the TTC board to knock down a two- or more productive when they TTC could save on the need between 2006 and 2010, the paign is possible in the future, walkable urban areas with three-storey building just don’t have a long commute for providing more peak or TTC had planned to run an Upfold said the TTC has no opportunities for office and to build six?” he said. “You and are not exhausted,” said rush hour service if riders were advertising campaign encourcurrent plans for one. retail space and connected really need to have make able to shift their commute aging flexible commute times. Samatas, however, encourvia public transit to the it affordable to purchase Samatas. “We don’t want our employees getting up a 5 a.m. times by as small an amount The campaign, however, never aged both the TTC and GO downtown core. Building the land and ensure there a so they can spend three hours as either 30 minutes earlier ended up launching. Transit to educate ridership with transit in mind would, reasonable return on it.” on a nail-biting commute.” or later. He said another way to about the benefits of shifting according to Butterworth, -with files from Flexible commutes are “We’re in a perpetual budget encourage smarter commutease pressure on the Toronto transit commutes. David Nickle

Future development needs to be linked to transit plans

and incentives to influence this demand and operate the transit system we have today more efficiently. The former TTC chair offers up an idea used elsewhere by other transit agencies and the telecommunication industry and energy and water utilities having been practicing demand-side management and implementing ‘peakuse shaving’ measures for decades. Probably the most telling aspect of the article that reinforces the dominant paradigm – we can build

our way out of the problem – comes from the TTC chief of customer service who acknowledges there’s some merit to attempt to shift commute times, but balks at the idea of the TTC approaching employers to better understand how to make that happen. What’s curious is that our energy (electrical and gas) utilities do just that – work with energy users (large and small) to better understand their use needs and offer them incentives and support to change for example, the time of day they consume the most energy. The purpose of a person’s trip during peak hours on a public transit system is typically to get to work or school. Further, employers and schools rely on public transit to function efficiently and economically so workers and students can arrive at their destination safely and on time. Given the overcrowding on trains and buses today,

it might be useful for the TTC to revisit their stance concerning demand management and carry out their own research and studies to determine what might be possible here in Toronto. To kick-off the effort, the TTC and other transit agencies in Greater Toronto should consider collaborating with Smart Commute organizations that already exist and work with employers and their employees. The program is something that Metrolinx and the municipalities already help fund, operate and administer. They help employers and commuters, explore different commute choices like carpooling, cycling and transit. Their goal is to ease gridlock, improve air quality and reduce greenhouse gas emissions while making the commute less expensive and more enjoyable. For details, visit www. home Lorenzo Mele

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If you love soup or just want to try something new, come to the 8th annual Soup’er Saturday soup tasting contest. Cast your ballot for your favourite soup as you sample soups from various Scarborough Restaurants, in our community. While you are here, make sure you get a raffle ticket for some great prizes!

Where: 148 Markham Rd. (Markham Rd. south of Eglinton) 416-264-3566 When: Saturday, March 23, 2013 1:30 - 3:00 p.m.

Participants • Fabian’s Café • Souper Natural • Taste of Greek • Vi Pei Bistro ....and more

A minimum $2.00 donation is requested upon entrance. All proceeds will go to the Heart & Stroke Foundation

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Max Beaumont, right, is a Scarborough Big Brother mentor and spends time with here at his hockey practice recently.

Step up, men of Scarborough Big Brothers needs mentors to help make a difference in lives of local boys Tara Hatherly


hirty Scarborough youths could be waiting for someone just like you to make a positive difference in their lives. In Scarborough, 30 boys are currently waiting to be matched with mentors through the Big Brothers organization. Some have been waiting two years for the chance to spend time with a positive male role model. There just aren’t enough volunteers to go around, which is why the organization is appealing to local men to help it fill the gap, said Max Beaumont, Big Brothers recruitment co-ordinator and volunteer. “We’re asking men in Scarborough to step up, become a mentor and help change a child’s life,” Beaumont said. “Step up, apply, be a Big Brother, make a difference in a child’s life, and at the same time have a positive experience yourself.” Sometimes all a child needs is someone to be there for them. Studies show that spending time with a mentor helps improve

children’s confidence, behaviour, academic achievement and participation in extracurricular activities, while decreasing their chances of becoming involved in illegal or abusive activities. “It’s been proven that mentors really do help children in a big way reach their full potential,” Beaumount said. “Being a positive role model for children really improves their sense of self worth and it instills confidence in them, for them to ultimately graduate high school or go to college and university and get a good job. When that takes place, when our children and youth are able to reach their potential, our communities are stronger.” Being a Big Brother takes just four to eight hours a month. Mentors meet weekly or biweekly with their matches, forming a solid relationship children can count on and trust, while hanging out and having a good time. “They can do anything from going skating, going to a museum, going to watch a movie, hanging out at a burger joint, the options are really endless,” Beaumont said.

We’re asking men in Scarborough to step up, become a mentor and help change a child’s life. Max Beaumont

“Anything from playing hockey, playing basketball, going to the library, reading books, playing cards – it’s really about just spending time consistently with a child.” Mentors and youths enjoy low- or no-cost activities, as well as occasional perks such as free sports and entertainment tickets that are donated to the organization. Common interests To help foster strong connections, matches are made based on common interests. To ensure matches are running smoothly, mentors meet regularly with a case worker, who can also help think up ideas for activities and is always available to answer questions.

Being a Big Brother not only benefits youths, but mentors as well, Beaumont said. “It’s an extremely rewarding experience,” he said. “You’re building up your own selfconfidence and self esteem when you contribute positively to a child’s development, you feel more involved in your community and it’s a good networking opportunity, too. You can make new contacts with volunteers and agency staff.” Beaumont has been matched with 12-year-old Eddie for the last year. “It’s been amazing. It’s been an extremely positive experience for both of us,” he said. “I’ve seen his confidence grow in numbers, and he’s performing better in school. It’s really changed my life too, because I realize someone’s really looking up to me and I’m making a difference in someone’s life... At this point in our relationship, I don’t look it as a volunteer experience anymore, I look at it as I get to hang out with a friend and have a good time.” The organization is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. To

mark the occasion, it launched a campaign to reconnect with former big and little brothers and sisters, as well as former staff, board members and donors, encouraging them to visit the organization’s website and share how Big Brothers Big Sisters positively impacted them. “We want to hear from individuals who have been involved in the organization over the years, and we’re hoping that we can inspire them to reengage with our organization and really spread the word of mentorship and the importance of it,” Beaumont said. “It’s all about celebrating and recognizing the legacy of mentoring over the past 100 years, and starting something for the next 100 years by recruiting some much-needed new volunteers.” To learn more about becoming a Big Brother, visit the organization’s website, or contact Beaumont at max.beaumont@ or 416925-8981, ext. 4188. Big Brothers are needed in Scarborough for one-on-one mentoring and for group and school programs. Visit for more information on volunteering.



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Scarborough forum on casino plans

Scarborough Centre Councillor Michael Thompson has called a community forum for March 23 to hear what people from his ward think of proposals for a downtown Toronto casino. Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp. said it will allow a private company to build a casino and entertainment complex downtown and to rebuild a casino around the Woodbine Racetrack. Toronto council is expected to vote on the issue next month. Thompson, chair of the city’s economic development committee, said he’s heard from constituents supporting and opposing a casino proposal for Toronto’s downtown. The March 23 forum, which he said will include speakers from both sides, is scheduled for 11 a.m. at the Toronto Public Library branch at Parkway Mall, which is

at Ellesmere Road and Victoria Park Avenue


Scarborough Arts juried show starts ChildSight: Scarborough Arts’ 28th annual Juried Show takes place March 13 to 24. This year’s show takes place at the Papermill Gallery at Todmorden Mills, 67 Pottery Rd. The public reception and awards presentation is on Thursday, March 21, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Ju r o r i s Br i a n Deines, who is an illustrator of children’s books. The awards are courtesy of the Rotary Club of Scarborough, A b ov e G r o u n d A r t Supplies, The City of Toronto and Scarborough Arts. Papermill Gallery hours are Wednesday to Friday noon to 4:30 p.m; weekends noon to 5 p.m.


Malvern Resource Centre hosts AGM Local residents are invited to attend the Malvern Family Resource Centre’s annual general meeting next week.

The meeting takes place Thursday, March 21, at the Malvern Recreation Centre, 30 Sewells Rd., from 6 to 8 p.m. Those planning on attending are asked to RSVP by calling 416281-1376, ext. 0.


Woburn Collegiate 50th anniversary gala Woburn Collegiate Institute will celebrate its 50 anniversary with a gala in May. The Party With A Purpose is set for Saturday, May 4, at the Ontario Science Centre from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. Tickets to the event are $90 and will help raise funds for school scholarships and intitiatives. Deadline to order gala tickets is March 15. Woburn Collegiate is located on Ellesmere Road, just east of Markham Road. For more on the school’s 50th anniversary celebrations, visit


engineering Fair slated for this saturday Get up close and personal with science and technology at a free hands-on science and engineering fair this Saturday in Scarborough.

Hosted by the Toronto east and central chapters of The Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists, the event takes place from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Malvern Town Centre, 31 Tapscott Rd. All activities, exhibits and demonstrations are free to enjoy, with lots of prizes up for grabs. For more information, visit


Skating party This afternoon Scarborough residents are invited to a community skating party this afternoon. The event is hosted by ScarboroughGuildwood MPP Margarett Best and takes place at the Scarborough Village Community Centre, Markham and Kingston roads, from 3 to 5 p.m. today. For more information, call Best’s office at 416-281-2787.


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A Transportation Town Hall meeting hosted by the ScarboroughA g i n c o u r t P r ov i n c i a l P C Association tomorrow. Guest speaker will be Newmarket-Aurora MPP Frank Klees, the Progressive Conservative party’s transportation critic. The meeting takes place at the Agincourt Library, 155 Bonis Ave., from 7 to 8 p.m. Ever yone is welcome to attend this free community event, which will feature a speech by Klees and a questionand-answer session. For more information, contact Po-Yang at

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Hospital CEO will continue dialogue >>>from page 1 released a proposal to perform all in-patient surgery at its larger General campus, ambulatory surgery at the Birchmount and maternal and newborn care at an undetermined single campus. The second “phase” of consultation included focus groups and information displays with staff, but no meetings with public question-and-answer sessions. When a resident group organized such a forum, hundreds of residents and physicians came to express concerns. Wright said he’s proud of the consultations, which included presentations to Wong and Balkissoon. He said senior staff will now work intensely with TSH physicians, spending “a great deal of time listening to their concerns,” before the divisionof-surgeries proposal comes to another board meeting on April 15 for approval. Wr i g h t , w h o w i l l b e replaced by a new CEO in June, said he will meet personally over the next two weeks

with community leaders who want to express concerns. “That kind of dialogue will continue.” He said his personal aim is to remove anxieties which have hung over the Birchmount campus for some 15 years, adding he is confident the proposal guarantees the former Grace hospital site a sustainable and exciting future. In their statement, Wong and Balkissoon both thanked community activists and “frontline staff” at the hospital but they also praised the provincial government’s Action Plan for Health Care, which TSH officials have said is changing the formula for funding Ontario hospitals and prompting TSH’s reorganization. Deb Matthews, Ontario’s health minister, rose in the legislature Thursday to answer Wong and Balkissoon’s concerns, saying she had met with both MPPs over the issue. It is “vitally important,” the minister said, that changes at TSH take not just the needs

of patients into account but those of physicians and other health care professionals providing care. Matthews said TSH has been engaging community members, but agreed “further review is required.” “Hospitals belong to their communities. It is vitally important that communities be engaged and have an opportunity to be engaged in changes in hospitals,” the minister concluded. The two MPPs called on the Central East Local Health Integration Network (the LHIN) to review last Tuesday’s decisions “to ensure that patient care at the Birchmount campus continues to be the top priority.” The LHIN, responsible for doling out funds to hospitals and overseeing health-care delivery in a territory including Scarborough, is scheduled to do this at a system-wide level at meeting March 27.


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Skate day fun SLIDING ALONG: John Kurtz and his daughter Julia, 6, skate at Scarborough Village Recreation Centre during Scarborough Southwest Councillor Gary Crawford’s recent community Skate day. Above, Leah, left, Maggie and Isaac Mintz enjoy some ice time. Mascots from R. H. King Academy and Birchmount Park Collegiate do the Harlem Shake at the event.


Scarborough-Guildwood MPP Margarett Best hosts a skating party today from 3 to 5 p.m. at Scarborough Village Community Centre. Toronto Police Service’s 41 Division hosts a skating party at Don Montgomery Community Centre from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Scarborough Southwest MP Dan Harris hosts skating parties today at Birchmount Community Centre from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., and Thursday at Don Montgomery from 1 to 3 p.m.

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Interview Workshop WHEN: 10 a.m. to noon WHERE: OnTrack Career & Employment Services, 1371 Neilson Rd., Ground Floor CONTACT: 416-283-5229; Space is limited-registration is recomended COST: Free Learn the dos and don’ts of interviewing and what employer’s are really looking for.

The Women of Troy WHEN: 8 p.m. WHERE: Leigha Lee Browne Theatre, 1265 Military Trail CONTACT: Andrew Hercules, 416-208-2931 COST: Tickets: $10, $8 (students/seniors; $5 (Group 10+) Euripides’ timeless indictment of the cruelties of war as seen through the eyes of the women and children who are its innocent victims. Directed by Paula Sperdakos and featuring senior theatre & performance studies students at the University of Toronto Scarborough. Rouge Park WHEN: 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. WHERE: Rouge Park Trailheads, Please visit the park online at www. for complete location details for each walk CONTACT: Diana Smyth, COST: Free March Break Guided Walk and explore the wilderness close to home. Adults welcome too.

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Swing Dance Class WHEN: 7 to to 8:30 p.m. WHERE: Royal Legion Branch 614, 100 Salome Dr. CONTACT: Carolyn Cross, 416-447-9774 COST: $35 Learn to swing dance Thrusday in Scarborough. First class free. sessions of five calsses are $35. New session every six weeks Check out our complete online community calendar by visiting Read weeks of listings from your Scarborough neighbourhoods as well as events from across Toronto.

Don Montgomery Community Recreation Centre, 2467 Eglinton Ave. E. CONTACT: 416-395-5540 COST: Free Hosted by Toronto Police’s 41 Division. Free skates provided to children without them. Bring a helmet. Free hot chocolate and doughnuts. Seniors Board Games WHEN: 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. WHERE: Albert Campbell District Library, 496 Birchmount Rd. CONTACT: Albert Campbell District Library, 416-3968890 COST: Free Uno, checkes, boogle, scrabble, bingo, backgammon, yahtze, jenga, cribbage, Monopoly, chess, cards, Taboo and Dominos.

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Tax Clinic for Low Income Earners WHEN: Tuesday to Friday 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. WHERE: First Alliance Church, 3250 Finch Ave. CONTACT: Lucy Liu, 416-494-3269, office@ COST: Free Low income earners with a maximum household (gross) incomes of either $25,000 for individuals, $30,000 for single parent (add $ 2,000 per child) or $35,000 for families (add $2,000 per child). Tax clinics are by appointment only. Easter Bake Sale & Tea WHEN: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. WHERE: Curran Hall Community Centre, 277 Orton Park CONTACT: Kathy Thomas,

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March for Liver WHEN: 10 a.m. to noon WHERE: Scarborough Town Centre, 300 Borough Dr. CONTACT: Marsha Doucette, 416-491 3353, mdoucette@liver. ca COST: Free March is Liver Health Month. We are celebrating by walking and fundraising for the Canadian Liver Foundation.Getting involved in physical activities is a great way to keep this vital organ healthy.

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The founder of an Scarborough-based fruit importing business has been recognized for her ability to take her business to the next level. Carolina Velez, owner of ColombiaExotic, was one of two winners of the Connect Legal Most Promising Immigrant Entrepreneur Award last week. Connect Legal is a Toronto-based registered charity formed to provide legal education and assistance to low-resource immigrants who are launching and growing independent businesses. Velez was able to use the Connect Legal program to help read and negotiate supplier contracts with confidence. As a winner, Velez received $1,000 and a business mentoring session.


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From left to right: Business owner Sanjay Pandrala, Connect Legal’s Marion Annau, and business owner Carolina Velez. Scarborough’s Velez was one of two winners of Connect Legal’s Most Promising Immigrant Entrepreneur Award last week.

program at the Agincourt branch of the Toronto Public Library has been extended until March 28. Upon completion, attendees will obtain a certificate from the Toronto Business Development Centre and be eligible to apply for a small business loan ranging from $5,000 to $30,000. The program would run every Thursday from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. from April 18 to June 6.

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ACHIEVEMENT: Daniel Zhang receives his Ontario Junior Citizen of the Year certificate from Scarborough Mirror managing editor Al Shackleton at the Scarborough Mirror newsroom Wednesday afternoon.

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Karate kicking in Scarborough

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KARATE ACADEMY: Clockwise from top left: Mike Stuart instructs a Toronto Academy of Karate, Fitness and Health class on Sunday morning at the Centennial Recreation Centre; Brendan Phung shows his kicking style; instructor Stuart demonstrates technique; instructor Erin Kennedy works with Shyann Cain during the class; students warm up prior to the start of class.

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New karate programs kicked off Titans win 2A hoops OFSAA title SEAN DURACK Sensei Bert Freeman thought his popular karate club’s days in the community were numbered after he received word in late December the Scarborough YMCA had decided to end their longstanding partnership. The Toronto Academy of Karate, Fitness and Health operates out of 12 locations in the Greater Toronto Area, but the Scarborough site, with some 450 members, was one of the larger programs for the club. It was late last year the YMCA contacted Freeman with a request to meet. The two parties met a week before Christmas. “They thanked us for the service over the years, but they said that they were going to take their karate program in a whole new direction – that’s all they said,” said Freeman. “After I got up off the floor I thought I can’t just let this go. I have to do something,”

he said, about the club’s future. “The Scarborough program was so important to us. It was a significant amount of revenue that was suddenly gone.” Freeman, a practitioner of the Japanese-style of karate for 37 years, quickly began working on establishing a new Scarborough location while, simultaneously, making an effort to contact his trainers and students, many of whom were not aware of the unexpected changes and had returned to find the club no longer in operation at the YMCA . “I explained to them (YMCA) that our students won’t know what happened when they get back in January and they won’t know where we are.” The YMCA staff, in a bid to help the club, sent letters informing students and staff of the changes, he said. “It wasn’t just a matter of getting the space. I had to convince all the instructors, including the chief instruc-

tor, to go along with my plan. They could’ve left.” Ironically, things have unfolded much differently than Freeman had envisioned. In just two short months the Scarborough program has reinvented itself in the community: securing two new locations – with more to come – and attracting close to 100 new students. Essentially the club has created its own dojo in a matter of two months. Much of the club’s clientele at the YMCA has remained at the YMCA, but some have reconnected with Freeman. “It has been phenomenally successful,” he said. The Toronto School of Karate, Health and Fitness currently has two new locations in Scarborough: J.S. Woodsworth Senior Public School, 120 Sedgemount Dr. and Centennial Recreational Centre, at 1967 Ellesmere Rd.


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Scarborough’s Blessed Mother Teresa Catholic Secondary School earned the gold medal at the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations (OFSAA) boys 2A hoops championship game at Bill Crothers Secondary School in Unionville last Wednesday night. The third-seeded Titans e d g e d t h e t o p ra n k e d Academie Catholique Mere-Teresa from Hamilton 54-51. Mere-Teresa led after the first and third quarters, 18-14 and 41-38, respectively; Mother Teresa led after the second (29-25) and final quarters. Emeron Rodgers from Mother Teresa was top scorer with 22 points. Mother Teresa earned their shot at the title match with a 59-57 semifinal win over second-seeded St. Basil Secondary School from Sault Ste. Marie earlier on Wednesday. Top scorers for Mother Teresa, which led 12-8, 33-31 and 44-39 at the quarters, were

Vernol Davis and Jalen King, both with 20 pts. Mother Teresa also stacked up wins over: • sixth-ranked St. Christopher from Sarnia 69-47 (Emeron Rodgers 16); • eighth-ranked Immaculata from Ottawa 71-58 (Emeron Rodgers 16, Jalen King 14); • and 18th ranked Cardinal Carter from Aurora 82-43 (Emeron Rodgers 22, Rashaun Bennett 10).


Scarborough’s second-seeded Jean Vanier Catholic School made it to the medal round at the OFSAA 3A provincial championships in Windsor – but not the medal game they had in mind. A heartbreaking 62-61 semifinal loss to third-ranked St. Patrick’s from Sarnia relegated the Scarborough school to the bronze medal game last Wednesday. And they were never really in it, losing 67-46 to fourthranked Notre Dame from Burlington. Top Jean Vanier scorers were Ravaughn Gayle

18 and Samuel Ayisi 10. But it was the semifinal loss that will linger. Jean Vanier got out to a great start leading 25-11 and 39-27 after the first two quarters – but only 50-45 after three quarters. Jean Vanier’s top scorer was Simon Girmay 13. Jean Vanier cruised its way into the semifinal match with a 55-43 quarterfinal win over North Park, a 77-36 secondround win over Huntsville and a 47-29 opening round win over St. Paul.


4A: all Toronto match-up in the title game in Windsor. St. Michael’s College School, a midtown private Toronto Catholic School, won in overtime 47-38 over Etobicoke’s Father Henry Carr. 1A: École secondaire catholique Mgr-deCharbonnel, a Catholic French school from North York, earned a bronze medal.


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SCARBOROUGH ICE RAIDERS MINOR MIDGET DIVISION TUESDAY, MARCH 12 ◗ Hoult Helliwell vs. Scotia Bank (Don Montgomery Arena, 2467 Eglinton Ave. E., 6:20 p.m.) ◗ DTB Electric vs. Carson Electric (Don Montgomery Arena, 2467 Eglinton Ave. E., 6:35 p.m.) SCARBOROUGH ICE RAIDERS JUVENILE DIVISION WEDNESDAY, MARCH 13 ◗ Corstar vs. Gervais Party Rentals (Don Montgomery Arena, 2467 Eglinton Ave. E., 8:35 p.m.) ◗ CGI vs. DTB Electric (Don Montgomery Arena, 2467 Eglinton Ave. E., 8:50 p.m.) ◗ Crestex vs. Scotia Bank (Don Montgomery Arena, 2467 Eglinton Ave. E., 9:45 p.m.)◗ p.m.) ◗ Team 5 Gray - Caravan Kids vs. Team 1 Black - Caravan Kids (Heron Park Arena, 292 Manse Rd., 2:15 p.m.) ◗ Team 6 Powder Blue - Caravan Kids vs. Team 4 Red - Caravan Kids (Heron Park Arena, 292 Manse Rd., 3:10 p.m.) WEST HILL MINOR HOCKEY SATURDAY, MARCH 16 ◗ Team 11 Green - Caravan Kids vs. Team 10 Red - Caravan Kids (Heron Park Arena, 292 Manse Rd., 8:15 a.m.) ◗ Team 9 Gold - Caravan Kids vs. Team 7 White - Caravan Kids (Heron Park Arena, 292 Manse Rd., 9:10 a.m.) ◗ Team 12 Powder Blue - Pace Consulting vs. Team 8 Black - Caravan Kids (Heron Park Arena, 292 Manse Rd., 10:15 a.m.)


WEST HILL MINOR HOCKEY NOVICE GOLD DIVISION SATURDAY, MARCH 16 ◗ Team 13 White - Lowe’s vs. Team 15 Gold - Lowe’s (Heron Park Arena, 292 Manse Rd., 11:10 a.m.) ◗ Team 16 Red - Lowe’s vs. Team 14 Black - Lowe’s (Heron Park Arena, 292 Manse Rd., 12:15 p.m)





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Team Teal players and Team White players go for the puck during Scarborough Ice Raiders peewee division hockey action Saturday at Don Montgomery Arena. The game ended in a 3-3 tie.


NOVICE 6 DIVISION SATURDAY, MARCH 16 ◗ Royal Blue vs. Maroon (Don Montgomery Arena, 2467 Eglinton Ave. E., 8 a.m.) ◗ Black vs. White (Don Montgomery Arena, 2467 Eglinton Ave. E., 9 a.m.) ◗ Powder Blue vs. Teal (Don Montgomery Arena, 2467 Eglinton Ave. E., 10 a.m.)


SATURDAY, MARCH 16 ◗ Team 17 White - Lowe’s vs. Team 20 Red - Lowe’s (Heron Park Arena, 292 Manse Rd., 5 p.m.)

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UPCOMING GAME Royal Blue vs. Maroon at Don Montgomery Arena, March 16, at 8 a.m. (Novice 6 Division)

◗ Team 18 Black - Lowe’s vs. Team 19 Gold Lowe’s (Heron Park Arena, 292 Manse Rd., 6 p.m.) WEST HILL MINOR HOCKEY ATOM-TIER 1 DIVISION SATURDAY, MARCH 16 ◗ Team 25 Red - McDonald’s vs. Team 21

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Scarborough’s Toffoli called up by L.A. Kings Tyler Toffoli has been able to score at every level he’s played at, and last night he was set to get his chance at the ultimate level – the National Hockey League. Toffoli, who took up the sport in the Scarborough Hockey Association and who is a former student at Birchmount Park Collegiate, earned his first call-up from the Los Angeles Kings on Sunday, March 10, and was available to be in the line-up for their scheduled game last night against the Calgary Flames, wearing 73. That game was played after The Mirror’s deadline Toffoli, who will turn 21 in April, was in the midst of an outstanding rookie year in the American Hockey League (AHL) for Kings-affiliate Manchester Monarchs with 48 points (28 goals, 20 assists) in 55 games. His 28 goals was second in the AHL – but tops among rookies and for his team. His 48 points had him tied for first among rookies in the AHL (tied for 13th overall) and second on his team. His plus-20 rating is tops for his team.

He was selected to play in the AHL all-star game in late January. Toffoli burned up the Ontario Hockey League for the Ottawa 67s, last year winning the goal scoring title with 52 goals (and 48 assists for 100 points). He was just two points back of the overall scoring leader. The previous year he tied for the scoring title but won it with more goals – a league leading 57 goals along with 51 assists for 108 points. Toffoli will join at least three Scarborough natives now playing in the NHL. Here’s a brief recap of how they’re faring: • the streaky Chris Stewart, 25, of the St. Louis Blues is currently holding a pretty hot hand. Although held off the scoreboard in Sunday’s 4-2 loss to Anaheim, he leads St. Louis in scoring with 21 points (nine goals, 12 assists) in 25 games. He’s a West Hill Collegiate grad. • Wayne Simmonds, 24: 19 points (10 goals, nine assists) in 24 games for the Philadelphia Flyers. He attended Birchmount Park Collegiate; • Joel Ward, 32: 14 points (six goals, eight assists) in 24 games for

the Washington Capitals. He grew up in the same Scarborough neighbourhood as former NHL goalie Kevin Weekes, now a Hockey Night In Canada colour commentator. In the minors: Anthony Stewart, 28, five points (three goals, two assists) in 18 games for Kings-affiliate Manchester Monarchs: traded to Kings just prior to season opener. He did not play in the season opener and was sent down to Manchester. Last season, he had 20 points (nine goals and 11 assists) in 77 games for Carolina Hurricanes. He attended Birchmount Park Collegiate; Devante Smith-Pelly, 20: has played five games for Anaheim Ducks (held pointless) this season but has spent most of the season with AHL affiliate Norfolk Admirals where he has 20 points (seven goals, 13 assists) in 47 games. He attended Birchmount Park Collegiate.


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If you live near the TTC’s Hillcrest facility and are prepared to stay up late you might just catch a glance of the new streetcar. TTC spokesperson Brad Ross said a testing version of the new Bombardier vehicle will make its debut on city streets in “the middle of the night”. While no date was given, media speculation suggests the test could happen as early as this month. The testing vehicle, which was manufactured in Thunder Bay, has been housed at Hillcrest, located at 1138 Bathurst St., since last year. The complete vehicle will begin service in late 2014.

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PEARSON LINK TRAIN TO CLOSE TEMPORARILY Pearson International Airport announced its terminal train service will halt service as of March 19.

The LINK train normally travels between Terminal 1 and 3 as well as the Sheraton Gateway Hotel and Viscount Road parking facility. It will be replaced by a shuttle bus. The closure is due to construction related to the UnionPearson air rail link, expected to be completed by 2015.

EGLINTON CONNECTS WORKSHOPS END Hundreds attended the Eglinton Connects workshops and consultations in February seeking feedback on the future of Eglinton Avenue. Approximately 500 residents sounded off on plans for the avenue which will house the Eglinton-Scarborough Crosstown light rail transit line. Residents viewed preliminary station and stop designs for the Crosstown, which will run both underground and at street level on Eglinton. Another series of workshops is planned for late May. Check out www.toronto. ca/eglinton Rahul Gupta is The Mirror’s transit reporter. His column runs every Tuesday. Reach him on Twitter: @TOinTRANSIT


Avoid Moscow Syndrome: panel RAHUL GUPTA Like Moscow before it, Toronto will descend into a future of nightmarish gridlock and crippling congestion if it cannot address its transit problems, said a renowned urban planner. Larry Beasley’s stark warning during his keynote speech at a city-sponsored transit panel discussion at the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts recently came despite having praise for Toronto’s good land use planning and strong transit ridership numbers. But the former chief planner for Vancouver, praised worldwide for helping to revitalize that city’s urban core, said Toronto is in the early stages of a planning crisis he termed the Moscow Syndrome. “When you get behind on planning and investment for transportation, Moscow shows, it’s a vicious cycle,” said Beasley, who recently completed a planning study on the Russian city.

“You get more and more behind and it gets harder to catch up.” Even in its current underfunded state, Moscow’s transit system is still larger than any North American city. But decades of underfunding, political dysfunction and lack of will has resulted in a “city that is no longer working”, according to Beasley. CONSULTATIONS Beasley, who was invited by Jennifer Keesmaat, chief city planner, to speak and participate in a moderated panel part of its ongoing Feeling Congested? public transit consultations said policy makers should heed the concerns of consumers and create a good travel experience they wouldn’t mind paying for. “Citizens have to be involved in transit planning and everyone needs to agree on the cost,” he said. But Keesmaat disagreed with Beasley’s contention planning should take place

only at the regional level, pointing out the importance of local connections. Regional transit is about long lines moving people, she said. “Local transit is about making places.” But Carol Wilding, president of the Toronto Region Board of Trade, said municipal boundaries are not an issue for businesses that have long called for taxpayer support for funding transit. Businesses, she says, “They want action, even if they won’t all like it all.” Wilding also said the board of trade will make specific recommendations on funding tools to pay for Metrolinx’s Big Move transit plan. John Howe from Metrolinx defende criticisms about the transit planning agency’s seeming anonymity among the public despite being responsible for co-ordinating billions of dollars in transit projects. “We are a very young organization,” said Howe.


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