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A Toronto company has been given three additional weeks to decide what it’s willing to do with the former Guild Inn. Dynamic Hospitality and Entertainment Group, due to submit a proposal on Friday for a new restaurant or banquet hall where the shuttered Guildwood Parkway inn now stands, was granted an extension to May 27. It is the third time the city has tried to sign an agreement with a private operator to either


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WOBURN CELEBRATES 50 YEARS: Linda Smith, left, Susan Dier and Joan Moore Sinclair show off the yearbook of their graduating class during Woburn Collegiate’s 50th anniversary celebrations at the school on Saturday.

Scarborough Urban Heroes sought The Scarborough Mirror is looking for a few good heroes. Metroland Media Toronto’s Urban Hero Awards are fast approaching and we’re looking for folks in the Scarborough community who help enrich

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Find The Mirror at your local library The Scarborough Mirror can now be found at your local library! “The library is a hub of the community. The Scarborough Mirror is a great resource for the community and we’re pleased to make it available to library users,” said Marg Middleton, general manager of Metroland Media Toronto.

This is the first endeavour in a growing relationship with the Toronto Public Library, said Middleton. “We have such common goals of serving the neighbourhoods in Toronto, it’s a natural relationship,” she said. The Scarborough Mirror publishes each Tuesday and Thursday.

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Heather heights P.S. day wcommunity Heather Heights Junior Public School and the Vocal Music Academy hosts a Community Day and Garage Sale this Saturday. The event takes place at the school, 80 Slan Ave., from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Vendors wishing to participate can call the school about table rentals, which will be $40. The school’s number is 416-3966305. Bridlewood Tennis club open house slated T h e B r i d l e w o o d Te n n i s Community Club holds its open day events on Saturday, June 1. The opening day celebrations take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The club is located on the south side of Huntingwood Drive, between Warden and Pharmacy avenues. For more information about


the club, or to get a membership form, please visit Chess Club meeting wAgincourt

The Agincourt Chess Club meets this Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. The meeting takes place at the L’Amoreaux Community Centre, 2000 McNicoll Ave., at Kennedy Road. Those interested in playing chess are invited to take part. There are no fees, teaching or tournaments. For more information, please contact Alex Knox at 416-4930019, aftert 6 p.m. Cardinal Leger celebration slated Cardinal Leger Catholic School will celebrate the opening of its new addition next month. The school has been expanded by four classrooms, two of which are specially designed for full-day kindergarten. The official opening and blessing of the school addition takes place on Tuesday, May 14 from 6 to 7 p.m. Cardinal Leger Catholic School is located at 600 Morrish Rd.


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The Scarborough Film Festival will take place from June 4 -9. The goal of the festival is to entertain the public and give support to filmmakers of Scarborough and worldwide. A volunteer-driven organization led by arts and culture-professionals and aficionados alike, the Scarborough Film Festival is a six day celebration showcasing local, Canadian and world cinema, with a goal to enhance Scarborough’s cultural scene through the art of film. In its inaugural year, the festival will feature a variety of film programs, educational workshops, on stage conversations with industry delegates, recognition and award ceremonies, and parties. For more information on next month’s film festival, please visit www.scarboroughfilmfestival. com

A pair of Scarborough police stations are inviting residents to visit them during open houses slated for this Saturday as part of Police Week which runs from May 12 to 18. In southeast Scarborough, residents are invited to a community picnic and open house from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the 43 Division station, 4331 Lawrence Ave. Residents in north Scarborough, can attend the open house at 42 Division, 242 Milner Ave., between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. drop off days slated wDrug

Toronto Police Service and Toronto Public Health are urging people to drop off their expired, unused and unwanted medication at designated locations across the city on Prescription Drug DropOff Day this Saturday. The day, recognized throughout the province, aims to curb misuse of medications, both prescription and over the counter, help seniors manage multiple prescriptions, and help protect the environment by disposing of medications safely. Toronto drug squad officers,

along with public health nurses and pharmacology students, will be at the five locations to help identify and dispose of the narcotics properly. In Scarborough, drop offs can be made at Toronto police’s 43 Division station, 4331 Lawrence Ave. Drop-off times are between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Fo r i n f o r m a t i o n , v i s i t rxdrop2013 roads sought by CAA wWorst

The Canadian Automobile Association has launched its annual campaign to locate the worst roads in the province. For the campaign, the CAA is once again inviting road users to weigh in on the worst roads in the province. Last year’s results placed five Toronto streets in the Top 10, with pothole-strewn Dufferin Street receiving the dubious honour of worst in the province. The other choices were Lawrence Avenue East, Finch Avenue West, Kingston Road and Bayview Avenue. To make your pick for the province’s worst road, visit www. Results are expected next month.


Healthcare funding hot topic at Scarborough budget event Tara Hatherly The future of healthcare in Scarborough was a hot topic when local MPPs and community members gathered to discuss Ontario’s 2013 budget. The panel discussion and breakfast, hosted by local Rotary Clubs at Scarboro Golf and Country Club on Friday gave residents a chance to hear what local representatives had to say about the budget unveiled a day earlier at Queen’s Park by Finance Minister Charles Sousa. Scarborough-Rouge River MPP Bas Balkissoon, Scarborough Centre MPP Brad Duguid, PickeringScarborough East MPP Tracy MacCharles and ScarboroughAgincourt MPP Soo Wong each made presentations about the budget to kick-off the meeting, jointly hosted by the Rotary Clubs of Agincourt, North Scarborough, Scarborough, Scarborough Bluffs, Scarborough Twilight and York. After the presentations, a panel discussion allowed guests to ask MPPS what they thought about what was and wasn’t in the budget. Mo d e r a t e d by Pe t e r Haggert, Editor-in-Chief of Metroland Media Toronto and The Scarborough Mirror, the panel also featured Michael Cooksey, Rotary Club of Scarborough member, and vice president and regional director of sales at BMO Harris Private Banking, along with Brad Weber, associate wealth planner at BMO Harris Private Banking, and Alan Shackleton, managing editor of The Scarborough Mirror. The budget’s failure to increase hospital funding in Scarborough was a hot-button issue during the discussion. Balkissoon said he feels Scarborough isn’t treated equally when it comes to healthcare funding, noting nearby North York has a similar sized population but more, and more modern, hospital services. He also said he disagrees with ongoing funding cuts to hospitals like Scarborough’s,

Hospital announces elimination of jobs, summer slowdown MIKE ADLER The Scarborough Hospital is eliminating 100 jobs, removing 20 beds and introducing a “summer slowdown” for some services in a continuing effort to get its budget shortfall under control. The hospital announced last month it would cut 98 jobs, though only 31 employees would be actually laid off after buyouts and elimination of vacant positions. Last week, it said 100 more jobs will be eliminated, but only 69 more people would leave involuntarily.


MPP Soo Wong (Scarborough-Agincourt), left, Metroland Media Toronto editor-in-chief Peter Haggert, MPP Bas Balkissoon (Scarborough-Rouge River) and Brad Webera participate in a post-budget panel discussion and breakfast hosted by local Rotary clubs at the Scarboro Golf and Country Club on Friday.

that have already worked to find efficiencies in recent years. “An across the board cut does not resolve your problems, all you do is delay pain, and it’ll come back to be more painful in the future,” he said. “What we’re doing in Scarborough, in my personal opinion, and I stand by my personal opinion, that it’s wrong. We need to review the service itself, cost it out and fund it.” Sacrificed Balkissoon added he feels Scarborough is being sacrificed by the Central East Local Health Integration Network. “We belong to a LHIN that goes all the way to Haliburton,” he said. “I think we’re being sacrificed, as they move the money a little bit to the other parts. I don’t have proof of it, but I think that’s my basic feeling.” Looking to cut costs, the Central East LHIN has asked The Scarborough Hospital and Rouge Valley Centenary to examine the possibility of a merger. Examining a merger should involve broad and public consultation, said Wong, who addressed rumours a merger

could see The Scarborough Hospital’s Birchmount site close, and commented on a failed attempt by The Scarborough Hospital’s board of directors to reduce services at the Birchmount site by limiting surgeries there to day procedures. “Let me be very clear, I don’t support any closure of Birchmount site,” she said. “Furthermore, I expect there will be services there 24/7, particularly emergency services ... You expect my constituents who don’t drive, and go to use the healthcare system for emergency, to run to Scarborough General for the surgery? Not acceptable.” Wong added she and Balkissoon are still waiting to hear from Ontario’s Minister of Health about a letter the two penned asking the government to take control of The Scarborough Hospital, which the MPPs claim is without adequate leadership. The issue isn’t management, it’s a lack of funding, and it’s getting worse, said Dr. Robert Ting, president of the medical staff association at The Scarborough Hospital. “The politicians, they can criticize the management and everything, but even if they had the best management

in the world, they wouldn’t be able to keep the hospitals open under this kind of scenario,” said Ting. “Our hospitals are in terrible trouble … When you have to raise your staff’s pay, but you don’t get increased funding, the only way you can balance your books is by cutting jobs and cutting services.” He noted The Scarborough Hospital eliminated 198 positions through attrition and layoffs, and closed one of three surgical units, two operating rooms and several outpatient clinics, among other measures, for a savings of $19 million. “This is just the tip of the iceberg,” Ting warned. “Going forward, we have to save another $60 million.” The proposed budget provides funding for new hospitals in Vaughan and Oakville. “When you’re looking at other communities where they’re getting new hospitals and new additions, that just isn’t happening in Scarborough,” said Anne Marie Males, vice president of patient experience at The Scarborough Hospital.


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Strategies In a statement, the hospital said “TSH leaders” supplied the administration with 61 cost-cutting strategies which were approved by the hospital’s regional overseer, the Central East Local Health Integration Network (LHIN). The April cuts had left a $8.5-million shortfall which was growing by $300,000 a week. The second round will reduce that gap to $900,000, likely to grow to more than $1 million before the latest changes are in place, said Toni Adey, a spokesperson. Slowdown The four-week slowdown affecting General Internal Medicine at TSH is similar to measures taken at other hospitals, Adey said, while beds to be cut are for in-patient surgeries, and the hospital says 15 of the 20 weren’t used during the last fiscal year. The job cuts and moneysaving strategies don’t include a proposal to merge TSH’s two Maternal Newborn programs into a single program at the Birchmount campus, which consultants said would save the hospital up to $5 million a year, or another plan to do all complex surgery at the General campus and all day surgery at the Birchmount. Those strategies are to be reviewed under supervision by the LHIN, as will the

Robert Biron assumed his duties as new CEO of The Scarborough Hospital yesterday.

study of a possible “facilitated integration” between TSH and the Rouge Valley Health System, Scarborough’s other hospital. Robert Biron, who became CEO of TSH yesterday is scheduled to speak about the integration study at a meeting of the hospital’s board this afternoon. Despondent Asked for comment on the latest jobs cut – 50 of which were positions for registered nurses – Susan Brickell, local representative for the Ontario Nurses Association described nurses at TSH as “despondent” and their morale as “horrible.” Though nurses facing a layoff can “bump” colleagues with less seniority in order to stay at TSH, “it’s not a comfortable thing to do,” said Brickell, adding the hospital is replacing RNs with lesserskilled workers. Brickell said she knows TSH is not the only hospital caught in a funding crunch, but nurses want money spent the right way, on direct patient care. The TSH administration engaged directors and managers in search of costcutting ideas, not nurses or other front-line workers, she said.


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here are many unsung heroes in our community, working for others to make Scarborough a better place for all. And now is the time to recognize their efforts with an Urban Heroes Award. The Scarborough Mirror and Metroland Media Toronto are proud to announce that we are now seeking nominations for the 2013 Urban Heroes Awards. As a reader, this is your chance to let us know about that special person, group or business in your community that goes above and beyond. The Urban Heroes Awards were created to honour them.

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Our focus is on the grassroots organizations, especially the ones that are working hard but perhaps not getting the recognition they deserve. our view In Scarborough, some of our past Urban Heroes include Rose Multiple Balthazar, founder of a breakclub in the Empringham categories to fast area of Malvern. Not only does she help local nominate in youngsters start their day with a nutritious breakfast, she is also there for them to talk to as a friend. “You’re not only there to prepare their breakfast, you’re there to listen,” said Balthazar. Another honouree, Raj Thavaratnasingham, helped raise both money and awareness for the Rouge Valley Health System’s Centenary hospital. Recogninzing the rising costs and financial challenges healthcare institutions face, Thavaratnasignham asked for no gifts on his 60th birthday and instead collected $7,000 for Centenary. Make our community great

These are the people who make our community the great place it is to live. We’re appealing to our readers to help us find this year’s Urban Heroes. Go online to submit nominations. Individuals, groups and businesses can be nominated in any of six categories: Arts and Culture, Community, Education, Environment, Health and Sciences, and Sports. Please send in your nominations as soon as possible as the deadline is fast approaching. To learn more about the awards program, the rules and categories, please send us an email to scm@


Playofff cliches are the name of the game


he action comes fast and furious during the Stanley Cup playoffs. So do the cliches. I’m not just talking about the ones from the players, either. The fans can more than hold their own in dishing out the platitudes department, thank you very much. What’s interesting is that in both cases, the catch phrases are identical. They’re just not talking about the same thing. The players are referring to how to carry themselves on the ice, the fans about how to behave in an area where the only place you can find ice is in a margarita at the local sports bar. If you happen to drop by your neighbourhood hangout Friday night to catch the Leafs and Bruins Game Five tussle, these are a few of the standard playoff cliches you can expect to hear. “We’ve got to take it one game at a time, gentlemen. One game at a time.” That means none of that

jamie wayne BUT SERIOUSLY irritating switching back and forth to the Blue Jays telecasts routine. And yes, that includes during the commercial breaks, too. “We have to set the tone right from the outset.” This is absolutely critical in the post-season for fans. You have to make absolutely sure to OVERREACT whether things are going bad or good for your team. Being a diehard means always blowing things way out of proportion. “Stake out your territory from the opening face-off and hold your ground till that final buzzer sounds.” In this case, they’re referring to the booth in the back, right next to the kitchen. “You have to be hungry from the start and you have to stay hungry right to the bitter end.” Especially if it’s 10-cent Sizzling Scorching

Dynamite Wing night. “At this time of year it’s all about who wants it more.” So, if there’s only one drumstick left in the corner of the bucket, the $64,000 question is: Who goes in there and comes out with it, you or Bubba? “Don’t ever take your place in this group for granted. No spot is secure.” Anybody would give anything to be where we are right now. Heck, there’s probably a waiting list of 250 who’d be happy to join us even if it was only 11-cent wing night. “You don’t ever want to give up a softie, but particularly not near the end of a period.” So, I urge you, if the waitress offers you a free ice cream cone for dessert just grab it quickly without even thinking. “To be successful, our BEST players HAVE to be our BEST players.” So when they hold the nightly trivia contest during

the second intermission and the winners get 50 per cent off each pitcher until last call, that means it’s bear-down time for the socalled superstars. “Everyone – and I mean everyone – in the room has to contribute.” At the end of the night when the bill arrives that phony, “Oops, I forgot my wallet at home, can you spot me a twenty?” stuff just doesn’t cut it at this time year. And last and certainly not least: “Everybody in here is expected to give 110 per cent.” This ain’t the regular season, baby. So you can kiss goodbye to the usual 15 per cent tip per person. Anything less than 110 per cent and your waiter is liable to expose you on YouTube. Jamie Wayne is a lifelong columnist, who takes writing very seriously. The topics? Not so much. His column appears every Tuesday. Contact him at


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Scarborough subway should trump downtown relief line To the editor: Re: ‘Funding tools on agenda,’ Transit, April 18. TTC Chair Karen Stintz is quoted as saying “I support building the downtown relief line and we need money to do it. We need a dedicated source of revenue...”. I have to wonder why the construction of the downtown relief line didn’t become an issue until well after the chaos caused by last year’s transit vote had settled down. NO MONEY I remember those on Toronto council telling us that there wasn’t any money available for more subways in Toronto so it was impossible to extend the existing lines into Scarborough. It amazes me to see such determination by those same members of council

to find ways to build this new downtown subway relief line that will further serve the needs of those poor under-served transit users living in the inner city. They also want to install showers for all of the sweaty cyclists parking at city hall. REDUCE CONGESTION Apparently this brilliant idea is to be funded as part of the transit initiative to reduce congestion on the roads. I have to ask how is running a double-tracked ‘street car’ line along three major streets in Scarborough supposed to reduce traffic congestion? It is time for the councillors who represent the people of Scarborough to stand up for their constituents and vote for a proper

rapid transit solution that helps all of us. If money can be found for a new subway line that will run exclusively downtown, it can be found for an extension out here first. IDIOTIC All of our councillors, including the three that voted against the wish of the majority, need to finally vote for us as a block and say no to these idiotic new ideas. They can no longer barter away the quality of transit service that is due to the people of Scarborough. Why not let Metrolinx pay for the Downtown Relief Line and let them run one of their super-fabulous LRTs down middle of those streets? It might help the cyclists to stay dry.


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Bike racks on buses are a waste of money To the editor: The installation of bicycle racks at the front of TTC buses is a total waste of taxpayers’ money. Just look around and see how many bicycles are carried on those racks on any given

day. The buses are for carrying passengers and bicycles are for people to ride. The TTC always cries out for more funding from taxpayers, yet they can waste millions to install such ornaments on the buses.

I suggest that TTC Chair Karen Stintz try to sell the racks to a scrap dealer so she can recover some of the money. Kenneth Singh

Physiotherapy cuts by province questioned

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To the editor: I am writing with respect to the April 18 announcement by Ontario Health Minister Deb Matthews wherein she unveiled her government’s plans to “invest” $156 million to “improve access” for “more seniors” to receive physiotherapy. I n h e r re m a r k s a n d accompanying news release, Matthews leaves out that physiotherapy is to be delisted from OHIP coverage effective Aug. 1. In fact, according to

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Stephen Taylor, at his home recently, received a hydro bill for more than $14,000 and later was charged with theft of electricity after his old analogue meter was replaced with a smart meter by Toronto Hydro.

Hydro meter change ends in huge bill, arrest ANDREW PALAMARCHUK


tephen Taylor believes he’s being penalized for using a small amount of electricity. The Scarborough resident was charged earlier by police after Toronto Hydro alleged he stole electricity. Taylor, 60, said his “nightmare” began on Jan. 22 when Toronto Hydro removed the old analogue meter from the electrical box in his basement and replaced it with a smart meter. “It took 10 minutes,” he said. “They inspected everything. Everything was fine.” But on March 7, Taylor said, Toronto Hydro accompanied by the Electrical Standards Authority came by to check the new meter. Taylor said he was told he had three hours to fix his electrical panel and move the smart meter outside. “I was extremely shocked,” he said, adding Toronto Hydro returned three hours later and shut off power to his house. Taylor has been living without power ever since. But Taylor said his problems continued.

A few days after the power was cut, Taylor received a $14,532 bill from Toronto Hydro. A separate document from Measurement Canada indicated the old meter was operating slowly. “If it’s running slowly, that’s their problem. If it’s running quickly, they’re probably not going to say anything,” Taylor said. “What they did was they assumed that the customer did something to their property and then they took the appropriate action to recoup their losses.” On March 14, police came to Taylor’s home with a search warrant. Taylor was charged with theft of electricity, theft over $5,000, mischief endangering life, common nuisance and mischief under. “I was handcuffed and I was arrested,” he said. “I was humiliated and embarrassed. I was taken to 43 Division where they took my fingerprints.” Taylor said he has never been in trouble with the law before. “That’s how I got out on my own recognizance. I got out the next day,” he said. “I was released on the conditions that I shouldn’t possess any prohibited weapons such as explo-

sives, shotguns and ammunition. I think that they think I’m a member of some kind of gun cartel.” Taylor is scheduled to appear in court tomorrow. Taylor, who is semi-retired, bought his house on Pandora Circle in Scarborough in November of 1999. For 10 years he rented the home to a family while he lived in the basement. “I’m here 13 years. I’ve been paying all my bills,” he said. Search warrant Taylor’s friend Janet Charette now lives upstairs while he continues to live downstairs. Charette said she was sleeping when police arrived to execute the search warrant. “I had no idea what was going on and why,” she said. “It’s not how you imagine getting up in the morning.” Charette said she believes Taylor is being unfairly treated. “He really does live frugally,” she said. “He’s being penalized for living frugally.” Taylor said his tenants took all the appliances with them when they

moved out in 2009. “There were no appliances upstairs,” he said, noting he consumed “very little” electricity. The old meter running slowly, Taylor said, was “no fault of my own.” He said he never tampered with the device. “You can’t. It’s sealed.” But Toronto Hydro paints a very different picture. Spokesperson Tanya Bruckmueller alleged there was “evidence on site that he had tampered with the meter.” She also alleged that Taylor denied Toronto Hydro access to the old meter on a number of occasions and that police were eventually called to allow access for an inspection and installation. Bruckmueller added Taylor’s usage “wasn’t consistent with what a person who would be conserving and living in that house would (use).” When asked about the power being cut to Taylor’s home, Bruckmueller said: “Because some of the alleged tampering and damage, he needs work that needs to be done that needs to be approved by the Electrical Safety Authority before we can reconnect him. In addition, he

also owes us a little bit of money.” Toronto Hydro has been replacing the analogue meters, which are read manually, over the past few years. Only 1,500 of Toronto Hydro’s 700,000 customers still haven’t made the switch. “One key advantage with a smart meter is we can remotely read your meter,” Bruckmueller said. But like the old meters, smart meters can be tampered with. “It isn’t common,” Bruckmueller said. “Generally, we’ll see tampering with meters when it’s a grow op.” There is no allegation of a grow operation in Taylor’s case. Bruckmueller said meter tampering is illegal and dangerous. “It is connected to electrical wires so any type of tampering that you do with that meter could cause injury or death.” Meanwhile, Taylor said he’s seeking an apology and resolution. “I’m hoping somebody will say we overreacted here, we’ve got to correct this...I’m looking for all this to go away.”


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Safety alert after rash of gold chain robberies Toronto police have issued a public safety alert after an increased number of street robberies involving gold chains in one section of

Scarborough. On Friday, May 3, police said suspects in the robberies “appear to be targeting women” wearing chains

that are visible, though over the weekend muggings of males for their chains were also reported. The robberies have



Last week, Real Canadian Superstore at 1775 Brimley Rd., presented five local families with grants through the PC Children’s Charity. The Nguyen family, the Mohamed family, the Nahar family and the Chen family were presented with $5,000 while the Iyemperumal family (pictured above) received $5,725. The grants will help their children receive speech, occupational and behavioural therapy, thanks to generous donations from customers and staff.

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when a male suspect allegedly pulled her to the ground before removing her chain. He was described as 20 to 30 years old, five feet six inches to six feet tall, with a thin build. CO-PASTORS FACE FRAUD CHARGES ◗CHURCH

Co-pastors of a Scarboroughbased church have been charged with defrauding 38 people, including members of their congregation, and the church’s charitable status has been revoked. Marlon Gary Hibbert, 49, and Verna Michelle Hibbert, 48, of Toronto were arrested Thursday, May 2, for activities while operating The Life Centre Word of Faith Ministries Inc., which had a Markham Road address. They were each charged with 38 counts of fraud. The Toronto Police Service’s Financial Crimes Unit alleges the Hibberts convinced members of the church and some of their family and friends

to invest money with the Hibberts between January 2005 and December 2010, promising high rates of return. People were told one of the pair “was a successful trader in foreign currencies,” and after investments were made victims received statements showing their accounts were growing, police said in a release. Eventually, complaints p ro m p t e d t h e On t a r i o Securities Commission to investigate the Hibberts and find they had defrauded investors of $8.6 million, $4 million of which is still missing. Police said the 38 victims identified so far lost $2.1 million in total. On Friday, another Toronto woman connected to the case, 47-year-old Lorraine Bahlmann, was arrested and also charged with 38 counts of fraud.


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Finding Your Way WHEN: 10 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. WHERE: St. Paul’s L’Amoreaux Centre, 3333 Finch Ave. E. CONTACT: Elsa Uy, 416-493-3333 ext 227, elsa@splc. ca COST: Free Finding Your Way Program: What to do when people with dementia go missing? Strategies to prevent a missing incidence. Resources available. Chronic Health Prevention WHEN: 1:30 to 3 p.m. WHERE: Malvern Family Resource Centre Women’s Place, 31 Tapscott Rd., Unit B6 CONTACT: 416-293-4664, COST: Free Bi-weekly with Toronto Public Health. Topics: diabetes prevention, eating healthy on a budget and much more. Registration is required. Strength & Stretch WHEN: 3:45 to 4:45 p.m. WHERE: St. Paul’s L’Amoreaux Centre, 3333 Finch Ave. E. CONTACT: Sivanesan, 416-493-3333 ext. 288,, COST: $30 for 10 lessons ($20 for members) Muscle strength and improving joint mobility and flexibility. Exercises are done seated and standing. This program is taught by a certified senior fitness instructor.

60th Anniversary of St. Theresa Shrine Catholic School WHEN: 7 to 9 p.m. WHERE: St. Theresa Shrine Catholic School, 2665 Kingston Rd. CONTACT: 416-3935248 COST: Free Open house at the school.

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Community Garage Sale WHEN: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. WHERE: Lester B. Pearson C.I., 150 Tapscott Rd. CONTACT: Morgan Smith, 416-396-5892, COST: Vendor tables $20; keep profits Proceeds to the Pearson School Council Scholarship fund. Sell garage sale items/ foods/arts & crafts and more.

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Rouge Park Trail Volunteers WHEN: 9 a.m. WHERE: Rouge Park Trailheads, visit www.rougepark. com for meeting points CONTACT: Diana Smyth, 905-713-3184, hike@ COST: Free Volunteer to bring your nature interpretation and guided walks to visitors. Full training provided to those accepted. Must be 18 years or older to apply.

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Community Spotlight and Dinner WHEN: 4 to 5:15 p.m. WHERE: Malvern Family Resource Centre Women’s Place, 31 Tapscott Rd., Unit B6 CONTACT: 416-293-4664, COST: Free Topic this month is epilepsy.

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Arthritis Self-Management Program WHEN: 2 to 4 p.m. WHERE: Agincourt Public Library, 155 Bonis Ave. CONTACT: COST: Free

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Once a week for six weeks in two hour sessions. Tools and knowledge to live with arthritis. COST: $10 Scarborough Concert Band takes you on a musical journey.

40th Anniversary Blessed Cardinal Newman C.H.S. WHEN: 6:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. WHERE: Blessed Cardinal Newman Catholic High School, 100 Brimley Rd. CONTACT: Lorna Holland, 416-3935519COST: $15.00 Mass at 6:30 p.m. and a social at 7:30 p.m.

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Spring Time: A Musical Journey WHEN: 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. WHERE: St. Dunstan of Canterbury Anglican Church, 56 Lawson Rd. CONTACT: Monica Walker, 416 458 1585,

Community Garage Sale WHEN: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. WHERE: Lester B. Pearson C.I., 150 Tapscott Rd. CONTACT: Morgan Smith, 416396-5892, COST: Vendor tables $20; keep profits Proceeds to the Pearson School Council Scholarship fund. Sell garage sale items/foods/arts & crafts. Heather Heights P.S & VMA Garage Sale and Community Day WHEN: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. WHERE: Heather Heights Public School, 80

Slan Ave. CONTACT: 416-396-6305 Bake sale, barbecue, games, talent show, face painting and more. Rain or shine. Vendor tables available for $40. Scarborough Garden Society WHEN: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. WHERE: Scarborough Village R.C., 3600 Kingston Rd. CONTACT:, COST: Free Fund raising plant sale. Maryvale Tennis Club WHEN: 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. WHERE: Maryvale Park, 5 Trestleside Grove CONTACT: Simon Burden, 416 805 8334, COST: Free Opening day: progressive mini-tennis, junior and adult programs and more. Taoist Tai Chi Open House WHEN: 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. WHERE: Taoist Tai Chi Society, 2190 Warden Ave., Unit G6 CONTACT: 416-298-1886, COST: Free New classes starting. Scarborough Philharmonic WHEN: 8 to 10:30 p.m. WHERE: Salvation Army Citadel, 2021 Lawrence Ave. E. CONTACT: 416-429-0007, COST: $30 adults, $25 Seniors, $25 Students with ID Features the romantic music of SaintSaens, Rachmaninoff, Respighi and Rimsky-Korsakov.


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Malvern Collegiate marks 110 years Southwest Scarborough residents and any others are reminded that Malvern Collegiate Institute’s 110th anniversary will be celebrated this Saturday and Sunday. Hundreds of Malvern

City hopes for agreement >>>from page 1 recently, a hazardous materials survey from 2011 which reports asbestos-containing materials, lead paint and pipes, “abundant obvious visible mould,” water damage, a n d a n i m a l d ro p p i n g s throughout the building. The company was told the only heritage feature in the building is Inn’s main staircase, and the city expects an “adaptive reuse strategy” for it. Members of the city’s government management committee had planned to discuss Dynamic’s bid at a June 17 meeting, in hopes an agreement can be signed by Aug. 27.

graduates will descend on the school at 55 Malvern Ave. for the event, which features live music, dancing, special presentations and more. The festivities kick off Saturday morning with an opening ceremony featuring the Malvern C.I. Alumni Band, conducted by LieutenantColonel Frances ChiltonMackay, an award-winning musician who graduated from Malvern in 1974, before going on to become the first female

Director of Music for The Band of the Royal Regiment of Canada, the Canadian Force’s most prestigious band. At 10 a.m. Sunday, all residents, Malvernites and non-Malvernites alike, are invited to attend a memorial ceremony at the school’s rerestored cenotaph. For more information about the Malvern C.I. at 110 Reunion, please go online and visit



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The provincial government wants to beef up GO Transit service over the next decade. This year’s budget, delivered on May 2 by the Liberal minority government of Premier Kathleen Wynne, lists as 10-year priorities extending regional transit into “underserviced” areas, increasing rush hour service and working towards all-day GO train and bus service. For 2013, the Liberals want to boost GO’s service capacity 20 per cent, increase ridership by 50,000, add 16,000 parking spaces and spend on infrastructure upgrades. No dollar amounts are given. City to decide on onemetre passing rule City council is to consider this week the creation of a onemetre passing distance rule

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rahul gupta TO in TRANSIT that would protect cyclists from overzealous drivers. Toronto Centre-Rosedale Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam’s motion calls for the city to require drivers to leave a onemetre distance when passing cyclists. The measure is in line with recent recommendations made by the province’s chief coroner on traffic safety. If approved the city would become the first jurisdiction to adopt the one-metre passing rule ahead of even the province which has yet to update the Highway Traffic Act. Council is to debate the issue at its May 7-8 meeting.


on Bay St. utility pole wraps wFeedback The Toronto Financial District BIA wants public feedback on prospective designs for street pole “wraps.” The wrapping will protect street poles along Bay Street from graffiti and adhesives, says the BIA, which was formed in 2011. It’s asking the public to vote at Respondents can also provide feedback on improving the designs. The new-look street poles are part of overall improvements to the area, including new banners, street furniture and sidewalk repairs, intended to give Bay Street a uniform look. Rahul Gupta is The Mirror’s transit reporter. His column runs every Tuesday. Reach him on Twitter: @TOinTRANSIT


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Scarborough Town Centre Celebrates 40 years FAR OUT FUN: The Scarborough Town Centre celebrated its 40th anniversary with a 1970s themed party on Saturday. Guests learned how to do the Hustle with Go Go Dancers, enjoyed a musical performance by the Scarborough EAST Arts Collective, met the Toronto Argos Cheerleaders and received a free photo with the Grey Cup. At right, Craig Fleetwood and his daughter Fifi, 6, pose with the Grey Cup during the celebrations. Bottom right, Cameal Johnson joins the party. At bottom left, Arthur, 2, checks out a 1970s Mustang. And below, Francesca Annibale dances.

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Pancake breakfast for Mom Breakfast in bed is one of the staples of Mother’s Day celebrations. Pancakes are an ideal breakfast to serve Mom. Easily created, pancakes can be made with just a few ingredients that are usually kitchen staples. Young children should be supervised if helping with the preparation of breakfast.

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5. Cut a small cleft into the top of sliced strawberries to make them look like hearts and garnish the plate with powdered sugar.


An eco-friendly gift for Mom is a gift that keeps on giving. When you jot down your gift idea list, think about adding these "green" gifts. Ÿ Make a basket of gardening gear. Garden plants and supplies are perhaps the greenest gifts to give Mom. Plants are so plentiful and varied that there are bound to be ideal flowers or greenery for every mother's tastes. Compile different gardening essentials, such as seeds or seedlings, organic soil mix, mulch, all-natural compost, and a few different planting containers. You can also include gardening gloves and ergonomic tools made of recycled materials. Finish the gift with the inclusion of a book that describes different garden designs and gives tips for beginners. Ÿ Dine at a local restaurant. Many families take Mom out for a meal on her special day. To make the experience eco-friendly, select among restaurants that are close to home in the area. Explore the possibilities of restaurants that may serve foods made with local, organic ingredients. If you cannot find such a restaurant, do not worry, just choose a local establishment to conserve fuel. Ÿ Purchase eco-friendly kitchen items. It may be a major faux pas to give Mom an appliance or a

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Women from across Canada, including two Scarborough residents, are putting their best foot forward in Vancouver, in the hopes of becoming Miss World Canada 2013. Among those vying for the title is Scarborough resident Antara Das. “I have been watching Miss World since I was six years old,” said Das. “It’s a blessing to have the opportunity to be a national finalist for Miss World Canada.” At eight years old, Das moved from her native Bangladesh to Toronto, where she is now in her final year at York University, majoring in English. Miss World Canada is the Canadian qualifier for the international Miss World pageant. Along with scholarships, prizes and leadership opportunities, the winner of Miss World Canada earns an all-expense paid trip to Indonesia to compete for the title of Miss World 2013. Das is competing against fellow Scarborough resident Anastasia Lin,

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and several other Toronto women, to represent Canada at the Miss World 2013 pageant. People can learn more about the competitors, and vote for their favourites, by visiting A passionate dancer, Das hopes to catch the judges’ attention during the pageant’s talent portion, and throughout the event by staying grounded and true to herself. “I hope to return home stronger and more independent, and continue giving back to people in need in the small ways which are available to me,” said Das. “I hope to also come away with the ultimate prize, the crown, because the crown to me is more than a headpiece, it is a tangible symbol of all that Canada means to me – patriotism, multiculturalism and

belief in equality.” The crown, she added, also symbolizes an opportunity to represent Canada on the world stage, and empower youths and adults across the globe, which she is eager to do. The Miss World pageant goes beyond looks to focus on humanitarianism and philanthropy, as captured in its mandate, beauty with a purpose. Das is excited to embody that spirit in Vancouver. “I look forward to finally meeting my fellow delegates and sharing this experience,” she said a day before leaving for Vancouver. “No matter who achieves the crown, it will be a chance of a lifetime for all of us delegates to make a difference in some way in the world, and stand up for our causes on a global platform.” The Miss World Canada competition officially begins tomorrow in Vancouver, where its 40 contestants are spending the week preparing for the gala. Miss World Canada 2013 will be crowned Thursday.


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CELEBRATING CINCO DE MAYO FIESTA!: Marie Gogo, above, entertains at Scarborough’s Retirement Suites by the Lake on Thursday afternoon during a party to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. At left, Donaldo Guinn plays for the celebration.

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preps for May meeting wCouncil Toronto council meets this week for its official May meeting. While the big ticket item – the question of whether Toronto will get a casino – has been put off until a special council meeting, councillors will still have their plate full. As usual, the eyebrowraising items will be on the list of notices of motion from members of council – items that, unlike the recommendations from standing committees and community councils, appear in public debate for the very first time. Ainslie calls for meal break w30-minute

Scarborough East Councillor Paul Ainslie is asking his colleagues to establish a 30 minute meal break during their marathon meetings at the dinner hour. If approved, it wouldn’t be the first time. Council has allowed staff, the public and long-suffering reporters to take the meal break at various times since amalgamation. But currently, everyone

david nickle the agenda works through from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. without a break. And that, says Ainslie, isn’t right.

Kristyn Wong-Tam. Wong-Tam is asking that the city find a way to link a major utility and road resurfacing on Yonge Street in 2015, with commercial improvements that might improve the area generally.

sought for Park naming wprotocol for nelson Mandela Day wMotion York Centre Councillor James Pasternak wants to add a little context to the practise of naming parks, trails and other city facilities after prominent citizens. The city has long had a practice of doing so – most recently, naming a short street in Ward 30 after the late federal NDP leader Jack Layton. Pasternak wants to look at the possibility of adding explanatory on-line or additionally on-site briefs explaining just who the namesake is, with biographical and historical notes as needed. sought for yonge street wspruce-up

A motion to find ways to fix up Yonge Street between the waterfront and Davenport Road is coming from Toronto Centre Rosedale Councillor

Toronto Centre-Rosedale Councillor Pam McConnell is asking that Toronto Council officially support the United Nations in declaring Nelson Mandela International Day on July 18, 2013. McConnell cited Toronto’s “very deep connection” to the South African leader who led that country out of Apartheid in the early 1990s. Mandela visited Canada and Toronto shortly after his 1991 release from prison. He returned in 1998 and was granted Honorary Canadian Citizenship in 2001. That same year, he attended a ceremony renaming Regent Park’s Park Public School Nelson Mandela Park Public School.


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