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The Scarborough Hospital eyes service changes “For the average hospital user, you’re not going to notice a difference,” Anne Marie Males, TSH vice president of patient experience said Tuesday, Feb. 5. The hospital, which must erase a $17-million deficit by April 1, has also offered early-retirement packages to employees, who must decide by next Monday whether to accept them. After six months of community meetings and messages on the inevitability of change, TSH announced a schedule of information displays and focus groups this month before the proposals reach a hospital board

The Scarborough Hospital may decide next month to restrict one of its campuses, the Birchmount, to same-day surgeries, while moving more complex surgeries to its General campus. One proposal for the hospital’s future released this week would merge Maternal Newborn and Child Care departments at the Birchmount and General campuses into a Women and Children’s Centre of Excellence, including birthing and pediatric surgery, on one campus.

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individuals will be dissatisfied with whatever site is chosen.” The study also said the status quo, with births and pediatrics on both campuses, “is likely unsustainable (for TSH) given the gradual decline in their market share of deliveries” around Toronto. Marla Fryers, executive vice president of clinical operations, said the number of births has dropped 14 per cent at the Birchmount and 10 per cent at the General over three years because of a declining birth rate in Scarborough and competition from other birthing centres. >>>COMMUNITY, page 5

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Leacock class gives back to Variety Village Grade 9 student’s personal connection with local charity gives his pitch winning edge Tara Hatherly thatherly@insidetoronto.com A group of Grade 9 students from Scarborough’s Stephen Leacock Collegiate Institute gave back to the community recently, donating $5,000 to Variety Village. Part of the school’s advanced placement excellence program, the students were tasked with researching various charitable organizations of their choice. Students then made competitive presentations to each other about the organizations in a bid to have theirs awarded the $5,000. Fourteen-year-old Dillan Mistry won out with his presentation on Variety Village, convincing his classmates the organization was the most deserving of their support. The choice to support Variety Village was an easy one, explained Dillan, because the organization is close to his heart. “When I was very little, my sister was born with a disability and there wasn’t anywhere in the community to provide support,” he said. “We found Variety Village, and we realized that they provide support for not only the person who has a disability but everyone else in the family, and so we’ve been there for years and years, so I decided to do them.” The school’s APEX program, unique to Stephen Leacock, teaches students about local and global issues and how they can help. When

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Stephen Leacock Collegiate Institute Grade 9 APEX student Dillan Mistry presents Robyn Parashyniak, of Variety Village, with a cheque for $5,000 recently. Students in the class researched different organizations and selected Variety Village as the one to which they wished to donate funds.

they reach Grade 12, the students will travel overseas to help out in a developing country. Now in its second year, this is the first time students from the program were enabled to donate to a local charity. The class was given the opportunity to give back to its community by Ken Laundy, who provided the money the students

donated. “I thought that the younger generation should start to get involved in charitable organizations,” Laundy said. “I thought that giving them $5,000 would probably be a bit more incentive then just having to go out and interview charities. I think it helped.” Along with helping the students

learn the value of charity and giving back to the community, the money will be a great help to Variety Village, said Robyn Parashyniak, Variety Village development officer. Dillan presented Parashyniak with the funds to applause from his classmates, during the group’s last class of the semester. “(The money) means a lot,” said

Parashyniak. “We are not government funded, so community support is how we get by. We’re just thrilled. It’s amazing that kids can recognize the need and choose us as a charity of choice. There’s so many incredible charities out there, so much good work out there, it’s really nice and heartwarming to be chosen.” She noted the contribution is a huge gain for the organization. “They say that every $1 donated is $7 worth of activity. (The donation) is amazing,” she said, adding that much money helps hundreds of kids participate in programming, or purchases equipment that benefits the approximately 35,000 people that come through the organization’s doors each year. Variety Village is a fitness and life skills centre open to people of all abilities, located at 3701 Danforth Avenue, Scarborough. The centre and its programs promote inclusion, empowerment and recreation for people with and without ability challenges. Through the organization’s charitable arm, Variety of Ontario, it also provides educational and recreational outreach programs that help improve the lives and integration of differently-abled people in their own communities. “Variety Village provides help to our community immensely,” Dillan noted. “The number of disabled kids in our community is growing. Variety Village provides support for these kids.”

Senior found dead outside her former Lakeview estate LISA QUEEN lqueen@insidetoronto.com An elderly woman with Alzheimer’s disease who wandered away from a North York seniors’ apartment building was found dead outside her former Scarborough home late last week. Kathleen Pollock, 87, was discovered missing from the Donway Place retirement living building near Don Mills Road and Lawrence Avenue during a routine security check at 11:30 p.m. last Thursday, Toronto

police Staff-Sgt. Brian Gottschalk told The Mirror. The building is a condominium where the residents are free to come and go as they please, not a facility that restricts the entrance and exit of seniors, he stressed. When security couldn’t locate Pollock, they notified her family, who alerted police, Gottschalk said. “Because of her age – 87 years of age – we were obviously concerned,” he said. Pollack was found collapsed outside her former estate southwest of

Kingston and Markham roads at about 4:30 a.m. on Friday, he said. While the -10C temperature outside overnight may have contributed to Pollock’s death, Gottschalk said she suffered from hypertension, heart disease and the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease. She had been taking medication for Alzheimer’s, but had been taken off it due to side effects, he said. “Her delicate condition combined with the cold could have contributed to her death,” said Gottschalk. The home near the Gates Gully

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Owner Robert Streijezski this week called Pollock a “wonderful woman that I’ve had the privilege of meeting several times,” adding he has offered his condolences to her family. Streijezski said he and a partner bought the property intending to live in two of the three building lots to be proposed there. Applications for the new homes are “probably forthcoming in the next several months,” he said. – with files from Mike Adler

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s the city-wide tour of transit consultations makes its way through various parts of Toronto this week and next, it’s important to reinforce the potential value these community gatherings have. When we take advantage of these opportunities, we build better communities. The Feeling Congested? series is designed to garner public feedback on transporour view tation priorities and funding options. The series kicked off in Speak up now York on Monday. Additionally, according to chief planner on transit to Jennifer Keesmaat, more than 1,500 people have already shared shape future their opinions online. It is admittedly challenging to share feedback for projects that are years, even decades away from being realized. But as we seek to connect our communities, this stage is an important one. It has impact. For evidence, look no further to what happened last week on another transit-related issue: the construction of the Eglinton Avenue light-rail line. Metrolinx confirmed at a public meeting last Thursday that after reviewing feedback, a station at Ferrand Drive in North York would remain in the plans. Initially, there were plans to scrap the station. Ferrand Drive is in Flemingdon Park, one of the city’s priority neighbourhoods whose dense population would benefit from a transit stop. The construction of the Aga Khan Museum nearby was also a factor in keeping the station, said a Metrolinx spokesperson. These are the things that happen when people speak up – here, it helped shape and ultimately improve a critical piece of transportation infrastructure. Not bad. Hopefully the Feeling Congested? series can yield those kinds of ideas that shape our transit future. At the York Civic Centre Monday, the first session, from 4 to 6 p.m., drew a sparse turnout. But it’s apparent one common concern that’s surfacing is how the potential funding tools – percentage of a property tax, parking levies, fuel taxes, highway tolls, among others – would be applied and to whom and for how long. These are critical questions. These are conversations we must have. And it’s good they’re happening now. These are conversations that don’t need to be restricted to election time. So, we must understand that the contributions we make to our communities today can have far-reaching impacts. It’s how communities grow, evolve and prosper. newsroom

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>>>from page 1 Current bed occupancies for the programs are around 50 to 60 per cent, partly because practices in pediatrics have changed, she said. “We try as much as possible not to keep kids in the hospital.” Both TSH campuses could accommodate the merged program, and talks with Rouge Valley Health System, the Central East Local Health Integration Network and hospital stakeholders will help determine where the centre of excellence is housed, Fryers said. Administrators, however, say the merger is being proposed not for its cost savings but because a larger unit should improve medical practices and results for patients. “The more often you do something, the better you get,” said Fryers. The hospital, which previously merged the palliative care and mental health programs at the General and Birchmount into singlesite operations, says the same logic applies to its proposed division of surgeries. T h e Bi rc h m o u n t s i t e, o n Birchmount Avenue north of Finch Avenue, would keep its General Medicine Inpatient and Intensive Care units but would focus on minimally-invasive surgeries – cataracts,

gallbladder, or bunion removal, for example – which have turned into operations not requiring an overnight hospital stay. “People are in and out on the same day,” Fryers said. “That is our future. We’re excited about creating a place that has that kind of image.” The General site, on Lawrence Avenue at McCowan Road, currently saddled with some of the oldest operating rooms in Ontario, will handle more complex surgeries such as joint replacement, vascular or breast reconstruction. Administrators would also place its Chronic Kidney Disease and dialysis clinics at the General - though these may be relocated to a community hub in Bridlewood by around 2015 - plus a Centre for Complex Diabetes Care, and in addition an expanded Cancer Care Program still awaiting provincial approval. Hospital staff were told of the proposals Monday. Administrators did not say how many of the 3,400 positions may have to be eliminated to balance the books. “We don’t have a target,” said Fryers, but she noted TSH has 750 employees who are age 55 or older. “I think all staff understand there are going to be reductions.”

There’s always some anxiety over change, but by and large the medical staff is supportive of the hospital’s proposed new directions, said Dr. Tom Chan, chief of staff. In an interview Wednesday, Denis Lanoue, vice chairperson of the CAC said the 10-member group knows the hospital is under strong provincial pressure to cut costs. Newborn merger Lanoue, a ratepayer president for his Agincourt neighbourhood who recently had a knee replaced at the hospital, said he doesn’t mind a division of surgeries between the two campuses. He predicted, however, the board’s advisory body will continue to oppose the merger of MNCC programs, declaring close proximity to a birthing centre to be “a core service” as important to expectant mothers as an emergency room. Lanoue, though stating he thought morale, leadership and many practices at TSH had improved in recent years, said he agrees with Friends of TSH that “we don’t want to turn the Birchmount into a Branson,” referring to a North York hospital which has become an ambulatory clinic without a 24-hour emergency department.

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TSH administrators and directors, however, have repeatedly pledged proposals resulting from the hospital’s strategic plan review will not be allowed to endanger the 24-hour operations of the emergencies at either campus. The hospital announced community information sessions with displays, a video and staff to answer residents’ questions, at the Scarborough Civic Centre from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. next Monday, Feb. 11 as well as on Wednesday Feb. 20 during the same times. An online survey on the possible changes was also posted on the hospital website (www.surveymonkey. com/s/StrategicPlanRefresh2013) and will continue recording opinions until Wednesday Feb. 27. There will also be information displays from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Bridlewood Mall on Tuesday Feb. 19 and at Agincourt Mall from noon to 7 p.m. on Tuesday Feb. 26. Hospital employees met more than 800 people in past months during talks on the future of TSH and many will be informed personally about the second phase in consultations. Ten meetings with focus groups of hospital stakeholders, such as young mothers, are also planned.

Housing agency launches investigation DAVID NICKLE dnickle@insidetoronto.com An anonymous tip has led the new head of Toronto Community Housing to launch an investigation into what could be kickbacks and other improprieties in the way the public housing company completes repairs. “I’m saying there’s a possibility of kickbacks and so forth,” said Eugene Jones, the president and CEO of the Toronto Community Housing Company. “It has not been investigated but we have a partner where we think there are kickbacks and shabby work and so forth and so forth.” Jones made the comments to reporters yesterday after telling his board he’s hired an outside company to review the city’s “processes and practices for hiring vendors who do repairs” for the housing company. After having been briefed on their preliminary findings, Jones said he and the board have hired the firm to conduct a detailed investigation. Davenport Councillor Ana Bailao, a new member of the board, said she was pleased with Jones’ call for an investigation.

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t’s been a big winter for the left-wing anti-Rob-Ford illuminati. They nearly toppled our virtuous, football-loving mayor for the crime of loving football too much. Fresh from that near-total-victory, the skulking fiends saw fruits of their other investigations – in the form of a compliance audit of Mayor Ford’s 2010 election campaign. This is serious business: the same pack of villains saw another sometime-Ford-ally, Giorgio Mammoliti, could be facing prosecution for his own alleged electoral sins in 2010. If you listen to the mayor and his allies, the scoundrels are engaged in an unfounded, partisan and political attack on democratically-elected politicians, the like of which has never been seen. And if you believe that, you haven’t spent much time watching Toronto politics. Because while it’s true that this latest round of legal challenges brought forward have come from citizens who it’s fair to say don’t

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david nickle agree with the direction in which Ford is taking the city – using the courts to win fights you can’t win at the ballot box is not an exclusively left-wing tactic. In the 2006-2010 term, it was councillors on the left who were in the spotlight. Former councillors Sandra Bussin and Adrian Heaps both incurred stiff legal fees to deal with issues while in office. When the two councillors – along with Mammoliti, then an ally of Mayor David Miller – had their expenses reimbursed, future Deputy Mayor Doug Holyday took the city to court, and won. Holyday’s move was a matter of principle, to be sure – he didn’t think taxpayers should be reimbursing legal fees for members of council – but it’s hard not to see it as political as well. After all, those three were allies of left-

of-centre Mayor Miller: Holyday was then firmly entrenched in the rightwing opposition. All of this is – or should be – beside the point. The reality is that everything that goes on having to do with politicians is political. Everyone who comes to city hall does so with an agenda — whether improving their neighbourhood, improving the lot of the disadvantaged, or finding the gravy that’s costing taxpaying Torontonians an arm and a leg. Sometimes, their agenda is more visceral: putting politicians with whom they disagree on these points out of office. The legal system might be a weapon of choice for those players from time to time. But whatever the motive anyone has for engaging it, once engaged the system has a way of sorting things out. And if politicians are found to be in breach, they really only has one enemy to blame – themselves. n David Nickle is the Mirror’s City Hall reporter. His column appears every Thursday. He can be reached at dnickle@insidetoronto. com

Community Information Meetings The Scarborough Hospital is hosting four public community information events this month at the Scarborough Civic Centre, 150 Borough Dr., Scarborough, to discuss options for the future of program and service delivery and to obtain feedback from interested stakeholders. Community members are invited to learn more about the options and discuss them with hospital staff and physicians. Monday, February 11, 2013 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. (Committee Room #1) 7 to 9 p.m. (Committee Rooms #1 & 2)

Wednesday, February 20, 2013 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. (Committee Room #1) 7 to 9 p.m. (Committee Rooms #1 & 2)

TSH will also have a mall display with staff available to speak with community members on: Tuesday, February 19, 2013 Bridlewood Mall 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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D’Agostini key in Petes’ resurgence >>>from page 10 annual Cystic Fibrosis Great Strides Walk and kicking off this season with a special ‘Saves for CF’ promotion in tandem with fellow Petes goaltender Michael Giugovaz. T h r o u g h a l l o f t h i s, D’Agostini continues with his own dream to make the pros. He would have to be considered an NHL longshot, for sure – as would any undrafted player. But it’s possible. For instance, retired goaltending greats Ed Belfour and Curtis Joseph were both undrafted.

Never give up “I’m the type of person that’s never going to give up on my dreams. I have a dream, and it’s to play in the NHL one day,” acknowledged D’Agostini. “You can send me to house league next year and I’ll still be training to play in the NHL one day.” For next season, he’s looking at either an invitation for a walk-on tryout with an NHL team or remaining in the OHL

‘We’ve had a bit of a resurgence here since just before Christmas and he (D’Agostini) was the main component of that.’ - Andrew Verner, Petes goaltender coach as an overage player (every team is allowed two). This season, meanwhile, the Petes have brought themselves back into the playoff hunt, just six points out of the final playoff spot, heading into last night’s game against the Ottawa 67s. “We’ve had a bit of a resurgence here since just before Christmas and he (D’Agostini) was the main component of that,” said the Petes welltravelled goaltending coach Andrew Verner. A former Petes goaltender himself, his 17-year professional career spanned the American Hockey League, Canadian National Team, and 14 seasons in Europe.

“His numbers are better than they’ve ever been in his career, for sure. It kind of goes along with all his off-ice stuff. That’s his personality. He’s an extremely hard worker and it’s finally paying off for him on the hockey side of things.”

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Scarborough in 2013 is off to a good start on reported crime, with statistics from its three police divisions showing almost every category down from the previous year. Overall, crimes in the area recorded up to Tuesday of this week are down 48.1 per cent compared with 2012. Toronto police’s 42 Division (north of Hwy. 401) is reporting a 48.8 per cent drop; 41 Division (south of the 401 and west of Brimley Road) has a decrease of 47.5 per cent; and 43 Division (south of the 401 and east of Brimley) reporting a 48.1 per cent decline. Police posted the statistics for each division this week including year-to-date differences in murder, sexual assault, robbery, breaking and entering, auto theft and theft over. The sole exception to the downward trend is sexual assaults within 43 Division. Ten had been reported this year, compared to seven by this week in 2012. Scarborough, which saw three murders in 2012 by Feb. 5, has so far recorded none in 2013.

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more cases. Usually having the courts involved with any legislative body is not good news, but council’s tradition of pushing its limits means that the active involvement of our courts is not only necessary, but also desirable. For instance, in the not too distant past, campaign finance compliance rules left much to be desired. At that time complaints about campaign expenses were judged by colleagues of the defendant in a council committee. Independent tribunal

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In the rare instances that required further consideration, enough votes were usually found at council to stop further action. Changes have now been made to the legislation so that campaign expenses are reviewed by an independent tribunal. Should it find significant irregularities, it is authorized and funded to commence legal proceedings. We are fortunate that Mayor Ford’s upcoming review of his expenses will be on this new basis, rather than on the previous

a tradition that started decades ago by being the first Canadian city with a public health department, and continues today with supplements for social programs, and forays into new areas such as student nutrition. In these examples, when council simply provides funds to the needy, there is little risk from the courts.

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procedure of going to council. Regardless of process, this involvement by the courts will be around as long as elected representatives are clumsy enough not to follow rules, and as long as activists have the wits and resources to see opportunities. In addition to bad behaviour, Toronto’s council invites involvement from the courts by writing legislation in areas in which it may, or may not, have jurisdiction. A few years ago, it jumped on the example of a town in Quebec that banned pesticides, and wrote a bylaw that was eventually supported by the courts and copied throughout the province. By daring to enlarge its jurisdiction, the City of Toronto continues

It is a different story when council tries to refashion federal and provincial law. Council’s forays into foreign policy and revisions of the criminal code are usually greeted with shrugs by other governments. Residents and businesses do not have this luxury, and so must look to the courts if the city’s actions will have negative impacts. Recently opponents have enjoyed successes in rolling back bans for plastic bags and serving shark fin soup. Less altruistically, city council sometimes takes a cavalier approach to its own legislation. For example, against the advice

of the city solicitor, last term council authorized reimbursement of legal fees for two councillors regarding election expenses regulations. In that instance it took court action brought by Councillor Doug Holyday and the Toronto Party to tell council it could not do so. As well, and frequently, council hires outside staff to fight against planning rules that it has written, but does not wish to apply. Again, it takes the courts to enforce council’s own rules against itself. Overall the courts have been involved in almost every aspect of our city’s governance. So far they have been very careful not to write legislation, and have restricted themselves to setting and enforcing limits. Given the creativity of members of council and the public, and the need for clarity and fairness often missing in political life, we are likely to need the courts for a long time to come. n David Soknacki is a former City of Toronto councillor and budget chief. Contact him at www. soknacki.com

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Undocumented workers fearing for their safety MIKE ADLER madler@insidetoronto.com Wilson Gutierrez is a man without much of a future in Toronto, but he is still here. A Honduran who came to Canada to work on a two-year renewable temporary permit outside the city, Gutierrez said his employer turned out not to have enough work for him. Still hoping to earn money, Gutierrez went to Toronto, joining a large pool of “non-status” and “undocumented” residents which, advocates for newcomers told city councillors last Friday, is about to get larger. The “closed” nature of his work permit – limited to his one employer – and his lack of English are making it difficult for Gutierrez to live in the city, he told a meeting of the community development and recreation committee. “I feel trapped. I don’t know what I can do, really,” he said, his Spanish deputation translated by Tzazna Miranda Leal, a worker at Parkdale Community Legal Services. “I can’t work, I can’t study, I can’t get housing.” It’s hard to know how many people are living in Toronto without legal status. Many are visitors, temporary workers, students or failed refugee claimants who stay after Canada expects them to leave, and the country has no exit controls, so the number staying is unknown, a report to the committee noted. One estimate for Toronto is 200,000 residents living underground, Macdonald Scott, a licensed immigration consultant with the Law Union of Ontario, but he added “this is a community that for obvious reasons doesn’t want to come forward and be counted.” Four In, Four Out policy More people are coming to Canada on temporary work permits, but a federal policy known as Four In, Four Out requires them to leave after four years. It’s inevitable many will choose not to leave starting in April, 2015, when the provision kicks in, said Audrey Macklin, a University of Toronto law professor speaking to the committee. “What you have then is a law that manufactures illegality,” said Macklin, adding people who lose legal status in other provinces are likely to come to Toronto, “because if they’re going to live in the shadows, they’re going to do it in a place where they’re least likely to be detected.” As the number of residents with “precarious immigration status” rises in the city, the advo-

‘I feel trapped. I don’t know what I can do, really. I can’t work, I can’t study, I can’t get housing.’ Wilson Gutierrez

cates warned, wages will be driven down and conditions at some workplaces will worsen. Recent changes to health care coverage for refugee claimants have already divided the city into “the deserving and undeserving sick,” and confusion is rising about who is able to get care, Macklin said. She also warned people who are afraid to call police because of their immigration status won’t report a crime. Through his translator, Gutierrez said he knows people who called police and were turned over to immigration authorities and deported. Gina Csanyi-Robah of Toronto’s Roma Community Centre said thousands of Hungarian Roma who arrived in Toronto in 2009 are still waiting to be accepted or rejected as refugees, knowing they could face three to eight months between rejection and removal from Canada. Safe Country List With Hungary on a newly-published Safe Country list for refugee claimants, Roma have been told they will have acceptance hearings in 15 days instead of three years, she said. Groups such as No One Is Illegal want to see the city adopt a policy of “access without fear” for non-status residents seeking services, suggesting organizations who want city funds should be required to follow the policy and train their staff on it. Ward 19 Davenport Councillor Ana Bailao said that she’s heard families visiting Toronto without permanent residency status are being asked to pay $10,000 (the international student rate) to place children in public schools. Then, after staying at home six months, the children are undocumented but taken into schools without charge, she said. The committee asked city staff to conduct a community consultation on the issue and to review opportunities to “improve access without fear” to city services, as well as “a public education strategy to inform Torontonians of our policy.” A report to the committee on the results is expected this fall.

Information on taxi use sought The City of Toronto wants to know when you last took a taxicab, and how long you waited for it to arrive. An online survey also asks residents how long they think they should wait for a cab and which activities they usually take a taxi from. Posted at www.torontotaxistudy.com the

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Di Giorgio named new budget chief Councillors consider motion DAVID NICKLE dnickle@insidetoronto.com Toronto’s new budget chief Frank Di Giorgio’s first day on the job was marked by confusion, as he first told reporters he would attempt to freeze property taxes in 2014, then said that homeowners would likely have to pay an inflationary increase. “I think anything is doable,” said Di Giorgio in front of reporters Tuesday morning, shortly after Mayor Rob Ford’s executive committee appointed him budget chief, replacing former budget chief Mike Del Grande, who resigned last month. “I think that we certainly can try and if it’s doable it will be done.” Di Giorgio had been answering a reporter’s question as to whether he could deliver on a property tax freeze as requested by Mayor Ford. But in an interview with Toronto Community News just two hours later, Di Giorgio revised his statement. “I don’t think that’s doable,” he said. “But hey – I basically will try and deliver whatever the mandate is, but I also think that you have to be reasonable and residents out there will be reasonable – they will understand if all you’re asking for is an inflationary thing.”

Di Giorgio has served as a member of Toronto’s budget committee since 2010, alongside Del Grande. He was offered the job first publicly on the mayor’s radio show Sunday. Ford described Di Giorgio as “very very loyal to the administration,” and someone who understood the value of money. Di Giorgio, for his part, had praise for Del Grande’s leadership on the budget committee and maintained that he would do his best to fulfill “the mandate” of Mayor Ford. But early on, he appeared to run into trouble. He said that he believed he could direct staff to prepare departmental budgets that showed no increase in departmental expenditures. He said that he didn’t think there remained enough so-called “gravy” to actually cut into those budgets enough to make up for inflationary increases. He maintained that taxpayers would understand dealing with inflationary increases “separately” with a small tax increase. Di Giorgio also appeared to be at odds with the mayor when it came to the question of the land transfer tax. Ford told reporters that he would like to try to cut Toronto’s land transfer tax by 10 per cent in 2014.

Di Giorgio said that if the city were to do so, it would have to make up the revenue elsewhere. “I wouldn’t mind dedicating a portion of the land transfer tax to something specific,” said Di Giorgio, adding that he believed the city would need to deal with the province in order to make changes to the land transfer tax. Di Giorgio also made it clear that he intended to take a higher-level approach to the job of wrestling the city’s nearly $10-billion budget, relying on senior staff to craft the more detailed budgets – an approach that markedly contrasts with former chair Del Grande’s detail-oriented approach to dealing with the city’s capital and operating budgets. “I won’t be taking that approach, nor will I take the kind of personal affronts that he took,” said Di Giorgio. “It’s a function of how you see yourself and your own skill levels – and when someone has a contrary opinion to you, how do you deal with it. “At the end of the day, if someone has a contrary opinion to me, council adjudicates things. I would hope that they would keep the mandate. If in their wisdom they don’t, I may be disappointed – but I won’t be overly disappointed.”

to allow non-citizens to vote MIKE ADLER madler@insidetoronto.com Toronto councillors have revived the debate on giving non-citizens the vote in local elections, saying permanent residents who pay for city services deserve a say in city politics. “We are a city of immigrants, and it’s not enough just to have it as a motto. We have to start acting that way,” said Davenport Councillor Ana Bailao, who called at a recent meeting of the community development and recreation committee for a report on the issue. “Currently there is taxation without representation in this city,” said Josh Matlow of St. Paul’s, adding tongue in cheek he’s heard from a “persecuted” group in his midtown ward he said is interested in the municipal vote, Americans who are living in Toronto. At the urging of York Centre Councillor Maria Augimeri, the committee directed staff to investigate whether it is possible to have permanent residents take part in Toronto’s 2014 election. Bailao said she didn’t think that could happen, and Beaches-East

York Councillor Janet Davis noted a campaign to extend the franchise to non-citizens failed during the last term of council, facing roadblocks such as a provincial government, which must approve the change and “just was not interested.” David Miller, the city’s former mayor, and an advocacy group, I Vote Toronto, had supported giving permanent residents the vote. “It worries me that we might lose a straight-up vote on this” at the current Toronto Council, Davis told the committee, but said it was important to raise the issue again. All mayoral candidates should be asked for their views on it during the 2014 campaign, she added. It’s thought at least 200,000 adult newcomers in Toronto could get the vote. In 2009, Myer Siemiatycki, a Ryerson University professor, estimated 15.4 per cent of the city’s 2006 population fell into this category and warned neighbourhoods where 30 per cent or more adults are recent immigrants suffer from a resulting “lack of political voice.” Voting by permanent residents is allowed in some U.S. cities and municipalities of some European countries..

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Private Homes for Sale East York Income home. 1 1/2 storey, 3 kitchens, 3 jacuzzi baths, Call Henry 416-912-7033

Real Estate Misc./Services

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Houses for Rent

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Tutoring

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Medical & Dental Services

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• No Nights or Weekends • Paid Training • Weekly Pay

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Travel & Vacations $449 CABO SAN LUCAS, ALL INCLUSIVE SPECIAL! Stay 6 Days in a Luxury Beachfront Resort with Meals & Drinks! For $449! www.luxurycabohotel.com 888-481-9660

APTS FOR RENT BIRCHMOUNT/ DANFORTH Rd. 2 bedroom basement. Immediately. Renovated, separate entrance. Utilities included. Student discount. View & negotiate. Non-smoking/ pets. 416-269-0072.

CAREGIVER (LIVE-IN) wanted for elderly Guyanese lady. Meadowvale/ Shepherd. Call 416-282-6620 evenings & weekends

Astrology/Psychics

MORNINGSIDE- NORTH of 401, 2 bedroom house, ďŹ nished basement, with bathroom. Mostly wood ooring. Fenced yard, private back deck. 905-251-5414

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COLLINGS/ ELLESMERE- 3 bedroom bungalow. $1300 +utilities. Close to TTC and U of T. Available Feb. 1st. 416-721-6362.

Nannies/Live In/Out

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Legal Services

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CONTRACTORS WANTED Toronto Community News has areas available for distribution of our local Community Newspapers and advertiser flyers. Deliveries consist of picking up our Newspapers and flyers at our North York location and distribute them to our carrier force. (Please see map of area coverage) Area’s Available: M1B, M1C, M1E, M1G, M1H, M1J, M1K, M1L, M1M, M1N, M1P, M1R, M1S, M1T, M1V, M1W, M1X M2H, M2J, M2K, M2L, M2M, M2N, M2P, M2R, M3A, M3B, M3C, M3H, M3J, M3K, M3L, M3M, M3N, M4A, M4B, M4C, M4E, M4G, M4H, M4J, M4K, M4L, M4M, M4N, M4P, M4R, M4S, M4T, M4V, M4W, M4X, M4Y, M5A, M5B, M5C, M5E, M5G, M5M, M5N, M5P, M5R, M5S, M5T, M5V, M6A, M6B, M6C, M6E, M6G, M6H, M6J, M6K, M6L, M6M, M6N, M6P, M6R, M6S, M8V, M8W, M8X, M8Y, M8Z, M9A, M9B, M9C, M9P, M9L, M9M, M9N, M9P, M9R, M9V, M9W Contracts commence on Monday, March 4th, 2013. To apply for this area and submit your pricing, please come into either of our offices listed below. Fill out the bid packages. A vehicle is required for this distribution. Bid packages are available at the reception at 175 Gordon Baker Road Toronto On M2H 0A2 Tender due date: Friday, February 21st, 2013. By 5 pm To the attention of: Arlene Del Rosario Distribution Department Lowest or any bid not necessarily accepted.

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Vehicles Wanted/Wrecking REEL AUTO. Cash for scrap cars, trucks, vans. Any condition. 7 days/ week. Mike at 416-717-1785 WE BUY ALL CARS! Running or Not, we will buy it! Cars/Trucks/vans. Sell ANY Car today with ONE FREE Phone call to: 1-800-551-8647

Home Renovations CEILINGS repaired. Spray textures, plaster designs, stucco, drywall, paint. We fix them all! www.mrstucco.ca 416-242-8863

Articles Wanted

ANTIQUES

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Garage Sales

Contents Sale Sat./ Sun. Feb. 9 &10th 9am 65 Farmbrook Rd. (Bellamy/ Lawrence) Antiques, furniture, tools, art, leather sofa, convection oven

Technical/ Skilled Trades

Technical/ Skilled Trades

Plumbing Service Company looking for EXPERIENCED PLUMBERS and ONE APPRENTICE. Good work environment, excellent wages + benefits. Contact Sean at 416-677-6876. Sales Opportunities

Sales Opportunities

WANTED SALESMAN

We require a hard working, honest salesman for our reputed packaged foods. Requirements: 1. G licence with a clean record 2. Knowledge of GTA roads & directions 3. Prior sales experience, food experience would be an advantage 4. Fluent in English Attractive package including incentives and growth prospects for the right candidate.

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Notices (Public)

NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND OTHERS All claims against the estate of Robert Ernest Cann, late of the City of Toronto in the Province of Ontario, who died on or about the 29th day of October, 2012, must be filed with the undersigned Estate Trustee on or before the 25th day of February, 2013; thereafter, the undersigned will distribute the assets of the said estate having regard only to the claims then filed. DATED at Scarborough this 16th day of January, 2013. Patricia Lynne Cann, Estate Trustee, by her Solicitors, TATHAM, PEARSON & MALCOLM LLP, 5524 Lawrence Avenue East, Toronto, Ontario, M1C 3B2. Attn: Adrian J. Malcolm. (416)284-4749

Articles Wanted QUALITY WORK low prices. Bathrooms, basements, plumbing, ceramics, drywall, taping, painting. Seniors discount. Aldo 416-721-6947

Plumbing

EMERGENCY?

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ALWAYS CHEAPEST!

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PETER’S DEPENDABLE JUNK REMOVAL From home or business, including furniture/ appliances, construction waste. Quick & careful!

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

HOME RENOVATIONS

Electrical CERTIFIED MASTER Electrician. Troubleshooting, new wiring, upgrades, lighting, receptacles, timers. ESA# 7004236, Call Leo 416-821-2153

Moving & Storage APPLE MOVING and Storage. Residential/ office moving. Packing services. In business 30 years. Reliable & courteous. Insured & licensed. 416-533-4162

MOVING

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www.toromovers.ca

416-844-6683

Flooring & Carpeting CARPET Installed from $1.39/sq.ft. includes pad. Hardwood, Laminate, Ceramic at low prices. 19 yrs experience. Free Estimates. No HST! 416-834-1834 HARDWOOD FLOOR Specialists. Installations, Resanding, Stains. For estimate call Jim 416-284-6243 or 416-561-9502 NESO FLOORING Carpet installation starting from $1.29/ sq.ft. Hardwood, laminate at low prices. 26 yrs experience. Free Estimates. Best Price! 647-400-8198

Repair/Installation GARAGE DOOR. Quality repairs. Broken springs, cables, rollers. Automatic openers installed $49. Tune-ups, welding. 289-423-4521

Appliance Repairs/ Installation #1 APPLIANCES Licensed Refrigeration Contractor, 28 Years Experience, FREE ESTIMATE, 2 YEARS WARRANTY Refrigerator/ Stove/ Washer/ Dryer/ Hot Water Tank/ Furnace/ Air conditioning Robin: 416-418-1821

Dating Services MISTY RIVER INTRODUCTIONS can make this years Valentine’s day something to remember. Let it be the year you meet the partner of your dreams. www.mistyriverintros.com (416)777-6302

Adult Personals LOCAL HOOKUPS BROWSE4FREE 1-888-628-6790 or #7878 Mobile HOT LOCAL CHAT 1-877-290-0553 Mobile: #5015

GAS FURNACES CENTRAL AIR Sales, Service, Installations.

www.airflexltd.com 416-439-7155 metro lic. #H16265

All Aspects of Home Improvements •Ceramics •Flooring •Kitchens •Finished Basements (full or part)

FULL BATHROOM RENOVATIONS $3850 SENIORS DISCOUNT 10% FREE ESTIMATE ~ Licensed & Insured ~ References Available

Call for More Info: 416-831-9019

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We Service All Makes & Models Larry’s Air Care

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

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ELECTRICAL

Burton Electric Inc. 416 419-1772

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

Pot lights Service upgrades Breakers/Panels FREE ESTIMATES

Master Electrician * License # 7001220 * Insured www.burtonelectric.ca mark.burton@burtonelectric.ca

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2013 FORD EDGE SEL FWD

0% FINANCING

REVERSE CAMERA, HEATED LEATHER SEATS, PANORAMIC ROOF, NAVIGATION 3.5L V6 ENGINE, AUTOMATIC, AIR CONDITIONING, PWR WINDOWS, PWR LOCKS, REVERSE SENSORS, ALLOY WHEELS, POWER DRIVER & PASSENGER SEATS, CRUISE & TILT, PRIVACY GLASS, MY FORD TOUCH, SYNC.

OR LEASING

SALE PRICE

$35,488

Only 24 month lease

339+HST

$

SPECIAL SALE PRICE

$33,488 Brand New

2013 ESCAPE SE

1.6L GTDI ECOBOOST ENGINE, 6-SPEED AUTO TRANSMISSION, POWER WINDOWS, POWER DOOR LOCKS, CRUISE/TILT, ADVANCED TRAC SYSTEM, AM/FM STEREO WITH CD, MY KEY SYSTEM, PRIVACY GLASS, STEERING WHEEL AUDIO CONTROLS, COMPASS, MY FORD, SYNC VOICE ACTIVATED SYSTEM, ONE TOUCH UP / DOWN WINDOWS, KEYLESS ENTRY WITH KEYPAD, SIRIUS SATELLITE RADIO, DUAL CHROME EXHAUST, FOG LAMPS, AUTO HEADLAMP SYSTEM, 17” ALLOY WHEELS, MUCH MORE.

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1988 DOWN Plus Freight $1600 $

0% APR

Brand New

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4 WHEEL DRIVE, NAVIGATION SYSTEM, 2.0L ECO-BOOST ENGINE, AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION, DUAL ZONE AIR CONDITIONING, POWER WINDOWS, POWER LOCKS, POWER MIRRORS, ABS BRAKES, KEYLESS ENTRY, ALUM WHEELS, ROOF RACK, PERIMETER ALARM,

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$30,988

229 +HST $29,488

$

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.99% APR

Only 36 month lease $ 1988 DOWN

269 +HST

$

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NO CHARGE LIFTIME MAINTENANCE PACKAGE APPLIES TO ORIGINAL OWNERS. FOC AXZ PLAN RULES APPLY. ALL REBATES ASSIGNED TO DEALER. VEHICLES MAY NOT BE EXACTLY AS ILLUSTRATED. SEE DEALER FOR DETAILS. **THESE OFFERS CANNOT BE COMBINED WITH ANY PREVIOUS ADVERTISMENTS. PRICES REFLECT ALL REBATES TAKEN. ALL LEASE PAYMENTS REFLECT RECYCLE YOUR RIDE $2500 (IF YOU QUALIFY) 2006 OR OLDER MODELS. LEASE BASED ON 0.99% FOR 24 MONTHS. 20,000KMS PER YEAR ALLOWED. 16 CENTS PER ADDITIONAL KM. ALL PRICES ARE PLUS APPLICABLE TAXES & LICENCING. ALL REBATES ASSIGNED TO DEALER.

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COME RING IN THE NEW YEAR AT SCARBOROUGH TOWN CENTRE

KUNG HAY FAT CHOY! 2013 CELEBRATES THE YEAR OF THE SNAKE The Snake is the intuitive, introspective, refined and collected of the Animal Signs. In the Chinese zodiac, the Snake is listed after the Dragon, but its place and its significance as a symbol of worship is far less than that of the Dragon. It carries the meanings of malevolence, cattiness and mystery, as well as acumen, divination and the ability to distinguish herbs. In some places, people believe that a snake found in their court can bring delight. The Snake is keen and cunning, quite intelligent and wise.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 9 NOON • Thunder Drums Opening Ceremony • Eye Dotting Ceremony – Waking Up the Lions • Choy Ching Ceremony – Feeding the Lions and Lion Dance • Arrival of the God of Fortune – Chances to Win Prizes and Receive Lei Si Lucky Money 2 PM • Thunder Drums • Folk Dance • Arrival of the God of Fortune • Chinese New Year Food Contest – Chances to Win Prizes • Lion Dance – Come Dance with the Lions 4 PM • Thunder Drums • Tai Chi Dance • Arrival of the God of Fortune • Wishing the Best for the Year of the Snake • Farewell to last year’s Year of the Dragon Dance • Wheel of Fortune – Not 1, not 2, but 3 Chances to Win Prizes! NOON to 6 PM FREE YEAR OF THE SNAKE PHOTOS* *While quantities last

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