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Maggie plays ball at the recently opened off-leash dog park at Warden Woods Park Saturday. The new dog park in southwest Scarborough came about after work by the Warden Woofs Dog Owners Group.

Warden Woofs celebrate new dog park MIKE ADLER madler@insidetoronto.com Dog owners in southwest Scarborough wanted their pets to socialize, and didn’t want to drive their dogs somewhere to do it. A small group, the Warden Woofs D.O.G. (Dog Owners Group) submit-

ted its application for an off-leash area to the City of Toronto in October 2011. It worked: a dog park in Warden Woods was approved last year, and finished by the start of 2013. “Finding the location was the tough part,” Oskar Weston, a member, said.

The chosen area at the south end of Warden Woods Ravine, next to the parking lot near Danforth and Pharmacy avenues, was used as an off-leash area all the time, Weston said, so why not give people and dogs a space where they won’t be breaking the city leash bylaw? Not that there isn’t a code of con-

duct at a dog park. It can be found, along with other information at the group’s website, www.wardenwoofs. com On Saturday, dog owners celebrated the off-leash area’s opening with Michelle Berardinetti, the local councillor. >>>DOG, page 5

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CELEBRATION: Above left, Pallav Shah prepares the dough during Enrico’s Pizza’s 42 anniversary celebration in Birch Cliff recently. The business celebrated its 42nd year in the community by giving out free pizza slices and poutine last Friday. Above right, Pankoj Dutta hands out free slices of pizza to customers.

The Spot youth centre opens doors today in Malvern MIKE ADLER madler@insidetoronto.com It’s reserved for youth, led by youth, largely designed by youth and claims to be authentically “youthgoverned.” Perhaps best of all, The SPOT the name stands for Success Power Opportunity Teamwork - is, for the moment anyway, a place where young people can write, dance, design, edit, record or just hang out for free. Doors open Thursday, Jan. 17, afternoon at the 3,770-squarefoot youth centre expansion of the Malvern Toronto Public Library branch the northeast Scarborough neighbourhood has waited nearly five years to see. The place “has a really great vibe” and an “absolutely beautiful” wall of windows letting in natural light, a feature young advisors on the project supported, said Femi James, The

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SPOT’s co-ordinator. “There’s so much buzz and so much excitement.”

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dance or theatre and professionallevel recording studio, James said Wednesday. The SPOT, staffed by youth assistants and facilitators, is a safe space where young people, particularly artists and entrepreneurs, can express themselves and develop their skills, she said. It is meant for people ages 14 to 25, but may include programs for tweens if there’s enough demand, said James. The centre at 30 Sewells Rd. will open for business at 1 p.m. but from 5 to 8 p.m. visitors can see “demos” by spoken word artists R.I.S.E. Edutainment and The Gods, the dance moves of local choreographers and videos by the Read 2 Rap program, which will launch there later this month, James said. People in Malvern, one of the City of Toronto’s underserved “priority neighbourhoods,” had said in 2008 they wanted such a place. During

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oronto residents need to continue to make their voices heard when it comes to the transit issues facing not only our city, but the entire Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA). The Greater Toronto CivicAction Alliance released an update of its Your 32 campaign this week, and it shows a growing support our view among GTHA residents to not only improve transit, but to also accept some of the responsibil- Opportunities ity for paying for it. for citizens John Tory, co-chair of CivicAction, said transportation to participate challenges have become the top issue for GTHA residents who deal with one of the longest commute times in North America. He called it “seven-day-a-week paralysis” that deeply affects families and business in the area. The Your 32 campaign asked residents what they would do if they had 32 minutes they otherwise wouldn’t have had to spend on transit. Spending more time with family was one of the main responses. What really stood out, though, was what Tory called the human cost of our inadequate transportation system. The campaign was done to show support for the regional transit system improvements being proposed by Metrolinx. The Big Move aims to infuse some $50 billion worth of transit improvements in the GTHA over the next 25 years. The campaign helped residents realize the real costs of transit congestion and what it would be worth to them to make things better. We have said before in this space that we in Toronto, and the surrounding regions, will get the transit we are willing to pay for. Yes, provincial and federal governments must shoulder their share of the cost, but residents are also going to have to be willing to accept funding tools such as tax increases dedicated specifically for transit. To that end, the City of Toronto’s planning department is beginning its own set of public consultations on transit. Chief planner Jennifer Keesmaat said the meetings are being driven by the need to provide information to Metrolinx on what Toronto’s transit priorities are. We urge Toronto residents to participate in these meetings, and play a role in creating a regional transit system that works for all of us. Exact dates have not been finalized, but once that information is available we will let our readers know when and where these meetings will be. newsroom

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To the editor: Re: ‘Free parking needed at local hospitals,’ Letters, Jan. 11. Letter writer Alberta Collins should be able to pay for parking since she can afford to drive a car. Recently, I had to go to Toronto Western Hospital from east Scarborough. I knew the cost of parking at the facility so I went by public transit, which was beneficial to me. The hospitals made mention of in the letter are serviced by the TTC. The buses actually stop at the entrances of these hospitals. My advice is to use the better way when going to the hospital so as not to have to pay for parking. Kenneth Singh

It’s official: Saturday night fever returns “So? Are you going to be watching on Saturday night?” I asked Anthony the other day. “What do you think?” he replied. “I figured as much,” I said. “I knew you’d cave in when all was said and done.” “And you,” he returned. “What do you think?” I responded. “I figured as much,” I said. “I knew you’d cave in, too.” I had the same exchange with Jason this week. And Frank. And Mario. And Mike. And a whole bunch of others. I canvassed many of the most avid fans I know to see if they would be tuning in to Hockey Night in Canada to catch the Toronto Maple Leafs take on the Montreal

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Canadiens on opening night of the abbreviated National Hockey League season. But I didn’t have to ask them. I already knew the answer. And they didn’t have to ask me either. They knew what I was going to say, too. Though we all did more than our fair share of grumbling during the recent lockout about the audacity of the owners and players shutting down their game while they argued about how to divvy up money fans haven’t given them yet, none of us will be abstaining from tuning in to the first telecast, even for a few minutes. There will no boycotting.

Or mancotting. No protests, silent or noisy. The same goes for the majority of hockey fans coast to coast. We’ll be doing what we always do when the NHL season starts: parking our tushies on the sofa in front of the tube. Going back to hockey is a slam dunk, if you’ll pardon the mixed metaphor. The speed, the skill, the moves, the passes, the hits, the shots, the saves, Grapes on Saturday nights. We can’t live without it. NHL hockey is in our DNA. We couldn’t not tune in if we tried, if you’ll pardon the double negative. But another thing we all agreed upon is that we hope and pray we’re not going to be inundated with a chorus of apologies from the owners and the players before the first face-off.

We don’t need a fancy JumboTron mea culpa. We don’t need any endless on-ice repentance. We don’t need any scripted statements of remorse written by public relations firms. It’s tough enough on us that the season isn’t starting until mid-January. We don’t want the return delayed for even one more second by any more rhetoric. We had enough of it during the stoppage. So, enough of the silly games once and for all, gentleman. Just give us the real games finally, OK? We beg you. Please. Just drop the puck. n Jamie Wayne is a lifelong columnist, who takes writing very seriously. The topics? Not so much. His column appears weekly. Contact him at jamie. wayne@sympatico.ca

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>>>from page 1 Official dog parks are still relatively rare in Scarborough, where the city has only approved three others. Laurie Little, a Warden Woofs organizer, said she thinks the new spot may be the only one in Berardinetti’s Ward 35 where an off-leash could be built, since the city avoids placing them close to homes or in environmentally sensitive areas. Little said she got involved because she would make the eastward trek to Thomson Memorial Park, until now her closest off-leash option, but thought it would be nice to have one closer to home. “I’ve got a hyper, very active border collie mix who needs to run,” she added.

Casino meeting tonight at civic centre >>>from page 1 Convention Centre into a casino and hotel complex. The city is trying to find out what Torontonians think through a string of public meetings, including one from 6 to 9 p.m. tonight at the Scarborough Civic Centre. Scarborough councillors passed a motion last February supporting, in principle, “the development of casinos in Toronto,” but were less eager this week to support the downtown casino plan. “I will err on the side of caution,” said Gary Crawford, adding the small-scale seasonal casino at the CNE is different, in its effects on transportation alone, from a downtown casino complex. Nor is Toronto like Niagara Falls, whose citizens voted for a casino to

revive a decaying downtown, the Scarborough Southwest councillor acknowledged. He didn’t dispute such a large investment “can have a huge positive impact on the city, but you have to weigh it all out,” Crawford said. “We need residents to speak up either way.” Norm Kelly was the councillor most bullish on casinos, saying it’s not a matter of whether one will be built in the Greater Toronto Area, it’s where. In a message Tuesday, Kelly said he’d like to see Toronto seize both casino opportunities before neighbours in the 905 area code do. “With its slots, Woodbine is already a casino. As for the other (downtown), if we don’t agree to it, then a 905 municipality will,” he said, adding not only will Toronto lose the

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| SCARBOROUGH MIRROR | Thursday, January 17, 2013

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hen Jennifer Keesmaat turned up as the City of Toronto’s new chief planner last summer, it raised a few eyebrows. It’s not to say the former planning consultant wasn’t a good fit. Keesmaat cut her teeth on city politics, working as an executive assistant for New Democrat councillor Joe Mihevc and Progressive Conservative Councillor Jane Pitfield in the early days of amalgamated Toronto. In the private sector, she’s worked on land use planning issues – what she’d term “city building” – in communities across the country. But she seemed like an odd choice for the Ford administration. Keesmaat also came as an advocate for lower-order transit and cycling and pedestrian accommodation. On Monday, less than six months into the job, Keesmaat stood up in front of a packed house at the Toronto Board of Trade, pressing a similarly neighbourhood-based agenda.

consistent with the city’s progressivist planning legacy — so not entirely new. But so long as Toronto continues along the route that Mayor Ford began, it’s clear that Keesmaat is fighting against the grain. In a moment of candor that seemed almost unbelievably politically naïve for a civil servant, she admitted as much. “We, of course, have a political culture that’s very challenging. I’m not getting into that in any detail — but the reality is we’re in a highly politicized environment.” The fact that Keesmaat was first hired, and second remains in her position, suggests that those eyes are more diverse in opinion than the message from the mayor’s office might suggest.

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Next month, she and the city will be launching a public consultation plan to see just what level of transit improvement Toronto residents are willing to pay for. But in the speech, she made it clear that the biggest transportation improvement the city can make has nothing to do with transportation at all: rather, it involves developing mid-rise housing and commercial space along some of the city’s avenues. As she pointed out: “Where we choose to live is our most important transportation planning problem. If you live in Hamilton and commute to Toronto, even with state-of-the-art transportation infrastructure, you’re commuting for two hours a day.” This is a view entirely

n David Nickle is the Mirror’s City Hall columnist. His column appears every Thursday. contact him at dnickle@insidetoronto. com

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Toronto’s got a lot going for it – parks, good transit and a strong manufacturing base – but Toronto’s chief planner Jennifer Keesmaat said that in order for the city to continue to prosper, it’s going to have to be “all hands on deck.” “Now is the time where we can once again take action for great city building,” said Keesmaat Monday at a luncheon hosted by the Toronto Board of Trade. “Now is the moment where we need to pause and think reactively about the legacy we’re creating. And to do this, we’re going to have to face some of the most challenging transportation issues of our time.” Keesmaat is a relative newcomer to Toronto’s bureaucracy, hired by the Ford administration last summer to take on the job of overseeing land use planning across the City of Toronto. In a few weeks, she and her staff will be embarking on a public consultation process, looking at what she said was one of the key elements of city land-use planning: transportation. She called transportation “one of the most challenging issues of our time.”

By the end of January, Toronto will launch a public consultation process for future transit funding, said the city’s chief planner. Jennifer Keesmaat said the process will be heavy on social media but will also include public meetings to give residents the opportunity to provide input on an investment strategy for transit Metrolinx is drafting to deliver to the premier’s office in June. “We believe using a variety of different techniques and tools will allow people to best participate,” said Keesmaat last week. “We’re doing a pretty important and ambitious activity here because we believe the residents of the city have an opinion about transit funding.” Metrolinx is considering 17 “revenue funding” tools – in the form of new fees and taxes dedicated toward financing most of the $50 billion provincial Big Move Transportation plan – and is seeking input for which of the tools should be used to pay for transit expansion. The transit planning agency

recently recommended $34 billion in priority projects to be completed within 15 years, including a new subway line for Toronto to ease congestion and overcrowding. Toronto, said Keesmaat, is the only municipality in the region to organize its own consultation process for transit funding, from which city staff will make a recommendation to council for a vote sometime in the spring. The approved recommendations will then be forwarded to Metrolinx. “We have a relatively short period of time to execute the process in part because it’s really being driven by the need to provide input to Metrolinx,” said Keesmaat who was named chief planner last summer. Like the casino consultation meetings currently underway, Keesmaat said the transit meetings will take place in all parts of the city. She anticipated the meetings will take place between February and March. A special website allowing for online feedback will be created for the campaign and Keesmaat said city councillors will also have the opportunity to hold meetings in their own wards.

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“At the end of the day, how we design our city has a profound impact on how we move about,” said Keesmaat. “I would like to suggest that transportation planning is not ancillary to our quality of life – it is central to it. The labour attractiveness of the Greater Toronto Area is tarnished by crippling congestion.” She added that transportation planning “is one of persistent weaknesses today.” She pointed out that a quarter of commuters travel 45 minutes or more one way to work— and that amounts to a serious drag on the local economy. Keesmaat laid out a number of challenges to effectively planning the city – not the least of which, she said, was the highly-charged political environment at city hall. “We of course have a political culture that’s very challenging,” she said. “I’m not getting into that in any detail – but the reality is we’re in a highly politicized environment. I was warned about the fishbowl before coming here. You can know about it intellectually, but you have no idea what it’s like having so many eyes looking at everything you say or tweet.” Ultimately, Keesmaat said that political culture, as well as the city’s development community, have to

find a way to encourage more residential development along the city’s avenues – stretches of road that have been earmarked in the city’s official plan for both transit and mid-rise development. Currently, she pointed out that the largest level of residential development is surrounding the downtown core. But many of those housing units are too small to raise a family in. The avenues, she said, need to see more of that development. “We have a tremendous amount of capacity within the City of Toronto to redevelop our avenues as very livable urban places,” she said. “Our avenues are areas where we can accommodate a tremendous amount of growth in a way that isn’t onerous.” She added: “Where we choose to live is our most important transportation planning problem. If you live in Hamilton and commute to Toronto, even with state of the art transportation infrastructure, you’re commuting for two hours a day.” Keesmaat cautioned the room to not put too much emphasis on large, expensive pieces of transportation infrastructure. “I think there’s a risk if we think of solving our transportation problems in large-scale infrastructure when we’ll still be travelling vast distances.”


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63 positions and keep all the trucks on the road. Council finally settled on a compromise, to add $3.1 million to the fire budget, which would pay for the trucks and firefighters until July, when council was able to consider a number of reports from Toronto Fire and determine whether cuts were warranted. That compromise was the only one of the motions that Mayor Ford supported. nutrition programs Also added to the budget was $1.163 million to student nutrition programs; $3.8 million to increase child care subsidies by 264 spaces; $6.8 million to replenish the Social Housing Stabilization Reserve fund; $500,000 for improvements to the Scarborough Civic Centre (including $50,000 for the Scarborough Walk of Fame); and the hiring of five additional building inspectors. Mayor Ford called the budget vote a victory, saying it was “truly an historical day at city hall.” “This budget does some things

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the open. I didn’t have the luxury of my predecessor that had 104 private meetings. We’ve had more public meetings, more meetings, more briefing notes. To make the charge that the process is not transparent goes beyond the pale for me. I’m disappointed.” Others were pleased with the results, though. Ed Kennedy, president of the Toronto Professional Firefighters Assocation, called the move “a positive step.” “You know with regard to the change of opinion they now understood it was factual, not fear mongering,” he said. “We’re not out there to fearmonger we’re out there to get the facts to the public.” Fletcher said the compromise was a good one. “The whole thing was that we were taking trucks out of stations in what was considered a not-wellplanned out way,” she said. “We have the fire underwriters’ survey, we have the master plan that needs updating. In six months we’ll have all these reports and we’ll see what it looks like.”

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He said an “evolution” was taking place in the minds of residents regarding the toll congestion takes on their personal lives. “Individuals are coming to realize congestion caused by a grossly inadequate transportation system is negatively affecting their jobs and their families,” said Tory. “They have come to the conclusion major action is necessary to improve the quality of their own lives.” That action, according to the CivicAction, is investing billions of dollars for a meaningful transformation of the existing transportation network to come directly from both governments and residents. “I think the public have given the signal they want the leaders to get on with building transit and find fair and balanced ways to pay for it,” he said. Hunter said over the course of its Your32 campaign the group asked residents to weigh in on what they would do with 32 extra minutes of time per day. That’s the amount of time the transit planning agency Metrolinx says will be lost if the $50 billion Big Move regional transportation plan is not completed within the next 25 years and commute

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“champions”, private and public sector individuals who advocate for better transit throughout the GTHA. The list of 44 appointees also includes former chief city planner Paul Bedford, who was in attendance at the event. Bedford, who has traveled the GTHA speaking about improving transit said residents, when informed about the costs of congestion are willing to pay more to improve transit. “You go through the whole education process and get them to understand the choices and consequences and they’re more willing to pay. Because they can connect the big picture choices with their daily life,” said Bedford. TTC chair Karen Stintz was present briefly as an observer but didn’t speak with reporters. Her press aide JP Boutros said Stintz decided to attend the media conference primarily in support of her friend Tory, though she supported the idea of dedicated transit funding. “We’ve been calling for a dedicated fund for transit since OneCity,” said Boutros referring to the citywide transit network first proposed last July.

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IIHS Top Safety Pick

0 $135.51 4.99% DOWN B/W + HST

2013 CHRYSLER 200 LX

2013 DODGE Dart SE

• 4 speed auto transmission • 2.4L 4cyl 16V DOHC dual VVT engine • Power windows / locks • Power heated mirrors • Tilt & telescopic steering • Floor mats • Air conditioning

• 2.0 DOHC Engine • 6 Speed Manual Transmission • Power Windows/Locks/Mirrors • Tilt Steering

96 16,995 MONTHS +HST

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Stock # 130606

• Lots of air bags! • Lots of safety technology! • Remote keyless entry • Cruise control • AM/FM CD MP3 radio

• Telescopic Steering • 10 Air Bags • Hill Start Assist

IIHS Top Safety Pick

IIHS Top Safety Pick

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$

99.79 B/W + HST

96 16,995 MONTHS +HST

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0 $99.79 4.99% DOWN B/W + HST


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