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musical moments song and dance: Top, line dancers take to the floor during the seniors’ program held Saturday at the Taipei Economic Culture Centre. At left, Mary Tang, left, and her husband Tony dance to the music, At right, Helen Ma, left, and Raymond Hsu perform a karaoke tune together. Photos/WILLIAM MEIJER

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It’s been nine years since Jonathon Talbot graduated from Sir Wilfrid Laurier Collegiate, but his legacy at the Scarborough school lives on. “Jonathon, to me, was the Ferris Bueller of the school. He was a popular young man, and he was involved in every activity imaginable,” gym teacher Tony Vallejo said. “During his time here, he probably played on easily 20 teams...so Jonathon was the quintessential physical education student

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Laurier Collegiate teacher Wendy Smith-Heard, left, with Jonathon Talbot’s mother and father Heather and Terry, and Laurier staff member Tony Vallejo get together Monday at the school in advance of the annual table tennis tournament to be held in Jonathon’s memory on Saturday.

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trong neighbourhoods make a strong city, and involved residents make strong neighbourhoods. In Toronto, that’s true thanks to the work being done by our scores of local residents’ associations. These organizations play a key role in how our city is not only governed, but in how it is planned and how it grows. Neighbourhood associations, which can vary in size from a dozen members to those with membership lists of more than 1,000, are the first place to go for residents who want to have a say in their community. In this week’s paper, our special feature looks at these local associations and their impact. To see what’s going on across the city and how you can get involved, visit us at http://bit.ly/1hlAN8D Whether it’s organizing a street party or dealing with a massive redevelopment proposal, the neighbourhood association is the best our view way for residents to get involved. There’s power in numbers when it to such associations when Associations comes they need to make their case to the roots of a municipal politicians and big developers. strong Toronto Don Mills Residents Inc. is a good example of this. The neighbourhood association with more than 1,000 members took a proactive role in negotiations with developer Cadillac Fairview when it came to the Shops at Don Mills redevelopment, which also included condos and a possible community centre. The residents’ group was able to ensure that the community centre was not lost during what was a sometimes difficult and contentious planning process. The reality is that a powerful neighbourhood association puts the local politicians on notice that they have to work with residents to come up with a satisfactory solution to development plans, or risk not being elected again. This helps focus the politicians to bring the full weight of the city and its planning processes to bear when negotiating with developers. A strong association also helps the developers know what the feelings of the community are, and who they need to deal with in order to come up with a successful project that can be welcomed, or at least tolerated, rather than scorned by the area’s residents. But it’s not all about negotiating with politicians and developers. The real strength of these organizations is how they bring the people of a neighbourhood together. They make your community stronger, and by extension they make Toronto – as a whole – a better place.

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ith the weather being so cold I completely forgot spring was on the way, so March 21 came and went without me getting around to my spring cleaning. Luckily, last night I got a call from one of Toronto’s top cleaning gurus, the venerable Dee Odorizer. It was her annual March phone quiz that always serves as a gentle reminder to procrastinators to get their act together. Dee: “Nice to speak you again, Jamie. I won’t take up too much of your precious time. As always, it’s just a short Q & A. So, without further ado, here’s my 2014 spring cleaning questionnaire. First off, where do you stand on clutter?” Jamie: “Obviously a trick question to kick things off. You know very well you don’t stand on clutter, Dee, you get rid of it.” Dee: “Excellent. I should know better than to try to

jamie wayne BUT SERIOUSLY pull the wool over your eyes. Next up, should one take it upon oneself to reseal grout lines, if applicable?” fanatic Jamie: “I can’t speak for one, but I’ll tell you what I do. I’m such a resealing fanatic, I reseal grout lines even if it isn’t applicable.” Dee: “Wonderful. Now, what do you do with your ducts?” Jamie: “Not only do I do whatever it takes to get them spotless, I also make it a point to make sure to get all my ducts in a row.” Dee: “Nice touch. Moving right along, after sprinkling your carpet with baking soda, do you remember to let the sprinkle sit before vacuuming?” Jamie: “Dee, not only

I do I let my sprinkle sit, I let my vacuum sit, too. And between you me, I sit for a spell as well. A little sitting goes along way during spring cleaning, as you well know.” Dee: “Indeed I do. Do you remember to tidy and tuck?” Jamie: “Who doesn’t?” Dee: “Terrific. Do you descale and sanitize?” Jamie: “Until the cows come home.” Dee: “I always like to hear that. Do you polish and shine?” Jamie: “No only do I polish and shine. I spit and polish and shine. And not necessarily in that order, I might add.” Dee: “Beautiful. A real perfectionist. Now, just of curiosity, what would you do with Lint Traps?” Jamie: “Hmmm. That’s a toughie. He was the sheriff in Tombstone, right? He was great in that. I’d say get him in another western right away.”

Dee: “Very impressive. Finally, to wrap things up, the last few questions are going to be word association, if you don’t mind. Ready?” Jamie: “Steady.” Dee: “I hate to break it you, but I hadn’t started yet. I was just asking to see if you we’re ready to go.” Jamie: “Oops. Sorry, my bad. I’m all ears. Fire way.” Dee: “Sweep.” Jamie: “Bless you. Dee: “Buff.” Jamie: “Bless you.” Dee: “Fumigate.” Jamie: “Bless youuuuu. You know, Dee, either you’re coming down with something or, as much as I hate to tell you this, uh, you might want to do a little more dusting yourself.” Jamie Wayne is a lifelong columnist, who takes writing very seriously. The topics? Not so much. His column appears every Thursday. Contact him at jamie.wayne@sympatico.ca

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Whenever Karen Stintz gets asked about how she feels about her single-digit nextto-last spot in the polls, she always answers that she’s looking forward to a good mayoral campaign and avoids the numbing question. One might be glib and note that given her trailing popularity, a good campaign is as much as she might reasonably look forward to. But Stintz does imply a point: the mayor’s race is a long game, and while the Chow, Ford and Tory campaigns are dominating attention now, there is still time for those positions to shift. After this article goes to press but before you read this, Stintz and the rest of them will have finished the first mayoralty debate of the season, and that might have changed the entire field by now. But for the moment, it’s fair to say that Tory, Ford and Chow are running a rear guard fight against

To the editor: We would like to reiterate Rouge Valley Health System’s (RVHS) position with regard to the proposed merger with The Scarborough Hospital (TSH). We want our communities in Scarborough, Ajax, Pickering and Whitby to know that: • Rouge Valley is in a solid financial position with a significant operating surplus in 2013/14 (sixth year in a row) and a budgeted $4.5 million surplus for 2014/15 with no significant layoff program and no service cuts. This allows us to continue investing in medical equipment and maintenance of hospital facilities. We have spent $50 million on

david nickle the city Stintz and David Soknacki’s attempt to gain ground. On Monday, Stintz made her first foray into that, with what she billed as a major policy announcement and delivered as a policy clarification. She gathered some cameras and reporters together on a south Riverdale street corner to give some more details about how she would monetize Toronto Hydro to pay for a downtown relief line. Stintz had already said she wanted to get some cash out of Toronto Hydro for the subway – when she spoke at the Toronto Region Board of Trade to launch her campaign. There weren’t details then, but she was well aware that the complicated rules of utility ownership in this province meant that Toronto couldn’t sell more than 10 per cent without

paying a whack of tax. So Monday, Stintz told reporters that the city would need to negotiate changes to the rules – so that the city could sell just over 50 per cent of the billion-dollar utility. That would make a downpayment for the downtown relief line. The wisdom of this policy is debatable. Toronto receives a tangible benefit from the power company – in the form of dividends, which last year amounted to $41.9 million. That revenue will have to be made up somewhere, even as the city struggles to find more cash to build the relief line. But like everything coming from candidates at this stage, taking a position is a gamble. At this stage of the game, everybody’s got to do what they got to do. It is, as Stintz has observed, a long game ahead.

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capital in the last five years and have plans to spend a further $10 million per year for the next three years; • We appreciate the support of the provincial government of a one-time grant of $3 million towards further capital planning for the communities, in addition to the up-to $3.8 million already committed to us jointly for due diligence cost by the Central East Local Health Integration Network. We are confident that the $3 million capital planning grant will set us and TSH on the path to effective facility renewal for Scarborough and west Durham in the longer term; • The RVHS Board of Directors, senior manage-

ment and physician leaders are unanimously in favour of proceeding with merger planning as we see a strong value in it for patients in our communities; and • We believe we can continue to deliver reasonable surpluses as a merged organization in the current funding environment, and to sustain and improve revenues and services working creatively and co-operatively with our funding partners.

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Del Grande will be missed To the editor: We were caught by surprise that our councillor Mike Del Grande has decided not to seek reelection. Del Grande and his staff

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hard will leave due to frustration and those lazy ones would try very hard to hang on, for personal gains. This is sadly a reality. Christopher K.C. Ng

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info meeting wTheElection slated locally East Scarborough Storefront is inviting residents of KingstonGalloway-Orton Park to learn the facts about Toronto’s municipal election as part of its KGO Learns Together series. Robyn Cook, a member of the city’s election services engagement team, will give an “Elections 101” talk at Storefront on Friday, March 28, the group says includes “an overview of the municipal government, the voting process, election tools and employment opportunities.” Anyone who wants to preregister for the free session, 4 to 8 p.m. in the community hub at 4040 Lawrence Ave. East, can call Laryl at 647-347 1693, ext. 21, or write to larylm@thestorefront.org Bridge building event at civic centre The Scarborough Chapter of Professional Engineers hosts its 11th annual Bridge Building Competition at the Scarborough Civic Centre this Saturday starting at 11 a.m. The event is held in honour of National Engineering Month (NEM).

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Volunteer tax clinics wA free in Scarborough tax clinic will take place in Scarborough every weekend until the end of April. The Community Volunteer Income Tax Program (CVITP) is for low income taxpayers, seniors, disabled, students and

newcomers to Canada. The volunteers prepare and e-file for eligible persons only to Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) at no cost. The clinics take place at Islamic Foundation of Toronto, 441 Nugget Ave., every weekend from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Weekdays are available by appointment only. Outreach by the group to different community centres and libraries in Scarborough also takes place Call 647-367-8578 to book appointments. For more information, go to www.taxclinictoronto.wordpress.com Nearly New wTheKnox Shop open Nearly New Shop at Knox United Church in Scarborough is open to the public for the winter season. The shop features a selection of clothing, shoes, linens and other nearly new items. The shop is open Wednesdays from 1 to 3 p.m. Knox United Church, 2569 Midland Ave. Call 416-293-4424 for more information.

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fter eight years of bringing resources to suburban neighbourhoods needing them most, the City of Toronto is getting set to redraw the map of its “priority” zones. That new map suggests something the last one didn’t: Scarborough neighbourhoods are making the city’s grades north of Hwy. 401, but south of the highway, they largely aren’t. Thanks to a more comprehensive ranking system, UrbanHeart, Steeles and L’Amoreaux in Agincourt would be eliminated as Neighbourhood Improvement Areas - the city’s new name for “priority neighbourhoods” - because they score too well. So do Malvern and Dorset Park, also among the districts chosen in 2005 by the city and United Way of Greater Toronto. The new scoring adds new areas, Morningside, south of the highway, and Ionview on Eglinton Avenue, along with sections of West Hill and Woburn that weren’t included in the “priority” neighbourhood originally called KingstonGalloway. Include Oakridge north of Danforth Avenue, as planners have, and NIA status covers zero neighbourhoods above the highway, and eight of the 17 below, seven of them joined to mark long stretches of Kingston Road, Eglinton Avenue and Markham Road as territory for investment. Scarborough’s new cluster of NIAs looks oddly like a snapping turtle in profile about to eat a piece of lettuce. The NIA designations are important not just because they affect how people see the neighbourhoods, but because they contain the city’s promise to problem-

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BirchcliffeCliffside solve and build in them. “Priority” status in Scarborough has produced community hubs, recreation centre expansions and youth centres. Toronto council has approved $12 million more, city-wide, for infrastructure in the NIAs, and $300,000 for eight neighbourhoods “transitioning” from the portfolio. Dorset Park is one of those “transitioning” places, and Bryan Heal, a member of its neighbourhood association wants more clarity on what that means. “We hope that ($300,000) is seen as a starting point,” he said. On one hand, Heal said, moving off the list is a “good news story” because it shows the many invest-

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ments made in Dorset Park, most impressive being the community hub opened last year at Kennedy and Ellesmere roads, have started to pay off. With the impressive building came accessible meeting spaces, more than a dozen agencies bringing useful services, and the “capacity to do things for ourselves” reflected in resident-led programs and the tendency to report problems to the city instead of shrugging them off, said Heal. “It’s been a beautiful thing to watch.” Fragile improvement On the other hand, the improvement looks

fragile. Dorset Park did not beat the cutoff point, the Neighbourhood Equity Benchmark, by very much, said Heal, adding high unemployment, safety and a lack of affordable food are still much on the minds of residents. The city can’t forget the neighbourhood has much more work to do, he said. “We have to keep moving up.” Pedro Barata, the United Way’s vice president of communications and public affairs, said the charity umbrella is committed to sustaining programming at the hubs even in the “transitioning” neighbourhoods, and won’t change its own strategy for Toronto’s suburbs until the

end of the year, when the city’s NIA implementation plan is expected. Local offices of Action for Neighbourhood Change, a United Way agency, will also stay open in “transitioning” neighbourhoods such as Dorset Park and Malvern, he pledged. “We know that the work is not done.” As for the concentration of NIAs into clusters, Barata said he’s not sure what it means, but is optimistic that, over time, these designated areas will shrink rather than grow. “We need to engage residents, figure out what’s missing and commit for the long term,” he said. Scarborough councillors are facing the new NIA arrangement, which must still be confirmed by a vote in council next month, with mixed feelings. If Malvern is “no longer a ‘high-needs area,’ some residents will like that, but others have expressed concern about losing the designation, which gave Malvern a youth-led public library expansion known as The SPOT, and other projects, said Raymond Cho, the local councillor. “We’ve come a long way, and also we’ve benefitted a lot,” said Cho, who added city officials have assured him “we’re not losing anything” because the neighbourhood will receive the same services as before. Cho said he’s not surprised to see Malvern moving off the list, but the area was over the city benchmark by a very narrow margin. Malvern has recorded seven homicides since 2009 – Woburn, with the next highest count in Scarborough, has six – but its major crime rate, at 161.7 per 10,000, is lower than that of 13 other Scarborough neighbourhoods. Malvern is below the city’s benchmark on unem-

ployment, post-secondary completion, municipal voting and diabetes, but not doing too badly on 10 other criteria the city used for its ranking. This week, Scarborough Centre Councillor Michael Thompson said the new NIA designation “does not degrade” Ionview, which he described as a “healthy, stable neighbourhood” in his ward with “little pockets,” containing apartment buildings along Eglinton, which need extra resources. “I’m very happy to have those resources coming in,” said the councillor, recalling he felt the same way about the “priority” designation for Dorset Park eight years ago. Mike Del Grande, the councillor responsible for Steeles and L’Amoreaux said he didn’t know what to make of their proposed status change, but he’s disappointed there weren’t more “measurable outcomes” for the city’s strategy up until now. “To get a priority neighbourhood label has certain negative connotations that go with it,” Del Grande said. “You don’t want to be there forever. You want to get out of that particular stigma.” Paul Ainslie, however, was pleased that Morningside includes Mornelle Court, an area northwest of and Ellesmere Road and Morningside Avenue. For years, he said, residents in Mornelle were “literally begging” for resources, and the Scarborough East councillor had “work around the system” to get them for programs such as a walkto-school club. An NIA designation formally recognizes the neighbourhood as one the city needs to work with, Ainslie said.

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riders’ advocacy wTTCriders group to award TTC is getting ready to announce the first recipient of its TTC Sardine Award. On Friday, March 28, the city’s largest transit riders advocacy (TTC Rideers) will name the local elected official it believes has played the biggest role in contributing to the phenomenon known as transit sardining. The term refers to the situation when like the canned fish, large groups of commuters are tightly stuffed into a metal box (in this case a subway train, bus or streetcar) – a reality for many TTC users. The group is recruiting volunteers to dress in sardine costumes for the ceremony at noon at Queen’s Park Station at the southwest corner of College Street and University Avenue. Visit www.ttcriders. ca for more information. seeks province’s worst roads wCAA Will Dufferin Street regain its crown as the worst road in the province? The Southern Ontario

rahul gupta TO in TRANSIT chapter of The Canadian Automobile Association (CAA) wants to know. On March 25, voting started for the group’s annual Worst Roads campaign which highlights the very-worst of potholestrewn roadways in dire need of repairs. Last year four major Toronto streets placed in the top 10 of the rankings including Dufferin, which was also named worst road in 2012. To vote, go to www.caaworstroads.com streetcar rides on weekend wVintage

The TTC is inviting residents to take a ride on a vintage streetcar this weekend. On Sunday, March 30, from noon to 4 p.m. one of the TTC’s two restored Presidents Conference Committee (PCC) streetcars will offer rides for free along Kingston Road, between the Woodbine and Bingham loops. The vehicle, which dates back

to the late-1930s, was once the backbone of the TTC’s surface operations and Toronto’s fleet of 745 PCC cars was the largest in the world. Rides are free of charge. Visit www.ttc.ca GO Transit seasonal schedule changes While it may not feel like spring for another few weeks, GO Transit has unveiled seasonal changes to its train and bus schedules. The regional transit provider has also announced it will offer weekend train service from Union Station to both Niagara Falls and Barrie during the spring and summer. While specific schedules are not yet known, the Niagara service will be in operation over the Victoria Day weekend May 16 to 19, then from the end of June until September and once more on Thanksgiving weekend. The Barrie service will run weekends from June 28 until Sept. 1. For more info, go to www.gotransit.ca

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Teacher Kevin Hrycay talks to Yianni Fotopoulos at Chine Drive Public School during a recent rehearsal for the school’s upcoming musical Callbacks.

“I’ve only been in Toronto for seven years. I’ve taught half of my career in Saskatchewan, and being there in a small town you have no choice but to work a lot with parent committees and councils to get things done,� said Kevin Hrycay, who received the 2012 Canadian Family Great Teacher Award and is Callbacks’ head organizer, alongside Marina Vlachos-Daskalakis and

director Deborah Moore. “The parents have been super, and all their connections have really saved a lot of costs for us this year.� The moms and dads are volunteering in various capacities, hunting for costumes and props, designing the programs and posters, and even doing the concessions and makeup. The small community at the school also means that the participating students have to handle more responsibility than if they were in a larger ensemble. “If one doesn’t start stepping up in their role, it affects everybody,� said Hrycay. He believes his pupils will show leadership and “try to take their talents to another level.� It fits with the musical’s premise – the competitive nature and challenges of auditioning for theatre. Callbacks will take the stage for a second time on Thursday, April 3.

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Healing Hope fundraiser slated Scarborough actress and singer Letna AllenRowe is hosting a brunch and fashion and entertainment show this Sunday. A survivor of breast cancer, Allen-Rowe is determined to help make a dream – the end of that disease – come true. It inspired her last year to launch the first Healing Hope Fundraising Brunch, which returns to Scarborough Sunday, March 30, 1 to 5 p.m. “My wish is to see all women free of this dreaded disease, if not in my lifetime, hopefully in the lifetime of the next generation,” Allen-Rowe wrote earlier this month. “Cancer is not a colour thing; it has no colour, race or creed, and that is why I am imploring the wider community to support this venture.” Diagnosed in 2011, the local actress and singer underwent a double mastectomy and breast reconstruction at the Rouge Valley

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Health System’s Centenary campus. Her gratitude for the care she received there continues to drive her fundraising efforts. This time, Allen-Rowe said most proceeds from the $50-a-plate event will purchase much-needed equipment for Centenary’s cancer care program, and assist the hospital to launch a Lymphedema Clinic, The rest, to which Allen-Rowe is pledging to add $1,000 of her own, will go to support the Jamaica Cancer Society. The event at the Peter and Paul Banquet Hall on Milner Avenue includes a fashion show and entertainment. Tickets can be purchased at www.ticketgateway.com online, in person at RVHS Foundation’s Centenary office on Ellesmere Road or by calling 416-281-7342. More information is on Allen-Rowe’s website, www. MsLetna.com

Covering of merger costs a concern >>>from page 1 in Scarborough spent up to $3.8 million in provincial funds over the past year to study a merger and its possible effects on their services. The TSH board on March 15 voted to abandon the merger indefinitely but said it “shall be reconsidered” when conditions – including financial support to cover merger costs – are satisfied. The hospital had studied another possible merger, with Toronto East General Hospital in East York, but that possibility was ruled out by both hospital boards in 2012 after opposition from physicians and residents. Hospital officials then proposed program consolidations between the Birchmount and General campuses which would turn the Birchmount campus into a centre for day surgery and combine the two TSH birthing centres into a centre of excellence there. Physicians and the Friends group also objected to these proposals, which were

dropped last year after being criticized by an expert panel. The Central East Local Health Integration Network, which had appointed the panel, then told the RVHS and TSH to study some form of integration. The hospitals chose to study a full merger, and approved it in principle last November. Despite the merger’s defeat, TSH and RVHS are expected to work together on a study of planning needs for hospitals in Scarborough and West Durham, as well as a review of maternal and children’s care in the area. A disappointed TSH CEO Robert Biron has told his staff a merger with Rouge Valley is still possible. “We haven’t necessarily closed the door,” he said at a meeting on March 18. “Today is not the right time, based on the information we have.”

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DR. R. PEPPER JONES, formerly of Birchmount Veterinary Clinic, is pleased to announce the opening of his new clinic, Main Street Veterinary Clinic, 170 Main Street, Toronto, at the North West corner of Main St. and Gerrard St., across from Ted Reeve Arena.

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Second phase of Kingston Road construction begins Construction season is returning to southwest Scarborough’s Birch Cliff and Fallingbrook neighbourhoods as a second phase of the reconstruction of Kingston Road gets underway. Work began in the middle of this month, on the stretch of Kingston between Victoria Park and Warden avenues, and will continue through

to Nov. 30 with some traffic and pedestrian restrictions, including reduction to a single traffic lane in each direction. Street parking won’t be allowed during the construction, and private driveways will have to be closed temporarily. In a release, the city said asbestos is mixed into the

road asphalt on Haig Avenue, but the harmful substance should not become separated during removal. Contractors will have to wet down surfaces on that street, however, to prevent dust from becoming airborne. The city is also set to begin a reconstruction, along with sewer and watermain replacement and new sidewalk con-

struction, from April 1 to Aug. 1 on Chine Drive south of Kingston. Aspects of the work, including the sidewalk, were opposed by many residents of the Cliffside-area street. sought on local museums wInput

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Police are looking for two men after a 27-year-old man was robbed at gunpoint Sunday night. Police said two men wearing disguises came up to the victim near Old Finch Avenue and Harvest Moon Drive, east of Morningside Avenue, at 11:15 p.m. The suspects pointed a gun at the victim and struck him, causing him to

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to assist girls and boys in high priority neighborhoods develop and improve skills along with focusing on more than just soccer, but nutrition, education and money management.

and Washington, De Rosario has mentored youngsters across North America through his DeRo United Soccer Academy, which also runs in Scarborough. “The power to help kids can have a huge affect, and now starting in Scarborough and going to other parts of the big city to assist those who sometimes get overlooked – this means a great deal to me,” said De Rosario.

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single parent, low income “I know what it’s like – single parent, low income, living in government housing,” said De Rosario, who went to St. Maria Goretti Catholic for elementary school, graduated from Winston Churchill Collegiate and played soccer for the Malvern Majors. “I want to get to the community and recreation centres to put on clinics and programs so that kids have something to keep them busy and focused.

examples for others. That’s what it’s all about.” The all-time leading soccer for the Canadian national team, De Rosario began his soccer career at the age of 18, signing with the Toronto Lynx and playing in Germany before returning to North America. He is the only player in MLS history to score 20 league goals for four different clubs “This is more than an activity – it’s to build and boost self-esteem and particularly for the inner city kids,” said De Rosario. “The plan is to help anywhere we can. Kids need attention and we can showcase their abilities.”

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Local associations give power to the people Community groups have local knowledge, political power MIKE ADLER madler@insidetoronto.com

They’re also a source of information and ideas for police, local councillors, t the meeting, Jason and MPs. “We’re hugely important,” Rodricks put his said Stephen Miles, current hand up because he president of the Highland had to go to the bathroom, Creek Community Association not because he wanted to who, concerned about a join the executive of the development North Bendale proposal at the Community end of his street Association. But then it some years ago, was too late. went to a meetRodricks had ing and realized accidentally how much influence the associanominated himself for a EXAMINING THE INFLUENCE tion had. position. “Before The group OF OUR LOCAL COMMUNITY I knew it, everydeals with hot ASSOCIATIONS. one just started topics in Highland ★★★ clapping,” he Creek, an aging remembered this If you’re involved with a community near group who’s helping to week. the University Two years later, shape our city, tell us your o f T o r o n t o latest news! Email Rodricks, who Scarborough had accompa- scm@insidetoronto.com c a m p u s w i t h nied his mother concerns over to the fateful meeting and illegal rooming houses and development proposals, parhadn’t been active in his neighbourhood or politics ticularly in an old commercial before, became president area where residents want to of the Scarborough Centre preserve a “village feel.” ratepayer group. While such a group gives He said he saw how much people the power of being part hard work the rest of the execof a stronger voice, the most utive – including people older active participants, including than his parents – were doing Miles, a schoolteacher with a on the community’s behalf. young family, can find those “It motivated the hell out of volunteer hours costly. me to get involved.” “At the same time, I really Many could still use the care about where I live. This new blood people of Rodricks’ is my chance to shape it,” he generation represent, but said. “Decisions are made by Scarborough’s resident assopeople who show up.” ciations – with some, such as Most developers seem North Bendale, more than 50 eager to work with commuyears old – remain part of our nity associations and take neighbourhood life, organizsuggestions seriously, Miles ing fun fairs, litter clean ups said. “It’s in their best interests, right?” and food drives.

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Development can spur new interest and membership in resident groups, but where things are quiet, the groups can fade. Dedicated leaders can also be difficult to replace. Some years ago, Scarborough Centre Councillor Michael Thompson recalled, the Mar yvale Community Association in his ward was going to fold, because its older members didn’t want to continue. Thompson said he was able to get more people to join, and the group today is alive and thriving. Such associations are “part of the reason whey we have successful communities,” and they make a councillor’s job easier by identifying issues – not necessarily problematic ones – and can serve as a sounding board, Thompson said. Before he joined the North Bendale group, Rodricks, who has an information tech-

nology background, was an “angry citizen” who never realized politicians have a hard job: in serving a neighbourhood, they don’t have much to go on. “Unless people call to complain, they have no way of seeing what we really care about,” he said. “We hope we can do some of the digging work.”

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The NBCA represents 2,400 residents in an area whose people and needs have changed a lot, Rodricks said. The baseball diamonds where he played as a child stand empty, he said, and the association’s surveys of

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four local schools last year found preferences for other sports. North Bendale is looking at expanding to cover 1.200 additional residents to the south and, along with some neighbouring associations, is considering a Scarborough umbrella group for ratepayers which could join their voices on shared issues. Glenn De Baeremaeker, Rodricks’ local councillor, is impressed, calling the NBCA an “early warning system” for everything from potential crime to potholes. “They’re right on top of everything.” Still, it’s more difficult for ratepayer groups to thrive than when Scarborough’s subdivisions were newly established, and children of the same age served as each neighbourhood’s “common glue,” De Baeremaeker said. Today, those residents with young children have a wealth of activity choices outside their neighbourhood,

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and community picnics and movie nights are not the draw they were. But with no events, neighbours won’t know each other, the councillor said. Other groups, including condominium associations, also represent resident interest, and the creation of “priority neighbourhoods” in Scarborough created a new set of community associations along with it. Not all have managed to stand on their own, but the Dorset Park Neighbourhood Association has grown into a network reaching around 1,000 in highrises and houses near Kennedy Road, south of Hwy. 401. “It’s easy to fall in love with where you live and the people you meet along the way,” said Bryan Heal, an accreditation manager who is a DPNA member and often a spokesperson. Heal, however, is not on the group’s executive, because there isn’t one. The DPNA, he said last week, is a group of neighbours coming together to advocate for different community needs, and has no hierarchy. “There’s a role for everyone to play. It feels more like a team.” Though the area is split into different wards by Ellesmere Road, the group is hoping to assert itself during municipal and possibly provincial elections this year, holding debates and turning out voters in numbers not seen before. “We’ll be talking to our councillors and every candidate that comes through,” Heal said. We’ve got more. Read all about the work of other Toronto community associations at http://bit.ly/1hlAN8D

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Rotary Clubs launch Scarborough Community Renewal Campaign Ali Raza araza@insidetoronto.com Scarborough’s Rotary Clubs are launching the 2014 Scarborough Community Renewal Campaign. The clubs are working with youth, impoverished residents and community and government leaders to lift people out of poverty and get a safe and high quality of life for

everyone in Scarborough. Areas designated as priority neighbourhoods have seen a decrease in community well being. Employment has declined and the City of Toronto’s original 10-year-old plan is not facilitating working class and poor suburban residents. Scarborough Rotary Clubs want to engage the communities and government with the

Renewal Campaign. “I’m excited by the potential for the 2014 Community Renewal Campaign,” said North Scarborough Rotary Club Past President David Seemungal in a press release. “To identify action strategies that will help to reverse the decline, create jobs, improve transit and property values and enrich our arts and culture.”

The Rotary Clubs aim to focus on renewal actions. Building new infrastructure for arts and culture, improving public transit, upgrading leisure and recreation areas and creating more commercial opportunities are some of the many goals the Renewal Campaign has. “The 2014 Community Renewal Campaign is an excellent project for Rotary,”

said North Scarborough Rotary Club Past President Carolyn Nicholson in a press release. “Our members are dedicated to helping the communities in which they serve.” The North Scarborough Rotary Club has gained the assistance of Hardy Stevenson and Associates Ltd., a socioeconomic and land-use planning consultancy firm.

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CF documentary to be screened tonight At the show all weekend + BeatlesTribute concert appearance. Limited number of wristbands available online & at the door.

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It was the power of the Internet that allowed the world to know about Eva Markvoort and her struggle to live life to the fullest despite having cystic fibrosis (CF). CF, which is the most common fatal genetic disease affecting Canadian children and young adults, affects various parts of the body, but mainly the digestive system and lungs. There is no cure.

Visit www.cysticfibrosis.ca Markvoort, who was from Vancouver and talked about the importance of organ donation, was diagnosed with CF as a child and died just shy of her 26th birthday on March 27, 2010. Markvoort, who celebrated the power of love, started a livejournal http://65redroses.livejournal. com/ - and had a large following in Canada, the United

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during construction on Kingston Road.* The TTC was hoping to thank you in December with a ride on a vintage streetcar, but the ice storm caused us to delay the event. Now with winter quickly receding, we’d like to invite you – again – to come out on Sunday, March 30 and enjoy a free ride on a TTC vintage streetcar along Kingston Road between Bingham loop and Woodbine loop. From noon to 4 p.m., hop on and off the car and enjoy the shops and restaurants in the community.

*between Queen Street and Victoria Park.

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Preparing to Plant

Residents get ready for the gardening season at Seedy Saturday

seedy saturday: Above, Deb and Steve Gilchrist look through seeds in the seed exchange during Seedy Saturday at Cardinal Newman Catholic High School Saturday. At left, from top: Gardeners look through seeds; Kellie Schott demonstrates vermicomposting; Mike Nevin leads a workshop on composting. Those who attended were able to learn how to live more sustainably, exchange seeds with other seed savers, and buy heirloom and organic seeds. The fair was hosted by the Stewards of the Earth at St. Agatha Catholic School, the Treehuggers at Blessed Cardinal Newman Catholic High School , the Eco Club at Jean Vanier Secondary School and Seeds of Diversity. Staff photos/NICK PERRY For more photos from Scarborough events, visit us online at www.scarboroughmirror.com

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Scarborough woman’s fare dispute with TTC settled RAHUL GUPTA rgupta@insidetoronto.com A Scarborough woman and her disabled son have received an official apology from the TTC for what she describes as mistreatment by an employee over a fare dispute. Joanna Twaite says she and her autistic son Alex were publicly humiliated

when she tried to make use of a recently-introduced TTC policy (http://www.ttc.ca/ Fares_and_passes/Support_ Person_Card/index.jsp) which allows one individual accompanying a paying rider who is disabled to access the TTC without having to pay an additional fare. While the policy does require a special photo ID card issued by the TTC to

qualify for the single fare, the requirement doesn’t go into effect until late March. Until then, support persons are admitted without charge under the honour system. But when Twaite tried to gain entry at Kennedy station to travel to a dentist appointment on the morning of Monday, March 10, she said she was met with refusal from a fare collector who informed

her she’d either have to order Wheel-Trans service, or pay a full fare in addition to the one charged to her son Alex. After Twaite pointed out the support person policy, she said the fare collector called security and in the process severely agitated Alex. Following the incident Twaite and her husband filed a formal complaint. A week and half later, she had heard

nothing further from the TTC. Asked about the incident, TTC head of customer service Sue Motahedin said she was unaware of the incident but promised to personally look into it. “We want to make sure situations like that are handled carefully because the impact on a customer is pretty significant,” said Motahedin. Motahedin confirmed the

support policy and said in the case of a complaint the TTC’s customer services department is supposed to follow up in regards to a solution. Soon after her interview with The Mirror, Twaite said she had received a phone call from Motahedin. She also received a mailed letter of apology from the TTC with two tokens enclosed as reimbursement.

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sports schedule SCARBOROUGH HOCKEY ASSOCIATION SATURDAY, MARCH 29 - PLAYOFFS Novice 6 w 8 a.m., Royal Blue vs. Red w 9 a.m., White vs. Powder Blue w 10 a.m., Gold vs. Black Novice 7/8 Red w 11 a.m., Green vs. Purple w 11:15 a.m., Teal vs. Royal Blue * all games at Don Montgomery Arena. For full playoff schedule for all divisions visit http://syhl.ca WEST HILL MINOR HOCKEY NOVICE WHITE - PLAYOFFS Saturday, March 29 w 1:10 p.m., Team 2 White @ Team 4 Red w 2:15 p.m., Team 3 Gold @ Team 6 Green w 3:10 p.m., Team 1 Black @ Team 5 Gray Sunday, March 30 w 2:30 p.m., championship game w 3:45 p.m., bronze medal game w 5 p.m., 5th/6th place game NOVICE BLUE - PLAYOFFS Saturday, March 29 w 8:15 a.m., Team 8 Black @ Team 10 Powder Blue w 9:10 a.m. Team 9 Gold @ Team 12 Red w 10:15 a.m. Team 7 White @ Team 11 Gray Sunday, March 30 w 10:45 a.m. championship game w noon, bronze medal game w 1:15 p.m. 5th/6th place game * all games at Heron Park Arena. For full playoff schedule for all divisions visit http://whmha.goalline.ca

active@insidetoronto.com TDSB CO-ED BADMINTON Friday, March 28, 3 p.m. w at Albert Campbell Collegiate, round robin involving host team, Dr. Norman Bethune CI and Sir Oliver Mowat. w at RH King, round robin involving host team, SATEC@WA Porter CI and Stephen Leacock Monday, March 31, 3 p.m. w at William Lyon Mackenzie CI (North York), round robin involving host team, Stephen Leacock CI and Lester B Pearson CI w at Wexford Collegiate, round robin involving host team, SATEC @ WA Porter CI and Cedarbrae CI Tuesday, April 1, 3 p.m. w at Lester B Pearson CI, round robin involving Albert Campbell CI and Agincourt CI. w at Stephen Leacock CI, round robin involving host team, Cederbrae CI and Birchmount Park CI Thursday, April 3, 3 p.m. w at SATEC @ WA Porter CI, round robin involving Birchmount Park CI and Sir Oliver Mowat CI w at Albert Campbell CI, round robin involving David & Mary Thomson CI and Stephen Leacock CI w at Sir Wilfrid Laurier CI, round robin involving Lester B Pearson CI and Agincourt CI

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MORE STATS For complete high school schedules, results and standings visit www.tdcaa.org or www. tdsb.on.ca

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R.H. King Academy’s Kushal Gaurav, left, Audrey Williams, Gavin Goode sweep hard while Joel Dissanayake gives instruction during the Toronto District School Board east division co-ed curling championship against York Mills Collegiate Tuesday at Tam Heather Curling Club. York Mills defeated King 7-2 to win the championship.

The Scarborough Hospital Call for Annual Members 2014-2015

Are you concerned about issues that impact your community? Are you interested in helping The Scarborough Hospital become a stronger organization to meet the health care needs of residents now and into the future? If so, you may be interested in becoming an Annual Member of The Scarborough Hospital Corporation. Annual Members play an important oversight role in the governance structure of The Scarborough Hospital. Annual Members of the Corporation are admitted by resolution of the Board and consist of individuals who meet the eligibility requirements contained in the hospital by-law and who pay an annual membership fee of $20. Membership is for one year, and those individuals whose completed application is received before April 24, 2014 will be eligible to vote at the next Annual General Meeting to be held on June 24, 2014, at 7 p.m. at The Scarborough Hospital, General campus, 3050 Lawrence Ave. E. in the Auditorium. Current members wishing to vote at the Annual Meeting of the Members on June 24 must renew their memberships before April 24.

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Any person interested in becoming a member of The Scarborough Hospital Corporation can obtain additional information and a membership application in one of the following ways:

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Download an application from the hospital’s website at www.tsh.to

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Administration, The Scarborough Hospital, General campus, 3050 Lawrence Avenue East Administration, The Scarborough Hospital, Birchmount campus, 3030 Birchmount Road

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Yvonne Ragnitz Corporate Executive Assistant, The Scarborough Hospital 3030 Birchmount Road, Scarborough, Ontario M1W 3W3 Telephone: (416) 495-2406 Fax: (416) 495-2598 E-mail: yragnitz@tsh.to Please note that completed applications, with the membership fee, must be received by April 24, 2014.

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Take five DOWN THE ALLEY: Scarborough’s Parkway Bowl at Victoria Park Avenue and Ellesmere Road hosted the provincial youth 5-pin bowling championship on the weekend. Intently lining up their shot and hoping to take all five pins out for a strike are a couple of members from the team representing Toronto from O’Connor Bowl, located on O’Connor Drive just west of Victoria Park Avenue, far left Mathew Lloyd and, at left, Sean Gorman. Also on the team, which finished eighth among 26 teams, was Joshua Lameira. Cobourg finished in first place with 344 pins over average.

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Travel and Leisure WHEN: 4 to 6 p.m. WHERE: Mid Scarborough Hub, 2660 Eglinton Ave. E. CONTACT: Gary Butler (chair: Scarborough CARP Chapter #29), 416-491-2652 COST: Free Scarborough CARP Chapter 29 will be hosting a travel and leisure event: Vacations and Staycations.

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Eastern GTA Eco Summit 2014 WHEN: today and tomorrow WHERE: University of Toronto Scarborough - Instructional Centre, 1265 Military Trail CONTACT: Nadia Harduar, 416208-2679, https://ecosummit2014. eventbrite.ca, sustain@utsc.utoronto. ca COST: Free Two day event features graduate student research and poster presentations, panel discussions with faculty and community leaders, an eco fair and networking opportunities.

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Spring Sale WHEN: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. WHERE: St. Dunstan of Canterbury Anglican Church, 56 Lawson Rd. CONTACT: Laurie, 416-283-1844, laurie@stdunstan.ca COST: Free Crafts, jewelry, baking, olive wood and ceramics from Bethlehem.

Tax Clinic for Low Income Earners WHEN: Tuesday to Fridays 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. WHERE: First Alliance Church, 3250 Finch Ave. CONTACT: Lucy Liu, 416-494-3269 Ext. 21, office@firstalliancechurch.org COST: Free Now underway. Call for an appointment. Please do not leave messages. Prostration for Better Living WHEN: 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. WHERE: Unit 21-22, 4500 Sheppard Ave. E. CONTACT: Inga Lai, 416319-4898, www.puti.ca COST: Free; complimentary vegetarian lunch. Nearly New Clothing Sale WHEN: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. WHERE: St. Stephen’s Presbyterian Church, 3817 Lawrence Ave. E. CONTACT: June Crawford, 416-724-9004 COST: Free Good used men, women and children’s clothing sale and more. Active Living Fair WHEN: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. WHERE: Bridlewood Mall, 2900 Warden Ave. CONTACT: Elsa Uy, 416-493-3333 ext. 227, elsa@splc.ca COST: Free Exhibits, exercise and dance demos, healthy grocery shopping, measuring BMI, eye care screening. Sessions in English and Cantonese. Taoist Tai Chi WHEN: 10 a.m. to noon WHERE:

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Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra WHEN: 8 to 10:30 p.m. WHERE: Scarborough Citadel Salvation Army, 2021 Lawrence Ave. E. CONTACT: Sue Payne, 416-429-0007, spo@spo.ca COST: adults $30, seniors $25, students $15, Children under 10 $10 French music with the Toronto Choral Society. Program includes Ravel’s Le Tombeau de Couperin, Debussy’s Prelude a l’apres-midi d’un faune, Chabrier’s Suite Pastorale and Faure’s Requiem for Choir and Orchestra.

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Check out our complete online community calendar by visiting www.scarboroughmirror.com. Read weeks of listings from your Scarborough neighbourhoods as well as events from across Toronto.

Wexford Heights United Church, 2102 Lawrence Ave. E. CONTACT: 416-6562110, scarborough@taoist.org COST: varies A gentle set of movements promoting well-being for everyone. Labyrinth Meditation Walk WHEN: 2 to 5 p.m. WHERE: St. Mark’s United Church, 115 Orton Park Rd. CONTACT: Art Nicholson, 647-280-3391, art6home@gmail.com COST: Free Chartes cathedral style 36 foot labyrinth meditation walk. Spring Awakening WHEN: 7 to 9 p.m. WHERE: Academic Resource Centre, University of

WE ARE PAN AM “The Pan Am Games will be a once-in- a-lifetime chance for me to train and compete at the highest level at home.” Joanna Brown, triathlon CIBC Team Next athlete The world-class sport facilities being built for the TORONTO 2015 Games represent the largest investment in Canadian amateur sport history and will help our athletes compete with the best in the world.

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Toronto Scarbrough, 1265 Military Trail CONTACT: www.aeplive.ca, http://www.aeplive.ca/performances. php#mar29, aep@utsc.utoronto.ca COST: Free Featuring the UTSC Concert Choir and Concert Band performing a variety of classical and contemporary repertoire. In the Footsteps of the Group of Seven WHEN: 7:30 to 9 p.m. WHERE: Birchcliff Bluffs United Church, 33 East Rd. CONTACT: Robin, 416-694-4081, COST: $10 or $15.00 at the door. Sue and Jim Waddington have been on a quest to locate the places that inspired the Group of Seven painters. They particularly like to search for

Tai Chi Volunteer Needed WHEN: 11:30 a.m. WHERE: Retirement Suites by the Lake, 2121 Kingston Rd. CONTACT: Josie Dunn, 416-267-2121 COST: Free Volunteer Tai Chi instructor needed.

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Garden Club WHEN: 10:30 a.m. to noon WHERE: St. Paul’s L’Amoreaux Centre, 3333 Finch Ave. E. CONTACT: Elsa Uy, 416493-3333 Ext. 227 COST: Free Share ideas on gardening. Special Event Volunteers Needed WHERE: Retirement Suites by the Lake, 2121 Kingston Rd. CONTACT: Josie Dunn, 416-267-2121 COST: Free

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CONSUMER FEATURE

In the past year, BRMC IDA Pharmacy, formally the Milliken Pharmacy, has undergone extensive renovations to offer the community big store selections, with small store convenience. Located in the new Brimley Road Medical Centre at 3333 Brimley Rd., the pharmacy, which was established by Modern Meds, is conveniently located amongst medical specialists and chiropractic offices. Both a full-service pharmacy and convenient store for the area, BRMC IDA Pharmacy offers over the counter and prescription medication, and medical mobility devices for the home. For your convenience, they offer items for every day needs including make-up, packaged foods, drinks, snacks and more. If they don’t have an item you are looking for, they will pre-order it for you for your next visit. Differentiating from other pharmacies, BRMC IDA Pharmacy offers what they call A Little TLC (Total Lifetime Care). They want to take care of you for life, without having to look elsewhere for your pharmacutical needs. A Little TLC is an on-going service that helps patients who take a variety of prescriptions,

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mentary coffee and beverages for patients who wait in-store for their prescription to be filled. BRMC IDA Pharmacy tries to accommodate customers by offering price match guaranteed, as well as low fees to ensure the best prices possible. For patients who are covered by insurance, the pharmacy accepts all insurance companies. Seniors Day is the lastWednesday of every month! Seniors can take advantage of 20 per cent off their purchase. To help cater to the local residents, the pharmacy offers service in English, Mandarin, Cantonese, Filipino, Vietnamese, and Tamil. They also stock an extensive selection of Chinese herbals. For more information, please call 416-321-9111.

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Committee wants conditions for Island airport expansion DAVID NICKLE dnickle@insidetoronto.com A report setting strict conditions for negotiating jet aircraft at the Billy Bishop Airport will be arriving on schedule at Toronto Council April 1. Toronto’s executive committee voted Tuesday to recommend council approve the conditions, rebuking a proposal originally by Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly to approve jets conditionally on various measures required by city staff being in place. Kelly had made the proposal late last week, arguing conditional approval would give the Toronto Port Authority more incentive to manage the airport’s growth. Mayor Rob Ford moved the motion to do so. “We must move ahead on this,” Ford said. “There’s no reason to paralyze these hard-working people for one year with red tape and more red tape.” Ford finished the evening meeting urging the committee to go ahead and approve the

plan, arguing other accomplishments in the last term – the cancellation of the vehicle registration tax, contracting out garbage collection and signing a deal with the city’s unionized workers – all happened relatively swiftly.

Make no mistake about it, if this green light is given that is being requested, you will have an international waterfront airport. – David Crombie

The committee spent Tuesday listening to deputations over the issue, which arose a year ago when Porter Airlines’ president and CEO Robert Deluce requested the airport be expanded and the tripartite agreement governing the site be modified to lift the ban on jets. Deluce has placed an order with Bombardier for CS100

jets – dubbed whisper jets – to expand his airline’s reach beyond the range of the turboprops it currently flies. Since then, at Deluce’s request, the city and the Port Authority have spent more than $1 million studying what it would take to modify the airport, a move that would include extending the runways 200 metres into the lake from both ends of the airport on Toronto islands. Deluce and Porter have also taken part in an advertising and lobbying push to convince Torontonians the airport should be allowed to expand. But the staff report said there are too many problems with the existing airport, problems ranging from noise to traffic to sheer volume of flights, which have been increasing. Staff said only when outstanding questions are answered should the city consider re-opening the tripartite agreement, which governs the airport. Deputy City Manager John Livey strongly advised the committee against making an

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noting other airlines as well as Porter will be flying out of the downtown airport.

There’s no reason to paralyze these hardworking people for one year with red tape and more red tape. – Mayor Rob Ford

“We want to make sure this council does not pass this proposal in principle with conditions,” he said. “That is putting the cart before the horse.” Health-care activist Fiona Nelson told the committee that approving an expanded airport would undo much of the progress the city had made in terms of air quality and public health on the waterfront “in the interest of private enterprise.” “I find it interesting that the Billy Bishop Airport was named for a man whose job it was to bring down planes,” she said.

Deluce spoke directly to the committee, arguing the expansion of the airport was essential. “Since we announced our plans to add new destinations, the public dialogue has been quite robust and council is now in a position to make a decision,” he said. “In order to succeed we need council’s approval.” Steve Rossini, a pilot with Porter Airlines, said safety and noise concerns raised around the jet landings were over-blown. He said that there was no real difference between the angle of approach that an aircraft needed to take to land at the airport – an issue raised by critics of the plan. And he said that incidents involving bird collisions are in fact rare and minor. “Birds are very good at getting out of the way,” he said, adding that the problems that they cause “are correctable with a rag.”

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