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DOMINIK KUREK dkurek@insidetoronto.com Registration season for spring/summer recreation programming is coming up in Toronto, and parents and recreation program users will be happy to know the city has made improvements to its customer experience. Registration for spring/ summer programming starts at 7 a.m. on the following days: • Saturday, March 4 Etobicoke York district • Sunday, March 5 Scarborough district • Tuesday, March 7 North York district • Wednesday, March 8 Toronto and East York district The most popular programs will fill up within minutes. The city has improved its online system by increasing server capacity, which allows more people to use the system simultaneously. This will reduce the wait times people have experienced in the past.

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Participants take part in a parent toddler drop in swim at Agincourt Recreation Centre Friday. The City of Toronto is expecting a busy spring/summer recreation season. Plus, officials have improved the user interface to make searching for programs and registering easier. "We’ve been working over the last year to improve the overall experience that customers have," said Howie Dayton, director of com-

munity recreation at the city’s Parks, Forestry and Recreation department. The city will also have more staff at its call centres with longer call centre hours for customers to register by phone on registration days. But, it’s still important

that anyone planning to register for programming plans ahead of registration day. Dayton recommends people use the Get Ready to Register planning tools at www.toronto.ca/funguide. This Family Day Monday, the city will host Get Read to Register informa-

tion centres in each district. Visit the website for locations and times. Additionally, the city will extend its call centre hours on March 1, 2, 3 and 6, running from 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. for people to ask questions. Call 416338-4FUN. The online system includes a search tool that allows people to seek out the program they want, and where they want to take it, and mark favourites for programs they will try to register for on registration day. People should have their family and personal accounts ready before registration day. People should also have backup options as well in case their preferred programs fill up. Typically, people registering for programs start right at 7 a.m. Summer camps and children’s learn-to-swim programs are most sought after and fill up quickly. This summer, the city plans to offer 84,500 summer camp spaces, 66,000 learn-to-swim spaces and 30,000 general

program spaces in arts, sports and fitness for all ages. This doesn’t include things such as summer leisure drop-in programs happening at pools, community centres or gymnasiums across the city. The city of Toronto prides itself on its quality programming that is affordable and inclusive. There are a number of community centres across the city where all programming is free. For families who can’t afford paid programming, the city’s Welcome Policy can provide financial assistance. For details, visit www.toronto.ca/wp. Toronto has an 81 per cent usage rate for instructional programs, which Dayton suggests people try. "The City of Toronto invests in quality of life. Recreation is essential to healthy and active living, social development for persons of all ages, whether its children, youth, adults and older adults," he said. For more information, visit www.toronto.ca/torontofun.

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"There is room to expand. There are over 400 families in the community who are waiting for space. There’s a shortage of spaces," LEF executive director Peter Frampton said. He said LEF would like to at least double the number of spaces at the day care for children four years and under. By how much and how quickly they expand will depend largely on Ontario’s promise to create 100,000 new child care spaces across the province over the next five years. "The hope is that we are able to leverage that and build capacity in the community," Frampton said. Frampton, who has partnered with OV NAP to help establish the community hub for the site, said it’s a "huge victory" for the community. "The question now re-

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Vaughan Road Academy will close at the end of the current school year, Toronto District School Board trustees decided at a meeting Dec. 7. mains: Will they be able to release enough space for sustainable community use?" The community needs enough space so that as many organizations as possible get to use it, to create a vibrant community hub that will attract people to visit, he said. While the logistics still

need to be worked out, OV NAP’s Spring said the community group has had interest from at least a dozen agencies wanting to lease space at the site. The community also desperately wants healthcare services. "People in the community said very clearly, when 100 residents came out to

our meeting in November, that there are no primary health-care services in the immediate community and this is something that they want," Spring said. The community group is pushing the Toronto Central Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) to get a health-care service provider at the site.

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The community members around Vaughan Road Academy are calling it a victory for their neighbourhood, after trustees voted to keep the property for future and potentially community uses. "We’re overjoyed. It’s very sad the school is closing, but at least the community will have an opportunity to use the building as it should," said Lyba Spring, member of OakwoodVaughan Neighbourhood Action Partnership (OV NAP). Toronto District School Board trustees voted to keep the property at 529 Vaughan Rd. as a core holding at their Feb. 8 meeting. The school is closing this June. "I think it’s excellent," said Eglinton-Lawrence

trustee Jennifer Arp, who represents the area. She said school board enrolment projects show the site will be needed in the future for a school. School board staff will determine the TDSB’s needs for the site. For example, it could move some offices into the property. Even if the board uses some of the space, Arp hopes there will be enough room for the community as well. "The community around Vaughan Road has mobilized and come up with a plan for using part of that space as a community hub," she said. One of those agencies, the Learning Enrichment Foundation (LEF), which operates the 41-space Vaughan Road Infant and Toddler Centre in the school, hopes the board’s decision will allow it to expand it’s program.


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Small, local efforts can make a big impact miles away Stories of crime, tragedy and hate often dominate the headlines and while it’s our job to accurately report on these events, the effect of its continual presence on readers is not lost on us. That’s why this week we’re sharing a story across all our newspapers. Inspired by the efforts of residents in Etobicoke, it serves as a shining example of the good that exists in this world - and how seemingly small, local initiatives can make the greatest difference in the lives of others living thousands of miles away. Those are the stories worth celebrating. Local hockey families donated gently used hockey gear to a collection by Rotary Clubs of Etobicoke and Palgrave, destined for First Nations youth in six northern Ontario reserves. Only in its second year, the drive netted 25 times more equipment than the first - a whopping 40,000 pounds of gear, thanks to the generosity of parents and kids here in Toronto. Our reporter Cynthia Reason covered those initial efforts and was extended a special invitation to see the story through to its conclusion. She traveled with Rotary representatives and Etobicoke-Lakeshore Councillor Mark Grimes to one of the reserves at Sandy Lake where 16 skids of hockey equipment was delivered to eagerly awaiting children. The detail that completed the experience? The Stanley Cup came too. Described as a ’historic first’ by Chief Bart Meekis, the Cup’s arrival in the remote community served as a reminder to local youth that opportunity exists for them, to "be all you can be." And certainly, receiving hockey pads, helmets, skates, sticks and jerseys helped fuel local hockey dreams. Something that may have seemed out of reach is now possible for these kids, thanks to the generosity of Toronto residents. It was also made possible by one Sandy Lake teacher who connected with Rotary to facilitate the donation. So we share this story to warm hearts. We share it to demonstrate how a small initiative can have a big, lasting impact in the lives of others. Those children will not forget the day the Stanley Cup arrived in their community, along with hockey equipment they couldn’t have afforded otherwise. These are the kinds of efforts we like to celebrate when they come across our news desks, because Toronto’s got more than its share of bad news. The good is also there, but sometimes it needs a little help getting up into the spotlight.

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Toronto’s immigrants learn their working rights When Pragosh Antonipillai was young, he and his cousins worked well over 40 hours a week at Tim Hortons.They didn’t get overtime, and didn’t ask. They worked 12 or 24 hours at a stretch when their downtown Toronto stores were short-handed. "We would sleep on sugar bags in the back because that’s what we thought it means to be a good worker," Antonipillai recalls. For a first-generation Tamil-Canadian, this was normal, even expected, he says. Antonipillai’s parents were proud; at 15 and 16 he was making more than his dad as a Canadian Tire cashier. But working 30 hours a week while in high school tired him out. "People would assume I’m just this terrible stu-

MIKE ADLER Edges of Toronto dent," says Antonipillai, who now volunteers with Tamil employees in Greater Toronto, including youth going through what he once did. His small group is a "diversity network" for the Toronto and York Region Labour Council, which also has volunteers from the Filipino, Chinese, Somali, Ethiopian and Eritrean communities.

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The networks formed because unions weren’t getting into ethnic communities, and people from these ethnicities could sidestep communication barriers and suspicions, says Ram Selvarajah, a member of the Tamil network. Concerns about New Canadians working in Toronto are well-founded: in a 2013 survey 20 per cent of Mandarin-speaking recent immigrants here weren’t paid minimum wage, and only half received paid public holidays. "The myth immigrants are brought up to believe is you work 80 hours," says Selvarajah, adding young Tamils arriving here in the 1990s felt extra pressure to work. There were Tamil gangs in Toronto then, Selvarajah

says, so parents thought, "you were working or you were in trouble." Antonipillai and Selvarajah say Toronto employers still "pit" recent immigrants who won’t insist on their rights against other Canadians. They know immigrant women, in particular, "have less resources to fight back," adds Antonipillai, who argues 90 per cent Toronto’s kitchen staff are Tamil for the same reason. Selvarajah meets seniors working in Tamil stores for $5 an hour, under the table, looking on their employers as friends. He tells them standing up for yourself, "isn’t a betrayal, it’s actually the right thing to do." Reach Mike Adler at madler@insidetoronto.com

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From bullying to depression to anxiety, the ’What’s Up’ walkin program has helped countless children and teens deal with stress, mental illness and addictions counselling. Now, thanks to $200,000 in funding from the Echo Foundation and the Royal Bank of Canada, the program is set to widen its reach. Already operating out of six locations across the city - What’s Up walk-in clinics are located in south and northeast Scarborough, North York, Etobicoke, York and downtown - the service is expanding to support youth aged 19 to 24 and add Tagalog, Cantonese, Mandarin, Farsi and Tamil language services. "We had previously only been serving young people up to the age of 18," said What’s Up walk-in lead agency network manager David O’Brien in a recent interview. "We wanted to make sure we were there for young people once they were past that age." The service is free of charge, requires no referrals or appointments and allows young people to speak with trained professionals about some of the issues they’re facing. Most sessions last about an hour, and many clients are return visitors. "About eight per cent of the people we see are dealing with suicidal thoughts," O’Brien said. "It’s something they need help

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showed that certain languages are more common in some pockets of the city, allowing the agency to allocate its resources appropriately. By allowing clients to speak in their native tongues, the clinics will break down a serious barrier to mental health care.

"We noticed some people had difficulty using translators in a confidential therapy setting," O’Brien said. "And often, even when the children and youth did speak English, it can be isolating for a parent to have a child who’s going through a mental health issue."

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its Ontario150 program, an offshoot of Canada’s sesquicentennial. Submissions should take a long-range look at improving the lives of Ontarians over the next 150 years by tackling some of the deepest challenges the province faces. "Disruptive technologies. Political detachment. Poverty, water shortages and food insecurity. These are just some of the po-

tential challenges facing us in the coming years. To achieve a world that works for everyone will require bold and creative ideas," Dowdeswell said. Submissions are due March 6, with finalists selected and invited to present their ideas at a series of events in September. To enter, or for more details, visit, www.thewalrus.ca/LGvisionariesprize.

Write your six-word story about ’The Six’ Toronto residents are invited to take part in a massive art project describing the Six using their own six words. The My City, My Six (MCM6) initiative asks participants to come up with a six-word story that highlights what Toronto has to offer. MCM6 will be part of the city’s "TO Canada with Love" contributions to the nationwide Canada 150 celebration, and will also be part of this year’s Cultural Hotspot, which takes place in east Toronto. Toronto poet laureate Anne Michaels has already contributed her own six-word story - "We belong where love finds us" - to the collection of stories. Others have already begun chiming in on Twitter using the #MyCityMySix hashtag. Six local arts service organizations - Arts Etobicoke, East End Arts, Lakeshore Arts, North York Arts, Scarborough Arts and UrbanArts - will offer workshops and word-a-thons around the concept from March through May. Select submissions will be displayed at an exhibition which will be shown at various sites across Toronto, including City Hall, TTC stations, the six local arts service organizations, and other public spaces. Those looking to get involved can send their six-word story to culturalhotspot@toronto.ca through May. For more information on the project, visit www.toronto.ca/culturalhotspot.

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Heritage York’s annual dinner fundraiser WHEN: 6 p.m. - 11 p.m. WHERE: Royal Canadian Legion Branch 226/046, 3591 Dundas St. W., Toronto CONTACT: Lambton House, 416-767-5472, admin@lambtonhouse.org COST: $60 The Lambton House annual dinner features as guest speaker Ontario’s 29th Lt.-Gov. Elizabeth

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Dowdeswell, OC, Ont. l Monday, February 20 York Lions Steel Band WHEN: 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. WHERE: Harwood Hall, 85 Cayuga Ave., Toronto CONTACT: Mike, 416769-3446, ylsband@pathcom.com, http://www.yorklionssteelband.com/ Youth ages 11-16 can learn how to play and perform on the steel drum and become member of touring band. Practices Monday and Thursday nights. l Tuesday, February 21 After School Club WHEN: 4 p.m. - 5 p.m. WHERE: Evelyn Gregory Library, 120 Trowell Ave., Toronto CONTACT: Richard, 416-394-1006 Join in after school, every Tuesday, for fun at Evelyn Gregory Library. Drop-in, no registration required. l Wednesday, February 22 Teen Gaming Tournament WHEN: 4 p.m. - 5 p.m. WHERE: Evelyn Gregory Library, 120

Trowell Ave., Toronto CONTACT: Richard, 416-394-1006 Drop in to the library and enter PlayStation 4 Tournaments. You might even end up on the Gaming Wall of Fame! l Friday, February 24 OYAP Leadership Conference WHEN: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. WHERE: Columbus Centre, 901 Lawrence Ave W, Toronto CONTACT: Jessica Dalinda, jessica.dalinda@tcdsb.org The Toronto Catholic District School Board is pleased to announce the 12th annual Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP) Leadership conference.

Family Time WHEN: 10 a.m. - 11 a.m. WHERE: Evelyn Gregory Library, 120 Trowell Ave., Toronto CONTACT: Richard, 416-3941006 Stories, songs and rhymes for children age 0-5 and their caregivers. Drop in, no registration required. Fridays through to June 23.

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Two busloads of children from Thomas Fiddler Memorial Elementary School braved the -34C weather to greet the arrival of the Stanley Cup at Sandy Lake First Nation air field. The banner they’re holding, written in Oji-Cree, reads ‘Welcome to Sandy Lake. Thank you for bringing the Stanley Cup’.

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