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Westminster United to close ‘with a flourish’ FANNIE SUNSHINE fsunshine@insidetoronto.com

A church that can trace its origins back more than 150 years is shutting its doors come spring. With deep regret, Westminster United Church will hold its last service June 16 at 69 William St., said life-long member Mary Louise Ashbourne. “Membership has been dropping,” she said. “There comes a time where you have to think seriously of the viable number of congregants attending Sundays. We need a number of people to not just sit in pews but to do things. The church is largely run on a volunteer basis. The numbers just aren’t growing.” After meeting with the congregation, it was decided in October to close the church for good instead of merging with another, she said. “It didn’t seem like a viable thing,” Ashbourne said of a possible merge. “As for the building itself, the plan is to sell it or have another church congregation willing to buy it.” Ashbourne, a third-generation member, said she feels sad about the end of Westminster United Church, but realistically understands the need for the decision. “We’re not unique, so many are facing the same situation,” she said. “We were a viable congregation and >>>congregation, page 5

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sledding sisters: Sisters Ava and Lily-Rose Barkas toboggan on a hill at Cedarvale Park Saturday afternoon.

‘Big changes’ in store for West Park Healthcare Centre HILARY CATON hcaton@insidetoronto.com West Park Healthcare Centre will be hosting a public meeting regarding its expansion project Monday, Jan. 14 at 6:30 p.m.

“There are big changes happening from the original application,” said York South-Weston Councillor Frances Nunziata, who will be in attendance. “We want the community to know there are changes from the

first phase, so when construction starts people will be aware.” Also on the agenda is a discussion about new signage for the West Park hospital that will help direct residents to the health care centre.

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West Park expansion subject of meeting >>>from page 1 Residents will also be informed further about a new traffic light that will help divert vehicles from residential streets, to create a safer entrance and exit to Emmett Avenue, a request that, according to Nunziata, has been 20 years in the making. Landscaping ideas will

Calling all foodies: Toronto’s tastiest culinary event is almost here and it’s boasting its biggest list to date. With 191 restaurants, Winterlicious has got something for even the pickiest of eaters. The event starts Jan. 25 and runs until Feb. 7. All restaurants on the list are using their prix fixe menu, which can save you a small fortune depending on the

also be discussed as well as an update on the new gateway slated to be positioned at Eglinton Avenue West and Emmett Avenue. “This is good news for the community,” said Nunziata. “I want everyone to come out and see the benefits of this expansion, it’ll be very positive.”

restaurant. Lunch prices range from $15 to $25, while dinner can cost $25 to $45. York has a few restaurants participating in this year’s Winterlicious. If you’re looking to spice things up, try the Mexican restaurant Frida Restaurant & Bar at 999 Eglinton Ave. W. Lunch will cost $20 while dinner is $35 per person.

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If your taste leans more towards Italian, you can test out Il Mulino at 1060 Eglinton Ave. W., which is offering up its dinner menu for $35 per person. There’s also La Bruschetta at 1317 St. Clair Ave. W., with a lunch prix fixe at $15 and a dinner at $25 per person. Visit www.toronto.ca/ special_events/winterlicious/2013/index.htm

A man was taken to hospital for treatment of life-threatening injuries following an attempted murder near Jane Street and Eglinton Avenue. Police said a 20-year-old man was sitting in a parked car on Emmett Avenue when a man approached the vehicle around 9:15 p.m. on Jan. 3, shooting the victim several times before fleeing in a car.

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Toronto Argonauts fulfill Grey Cup promise Team members bring trophy to Weston Collegiate Hilary Caton hcaton@insidetoronto.com

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s Toronto Argonaut running back Andre Durie stopped in the doorway of the gymnasium of Weston Collegiate Institute, he hoisted the Grey Cup to his shoulders and kissed it as students and faculty cheered. He walked in, sporting a white 100th Grey Cup Champions hat on his head, and the glistening trophy at his side, We Are the Champions by British rock band Queen blaring from the school’s speakers. About 100 students piled into the gym Tuesday to await the arrival of the Grey Cup and Durie, who helped the Argos defeat the Calgary Stampeders on Nov. 25 on home turf with three receptions and a touchdown. For the Argos, returning to Weston C.I. at Jane Street and Lawrence Avenue West wasn’t just about sharing their triumph with students, but about keeping a promise they made to them seven months ago during a visit about anti-bullying. “This was one of first things the players remembered when they won,” said Jason Colero, director of education with the Canadian Football League club. Whispers of a potential visit from the Argos first swirled around the school just before students took their Christmas holidays. According to principal Deborah Blair, as word spread students got more and more excited. “They are over the moon

At left, Toronto Argonaut Andre Durie arrives at Weston Collegiate Tuesday with the Grey Cup in hand for an assembly with students. Below, Durie, right, hands the Grey Cup over to members of the school’s football team during the visit. Bottom, Weston C.I. football players hoist the Grey Cup. Photos/Dan Pearce

about this visit,” said Blair. Weston C.I. is one of 40 lucky schools in the GTA that will have the Grey Cup pass through its front doors and travel its hallways, something in which Durie takes pride. “I’m a local boy, said Durie, who spent his CIS football days playing for York University. “So, we’re trying to take it to as many local schools as possible.”

Once Durie took his place in front of the students and thanked them for their support and dedication to the team and their hard work with the Huddle-Up Bullying Prevention Program, it was time for the real fun to begin. Surprised faces could be seen across the bleachers as Durie unexpectedly grabbed the cup by its handles and took it into

the stands. It was all smiles and laughs as students huddled around Durie and the Grey Cup, some reached over bodies just to get the chance to have their hand touch the Cup. “I love football,” said Grade 12 student Tyres McIntosh, who got a chance to speak to Durie. “And seeing him here makes me happy and being able to talk to

him like a regular person.” Durie also posed for pictures with the school’s entire football team, the Weston Ironmen, and signed a couple of footballs, shirts, even notebooks for students. “This is awesome,” said Durie, “Seeing the kids embracing it, seeing the city embracing it. It’s just a great opportunity to put a smile on the kids’ faces.”

Weston-Mount Dennis residents: what do you need in your community? HILARY CATON hcaton@insidetoronto.com A new year marks new beginnings and the Weston-Mount Dennis community isn’t wasting time getting started on this year’s latest initiatives. Recipe for Community is holding its first community meeting of the year on Monday, Jan. 21 at 19 John St. to brainstorm ideas to help beautify green spaces, encourage health and nutrition and, most importantly, collect

Details n WHAT: Public meeting hosted by Recipe for Community n WHEN: Monday, Jan. 21, 5 to 6:30 p.m. n WHERE: 19 John St. (Weston Road and Lawrence Avenue area) n INFO: 416-­241-­5124 feedback on improvements to the community. “Young people have asked (in previous meetings) to have more

gathering spaces,” said Marlene McKintosh, the executive director of Urban Arts Toronto, a partner with Recipe for Community. “They want places they can screen films and have more youth programming. They’ve also asked for more nutrition programs.” Last spring the group, which operates city-wide, received a project budget of approximately $500,000 from the Toronto Community Foundation and the City of Toronto that has to last until Dec. 31 of this year.

So far, some of the money has been used toward landscaping and clean up of their new location at 5 Bartonville Ave. at Weston Road and Jane Street. “Volunteers have already cleaned up the site and have talked about garden space and using the items planted in our cooking program,” said McKintosh. It’s also been used to do some good around neighboring communities including installing and creating a mural at the Weston Towers and helped maintain

Emmett Gardens. Mini-revitalization projects have also been done for areas the of St. Jamestown and Alexandra Park. The meeting, scheduled from 5 to 6:30 p.m., will break down the budgets for each project. “It’s an opportunity to get the community involved,” said McKintosh. “We’re ensuring what we believe to be true community collaboration, so those who want to contribute can do so.”

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oronto council must understand the future of the Gardiner Expressway is a significant consideration. The Gardiner’s place in Toronto’s transportation infrastructure is an issue that needs to go beyond next week’s budget deliberations. It can’t just habitually resurface when a piece of concrete falls from it. Council needs to identify a comprehensive plan. Council must move forward with the Environmental Assessment (EA) process that began under the previous administration exploring tearing down the Gardiner east of Jarvis Street. That EA was shelved, however, after the 2010 municipal election – despite no council order to do so. That the budget committee voted Tuesday to resume the EA, originally authorized in July 2008 at a cost of $7.69 million, is reason for optimism. our view Council must have the best information available. The EA Gather info will present those options. to make best The Gardiner is well-used. It is busy. And it is aging. Currently decision about $500 million is proposed for the roadway over the next 10 years. Engineers have raised significant concerns that the eastern portion’s safety will be compromised by the end of the decade should those repairs not be made. Those dollars are significant. Most recently, Toronto’s budget committee asked for a report on the pros and cons of selling or leasing the Gardiner. That, too, is an impactful proposal. There are important questions for council to consider. How should we expect our major roadways to operate? How do any of the proposals for the Gardiner fit in with other planned transportation improvements, such as light rail? What kinds of impacts can our communities expect? The Gardiner is a large piece of Toronto’s existing transportation infrastructure. According to Waterfront Toronto figures from 2008, some 200,000 drivers use it daily west of the core. That number is 120,000 east of Jarvis. It’s a significant east-west corridor, serving not only residents of the city, but the Greater Toronto Area. But in many respects this is the ultimate neighbourhood issue – one that has an impact beyond even the 14 Toronto neighbourhoods the roadway actually touches. The pressures of gridlock, only expected to intensify, have far-reaching impacts – into all of our neighbourhoods. Council must gather the best information to confront that reality. newsroom

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To the editor: The majority of people who live in the 905 area work in Toronto. Most of them drive on our roads on a daily basis to and from work. Former mayor David Miller had seen it fit to just punish Torontonians by imposing the much-hated $60 license tax. Mayor Rob Ford had seen it differently and he did the right thing by removing that tax. I do hope the relevant authorities let the people who use the Gardiner Expressway shoulder the responsibility by paying for its repairs. This burden shouldn’t be on Torontonians, most of whom do not travel on that road. Kenneth Singh

Snow-covered park inspires big smiles for everyone

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’ve had this big smile on my face since that snowfall on Boxing Day. Alas, the milder temperatures are slowly melting away much of that beautiful white carpet and the smile as well, it saddens me to say. I hope that Boxing Day blast was not the end of our winter. But if it was, well, it’s one more than we got all last year and it sure was fun while it lasted. So was the smile. I’m guessing I’m not the only one around here who feels that way. I came across countless others in my neighborhood with the same look on their faces over the holidays. Big smiles were on plentiful display, particularly in Cedarvale Ravine, which was jam-packed with them throughout the break. There were big smiling joggers. There were big smiling baby stroller pushers.

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There were big smiling cross country skiers. There were big smiling bird-watchers. There were big smiling people walking their dogs. There were big smiling dogs walking their people. There were big smiling rabbits. A big smiling fox made a cameo appearance. And big smiling hockey players and big smiling pleasure skaters were abundant in the new big smiling outdoor rink. Yeah, Cedarvale Ravine was a veritable big smilefest, alright. But the highlight for me. hands down, was the big smiling kids tobogganing.

When it came to big smiles, these kids were in a class all their own. I had to take my hat off to them. Actually, for the record, it wasn’t a hat, it was a tuque. And I didn’t really take it off. I don’t dare take off a tuque in company. My hair’s nothing to write home about at the best of times, but after a tuque comes off? Fuggedaboutit. It just looks plain weird. But I digress. Back to the tobogganers. They had some wild moves, these kids. I used to love tobogganing when I was their age but I don’t remember doing of any of the fancy stuff they were doing. During the entire time I was watching I don’t think I saw any of them go downhill in the conventional way. They went face first, backwards, sideways, upside down, downside up; they did spinneramas,

they went over mini-jumps. They were truly a sight to behold. And the best part of the sight I was beholding? Their unmistakable facial expressions throughout it all. They raised the bar for snow-induced big smiles. They took them to a whole new level. I can’t wait for it to snow again to see if I can match their output. But I know I’ve got my work cut out for me. They’re going to be a tough act to follow. And for the simplest of reasons. You see, it wasn’t an act at all. As one who has experienced a lifetime of big winter smiles, they flow naturally. They come with the snow-covered territory. n 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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>>>from page 1 all of a sudden you find we are getting older and we need new, young people coming in to keep it viable. And we don’t have new people coming in.” It’s typical to see some 30 to 40 members attend regularly on Sundays, Ashbourne said, adding the church has a membership of just over 100. “We are going to go out with a flourish,” she said. “We will make a good year of celebrations. I loved Westminster, I still love Westminster. It’s been home.” According to the church’s website, the earliest Presbyterian services in Weston were held in at least two private homes prior to 1847, with the organization of the Weston Free Church in 1858. The first church was built in 1865 and named Westminster Presbyterian Church. In 1913, church services moved to the Sunday school building on Main Street and entered the United Church of Canada in 1925. A movement to build a new church began in January 1946, and in September the site on William Street was purchased, with the first sermon held Feb. 22, 1953. Rev. Douglas Varey said the church is committed to offering positive worshipping services until

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the day the doors close. “I think it was a wise decision,” he said of members voting overwhelmingly in favour of shutting down. “You’re drawing from funds that have been donated over the years and after a while you ask yourself how responsible is it to keep spending the money.”

taking a shot win for romero: Archbishop Romero Catholic Secondary School’s Deshawn Montique, right, shoots over Chaminade College’s Daniel Mensah during Toronto District Catholic Athletic Association senior boys’ basketball action at Chaminade Tuesday. Romero went on to win the game 63-52.

Varey, who was ordained in 1986 and has been with Westminster United Church since 2009, said he’ll be retiring following the last service but will remain active with the United Church. “ I t ’s a d i f f i c u l t t i m e f o r Westminster but we will be holding our heads high,” he said.

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Toronto City Council’s reckless plan to cut millions from fire services will increase response time by sixty-three seconds. • Toronto City Council’s reckless plan to cut millions from fire services will mean fewer firefighters, station closures, longer response times, and will put people at risk. • More buildings, residents, and traffic mean that firefighters are already stretched too thin. • There are fewer firefighters today than there were 15 years ago when Toronto amalgamated.

• Toronto’s firefighters are working harder than ever, but that won’t make up for cuts and underfunding. • Toronto citizens and taxpayers expect and deserve adequate fire protection, not decreased public safety. Call your Councillor: 416-338-0338 SecondsCountToronto.ca

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It’s Happening in York n Thursday, Jan. 10

Junction Residents Association WHEN: 7 to 9 p.m. WHERE: Toronto Police Service, 11 Division, 2054 Davenport Rd. CONTACT: Martin Lennox, 416-769-4239, http://junctionra.ca, info@junctionra.ca COST: Free The Junction Residents Association hosts its bimonthly public meeting. Meet your neighbours and help to shape the future of the Junction. All persons interested in the Junction area are welcome. Refreshments.

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Lunch Out at Mandarin Restaurant WHEN: 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. WHERE: York West Active Living Centre, 1901 Weston Rd. CONTACT: 416-2454395, info@yorkwestactivelivingcentre. ca COST: $8 plus cost of food Trip to the Rexdale location. Price is $12.99 (seniors 65 plus will receive 20 per cent discount with a valid ID). New Year’s Resolution: Stress Less WHEN: 6 to 8 p.m. WHERE: Maria A. Shchuka Library, 1745 Eglinton Ave. W. CONTACT: 416-394-1000 COST: Free Certified laughter yoga facilitator and trainer Nicole Constant will teach us how to relax and stress less through a lesser known form of yoga. Laughter yoga is appropriate for all fitness levels. Two Sessions are available: today and Tuesday, Jan. 22. Call to register.

n Wednesday, Jan. 16

Casino Rama Day Trip WHEN: 8:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. WHERE: Mount Dennis Legion, 1050 Weston Rd. CONTACT: 416-767-0231, legionbr31@ yahoo.com COST: $5 Your $5 ticket includes your transportation and a $15 credit on your Rama Players card. All 19 years and older are welcome.

n Friday, Jan. 18

Van Trip to Eaton Centre WHEN: 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. WHERE: York West Active Living Centre, 1901 Weston Rd. CONTACT: 416-245-4395, info@yorkwestactivelivingcentre.ca COST: $15 Book by Wednesday, Jan. 16.

n Saturday, Jan. 19

Robbie Burns Supper and Dance WHEN: 5:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. WHERE: Mount Dennis Legion, 1050 Weston Rd. CONTACT: 416-767-0231, www. facebook.com/mountdennislegion, legionbr31@yahoo.com COST: $25 Enjoy a traditional Scottish supper with ‘optional’ haggis and a piper. Performance by highland dancers a Toronto Police pipe and drum band, followed by music provided by DJ Rick Gimza. Cash bar. Door prizes. Tickets must be purchased by Jan. 12.

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Boneshaker Reading Series WHEN: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. WHERE: St. Clair/Silverthorn Library, 1748 St. Clair

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self-employment and the challenge of balancing work and family. They will be on hand to discuss their secrets to success and will address audience questions. Call to register.

n Saturday, Jan. 26

The Meeting: A Play by Jeff Stetson WHEN: 7 to 8 p.m. WHERE: Maria A. Shchuka Library, 1745 Eglinton Ave. W. CONTACT: 416-394-1000 COST: Free Imagine a meeting between Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. What would they say to each other? Join the African Theatre Ensemble for a riveting examination of two powerful philosophies. Call to register.

Silverthorn Legion Fundraiser WHEN: 1 to 8 p.m. WHERE: Silverthorn Legion Branch 57, 605 Rogers Rd. CONTACT: Sylvia Melanson, 416-653-6757, branch57@gmail.com COST: Free An afternoon of fun and games, silent auction, meat toss, find the joker. A fun day for all ages. All proceeds going to the Silverthorn Legion. Family Literacy Day with Patricia Storms WHEN: 2 to 3 p.m. WHERE: Maria A. Shchuka Library, 1745 Eglinton Ave. W. CONTACT: 416-394-1000 COST: Free Celebrate Family Literacy Day at the library. Enjoy the entertaining antics of author/illustrator Patricia Storms, with a play based on ‘The Pirate and the Penguin’ and a cartooning workshop. Drop-in.

n Tuesday, Jan. 29

New Year’s Resolution: Exploring Self-Employment WHEN: 6 to 8 p.m. WHERE: Maria A. Shchuka Library, 1745 Eglinton Ave. W. CONTACT: 416-394-1000 COST: Free Danielle Botterell and Amy Ballon, authors of the book ‘Mom Inc.,’ discuss

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York West Active Living Centre WHEN: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. WHERE: York West Active Living Centre, 1901 Weston Rd. CONTACT: Monica Sanmiguel, 416-245-4395, ext. 233, monica@yorkwestactivelivingcentre.ca COST: Free Help older adults to improve their lives. No need to sign up for long term commitments. Sign up for front desk, kitchen server, special events, program convener, library helper and many more opportunities.

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Weekly Barbecue WHEN: 6 to 7:30 p.m. Fridays WHERE: Mount Dennis Legion, 1050 Weston Rd. CONTACT: 416-767-0231, legionbr31@ yahoo.com

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Good food at reasonable prices. Come out and meet some new friends. All 19 and older are welcome. Cash bar. Weekly Seniors Club WHEN: Noon to 3 p.m. Tuesdays WHERE: Mount Dennis Legion, 1050 Weston Rd. CONTACT: 416-767-0231, legionbr31@yahoo.com Enjoy a light lunch ($2) and meet new friends. We have snooker, pool, darts, euchre, cribbage, dominoes, table shuffleboard or just good conversation. All 55 and older are welcome. Cash bar.

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York West Active Living Centre WHERE: 1901 Weston Rd. CONTACT: Monica Sanmiguel, 416-245-4395, ext. 233, monica@yorkwestactivelivingcentre.ca, www.yorkwestactivelivingcentre. ca If you wish to help older adults improve their lives, sign up for volunteer opportunities: front desk, kitchen server, special events, program convener, taking care of the library, and many more

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RAHUL GUPTA rgupta@insidetoronto.com Hundreds of millions of dollars for subway expansion are at stake should Toronto City Council vote against building a casino, according to a report released by a local taxpayers group. The report by the Toronto Taxpayers Coalition calls on council to approve a casino for the city which would generate $400-million annually – enough to pay for one new subway station and one kilometre of track every year. Coalition spokesperson Mathew McGuire said the significant amount of money for new transit could be attained through hosting fees – estimated at $50 to $100-million – plus revenues gained from licensed gaming tables in restaurants and bars and through expanded online gaming. “You can have $400 million in new revenue every year from a casino to build subways without raising taxes

one dime,” said McGuire, president of the coalition. City council, which will vote on the issue this spring, can ensure maximum revenues by leveraging the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation’s (OLG) stated preference for Toronto as the location for a new casino, said McGuire. “OLG wants a casino in Toronto and it will pay hosting fees to represent that,” he said. “Toronto can capitalize on our influence to negotiate for a large fee.” But while the report, released Jan. 5, extols the benefits of a potential casino, it’s short of data showing how it came up with the $400-million figure. McGuire called the number a “best-case scenario” that takes into account certain variables such as the size and future location of a casino. He said a team of interns had looked into casino revenues, but was not able to provide specific sources they contacted through the course of

their research. The report concerned Toronto-Danforth Councillor Mary Fragedakis, a casino opponent, who said the estimates presented by the coalition are not in line with the current proposal. “The formula for the OLG is to give three per cent as a hosting fee,” said Fragedakis. “That’s significantly less than whatever numbers they’re throwing out there.” She said any potential monetary benefits from a casino would be offset by a rise in crime and other social ills. “If the crime that is attached in having casinos in cities is anything to go by, we could presumably be spending more on policing,” she said. The city is holding several public consultations for the casino question throughout the month and is also giving residents the opportunity to offer online feedback until Jan. 25. For more information visit www.toronto.ca

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Gardiner Expressway EA moves forward DAVID NICKLE dnickle@insidetoronto.com

Toronto’s budget chief Mike Del Grande moved a motion to resume the environmental assessment on the possible tear-down of the Gardiner Expressway. But that’s not to say that Del Grande, a long-time opponent of plans to tear down the Gardiner, has changed his tune. Del Grande said the environmental assessment, which was halted early in Mayor Rob Ford’s term, should be completed as a way to take some of the partisan bite out of the debate on the future of the elevated highway. “I’m all for a fair and reasonable review and an environmental assessment – I am,” said Del Grande at Tuesday’s budget committee meeting to finish off the city’s 2013 budget before sending it to executive committee. “But it just seemed no matter who is in power, left and right, one side is suspicious of the other. There’s this notion that in order to have our wonderful lakefront we’ve got to tear down the Gardiner. That was when the buzzword was the ‘war on the

car.’ One of the viewpoints was that you make it so difficult to drive that you can’t drive.” Del Grande made the comments after councillors went over a briefing note, explaining how the environmental assessment approved under former mayor David Miller was effectively halted after Ford was elected – without council’s approval. According to the briefing note, the EA first came up in March 2011, when the public works and infrastructure committee chair asked the deputy city manager to draft a letter detailing the implications of cancelling the environmental assessment. The letter was to have been submitted to executive committee but was not. In 2011, Waterfront Toronto allocated the remainder of the funding for the environmental assessment to deal with other issues, notably, George Brown, Queens Quay and East Bayfront Revitalization Projects. Councillors who had supported the original plan to tear down the eastern portion of the Gardiner raised questions as to why council wasn’t informed, and as to whether council would even be able to decide to tear down the Gardiner.

Sherlock Holmes exhibit unveiled at library The Toronto Reference Library will gain an air of mystery when it unveils a special exhibit delving into 125 years of Sherlock Holmes. The exhibit features a wide variety of selections from Toronto Public Library’s special collections, including rare books, manuscripts, artwork and artifacts from the library’s Sir Arthur Conan Doyle collection. In addition to the exhibit, which opened Saturday in the Toronto Reference Library’s revamped TD Gallery at 789 Yonge St., the celebration of 125 years of Sherlock Holmes will include a screening of Murder by Decree on Feb. 2, a lecture on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s life and influence on Feb. 12, a screening of documentary The Real Sherlock Holmes on Feb. 27 The exhibit runs to March 10.

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Rob Ford’s image as ‘stolid everyman’ survives Notice of Public Meeting

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ayor Rob Ford was back in court Monday, this time sitting quietly in an Osgoode Hall courtroom as his lawyer Alan Lenczner made a final pitch for his job. Newspaper deadlines being what they are, by the time you read this, it is entirely possible the three judge Divisional Court panel will have decided on Ford’s appeal of the conviction by Justice Charles Hackland. Monday was not so much about the future, but what has gone before. Being an appeal, there was no new evidence, no testimony and a surfeit of arcane legal arguments, which was as it should be: Ford’s lawyer’s job was to dig into Hackland’s decision to convict Ford under the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act, and demonstrate whatever errors he might find. Lenczner took on another task, though: to present and recast the narrative of the mayor’s career on council in the kindest light possible. So when Ford spoke and voted on his own behalf over a recommendation

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to compel him to repay $3,150 in charitable donations to lobbyists, he did so, according to Lenczner, as “an honest man.” There was no subterfuge, nothing hidden. He simply had a flawed understanding of the way the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act applied to matters of personal accountability on council. It’s a narrative that seems to be an easy sell for a large number of Torontonians. Ford continues to poll well in spite of a great deal of evidence that suggests he shouldn’t. Quite apart from the February vote that led to Ford’s conviction, over the past two years the mayor has been accused of diverting his office staff to support his football coaching hobby, which he has also missed city meetings to attend. None of this came up at the appeals court, of

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course, because none of this was before the court. So Lenczner could present an image of a mayor dedicated to openness and honesty, whose simple desire to help young people only occasionally affected his judgment. There was some indication that the narrative found some currency with the judges. Senior Justice Edward Then wondered aloud whether Ford might not have simply made an honest mistake. Clayton Ruby, the lawyer effectively prosecuting Ford on behalf of Torontonian Paul Magder, spent a good amount of time attempting to disabuse him of the notion. So in that sense, whatever the future holds for him in reality, Ford can take some comfort in the fact that the narrative he and his supporters crafted — of the stolid everyman, the only honest one at city hall — has at least survived the ordeal of his mayoralty. n David Nickle is The Guardian’s city hall reporter. His column appears every Thursday. Contact him at dnickle@insidetoronto.com

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eration Camaro among them. The Alpha was designed for rear or allwheel-drive and 50:50 weight distribution. Like the Europeans, the ATS offers a choice of gasoline engines. The first is a 202 hp (190 lb/ft) 2.5-litre inline fourcylinder. Available on the bottom two of the four trim levels, it also is only offered in rear-wheel-drive (RWD). The other two engines are a 2.0-litre, direct injection turbo with 272 hp (260 lb/ft) and a 3.6litre direct injection V6 with 321 hp (274 lb/ft) both available in RWD and AWD. All versions of the ATS use GM’s standard six-speed automatic except for a six-speed manual available on the turbo only. While the 2.5-litre gets four-wheel disc brakes, the 2.0-litre and 3.6-litre enhance stopping power with upgraded fourpiston Brembo calipers. All versions have what Cadillac calls its Auto-Dry Brakes system which applies the brakes very lightly in wet conditions to take excess water off the discs. Lastly, the ATS features the third generation GM Magnetic Ride Control suspension that uses sensors to “read� the road up to 1,000 times per second and

The 2013 Cadillac ATS is a very serious attempt to produce a world-class sports sedan with a competent engine/suspension system and a choice of rear- or all-wheel-drive.

change the damping settings to match thus improving control. The styling is very aerodynamic with an integrated rear spoiler, outside mirrors optimized for wind flow and active shutters behind the grille that close at speed to cut drag. One very sunny day just as winter started to make itself felt, I took off to sample the ATS and had such a good time, I covered just over 600 km because I was simply enjoying myself. Equipped with the 3.6-litre and AWD, my tester was fitted out in ruby red metallic paint, machined 18-inch

alloy wheels and wonderful biscuitcoloured leather. There are several interior trim materials such as carbon fibre, aluminum and “sustainably sourced exotic woods�. The leathers are offered in a variety of tones and all, like the panels, are sewn with French stitching. Front suspension is MacPherson struts, but on the ATS it is a double pivot setup with the rear suspension being a five-link system which works really well with AWD and RWD because of the compliance built into the geometry to take advantage of the Magnetic Ride Control.

With the 3.6-litre, the ATS is deceptively fast. Here, the optional heads-up display was a plus not a hindrance, as a majority of twisty roads I used snake through cottage country where the locals are not that vigilant but the police are. As tested, my fully optioned 3.6-litre AWD was priced at $56,870 not including the $1,595 shipping fee. This is a remarkably different kind of Cadillac and one that should help return the brand to the time when it billed itself as “the Standard of the World�.

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A new front grille design is one of the few changes on the Canadian-built 2013 Toyota Corolla The Corolla has never been a flashy looking car, but thousands of Canadians are loyal to the model, and continue to buy them in big numbers. More than 40,000 Corollas were sold in Canada in 2012.

The interior of the 2013 Toyota Corolla has an attractive two-tone colour scheme. All controls are easy to use and the cabin is quiet and comfortable.

The Corolla has seating for five and is spacious for a compact vehicle. Rear seat legroom is limited when the two front seats are in their rearmost positions. The cargo area for the 2013 Corolla is 348 litres (12.3 cu ft) and the 60/40 split rear seats fold to create even more area.

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mirrors and lots more. Available option bundles include the Convenience Package that adds steering wheel audio controls, air conditioning, upgraded audio system with Bluetooth, and power door locks with keyless entry. Move up to the Enhanced Convenience Package and you add heated front seats, power windows and cruise control. The Corolla S starts at $20,605 and offers more sporty features including a full skirt package, unique scuff plates, leather-wrapped steering wheel with integrated audio controls, sport seats with special fabric, fog lamps and a rear spoiler. A Moonroof Package or Technology and Leather Package are available for the Corolla S. At the top of the ladder is the Corolla LE, starting at $21,170 that has 16-inch alloy wheels, heated front seats, metallic dash accents, steering wheel controls, cruise control, keyless entry, power moonroof and fog lamps. In the dash is a 6.1-inch display screen for the new-for-this-year six-speaker audio system with Bluetooth. The cabin of the CE-trimmed Corolla is fairly basic with easy-to-use controls. The two-tone colour scheme is attractive and the seats proved to be comfortable. Be sure to put the Corolla on your shopping list because even after all these years, it still has a lot to offer in the way of basic, affordable transportation. – Metroland Media

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functional centre console. The look is clean, with a lid that rolls back to reveal a deep well, handy storage tray and two cupholders with rubber grips to keep your coffee upright during your morning commute. Lift the armrest for another deep bin that houses both 12- and 115-volt power outlets, along with aux and USB inputs for your MP3 player. There’s another cubbie just below the HVAC controls, a handy partitioned tray above the glovebox, and dual-level storage below each of the door handles. Rear passengers ride in comfort – particularly in top trim. In addition to loads of knee room, occupants in the reclinable 60/40 second row get their own fan and temperature settings as a part of the standard three-zone climate control. They can also enjoy available seat heating, manual sunshades (Touring only) and an optional rear entertainment system. The latter feature is one I always enjoy on long trips, as my kids quietly watch their favourite movies – with headphones – while my wife and I talk or listen to music. Honda’s proven 24-valve i-VTEC 3.5-litre V6 is no slouch. Its 250 hp and 253 lb/ft are enough to move the Pilot’s 2,091 kg curb weight with ease, and a little punch when needed. Step hard on the throttle, and the five-speed automatic downshifts briskly yet smoothly, and with a minimum of engine roar entering the Pilot’s well-insulated cabin. Off the line, takeoff is good with zero to 100 km/h acceleration

in just under nine seconds. The Pilot’s suspension – Mac struts up front and multi-link in rear – is forgiving and contributes to its excellent road manners in the city. You can purchase a front-drive Pilot, starting at $34,990 for the LX2WD. All other trim levels include Honda’s front-biased, Variable Torque Management four-wheel drive system. VTM-4 anticipates the need and engages the rear wheels sooner than typical slip-and-grip systems. My Touring tester, as you’d expect in a fully-loaded model that prices out at $48,590, includes a long list of features like heated leather front seats with 10-way power adjust and memory for the driver, front and rear parking sensors, multi-view camera, navigation, 10-speaker 650-watt AM/FM/ CD premium audio system with 5.1 theatre surround sound and 15 GB hard drive, and the previouslymentioned DVD rear entertainment system with 9-inch display. A power tailgate is also available, and is a blessing in winter and early spring. Push a button on the fob, and your hands or gloves will stay free of muck. There are plenty of worthy vehicles in this class, some of which include safety nannies you won’t find on the Pilot. But if you’re looking for a comfortable, practical family hauler – one with Honda’s stellar reputation for quality – this vehicle should be high on your shopping list. – Neil Moore Metroland Media


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