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A new unit commander is in charge at 12 Division police station. Supt. Douglas Quan has replaced Supt. Mark Saunders. Quan will now be in charge of the 12 Division area. The police station is located at 200 Trethewey Dr. Quan was the unit commander at 13 Division before coming over and has more than 28 years policing experience. Saunders was promoted to deputy chief and is working out of police headquarters downtown.

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Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder. This saying holds true for residents of the Weston-Mount Dennis community when it comes to West Park Healthcare Centre’s proposed gateway. At a community meeting held Monday, the centre unveiled the sleek and polished design for the 25-foot sign that will sit at West Park’s new gateway at Eglinton and Emmett avenues. The sign also comes with nine-foot by five-foot built-in digital screen that will display events happening in the community. “I’m impressed,” said Marie Vieira, a resident on Forest Point Dr. “It’ll be a nice focal point for the area, it’s very modern.” Other residents don’t quite see it the same way as Vieira. “Yes, it needs to be clear, yes it needs to be visible, I fully understand that,” said Elizabeth Tysiaczny, a resident of Emmett Avenue for 30-plus years. “But I think it’s intrusive, I don’t like the design. It’s too big. I think something a bit more subtle could have been designed.” The gateway’s main pur-

‘...we wanted something to keep in with the architectural concepts we have going on campus.’ – James Murphy, West Park Foundation vice-president pose, aside from letting passersby know where the health care centre is, is to divert traffic away from the neighboring residential streets and onto Eglinton Avenue, which is now considered the “back door” of the West Park Healthcare Centre. “We had some objectives when looking at the design, so we wanted something to keep in with the architectural concepts we have going on campus,” said James Murphy, vice-president of the West Park Foundation. “It’s visual, prominent and easily identifiable.” It w i l l a l s o i n c l u d e increased lighting going into the facilities as well as signs along the way that stick with West Park Foundation’s theme of Road to Recovery. With this increased visibility West Park Healthcare Centre >>>GATEWAY, page 6

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ullying prevention is at the top of MP Dany Morin’s agenda and he is travelling across Canada to prove it. “Several provinces have put forth good initiatives,” said Morin, representing Chicoutimi-LeFjord, Que. “I think it’s amazing, if you ask me.” Morin is on a national tour for his Pour les Jeunes/ For the Kids campaign that helps persuade MPs to vote for his National Bullying Prevention strategy. This campaign is to keep the momentum going since the strategy defeat in 2011. “(This is) so Canadian parents and kids can use it to fight bullying,” Morin said. It’s still a growing problem and I think we’ve reached a breaking point.” Morin needed just six more votes from Conservatives to give his strategy the green light it needed to move forward. Now Morin says he has to wait four years before he can bring it back to Parliament. In the meantime, his national tour brought him to Weston Collegiate Institute Tuesday to hear about anti-bullying programs and initiatives happening in schools in York South-Weston riding. York Humber High School (a special needs school), Chaminade College, St. Fidelis Catholic School as well as the students of Weston C.I. shared what their schools are doing to combat bullying.

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Quebec MP Dany Morin (Chicoutimi-LeFjord) discusses anti-bullying strategies with staff at Weston Collegiate on Tuesday during a stop of his cross-Canada ‘Pour les Jeunes/For the Kids’ campaign tour.

The issues candidly discussed among the group included the culture of what’s become known as snitching. “We’re more into preventing and creating awareness and trying to get the stigma of snitching away from reporting an incident,” said youth worker Margaret Dovigo of Chaminade, an all-boys high school. To help with the culture of silence at her school, Dovigo has a page on the school’s website called “report a bully”, where students can make an anonymous complaint against a

bully. This issue is apparent in each of the schools in attendance and students as well as the vice-principal of York Humber urged others to not give the bully any power because it allows him or her to strike again. Each school discussed its

way of reducing bullying: Chaminade has the Working Against Violence Everyday program (WAVE), which has a peer-to-peer approach, while St. Fidelis had Feathers Against Bullying, where each student wrote a message of hope on a feather to put on a giant dove. However, Dovigo still thinks schools could be doing more throughout the school year. “Focusing on bullying for one week a year is not enough,” she said. Another issue at hand was cyber-bullying, an act that falls under federal jurisdiction. The rise of cyberbullying has increased significantly with social media integrating more and more into the lives of students. According to Statistics Canada, in 2009 the most common form of cyberbullying was done through receiving emails or instant messages and was reported by 73 per cent of victims. “I was lucky when I was young,” said Morin. “Yes, I was bullied 9 to 5 and it was horrible, but when I got home I had the warmth and love of my family. The weekend was my safe haven. Kids can’t just log off bullying these days.” StatsCan also reported

‘The two actors missing in action is the federal government and the parents. And not to blame them, but if they’re not aware of the problem how can they become part of the solution?’ – MP Dany Morin

the most common form of cyber-bullying is done through receiving emails or instant messages and that 71 per cent of the victims bullied online are female. But that’s not to say bullying still doesn’t happen among boys. “Some of the Grade 9s are bullied, their locks are reversed, called niners, or made fun of because they’re shorter. A lot of verbal bullying goes on,” said Dovigo. York South-Weston NDP MP Mike Sullivan was “very impressed” with what schools are doing to combat bullying. “These students are changing Canada’s mentality about bullying,” said Sullivan of the progress being made. “These kids have taken it on themselves as a group to be preventative and not reactionary. The kids get it. They understand now what is expected of them. It’s not OK to be bullied, it’s not OK to be afraid of the repercussions of what you say or do because you might be bullied afterwards.” He hopes that bullying will soon be considered as socially unacceptable as impaired driving is today. But in order to do that, Morin said all the pieces of the puzzle need to be in place. “The two actors missing in action is the federal government and the parents,” said Morin. “And not to blame them, but if they’re not aware of the problem how can they become part of the solution?”

Winter food drive fails to meet target Busy weekend in Toronto North York Harvest Food Bank (NYHFB) has fallen short of its collection goals for the Winter Food Drive. With the drive wrapping up Monday, Jan. 7, numbers stand at 203,336 pounds of food and $210,000. The goal was to collect 240,000 pounds of food and $240,000. A previous story regarding a food drive update said monetary collection was $211,800, but that figure, provided by NYHFB, included numbers not related to the drive,

said spokesperson Juneeja Varghese. “The increase in need reflects ongoing, systemic issues,” Anette Chawla, executive director of NYHFB, previously said in a release. “Many of our clients face unemployment, or part time and contract work, and struggle to meet the high cost of living in Toronto. To meet this increased demand, and collect enough food for the winter months ahead, we must raise 240,000

pounds of healthy food and $240,000.” The food bank is facing a 19 per cent increase in demand, which closely reflects postrecession levels of 2008. NYHFB is the primary food bank in northern Toronto, distributing 1.6 million pounds of food in 2011 to 60 community programs. The food bank’s catchment area is bounded by Steeles Avenue, Victoria Park Avenue, St. Clair Avenue/Eglinton Avenue and Hwy. 27.

for GTHL tournaments The Greater Toronto Hockey League (GTHL) has a busy weekend in Toronto this weekend with three tournaments, including one partially in York. The Amesbury/Bert Robinson fifth annual select tournament, based out of York and North York, will be held Jan. 18 to 20 (with some preliminary round games involving local teams slated to have been played Jan. 16).

Competition is at the select level with 50 teams in age divisions ranging from tyke to midget. Teams from Florida and Michigan are also involved. Arenas involved include Amesbury Arena, 155 Culford Rd.; Chris Tonks (Keelesdale) Arena, 2801 Eglinton St. W.; Habitant Arena, 3383 Weston Rd.; RINX at 65 Orfus Rd. More info at http://abrht. goalline.ca/index.php

Church closure has daycare scrambling Weston Village Childcare seeks a new home FANNIE SUNSHINE fsunshine@insidetoronto.com A daycare situated inside Westminster United Church, which is set to close in June, is desperately searching for a new home. Weston Village Childcare, which has 56 children and 10 staff, would like to stay within the community but so far hasn’t had luck finding a suitable spot, said supervisor Kim Cross. “It’s pretty stressful,” she said. “We want to stay in the area so we can take the kids to Weston Memorial (Junior Public School). We haven’t been very successful. Either the space isn’t right, or it’s too far, or there is lack of green space.” After meeting with the congregation, it was decided in late November/early December to close the church at 69 William St. for good, citing declining membership. The last service will be June 16. “Of course parents are very concerned,” Cross said, adding daycare children range in age from 18 months to nine years old. “We want to be able to walk the kids to school and if we went a little bit further, we will have to secure a bus. We’re hoping within a month or two we’ll know who’s bidding to buy the church. We’re hoping it’s another church and we’ll be allowed to stay. It’s so sad the church is closing.” Luisa, who sits on the Weston Village Childcare’s board of directors and has two children attending the daycare, said she plans to keep her kids enrolled until a definite decision is made about the daycare’s future. Bada’s kids, aged seven and eight, attend the child care centre before and after school. “If a developer buys the church, we pretty much know we have to get out. If another congregation comes in, we stand a good chance of staying. If anybody has a site that might work we are willing to take a look.”

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

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To the editor: The political picture over the past 30 to 40 years has brought the same old names and faces. Why? Because where else do you get paid mega-bucks and really do not have to have any experience or qualifications and answer to no one? These people are professionals at living off the poor dumb taxpayers. Come on fellow voters, it is time we smartened up. Remember there is no rule that says you need a law degree to be a politician. And of course it is high time we put into law the maximum time for all politicians be set at two terms of office. W.D. Adamson

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

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

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

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

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An artist’s rendering of the proposed gateway sign at West Park Healthcare Centre at the corner of Eglinton and Emmett avenues.

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THOUSANDS OF KITS PACKED: Volunteers Samira Mohamed, right, Vanessa Reda and Paul Carter join an assembly line during The Bargains Group’s annual Project Winter Survival event on Caledonia Road on Saturday. Thousands of backpacks were filled with winter gear and personal care products for distribution to the homeless throughout the city. According to figures released this week, volunteers put together 3,000 kits, each kit containing 32 items. The kits are to be handed over to frontline workers for distribution on Saturday.

>>>from page 1 will no longer be what local Councillor Frances Nunziata affectionately calls a hidden jewel, but a well-polished gem for all of the community to see and find. “It makes more sense to have the entrance on Emmett Avenue,” said Nunziata. Besides the sign’s appearance, residents also had concerns about what the construction might do to neighbouring homes in regards to cracking foundations, the inconvenience of the construction equipment itself and if Emmett Avenue required widening. According to Nunziata, a widening of Emmett doesn’t

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dential development will be built on the east end of West Park’s 27-acre property, dedicated to housing seniors and people with physical disabilities with a range of independence levels. One thing residents did agree on, and applauded, was the announcement of the installation of a traffic light at Eglinton and Emmett avenues and its necessity. The light will help manage the flow of traffic that will now be taken off of residential streets and on to the main roads. The gateway is expected to be unveiled June 11 while the traffic light is expected to go up sometime between the spring and fall.

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Is Toronto’s chief planner fighting against the grain?

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hen Jennifer Keesmaat turned up as the City of Toronto’s new chief planner last summer, it raised a few eyebrows. It’s not to say the former planning consultant wasn’t a good fit. Keesmaat cut her teeth on city politics, working as an executive assistant for councillors Joe Mihevc and Jane Pitfield in

the early days of amalgamated Toronto. In the private sector, she’s worked on land use planning issues – what she’d term “city building” – in communities across the country. But she seemed like an odd choice for the Ford administration. Keesmaat also came as an advocate for lower-order transit and cycling and pedestrian

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accommodation. On the last point, she went so far as to deliver a talk extolling the virtues of walking to school. She’s a planner that would have been a perfect fit in the David Miller administration. Not so much for the pro-car, anti-streetcar Ford era. On Monday, less than six months into the job, Keesmaat stood up in front of a packed house at the Toronto Board of Trade, pressing a similarly neighbourhood-based agenda. Transportation, she said, remains the singular challenge for growing a city surrounded by sprawling suburbs, both within – and far beyond – city limits. Too many of us are spending too long getting to and from work, and it’s affecting the city’s ability to attract more jobs and remain livable. Next month, she and the city will be launching a public consultation plan to see just what level of transit improvement Toronto residents are willing to pay for. But in the speech, she

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began in 2010, it’s clear that Keesmaat is fighting against the grain. In a moment of candor that seemed almost unbelievably politically naïve for a civil servant, she admitted as much. “We, of course, have a political culture that’s very challenging. I’m not getting into that in any detail, but the reality is we’re in a highly politicized environment. I was warned about the fishbowl before coming here. You can know about it intellectually, but you have no idea what it’s like having so many eyes looking at everything you say or tweet.” The fact that Keesmaat was first hired, and second remains in her position, suggests that those eyes are more diverse in opinion than the message from the mayor’s office might suggest. n David Nickle is The Guardian’s City Hall columnist. His column appears weekly. Contact him at dnickle@insidetoronto.com

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LISA QUEEN lqueen@insidetoronto.com As candidates of the Ontario Liberal leadership race head into the final stretch, former Windsor MPP Sandra Pupatello has the most support among committed delegates, while St. Paul’s MPP Eric Hoskins is sitting in sixth out of the six remaining candidates. Last weekend, party members selected delegates to attend the leadership convention in Toronto from Jan. 25 to 27. Each constituency association from Ontario’s 107 ridings is sending 16 delegates, while each Liberal student club is sending eight delegates and each Liberal women’s club is sending one delegate. Pupatello emerged first from the weekend, securing 504 delegates, which represents 27.44 per cent support, according to the Ontario Liberal Party. Don Valley West MPP Kathleen Wynne is close behind with 463 delegates,

or 25.2 per cent. Former Parkdale-High Park MPP and MP Gerard Kennedy came in third with 257 delegates, or 13.99 per cent. In f o u r t h p l a c e w a s Mi s s i s s a u g a - a re a M P P Harinder Takhar with 244 delegates or 13.28 per cent. Another Mississauga-area MPP, Charles Sousa, is fifth with 198 delegates or 10.78 per cent. Hoskins has 104 delegates or 5.66 per cent support. While Pupatello is first with the most support of committed delegates, the role of undeclared delegates will play a role in crowning the winning candidate. There are 67 independent delegates voting at the convention, representing 3.65 per cent. Toronto Centre MPP Glen Murray dropped out of the race last week and threw his support behind Wynne. Meanwhile, last weekend’s delegate selection numbers do not include a significant number of ex-officio members including MPPs, former

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“Transportation is at an all-time high as a concern for local residents.” Tory, who is also a popular radio host, presented an update along with CivicAction CEO Mitzie Hunter of the group’s three-month-old Your32 publicity campaign for better transit. He said an “evolution” was taking place in the minds of residents regarding the toll congestion takes on their personal lives. “Individuals are coming to realize congestion caused by a grossly inadequate transportation system is negatively affecting their jobs and their families,” said Tory. “They have come to the conclusion major action is necessary to improve the quality of their own lives.” That action, according to the CivicAction, is investing billions of dollars for a meaningful transformation of the existing transportation network to come directly from both governments and residents. “I think the public have given the signal they want the leaders to get on with building transit and find fair and balanced ways to pay for it,” he said. Hunter said over the course of its Your32 campaign the group asked residents to weigh in on what they would do with 32 extra minutes of time per

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Mitzie Hunter, left, and John Tory from the Greater Toronto CivicAction Alliance display a word cloud info-graph during a media conference Monday at City Hall, that shows the most common responses from residents in the GTHA on how they would use the time saved from commuting.

day. That’s the amount of time the transit planning agency Metrolinx says will be lost if the $50-billion Big Move regional transportation plan is not completed within the next 25 years and commute times rise even further from 77 to 109 minutes as a result. “We asked people to tell us how traffic congestion is affecting them,” said Hunter. “They have showed us

the true cost of the region’s antiquated and inadequate system.” Hunter said thousands of residents took part in the exercise, including 15,000 visitors to campaign website www.your32.com, as well as through social media. CivicAction took the feedback from residents and created a word cloud info-graph of the most popular responses.

According to the word cloud, which was unveiled at the press conference, the most popular responses include spending more time with family, catching up on sleep and enjoying a better work experience. The human cost of congestion is something that has been missing during the debate for better transit, said Tory. “It’s really the humanity of the responses,” said Tory following the press conference. “People are talking about time being taken way from their family.” In addition to updating the progress of its Your32 media campaign, Hunter also announced the addition of three more members to CivicAction’s council of regional “champions”, private and public sector individuals who advocate for better transit throughout the GTHA. The list of 44 appointees also includes former chief city planner Paul Bedford, who was in attendance at the event.

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