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Weston residents want to know why a helicopter hired by Metrolinx was flying at low altitude along the GO Georgetown South rail corridor. The aircraft was witnessed around noon-time Thursday, Aug. 29 by several residents, including Martin Proctor, who was at work when he saw the helicopter flying in a “sideways pattern” just south of the rail tracks by the intersection of King and George streets, near an apartment building at 33 King. “We could hear the helicopter’s motor even from our basement, so we know that it wasn’t just passing by,” wrote Proctor in an email to The York Guardian Friday, Sept 6. “What caught our attention was that it was flying much less than half of the height of the apartment.” “If the pilot was to have lost control of the helicopter...it would have crashed into the side of the King Street building.” >>>residents, page 8


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to NRBA on Saturday at Chaminade College Catholic Secondary School, 490 Queens Dr. Gagliardi and Biagini both plan to be in attendance to thank the Ontario government for the grant. “With the money, we’ll be able to get our name out there,” said Gagliardi, noting basketball isn’t as popular as soccer for youth living in the area.

But the association, which began with nine boys and nine girls, has steadily grown over the last decade with about 450 players registered this season, with kids ranging in age from four to 18. Gagliardi hoped to continue growing the association by bringing in people with basketball expertise such as coaches and league graduates to mentor the

kids. “Once the kids are proficient (at basketball), they’ll enjoy it more,” he said. Three local schools will also benefit from the new grant including Chaminade College, Immaculate Conception and Amesbury Middle School with afterschool basketball programming, Albanese added. Players registered with the NRBA will have access

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years St. Clair Streetcar and Wychwood Carhouse host century celebration Clockwise from top: Clara, left, and Sophia Oliver take a ride on Sunday aboard streetcar 2766, a 1920s-era Peter Witt design, during the St. Clair Streetcar and Wychwood Car House Centennial Celebration; Old and new streetcars ride the rails along St. Clair Avenue; Laurie Lawrence takes photographs of the vintage advertisements aboard the trolley car; David Kapler-Burch rides a 1952 vintage TTC Streetcar along St. Clair; A Peter Witt trolley makes a stop at the Oakwood Loop.

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ith summer vacations over, students back in school and the establishment of new routines at home, September means busier times for most of us. And with the increased traffic volume on our roads that comes with the fall season, there comes a greater need for vigilance and proper planning for all of us making our way around the city. We know Toronto has traffic congestion challenges. The longest commuting times in the country are in the Toronto Census Metropolitan Area, according a StatsCan report released in late June. Traffic congestion has been identified as a major economic impediment by the Toronto Region Board of Trade, costing billions to the greater Toronto economy. The need for a sustained commitment from all levels of government to funding transit infrastructure is acute. And the discussion about what’s happening on our roadways in Toronto is not conto congestion. There’s safety, our view fined too. A pair of recent schoolchildren Stay alert on pedestrian deaths, including the losses of a 14-year-old North the road and tragic York girl and a five-year-old girl in Scarborough, spurred the Toronto plan ahead District School Board last week to request chair Chris Bolton to enter into discussions with the city, police and other school boards to talk traffic safety. Trustees have directed that those representatives look at ways to reduce traffic risks to students (an increased use of crossing guards is already one suggestion). That means there’s a lot happening on our roads. So for motorists, trip planning is important. Leave yourself plenty of time to get your destination. Remember, beyond traffic congestion caused by any ongoing roadwork, there are some new capital projects underway in the city as well that will impact travel times. For example, a second tunnel borer machine is about to start digging below Eglinton Avenue West as part of the Eglinton Crosstown light rail project – a project that, once completed, should play a part in alleviating congestion. But while the tunneling lasts, one should expect traffic delays. It’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with ongoing construction projects and road closures. The City of Toronto has an updated web page detailing road closures and their durations. Check it out at http://bit. ly/1goY61f In the meantime, if you’re heading out on the roads, be alert, practice patience, and plan ahead.

The York Guardian welcomes letters of 400 words or less. All submissions must include name, address and a daytime telephone number for verification purposes. We reserve the right to edit, condense or reject letters. Copyright in letters remains with the author but the publisher and affiliates may freely reproduce them in print, electronic or other forms. Letters can be sent to letters@ insidetoronto.com, or mailed to The York Guardian, 175 Gordon Baker Rd., Toronto, ON, M2H 0A2.

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t’s good politics, excellent campaigning, and just generally pleasant to be in front of good news. Which is why the mayor, colleagues from council and city staff all lined up to announce Toronto’s positive economic outlook. By almost every indicator our results were positive: higher employment, lots of new construction, stable prices and growing retail sales. Predictably it took seconds for critics to point out Toronto’s positive outlook was due to trends over which the mayor had little control or, in some instances, opposed. Probably a good deal of the credit is because the outward migration of employment has reversed. Companies are choosing to move downtown, seeking to be close to skilled employees. Professionals live in the core there because they like the lifestyle. In turn, they drive demand for

david soknacki beyond the headlines entertainment, housing, transit and retail. It’s a virtuous cycle that must continue to be re-invented or Toronto risks losing its edge. The number of business establishments based in Toronto peaked in the late 1980s. But on average those firms were smaller, less competitive, less flexible and weaker than today’s companies. More than 15 per cent of them perished when Canada’s protective tariff walls disappeared, and business needed to restructure because of the GST. Whereas many other cities had staked their futures to one industry, or have the mixed fortune of being close to natural resources, Toronto had nothing on which to rely. Nothing that is, except the

skills of its inhabitants. Over last 20 years what emerged was Toronto’s reliance on supplying services, along with specialized manufacturing such as at Bombardier’s Downsview plant. Without a doubt, much of Toronto’s success has been due to a succession of federal and provincial government decisions, which allowed our city to welcome new talent, forced us into global competition, and provided stability for new investment. But the city government had a critical role to play as well. Our municipality is responsible for efficient infrastructure including transit, must ensure that businesses can compete from Toronto locations, and needs to provide a welcoming environment for talent. Just as important, our city must steer clear of some favourite strategies from the left and right. For example, deciding which

industries will grow and which will be left behind is best left to the market. Also, Toronto must resist the temptation to think of itself as a low-cost jurisdiction. Companies will locate here as long as we are competitive, not because we have the lowest taxes or highest subsidies. Standing in front of those microphones with all that good news was time of celebration, not just for the mayor, his colleagues and city staff, but for all of us. Yet at the same time it is a reminder that our success requires competitiveness, the ability to be flexible and a clear vision that can only be measured in decades.

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Residents must fight to ensure there are no future school closings To the editor: Re: Demolition of Silverthorn School, News, Aug. 1. It was sad to read in The Guardian about the destruction of Silverthorn School, which held many great memories. This was almost a century-old school located in the heart of the York South-Weston community, which served our children and their educational needs. Under the former city of York board of education, this school was properly maintained and exceptionally well run. I remember not long ago it had more than 600 students and a great teaching staff. The Toronto District School Board (TDSB) took over this school after the Ontario Progressive Conservative government amalgamated all city boards of education and created the TDSB, which is a huge bureaucracy. They didn’t maintain this school and had no programs to reach out to our community. The school endured declining

enrollment and finally, the closing of this great school. The TDSB went through the motion of a community meeting, which was a waste of time, as they had already decided to close Silverthorn. This is the same

board that has had much difficulty in balancing its budget. Our community will probably face the future closing of another school. Enrolment is declining and the TDSB is not going to put any money towards upgrades. The board spends money on bureaucrats and consultants, but not inside our schools where it is mostly needed. They will again go through the motions of having community meetings and setting up community members’ task forces, but in the end another school will close in our York South-Weston community. We, the great residents of this community, must demand from our elected officials that they make sure that no more schools are closed and that our children get the best education for their future. Schools are part of our community, its hub/culture and they must be properly maintained and should not be closed. Moe Irshad

Looking for answers on underpass To the editor: What is going on with the Denison Road underpass construction schedule? Why is it falling way behind? And what about the other Union-Pearson (UP) Express construction delays? I have been following the planning and construction of the UP Express closely since its early phases and I usually drop by at least once a week to check on its progress. Recently, I noticed that the Metrolinx sign at the south-east corner of Denison Road and Weston Road had been changed. Instead of the Denison Road underpass being completed by the spring of 2013, the completion date now reads the spring of 2014 – a full year later. What’s going on? A delay of a few weeks or even a few months due to unforeseen technical or geological problems I can understand. But a full year? And there’s more. The Metrolinx sign at the Weston Go Station – a UP Express stop, no less – says the stairs and access ramp construction phase from Lawrence Avenue to the station was to be complete by mid-2013. It hasn’t even been started.

And the West Toronto Diamond construction also seems to be far behind, perhaps by a year. What is causing concern is that the Ontario government promised to have the UP Express up and running by spring 2015, just prior to the opening of the Pan Am/ Parapan Games being held in Toronto and the GTHA in July and August 2015. With less than two years to go, the question is looming as to whether the UP Express will be finished in time (and on budget). In light of this, a full and frank public report from Metrolinx on the current status of the entire UP Express project, the nature of these delays and any mitigating action, would be reassuring. Because unlike the Pan Am sports events – where there will clearly be first, second and third prizes – there will be no second and third place in completing this very important showcase transportation project for Toronto and the province. Only first place (completion on time) counts. Anything less will provide plenty of embarrassment and finger-pointing for all concerned parties, municipally, provincially and federally. Terry Danylevich

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groups. “There was no risk to the public during the flight as every safety precaution was taken,” she wrote. But Ferreira wondered why Metrolinx did not

notify residents or even its Weston community office, which regularly updates the community on construction along the Georgetown South corridor but was not aware the shoot was taking place. “Why wouldn’t you let the community know in advance?” he asked. “(Metrolinx) left us completely in the dark and they left their colleagues in the dark, the ones who work on the ground.” Aikins said former Georgetown South program director Stephen Lipkus, who was based in the Weston office, was aware of the shoot but had left Metrolinx in early summer. Lipkus could not be reached for comment. Lipkus’ departure, as well as the need for ideal weather conditions, gave Metrolinx’s media relations team only a few days to provide notice. “In hindsight we should have notified the residents and apologize if any were disturbed,” she wrote. Acting GO Georgetown South program director Gord Troughton promised Metrolinx would do a better job of notifying the community in the event of another aerial shoot. But Proctor remained unimpressed with Metrolinx’s response. “If it was anyone else but Metrolinx, I would imagine that charges would be pending,” he wrote. Be a part of the discussion. Visit this story on our website and share your thoughts in the comments section.

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seniors (grades 10 to 12), intermediates (grades 7 to 9) and juniors (grades 4 to 6). Primary students (grades 1 to 3) can only enter the poster competition. John Holoway, Fairbank Branch 75 youth education

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‘I Hate This Game!’ Charity Darts Shoot WHEN: 10 a.m. WHERE: Mount Dennis Legion, 1050 Weston Rd. CONTACT: 416-767-0231, www. facebook.com/mount dennislegion, legionbr31@yahoo.com Adult darts tournament fundraiser for cancer in memory of Derek Rayner. Entry fee: four-person team $60, doubles $30. $20 from each team and $10 from each doubles will go to Volunteer Drivers for Cancer Patients.

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Edibles in the Urban Landscape WHEN: 7:30 p.m. WHERE: Church of the Good Shepherd, 1149 Weston Rd. COST: Free Roselands Horticultural Society hosts a talk by Steven Biggs, author of ‘No Guff Vegetable Gardening’ and ‘Grow Figs Where You Think You Can’t’.

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Building Connections: Friendship, Fun and Learning WHEN: 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. WHERE: North York Women’s Centre, 2446 Dufferin St. CONTACT:

Culture Days at Libraries in York WHERE: Mount Dennis Library, 1123 Weston Rd.; Maria A. Shchuka Library, 1745 Eglinton Ave. W.; Dufferin/St. Clair Library, 1625 Dufferin St. COST: Free A variety of activities and workships are hosted at libraries across Toronto,. In York there is Origami at Mount Dennis, Turkish Kilim weaving at Shchuka, and the re-enactment of Greek Myths at Dufferin/St. Clair. For details, visit http://bit.ly/180La0v Check out our complete online community calendar by visiting www. yorkguardian.com. Read weeks of listings from your York neighbourhoods as well as events from across Toronto. 416-781-0479, info@nywc.org COST: Free Meet other women, get information and learn about resources available to you. North York Women’s Centre AGM WHEN: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. WHERE: 2446 Dufferin St. CONTACT: 416781-0479, , info@nywc.org COST: Free Guest speaker: Itah Sadu.

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Adult Book Club WHEN: 6:30 to 8 p.m. WHERE: Maria A. Shchuka Library, 1745 Eglinton Ave. W. CONTACT: ctodd-langille@ torontopubliclibrary.ca COST: Free Come join the new Adult Book

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Emerging Entrepreneurs Application Deadline Sept. 27 WHEN: Noon to 5 p.m. WHERE: Learning Enrichment Foundation, 116 Industry St. CONTACT: Dianne Temple, 416-760-2576, dtemple@ lefca.org COST: Free Sessions run from 9:30 a.m. to noon Oct. 7 to Nov. 14. You will meet with expert speakers, work on your business plan, build your network. English and Math Classes WHERE: Learning Enrichment Foundation, 116 Industry St.CONTACT: Amanda, 416-769-0830, aresendes@ lefca.org COST: Free Reading, writing, math, computer skills, and financial literacy. For those 19 years and older who have not completed high school. Must be native speakers of English or able to speak English at CLB level 7. Register by calling Adriana at 416-397-6072.

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Fall Fair: Crafts and Flea Market WHEN: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. WHERE: Mount Dennis Legion, 1050 Weston Rd. CONTACT: 416-767-0231, www. facebook.com/mountdennislegion, legionbr31@yahoo.com COST: Free A Thanksgiving theme with a silent auction and more than over 40 vendors. Enjoy lunch at the snack bar and lots more.

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Light And Travel Art Exhibit WHEN:Ongoing until Sept. 30. WHERE: Maria A. Shchuka Library, 1745 Eglinton Ave. W. CONTACT: Sonya Young, 416-417-0318, sonya. young@gmail.com COST: Free Photos from Whistler, Havana, Muskoka, the Toronto Islands and High Park by Sonya Young.

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Second tunnel borer to start work

LRT update eglinton lanes reduced: Above, Eglinton Avenue east of Oakwood Avenue is reduced to one lane in each direction due to Eglinton Crosstown LRT headwall construction. At left, LRT excavation west of the Eglinton West subway station at Allen Road has narrowed the road to a single lane in each direction. Photos/Peter C. McCusker

A second tunnel borer machine which is part of the Eglinton Crosstown light rail transit (LRT) project is about to start drilling below Eglinton Avenue West. Measuring 80 metres long, the machine, nicknamed Lea, will commence tunnelling east from Black Creek Drive this week. Like Dennis before it, Lea will dig about 75 metres per week and is expected to get to Eglinton West subway station by spring. Both machines will then be redeployed for additional tunnelling east to Yonge Street. Metrolinx spokesperson Jamie Robinson said residents living along Eglinton Avenue West should continue to expect road and lane closures while the tunneling lasts. line partial closure called off wYonge

A planned mid-week closure of a portion of the YongeUniversity-Spadina subway line is now off. TTC engineers have

rahul gupta TO in TRANSIT determined it is no longer necessary to close the line between Tuesday, Oct. 15 and Friday, Oct. 18 from King to Osgoode station. Two closures are still planned for the line next month to assist the installation of a new subway signaling system: the line will close Thanksgiving weekend, Oct. 12 to 14, from Bloor to Union station, and from Oct. 19 to 20 from Bloor to St. George station. host Transit Talk wTTCriders

TTCriders, the city’s largest advocacy group for TTC customers, is hosting another installment of Transit Talk. The regular town hall event allows riders to speak with TTC senior executives. This time around the topic is transit funding, and communications director Brad

Ross plus chief customer service officer Chris Upfold will be on hand. Transit Talk is on Wednesday, Sept. 18, at Metro Hall, Room 309, from 7 to 9 p.m. Residents can participate on Twitter using the hashtag #TransitTalk. Registration is required. Visit www.ttcriders.ca seeks more bike lanes wLetter

A woman has written a letter to Mayor Rob Ford calling for more bike lanes after she was seriously injured following a cycling accident. Taylor Flook suffered a fractured nose and lost of some of her front teeth when her tires got stuck in the streetcar tracks at Bathurst Street and Dupont Street in August. As of Friday, an online campaign to pay for Flook’s dental reconstructive surgery had netted $3,600. Rahul Gupta is The Guardian’s transit reporter. His column runs every Thursday. Reach him on Twitter: @TOinTRANSIT

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Metrolinx to study downtown relief line Man is first Toronto Metrolinx will undertake its own study on a potential downtown relief subway line intended to ease congestion on existing routes. Leslie Woo from the regional transit planning agency outlined the parameters of the study intended to address how the planned line could relieve overcrowding on the city’s overburdened subway network, particularly along Yonge-University-Spadina, which is projected to be at maximum operational capacity by 2031, as well as the GTHA. “If we don’t address this issue, the congestion has the capacity to negatively

effect the customer experiand York Region on similar ence, as well as ridership relief line studies. growth throughout the The TTC has already region,” said Woo during released three possible a presentation alignments and to Metrolinx’s costing sceBe a part of the board of direcnarios for a discussion. Visit tors last week. relief subway this story on our Woo, who line. As part of website and share the strategy, is Metrolinx’s your thoughts in vice-president of a preliminary the comments planning, policy public consultasection. and innovation tion is planned and regarded for this fall, with http://bit.ly/19Yscaj  as the chief its findings to architect of the be presented Big Move transit expansion to the board in the spring, plan, said the study’s core followed by a more detailed focus would be examining consult in the summer of options for the line and 2014. how to potentially integrate Even though a relief GO transit into planning. subway line, also known Metrolinx is already colas a downtown relief line, laborating with the TTC, the would be part of the existcity’s planning department ing TTC network, Woo

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resident to die of West Nile Virus this year

An 80-year-old man is the first Toronto resident to die this year of West Nile Virus, according to the city’s public health department. The man died within the last three weeks, but it took time to confirm the cause of death, the department said in a statement last week. The unit did not identify where in Toronto the man lived or where he was infected with the virus, which is passed to humans by mosquitoes. The man is one of two

confirmed human cases of the virus is 2013, public health said. That is down significantly from last year, when there were 94 human cases and one death. The number of cases has fluctuated significantly from year to year, according to public health figures. For example, the worst year for the virus in Toronto was 2002, when there were 163 cases and 10 deaths. The best year was 2009 when there were no cases.

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community check-up This week: Pelmo Park-Humberlea

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Pelmo Park-Humberlea: Population (2011): 8,740

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Languages Italian is the most common nonofficial language in Pelmo ParkHumberlea. In the 2011 census, 17.3 per cent of residents listed Italian as their Mother Tongue, and 8.1 per cent listed Italian as their Home Language.

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1. English 2. Italian 3. Spanish 4. Portuguese 5. Vietnamese 6. Tagalog (Pilipino, Filipino) 7. Tamil 8. Polish 9. Cantonese 10= Akan (Twi), Greek, Mandarin

1. English 2. Italian 3. Spanish 4. Vietnamese 5. Portuguese 6. Tamil 7. Mandarin 8. Akan (Twi) 9. Cantonese 10= Panjabi, Somali, Tagalog

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HOUSING The percentage of private dwellings that are single-detached houses is much higher in Pelmo Park-Humberlea than it is citywide. In the 2011 census, the percentage of private dwellings in Pelmo Park-Humberlea that are single-detached houses is 58.8 per cent. That number is 26.2 per cent in all of Toronto.

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-4.2% +66.7% Between 2001 and 2011, the number of people in Pelmo Park-Humberlea listed as Children (age 0-14) decreased by 4.2 per cent.

While a number of the Home Language numbers dropped between 2006 and 2011 (Italian, Spanish, Tamil) in Pelmo Park-Humberlea, the number of people listing Portuguese jumped by two-thirds (105 to 175).

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The number of people in the 15-24 age group (Youth) in Pelmo ParkHumberlea grew 25.8 per cent between 2001 and 2011. The number of Seniors (age 65+) grew by 16.2 per cent over the same time.

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The overall population in Pelmo ParkHumberlea increased by 6.0 per cent between 2001 and 2011.

While the neighbourhood’s population grew 6.0 per cent between 2001 and 2011, that growth is almost exclusively in the years from 2001 to 2006. The neighbourhood’s population is nearly the same (8,735 in 2006, 8,740 in 2011) in the two readings.

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‘Summer of Ford’ video posted on YouTube DAVID NICKLE dnickle@insidetoronto.com A local marketing firm and a crooning political aide have put together a short film commemorating Rob Ford’s 2013 summertime activities – which is to say, fishing, picnicking, mainstreeting and arm-wrestling – and posted it both on

YouTube and on a screen in the mayor’s office at City Hall. Titled ‘Summer of Ford,’ the video highlights several of Ford’s public appearances set to music written and performed by the mayor’s special assistant Brendan Croskerry. According to a news release from the mayor’s

office, the to video clips of Be a part of the film is an Ford fishing with all-volunteer Mississauga Mayor discussion. Visit production, Hazel McCallion, mainthis story on our put together website and share streeting in Etobicoke by Ossington your thoughts in during the provincial Creative. byelection that saw his the comments “Baby you deputy Doug Holyday section. are a little elected to Queen’s Park, dreamer, attending Ford Fest in insidetoronto.com  movin’ up in Scarborough, and armthe world,” sings Croskerry, wrestling Hulk Hogan.

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The video shows the mayor in slow-motion loosening his tie and rolling up his sleeve before “defeating” the former wrestler and politician at a local comic book convention. “This short film is my way of thanking Toronto residents for a phenomenal summer,” said Ford in a statement from his office.

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“I hope that everyone who watches it will get a fraction of the enjoyment I had meeting thousands of residents this past summer.” The video is on display on continuous loop in the mayor’s office.

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Ford’s love of campaigning evident Mayor Rob Ford has made a name for himself as a great lover of football, sometimes to the point of distraction. But there is another game that excites nearly as much passion from our mayor and distracts him from his dayto-day duties almost as thoroughly. That would be campaigning. On Monday, Ford found the hustings so distracting he could barely pay attention to questions in a press scrum, held outside his office and just a few feet away from the spot where his staff had set up a television screen continuously looping a video of highlights of the summer of 2013. The mayor finally stopped, transfixed at the slow-motion video of himself, getting ready to arm-wrestle wrestlerturned-politician Hulk Hogan at the start of a local comic convention. When asked whether he was in fact campaigning now, with his video and another Ford Fest in the offing later this week, the mayor was clear: “I’ve

david nickle the city never stopped campaigning... If you do, you lose at the polls.” In the strictly practical sense of the word, the mayor was correct: an elected official is being judged from the moment he or she takes office. However, there are strict rules about spending and receiving donations for electoral campaigns outside the campaign period. And the video, produced by a local production/editing company and scored by one of the mayor’s vocally talented staff-members, sure looks like a bit of both. But Ford doesn’t care about these things, and by the evidence, the powersthat-be don’t either. Toronto’s Compliance Audit Committee let the mayor off the hook over a boatload of questions arising from the way he and his brother conducted the 2010 mayoralty campaign when they were brought

forward early in the term. The mayor survived that, just as he survived a conflict of interest ruling that threatened to remove him from office. And as things stand right now, campaigning hard and pushing the rules might be worth the risk. Because as much as the video playing in the office window struggles to maintain a happy narrative, the other narrative – the one surrounding the actual business of governing – is less cheerful. The mayor could well see his subway plans dashed, once again, as the realities of financing the Scarborough RT replacement with a subway dash against the October council meeting. The questions surrounding videos and allegations of drug use continue to swirl, and those other videos – of an over-refreshed-seeming Ford at the Taste of the Danforth – give a very different sense of the Summer of Ford. Indeed, the scrum happened just as he left the city’s parks and envi-

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ronment committee– a committee he belongs to ex-officio, but never routinely attends. This time, as a week ago, the mayor came with the express purpose of blocking an attempt to circumvent his budget process, by adding projects and programs back into the budget before he had even had the chance to set a framework. Ford had to block the matter there, because really, he would have no hope of stopping a budgetary coup at council, a body over which he long ago lost control. Much better to concentrate on arm-wrestling photo ops, picnics in parks and fishing trips. They might not get him reelected, but they certainly seem to be keeping our mayor entertained.

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St. Clair & Weston FEATURED THIS WEEK: Above, a shot of the Heydon House Hotel, at the northwest corner of Weston Road and St. Clair Avenue, on March 16, 1927. Below, taken same day, is the northeast corner. More photos are online at yorkguardian.com

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