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Markham hops to it on frog ban Being sold as ‘toys’, African dwarf frogs said to carry risks By Kim Zarzour
Buying your child a pet frog just got a little more difficult in Markham. Councillors have decided some ribbits are too risky to raise in your room and last week passed a bylaw prohibiting the keeping of African dwarf frogs. That’s because the tiny amphibians, often sold in miniature aquariums as an educational toy, carry much more than a close-up view of nature: they can also carry deadly salmonella.
Not appropriate as pets The dwarf frogs are distributed by U.S. company Wild Creations in pairs in square plastic cubes described as “a complete aquatic ecosystem environment the perfect size for a child’s bedroom or See TOWN, page 10.
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Residents wore green and waved green flags as they came out to protest Markham’s plans for an aerobic bioreactor pilot project in Thornhill’s Settlers Park, a former landfill.
landfill pilot project dumped But Thornhill residents warned methane gas concerns are real, including remote potential for explosion By L.H. Tiffany Hsieh
African dwarf frogs live underwater but must come up for air because they have lungs, not gills.
Markham council has dumped a proposed aerobic bioreactor pilot xproject slated for the former Sabiston landfill in Thornhill.
However, the lush greenspace, better known as Settlers Park, is still short of a formal designation as a unique meadow and natural habitat — something the local councillor and the community had hoped they
would achieve. “No matter what it’s called, it’s German Mills’ natural habitat,” said Councillor Howard Shore, whose motion to kill the $500,000 aerobic test pilot received overwhelming
support at Tuesday night’s meeting from residents who stormed council chambers clad in green shirts and carrying green flags. See WARNINGS, page 20.
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Thank you Thornhill Once again, MPP Peter Shurman and I have the great pleasure of thanking Thornhillers for participating in our annual Community BBQ as we celebrate Canada Day. We served over 700 hotdogs, hamburgers and soft drinks. We also had popcorn, candy ﬂoss, rice mufﬁns, samosas, a great magician and face painter. It was a perfect way to enjoy a Sunday with family, friends and neighbours. Vaughan’s Gallanough Park was a perfect setting to enjoy the sunshine accompanied by the melodious sounds of Rick Levine and his Metro Band. I also had the great pleasure of being able to chat with many Thornhillers and several photos were taken. If you wish copies of a photo taken by one of my staff members, please visit my ofﬁce and we will be happy to print a copy for you. Visit www.peterkent.ca to view my video of the day. My recent newsletter encourages Thornhillers to participate in our “Proud to be Canadian Campaign”. Driving around Thornhill, I notice many demonstrating Canadian patriotism by displaying the Canadian Flag in your window. I encourage you to ﬁll out the reply card notifying me of your participation. The reply card is needed to calculate the ofﬁcial tally. The winning riding will be granted the honour of being the “Most Patriotic Riding in Canada.” Best wishes to everyone for a wonderful Canada Day. I encourage you to take a moment to reﬂect back over the short 145 years of our country’s growth. We have a heritage to be proud of.
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IN FOCUS: Festival for children, families to celebrate peace together
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Philippine Heritage Band member Jasmine Gamilla (clockwise from top) took part in Vaughan’s Peace Tree Festival at the North Thornhill Community Centre Sunday. Vaughan declared June as Peace Tree Month in an effort to celebrate the many different cultures and faiths in the city. The event included a special performance by motivational speaker and singer Errol Lee and Sathana Sivasaenthan, 9, with the Nila Dance Academy, seems to be among the many participants enjoying herself during the seventh annual festival.
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MARKHAM’S CANADA DAY CELEBRATIONS
Participants meet at 3:00 p.m. - southeast corner of Markville Mall
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Milne Park (East side of McCowan Rd, south of Hwy 7) FREE Shuttle buses from Markville Shopping Centre to Milne Park. (Pick-up at the SE corner bus stop) 12:00 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. | 4:30 p.m. - midnight NO public parking at Milne Park Visit www.markham.ca for more info.
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This Celebrate Markham event is funded by Markham.
For more information on how to get involved, contact: Gillian Kwiecien, assistant to Councillor Carolina Moretti at firstname.lastname@example.org or 905-477-7000 ext. 4886
To obtain a permit ($50 fee), apply in person to: Markham Fire & Emergency Services, 8100 Warden Avenue (North of Hwy. 407)
KEEP MARKHAM BEAUTIFUL
2012 RESIDENTIAL FINAL TAX BILLS Residential Final Tax bills have been mailed. Details of Markham’s 1.5% Tax Rate Increase – lowest in the GTA for 2012 – and how Markham’s tax dollars are spent are included with your bill and on our website (www.markham.ca). If you did not receive your 2012 tax bill or would like more information, contact Markham Tax Office, 905-475-4864. Failure to receive a tax bill does not eliminate your responsibility for payment of taxes or the penalty charges in the event of late payment. Payment Due Dates For Final Residential Tax Bills are: July 5, 2012; August 5, 2012; September 6, 2012. Monthly pre-authorized payment plan due dates are: July 1, August 1, September 1, October 1, November 1 and December 1. Beginning in January 2013, tax instalments will be due on the following proposed due dates: 2013 Interim Residential and Commercial/Industrial – Feb. 5 & Mar. 5 2013 Final Residential – Jul. 5 & Aug. 6 2013 Final Commercial/Industrial Oct. 8 & Nov 5.
We’re looking for outgoing, energetic individuals interested in supporting the community and having lots of fun at the same time.
Please respect neighbours and wildlife when setting off your Canada Day fireworks on private property If you wish to set off fireworks in a Markham park or other public place, you need a permit.
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PRIVATE PROPERTY & MUNICIPAL BOULEVARD MAINTENANCE Markham’s beautiful neighbourhoods are a source of pride for all of us who live, work and play here.
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Thornhill residents who make their way around York Region on public transit, take note. Starting Sunday, York Region Transit/Viva will enact more than 70 service changes across York Region. Highlights of the changes include: • Route 50 — Queensway will be introduced to operate four weekday morning and afternoon round trips between Keswick and the Newmarket GO bus terminal; • Route 9 — 9th Line will be restructured to incorporate former Route 15 — Stouffville Local routing. Alternate trips will service Eastern Gate from the start of service until 5 p.m; • Route 304 — Mount Joy Express will be introduced to operate between the Mount Joy GO station and Finch GO bus terminal via McCowan Road, Hwy. 7, Kennedy Road and Hwy. 407; • Route 53 — Woodspring-Clearmeadow will be restructured. Former Route 53 service north of Davis Drive will be merged with Route 44 — Woodspring-Bristol and service south of Davis Drive will be merged with
Route 57/57A — Clearmeadow-Mulock and; • Route 86 — Newkirk-Red Maple will be restructured to service central Richmond Hill between Yonge Street and Bayview Avenue. Route 86 will now operate along Red Maple LAST Road to Richmond Hill Centre terminal. CHANCE! Additional routes and schedules will be adjusted.
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Corralling runaway BCSS Colts
The score was 52-5, which is a lopsided result in any sport. What made the outcome more startling was the losing team had not lost a York Region Athletic Association regular season contest in 10 years. The losing team was the Stouffville District Secondary School Spartans, which fields players from the town of 33,000 — that is, players who have not chosen to attend Catholic high school in Markham or one of the specialty schools catering to students in sports or the arts. The winning team was the Colts from Bill Crothers Secondary School, a specialty school that is home to elite athletes from across York Region and beyond. In the case of the Colts rugby team, they had five players who play provincially and one playing nationally for their age category, which would make domination of the Spartans the expected outcome, despite the Stouffville school’s long history of fielding winning teams. But it’s not just rugby. Four years after it opened, the outcome is similar in the majority of high school sports competitions in York Region, with the Colts hoisting the banner and collecting medals. While many believe we should be doing everything we can to help young athletes reach their full potential (we’ll
hear more along these lines during this, an Olympic year), the Colts’ domination of high school sports is not a good situation, either for BCSS or other schools. Now, the athletic association is taking action. It will phase in restrictions whereby those attending BCSS on the basis of their ability in a particular sport (their declared “prime” sport) will not be able to compete in that sport in the YRAA. At the same time, BCSS will take steps to find these athletes a more level playing field through tournaments and other matches that won’t involve trouncing teams from neighbouring communities whose athletic stars attend BCSS. Whether this is the right move (creating a rep or club team out of high school athletes on the one hand, making life difficult for BCSS coaches and players on the other) or will solve the problems in school sports remains to be seen — a top athlete in one sport can often translate those skills to another — but it is a first step and something had to be done. Equity, fair play, sportsmanship and good citizenship are values all schools — BCSS included — are trying to espouse. If we are going to allow public funding of an elite sports school, we also need to monitor its impact on other schools and take action accordingly.
Kids need courage to not be bully bystanders
ave you watched the video of four seventhgrade boys tormenting their 68-year-old school bus monitor? In the 10-minute YouTube video that now has more than seven million views, a New York state grandmother of eight is the victim of a relentlessly cruel verbal assault that brings her to tears. The video, captured on a student’s cellphone, has launched an international fundraising campaign for Karen Klein and unleashed an onslaught of death threats and abuse against the bullies. Toronto’s Max Sidorov, a victim of bullying himself as a child, wanted to send Mrs. Klein on a vacation, only to raise enough to allow her to retire with donations topping $650,000. A range of emotions flooded me as I watched, everything from sympathy and sadness to outrage and disgust. Many people are pointing the finger of blame at the boys’ parents, believing when children do wrong, parents have failed in their duty. Sometimes, good kids do bad because as much as parents influence the behaviour, values and char-
Debora Kelly acter of their children, at some point, the approval of their peers becomes more important. That’s not a defence of bullying, but a suggestion that the lesson to be learned from this video shouldn’t only be that bullying is wrong and wreaks devastation on its victims. Are not those who watch and do nothing equally to blame? That nobody on that bus spoke out for Mrs. Klein — even to alert the driver — is as appalling to me as four twisted, sadistic tween punks thinking they could get away with
degrading and humiliating an adult for whom they should have respect, if not simple courtesy. If someone speaks up, bullies — who are cowards in their hearts — will typically back down. Our children must learn not only is bullying wrong. So, too, is being a silent bystander. For York Region anti-bullying advocate Karen Sebben, the video is an excruciating demonstration of the bullying that goes on every day in our schools — no less painful for the victims without the seven million views. “Unfortunately, when bullying happens to children, there isn’t the same kind of reaction,” she said. “As a society, we can no longer turn a blind eye. We can no longer minimize bullying as ‘kids being kids’.” Do we have the courage not to turn away in the face of the rampant bullying that seems ingrained in our society — everywhere from the floor of the House of Commons and our gridlocked roads to sports fields and now online, with social media unleashing bullies who ridicule and condemn under the veil of anonymity?
But social media can work both ways, as this incident demonstrates. It gives me hope that millions watched the abuse and were compelled to act. It was too late to speak up on the bus, so they gave money. An act of kindness is always good — and I wish Mrs. Klein well in her retirement — but, in the end, too many bullies are still getting away with it. We need to do more than just express sympathy for victims or bully the bullies with our own condemnation. We can harness the power of the outrage and empathy that video engendered to take a stand against bullies. We can give our children the conviction to speak out against bullying and to know that simply not taking part isn’t enough — that alone will do more than all the anti-bullying legislation any government might pass. We can find and celebrate role models who do speak out. And we can find the courage within ourselves to tell the bullies we’re watching and that they’re not getting away with it any longer.
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The long-awaited discussion about the need for an integrity commissioner in Markham has been put off again to the fall. Town staff was to present findings and information to Markham’s general committee Monday regarding an integrity commissioner, a lobbyist registry and council expense reporting. Due to meeting overload in the final week of official council business, Mayor Frank Scarpitti referred all three presentations to a special workshop no later than September. The idea to establish an integrity commissioner — first tabled by former councillor Erin Shapero two years ago this week — drew support from four residents who spoke at Monday’s meeting. Thornhill resident Alena Gotz said she’s in favour of appointing an integrity commissioner because municipalities don’t have the benefit of having an opposition party, as provincial and federal govern-
ments do. As a result, Ms Gotz said the umbrella ratepayers group Markham Action Group for Improved Community (MAGIC) was formed as “a symptom of something not quite right”. Mayor Scarpitti responded by saying he’s not sure if the system is broken in Markham. “This council works with residents,” he said, adding if councillors were to get report cards, “We might want to issue report cards for some ratepayer presidents”. Ms Gotz clarified she didn’t say the system was broken. “It’s missing,” she said. For Markham resident Donna Bush, Markham doesn’t currently work in transparency. Among other things, Ms Bush said she’d like to see foreign trips eliminated and the town stop taking out ads telling residents projects, such as the proposed 16th Avenue mosque and the NHL-ready arena, are “done deals”. It’s not an isolated
case, added resident Joyce Ramer.
Need ‘quite clear’ “It’s becoming quite clear we need an integrity commissioner,” she said. Resident Karen Rea said perception is everything. She said council expenses should be posted online and the public shouldn’t have to pay to see the details. Ms Rea referenced Markham as “one of the worst places to live” — alluding to the Canada’s Best Places to Live list recently compiled by MoneySense Magazine, which ranked Markham 137th out of 190 cities. Mayor Scarpitti took offence to the comment, saying the resale value in Markham is one of the top in the GTA. “To say we are one of the worst places to live, I find that astounding,” he said, adding the town was recognized by the C.D. Howe Institute as one of top three Canadian cities for fiscal management and transparency. (In the same report, produced by the right-wing
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By L.H. Tiffany Hsieh
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1.4 acres of parks for a total of $2 million. Markham will reimburse the developer subject to compliance with terms and conditions. The design will likely proceed through the summer and fall with the requisite community meeting to take place in the winter, the report states. Construction is anticipated next summer.
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parking garage. They will be urban in character, largely with hard surfaces, planting, seating, shade structures, water features or fountains and other associated site amenities. The cost of the design, construction and contract administration of the park will be financed by the developer. Minimum value is set at $1.5 million per acre based on about
kitchen counter”. The frogs are touted on Wild Creations’ phone line as one of the hottest toys on the market and has won multiple toy industry awards. But animal care committee chairperson Valerie Burke says the frogs are not appropriate as pets. Not only is it inhumane to the frogs, she says, but the Centre for Disease Control (CDC) in the United States warns parents they can carry serious infection. According to a report to Markham council, the centre has reported 241 individuals infected with salmonella in 42 states since April 1, 2009. Those infections were associated with African dwarf frogs and the water from their tanks or aquariums. The frogs live underwater but must come up for air because they have lungs, not gills. Children under five are at high risk and should avoid contact with these frogs, their water and their habitats, the centre said. Pregnant women and people with weak immune systems are also at high risk and should avoid contact. Markham’s animal care committee raised concerns in February that a local toy retailer was selling the frogs and not providing parents or purchasers with clear instructions or warnings about potential dangers. A store spokesperson said the company has not carried the item for more than seven months. The change was not for health care concerns, she said, but rather part of regular review of products. Another children’s educational store in Richmond Hill still sells them for $39.99, including frogs, gravel and bamboo. Individual frogs are sold at some pet stores in York Region. While Markham’s legislative services staff reported no cases in York Region of salmonella attributable to the frogs, according to the Infectious Diseases Control Division with York’s health department, councillors decided the creatures should be banned for the good of public health, Ms Burke said. The new bylaw, which is being circulated as information to other York municipalities, would prevent the keeping of African dwarf frogs, whether in a home or retail outlet. “If you have a frog already, it’s yours until it’s no longer alive,”
said Chris Alexander, supervisor of licensing and animal services. “Frogs belong in a pond, not in your bedroom.” But Rhett Power, president and co-founder of Wild Creations, said that is “very drastic and an overreaction”. Markham is the only municipality he has heard of that’s gone this far. A town in New Jersey tried to do something similar, but in the end just made it more difficult for stores to sell the product, he said. “It’s too bad, because these frogs have been part of the aquarium industry for more than 45 years... They’re safe, they’re tested, we go to greater lengths than for any other creature to test for problems. You don’t go out and test your goldfish or guppies or beta.” According to a spokesperson for Prehistoric Home, an Oakville company that has brought the EcoAquarium to Canada, local health officials test all Wild Creation frogs before shipment. They also have extensive bio-security measures at their facility to assure frogs are handled properly. Prehistoric Home’s president, Shawn Ryan, said Vancouver SPCA stopped sales of the dwarf frogs recently due to concerns, but after researching with several experts including those at the University of British Columbia, they were allowed back in Vancover stores again. “It’s amazing Markham’s bothering with this when it’s such a nonissue.” Mr. Power suggests the “excessive” caution could be partly due to the fact the frogs are marketed towards young children, but he puts most of the blame on organizations like PETA. “They’re trying to scare people because they don’t like the product.” People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals claims its undercover investigation into Wild Creations documented rampant neglect and mishandling of the frogs. Wild Creations says it is committed to animal welfare, with a staff veterinarian to ensure clean and humane conditions at the production facility, and provides customers with care sheets. Like any other aquatic animal, or any other pet for that matter, Mr. Power said, “you need to wash your hands ... same thing if you’re preparing chicken on the countertop. It’s sort of common sense.”
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Saturday, June 30 Rajinie Fernando, director of Roma Crafts Arts Studio in Richmond Hill, invites everyone to the June 30 art exhibit from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., featuring more than 200 artworks by her students; some will be for sale. There will be entertainment and special guest is Regional Councillor Brenda Hogg. Location: King City Community Centre, 25 Doctors Lane, King City. The Ladies Auxilary of the Royal Canadian Legion in Richmond Hill presents a euchre night June 30 at the Legion, 233 Centre St. E., starting at 7:30 p.m. Cost $5; all invited.
Sunday, July 1 Celebrate Canada Day in Markham July 1 and new city status with the Kindred Spirits Orchestra at the Unionville Millennium Bandstand 1 to 4 p.m., 100 Main St., with flagraising ceremony, entertainment, face-painters, clowns and free family activities, including fireworks. For more, visit markham.ca Vaughan’s Canada Day celebration will be held July 1 at Mackenzie Glen District Park, 220 Cranston Park Ave., Maple from 3 to 8 p.m. Enjoy free barbecue, kid zone and concerts, including Platinum Blonde, visit city.vaughan. ca for details. All are invited to Canada Day Worship in the Park July 1 at 10:30 a.m. in Amos Wright Park, behind the Heritage Centre, 19 Church St. N., for a joint worship service to thank God for our country and celebrate Canada Day together. Churches involved are: Richmond Hill
Presbyterian, Richmond Hill United Church, St. Mathew’s United Church and St. Mary’s Anglican Church. Wear Canadian colours and display the Maple Leaf. Refreshments served following the service.
Tuesday, July 3
The non-profit Eating Disorders of York Region presents a four-week support group program in Thornhill, running Tuesdays starting July 3, offering assistance for family and friends of those striving to overcome an eating disorder. Location: 300 John St., Suite 300, near Bayview and John from 6:45 to 7:45 p.m. For details, visit edoyr.com. Register online or call 905-886-6632. The Richmond Hill Garden and Horticultural Society meets at 8 p.m. July 3 in the gym of the McConaghy Seniors’ Centre at 10100 Yonge St. Guest speaker will be Peter Gill, president of the Greater Toronto Water Garden & Horticultural Society, for his presentation on Container Water Gardening. Free for members; $5 for non-members. Annual membership is $20 individual; $25 family. For details, visit RichmondHillGardenSociety.org Free Jazz in the Plaza begins again for the summer, presented by and at Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts, Yonge at Wright streets. From 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. enjoy the music of Shannon Butcher in the outdoor plaza.
Wednesday, July 4
Cool Summer Praise service takes place in the Wallace Hall of Richmond Hill Presbyterian Church, 10066 Yonge St., just north of Major Mackenzie July 4 at 7:30 p.m. and every Wednesday all summer. Come sing old favourites, folk songs, camp songs, spirituals and contemporary choruses, hear inspiring messages and enjoy ice cream. Loving your neighbours isn’t just for Sundays, it’s living your faith with people around you. Newcomers and church seekers welcome at the less formal summer services.
Thursday, July 5 Fibromylagia & Chronic Fatigue Group of York Region will hold its monthly meeting July 5 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 10295 Yonge St. at Dunlop in Richmond Hill from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Open to all those who have symptoms, diagnosis or questions regarding these “invisible illnesses”; join us for round-table discussions, unpdated information, guest speakers and valuable peer support.
Monday, July 9 The non-profit Eating Disorders of York Region presents a six-week support program, Life without Eating Disorders, for six Mondays from 5 to 6 p.m. starting July 9 at Eating Disorders central office, 15213 Yonge St., Ste. 15, Aurora, (just south of Wellington, in the old post office building). Register online at edoyr.com or call 905-886-6632. Feel alone and depressed, or hopeless? The Canadian Mental Health Association offers Support for Depression groups. A Richmond Hill group meets weekly Monday nights 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at new location, St. Mary’s Church, 10030 Yonge St., enter off Major Mackenzie onto McLatchey Lane. No fee or registration required. Trained facilitators; new members welcome. For details, call CMHA York Region at 905-853-8477 or visit www.cmha-yr.on.ca
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Tuesday, July 10 The non-profit Eating Disorders of York Region presents a four-week program — Healing and Emotional Eating: Using or Refusing Food to Cope — running Tuesdays starting July 10 from 4 to 5 p.m. for individuals with eating disorders dealing with self-criticism, body image problems and dangerous physical conditions. Location: 115 Wertheim Court, Suite 511, in Richmond Hill (area of West Beaver Creek, Hwy. 7). To register online, visit edoyr.com or call 905-886-6632.
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The first free outdoor Sunday concert at Richmond Green Park amphitheatre, presented by Tim Hortons, will be July 9 from 1 to 2 p.m. featuring well-known children’s entertainer Jack Grunsky. Bring lawn chairs, blankets or cush-
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Keiko Shintani came to Canada in 1976 and has taught and exhibited her work all over Canada. In mid-June she presented a week-long Kasuri workshop at the Burr House in Richmond Hill on traditional Kimono weaving techniques. “I do not want these traditions to disappear.There are very few hand weavers in the world who know these old Japanese weaving techniques,” she told experienced local weavers in attendance. For five days, the group worked to prepare the yarn, dye it and weave samples of one-of-a-kind fabric. Another well-known artisan will conduct a tapestry workshop July 9 through 13. Line Dufour, a graduate of the Ontario College of Art, is a qualified teacher and her tapestries have been exhibited through Ontario and the United States. To find out more, contact Ms Dufour at 905836-1321 or e-mail her from the website www. tapestryline.com In addition, on Sunday, July 22 there will be a spin-in at Burr House’s Guild Hall. Burr House is the oldest heritage building in Richmond Hill and houses a tea room, gift shop and art gallery, at 530 Carrville Rd. For more, visit www. burrhousefiberarts.com or call 905-884-0327.
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‘Dorothy dream’ alive for student BY KIM ZARZOUR
Sarah Forestieri’s “Dorothy dream” started four years ago. That’s when her imagination was caught by the TV series “How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria?”, a CBC talent competition seeking a performer to play the role of Maria von Trapp in “The Sound of Music”. She was enthralled with the idea of sparring for the spotlight — but at 13, she was too young to take part. So she watched from a distance and dreamed. Until now. The Thornhill student has just learned she is one of 20 candidates to land a spot on the shortlist to compete for the CBC reality show “Over the Rainbow”, a competition for the pivotal role of Dorothy. Ms Forestieri, and another York Region student, Julia Gartha, of Unionville, were cho-
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sen after weeks of national auditions against hundreds of competitors. The top 20 announcement came Tuesday, following national callback auditions, which took place in Toronto last week. “I’m terrified, but very excited,” said Ms Forestieri, who lives in Nobleton and attends St. Elizabeth Catholic High School. The next step is “Dorothy Farm”, an intense acting, dancing, singing bootcamp, and a chance to meet Andrew Lloyd Webber, the musical’s cocreator. “It’s going to be “the summer of a lifetime”, she said and it begins with her three-week stint at New York University studying music. The teenager has been taking singing lessons since she was four, but discovered a love for acting and dancing in high school. A vocal major in the regional arts program at St. Elizabeth, she believes she was chosen because she looks the part and due to her passion for the spotlight. Later this summer, 10 finalists, selected from the shortlist of 20, will be chosen to compete on TV, starting this September. The winner of the series will star in Mr. Webber’s Canadian production of The Wizard of Oz, opening at the Ed Mirvish Theatre in Toronto this December.
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Vaughan mayor’s gala raises $600K 2012 FINAL RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY TAX BILLS The final property tax bills for residential, farmland, managed forest and pipeline properties were mailed on June 27, 2012. DUE DATES:
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This year’s instalment of the mayor’s gala hauled in an estimated $600,000 for local non-profit organizations and the city’s future hospital. A crowd of nearly 1,000 people packed the Paramount Conference and Event Venue for the black tie affair and watched in awe during the auction portion of the evening as two local developers bid $130,000 for dinner with the mayor. That money has already been earmarked for the newly named Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital to be built at the northwest corner of Major Mackenzie Drive and Jane Street.It is approved to go to tender in 2014/2015 with construction expected to follow a year later. Last year’s gala raised about $468,000, while the annual Mayor’s Charity Golf Classic brought in just more than $158,000. The money from the two events was distributed to more than 30 charitable groups.
Teen Schulich standout Markham resident Daniel Hu has been chosen as one of 40 students aross Canada offered the Schulich Leader Scholarship, valued at $60,000. Mr. Hu is a Grade 12 student at Thornhill’s St. Robert Catholic High School in the International Baccalaureate program. He
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A Markham man is one of eight southern Ontario residents charged following a major drug bust in Markham, Toronto, Mississauga and Brantford that netted about $20 million worth of drugs, York Regional Police said. Last November, police launched an investigation of suspected indoor marijuana grow operations at five locations in the GTA and southern Ontario. Early Tuesday afternoon, police searched houses in Markham, Brantford and Toronto and industrial units in Mississauga and Toronto, where they seized 20,000 plants. A 58-year-old Markham man faces charges production of a controlled substance, possession for the purpose of trafficking and possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking. He was to appear in court yesterday.
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Despite warnings from town staff that the formerly unregulated landfill can still pose ongoing risk to the community when it comes to methane gas production and leachate generation, residents who spoke at the meeting said nature is reclaiming the land where they want “endless disruptions” stopped once and for all. “Local residents want nothing to do with the land, except to preserve it,” said Rigby Andrews of the newly formed Settlers Park Residents Association. Mr. Andrews said while they understand the issue, the pilot is a “terrible waste of money” and will destroy the natural habit. “Wrong project, wrong time, wrong place,” he said. “Nature’s working with us, not against us.” However, while methane gas production has declined steadily and dramatically well below the 2.5 per cent compliance level set by the Environment Ministry since the landfill was closed nearly 40 years ago, readings taken last summer spiked from 4 to 14 per cent and 3 to 41 per cent last fall, according to Gary Adamkowski, Markham’s director of asset management. “Explosion — it’s a possibility, however remote,” Mr. Adamkowski said. He said the ministry was concerned enough to ask Markham to monitor methane levels at nearby houses and Bayview Golf and Country Club, “because they are at risk”. Mr. Adamkowski said the proposed pilot would not have been a total disruption of the existing habitat. Instead, he said it’s his understanding the aerobic bioreactor has the potential of stopping methane production “totally and immediately”. “It’s rare to have one so near a residential
development, but it’s not new at all,” he added. “It will be a healthier ecosystem. It may be different, but it’ll be healthier.” But for Kimberly Seymour, who has a methane detector installed in her home, the pilot is an optional experiment that will affect people and wildlife. “Believe me, it’s not a landfill, it’s a park,” she said. No one would argue with that, said Mayor Frank Scarpitti. However, the mayor, the only member of council to vote against what he called Mr. Shore’s “premature” motion, said it’s the town’s fiduciary responsibility to look after residents’ well-being. What methane gas can do, “That’s one picture you are not going to be able to show me,” he said. “We are very concerned for you. To ask for the motion now, it flies in the face of getting the information we need to make the proper decision.” Markham council unanimously endorsed Mr. Scarpitti’s suggestion to defer the installation of a redundancy system and a leachate collection system, as proposed in Mr. Shore’s motion. Mr. Scarpitti also pointed out that under ministry guidelines, Markham doesn’t have authority to bring the landfill into the town’s park system and designate it the German Mills Meadow and Natural Habitat. Currently designated in the official plan as a landfill area producing methane gas with a gas collection system, changing the land use or designation would require ministry approval, commissioner Brenda Librecz said. Mr. Scarpitti’s motion to refer the parkland and natural habitat recognition to staff with the ministry was OK’d by a split vote of 7-6. Councillors Valerie Burke, Howard Shore, Don Hamilton, Colin Campbell, Alan Ho and Logan Kanapathi voted against it.
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Our mild fall and winter and unseasonably warm, dry spring are a one-two punch in favour of
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In the lead-up to the Canada Day holiday, fire prevention officers are hoping celebrators don’t let their fun turn into flames. Not like the revelers who celebrated Victoria day in Thornhill last month and left a local park littered with burn marks and debris. And not like the Vaughan teen whose holiday revelry cost him his eye. Every year, the Ontario Fire Marshal advises residents to leave the fireworks to the professionals. And every year, residents set them off anyway while authorities hold their breath and hope for the best, said Jennifer Lang, Richmond Hill’s fire prevention captain. She’d rather folks not do it on their own — there are plenty of public offerings around — but she knows they’ll do it anyway. And they won’t all do it safely. Sometimes, the mistakes are minor — such as the remnants and stained tarmac at a Thornhill schoolyard after the May 21 holiday. Sometimes, though, they’re more serious, and lead to fires or, as in the case of a Vaughan teen who asked that his name not be used, the loss of an eye. What really upsets the teen’s father is that it’s all preventable. His son was 15 when he purchased fireworks at the local corner store and brought them to a playground at a community event. That was several years ago and he still won’t talk about what happened, (in fact “Canada Day is not a happy day for him. He goes into his room for the day”), but his father assumes he must have been too close when the explosion happened.
TRIED TO SAVE EYE The boy already had a disability, so this accident was devastating and the family went to all corners of the earth to try to save the eye. Literally. They were able to track down the surgeon who operated on the King of Saudi Arabia, but even he could not help, and today his son makes do with an artificial eye. His father tried to take legal action against the vendor, but lawyers told him he had a story, but not a case. His son was alone when he bought the fireworks; with no witness and no receipt, he couldn’t prove the convenience store had illegally sold to a minor. Now he’s convinced the problem has to be tackled at its source. Distributors and manufacturers who sell to corner stores and others who don’t have a permit to sell them should be hit with a substantial fine, he said. They should be subject to just as much
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If you believe fireworks are being set off unsafely this Canada Day weekend, call the York Regional Police non-emergency line at 1-866-876-5423. regulation as handguns, he said. “These are explosives. You can’t sell dynamite on corners. And yet you hear them in fields and parks all the time.” Most municipalities have bylaws allowing fireworks without permits on Victoria Day or Canada Day (or the days before and after), vendors can only sell them in the days leading up to those holidays, vendor licences are required and sales restricted to those 18 or over. Fireworks are also not permitted without a permit in public areas such as parks or streets. But everyone knows it happens, said Gila Martow, a Thornhill optometrist who thinks stronger bylaws are needed. “Last summer there was a group setting them off in the bushes right behind my house in Beverley Glen Park,” she said. “They could easily hit my roof and start a fire. “I wonder at the wisdom of teens lighting these devices unsupervised and close to homes with flammable structures and fences.” She suggests sports fields and dog parks be used for family/neighbourhood displays, with permits and bylaw officers available to patrol. Neighbour and public school board trustee Joel Hertz agreed with the need for better safety enforcement. “I suspect if something just springs up, they don’t have the resources to check all the parks.” John Caruso, Vaughan’s chief fire prevention officer, said that’s part of the problem. “How do we enforce this and not have guards all over the place?...How do we patrol every park in the City of Vaughan?” Permits and bylaws help keep a lid on activity, but enforcement is onerous and the rules don’t eliminate problems altogether, he said. “The issue is how do you control wind and mother nature? The consumers are supposed to do it on their own property and use common sense, not do it on a windy day for example, but they do it anyway.” Albert Chan, Vaughan supervisor of enforcement services, believes firework safety has improved. ”People used to just stick them in the sand in playgrounds,” leading to problems when playground equipment was made of plastic and wood. “We’ve come a long way.”
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It took two days for Milos Raonic to complete his first round match against Santiago Giraldo of Columbia at Wimbledon. But for the 21-year-old Thornhill resident, the wait was worth it after he defeated Giraldo 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 in a match that began Tuesday but was delayed due to rain and was completed Wednesday. Seeded 21st in the tournament and ranked 22nd in the world, Raonic was firmly in control of his match from start to finish, blasting 20 aces and 44 winners against an opponent who has yet to make it past the first round at Wimbledon. Raonic’s next opponent is Sam Querrey of the United States, who won his first round match over Vasek Pospisil of Vancouver 7-5, 6-7(5), 6-3, 6-4.
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Markham resident Gary Kwok raced his way to his first Pirelli World Challenge Touring Car win. Andre Rapone of Thornhill claimed his third Touring Car-B victory of the Motul CTMP Grand Prix weekend Sunday. Kwok’s Honda Civic Si crossed the finish line first during Saturday’s second Touring Car race, but
was found to be underweight in postrace technical inspection and was disqualified. The following day though, Kwok made sure the victory stuck, racing away to a 2.508-second victory in the 40-minute timed race that lasted 26 laps and 63.934 miles. Kwok averaged 93.765 miles per hour in the caution-free race on the
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RNs and RPNs Are you looking for a new opportunity? Would you like to work in a unique hospital setting? If so, we have casual part-time positions available in the Nursing Unit for evenings and nights, and in the Operating Room.
Come join our team, we value our employees!!! SHOULDICE HOSPITAL A world-class hospital specializing in hernia repairs Located in Thornhill, Ontario Please forward your resume and reason for your interest in our organization to:
Vicky Fojas, Director of Nursing 7750 Bayview Avenue, Thornhill, Ontario L3T 4A3 Telephone: 905 695-4967 Fax: 905 889-4216 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org General Help
GRASS CUTTING FOREMAN (M/F)
Responsible, punctual, hold G License, must provide a clean abstract. Experience backing up trailers. Min. 2 yr. grass cutting experience. To start immediately. Fax resume to: 905-649-1415 or email to: email@example.com
York Region Media Group, a division of Metroland Media Group (a wholly-owned subsidiary of Torstar Corporation), is a dynamic media company delivering vital business and community information to millions of readers across Ontario each week. With over 100 newspapers, countless advertising venues, numerous distribution networks, and the Internet and web publishing, no target is unreachable. The Classified/ Inside Advertising Sales Representative is responsible for servicing and growing our client base and will increase sales revenue through new business development. This is an inside sales position that is responsible for taking incoming sales calls and making outbound sales calls for our numerous advertising opportunities. Position Accountabilities: • Provide our valued customers with creative and effective advertising solutions and play a key role in the overall success of our organization • Responsible for ongoing sales with clients and able to concurrently manage both sales and administrative processes • Handle incoming sales calls • Prospect for new accounts including researching advertisers in competing publications and reviewing new businesses in the area • Create proposals for prospective advertisers through compelling business cases • Assist clients in ad designs and co-ordinate the execution of these ads with the Production department • Attain and/or surpass sales targets • Address client concerns in a timely and professional manner Competencies, Skills and Experience: We are looking for someone who is action-oriented, driven for results, able to learn on the fly, customer-focused, composed and creative. In addition, the ideal candidate will have the following skills: • Excellent product and industry knowledge • Superior customer service skills • Ability to build and develop effective relationships within the team and with clients • Strong sales and telephone skills • A proven history of achieving and surpassing sales targets, with an unprecedented drive for results • Solid organizational and time-management skills with the ability to multi-task • Ability to work in a fast-paced, deadline-oriented environment • Ability to concurrently manage both sales and administrative responsibilities • Previous experience in a sales position would be an asset What We Offer: • Development and opportunities for advancement • Base rate plus commission structure, unlimited earning potential, sales incentives & contests • Benefit program, including pension and competitive vacation/paid time off provisions
Join a winning team with unprecedented success! If working with a highly-energized, competitive team and market is your ideal environment, please email your resume to: firstname.lastname@example.org no later than June 29, 2012. Metroland is an equal opportunity employer. We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.
Health Care/ Medical FT MEDICAL Receptionist for Markham Heritage Health Clinic. Family physician/walk-in clinic, daytime hours. One year EMR experience required. Seeking a fast learner, multi-tasker, organized team player. Send resume with salary expectations to: email@example.com
Apartments for Rent BAYVIEW/ ELGIN Mills- 2 bedroom basement, separate entrance, laundry, parking, cable. Suits single/ couple Non-smoking/ pets. Immediately. $850. 905-770-8206, 416-358-8559
BAYVIEW/ ELGIN MillsTwo renovated 1 bedroom basement apartments. $750. inclusive (suit sinGeneral Help gle). $850. inclusive (suit couple) separate entrances. EXPERIENCED CARPEN- 905-237-1103 TER for VIP Railings in Concord. Manufacturing OAK RIDGES- By Lake wood handrails. Great Wilcox. Luxury 1 bedroom wages. Send resume to: basement, laundry, firstname.lastname@example.org ing. Non-smoking/ pets. fax 905-669-9450 or call $1300. inclusive. Immediate. (905)883-1236 905-669-9666 ext 231 gottarent.com
Apt/Condos for Sale
OAK RIDGES- Large, bright 2 bedroom walkout basement. $725+ 1/3 CONDO AVAILABLE- 2 utilities. Available. No bedroom+ sunroom, 33 smoking/ pets. Please call Weldrick Road E. Private 416-454-6447 Sale. Call 905-727-9969 RICHMOND HILL- (BaAsking $379,900. thurst & King Rd.) Walkout bachelor in new townApartments for house. Parking, laundry, Rent transit. No smoking/ pets. Immediate. $700.+ 42 BOND- Oak Ridges. 416-829-7757 Bright, renovated, large, 1 bedroom upper, 2 parking, RICHMOND HILL North- 1 laundry, separate en- bedroom apartment on trance, quiet. August1, Lake Wilcox. Non-smok$975. inclusive. ing/ pets. $800. all inclu905-773-2822 sive. 416-707-0931
Apartments for Rent
Auctions & Sales
Marble/Granite shop requires experienced BENCH WORKER Minimum 3-5 years experience Call 905-669-9575
ORDER TAKERS Wanted for taxi company. Evenings and weekends. Fax resume to Denis 905-889-6919 Articles for Sale HOT TUB/SPA 2012 model, fully loaded, full warranty. New in plastic. Cost $8,000 Sacrifice $3,900. Call: 416-779-0563
Vehicles Wanted/ Wrecking $300 TO $1000Dead/ Alive. Cars/ trucks/ vans. Fast Free towing. We sell parts. 416-500-5050
Domestic Help Available
DIANA QUALITY Cleaning New/ old homes. Environmentally friendly. Detailed cleaning. Call Diana 647-409-1818. Mon- Sun.
Escort Services ASIAN BEAUTIES- Escort service. Busty, sexy. Great deals, 24/7. Out calls only. 905-695-9089
LIFEGUARDS SUMMER 2012 N.L.S. - North York, Scarborough, Hillcrest Mall, Bayview/Sheppard, Bayview/Hwy#7, Bathurst/ Steeles & Markham Rd./ Sheppard areas. 416-225-5407
RICHMOND HILL- Beautiful 3 bedroom upper townhouse. $1600 includes utilities, cable, internet. 1 parking. August 1. Ryis CASH PAID for scrap cars and trucks. We also sell Properties 905-727-1102. parts. Don Mills Steel (905)887-5821 YONGE/ ELGIN Mills- 2 bedroom basement. $825. inclusive. Cable, laundry, Tutoring parking, separate entrance. Near transit/ shopping. Non-smoking/ pets. IMPROVE Immediate. (905)780-8273 Math/ Science/ Business Get tutored by experienced professor/ teacher. YONGE/ KING Side RoadSpecial summer Oak Ridges- newly renopackage available! vated 2 bedroom second 416-726-5327 floor apartment, veranda. Immediate. $900.+ utilities. 416-783-9557 NEED SUMMER tutoring?? Certified High School English/ ESL Condos for Rent Teacher. Available immediately. Call James at HWY#7/ 407/ Yonge- fur- 416-929-6790 nished 1 bedroom, 3rd floor. Parking, locker. 5 appliances, gym, jacuzzi. Summer School Credits Math, Chemistry,Biology, August 1st. $1350 all incluEnglish, French, Spanish sive. 905-731-0801 905-787-9720 www.quantumacademy.ca Office/ Business Space for Rent/ Wanted OFFICE SPACE available, Richmond Hill Medical Clinic, ideal for regulated health professional. Reply to: job@richmondhillheadache. com
Auctions & Sales
$$MONEY$$ CONSOLIDATE Debts Mortgages to 90% No income, Bad credit OK! Better Option Mortgage #10969 1-800-282-1169 www.mortgageontario.com
Home Renovations COMPLETE RENOVATIONS- Additions. Basements. Medical Clinics: Dentistry; Vet Clinic; Chiropractic. Professional. Low price. (416)427-2308 Sean.
HOME RENO. 25 years exp. Basement. Kitchen. Bathroom. Drywall. Painting. Call Cam APPLIANCE/ TV Repairs 647-388-1866 (Since 1988) Free Esti- www.hongfuconstruction.com mates! Warranty. Credit cards. TVs, fridges, stoves, Moving & Storage dishwashers, washers, dryers, airconditioning/ heating. (905)201-8181/ A-PARRIS MOVERS(416)266-6122 Long/short, big/small, residential/ condos/ commercial. Quality Cleaning/Janitorial service. Affordable/ reliable. 905-758-2848, 416-677-2848 A CRYSTAL Cleaning exwww. perience- Homes, Offices. Insured/ bonded. Supplies parrishomesolutions.com provided. 15% discount. CITY MOVERS: (647)500-2260 for details. Two men, 16' truck. $40/hr. ABSOLUTELY BEST No hidden fees. cleaning ladies available. Flat rate available. Honest & hard working, at(416)816-4132 tention to detail, insured/ email@example.com bonded. 416-897-6782.
Appliance Repairs/ Installation
PAY L E S S 4 C L E A N I N G RESIDENTIAL & Commercial, bonded, insured, reliable, references. Free estimate, affordable. Ludmila 647-267-2340
Decks & Fences DECKS, Shed, Concrete/ Stone walkway. Hardwood/ Laminate floors 25 years experience. 416-522-8034, 905-787-0236 http://fifieldconstruction. wikispaces.com/
Handy Person SKILLED HANDYMANExperienced, 30 years Painting, drywall, tile repairs, crown mouldings, carpentry, bathrooms & basements. Wayne: (905)508-9823
Home Renovations A-HANDYMANKitchen & Bathroom renovations, plumbing, electrical, hardwood/ laminate flooring. Excellent quality. Reasonable price. 416-845-1556.
Painting & Decorating $300 for 3 rooms Pro Paint Team. and Stucco removal. 25yrs. experience. Best Quality. Call Rick: 416-999-7009, 905-216-6354 ABSOLUTELY amazing painters at bargain prices! Spring special $100/ room. Quick, clean, reliable. Free estimates! Second to None Painting 905-265-7738
Plumbing E M E R G E N C Y CLOGGED drain, leaky pipe. 25 years experience. Licensed/ insured. Credit card accepted. James Chen 647-519-9506 SEMI-RETIRED MASTER plumber. Experienced. Courteous. No job too small! Licensed and insured. Reasonable rates. 416-948-6536
Tree/ Stump Service
AFFORDABLE TREE Service: Tree removal & trimming Landscaping services - Junk removal Handyman Services - Free ALL IMPROVEMENTS- Estimates 416-822-7172 Fences, decks, painting, plumbing, waterproofing, QUALITY TREE care serconcrete. Basements our vice. Specializing: tree/ Specialty. Established shrub pruning, trimming, 1979. Seniors 20% off. mulching, maintenance. (905)237-6171 I.S.A Certified Arborist. (647)297-8559 ALL JUNK Removal- Basements, yards, garag- Waste Removal es. General cleanups, lawn cutting, small moves, odd jobs. (905)832-9655 MR. KING'S JUNK REMOVAL- Fast, reliable, ALL YOUR masonry same day pick up. Why needs: Brick, blocks, spend more somewhere stonework, chimney re- else? Seniors Discounts! pairs. 28 years experience. Call Vincent 647-216-KING (5464) Call Paul (416)732-0802
Your FAITH Community
MIDDLETON, Lloyd The family of Lloyd Middleton are very sad to announce his passing on June 21, 2012 at the age of 82. A gathering in his memory will be held on Saturday, July 14th, 2012 from 1-5 p.m. at the Royal Canadian Legion, 233 Centre Street, Richmond Hill. Public Notices
Holy Trinity Anglican Cemetery
Holy Trinity Anglican Cemetery has submitted an application to the Registrar of the Cemeteries Act (Revised) for the following unused interment rights to be declared abandoned Any interested parties may contact Holy Trinity Church at 905-889-5931 for information. Inquiries made also be directed to the Registrar, Cemeteries Act (Revised) at 5775 Yonge Street, Suite 1500, Toronto, ON M7A 2E5 lots 117A, 117B - Charles Sawden lots 324A,324B - Stephenson lots 118B, 118C - Miss Drury lot 264B - John Holdsworth lots 19A, 19B - Walter Stephenson lot 3B - Richards lot 20A-A - Rev Thomas Ball lot 163 - A. Spofford
YARD SALE & COMMUNITY FUN DAY Richmond Hill Pentecostal Church 65 Baif Blvd. Saturday, June 30th 8am — 3pm Fire Truck/Firemen
Arts Bible Camp Aug. 27-31 2012 Located at
St. Mary's Anglican Church 10030 Yonge St. Richmond Hill Ontario L4C 1T8
Arts Bible Camp is taking registrations now. We offer a full day program August 27-31st 9am-4pm Ages 5 through 12yrs. Bible camp includes instruction in music, visual art, theatre and dance. Daily Bible reading, hymn singing, and liturgical study are part of our daily program. One week fee: $98.00 Enroll early !
Kelner's Appliance Service Ltd. Repairs to all makes and models
Washers ~ Dryers Dishwashers ~ Stoves Dishwasher Installation
Same Day Service
CONCRETE & PAVING
CONCRETE IMPRESSIONS Stamped concrete for as low as $8./ sq.ft.
Garage Floors • Driveways • Basement Walkouts Walkways • Waterprooﬁng • Patios Over 30 years experience We leave "Good Impressions" Insured • Free Estimates • References
OAK RIDGES- 300 King Road. Sat., Sun.+ Monday, 8am. Moving Sale. Lots of tools, etc. RICHMOND HILL27 Mocha Cres, 60 Falling River Drive, June 30th, 8am-2pm. Cheap toys, furniture, kids' clothes.
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DRAPES & UPHOLSTERY
75% off California Shutters
2" Horizontal Blinds
50% off Crown Moulding 20 years experience. Custom Drapes. All kinds of repairs.
Call Brian (905)770-9363
G.C.S. Electrical Services Service changes, panel changes, additions, renovations, master electrician Free Estimates Call Jerry
Repairs Almost Anything! Bathroom/ Kitchen Renovations. Plumbing. Ceramics. Backsplash. Ceiling Spraying, Crown Moulding. Flooring. Garage Openers. Appliance Repair / Installations.
HAPPY HOME HANDYMAN Ceramics/ Backsplash Showers/Washrooms Kitchens/Rough-Trim Carpentry/Drywall Repairs /Plumbing/Toilets, Sinks, Faucets Painting/Masonry Waterproofing FENCES & DECKS 647-297-5275 ~ 905-884-4936 WATERPROOFING
Basement leaking, cracks, repairs Sealing inside and out All work guaranteed. FREE ESTIMATE
FRED'S ROOFERS INC. •Licensed •Free Estimates •Shingles •Flats •Roof Repairs •Chimneys •Skylights •Eavestroughing
All work guaranteed. 20 years experience. Insured ~ WSIB
Call Fred: Cell: 416-567-7387 Ofﬁce: 905-918-1100, 1-877-264-3400
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7625 MARTIN GROVE RD.
100 AUTO VAUGHAN DR.
(IN #7 AUTO BLVD.)
(JANE N. OF RUTHERFORD)
(JUST N. OF ELGIN MILLS)
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STOUFFVILLE RD / MAIN
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