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Residents in the Settlers Park community are hopeful their cherished greenspace, slated for an aer-

obic bioreactor pilot project, will be preserved after a motion was tabled at Markham council Tuesday night. The motion, introduced by Thornhill Councillor Howard

Shore, calls for the former Sabiston landfill site, near John and Leslie streets, to be recognized and preserved as a unique natural habitat. The motion, to be voted on by councillors June 26, makes several

stipulations, including: • That the town no longer consider aerobic technology for the landfill; • The land formally be brought See GREEN, page 28.

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Markham could increase the size of its council from the current eight local wards in the next municipal election. But the possibility of an extra ward doesn’t sit well with at least one councillor. Deputy Mayor Jack Heath said Markham should tell the consultant they are going to hire to work within the existing eight wards: “We are satisfied with 13 (members of council) and let’s see what you can do with it,” he said. On Tuesday, Markham’s town councillors gave staff the OK to hire Dr. Robert Williams, professor emeritus of political science at the University of Waterloo, at the cost of more than $30,000 to review the town’s current ward boundaries.

NEW WARD? MAYBE The review won’t necessarily result in a recommendation for a new ward, as it will also look at the possibility of adjusting the current ward boundaries to ensure effective representation. “At the end of the process, two or three councillors are not gonna be happy that their workload could double,” Mayor Frank Scarpitti said. Markham’s current system of eight wards was adopted in 1997 and realigned in 2005. See TAKE, page 30.

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arents across Ontario are feeling unprecedented pressure to open their wallets for school fundraising as families shell out money for everything from crayons and Kleenex to computers and playground equipment. “Today, there’s a bigger burden than ever before,” Progressive Conservative education critic Lisa MacLeod said. “Parents are paying (more than) half a billion bucks out of their own pockets each year for essential learning tools.” Bake sales, car washes and pizza lunches generate tens of millions of dollars in fundraising that is supposed to enrich — not replace — public funding. And “the amount of extra monies that are being raised for school purposes is steadily increasing,” the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association stated. “The trend is undeniable.” Parents do “have a role to play in actually augmenting the school budget,” said Annie Kidder, executive director of People for Education, a parent-led advocacy group. But she believes the education system is taking advantage of parents’ willingness and ability to be involved, assuming they will put in that extra time and money. Many parents agree. School boards know parents will fundraise, said Oshawa dad Steve Rockbrune, who believes parents will work hard to give their kids the best they can provide. “That’s why they put the squeeze on us,” said Mr. Rockbrune, who was surprised when his daughter, who attends Harmony Public School, came home at the start of the year with a note requesting donations of Kleenex and glue, basic classroom

included: LCD-mounted projectors, Macintosh computers, iPads, iTune gift cards, DVDs for the library and yoga kits for the primary students. Many parents say they are feeling the pinch with schools continually asking for more money. It can seem endless, said Greg Weiler, a father of two at the primary level and president for the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) in Waterloo. “I can’t think of a week where there isn’t some fundraising initiative,” Mr. Weiler said. “It puts an unrealistic expectation on parents and family and the community.” NDP education critic Peter Tabuns believes the government relies on parents to fundraise. “You almost think they quietly approve. This is a way of reducing the pressure on them for proper funding of education. Leave it to the parents. The parents will raise the money and won’t squawk about the fact that their school isn’t getting METROLAND STAFF/KAZ NOVAK enough. But it means a lot of chilA student makes a presentation using a laptop computer and whiteboard. These are some of the items for dren get shortchanged.” However, not everyone agrees which schools fundraise. that the problem is a funding shortfall. Joe Allin, chairperson of SCHOOL FUNDRAISING: Bake sale bonanza the Durham District School Board, This chart shows the amount of money parents, students and teachers generated in 11 boards last believes current government fundyear through fundraising for everything from crayons to SMART boards for their schools. The almost ing is sufficient and fundraising is 800 schools took in more than $26 million through a range of events including bake sales, pizza days, auctions and dance-a-thons. That fundraising money is 21 per cent of the total of $125.5 million a long-standing practice in schools in extra revenue that the 11 boards brought in from all sources — known as school-generated funds.* that will take place no matter what. “I’m not convinced it’s associated A three-part series MONEY TOTAL with need,” Mr. Allin said. “That isn’t on school fundraising practices NUMBER RAISED SCHOOLto say there aren’t needs. I’d say it OF GENERATED THROUGH FUNDRAISING SCHOOLS REVENUE would go on regardless of the level of JUNE 7: Inequality in funding SCHOOL BOARD In $ millions In $ millions funding that comes into schools.” Fundraising is a way for parents JUNE 14: Feeling the pinch Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario 1.0 4.9 49 to be active and feel like they’re conDufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board 2.5 25.2 146 JUNE 21: Funding starts with province tributing to their child’s school, said Halton Catholic District School Board 1.5 11.2 49 Ms Kidder, of People for Education. Halton District School Board 6.5 19.0 98 “It’s a really nice ... way to be staples. Parents said drumming up involved in our kids’ school.” Hamilton Wentworth Catholic District School Board 1.7 9.5 57 dollars isn’t the most popular task. In Woodbridge, St. Clare CathoHamilton Wentworth District School Board 3.3 12.7 113 “Nobody really ever wants to take lic School spent funds on school on the job of fundraising because it’s Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board 2.2 9.9 94 improvements, arts enrichment, a lot of work,” said Catherine Scott, Nipissing-Parry Sound Catholic District School Board 0.24 1.1 13 security cameras and healthy-living fundraising committee co-chairinitiatives such as yoga in recent Trillium Lakelands District School Board 1.3 5.9 48 person at Roch Carrier Elementary years, according to a school council Wellington Catholic District School Board 1.2 3.2 20 School in Ottawa. letter to the community. “Fundrais“And yet we need classroom York Catholic District School Board 4.8 22.9 101 ing is so important to our school,” resources; we need new technology; TOTAL 26.24 125.5 788 the school council stated. “Through we need to keep our school grounds it, our children are able to access up; spend money on paint for hop*School-generated funds are the extra dollars over and above what the province provides in public funding. many enhanced resources and proThis revenue comes from things like student fees, cafeterias, fundraising, sponsorships and other activities. scotch and four square in the playgrams that only serve to enrich their NOTE: Of 28 school boards surveyed for this Metroland Special Report, these 11 were the only ones that provided fundraising totals. ground — and there’s no money in educational experience.” the school budget for those things.” SOURCES: VARIOUS ONTARIO SCHOOL BOARDS, 2010-2011 FIGURES Rosie-Ann Grover, Dean Tweed // THE HAMILTON SPECTATOR The Ministry of Education doesn’t In the York District School Board, consider technology an essential the Bayview Hill Elementary school dergarten play structure in the past item for schools. 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Speaking about his disturbing experiences takes its toll. “It takes a piece out of him,” his wife, Regina said. “I feel fine, don’t worry about it,” he said, speaking from his Thornhill condominium. But he admits in his book he does not sleep well because when he closes his eyes at night, he still sees scenes from the Holocaust. He came to Canada in April 1949 knowing no English. “My life started in Canada,” he said. “It is the greatest country in the world.” Mr. Opatowski decided he wanted to talk to students after visiting Auschwitz about eight years ago with people from Toronto’s Christian community. He stood in front of a crematorium and spoke to the group about his experience and they reacted so powerfully that he decided he wanted to speak to students, too. He also wanted to educate students out of respect for those who died during the Holocaust. In the end, he was the only member of his immediate family to survive the war. His parents, who were both in their 40s, died as did his 10-year-old brother who died of starvation. “I feel I owe something to these people who deserve to be remembered,” he said. In the end, the message he hopes students take with them after one of his talks is a message of compassion. “When you see someone lying on the ground, don’t kick him. Lift him up — whoever it is, a Jew, a gypsy. We humans don’t deserve another Holocaust.” Mr. Opatowski, who has lived in Thornhill 25 years, attended the Toronto Jewish Book Fair earlier this month for a presentation of five recently published Holocaust memoirs.

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When Felix Opatowski spoke to a Grade 11 class via Skype recently, the students made him cry. “Because they were crying, I got teared up. Tears of happiness that they took it to their heart,” he said. Mr. Opatowski, an 88-year-old Thornhill resident, is author of Gatehouse to Hell, a 165page memoir telling his story of struggling to survive during the Holocaust. The book won an award for excellence in independent publishing. It was published by the Azrieli Foundation, a non-profit organization established in 2005 to preserve, publish and share the memoirs of Holocaust survivors who came to Canada. Mr. Opatowski was only 15 when he smuggled goods out of the Lodz ghetto in exchange for food for his starving family. It was a skill that helped him stay alive in Nazi-occupied Poland and also helped him to endure terrible months in the ghetto and slave labour camps before he was deported to Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp in spring of 1943. He spoke to students at Holy Rosary High School in Lloydminster, AB May 24 about his experiences via video conference. The students had just finished reading his book. “They were mesmerized. They were in awe,” said Elin Beaumont, outreach and communications manager for the Azrieli Foundation’s Holocaust Survivor Memoirs Program. “It brought the words to life. They could have gone on for another 1-1/2 hours”. “They did not want to leave,” Mr. Opatowski said. “They were still sitting and they did not turn off the screen. It was moving,” he said. Holy Rosary High School student Dominic Sims understands the importance of hearing a Holocaust survivor speak. “Our generation is one of the last who will have the opportunity to talk directly to someone who survived the Holocaust,” the 17 year old said. “We will be the last people to ask questions and gain this perspective as we learn about it from someone who went through it first-hand. We will take what we learn and help spread the word of what happened. Not many people can say they actually talked to a Holocaust survivor. That is crazy extraordinary. I feel so special to be able to speak to him, just to learn from him one-on-one.” Mr. Opatowski took incredible risks to stay alive, help others and be part of an underground movement that blew up a crematorium at Auschwitz in Oct. 1944. For his part in the plot, he was tortured by the Gestapo. His fingernails were removed and he was beaten and left for dead. The beating was so severe that his eye popped out of his head. Because of the beating, he was left deaf in one ear and blind in one eye. He also suffered intense hunger. When American soldiers liberated prisoners at Ebensee Concentration Camp in Austria, they found that inmates had been so hungry,they had eaten the bark from trees, grass and soft stones.

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The courage and outspokenness of a small group of Richmond Hill activists deserve commendation this spring, especially as their issue is poised to be raised on Parliament Hill next week. Lyme disease is a tick-bourne illness that has left sufferers dealing with confusing, mysterious, but serious effects and a health system that barely recognizes the disease symptoms and offers few treatment solutions. Green Party Leader Elizabeth May plans to introduce a private members bill June 20 calling for development of a national strategy to ensure timely diagnosis of Lyme disease and its symptoms. It was just last fall when a Richmond Hill lyme sufferer, Bruce Shilton, who became housebound and had to give up his job as a judge, spoke out in an article in this newspaper about his personal plight. As well as courageously allowing himself to be publicly exposed as one of the faces of Lyme disease, he bemoaned the amount of money and publicity devoted to West Nile disease, wishing that at least some attention were paid to the tiny tick that made him and others acutely ill. He must be pleased that the Region of York has just embarked on an awareness campaign with full-page newspaper ads

LETTER TO EDITOR Maybe MPPs should be getting pay cut, too? Re: Eye surgeon sounds alarm on OHIP cuts, June 7. It seems that MPPs Helena Jaczek, Deb Matthews and the McGuinty government’s main justification for cutting the specialists’ fees is that technology has made their job easier. If that were the case then logically since physicians are clearly not the exclusive beneficiaries of technology improvements, everyone’s pay should be reduced including those of our MPPs. Has this happened? Obviously not. The overwhelming fees and prices of the majority of services and products (except maybe flat screen TVs) have not gone down in spite of technology. Not to mention the $16,000 to $49,000 (please Google) raise the Liberal caucus quietly gave to themselves on Remembrance Day, November 2011. Lest we forget.

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and website warnings on recognizing and avoiding Lyme disease. The region also started a vector-borne disease program in May, focusing on both West Nile virus and Lyme disease surveillance, education and mosquito control. These tangible actions are welcome responses to groups such as the Richmond Hill lyme support group and the new York Region Lyme Alliance. Community crusader Josephine Vaccaro-Chang especially deserves commendation for her personal, public work to spread the word about the lyme group, its fundraisers and monthly meetings. These groups have sprung up after the death of Vaughan winery owner Gabe Magnotta due to Lyme disease and the sad tales of many other children and adult sufferers have come to light. His wife Rossana carries on the fight. Richmond Hill council, among 100 other municipalities, endorsed a call last fall for the Ontario government to promote more awareness and help provide better testing and therapies for sufferers. All these voices raised together will help lyme sufferers feel they are “lyme leppers” no longer and encourage families to take precautions against the tiny tick that spreads huge suffering in York and beyond.

Responsible pet owners are creative By now everyone in the GTA has heard about the horrible incident where a young dog died after being left in a vehicle at Vaughan Mills last Sunday, a searingly hot and humid day. I’ll not dwell on the sad, senseless details, but do want to offer a story that illustrates the opposite side of the coin — a very caring and responsible dog owner. The owner is my daughter and right up front I must confess that neither my husband nor I were pleased when she announced that she was the proud owner of a dog. This is the young graduate — many of you readers will recall previous columns — who can barely put food in her own mouth, much less take care of the food, shots, vet bills and all the expenses that are part of responsible dog ownership. But as with many things in life, we’ve been told it’s all her parents’ fault, as she says we uncaring, stubborn parents refused to give in to her childhood entreaties for a pet, so as soon as she was out on her own, of course, she got a dog. But back to the story. One day last month — after an unseasonable string of very hot May days — my daughter had a job interview in Toronto. She lined up two friends in London,

Marney Beck where she lives, to take care of her dog for the day, as the interview was for 9 a.m. in downtown and she didn’t know how long it would take her to complete the interview and drive back to London. So very early the day of the interview, she called her girlfriend to say she was bringing over her dog, Bruno. No answer. She tried the girl’s boyfriend. No answer. So she drove over to their place with her dog, thinking they were asleep. She found, to her horror, their apartment was on fire. They were standing outside crying as their possessions were burning inside. (I swear, I’m not making this up.)

What to do? Our quick-thinking daughter drove back to her apartment, snapped on her computer, found a website of a Toronto woman who dogsits, and called her ... and remember, this was not yet 7 a.m. The woman answered, my daughter explained her predicament. Bring the dog to Toronto, says the dogsitter, promising to meet her and her dog outside the Eaton Centre. It’s a huge mall, how to recognize each other? No problem, just as people hold signs at airports to greet people they don’t know, the dogsitter stood out on some corner with a large sign “Bruno” to help my daughter find her. So while my daughter completed her interview, this kind woman watched over the dog, then returned him, all for the incredible sum of $15. It’s amazing on so many levels. (I’ve told my daughter to put a testimonial on the woman’s website, hopefully she did.) The point is, my daughter would never, EVER leave her beloved dog in her hot vehicle for any reason, even an important job interview. Thank goodness there are many responsible, creative and caring dog owners like her.


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While York Regional Police officers are keeping their eyes open for an an emerging drug nicknamed “bath salts”, widely speculated to be behind a horrific face-eating attack, the drug hasn’t shown up here. But the ease of getting the drug, the active ingredient of which is not yet illegal in Canada, means there is the potential it could show up here, Det.-Sgt. Henry deRuiter said. Some believe Rudy Eugene, 31, was high on bath salts, when he attacked Ronald Poppo, 65, and chewed off part of his face in Miami May 26, the Miami Herald reported. CBC has also unearthed recreational use of bath salts in Nova Scotia.

Ottawa is moving to regulate that active ingredient — MDPV — under the federal Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq said this week. “Bath salts”, which can cause psychotic symptoms and dangerous behavior are so nicknamed because they resemble bath salts sold in stores, according to Ottawa. The federal government wants to place MDVP in the same category as heroin and cocaine. That could occur as early as this autumn. You have until July 10 to comment on Ottawa’s proposal to regulate MDVP. Find reporter Joe Fantauzzi on Twitter @yorkcrime

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For the first time, the Central Local Health Integration Network, including Markham Stouffville Hospital, York Central and Southlake, has met all seven performance targets set by the Ontario Health and Long-term Care Ministry, including both surgical and diagnostic wait times. In fact, the local LHIN is the first of Ontario’s 14 to do so. The greatest improvement has been made in diagnostic MRI scanning wait times. Last year, some patients waited up to 184 days to have a diagnostic MRI scan at York Central Hospital but now that number has decreased to 28 days. This is just one of the improvements in wait times facilities have made. More than 90 per cent of patients are waiting 40 days for cardiac bypass surgery, compared to 61 days last year; 26 days for a CT scan, compared to 30; and 150 days for knee replacement surgery, compared to 167. The Central LHIN attributes the achievement to using a collaborative approach through the creation of a wait times strategic planning group made up of senior membership from each hospital, Cen-

WAIT TIMES Average wait times in Central LHIN hospitals measured in days:

2010-11 target ‘11-12 MRI Scan 127 112 66 Bypass surgery 61 63 40 CT Scan 30 34 26 Hip replace 150 139 131 Knee replace 167 154 150 Cataract surgery 89 102 80 Cancer surgery 41 47 38 tral Community Care Access Centre and LHIN staff. The group, formed in 2010, develops strategies to improve performance, decides how best to spend wait time funding, reviews collected data and comes up with innovative solutions to help manage service demands. The effort has paid off, with the proof being in the numbers, Central LHIN CEO Kim Baker said. “Our hospitals are ensuring effective processes are in place to prioritize at a system level such services as cancer, cardiac bypass and hip and knee replacement surgeries,” she said. The hospitals have allocat-

ed more resources and operating room blocks to meet patient needs and have conducted assessments in use to find efficiencies. The LHIN has funded additional cataract, hip and knee surgeries and diagnostic CT and MRI scans with urgent priority funds to help achieve the targets and keep up with the increasing demand for services. All hospitals with an MRI machine are participating in the provincial MRI process improvement project to further improve wait times and share best practices. Southlake is fundraising for a second MRI machine that will increase the number of patients the hospital can serve in less time. But to cope with the current volume of patients needing scans, the hospital has a mobile MRI unit housed in front of the hospital. York Central also has a mobile unit to cope with MRI needs. “We are working to ensure people have access to the right care at the right time and in the right place,” Ms Baker said. “I’m proud of the progress that has been made and we will continue to work collaboratively with our health service providers to attain positive results.”

You can’t teach a new dog old tricks It takes time for that new puppy to learn what you expect; time for them to become part of the family. The same is true for teamwork. It takes time for a team to become like family. We’ve been around a decade and some of our team have been with us from the very beginning. Just like an old pair of slippers they know each other as well as they know themselves. They know that you don’t live in their building; they work in your home. You can count on them around the clock; from the professional nursing staff to the on-duty concierge. They’ll anticipate your needs and offer a little extra help when you need it. Just like our intimate low rise building we’re all down to earth and we’ve got some old tricks up our sleeve.

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COUNCIL: New policy would call for names that are easy to pronounce, not more than 10 characters

City eyes policy to curb oddball street names BY ADAM MARTIN-ROBBINS

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The city of Vaughan is moving to put a stop to the growing number of bizarre street names in Vaughan. A new policy imposing stricter parameters for naming streets spells out the criteria for gifting naming rights, including a limit of one street name donation per plan of subdivision or site plan application, if the street is not within a

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subdivision. The policy also restricts donations of naming rights to charities or fundraising events based in Vaughan. The move comes after Maple/ Kleinburg Councillor Marilyn Iafrate raised concerns more than a year ago about developers gifting street naming rights to support charities or fundraisers. The new guidelines require that street names use conventional spellings, be easily pronounced, not exceed 10 characters as well as encouraging names to be based on a theme honouring local history and culture, places, geography or natural features. There are also parameters around names to avoid including business and corporate names; discriminatory or derogatory names; names with hyphens, dashes or apostrophes and names of people, including first or last names, except where the person is deceased and was of historical significance in the

world, Canada or the local area. Names of living people can be proposed to honour someone who has made a significant achievement in their life, but only in “extraordinary cases�. That last clause bothered some council members. Regional Councillor Deb Schulte said the city may find itself in an awkward spot if it allows streets to be named after people who are still alive.

TAKE AWAY RISK “I know it covers it by saying in extraordinary circumstances, but it could potentially put us in difficulty,� she said. “There’s a lot of people who have been admired in their early years for wonderful achievements and then gotten themselves into some difficulty in later years.� She pointed to Brampton where a boulevard was named after former mayor Peter Robertson. He was later charged with acting as a real estate broker without being regis-

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tered to do so. The charges were eventually stayed because the case took too long to get to trial, but the stigma lingers. Ms Schulte moved to have the clause stricken from the policy. “It takes that whole risk away,� she said. “Yes, it does deny us the right to name something after someone who has done a significant achievement that we may want to recognize. But I’m just so worried that we do that and then 20 or 30 years down the road that street becomes a challenge because that person has gotten themselves into pickles. It’s happened over and over and over again.� The majority of committee disagreed and rejected Ms Schulte’s recommendation. “... You’re right, it’s happened in the past, but it’s also true that a lot of people live lives that are incredibly rewarding and fulfilling to the community and why should they be denied the right to be honoured?� Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua said. “It’s just a question of which perspective you come from. I come from a perspective of, if somebody’s achieved something worthy of an honour, then you give it to them.� Council still has to ratify the new policy.

Quebec man charged in cyclist hit-run Police have laid charges in a hitand-run crash last week that injured a cyclist in Vaughan. A cyclist was found on Dufferin Street north of Major Mackenzie Drive West at about 11 p.m. June 5. The 52-year-old Toronto man, who had been riding a yellow recumbent cab-bike, was badly injured and taken to hospital, where he is still recovering from serious injuries. A 63-year-old man from Vaudreuil-Dorion, Que., turned himself in to police this week. He is charged with failing to stop at the scene of an accident causing bodily harm and failing to stop at the scene of an accident. Under the Highway Traffic Act, he faces more charges, including failing to remain and failing to report a collision. He appears in a Newmarket courtroom June 28. If you have information about the crash, call police at 1-866-876-5423, ext. 7703, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS, leave an anonymous tip at 1800222tips.com or text your tip by sending TIPYORK and your message to CRIMES (274637). You can also send an e-mail to traffic@yrp.ca.

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Friday, June 15 A benefit concert — Takin’ a Ride on Broadway — will be presented June 15 at Richmond Hill Presbyterian Church, 10066 Yonge St., just north of Major Mackenzie Drive at 7 p.m. featuring Broadway tunes from Wicked, Phantom of the Opera, Chicago and more, performed by the talented Danielle Aaron and Lindsay Traichevich. A freewill offering will be taken to support children in a Winnipeg inner city mission.

Saturday, June 16 A free Eco-Economics Fair will be presented June 16 from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Richmond Hill United Church, 10201 Yonge St. (north of Major Mackenzie). Want to save money and help save our environment? Workshops will show you how to save while using greener energy sources, which green cars are most cost-effective, solar renovations and more. All ages welcome, visit rhuc.org The 2 B Fit Training Studio is marking its second anniversary with a double fundraiser June 16 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. for the Ride to Conquer Cancer and the Weekend to End Womens Cancers. Everyone invited to enjoy raffles, gift giveaways, lunch, refreshments and more at 13461 Yonge St., unit 1, Oak Ridges. For details, call 289-234-2348 or visit 2bfit.ca

Sunday, June 17 A free Seniors Appreciation Breakfast will be held June 17 from 10 a.m. to noon, hosted by Thornhill Councillor Howard Shore and sponsored by AMICA Mature Lifestyles at the Thornhill Community Centre’s fireside lounge, 7755 Bayview Ave., in Thornhill (at John). Enjoy bagels, danishes, coffee and tea and conversation with Mr. Shore; register by June 14 by e-mail to lccolangelo@markham.ca or call 905-305-5990.

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Everyone in Thornhill is invited to the annual MP Peter Kent and MPP Peter Shurman Family Barbecue June 17 from 12 noon to 3 p.m. at Gallanough Park, Arnold and Yonge behind Thornhill Public School. Free gifts for fathers, free entertainment and food (dietary laws observed). An Evening with David Bezmozgis will be held June 17 at 7:30 p.m. at Shaar Shalom Synagogue, 2 Simonston Blvd., Thornhill. Mr. Bezmozgis will discuss his new novel, The Free World, winner of the Amazon.ca First Novel Award, as well as the Helen and Stan Vine Canadian Jewish Book Award for Fiction. Admission free; for details, call 905-889-4975.

Tuesday, June 19 Lance Krasman Memorial Centre presents family drop-in night the third Tuesday of each month, June 19 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Richmond Hill location, 10121 Yonge St., at Lorne Ave., for family and friends of loved ones with mental health issues, wishing support and sharing experiences. Light snacks as well as coffee/tea will be provided. For info, contact Wendy Reid, family support co-ordinator, at 905-780-0491 or wendy.reid@krasmancentre.com The Richmond Hill Garden and Horticultural Society meets at 8 p.m. June 19 in the gym of McConaghy Seniors’ Centre, 10100 Yonge St. Guest speaker will be Darren Heimbecker, horticultural visionary behind Whistling Gardens, a new 18-acre botanical garden featuring replicas of famous gardens and numerous water features (visit whistlinggardens.ca). Free for members; $5 for non-members. For more, visit RichmondHillGardenSociety.org

Mosaic Home Care & Community Resource Centre and Delmanor Northtown will host Ian McCallum of Woodhill Garden Centre to teach about container gardening June 19 from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at Mosaic, on 2nd floor of Shops on Steeles & 404, 2900 Steeles Ave. E., Thornhill. Free event and parking; refreshments provided; RSVP by calling 905-597-7000.

Enjoy a free Seniors Month community African drumming circle with Terri Segal of Rhythmic by Nature, presented by Mosaic Home Care & Community Resource Centre June 20 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Centre Court of The Shops on Steeles & 404, 2900 Steeles Ave. E., Thornhill. Ice cream and refreshments provided. Only 30 spots; RSVP by calling 905-597-7000.

The York Region Parrot Club invites you to its monthly meeting June 19, third Tuesday of each month, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Lake Wilcox Community Centre in Oak Ridges, 81 Wildwood Ave. See our parade of parrots; hear expert discussion; enjoy door prizes and raffle. For details, call Linda at 905-884-1773.

The Richmond Hill Lyme Support Group, a member of The York Region Lyme Alliance, meets June 20 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on second floor of Richmond Hill Central Library, southwest corner of Yonge Street at Major Mackenzie. Cost $5. For details call Josephine Vaccaro-Chang at 905-787-9656 or visitdanceintherain.ca

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St. Matthew’s United Church, 333 Crosby Ave. in Richmond Hill, presents its annual strawberry supper June 20, with ongoing seating between 5 and 7:30 p.m. Enjoy cold roast beef, ham, assorted salads, beverage, cake, ice cream and fresh Ontario strawberries. For tickets $15 adults, children 12 and under free; call church office at 904-884-3606.

Temple Har Zion’s adult education committee presents Toronto lecturer Gerald Ziedenberg June 21 at 7:30 p.m. on the story of the Exodus: the ship that launched a nation. Cost for members $3; guests $5. Temple Har Zion is located at 7360 Bayview Ave., Thornhill. For details, call temple office at 905-889-2252.

The Thornhill Garden & Horticultural Society meets June 20 at 8 p.m., the third Wednesday of each month, at the Thornhill Community Centre, 7755 Bayview Ave. (at John). Meet and greet at 7:30 p.m. Guest speaker, Dugald Cameron, owner of Gardenimport Inc., will explain how to extend the gardening season: A Spring Garden in October. Flower show also. Annual membership is $15 (single) or $20 (couple). Guests welcome. For info, contact Graham Duncan at 905-886-3507 or brendunc@bell.net

Enjoy a strawberry supper courtesy of the Mary and Martha Guild of Richmond Hill Presbyterian Church June 21 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in church’s Wallace Hall, 10066 Yonge St. Cold meats, potato salad, bean salad, carrot salad, coleslaw, rice salad, jellied salads and for dessert, strawberries served with ice cream topped off by tea or coffee. Tickets are $15 adults, $7.50 for children 12 and under; or $40 for family (2 adults, 2 children). Tickets must be purchased in advance; call church office at 905-884-4211.

Benefit film to be screened in Richmond Hill

For the first time, a 90-minute documentary — The Spring of Judea and Samaria — will be aired showing the rise of Jewish cultural life at the cradle of Jewish civilization. Hear from the people who have endured great struggles to build communities on the west bank land. The benefit screening will be held Monday, July 2 at 7 p.m. at the Richmond Hill Center for the Performing Arts, 10268 Yonge St. in Richmond Hill. All proceeds go to Bnei Chayil Yeshiva in Kedumim of the Shomron region and Tzvia Girls High School in Kochov Ya’akov of the Binyamin region. Tickets cost $18. Advance tickets can be ordered for delivery to your home or have them waiting at the door; e-mail judeaandsamaria@gmail.com or call 647774-1038.Tickets may also be purchased at the door of the theatre.

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TAKE NOTICE that the Council of The Regional Municipality of York passed Bylaw No. 2012-36 (the “Bylaw”) on Thursday, May 17, 2012, under the Development Charges Act, 1997 (“the Act”), which will come into effect on June 18, 2012 and which will also repeal Bylaw No. DC-0007-2007-040 at the end of day on June 17, 2012. AND TAKE NOTICE that any person or organization may appeal the Bylaw to the Ontario Municipal Board under Section 14 of the Act by filing with the Clerk of the Regional Municipality of York, no later than 4:30 p.m. on June 26, 2012, a notice of appeal setting out the objection to the Bylaw and the reasons supporting the objection. A copy of the Bylaw with the background study and supporting staff reports is available for examination at the Office of the Regional Clerk during regular office hours, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Christopher Raynor Deputy Regional Clerk The Regional Municipality of York, 17250 Yonge Street, Newmarket ON L3Y 6Z1 OVERVIEW Development charges are levied against new development and are the primary source for funding growth-related capital expenditures. Regional capital services include water, wastewater, road, transit and Toronto-York Subway Extension and general services (police, emergency medical services, public health, long term care, public works, growth studies and social housing). Development charges are levied against the new development (residential and nonresidential lands) at the time of development approvals in accordance with the Act. LANDS AFFECTED The Bylaw levies the residential and non-residential development charges against all lands, buildings or structures within The Regional Municipality of York. As the Bylaw applies to all lands within The Regional Municipality of York, a key map has not been included in this notice. NOTES: • In general, development charges are payable upon building permit issuance, except in the case of residential subdivisions where the water, wastewater and roads components of the charge are collected upon subdivision agreement. • The Bylaw authorizes annual indexing of the development charges on July 1 of each and every year for the term of the Bylaw commencing July 1, 2013 in accordance with the Statistics Canada Quarterly Construction Price index. • In accordance with the Act and the Bylaw, certain forms of development are exempt from the payment of regional development charges. • The Bylaw expires June 16, 2017 unless it is repealed at an earlier date.

RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT CHARGES Residential development charges levied pursuant to the Bylaw shall be the amounts applicable in the amount of payment as set out in the following schedules:

Schedule of per unit Residential Development Charge by Service Category Effective June 18, 2012 Single and Multiple Unit Semi - Detached Dwelling Hard Services Water Wastewater ** Roads Subtotal - Hard Transit Toronto - York Subway Extension General Services Police Emergency Medical Services Public Health Long Term Care Public Works Growth Studies Social Housing Subtotal General GO Transit Total

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Notice of the Passing of a Development Charge Bylaw by The Regional Municipality Of York

Apartments <700 sq.ft.* > 700 sq.ft.*

$9,313 $16,339 $11,487 $37,139

$8,172 $14,336 $10,079 $32,587

$3,917 $6,872 $4,832 $15,621

$5,785 $10,149 $7,135 $23,069

$761 $947

$624 $831

$329 $398

$444 $588

$490 $92 $74 $17 $222 $23 $342 $1,260 $314 $40,421

$430 $76 $60 $13 $195 $19 $281 $1,074 $247 $35,363

$206 $40 $32 $7 $93 $10 $148 $536 $114 $16,998

$304 $54 $43 $10 $138 $13 $200 $762 $182 $25,045

* The large apartment threshold will be reduced to 650 square feet or greater on June 19, 2014. ** The Nobleton Community has a separate rate for the wastewater component.

NON-RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT CHARGES Non-residential development charges levied pursuant to the Bylaw shall be the amounts applicable at the date of payment as set out in the following schedules:

Schedule of Non-Residential Development Charge by Service Category Effective June 18, 2012 Per Square Foot of Gross Floor Area Industrial / Office / Retail Institutional Hard Services Water Wastewater * Roads Subtotal - Hard Transit Toronto -York Subway Extension General Services Police Emergency Medical Services Public Health Long Term Care Public Works Growth Studies Social Housing Subtotal General Total

Per Square Metre of Gross Floor Area** Industrial/Office/ Retail Institutional

$4.69 $8.23 $5.21 $18.13

$5.84 $10.26 $18.51 $34.61

$50.44 $88.55 $56.12 $195.11

$62.91 $110.45 $199.23 $372.59

$0.29 $0.43

$1.04 $1.53

$3.14 $4.63

$11.16 $16.42

$0.26 $0.02 $0.01 $0.11 $0.01 $0.41 $19.26

$0.32 $0.02 $0.01 $0.14 $0.02 $0.51 $37.69

$2.77 $0.16 $0.10 $1.25 $0.13 $4.41 $207.29

$3.45 $0.22 $0.13 $1.54 $0.16 $5.50 $405.67

* The Nobleton Community has a separate rate for the wastewater component. ** Label corrected from original notice published on May 31 and June 1, 2012 to reflect use of metric measurement. All rates remain the same.

With Development Charges increasing effective June 18, 2012, there are several deferral and prepayment options currently available. For more information, please visit: www.york.ca/dcbylaw2012 EW


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Vaughan residents can get latest buzz on emerald ash borer BY KIM ZARZOUR

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Join the celebration of the Varley’s crystal anniversary and the official opening of its new permanent exhibition gallery, in honour of major donor, Mr. Wallace Joyce. This sophisticated gala evening will feature live music performances and delectable gourmet fare.

Residents interested in what they can do about the Emerald Ash Borer infestation, poised to devastate ash trees across the GTA in the coming years, can take part in an information session being held in Thornhill next Tuesday. The small, green invasive insects were first spotted in Windsor in 2002 and detected in York Region in Vaughan in 2008. Since then, evidence of the borers was found as far east as Whitchurch-Stouffville and in Aurora for the first time last year. The infestation is expected to impact all ash trees by 2020. Municipalities are earmarking tens of millions of dollars for replanting efforts, but it’s also up to homeowners to keep an eye on ash trees on their land.

To learn more about the invasive insect and view infestation maps, visit http://city.vaughan.on.ca/environment/ EAB/index.cfm

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If caught early enough, some trees can be saved through the use of a resin, but, overall, the ash population — about 2.8 million trees regionwide — is expected to disappear. The City of Vaughan, in partnership with the Regional Municipality of York and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, is hosting a public information session June 19. The session will provide residents with details on the Emerald Ash Borer, as well as Vaughan’s strategies for the infestation. Each session will include a 25-minute presentation by forestry staff followed by a question and answer period. Representatives from the city of Vaughan, York Region and the food inspection agency will be available to answer questions. For more information, call 905-832-8577 or email parks@vaughan.ca.

What: Emerald Ash Borer public information session, Tuesday, June 19 Location: Garnet A. Williams Community Centre, Activity Room #3 501 Clark Avenue West Time: 7 to 9 p.m.


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BADGE OF HONOUR The Chief Scout Award ceremony was hosted by the 1st Thornhill troop and Scouts Canada Sunday at Thornhill United Church. The award is a scouting award of excellence for third year Scouts who have earned a challenge badge in each of the seven challenge badge categories, researched on world scouting, given a major presentation and demonstrated leadership. Award recipients from Thornhill included Andrew Chen (left), John Fekete and Paul Miller.

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For more information on West Nile virus, contact York Region Health Connection

Clean up and empty containers where water collects (old tires, tin cans, flower pots, etc.) Change water in bird baths weekly Remove water that collects on pool covers Turn over items such as wading pools, wheelbarrows and small boats Clear leaves and twigs from eavestroughs, storm and roof gutters Unclog drainage ditches so that water flows freely Make sure swimming pool pump is circulating water Clear out dense shrubbery where mosquitoes like to rest Turn over compost frequently Check that door and window screens are tight fitting and in good repair Drill holes in the bottoms of containers so water can’t collect

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Sale of Land for Tax Arrears By Public Tender MUNICIPAL ACT, 2001 SALE OF LAND BY PUBLIC TENDER THE CORPORATION OF THE CITY OF VAUGHAN TAKE NOTICE that tenders are invited for the purchase of the land(s) described below and will be received until 3:00:00 p.m. local time on June 21, 2012 at the Purchasing Services Department, main ďŹ&#x201A;oor new City Hall , 2141 Major Mackenzie Drive, Vaughan, Ontario, L6A 1T1. The tenders will then be opened in public on the same day, June 21, 2012, 3:30:00 pm, in Committee Room 245 at new City Hall, 2141 Major Mackenzie Drive, Vaughan, Ontario L6A 1T1. Tender Number: T12 - 259 Description of Lands: Tax Roll No. 19 28 000 214 64500 0000 10525 Keele St, Vaughan PIN 03343-1860 (LT) Pt Lot 24 Conc 3 Vaughan, Pt 1, 64R3035 Vaughan, Regional Municipality of York (No.65). Minimum Tender Amount: $2,291,780.68

JVS Toronto awards were presented to outstanding individuals and employers for their personal achievements and contributions to the business community at the Strictly Business luncheon. Seen here are Stuart Demeter of XBASE Technologies, Pamela Eusebio of JVS Toronto, Thornhillâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Jonathan Joblonowski, Inspirational Award recipient and Amanda Lang, senior business reporter for CBC News. Jonathan was referred to the Aspergerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Job Readiness program in the fall of 2011. Through JVS he learned strategies to identify appropriate conversations, social norms and the importance of perception. Benefiting from continuous coaching, Jonathan is successfully employed at North Keele Auto.

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Except as follows, the municipality makes no representation regarding the title to or any other matters relating to the land to be sold. Responsibility for ascertaining these matters rests with the potential purchasers. This sale is governed by the Municipal Act, 2001 and the Municipal Tax Sales Rules made under that Act. The successful purchaser will be required to pay the amount tendered plus accumulated taxes, penalty and interest, the relevant land transfer tax and H.S.T., if applicable, plus any additional tax sale costs. The successful purchaser will be responsible for their own legal fees and use their own lawyer to complete the transaction. The municipality has no obligation to provide vacant possession to the successful purchaser. For further information regarding this sale and a copy of the prescribed form of tender contact:

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PROPOSED UPGRADE OF THE NATURAL GAS DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM IN THE GTA The Study and Preferred Route Enbridge Gas Distribution Inc. (Enbridge) has retained Dillon Consulting Limited (Dillon) to undertake an environmental assessment and route selection study for two currently proposed 36-inch (915 mm) high pressure natural gas distribution pipelines and associated facilities in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). This project is being proposed to upgrade the backbone of Enbridge’s natural gas distribution system to serve growth in the GTA. The project has been divided into two proposed segments for which environmental, socio-economic, and technical data has been collected. A thorough investigation of route options for Segment A and Segment B was completed, including consideration of all input received during consultation with elected officials, agencies, stakeholders, First Nations and Métis, and the public. As a result of the work done to date, a Preferred Route (PR) has been selected for each segment. The PR for Segment A is an existing provincially designated utility corridor within the Parkway Belt, located south of Highway 407. For Segment B, the PR is a combination of the Parkway Belt as well as an existing utility corridor running north-south between Highway 407 and Sheppard Avenue East. It was determined that the PR for both segments involves the least potential for conflict with existing and proposed land uses and other utilities, minimal disruption to traffic, and minimal disruption to communities and businesses during construction.

The Process The project is being conducted in accordance with the Ontario Energy Board’s Environmental Guidelines for the Location, Construction, and Operation of Hydrocarbon Pipelines and Facilities in Ontario, 6th Ed., 2011. The proposed work will also meet the requirements of the Ministry of Infrastructure (MOI) Class Environmental Assessment (EA) Process for Realty Activities Other Than Electricity Projects, as amended September 2008. Once the study is

complete, Enbridge may apply to the Ontario Energy Board for approval to construct the project. If approved, construction is proposed for 2014 and 2015. Invitation to Participate and Comment Public and agency consultation is a key component of this project. Enbridge is hosting a second round of Open Houses to provide you with an opportunity to review the project and provide input. Drop in to one of our Open Houses between 6:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.

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Construction planning and mitigation will be discussed at the Open Houses. Enbridge recognizes that there are potential construction impacts and is committed to discussing these concerns with the community. The Open Houses will also provide information on the schedule for completion of the environmental assessment and further opportunities for stakeholder engagement prior to and during construction.

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Segment B Map – approximately 22 kilometre pipeline.

Comments & Questions? Contact Us Website: www.enbridgegas.com/gtaproject Lisa-Marie Dumond, Environmental Specialist Enbridge Gas Distribution Inc., 500 Consumers Rd, Toronto, ON, M2J 1P8 Toll Free: 1-855-801-2303 Email: gtaproject@enbridge.com

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Promenade mall kiosk included in sweeping breach BY KIM ZARZOUR

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A ServiceOntario kiosk at Promenade Mall was one of the four locations where a security breach prompted the government to shut down all 72 of the electronic booths across Ontario.

The automated self-service kiosks at Vaughan Mills, Albion Centre in Etobicoke and Erin Mills Town Centre in Mississauga, were apparently tampered with and in “an abundance of caution”, Government Services Minister Harinder Takhar said he decided to withdraw

services from all kiosks. Vaughan Mills had one kiosk and it was removed Thursday by ServiceOntario, along with others at various properties, marketing director Jamie MacLean said. There was no indication addresses, health card numbers or other

personal information were compromised. When customers use the ServiceOntario kiosk, the information flows between the government (ServiceOntario), the customer and the customer’s chosen financial institution. The ministry was informed last week by its financial partners debit card information had been skimmed, something that could theoretically provide criminals access to customer bank accounts, Ministry of Government Services spokesperson Mark Thompson said.

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If you live in the L3P postal code in Markham, you will have the opportunity to participate in a natural gas conservation pilot. The area, roughly stretching from McCowan Road to Ninth Line and from Hwy. 407 to 16th Avenue, was selected by Enbridge Gas Distribution for a voluntary community retrofit program. Markham council voted in favour of partnering with Enbridge to make use of the ecoENERGY audit process that includes an inventory of the current heating, ventilation and air conditioning equipment, blower door test, calculated EnerGuide rating and recommended retrofits. The homeowner will make the retrofits that best fit their budget and interest. According to a staff report, since the discontinuation of the ecoENERGY incentives from the federal and provincial government, incentives for energy conservation are left to utilities as part of their distribution licenses with the Ontario Energy Board. Enbridge is offering a performance incentive of $2 per cubic metre of natural gas to a maximum of $1,100 per household for retrofits completed. Additional incentives are available through PowerStream’s saveONenergy program if electricity savings are achieved. Enbridge will offset the $300 initial audit

cost by 50 per cent or $150. In total, Enbridge has budgeted $525,000 for incentive, project management and marketing for this program. Markham will contribute $25,000 for marketing and promotion of the pilot to the community. Other partners of the pilot include Scotiabank, Direct Energy, Lowes and PowerStream. The pilot is part of Enbridge’s effort to achieve its energy conservation and demand management targets as required by the Ontario Energy Board. — L.H. Tiffany Hsieh

NOTICE OF PUBLIC CONSULTATION CENTRE #2 MUNICIPAL CLASS ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT STUDY WEST VAUGHAN SEWAGE SERVICING City of Vaughan The Regional Municipality of York (York Region) completed the Water and Wastewater Master Plan Update in November 2009. At that time, the need for additional sewer servicing capacity for the West Vaughan area (the Project) to meet the future anticipated growth demands until the year 2051 was identified. York Region has initiated a Municipal Class Environmental Assessment study (Class EA) under Schedule C of the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment document (October 2000, as amended in July 2011). The Class EA study will identify and evaluate feasible servicing alternatives for the West Vaughan service area, illustrated on the map below, including a sewage servicing plan. A Notice of Study Commencement inviting initial public input was published in March 2011 and the first Public Consultation Centre (PCC) was held on April 27, 2011. York Region will host a second PCC to provide a project status update and present results from the evaluation of the short-listed servicing solutions carried forward from the first PCC. The short-listed sewer routes are shown on the map below. A recommended servicing solution(s) with a recommended sewer route(s) will be presented at the meeting.

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Comments received at the PCC will be considered in the decision-making process for selecting a preferred servicing solution(s) and in developing evaluation criteria for selecting a preferred design concept. At least one additional PCC is planned over the course of the Class EA before a preferred design concept for the preferred solution is selected. All those with an interest in the Project are encouraged to attend. The Public Consultation Centre (PCC) will be held on: Wednesday June 20, 2012 4:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Presentation: 7 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. Le Jardin Conference & Event Centre Victorian Salon 8440 Highway 27, Woodbridge If you require assistance to fully participate in this meeting, please contact York Region at 905-830-4444 ext. 5124 to advise of any specific requirements. Written comments are also invited for further consideration and for incorporation into the Project record. Please forward your questions and comments to the project manager listed below: Shu He, P.Eng.,PMP Senior Project Manager The Regional Municipality of York Environmental Services Capital Planning and Delivery 17250 Yonge Street Newmarket, ON L3Y 6Z1 Phone: 905-830-4444 ext. 5124 Fax: 905-830-6927 Email: shu.he@york.ca Project website : westvaughanea.ca Thank you for your participation in this study. Comments and information regarding the Project are being collected in accordance with the requirements of the Environmental Assessment Act. Other than personal information, all information received may be included in the Project documentation which will become part of the public record.

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Vaughan city hall construction project focus of another lawsuit BY ADAM MARTIN-ROBBINS

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Vaughan city hall — routinely heralded by Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua as an “avant-garde”, architectural marvel — has become a magnet for lawsuits. Maystar General Contractors Inc. has slapped the city and architectural firm Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg Architects (KPMB) with a multimillion-dollar lawsuit. The firm, hired to build the stateof-the-art civic centre in 2007, is seeking nearly $71 million in damages — $35.7 million from the city and $35 million from KPMB.

While maintaining the firm is proud to have played an integral role in building the first phase of the “world-class facility”, Maystar boss Joe Maio said an unprecedented number of design revisions and scope additions resulted in significant delays and additional costs. Maystar is seeking to re-coup money owed to it and subcontractors for completed work and loss of business caused by the delays, he added. Maystar alleges in a statement of claim filed in Newmarket court that the city and architect delayed construction for 79 weeks, causing

the company to incur damages. Maystar signed a contract to construct the building for $89 million. The project was to be “substantially complete” by September 2009, but that milestone wasn’t reached until March 18, 2011, according to the statement of claim. The claim alleges the delays were caused by the city and KPMB and included an excessive number of design changes, changes to the scope of work, requests for additional work, failure to respond in a timely fashion to requests for information and significant delays in reviewing shop drawings prepared

by subcontractors. Maystar alleges the delays resulted in losses and damages of nearly $32 million. The city intends to file a statement of defence shortly, according to spokesperson Madeline Zito. This is the third known lawsuit related to construction of the controversial building, which wound up costing $122.6 million, about $15.6 million more than budgeted. The city launched a $3.25-million lawsuit against KPMB a year ago and an additional claim of $3.25 million against Stantec Consulting, engineering consultants

who worked with KPMB. A third lawsuit was filed last July by Basic Industries, a subcontractor that installed windows, seeking damages from Maystar and KPMB. Mr. Bevilacqua said the lawsuits against the city stem from the actions of the previous council. “These are obviously gifts from the past for me as mayor,” he said. Mr. Bevilacqua doesn’t believe the legal issues tarnish the building’s status. “The architectural excellence and avant-garde thinking, the transparency and beauty is something for everybody to really be proud of,” he said.

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Couple found gay marriage stumbling block for families BY TERESA DONIA

Amanda Knegje and Melissa Blachinsky met — and fell in love — when they were 21. They both were post-secondary students living in Richmond Hill at the time and met while working at a local restaurant. Ms Knegje’s family knew and accepted her sexual orientation. Ms Blachinsky, however, had not come out to her family and now she faced the difficult task of telling her parents she was gay and that she was in a committed relationship. It was a difficult period. And yet, with time, came acceptance from Ms Blachinsky’s family. Fast forward to 2006, the couple had been dating for five years and decided to get married. They were not prepared for the fallout. “It definitely got a lot harder,” explains Ms Knegje. “There were lots of questions: ‘Why do you have to get married?’ was the main question my parents kept asking,” adds Ms Blachinsky. “They were OK with us being a couple, but our marriage presented a new, and large, challenge.” Ms Knegje and Ms Blachinsky turned to Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) Canada - York Region for help. They received support and a dose of much needed confidence which led them to seek professional counselling.

Ms Blachinsky’s parents also attended local PFLAG meetings and were able to ask questions and listen to stories in a non judgmental, confidential environment. Ultimately, the couples counselling helped Ms Knegje and Ms Blachinsky to better understand and deal with the challenge. “I stopped feeling like it was my problem,” notes Ms Blachinsky. “If people have an issue then it’s their issue and not anything I’m doing wrong.” “With this understanding came more patience,” adds Ms Knegje. “We were able to show more patience and empathy and Melissa and I became stronger as a couple. The family recognized that and started to respect us as a couple.” This process, however, took about four years. The couple married in 2008 and Ms Knegje demonstrated her respect for Ms Blachinsky’s parents by asking for their blessing. Now living together in Thornhill, the couple has these tips for LGBTQ couples facing family challenges: 1. Get support. It’s essential and fights the feeling of isolation. “Being a gay couple in this world can be daunting,” states Ms Knegje. 2. Be patient. It will help bridge difficult times. “My parents didn’t get it. They didn’t understand how I could fall in love with a woman,” explains Ms Blachinsky. 3. Lean on friends and family who

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are supportive. They offer acceptance and can help lobby on your behalf. 4. Give people the benefit of the doubt. According to Ms Knegje, “we always fear the worst from people’s reactions, but they can surprise you. Most of Melissa’s parents’ friends were very supportive when they learned of our wedding.” Ms Knegje and Ms Blachinsky are now members of the board of directors, PFLAG Canada —

York Region. Teresa Donia of Richmond Hill is a former reporter with The Liberal, now owner of iAMBIC Communications, who volunteers with PFLAG Canada-York Region.

GOOD TO KNOW • With more than one million residents,York Region’s population is just under half that of Toronto and its Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual,

Transgendered and Queer (LGBTQ) residents are estimated to number approximately 100,000. • Why get married? There are between 1,100 to 1,400 benefits and obligations bestowed to married couples, i.e. spousal support; property division rights under Family Law Act in Ontario; and official next of kin status. Most of these benefits are not granted to civil unions. For more, visit pflagyork.ca


NOTICE OF PUBLIC INFORMATION CENTRE NO. 2 MASTER PLANS FOR URBAN WATER INFRASTRUCTURE IN VAUGHAN The City of Vaughan is conducting studies to direct the ongoing development of the City’s urban water infrastructure systems that support our communities. These systems include water distribution, wastewater collection and storm water management.

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These studies are following the Municipal Servicing Master Plan Class Environmental Assessment (MPCEA) process and will support the City’s new Official Plan which was adopted by Council in September 2010. The studies will consider the vision for Vaughan to the year 2031 with sustainability as a key underlying theme. MASTER PLAN CLASS ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT PROCESS The City has awarded contracts for the following Master Plan studies to be undertaken concurrently: • City-Wide Storm Drainage / Storm Water Management Master Plan (Cole Engineering Group Limited); and, • City-Wide Water / Wastewater Master Plan (The Municipal Infrastructure Group Ltd. and Fabian Papa & Partners Inc.). The MPCEA process includes public and review agency consultation, an assessment of the problem and opportunities (Phase 1), evaluation of alternative solutions, assessment of potential effects on the environment, and identification of reasonable measures to mitigate the adverse effects. The preferred solution(s) will be determined based on engineering requirements, environmental considerations, public input and information gathered during the studies (Phase 2). Subsequent Municipal Class Environmental Assessment work will be required at a later time for the ultimate implementation of the preferred solutions. PUBLIC INFORMATION CENTRE DETAILS A second joint public information centre (PIC) has been scheduled to present the selection of the preferred solutions for water servicing, wastewater servicing, and storm water management. The PIC will provide stakeholders with an opportunity to review and comment on the study information. The PIC has been scheduled for: Date: Time: Location: Address:

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Wednesday, June 27, 2012 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Vaughan City Hall Multi-Purpose Room, Level 100 2141 Major Mackenzie Drive, Vaughan, ON L6A 1T1

Following the PIC, the material presented at the meeting will be posted on the City of Vaughan’s Infrastructure Planning website at www.VaughanInfrastructure.ca. For further information, please contact: Michael Frieri, C.E.T., Manager of Engineering Planning & Studies Development / Transportation Engineering Department 2141 Major Mackenzie Drive, Vaughan, ON L6A 1T1 Tel: 905-832-8585 Ext. 8729 / Fax: 905-832-6145 E-Mail: Michael.Frieri@VaughanInfrastructure.ca

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That’s one down. Vaughan MP Julian Fantino and York Region chairperson and CEO Bill Fisch joined Toronto Mayor Rob Ford and Toronto Transit Commission chairperson Karen Stintz Monday to celebrate the completion of the first 1.6 kilometres of twin tunnels for the Toronto-York Spadina subway extension. The new tunnels represent one complete section of the dual tunnels that will connect the future Sheppard West and Finch West stations. The first tunnel boring machine broke through the headwall at the Keele Street extraction shaft May 1. The second broke through June 4. The extraction shaft, where the two machines arrived, is in the centre of Keele Street, just south of Finch Avenue West. The borers, nicknamed Holey and Moley, are now being dismantled and moved to the second launch site, from which they will work on the next section of tunnel, between the Sheppard West and Downsview stations. “Today, we are one step closer to completing the Toronto-York Spadina subway extension, cutting commute times and easing traffic congestion in the Greater Toronto Area,” Mr. Fantino said, adding the project is creating jobs and boosting the regional economy. The new transit tunnels will bring the benefits of a subway to residents and businesses in the northwest part of Toronto and beyond, Mayor Ford said. The extension will provide a vital link between Toronto and York Region, he said. “This milestone illustrates the progress we’re making toward connecting transit systems in southern Ontario,” Mr. Fisch said. Completing the critical link will help reduce congestion and travel times for those living, working and commuting around the GTA, he added. The project, targeted for completion by the end of 2015, is an 8.6-kilometre extension of the Yonge-University-Spadina subway line from its present terminus at Downsview Station to the Vaughan Metropolitan Centre at Hwy. 7. It will have six new stations, including one at York University. The expansion of the subway will bring the line into York Region, the fastestgrowing region in the GTA during the past 10 years. The federal government is contributing up to $697 million, Ontario is providing $870 million and Toronto is budgeting $526 million. York Region is contributing $352 million as a key part of its vivaNext plan.

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under Markham’s parks system; and, • Additional safety measures be put in place until confirmation has been received methane gas is no longer a concern at the site. Residents, who organized a petition and campaign to stop the project this spring, say they are relieved a solution may be in sight. “I believe this would be an extremely important legacy ... to give to our future generations ... to help protect this rare, sensitive green space, not only for these threatened species of birds, but to improve quality to life for the residents in Markham who use this amazing park,” said Kimberly Seymour, whose home backs onto the 20 acres. This is the second time in six years aerobic technology has been considered for the site and Mr. Shore said it’s time to trash the idea. Markham, along with Ontario Centres of Excellence, Seneca College and SPL Beatty, a groundwater consulting firm, were interested in partnering to implement a pilot test of aerobic technology designed to speed up landfill decomposition. The town hoped the project will eliminate leachate, reduce methane gas and show that Markham is an environmental leader. But residents provided research showing the landfill too old to have any significant methane emission and asked for the space to be left as is, designated as a natural preserve for endangered species. In his motion, Mr. Shore suggests calling the area, now used for bike and walking trails, the German Mills Meadow and Natural Habitat. It would indicate, he said, “this area is fundamentally different today than when the landfill closed (37 years ago). This is lush, green grass, beautiful trees. Let’s call this what it is.” Because the town is still obliged, by the Ministry of Environment and for the sake of the community, to ensure safety of local residents, Mr. Shore’s motion calls for additional measures, including adding more methane monitors, increasing the frequency of reading checks by staff, consideration of a leachate collection system to protect the local creek from “garbage juice” seeping into the ground and an annual report on the testing of water quality. Funding for these extra measures could come from the almost $500,000 budgeted for the pilot project six years ago, he said, “so we won’t need to spend one new red cent of taxpayer dollars for this”. While some council members wanted to hold off on the matter until September, Mr. Shore pushed for the issue to be dealt with at the last council meeting before the summer break. “The community has had this hanging over its heads for six years and if it means councillors have to have a few extra cups of coffee to stay awake, so be it. Residents want

to know emphatically and conclusively that this pilot project is no longer under consideration.” Artem Pozdnyakov, president of the community’s newly formed Settlers Park Residents Association, said his group believes the motion represents a “balanced and responsible approach” to the issue and called on residents to familiarize themselves with the motion and to provide their input to the association and local council. “We expect open public participation in the discussion because this way only can we ensure that council has an unbiased approach and makes a decision that benefits the community and the town.” Residents were in an uproar last weekend after discovering the meadow land had been suddenly, inexplicably, mowed flat. The town blamed a new parks operator who didn’t follow the supervisor’s instructions, but residents were skeptical and concerned for the wildlife whose habitat was disrupted. Theresa Moore, a local resident and member of the Toronto Federation of Naturalists, said the land provides a valuable nesting site for two threatened species of birds. Last Friday’s surprise mowing by parks maintenance workers “not only caused disturbance, killed any nestlings and destroyed eggs, it has also removed food and egg-laying sources for butterflies and greatly reduced the chances that any butterfly eggs/caterpillars will be viable,” she said. Markham spokesperson Dennis Flaherty said the mowing of such an extensive area was an accident. The town has been cutting the grass there — 15 feet on either side of the pathway — four times a year for the past 25 years. This mowing provides access for Markham operations staff and consultants to monitor the methane gas probes and settlement of the landfill, he said. Last week, a new operator, unfamiliar with the limits, did not follow supervisor’s instructions, he said. While residents questioned the coincidental timing of the surprise razing, coming on the heels of the dispute over the future of the land, they were prepared to give the town the benefit of the doubt while holding out hope the land could be preserved. In addition to the destroying nests and saplings, Markham’s lawn mower chopped up whatever else was in its path, including signs and an old sleeping bag, but Mr. Pozdnyakov said the community saw it as an opportunity for community action. Residents organized a one-hour Sunday morning clean-up that netted eight green garbage bags filled with debris. Mr. Flaherty said the town will take steps to ensure it won’t happen again. “In the future, the cutting limits will be staked to ensure the normal cutting limit boundaries are followed,” he said.


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‘Take Yonge Street back’: Burke From page 1.

Since then, growth has created inequalities in terms of population in each ward, said Stephen Huycke, the town’s public services and records co-ordinator. The difference between the smallest ward (Ward 2) and biggest ward (Ward 5) by population is close to 90 per cent, Mr. Huycke said. With less than 30,000 in population in each of Ward 1 and 2, the two Thornhill wards are the smallest, each with less than 10 per cent of Markham residents. The largest wards are 4 and 5 in central, east and north Markham, each has about 50,000 in population, or close to 17 per cent. By eligible voters, Thornhill’s Ward 1 is the smallest with less than 17,000 voters in 2010.

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The strategy to return savings realized from a three-month strike via two months of free public transit netted the desired results, York Region Transit/Viva general manager Richard Leary told the region’s Transportation Services Committee Wednesday. Ridership for April, the first month when customers were required to resume paying fares, reached 1.76 million, a 1.4 per cent increase compared to April 2011. The committee, which in

December authorized the free ride strategy to repay taxpayers, was encouraged with the extra 24,400 fare paying riders in April. Mr. Leary, while “very pleased,” was guarded, suggesting last year’s strike-free ridership projections for the same period was an 8 per cent hike. “Typically, when a transit organization experiences a strike, you lose about 10 per cent of ridership,” he said. “We took progressive steps by offering two months of free transit. It was very successful.” The exercise worked on key lev-

els, he said. It was a responsible reinvestment to taxpayers and drew back customers who changed their transportation habits during the stoppage of services. The free rides also enticed residents, many for the first time, to try public transport. “We projected an 8 per cent increase for April and were limited to 1.4 per cent,” he said. “We didn’t lose our (ridership) base, but our growth was reduced,” he said. To counter the growth slide there’s the potential for fare increases in future, Mr. Leary hinted, adding he has been working with cor-

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are balancing subsidized fares which range from $40 to zero per rider. YRT/Viva’s 122 routes and varying schedules will be reviewed to make sure more fare boxes actually pay for service. Forty-foot buses may replace the more costly 60 footers on certain roads. An antiidling program will save $250,000 in fuel next year. Also planned as part of $3 million savings in 2013 are route integration and fewer deadhead community and Mobility Plus bus hours where vehicles travel empty from a service yard to the start of routes.

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council. “We are all equal up there,” he said. Councillor Don Hamilton, who supported the motion, expressed concern about the region’s debt and said every member on the regional council, including the chairperson, needs to be held responsible and accountable. “If now isn’t the time, when is the time?” he asked. Mr. Scarpitti commented it is an elected process with elected mayors and regional councillors on regional council. “We are the region,” he said.

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JIM JONES: Regional councillor’s motion loses in 6-5 vote. Councillor Howard Shore echoed similar sentiments, saying he’s “conflicted” about the issue. “Are we electing a super mayor? Then there’s a whole different conversation,” he said. “It’s a slippery slope. Do you support the continuation of Markham in York Region? What do you do when the super mayor disagrees with the mayor of Markham?” Several councillors followed suit. Deputy Mayor Jack Heath said the concept of a super mayor would jeopardize the existence of Markham.

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Raonic to play at Olympics Milos Raonic has another tennis competition that was recently added to his already hectic schedule. It’s also an event that will have the 21-year-old Thornhill resident representing Canada — the 2012

Summer Olympics. Currently ranked 21st in the world in men’s singles’ play, Raonic was one of four players named by Tennis Canada to be a part of Canada’s Olympic tennis team for the upcoming 2012 Summer Olympics in London, England. Raonic and Aleksandra Wozniak

of Blainville, Que., will play singles for Canada. In singles, the top 56 players in the world as of the June 11 rankings deadline received direct entry into the tennis event provided they meet all other requirements set out for qualification. The International Tennis Fed-

eration will announce the full official list of entries June 28 which will include the International Tennis Federation places in singles and doubles. The Olympic tennis event will take place from July 28-Aug. 5 on the storied grass courts of the All England Club in Wimbledon.

Class Environmental Assessment to address Outfall Capacity Limitations at the Duffin Creek Water Pollution Control Plant

NOTICE OF PUBLIC INFORMATION FORUM # 2 The Regional Municipalities of Durham and York have jointly initiated a Schedule C Municipal Class Environmental Assessment Study (Class EA) to identify the preferred solution for addressing the future capacity limitations of the existing outfall at the Duffin Creek Water Pollution Control Plant (WPCP). The first Public Information Forum held in May 2011, provided information on the Class EA process and background information on the study. In order to provide further information on the initial screening of alternatives, the evaluation criteria being considered for the impact assessment and to receive input from interested persons, Durham and York Regions will be holding Public Information Forum (PIF) #2 as follows: Date: Time: Location:

Tuesday June 26, 2012 Open House from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Formal presentation at 6:30 p.m. Pickering Recreation Complex, Meeting Room 1 & 2 (second floor), 1867 Valley Farm Road, Pickering, ON (parking located at the front of the building)

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St. Robert’s to hold reunion in October St. Robert’s Catholic High School invites all former classmates, especially graduates of the class of 1987, for the Thornhill high school’s 25th reunion this fall. Plan to celebrate this reunion Oct. 19 starting at 7:30 p.m. in Toronto. Tickets are $45/person (tax included) for an evening of friends, food and fun. All proceeds from this event go to a great cause — the Hospital for Sick Children Foundation. Contact organizer Jennifer Iacono at 647-427-9346 or j.n.g.eventz@gmail.com

Wednesday, June 27, 2012 Open House from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Formal presentation at 6:30 p.m. Banquet Hall, McLean Community Centre 95 Magill Drive, Ajax, ON

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If you require accommodations to fully participate in this meeting please contact Durham Region at 905-668-7711 ext. 3840 with your specific requirements. Public and agency consultation is a key component of the Municipal Class EA process. All those with an interest in the project are encouraged to attend the Public Information Forum to provide input into this important study. Comments are welcome at any time during the Class EA, at all Public Information Forums, via the project website, via email or by contacting either of the Regions’ Project Managers. Details have been given below. Website:

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Barry Laverick, P.Eng. Project Manager The Regional Municipality of Durham 605 Rossland Road East, Box 623 Whitby, ON L1N 6A3 Phone: 905 668-7711, ext. 3840 Toll-free: 1-800-372-1102 Fax: 905-668-2051

Wayne Green, P.Eng. Project Manager The Regional Municipality of York 17250 Yonge Street Newmarket, ON L3Y 6Z1 Phone: 905 830-4444, ext. 5049 Toll-free: 1-877-464-9675 ext. 5049 Fax: 905-836-4590

As part of the consultation initiative, the Regions are compiling a Project Contact List of parties interested in receiving further information during the Class EA process. If you are interested in being added to the Project Contact List, please submit your contact information. Project documents will also be posted to the project website, and reference copies will be available at the Central Branch of the Pickering Public Library and the Main Branch of the Ajax Public Library.

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LEARNING: Ministry, board rules keep brothers at different schools

School board won’t bend on boundaries BY KIM ZAROUR

kzarzour@yrmg.com

When Peter Moore stands on the street in front of his house, he can see his six-year-old son Chase’s school. It’s 400 meters away and Chase and his mom can walk there. Not so for his younger son. Three-year-old Jamie’s school is almost two kilometres away, across busy Bayview Avenue. To get there, come September, Jamie will need to board a bus and leave his brother and community behind. And that, Peter Moore says, makes no sense. “If you look at the boundary map, it’s really quite bizarre,” the Thornhill dad says. The closest school, Johnsview Public, is where other public school students who live in neighbourhoods north, east and south of them attend. When the Moores moved to the area four years ago, they assumed Johnsview was the local school and where their children would attend. What they didn’t know was the Johnsview school boundary map looks like a lopsided cake, and their cluster of townhomes is the one piece that’s been sliced out. Public school supporters who live in that segment are bused out of the community to Stornoway Crescent Public School across Bayview and north of the railway tracks. They found that out when it came time for their first-born, Chase, to register for junior kindergarten. The Moores applied for, and were given, an exemption to allow him to stay in the community. Now Johnsview has full-day kindergarten and everything’s changed. School board rules stipulate only students who live in a school’s attendance area can go to schools with full-day kindergarten. The Moores would be the first to admit the optics aren’t good. Full-day kindergarten is a popular choice and many families want to send their children to a school offering the program. But while he recognizes the need for the policy at the board level, Mr. Moore says exceptions should be made when it’s in the best interest of the child. And in this case, he says, it’s in Jamie’s best interest. Peter Moore and Jamie’s mother Heidi have recently separated. “Despite our best efforts as parents keeping life as normal as possible for our sons

while maintaining separate households, both of the boys are understandably going through a period of uncertainty and insecurity,” he said. “Heidi and I are not simply trying to get Jamie into an all-day kindergarten, but trying to ensure both of our children make the most seamless transition possible under less than ideal conditions.” They even have a doctor’s note offering a medical opinion that the boys should attend the same school for their continued emotional growth and wellbeing and prevent separation anxiety. “For a young child such as James, dealing with the separation of his parents is very difficult,” wrote Dr. Sheldon Wise. “I feel that removing him from the company and counsel of his only sibling, whom he looks up to, is not in his best interest — neither emotionally nor physically.” There are also concerns about safety when one parent needs to pick up both children from different places, Mr. Moore said. York Region school board spokesperson Licinio Miguelo said the attendance rules are boardwide and firm. While the board understands there are unique circumstances and would like to accommodate parents, he said, ministry requirements make that unfeasible. Johnsview is an older school, built in 1977 with a capacity of 222 students, he said. In 2000, new development, with more than 250 townhomes, came to the area north of John Street where the Moores live. There wasn’t space for the newcomers in Johnsview, but there was at Stornoway, Mr. Miguelo said. The ministry does not provide funding to expand schools if there is another school nearby with space. While the school board has suggested Chase could be transferred to Stornoway to be with his younger brother, Mr. Moore said that is not a viable option. “The sole purpose of the transfer was to maintain as much continuity in both Chase and Jamie’s lives as possible.” Taking Chase from his familiar school simply “passes the buck”, he said, and puts Chase at similar risk. He vows the matter is not closed. “When faced with ensuring the emotional wellbeing of my two children, I will advocate vigorously on their behalf,” he said. “I plan to continue for as long as it takes.”

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Peter Moore (right) is seen with his two children, Jamie (left) and Chase, who he says will be split up because of bizarre school boundaries.

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Soccer player, 12, hopes to taste international competition BY MICHAEL HAYAKAWA

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Koebe Isen has joined some select company. The 12-year-old Thornhill resident was one of 12 youths between ages 10 and 12 chosen to play for an Eastern Canadian soccer team that will face a Western Canadian entry at BMO Field in Toronto July 14. The winner of that match will represent Canada at the upcoming 13th Danone Nations Cup in Warsaw, Poland, Sept. 7-9. The Canadian entry will be among 40 countries to field teams. Isen was among some 5,000 youths who were identified starting last fall through a series of provincial selection camps. The Danone Nations Cup coaching staff’s goal was to identify 24 up-and-coming talented players and divide them into two teams; the East that was comprised of players from Quebec and Ontario, and the West, comprised of players from Alberta and British Columbia. Currently playing in his second season with his Brampton East rep team, Isen said he is excited to be making his debut with the Eastern Canadian team which also includes two Maple residents in Julian Manno and Stefeen Yeates. “It’s really a big honour to serve

KOEBE ISEN: Thornhill soccer player, 12, to play at BMO Field next month in Danone Nations Cup qualifier. Canada in the Danone Nations Cup. It feels great,” Isen, an attacking midfielder, said of his selection to the Eastern Canadian entry. In his quest towards making the team, Isen noted the first audition he went to took place last October and several hundred candidates were on hand. From that camp, 40 players were chosen from the Toronto and Ottawa areas. This past April, another tryout was held and between four and five players were chosen.

“I worked very hard at the tryouts and thought I did pretty well. But you never really know for sure,” he recalled of the tryouts. A Grade 6 student at Wilshire Elementary School, Isen did not know his fate until one day when he was in class and was summoned to the main office to see his parents. “My parents said they came to my school to give me a water or something then, out of nowhere, they said ‘you made it!’,” he recalled. “Right after they told me, I ran upstairs and told my class and started to cry.” Playing competitive soccer for the last six years, Isen was quick to credit his father, Jordie, who introduced him to the sport through his participation in the game at a competitive level. “I would go watch his games and then instantly started to be passionate about the sport,” Isen said. Acknowledging that making the Eastern Canadian team is definitely the highlight thus far in his career on the pitch, Isen hopes his determined performance will lead to bigger things. For the time being, that would be to help his team win and represent Canada overseas at the Danone Nations Cup.

Thornhill resident Koebe Isen, 12, is one of a dozen players aged 10 to 12 chosen to compete for an Eastern Canadian team that will face a rival Western Canadian team at BMO field July 14. The winning team will represent Canada at the Danone Nations Cup in Poland Sept. 7-9.

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Yulia Federov of Vaughan Secondary School captured a silver medal when she took to the track at the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations track and field championships in Brockville last weekend. Entered in the junior girls’ 3,000 metres, Federov finished second. Also competing in the 1,500m, Federov just missed out on reaching the medal podium after finishing fourth. For more on the OFSAA championships, go to www.ofsaa.on.ca

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this week. Forwards Gillian Apps of Unionville and Cherie Piper of Markham, along with defenceman Gillian Ferrari of Thornhill, were members of Canada’s team that won the gold medal with a 4-1 victory over Sweden in the final. In that game, Apps and Piper each scored once for Canada. The induction ceremonies are scheduled to take place at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto Sept. 21.

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