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Track meet, classes cut due to heat wave Temperatures expected to cool off tonight BY KIM ZARZOUR
Thursday, June 21, 2012
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Hospital name? Mackenzie Vaughan Meanwhile York Central renamed Mackenzie Richmond Hill in keeping with link between two sites BY ADAM MARTIN-ROBBINS
York Central Hospital is getting a new name — drum roll, please — Mackenzie Richmond Hill Hos-
pital, The Liberal has learned. Its long-awaited sister hospital in Vaughan is to be called Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital, sources said. Representatives from York Central tasked with the development
of the new facility in Vaughan declined to confirm the new name in advance of today’s official announcement. But multiple sources close to York Central suggested that is, in
fact, the new moniker. The name links both hospitals with the new overarching corporate entity dubbed Mackenzie See OFFICIAL, page 11.
WAR OF 1812 REMEMBERED
From cancelled track and field meets to shortened recesses, York Region students have felt the heat this week. Usually, extreme heat alerts don’t arrive until the dog days of summer and classroom learning isn’t affected, but with two hot spells in June, this year has been unusual. It’s led to the rescheduling, for the first time, of the regional track and field meet for elementary students in the public system. The event, which was to be held yesterday at the Stouffville municipal arena field, has been switched to Friday, instead. A regional meet for Catholic elementary school students, however, went ahead as planned yesterday at York University. “The decision was made before the extreme heat alert was put in place,” said York Region separate board spokesperson May Moore. “But we couldn’t schedule a makeup day and the students would have missed out altogether.” The public board is able to reschedule its meets because it doesn’t use York University’s facilities. It holds its meets at their high schools, Ms Moore added. Hundreds of students from various boards took part in yesterday’s meet, including 40 York Region stuSee HEAT, page 25.
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John McIntyre knows a thing or two about York Region landmarks, including Yonge Street which runs through the heart of Thornhill and Richmond Hill and played a part in the War of 1812. He is pictured here at the Yonge St. Cairn. See story, page 14.
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Canada’s largest automotive group supports SickKids Centre for Research and Learning and Patient Amenities Fund. General manager Phil Martiniello; “As part of the Dilawri Automotive Group in Canada all of us at Acura of North Toronto are extremely proud to be involved with this significant event on behalf of our community. The Sick Kids Hospital continues to lead the way in pediatric medical research and we are very pleased to support this important work through the SickKids Foundation.” The Dilawri Group of Companies, owned and operated by brothers Kap Dilawri, Ajay Dilawri and Tony Dilawri, announced a $7 million donation to the SickKids Centre for Research and Learning and the Patient Amenities Fund through The Dilawri Foundation. “The Dilawri Foundation’s generosity will have an impact on children and communities on a local, national and global scale,” said Ted Garrard, President and CEO, SickKids Foundation. “This funding will help drive discoveries to propel child health into the next generation of care and provide support for families in need.” Once completed in 2013, the SickKids Centre for Research and Learning will bring together more than 2,000 SickKids scientists, trainees and child health research staff.The state-of-the-art laboratory and learning facility will encourage interdisciplinary research and collaboration among scientiﬁc and clinical perspectives to accelerate discoveries, foster new knowledge and improve child health. The $400 million, 21-storey, 750,000 square foot world-class facility will be home to six neighbourhoods of science that are connected through internal staircases and shared interaction spaces to encourage crosscollaboration among the scientiﬁc community. “We believe children’s health plays an essential role in the community, and that an investment in health care is an investment in the future,” said Kap Dilawri, President, Dilawri Group of Companies. “We are proud supporters of SickKids and couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate the 10th anniversary of The Dilawri Foundation than by partnering with a world leader in children’s health.” For more than two decades, the Dilawri Family has shown a deep commitment in supporting communities across Canada.The family’s generosity has touched thousands of lives and continues to leave a lasting impression in the communities they serve. Acura of North Toronto is located on Yonge st, just north of Steeles.
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Watch for trains as GO weekend service starts on Barrie line With weekend GO Train service on the Barrie line scheduled to begin this Saturday, the Regional Municipality of York and GO Transit are reminding motorists, cyclists and pedestrians to exercise caution near railway tracks and crossings. As part of a weekend service pilot, GO Transit will be running six southbound trains to Union Station and six northbound trains each Saturday and Sunday (plus holidays) from June 23 to Sept. 3 on its Barrie line. Locally, the train has the Maple and Rutherford stops. York Region is asking everyone to be mindful of the following safety tips: Safety tips for motorists: • When approaching a railway crossing, look both ways for oncoming trains and be prepared to stop, if required • When the warning lights are activated and a train is approaching: • Do not stop in the middle of the tracks under any circumstance • Stop at least five metres away from the nearest rail • Proceed across the tracks only when the lights have stopped flashing and the tracks are clear Safety tips for cyclists and pedestrians: • Always obey railway crossing warning signs and signals and yield the right-of-way to approaching trains • When on foot, avoid stepping onto the rail as it is a smooth metal surface and you could easily slip; always step over each rail as you
GO to run trains Saturday, Sunday and holidays June 23 to Sept. 3 on its Barrie line. cross • Avoid using any personal audio device as you approach a crossing; it will interfere with your ability to hear an approaching train • When using wheelchairs, strollers, bicycles and other rolling items at railway crossings, use extra caution; small wheels can get stuck in the groove designed for the train wheels • Take the time to stop, look, and listen • Never walk on or along the railway tracks. For more information on the Barrie weekend GO Train service pilot, including a complete schedule, visit www.gotransit.com. For information on YRT/Viva, including connecting service at GO Train stations on the Barrie GO Train line, visit www.yrt.ca
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Neophyte farmer ‘living on the veg’ BY KIM ZARZOUR
The first thing you notice is the silence. Then comes the distant call of redwing blackbirds and quiet conversation floating across the fields. In straw hats and bandannas, working the ground by hoe or hand, the workers at this Sutton farm blend into the quiet pastoral scenery like a slip backwards in time. They are, in fact, living on the edge. Or, as they would like to say, living on the ‘veg’. The Cutting Veg. With no petrochemical fertilizer, no pesticides, no drone of fossil-fueled tractor just old-fashioned muscle and sweat, this tiny 10-acre farm may be a harbinger of the future, a new/old approach to food that brings city folk back to their roots. And the guy behind it all is Daniel Hoffmann, a city boy who got a taste of the land and never turned back. Now he wants to help others savour the flavour — and labour — alongside him. Mr. Hoffmann has launched a new “eco-social” venture in York Region, growing organic vegetables, fruit and herbs that are sold at farmers markets and delivered in Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) food bins to depots across Toronto and York Region. As well, he is part of the Global Garlic Project fostering 20 varieties of garlic from around the world, offers food coaching services, garden and composting project support, educational workshops, farming internships and agricultural business training. “We like to think we are not just growing vegetables, but growing people, too,” he says. Not what you’d expect to hear from a Toronto native, son of an accountant/businessman father, a mother who worked as a therapist. He surprised everyone when, after leaving for Western Canada at 19 to study social work, he decided his life’s mission would be to produce good health in as many ways as he could. He came up with a venture that would cultivate personal, social, environmental and economic health through organic agriculture. After getting himself up to speed on farming life — Mr. Hoffmann still consider himself a neophyte — he began farming in 2000 and moved this past year to the fertile soil of Georgina. Now his proteges — volunteers and interns — look to him for guidance. Erika Wilson slowly maneuvers a wheeled contraption known as a push seeder up and down the furrowed ground. “If you find it’s getting painful, let some-
Daniel Hoffmann has launched a new “eco-social” venture in York Region, growing organic vegetables, fruit and herbs that are sold at farmers markets and delivered in Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) food bins to depots across Toronto and York Region.
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COMMUNITY: City boy gets taste of the land and never turned back
The Cutting Veg has CSA depots at the following York Region locations: Kavanah Garden at Bathurst and Rutherford, Thursdays, 3 to 7 p.m. Elm Grove Farm at 535 Catering Rd., Sutton, Tuesdays, 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. Shaar Shalom Synagogue at Don Mills and Steeles, Wednesdays, 3:30 to 7 p.m. STAFF PHOTO/SUSIE KOCKERSCHEIDT
one else take over,” Mr. Hoffmann shouts from the field’s edge. Ms Wilson is a city girl with rural ideals and she’s fine with this back-straining labour. Twice a week, she drives a van to The Cutting Veg, filled with other city-dwellers from Toronto, leaving at 6 a.m. and returning at 6 p.m.. With an apartment and boyfriend in the city, this twice-weekly commitment gives her a much-needed taste of fresh air and lessons in growing her own food. She is one of several interns at The Cutting Veg who trade their labour in return for veggies, skills and knowledge. Jacqueline Gamble, 34, has been up since dawn and now she grips a big white sheet, helping blanket the sprouts with a special cover to protect them from bugs. It’s a long way from her day job as a flight attendant. “I spend most of my time indoors in a plane,” she says. “I wanted to get outdoors and meet like-minded people.” Behind her, a ready crop of green onions are already towering in rows, waiting to be plucked. It’s been a warm spring, and Mr. Hoffmann is optimistic this first year in York Region (he had a small farm in Brampton before) will be a bounty year. His roots may be in the city, but this
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For more information, visit thecuttingveg.com or call Mr. Hoffmann at 647-388-7444. ex-urbanite definitely has his head in the ground. “It’s all about care of the soil, feeding it organically,” he says. “The farmer’s really not that important. It’s the soil that’s important.” His venture will provide 40 different organic crops to six CSAs in the GTA. He’s especially proud of his garlic, a specialty crop he prizes for its flavour variety and medicinal quality. There is a shortage of locally grown garlic, he says, and most is imported from China. He and his helpers have planted 50,000 cloves that will become bulbs of varying types including Persian, Italian, Korean and Tibetan. The food bin deliveries begin this week, but customers can sign on at any point in the season. Any remaining produce that is not picked up is sent to those in the community in need of nutritious food. The first delivery was set to arrive at Shaar Shalom Synagogue in Markham yesterday. Barbara Held spearheaded the program after hearing her grown children rave about their own CSA produce bins. She persuaded her synagogue’s social action committee to sign on with Mr. Hoffmann after learning about his ‘extras’, includ-
ing a special Jewish New Year event. It’s traditional to eat apples and honey on this holiday, so the farm invites all CSA members, regardless of religion, to pick apples, taste honey and schmooze with other members, she says. “He really believes in what he does and the fact that he asks members to give whatever they don’t want to charity... He is a mensch.” Volunteers are welcome to help with the CSA program, at farmers markets or on the Sutton farm. Interns can learn about plant propagation and care, soil preparation, pestmanagement, cover-cropping and marketing then head out into the world prepared to pursue their own food careers or simply healthier and happier. “We want to provide an environment where plants can thrive and an environment where people can thrive,” Mr. Hoffmann says. He believes working the land is empowering and therapeutic and points to research about nature’s boost to dopamine and seratonin levels. But it doesn’t just nourish his interns, volunteers and CSA members, Mr. Hoffmann says; it nourishes his own soul, too. “Planting is my work, my joy and my spiritual practice these days. No matter if it is cold and drizzly, or warm and sunny ... there’s no place I’d rather be.”
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Down side to helmet policy BY JOE FANTAUZZI
A coroner’s review calling for all cyclists to wear helmets in Ontario has been well received in York Region. But simply making everyone wear a helmet while encouraging an increase in bicycle ridership may not be as simple as it seems. The review, headed by Ontario deputy chief coroner of investigations Dr. Dan Cass, examined 129 deaths between Jan. 1, 2006 and Dec. 31, 2010. Among the 14 recommendations were that bike helmets, currently not required for cyclists 18 and older, be required for everyone. The review also recommended placing side guards on heavy trucks to protect cyclists from being pulled underneath. Noting some adults do not want to wear helmets, the coroner’s office also stated an evaluation of the impact of mandatory helmet rules on cycling should accompany any change of the law. That’s because some believe helmet laws scare potential cyclists away, Markham cycling and pedestrian advisory committee vice-chairperson Peter Miasek, 64, said. The coroner’s report also notes some critics of mandatory helmet legislation point to the drop in cycling Australia experienced after its helmet law was introduced. Some European jurisdictions have decided to encourage higher ridership without attaching mandatory helmet use, Mr. Miasek said. While he does not wear a helmet, he tries to keep to trails and residential streets. If he has to
ride arterial roads, he rides the sidewalks. “I personally feel I can manage the risk,” he said, but if required by law, he will wear a helmet. The coroner’s report found 95 of the 129 cyclists — or 74 per cent — who suffered a fatal injury were not wearing a helmet. Of those younger than 18, seven of the 16 killed were wearing a helmet. The coroner’s report acknowledges because the coroner’s office did not examine all cycling injuries, it can’t state with certainty the degree to which wearing a helmet makes it less likely a cyclist will suffer a head injury. As the coroner’s office was preparing its report, Markham’s cycling and pedestrian advisory committee sent a letter to Dr. Cass in November 2011 detailing six recommendations to improve safety for all cyclists. The letter recommended investigating how feasible it is to require large trucks and buses to install side guards. The letter also suggested the introduction of a provincial funding program to construct cycling infrastructure. The committee believes separated bike lanes are needed on many arterial roads. Among the other recommendations in the letter were amending provincial traffic law to mandate a minimum distance between vehicles and bikes and increasing education and awareness of cycling, bike safety, urban planning and other concepts. The letter did not address the subject of helmets. To view report, visit bit.ly/MoDAha
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Stop legislating common sense
Premier Dad might be called upon, once again, to legislate us to be safe. Dalton McGuinty and the Liberals have already passed laws to ensure adults don’t smoke on patios or in vehicles with children, and that everyone younger than 18 wears a helmet while riding a bicycle. Now, adult cyclists may be the next target in his cross-hairs. A review of all accidental cycling deaths in the province between 2006 and 2010, recommended bike helmets be required for cyclists of all ages. The belief is a law that covers everyone would address the fact only 27 per cent of cyclists who died from collisions were wearing helmets. Putting helmets on everyone will save lives, according to the report, which was led by deputy chief coroner Dr. Dan Cass. It’s hard to argue against that, but not everyone agrees it’s the right thing to do. In fact, Dr. Cass’ panel members could not agree on whether or not legislation was the best way to promote cycling safety and many of the people who would appear to gain the most from the possible legislation are against it. Cycling groups across the province argue education, not legislation, is the answer. Mandatory helmet use will not reduce the number of cycling injuries and,
instead, will only reinforce the incorrect belief that wearing a helmet is the only way to avoid injury. And who’s going to enforce this kind of legislation? Our police officers have more important duties than issuing tickets to helmet-less cyclists. Some believe helmet laws scare potential cyclists away, according to Markham cycling and pedestrian advisory committee vice-chairperson Peter Miasek. Some European jurisdictions encourage higher ridership without attaching mandatory helmet use, he added. While Mr. Miasek does not wear a helmet, he tries to keep to trails and residential streets. If he has to ride arterial roads, he rides the sidewalks. He believes he can manage the risk, he said. Dr. Cass also recommends an approach at the municipal level that would emphasize the creation of bike paths and bike lanes separated from roads. The inclusion of cycling and road safety education in schools and a Transportation Ministry-led campaign on cycling safety were also part of the report. But the focus seems to be on trying to legislate common sense. Instead of a law designed to protect us from ourselves, it makes more sense to look at the coroner’s suggestions for reducing cycling accidents.
What is news? Inquiring minds need to know
had the honour of speaking at career day last week at a public school in Thornhill. It’s one of those fun things community newspaper editors are invited to do, right up there with judging the Santa Claus parade or moderating the all-candidates night. (Control your excitement.) How I ranked up there with my fellow presenters — a politician, doctor, lawyer, chef and computer-assisted animator for big budget sci-fi/adventure films, among others — is a mystery to me, although like the show What Not to Wear, perhaps they brought in someone they thought could have done better with his life, considering his many talents. “Children, pay attention. There’s a life lesson to be learned here,” the looks on the teachers’ faces seemed to say as I walked to the front of the class. (I am just kidding.) I did my best to give the kids some idea of what a community newspaper editor’s job is like and what they might expect if they were to choose a career in local news. In that you spend a lot of time in front of a computer or on the phone and do a lot of reading and working on your computer. Covering wars or natural disasters or being interviewed yourself about
Bernie O’Neill the incredible story you broke is much less common and besides, you need to get home on time to have dinner with the kids. I must say the students were very welcoming and asked a lot of great questions, on top of the questions they were compelled to ask to complete the booklet that went with career day, such as how much schooling is required and how much I make. I was also able to give them a little lesson about what news is and how we collect it, harvest it, hunt it down, dig it up or whatever we have to do to get our hands on it (which was one of the common supplementary questions: where does the news come from or
how to you get it?) News, I told them, is essentially stories about people, places and things. But mostly people. So what stories about people do other people want to hear? It boils down to a few basic criteria. Timeliness: Is it something that just happened? Or is about to happen? That’s news. Did it happen two months ago, two years ago? Not so much. Proximity: Did it happen in Markham, the Chicago suburb (I keep getting Google alerts about Markham, Illinois) or did it happen in Markham, Ont.? If you are talking about Markham the town that wants to be a city (above the city that sometimes thinks it’s a country), then that’s news to the people around here. If it happened in suburban Chicago, it’s not really news, at least not to us, unless it was something really big. Which brings us to... Audience: Who are they? Homeowners with two cars, two kids, two cats who live in a certain area? Certain stories will interest them that might not interest others. Impact: Will what you are about to tell people change the community in which they live? Cost them a lot of money? Alter the environment of the planet they are inhabiting? Then this is
a story people tend to want to hear. Conflict: Where there is struggle, violence, crime, war or even a simple difference of opinion, there are stories that tend to get read or listened to. The traffic jam near the accident often isn’t about lanes being blocked, it’s about people slowing down to take a look. Novelty: You might call it, “Man bites dog.” If you are talking about something that happened that rarely happens, something unique, novel, not an everyday occurence, you have news. Celebrity: For whatever reason, we are interested in what the popular, beautiful, rich, powerful and talented people are up to. It’s in our nature. Through Internet and news websites and tracking of what gets read and looked at and what doesn’t — which also determines where advertisers advertise — more than ever, news organizations are focused on giving people what they want rather than trying to tell them what they should be interested in. Which will be the challenge for these young people 10 years from now when they head out into a changing work world that probably won’t look the same as it does today, especially when it comes to media. (Although what I heard in hallways at the end of career day was a lot of kids talking about becoming lawyers. Like I said, smart kids.)
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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An overview of the site plan and the NHL-ready arena will be discussed at June 27 public meeting in Markham.
Town offering more information on arena A public meeting has been scheduled next week for the proposed NHL-ready arena in Markham. On June 27, you’re invited to the Civic Centre for additional information on the overview of the site plan and facility, the integration into the Markham Centre Plan and transportation and transit analysis. Markham council approved in April the business deal for the $325-million, 20,000seat sports, entertainment and cultural cen-
tre to be built west of the Unionville GO station and north of Hwy. 407. Headed by businessman Graeme Roustan, chairman and CEO of GTA Sports and Entertainment and financially backed by developer Rudy Bratty of the Regminton Group, the proposal will see Markham borrow $162.5 million to cover its share of costs. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. For more information, visit markham.ca — L.H. Tiffany Hseih
BY KIM ZARZOUR
With the provincial budget passed after weeks of uncertainty, Thornhill’s MPP lamented yesterday that the minority government situation is not serving Ontario residents well. The last seven months in the legislature, operating under the first minority government in Ontario in decades, was tortuous, Peter Shurman said. Mr. Shurman, a Progressive Conservative, was celebrating the end of session over lunch, feeling like a student whose school has finally let out for the summer after a year that wasn’t particularly successful.
‘VERY DIFFICULT’ “It was very difficult and not a satisfying session at all and at the end of it, we have a budget for the province that neither of its authors can be proud of, nor those of us who have to operate under it.” Few in the legislature, including the premier, have ever lived with a minority
sincerity ... but we’re coming at it from three different, opposing angles.” That meant the parties had to talk to each other, come up with a compromise, but that did not happen, he said. “We [the PCs] were talking — putting in our ideas, but the Liberals said no. And to curry favour from the NDP they gutted their own budget ... and at the end of the day they still didn’t appease the third party. Ontario was not PETER SHURMAN: Thornhill MPP well-served with this budget. “This minority governlooks back on past seven months. ment thing is not working,” he said. government, he said, “and Mr. Shurman did not go everyone was trying to fig- so far as to predict an elecure out who’s responsible tion next year, pointing to for what and how to make it the pending byelection in work”. Kitchener-Waterloo to elect It was not, in the end, a a successor to PC MPP Elizaworking relationship, he beth Witmer. A Liberal win said. there would give the Grits a “We had a premier who de facto majority. thought he still has an abso“But I will say this: we are lute monarchy and he is king. on tenuous ground ... we Now he has people to answer have to resolve this issue. to, and those people are us, If we don’t, we risk seeing the majority of the legisla- the credit rating of Ontario ture. I don’t doubt anyone’s downgraded even further.”
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Local school boards aren’t waiting for the province as they move ahead with their own safe schools strategies. The province has just announced it is taking the next step in its accepting schools action plan by establishing a new expert panel. The group is expected to identify and advise on the development of resources and practices schools should use to promote a positive climate, equity, inclusive education and bullying prevention. The announcement comes on the heels of the passing of the Accepting Schools Act, also known as Bill 13, earlier this month, which will take effect in Ontario schools this fall. As for what changes the implementation of the new law will bring to the York Region District School Board, superintendent Allan Hoyle said details are being ironed out. “I like to think we’ve been a little bit ahead of the curve on this one,” he said. Work on creating safe school environments was well under way before the announcement of the new law, he said. The local board has been consulting two working groups, one with internal staff and the other made up of community partners including York Regional Police and the York Region Bullying Coalition. The working groups are helping develop a two-part strategy. The first part will focus on philosophy and defining bullying, while the second is on prac-
tical steps to help prevent bullying. “A big part of developing a plan that works is to listen to the students, parents and teachers,” Mr. Hoyle said. “As a public institution, we do have an obligation to respond to the legislation, but, ultimately, we hope to see equity for every student across the province.” The provincial panel of experts will design a model strategy and boards will use it as an example when creating their own, as one plan is not going to work for every school board, Mr. Hoyle said. The public board is still finalizing timelines for its strategy, which will include the province’s new law, to be complete. It expects to have the framework ready by August, have a full draft in September that will go out for feedback and have something in place by the end of October. “This is a wonderful example of prevention and not punishment,” Mr. Hoyle said. “We are aiming to create the kind of environment kids can and want to learn in.” There won’t be significant changes for the York Catholic District School Board when the new law comes into play, religious and family life co-ordinator Michael Way Skinner said. “We are already doing most of what is laid out in the legislation,” he said. “Really, the only change is we will have to allow students to call their clubs gay-straight alliances if they wish.” Many schools have student groups supporting differences in sexual orientation, but he doubts students will seek to change group names.
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Health, that will oversee both York Central Hospital in Richmond Hill and the Vaughan hospital. Both hospital sites are located along Major Mackenzie Drive, about eight kilometres apart. Of course, there’s also a new logo. It’s a person with a purple head, arms and a torso shaped like an M in orange and purple legs shaped like an H. The words Mackenzie Health, in purple lettering, appear to the right. York Central’s president and CEO Altaf Stationwala said the process to come up with the names and logo as well as mission, value and vision statements took nearly a year and involved in-depth community consultation. Hospital staff also provided substantial input.
“We felt, very much, that this was defining the transformation of our organization into a mandate of becoming a regional health care provider,” he said. “... It was pretty significant engagement, I would say, and it was about getting the community behind what we’re about to create. This is a work in progress and, over time, they’re going to see the evolution of two hospitals in southwest York Region and a network of community health care providers.” Consulting firm Fleishman-Hillard helped carry out the consultation process and develop the artwork. The final cost for the branding process has not been tallied, Mr. Stationwala said, but he estimates the bill will be “hundreds of thousands of dollars”. That includes everything from stationery to identification badges and signs to a website.
‘What we’ve heard in all of our engagement sessions is people want to see a name change. They want to see a reflection of what we’re going to become. They think it’s a natural progression and evolution of this organization.’ Altaf Stationwala
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Mr. Stationwala acknowledged that there will likely be criticism of the branding process and the amount of money spent to carry it out. But he said the people who were consulted resoundingly supported the creation of a new identity. “What we’ve heard in all of our engagement sessions is people want to see a name change. They want to see a reflection of what we’re going to become,” Mr. Sta-
tionwala said. “They think it’s a natural progression and evolution of this organization.” A special ceremony to reveal the new brand was to take place this morning at Vaughan’s city hall with Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua and York Region chairperson Bill Fisch is expected to attend. A similar unveiling was to take place this afternoon at Richmond Hill town hall.
This is one of the proposed new logos for the new hospital corporation that will oversee the future Vaughan hospital and York Central Hospital in Richmond Hill.
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York spending $1.1M on Internet upgrades BY CHRIS TRABER
York Region employees will benefit from a $1.1-million Internet upgrade. The regionâ€™s finance and administration committee approved a proposal from Net Cyclops Inc. to provide the professional services, hardware and software for the design and implementation of Internet access infrastructure for the region. The contract is valued at $1,093,862, excluding taxes. In 2008, the regionâ€™s network experienced a number of failures and instability. To address the network issues, staff took temporary remedial technical measures and an extensive network architecture assessment was conducted. The assessment was completed in 2009 and included a five-year plan, split into three phases: perimeter upgrade and consolidation, Internet access infrastructure and network core redesign. The estimated total cost was $2,300,000. The first phase was completed in 2010 and replaced aging network firewalls with a highly available network perimeter infrastructure. It also resulted in a significantly more stable and secure network and provided the strong perimeter required for the second phase to proceed. Net Cyclops will complete the second phase of the project, resulting in greater network reliability, capacity, security, performance and traffic control capabilities. The project is scheduled to be completed by the end of the year and will provide the necessary environment for the third phase
network core redesign, scheduled for 2013.
POLICE LEASES The committee also endorsed York Region police services board requests for three lease renewals at the Yonge/Mulock Centre, 16775 Yonge St., Newmarket. The professional development bureau and uniform recruiting unit, professional standards bureau and integrated domestic violence unit are housed there. Committee gave the green light to a threeyear lease for 5,245 square feet of space at an annual cost of $120,844, effective Oct. 1. It also approved leasing two units comprising 2,884 sq. ft. for a period of three years, effective July 1, at an annual cost of $74,868. A two-year lease for an additional 6,923 sq. ft., at a yearly cost of $179,721, effective July 1, was also given the nod. Committee was also informed York Regional Police is working with Seneca College on a joint training facility initiative at its King campus. That would see professional development and uniform recruiting, along with the training branch, located at 4 District in Vaughan, move to the new facility. The project is in the planning stages with Seneca. Dates for occupancy are yet to be confirmed due to co-ordination of the various requirements of each partner. However, a tentative date of 2015-16 for occupancy by York Regional Police is planned. In the interim, the location at the Yonge/ Mulock Centre is required.
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War of 1812 revisited Yonge St. played key role in battle BY AMANDA PERSICO
Along Yonge Street in York Region, you can see the hustle and bustle of urban living. But 200 years ago, the narrow country road ran through thick forests, with a smattering of one-room log houses. However rugged, the road played an important role during the War of 1812 — moving militia, arms and ammunition. The war was between the United States of America and the British Empire, with the Americans trying to take control of the British colonies that would one day form Canada. There are remnants of the time period all along Yonge Street: the Cairn in Richmond Hill, a farmhouse in Aurora, a religious house in Newmarket and evidence of naval efforts in Holland Landing. Prior to the start of the war, it was up to settlers to maintain Yonge. As many settlers were busy clearing the area to create farmland, one of the world’s longest roads was left unkept. That was one of the challenges at the beginning of the war, Sharon Temple museum director and curator John McIntyre said. “Some of the landowners were not doing what they were supposed to be doing,” he said. “But when war was declared, it became vital to the military.”
During the war, the military took over the route and Yonge was in better shape than when it was first constructed almost two decades prior. Many settlers living along the route opposed the war. The Quaker settlers who came to Newmarket from the United States after suffering religious persecution once again faced hefty fines and their lands were confiscated because they did not support the war effort. “(Quaker) members were imprisoned if fines were not paid,” Mr. McIntyre said. “And that was during peace time. It was much worse during the war.” Join the conversation. Follow @AmandaPersico on Twitter.
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Local group digging in for garden contest BY KIM ZARZOUR
A local non-profit group is challenging York Region residents to get digging — and voting — for ground-breaking change. Seeds For Change is looking for voter support to help them win $15,000 and create 2,015 gardens in York Region in time for the 2015 Pan Am Games. The contest, Gardens for Good, will award three organic community gardening projects $15,000 to go toward empowering communities to make change from the ground up. Seeds For Change, a grassroots group that
fosters community gardens, hopes to inspire residents across the region to start their own food-producing garden plots, whether they are in the family’s back yard, balcony container garden, schools, fire halls, rooftop gardens, interfaith gardens or wherever there is under-utilized land. Organizer Lynne Koss hopes the initiative will help the community learn critical life skills, share and celebrate local food, reconnect to nature, enjoy outdoor activity and help the environment. The group’s 2015 challenge has been made a finalist in the Nature’s Path Organic
ON THE WEB From now until June 30, supporters can add their daily vote at http://apps.facebook.com/ gardensforgoodgrants/contests/218426/voteable_entries/51310451 Foods contest. The winning entry will have shown a passion and vision for organic urban farming and have earned the most votes on the contest Facebook site. Prizes include technical design and production mentorship, a free organic breakfast community celebration and a donation of Nature’s Path products to help fill the pantries of a local food bank.
The 2015 challenge has already begun with the first garden plot at a Thornhill child care centre, the second at a local fire hall and additional plots at a Markham group home for youth. Also planned are gardens at three York Region elementary schools, two additional community gardens and others lined up for Richmond Hill and, through York Region Food Network, 22 plots to be added to the Newmarket community garden. A similar challenge was launched by Vancouver city council in 2006 to create 2,010 new food-producing plots as a 2010 Olympics legacy. The city of London, England plans to add 2,012 new gardens in unused space across the capital for the 2012 summer Olympics.
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REVISED ROUTES & SCHEDULES > Viva – blue, blue “A”, purple, pink > 1 – Highway 7 > 4 – Major Mackenzie > 23 – Thornhill Woods > 81 – Inspiration > 82 – Valleymede-Spadina > 83/83A – Trench > 84A/84C – Oak Ridges > 85/85A – Rutherford-16th Avenue > 86 – Newkirk > 87 – Langstaff-Maple > 90 – Leslie > 91/91A – Bayview > 98 – Yonge > 98E – Yonge Limited Express > 99 – Yonge
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Sara Dimerman Parenting By this time of year, even parents are looking forward to a break from school — a break from getting up early to make lunches, driving to and from extra-curricular activities and dealing with homework hassles. However, we also know that the long break from school during the summer months means that we might just hear the words “I’m bored” a few times too many. With this in mind, many parents choose to enrol their children in summer activities – day and overnight camps, for example. Many also plan for activities that the whole family can enjoy together – day trips or extended vacations. But how much is too much and how little may lead to a summer of whining and nagging. Consider these suggestions. If you can, give the kids (and yourself) a full week of unplanned activities between the time that school ends and summer activities begin. Older children especially enjoy the break from having to be up and out of bed by a certain time. Maybe plan to spend an entire day in PJs, for example. Not every child wants to go to camp, but for some families this may not be an option – especially if parents work and need care for young children.
HANGING OUT AT MALL? Is it appropriate for him to be able to call friends and organize get outings without your involvement? Is it OK for her to spend every day hanging out at the mall or in the park without any adult supervision (and how might you feel flustered and distracted at work if you’re having to manage this from a distance)? Think of family summer projects, such as organizing photo albums and de-cluttering your home, along with individual projects that have been put aside during the school year so that when your child says he is bored, you can direct him towards helping with those. Don’t feel responsible for always having to come up with a plan for helping your child escape boredom. Give her credit for coming up with creative ideas on her own. Because summer holidays are so long, it’s best to plan ahead for children and explore a balance between structured activities for your child alone, structured activities for your family together and down time for everyone. Thornhill’s Sara Dimerman is registered with the College of Psychologists of Ontario and provides counselling to individuals, couples and families. Find out more at www. helpmesara.com
HELP CHOOSING CAMP If your child is a reluctant camper, make sure to include him or her when considering and deciding which camps to pick. There are so many options for day camps – from those that offer a variety of different activities each day – mostly outdoors – to specialty camps that offer a specific focus, such as dance and drama – mostly indoors. You can also choose between having your child attend one camp for an extended period or choosing several camps that run for shorter periods. If you feel confident your child will enjoy an overnight experience and he or she is not traumatized by
the mere mention of this, go slow at first. Make sure that the camp offers a beginner program of a shorter length so that your child can get a sampling of being away from home and feel good about having done so successfully. I’m not a big fan of sending a child to camp for the entire summer, unless he or she has a passion for doing so – and even then, try to balance his or her time away with spending time reconnecting as a family. If your child is old enough to stay at home alone for short or longer periods of time and asks to do so while you are away during the day, be wary of doing so if the days spent alone are many or longer than three or four hours. Even if your child enjoys this freedom initially, he or she will likely tire of it before the summer is even half finished and then you might be scrambling to find activities to keep him or her occupied. Also, consider how comfortable you are and how appropriate it may or may not be for your child to be unsupervised and independently responsible for filling his or her days.
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THURSDAY, JUNE 21 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. 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 with ice cream, plus 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. A strawberry supper will be hosted by the Richvale Lioness Club June 21 at Langstaff Community Centre, 155 Red Maple (corner Bantry) in Richmond Hill from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Roast beef, ham, salads, desserts, strawberries and more. Adult tickets $14, children under 10 $7; everyone welcome. All proceeds to community activities such as Hill House Hospice. From June 21 to 23, the Red Bull racing show car will make a stop in Thornhill, at Infinity of Willowdale, 7200 Yonge St. Come admire the F1 race car replica, and you could win passes to the Formula 1 race in the U.S. in November or mounted racing gloves signed by champion Sebastian Vettel. For details, visit willowdale. infinity.ca or call 905-881-4200.
FRIDAY, JUNE 22
St. Volodymyr’s Parish, 15 Church Lane, Thornhill (John and Yonge streets) invites you to a pierogy dinner June 22 from 4:30 to
7 p.m. Enjoy borscht, (beet soup) pierogies, sauerkraut, sausage, homemade dessert and beverage. You can bring containers for takeout to reduce waste. Frozen pierogies also available for sale. Cost: adults $10; students $5; children 7 and under free; takeout orders $9. Funds support maintenance of heritage church. For details, call 905-889-0187.
SATURDAY, JUNE 23 The One Parent Family Association’s Aurora/ Richmond Hill dance takes place June 23 at 8 p.m. at the Aurora Legion, 105 Industrial Parkway N. Tickets of $17 available at the door, includes light buffet. Bring a friend. The fourth annual Car Wash for Cancer fundraiser will be held June 23 at Bayview Secondary School, Bayview Avenue just north of Major Mackenzie in Richmond Hill, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (rain date June 24). Have your car washed for a donation to the Ewing’s Cancer Foundation of Canada in honour of a former Bayview student who died of the disease. For more, visit ewingscancer.ca Enjoy a Bloomin’ Strawberry Social Tea June 23 at the Heritage Centre, overlooking garden of Amos Wright Park, 19 Church St. N., Richmond Hill. Enjoy tea and “berry” special dessert with sittings at 1 and 2:30 p.m. for $7 (tax included). Reservations recommended, but drop-ins accepted if space allows. Call 905-780-3802 for details and to reserve spots. Meet UFC fighting superstar Pat Barry at a Carnival For Hope charity event at Richmond Hill Honda June 23 from noon to 3 p.m. Get
photo and autograph, draws for free Indy tickets, children’s games, face painting, entertainment, obstacle course, car wash and barbecue. Test your punching power on punch machine. Richmond Hill Honda is at 77 16th Ave., call 1-888532-4946 or visit richmondhillhonda.com June 23 from 10 a.m. to noon, Seeds For Change will host a native plant workshop at the Growing To Give Garden at Firehall 7-1, 835 Clark Ave. W., (Bathurst & Clark), Thornhill. Workshop will be led by Alice Kong from the North American Native Plant Society, dedicated to the study, conservation, cultivation and restoration of native plants. Group will plant many interesting plants in the wetland, bring your rainboots. For more, visit seedsforchangegardens.org
SUNDAY, JUNE 24 Councillor Godwin Chan invites all Richmond Hill residents to his Ward 6 Summerfest June 24 from noon to 2:30 p.m. at David Hamilton Park, 311 Valleymede Dr., beside Ed Sackfield Arena. Free barbecue while supplies last, entertainment, door prizes. New feature is a video game bus.
MONDAY, JUNE 25 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 always welcome newcomers. For details, call CMHA York Region at 905-853-8477 or visit www.cmha-yr.on.ca
THURSDAY, JUNE 28
York Singles Club 45+ presents a new members information session June 28 from 6:45 to 7:45 p.m. at the Richmond Hill Legion, 233 Centre St. E., Richmond Hill. Come to this session and hear about all the activities of York Region’s top social club for singles 45+; for more e-mail email@example.com or call 905-707-7499.
FRIDAY, JUNE 29 Join Barry and Batya Segal Live In Concert at City of David Messianic Synagogue June 29 at Gates of Zion Centre, 7775 Yonge St., Thornhill. Israeli Messianic singers and songwriters will bring a musical fusion of ancient Yemenite and modern Jewish heritage for evening concert at 7:45 p.m. and Shabbat morning message June 30 at 11 a.m. Free admission, call 905761-8118 for details or visit cityofdavid.com
SUNDAY, JULY 1 Celebrate Canada Day in Markham July 1 with the Kindred Spirits Orchestra at the Unionville Millennium Bandstand 1 to 4 p.m., 100 Main St., with flag-raising ceremony, entertainment, face-painters, clowns and free fun-filled 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.
China friendship art exhibit coming to Richmond Hill
Works of Chinese artist Wenji Shi on view this month. Arts Richmond Hill is presenting an art exhibit from China showcasing goodwill and friendship through art. In co-operation with the Baoan District Committee of Shenzhen Municipal Committee and Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, the exhibition of Chinese paintings by artist Wenji Shi will be on view from June 22 to 30 at the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts, 10268 Yonge St. The theme of the exhibit is celebrating international cultural diversity: building communities of goodwill and friendship through art. The grand opening ceremony for this exhibition was held today, at Boynton House, presented by Arts Richmond Hill. Mr. Shi is a member of the Chinese Artists Association, Chinese Calligraphers Association and president of Shenzhen Baoan Artists Association. His art works are gentle outside but strong inside with deep meaning, charm and harmony in compact arrangements. His works sit in collections in the United States, Russia, France, Britain, Japan and Germany and 40 works have been created for this exhibit.
BY JEREMY GRIMALDI
The daughter of former Vaughan mayor Linda Jackson has been arrested in connection with a crack cocaine, oxycodone and ecstasy drug trafficking ring that allegedly stretches from Toronto to Hamilton and likely beyond, The Liberal has learned. Lindsay Coutts, 23, of Toronto, made an appearance June 13 at Burlington provincial court. A temporary publication ban on the hearing is in effect. Ms Coutts was arrested June 12 in Toronto following a year-long undercover operation called Proj-
ect Commute, a sting operation led by Halton Regional Police. She faces nine charges, including possession of cocaine and ecstasy for the purpose of trafficking, conspiracy to import cocaine and unauthorized possession of a firearm. Ms Jackson could not be reached for comment by telephone or at her Woodbridge home. Halton police said the arrest came months after an undercover officer from the drug and morality unit purchased cocaine from a trafficker in Halton. After the buy, further investigation revealed that the illegal activity
was supported by an organized network of individuals, police added. Preceding the arrests, which saw Ms Coutts taken into custody at Toronto’s Pearson International airport, search warrants were executed on residences in Burlington, Oakville, Hamilton and Toronto, during which police found three kilograms of cocaine, quantities of oxycodone, ecstasy and marijuana. Also seized were three illegal handguns, ammunition, a bulletproof vest, approximately $45,000 in Canadian currency and equipment used in the production of crack cocaine. The sting resulted in a number
of other local arrests, including the son of Vaughan dumpster-rental king Joseph Sansone Sr. The charges against Joseph Sansone Jr., 22, mirror those of Ms Coutts. Romina Pisani, 28, of Concord, was also charged with conspiracy to import a controlled substance. Ms Jackson, daughter of Vaughan’s longest serving mayor, Lorna Jackson, now runs LDJ Consultants, which specializes in government, development and consultation services, according to the website. Ms Jackson was mayor of Vaughan from 2006 to 2010, when she was defeated by longtime Lib-
eral MP Maurizio Bevilacqua. In all, nine people face drugs and weapons charges.
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LEARNING: High school major programs grows
York school boards expanding courses offered BY TERESA LATCHFORD
More York Region schools will offer specialist high skills majors this fall. The program allows a student to focus on a career path matching skills and interests, while earning an Ontario secondary school diploma. When a student completes a bundle of eight to 10 courses in a specific field, such as business, environment or manufacturing, he or she gets a seal on his or her diploma. The programs allow students to earn industry certifications, such as first aid and CPR, and gain hands-on experience with
employers. “Programs like this are preparing our students to get jobs in fulfilling and exciting industries,” Ontario Education Minister Laurel Broten said during the announcement of the program expansion. “Expanding these programs will give even more students the skills they need to succeed in the jobs of tomorrow.” Next year, 4,000 more students at 670 high schools across the province will be able to participate in the program. While many secondary schools in the York Region and York Catholic district school boards offer some of the specialist high skills major programs, many will add to the list
due to demand. The public board is leading the pack when it comes to the expanding the program, school-work transition consultant Steve Poste said, adding York Region public high schools submitted the maximum number of proposals for new programs this year. “Students get to do a lot of neat things in these programs,” he said. “The demand is there, so we are trying to give our students the most options.” The public board had 900 students enrolled in specialist programs this year. Next year, it hopes to bump that number to 1,600 to reach its goal of having 10 per cent of its Grade 11 and 12 students enrolled in
the program by October. The board works with schools to determine which programs to offer, assessing where past graduates have gone, where current students plan to head after graduation and what industries their communities offer to support co-op opportunities. An application, resembling a business case, is then submitted to the Education Ministry, which approves or denies the program at the particular school. While 16 of the board’s applications were approved this year, the ministry has preapproved the rest, meaning students can take the courses and be grandfathered in when the programs officially start in 2013.
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Maybe it’s a mysterious caller alerting you to a virus infecting your computer and offering to make it all go away. Perhaps it’s an e-mail urging you to help move money to secure a fortune. Or it might be a call from a relative, urging you to wire money to free him from jail. Old yarns or new, they’re all from people looking for your money or information. So why are people still falling for these scams? “It’s natural to think something like this is going to happen to someone else,” York Regional Police Det.-Sgt. Mike Elliott said. Ontarians were the Canadians most often targeted by mass-marketing schemes in 2011, according to a report by the Canadian AntiFraud Centre. We were also the most likely to complain. While the number of complaints and victims targeted by the schemes decreased in 2011, the total reported dollar loss associated with those schemes increased to $64.2 million, from $58.8 million in 2010, the report shows. To that end, the centre, which collects information and criminal intelligence on fraud schemes that target large amounts of people at a time, has identified dozens of scams making the rounds. Here are five common scams designed to lighten your wallet, steal your identity or get you placed on a spam list:
SERVICES A service scam is any false, deceptive or misleading promotion of or call for services, according to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre. Often, these scams involve offers for web, finance, medical and energy services and can include warranties, insurance and sales. One making the rounds in York Region involves a scammer convincing targets their computers are infected with a virus. The scammer then takes remote access of the computer after the target downloads software under the mistaken belief the scammer will use it to repair the computer. Det.-Sgt. Elliott pointed to another example: a car insurance scam targeting people who want to save cash. Ontario Provincial Police identified it in 2010. This scam involves ads in newspapers and websites offering unusually low rates for which all drivers qualify. A fake insurance slip arrives by mail or e-mail after a premium is wired. Sometimes the fraudsters attached folksy names to the company such as “Arthur and Son” or “Smith and Sons”. But if you get into a collision, it’s not worth the paper on which it is written, Det.-Sgt. Elliott said. VACATIONS This one can be tricky because some unsolicited offers of vacations can be legitimate.
But be wary: legitimate or not, someone is likely looking for money at some point. And you may be on the hook for more, such as a timeshare agreement, according to the anti-fraud centre, which advises researching the company with the Better Business Bureau and other information sources. “Nothing is free,” Det.-Sgt. Elliott added.
PRIZES Meanwhile, if the vacation, or any other product or service, is being awarded as a prize, you should not have to pay for it, according to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre. And you should immediately start asking questions if you’ve won a prize in a contest you haven’t entered, Det.-Sgt. Elliott said. Sometimes, the prize offer is a game to get your date of birth, social insurance number and other personal information. “Once they’ve got (the information), they become you,” Det.-Sgt. Elliott said.
EMERGENCIES Scammers employing this emergency-type technique like seniors a lot, police say. Typically, the target receives a phone call from someone identifying himself as a relative, such as a grandchild. A hard-luck story follows, such as he has been arrested for impaired driving in Montreal or Vancouver. Then comes the demand:
he needs money wired to fix the problem. While the scam is dying down this year, York officers saw a recent spike a little while ago, Det.-Sgt. Elliott said. In mid-2010, at least three seniors were targeted in a month, York police said. To crack down on victimization, the force’s fraud investigators work with seniors groups. One thing you can do is stay in touch with relatives so voices can be easily recognized, Det.-Sgt. Elliott said.
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Rapper ‘in love’ with boy’s video BY L.H. TIFFANY HSIEH
Rapper Nicki Minaj is in love with Markham’s Luka Mihajlovic. She said so herself in the Twitterverse this week, while posting the 10-year-old’s YouTube video of her hit single, Starships. “ok i am in love,” Ms Minaj Tweeted to Ellen DeGeneres and Perez Hiton. A Grade 4 student at Parkview Public School in Unionville, Luka submitted his clean version of Starships for a contest Ms Minaj hosted. Five winners will receive VIP tickets to one of her concerts and get to meet her. Ms Minaj’s Tweet prompted Mr. Hilton, an American blogger and TV personality, to feature Luka’s video on his website. “This kid has PIPES!” Mr. Hilton wrote. “And check out all of his HIGHlarious bloopers at the end of the clip! OBSESSED! Can’t wait to hear what else this star-in-the-making comes out with next!” Luka began singing at an early age. At 4, he would stand on top of the coffee table and perform, his mother, Monica Forti, said. Ms Forti said her son has sung at many local events such as Markham Idol and Markham’s Got Talent and recently performed with the Kindred Spirits Orchestra in a show called Broadway Kids at the Markham Theatre. “I love my son,” said Ms Forti, a computer engineer at IBM. “Anything he does is great
Luka Mihajlovic, a student at Parkview Public School in Unionville, plays a mean cover version of rapper Nicki Minaj’s Starships. for me.” Besides singing, Luka also plays the piano and has expressed interest in becoming a professional singer and actor, Ms Forti said. Contest winners have not been announced by Ms Minaj as of yesterday. However, Ms Forti said if her Luka wins, they would like to attend the rapper’s concert in Detroit next month. To check out Luka’s Starships video, go to http://www. youtube.com/watch?v=uPbCRCDZbMQ
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dents. The athletes were encouraged to bring water, umbrellas, hats and sun screen; teachers brought extra water and school buses remained on site in case teachers decided it was too hot to remain. First aid support was also available, Ms Moore said and the event was expected to wrap
up by 2 p.m. Students were coping well with the heat by using tents, trees that surround the track and a cooling centre with drinking water, the university’s track centre manager Kathy Miller said. Elsewhere in the region, students and teachers coped as best they could.
Secondary school students started exams yesterday, but most high schools have air conditioning. Most elementary schools, however, don’t because they aren’t used during summer months; instead, there are often cooler spaces in schools, such as libraries, that students rotate through for relief. When the humidex is above 40
or UV is 6 or higher — both of which occurred this week — principals have the option of leaving students indoors or making other changes to normal practice, according to the Catholic board’s extreme weather policy. The public school board doesn’t have a boardwide policy because conditions can vary widely across
the region, between schools near Lake Simcoe, for example, and those near the Toronto border, said spokesperson Licinio Miguelo. Schools surrounded by trees or with a steady breeze may not require as much change as others, so principals evaluate their own school conditions and determine appropriate steps, he said.
Class Environmental Assessment to address Outfall Capacity Limitations at the Duffin Creek Water Pollution Control Plant
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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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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
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Roger Federer seems to have Milos Raonic’s number. At least for this season, as Federer defeated the 21-year-old Thornhill resident when they met in the quarter-finals of the Gerry Weber Open in Halle, Germany Friday. The 16-time Slam champion and world’s third ranked Federer rallied from a set down to defeat Raonic, ranked 21st in the world, 6-7(4), 6-4, 7-6(3). The victory by Federer was the third time he’s defeated Raonic this year. Though Raonic dished out 25 aces and won 89 per cent of his first serve points in the nearly twohour match, Federer was also strong on serve and never allowed Raonic to see a break point opportunity. Following the first-set tiebreak, which Raonic won convincingly, Federer immediately turned the match around by securing the only break of the contest in the opening game of the second set. Raonic has come close to beating Federer in all three meetings before ultimately dropping a threeset decision. He also took the first set in their first-ever matchup in the third round at Indian Wells in March and in their second-round battle at Madrid last month, which was also decided in a third-set tiebreak. Raonic’s run at the 250-level ATP World Tour event ends in the quarterfinals for the second consecutive year, as he fell to Philipp Petzschner at the same stage last season. Raonic’s next tournament will be at Wimbledon, which starts June 25.
Two Thornhill youngsters earned top three placings at the Maple Leaf Junior Tour’s Prodigy Series at Hidden Lake Golf Club near Burlington last weekend. Jason Chung, 13, captured the Boys 13 and Under Division after carding a two-round 145 (7570). Chung won by 14 shots over his nearest rival. Chung felt a good start during Sunday’s final round set the tone for what would lie ahead. “The highlight was on hole number three when I made my first birdie it was a great start to the round and I knew I would have a great day from that point on,” he said. “I tried to stay calm and positive even when I made some bogeys coming down the stretch. I feel very grateful (about winning). I could not have done it without the help of my supporting parents who are always there for me, especially my dad. And also thanks to my sister for being here to support me today.” In the Boys 14-16 Division, Henry Moon, 14, finished third after shooting a two-round 150 (75-75). Moon was five shots off the pace set by Keaton Jones of Kitchener.
Thornhill golfer wins his division Nathan Douglas shot a four-over par 73 to win his age group division at the Canadian Junior Golf Association’s Junior Linksters Series at Broofield Country Club near Cambridge Sunday. The Thornhill resident competed in the Boys’ 11-13 category and won his division by three shots over his nearest rival Noah Harkness of Toronto.
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Canada held a the lead after three quarters before Brazil rallied in the fourth to earn a berth in the gold medal game against the United States. A six-foot, seven-inch forward, Wiggins, 17, was a Vaughan Secondary School student who currently attends Huntington Prep in West Virginia.
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YRAA moves to rein in Colts powerhouse BY JOHN CUDMORE
It isn’t difficult to imagine the collective sigh of relief coming from high school gymnasiums in York Region after a spring season of watching the double horseshoes of the Bill Crothers Secondary School Colts teams kicking butt. A motion passed at the York Region Athletic Association’s annual general meeting last week should be the first step toward restoring level playing fields and appeasing rival schools feeling overwhelmed by the sports-oriented school in Unionville. During the spring season, Crothers won just about every title available at the senior Tier 1 level in which it fielded teams. The increasing pile of championships is a sore point among rival schools, since Crothers operates with access to student-athletes from across York Region and beyond.
As expected, YRAA followed the outline of an Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations motion to restrict Crothers athletes from competing in their prime sport at the high school level. The ruling takes effect Sept. 4, although students currently attending or registered at Crothers for the 2012-13 school year are exempt. Students starting after Sept. 4 will be required to declare their primary sport and will not be permitted to play at a high school level in that activity. Essentially, it will take four years for the new ruling to work its way through the system. For Crothers, finding alternative competition for its top athletes in any sport may be the future. “I think this will have the impact OFSAA wants,” YRAA athletic co-ordinator Steve
Shantz said. “But in this day and age, do you really want to discourage students from playing or find more appropriate competition for them? “I think sometimes there is too much emphasis that the only place you can win is on the scoreboard, but nobody wants to go into the season already knowing who will win. If Crothers wins everything, it’s no good for anyone.” At the conclusion of its fourth school year, Crothers, which was created by the York Region District School Board for elite and high-performance athletes from around the region, is hitting full stride. Crothers is caught in the midst of clashing philosophies. On one hand, it provides a setting in which high-performance athletes can excel. On the other, its teams often outclass rivals due to the available talent in its hallways. Crothers athletic manager Derrick Stryker is well aware of the imbalance and says the school is exploring alternative competitive opportunities. “There will be internal changes,” he said. “In some cases, we’ll be seeking outside competition. Maybe we’ll add another level to compete outside of high school. I think we’ll start to see our team sports enter into higher competition. It will happen before we are forced to do it.” Last fall, the senior girls basketball team created an independent schedule to compete against elite competition, such as prep schools, in exhibition games and high-level tournaments.
“We say, ‘Let’s provide a level of competition that is fair to all’,” Stryker said. “Our unique depth of talent is the issue. Every school has its elite athletes.” The residency issue remains unchanged, thereby permitting students from beyond the traditional boundaries to attend Crothers. It essentially comes down to the gap between club-trained athletes and schooltrained athletes. “I think a lot of dynasty teams in the region got familiar with winning and maybe it’s a shock,” Stryker said. “I guess it depends on the coach and what their feelings are whether we’re liked or hated. We’re in a tough spot, but to the credit of (YRAA), we’ll get through it.” There are other sport-oriented schools in the province that have taken far less heat than Crothers. “We’re being supported in our own region,” Stryker said. “But we’re a hotspot in the province. I think YRAA can set the tone for the province.” Stryker concedes he feels a twinge of anxiety when he sees all the YRAA pennants raised at the school. However, he’s not about to apologize for hard work. “There’s not a lot of guilt among our coaches and not because they are bad people, but because the students and teachers are working hard,” he said. “They deserve to experience success. I get it. I understand a certain level of animosity exists.” Internal meetings in the coming weeks and again when school resumes will set the course for Crothers athletics next year.
PUBLIC CONSULTATION MEETING #1 FOR THE NATURAL HERITAGE NETWORK STUDY – PHASE 1 THURSDAY JUNE 28, 2012 6:00 PM VAUGHAN CITY HALL MULTI - PURPOSE ROOM On Thursday, June 28, 2012, the City of Vaughan Policy Planning Department and the consulting team of North-South Environmental will host the first of two Public Consultation Meetings with members of the public for refinement of Vaughan’s Natural Heritage Network. The City of Vaughan Official Plan (VOP 2010), adopted by Council in September 2010, designates a Natural Heritage Network (NHN) which is made up of significant natural features such as valleylands, wetlands and woodlands. This study aims to confirm its boundaries and composition, and set targets for its refinement and improvement over the long term. PROJECT OVERVIEW: The overall NHN Study will assess the role of the existing NHN in maintaining elements of biodiversity and ecological functions for the long term, consistent with Section 2.1.2 of the Provincial Policy Statement (PPS). At the completion of all phases of the NHN Study, additional NHN areas may be proposed to meet ecosystem targets of the natural heritage system related to biodiversity persistence and maintaining ecological function. There are three main objectives of the overall NHN Study: • An assessment of the biodiversity contribution and ecological functions of the existing NHN; • Developing a GIS database of the NHN, its constituent parts, and relevant attribute information to provide a clear and transparent rationale for the NHN, which can be used in the development application process; and • Prepare a strategy to enhance the NHN to meet select ecosystem targets. The scope of the overall NHN Study has 4 phases of work. The first phase will augment the existing NHN data sources by compiling all appropriate information into a comprehensive GIS database and identifying ecosystem targets to complete the NHN. Phase 2 of the study includes field investigations with a focus on significant wildlife habitat and headwater drainage features. Phase 3 reconciles the results of Phase 1 and Phase 2 into a summary report. Phase 4 will provide a checklist of potential actions to enhance the NHN. PURPOSE OF THE PUBLIC CONSULTATION MEETING: The Public Consultation Meeting will: introduce the NHN Study to area residents; discuss the Study’s timing and process; provide an opportunity for resident and stakeholder input; and have your name placed on a registry to receive future notifications. The general approach to the Study deliverables will be described.
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Three Markham residents are gearing up for the ride of their lives. The men will bicycle from Toronto to Austin, Texas, in October. The ride will benefit Wellspring Cancer Support Foundation and the programs it offers. Ryan Lau went from doing 5-km rides in mid-March to riding 125 km during one of his recent long rides. Starting out his training was tough, Mr. Lau said. “That was not fun to begin with. My body was not in shape to go these kind of distances,” he said. But friend and fellow rider Billy Cheung’s can-do attitude motivated him. “Billy is quite the role model and motivator,” Mr. Lau said. He has tried to adopt Billy’s mentality. “You should never let anyone tell you you can’t do anything. If you want to do something, do it. Don’t put too much thought into it,” Mr. Lau said, describing his friend’s attitude. Loris Bonora’s preparation for the ride includes a workout with personal trainer Mark Recaido who trains him in jeet kune doo, a form of martial arts he has been practising for two years. He knew he needed someone to
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Ryan Lau (from left) Loris Bonora and Billy Cheung are training for the 2012 Wellspring Peloton Challenge, which raises funds for Wellspring Cancer Support Foundation and the programs the organization offers. It’s an eight-day, 24-hour, night and day, cycling relay which will see the riders bike from Toronto to Austin, Texas in October.
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The Unionville Jets bantam selects were recognized for their efforts on and off the ice this past season by receiving the Award of Hometown Excellence during the recent Ontario Minor Hockey Association annual general meeting in Richmond Hill. The Jets were one of two teams from the OMHA, which has over 100,000 players, to receive the award. Lisa McConnell, Unionville Minor Hockey Association president, was elated with the honour bestowed upon the Jets. â€œThe players combined to give back to the Unionville Minor Hockey Association almost 350 hours of volunteer time over the course of the 2011-12 season. â€œAs well, the team collected food for the Markham Food Bank with Hockey with Heart,
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Unionville resident Lindsay Shotbolt earned Most Valuable Player honours at the recent All Canada Classic all-star basketball game at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto. For the six-foot, Grade 12 Bill Crothers Secondary School student, it marked the second year in a row she won those honours. Playing for the winning Team West, which defeated Team East 71-70, Shotbolt led all scorers with 26 points and was 10 for 17 from the field, six for eight from the free throw line and added 16 rebounds. Shotbolt will be attending Carleton University this fall.
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FUSSY COUPLE- No children/ pets requires one HOT TUB (Spa) Covers- person to clean weekly. No companies. Best Price, Best cleaning Quality. All Shapes & Col- 905-884-3406 ours Available. Call Health & Home 1-866-652-6837 Care www.thecoverguy.com/ newspaper REGISTERED NURSES/ critical care nurses, RPNs, HOT TUB/SPA 2012 model, fully loaded, PSWs Experienced live-in caregivers for elderly/ full warranty. disabled. Available 1-24 New in plastic. hrs. (905)770-8511 Cost $8,000 Sacrifice $3,900. Call: 416-779-0563 Mortgages/ Loans
$$MONEY$$ CONSOLIDATE Debts Mortgages to MODERN PIANO- $570. 90% No income, Bad credAlso pristine Classical and it OK! Better Option Mort#10969 Jazz records and player. gage 1-800-282-1169 905-770-6460 www.mortgageontario.com
Pools, Hot Tubs, Supplies HOT TUB, Delux Cabinet, must sell, warranty, $2,495 – 905-409-5285
Auctions & Sales
Saturday evening Antique Auction! June 23rd- 5:30 pm Pottageville
Detailed Listing/ Photos/Map at www.robsage auctions.com Toll Free 1-877-797-2135 Rob Sage Auctioneer Vehicles Wanted/ Wrecking $300 TO $1000Dead/ Alive. Cars/ trucks/ vans. Fast Free towing. We sell parts. 416-500-5050 CASH PAID for scrap cars and trucks. We also sell parts. Don Mills Steel (905)887-5821
Auto Parts & Accessories
YOKOHAMA S-DRIVE 215/55 16 with 5000km in excellent condition off my Audi asking $390 set of 4, great deal! Email Chris at chris.golding@ RICHMOND HILL- (Ba- americas.bnpparibas.com thurst & King Rd.) Walkout bachelor in new townhouse. Parking, laundry, Personals/ transit. No smoking/ pets. Companions Immediate. $700.+ PRETTY JEWISH lady, 416-829-7757 62, retired medical professional. Likes cooking, RUTHERFORD/ KEELE- 1 theatre, concerts, fishbedroom basement. Liv- ing... Kind, witty, bright, ingroom, dining room. 2 sensitive seeks Jewish appliances. Separate en- man, 60+, non-smoker. trance. Laundry, Parking. Retiree preferred. With $800 inclusive. Available own home, car, seeking i m m e d i a t e l y . lasting relationship. 905-832-1533 416-224-8406
Condos for Rent
Tutoring IMPROVE Math/ Science/ Business Get tutored by experienced professor/ teacher. Special summer package available! 416-726-5327
Appliance Repairs/ Installation
NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND OTHERS All claims against the Estate of NEIL HERBERT SCOTT, late of the Town of Richmond Hill, who died on or about the 29th day of December, 2011, must be filed with the undersigned personal representatives on or before the 29th day of June, 2012 thereafter, the undersigned will distribute the assets of the estate having regard only to the claims then filed. DATED this 6th day of June, 2012 JANET-ANN SCOTT c/o Counter & Mitchell Barristers & Solicitors 12820 Yonge Street, P.O. Box 2939 Richmond Hill, Ontario L4E 1A8 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. COMPLETE RENOVATIONS- Additions. Basements. Medical Clinics: Dentistry; Vet Clinic; Chiropractic. Professional. Low price. (416)427-2308 Sean.
Waste Removal ALL JUNK RemovalBasements, yards, garages. General cleanups, lawn cutting, small moves, odd jobs. (905)832-9655
CLUB 66 Fundraiser Extravaganza! Canadian Cancer Society. Saturday, June 23rd. 11am-3pm. 66 Baif Blvd., Richmond Hill.
Zumba, line dancing, wellness/ fitness experts. APPLIANCE/ TV Repairs Silent auction+++ (Since 1988) Free EstiEveryone welcome! mates! Warranty. Credit cards. TVs, fridges, stoves, Waste Removal dishwashers, washers, dryers, airconditioning/ HOME RENO. 25 years heating. (905)201-8181/ exp. Basement. Kitchen. (416)266-6122 Bathroom. Drywall. Paint- MR. KING'S JUNK REing. Call Cam MOVAL- Fast, reliable, same day pick up. Why Cleaning/Janitorial 647-388-1866 spend more somewhere www.hongfuconstruction.com else? Seniors Discounts! Call Vincent A CRYSTAL Cleaning exLandscaping, Lawn 647-216-KING (5464) perience- Homes, Offices. Care, Supplies Insured/ bonded. Supplies Escort Services provided. 15% discount. TREE/ SHRUB Removal(647)500-2260 for details. sodding, planting, interABSOLUTELY BEST locking, pool fill-in/ pond ASIAN BEAUTIES- EsDemolition cort service. Busty, sexy. cleaning ladies available. construction. junk removal. Great deals, 24/7. Out Honest & hard working, at- and (647)894-3188 tention to detail, insured/ calls only. 905-695-9089 bonded. 416-897-6782.
All Green Cleaning Services. We clean with green. Safe for family Insured/ Bonded. Discount. (647)295-4485 CLEANING+ ORGANIZING Service- Family business. Residential, offices. High quality. Affordable prices. Bonded, insured. References. Regular, onetime, weekly, bi-weekly. 647-287-1964, 289-466-5419 www.goodstylebyolga.com 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 TINA'S HOUSE Cleaning Services- Experienced and reliable. Satisfaction guaranteed. 416-200-1328.
Decks & Fences DECKS, Shed, Concrete/ Stone walkway. Hardwood/ Laminate floors 25 years experience. 416-522-8034, 905-787-0236 http://fifieldconstruction. wikispaces.com/
Flooring & Carpeting CARPET, LAMINATELinoleum- Hardwood. A1, sales, installation, repair, restretch. For expert workmanship/ low rates, (416)569-5606
Moving & Storage
A-PARRIS MOVERSLong/short, big/small, residential/ condos/ commercial. Quality service. Affordable/ reliable. 905-758-2848, 416-677-2848 www. parrishomesolutions.com
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
Tree/ Stump Service QUALITY TREE care service. Specializing: tree/ shrub pruning, trimming, mulching, maintenance. I.S.A Certified Arborist. (647)297-8559
ST. JUDE'S NOVENA
May the sacred heart of Jesus be adored, glorified, loved and preserved throughout the world. Now and forever, Sacred heart of Jesus, pray for us. St. Jude, helper of the hopeless pray for us. St. Jude, worker of miracles, pray for us. Say this prayer nine times a day by the eighth day your prayer will be answered. It has never been known to fail. Publication must be made. Thank You, A.V.R. Deaths
Your FAITH Community
TOCHER, Kenneth John January 25, 1981 - June 4, 2012 Passed away suddenly on Monday, June 4th, 2012. Ken will be dearly missed by his mother Wendy Bolger (Battler), father John Tocker and stepdad of 27 years George Bolger, sister Cailee Laus, brother-in-law Brent Laus and new baby niece Lily, also many aunts, uncles and cousins. A Celebration of Ken's Life was held at the Roadhouse & Rose Funeral Home, 157 Main Street South, Newmarket on Monday, June 11th, 2012 from 7-9 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations made to the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health at www.supportcamh.ca would be appreciated. We will love you for eternity and miss you until we meet again xoxo
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 !
AMAZING CONTENTS Sale! Downsizing. 133 Timber Valley Avenue, Oak Ridges, Saturday/ Sunday 9am-2pm. Furnishings, artwork, mirrors, rugs, kitchenware, Stott Pilates Reformer, fitness equipment and more. COMMUNITY STREET Sale, Stately Way (Bayview & Romfield Circuit) Saturday, June 23 from 8am-3pm.
ESTATE SALE- Persian rugs, high-end antique furniture, bronze, silver, oil paintings. 5347 Aurora Road, 200m. east of 48, Sat. Only. 9am-3pm. 4 1 6 - 8 4 3 - 0 8 8 4 ; 416-670-5843
GARAGE SALE, 34 Squire Dr, RH. June 23, 8am-1pm.
GIANT STREET saleCrown Heights Cres. (Bathurst/ Steeles). Thornhill. Sunday, June 24th. 9am-2pm.
HOME FURNITURE Content Sale Thornhill: 20 Donalbain Cres. June 23 & 24th 9am-2pm
HUGE GARAGE sale- 52 Colonial Cres. Saturday, June 23, 8am-2pm. Lots of household items, more!
HUGE INDOOR charity garage sale. June 23rd, 8am-2pm. +BBQ, Carwash. 10481 Yonge St. RH.
RICHMOND HILL- 120 Shaftsbury Ave. June 23rd, 8am. Toys, household items, lots of great bargains!
MOVING SALE- Richmond Hill. 403 Allen Crt. (Bayview/ Major Mack). Sat. June 23rd. 8am-2pm. Furniture, Oriental antiques, BBQ, sewing machine, golf clubs, records, books, Christmas decor, office stuff, Palm tree.
RICHMOND HILL- 19& 27 Harmony Hill Cres. June 23rd. 8am-noon. Multifamily. Furniture, toys, clothing.
MOVING SALE. Saturday, June 23rd. 8am-1pm. 69 Riverside Blvd., (south of Hwy.#7/ Yonge) Thornhill. RICHMOND HILL- 6 Penny Place (Yonge/ King) Saturday, June 23rd 8am-1pm. Sports equipment, inflatable pool w/filter, housewares, prom gown++++
STREET SALE Babcombe Dr. Thornhill. Sunday, June 24th. 8am-3pm.
STREET SALE- Waymount Avenue & Edgemont Court, Richmond Hill (Bathurst/ Gamble) Saturday and Sunday 9am-1pm.
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
AFFORDABLE LANDSCAPING LAWN CUTTING 10% OFF! Clean-ups ~ Sodding ~ Tree Work FREE ESTIMATES
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
Stuart L. Sackman, DPM We are pleased to announce that Matthew D. Chang, D.Ch., will be joining our foot clinic as an associate practitioner. ✓ General, Diabetic & Children's Foot Care ✓ House Calls
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Repairs Almost Anything! Bathroom/ Kitchen Renovations. Plumbing. Ceramics. Backsplash. Ceiling Spraying, Crown Moulding. Flooring. Garage Openers. Appliance Repair / Installations.
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75% off California Shutters
2" Horizontal Blinds
Express Plumbing Heating & Air Conditioning Your Neighbourhood A/C Services & Plumbing~New Installation & Repair Call Frank at 416-275-2753 for a good price. 15% discount on selected brand names 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
50% off Crown Moulding 20 years experience. Custom Drapes. All kinds of repairs.
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^ Total Discounts advertised are available to cash purchasers only and consist of an Employee Pricing Discount and a Consumer Cash Discount. Total Discounts are $8,168 for a new 2012 Altima 3.5 SR (T4SG12 NA00), CVT transmission/$4,516 for a new 2012 Sentra 2.5 SE-R (C4SG12 RT00), CVT transmission/$3,559 for a new 2012 Versa Hatchback 1.8 SL (B5RG12 SU00), CVT transmission/$13,556 for a new 2012 Titan Crew Cab SL 4x4 SWB (3CFG72 NE00), automatic transmission. Employee Pricing Discounts are only in effect between June 1st and July 3rd, 2012 (“Event Period”) and refer to A-Plan pricing ordinarily available to Nissan employees and exclude any negotiated bonuses or other special incentives that employees may receive from time to time. Employee Pricing Discounts range from $934 to $6,365 (vary by model) and are only available on the purchase of new 2012 Versa Sedan/Hatchback, Sentra, Altima Sedan/Coupe (excluding Hybrid), Maxima, 370Z Coupe/Roadster, Quest, Cube, Juke, Murano, Rogue, Armada, Xterra, Pathfinder, Frontier and Titan. The vehicle must be sold during the Event Period. Employee Pricing Discounts will be deducted from the selling price before taxes and can be combined with lease/finance offers – except when the Employee Pricing Discount has been combined with a Consumer Cash Discount to form a Total Discount. Consumer Cash Discounts range from $400 to $8,100 (vary by model) and will be deducted from the selling price before taxes and cannot be combined with lease/finance or other offers. See your Nissan retailer for more details. sModels shown $26,316 Selling Price for a new 2012 Altima 3.5 SR (T4SG12 AA00), CVT transmission/$19,395 Selling Price for a new 2012 Sentra 2.5 SE-R (C4SG12 AA00), CVT transmission/$19,020 Selling Price for a new 2012 Versa Hatch 1.8 SL (B5RG12 SU00), CVT transmission/$43,856 Selling Price for a new 2012 Titan CC SL 4X4 SWB (3CFG72 NE00), automatic transmission. $7,611/$4,384/$3,559/$13,556 Cash Purchaser Discounts are included. ΩBased on the December 2011 AIAMC report. ^≠sFreight and PDE charges ($1,695/$1,567/$1,567/$1,730), air-conditioning tax ($100), certain fees where applicable (ON: $5 OMVIC fee and $29 tire stewardship fee) are included. License, registration, insurance and applicable taxes (including excise tax and fuel conservation tax, where applicable) are extra. Finance offers are available on approved credit through Nissan Canada Finance for a limited time, may change without notice and cannot be combined with any other offers except stackable trading dollars. Retailer order/trade may be necessary. Retailers are free to set individual prices. Offers valid between June 1st and July 3rd, 2012.
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