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‘Residents have told us they’d like to get back to normal as soon as possible’: Fisch BY L.H. TIFFANY HSIEH

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Major roadwork on Hwy. 7 may soon hamper more drivers as the York Viva bus rapid transit rapidways get under way in Vaughan in 2013. The project, which involves widening Hwy. 7 to accommodate a 3.5-kilometre extension of the rapidway from just west of Jane Street to east of Keele Street, will include three new Viva stations. The new Vaughan Metropolitan Centre Viva station will connect the rapidway with the Toronto-York Spadina subway extension and an inter-regional bus terminal. The contract to design and build the rapidways has been awarded to Kiewit-Ellis Don. Construction is expected to begin in 2013 and finish by the end of 2015 in time for the completion of the subway extension. The project will create thousands of jobs in Vaughan, Infrastructure and Transportation Minister Bob Chiarelli said during the announcement Monday alongside regional chairperson Bill Fisch, newly elected Vaughan MPP Steven Del Duca and Metrolinx president and CEO Bruce McCuaig. Similar work on Hwy. 7 in Markham and Richmond Hill as well as Davis Drive in Newmarket is ongoing. While six lanes remained open on Hwy. 7 between Leslie Street and Bayview Avenue during the bulk of construction, one lane is now open each way to accommodate paving, Mr. Fisch said. “It has its challenges and residents have told us they’d like to get back to normal as soon as possible,” he said. But the investment from the government will make a huge difference to the region, Mr. Fisch added. “We will have a downtown in Vaughan that will rival downtown Toronto,” he said. “You come back between five to 10 years and you’ll be amazed by what you’ll see.”

The mayors of Richmond Hill and Markham are fending off a flag flap that unfurled this week over their celebration of China’s National Day. Markham’s Frank Scarpitti and Richmond Hill’s Dave Barrow are defending a decision to raise the flag for the People’s Republic of China on municipal property in the wake of criticism by some Chinese ex-pats.

‘SYMBOL OF RESPECT’ “We celebrate a lot of flag raisings in recognition of the diversity that makes up our city,” Mr. Scarpitti said in an interview yesterday. “It’s a symbol of respect for those who come here from that part of the world.” The two municipalities held ceremonies recently to recognize the Oct. 1 public holiday of the People’s Republic of China. Mr. Barrow called it a gesture of goodwill “in recognition of a country which 45,000 of our residents call their homeland”. But some Chinese-Canadians disagreed, saying local municiSee DON’T, page 9.

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Miss Universe Canada 2008 Samantha Tajik (left), comedian and motivational speaker Lilly Singh and Miss Universe Canada 2010 Elena Semikina host a Bollywood-themed fundraising gala Friday put on by the Social Services Network and Markham Stouffville Hospital at the Sheraton Parkway Hotel. See more photographs at yorkregion.com

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Markham starting citywide book club BY SIMONE JOSEPH

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Coming to a library near you: programs you would never normally see there. Sessions on traditional Chinese medicine, healthy eating and how to move past sadness are part of a Markham Public Library program called One Book, One Markham. The initiative is meant to bring the community together through literature, said Angus Glen Library information services librarian Leah Rucchetto. It is meant “to give community members something to get engaged in, to increase involvement,” she said. It’s a community reading and discussion program that encourages all residents to read the same books at the same time — a kind of citywide book club — with acclaimed author Vincent Lam’s books Bloodletting and Miraculous Cures, a Giller prize winner and The Headmaster’s Wager chosen for the opening round. The Healthy Eating session, by the way, relates to Bloodletting & Miraculous Cures and the how to move past sadness session also relates to both books. A character in Bloodletting & Miraculous Cures dies from a heart attack, and the main character in The Headmaster’s Wager deals with tremendous losses throughout the story. Dr. Lam’s parents came to Canada from

the expatriate Chinese community in Vietnam. An emergency physician in Toronto, his winning book of short stories follows a diverse group of medical students through their efforts to get into medical school. The stories explore themes of family, cultural heritage, immigration, religion, mental health and death. The Headmaster’s Wager is about a compulsive gambler who is a Chinese headmaster of an English school in Saigon during the Vietnam War. Described by critics as a page turner with the makings of a masterpiece, it explores themes of cultural heritage, war, immigration, wealth, gambling, prejudice and human strength. Bloodletting was chosen for those who are pressed for time, while avid readers can dive into the novel, Ms Rucchetto said. A month of One Book, One Markham programs starts Oct. 14. Programming will include book discussions, a special lecture series on topics and subjects discussed in the books, such as traditional Chinese medicine, short-story writing workshops and more. The program is open to everyone, Ms Rucchetto said. Included is a workbook full of fun activities parents can download. The One Book initiative runs to Nov. 14. Go to markham.ca/wps/portal/ Markham/RecreationCulture/Library/# for the full schedule. —with files from Kim Zarzour

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Thornhill author Deborah Kerbel has been nominated for a Governor General Literary Award in the children’s literature category. She grew up in Toronto and is the daughter of respected financial author Gordon Pape.

Wasted quiet time inspires book By Simone Joseph

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Thornhill author Deborah Kerbel had a modest goal when she began writing for a living. She just wanted to write stories people would read. On Tuesday morning, she learned she had received one of the highest honours that can be bestowed on a Canadian author. She was nominated for a Governor General Literary Award in the children’s literature category. “I was thrilled and shocked. It is something I had not expected. I am just getting used to the idea,” she said. The 2012 Governor General’s Literary Awards finalists were chosen from about 1,700 submitted books. Categories include fiction, non-fiction, poetry, drama and children’s literature. Ms Kerbel, 40, was nominated for her book Under the Moon, her fourth book of young adult fiction, published in Canada. It centers on Lily MacArthur, a teenaged girl who has lost the ability to sleep. Her closest friend becomes the moon until she meets Ben, a newcomer to town, who holds the key to finding her sleep and saving her life.

Ms Kerbel came up with the idea in spring 2010 when her children were 4 and 7. They never seemed to play quietly while she tried to write. Instead, they were high energy, fun and rambunctious and she found it difficult to work.

‘She is a bit cranky, feisty, independent, witty. I don’t consider myself a funny person, but somehow it (the character) came out that way. I loved writing her. When she was out with a writer friend one day, she lamented the fact that she had to spend eight quiet hours a night sleeping when she barely had enough time in her day to do everything she needed to do. She started thinking about what she would do with those eight hours, then she started wondering what a teenager would do with those nighttime hours? The answer to this question evolved into Under the Moon. The character she ended up inventing,

named Lily, surprised even Ms Kerbel. “It felt different because the voice was so distinct. She is a bit cranky, feisty, independent, witty. I don’t consider myself a funny person, but somehow it (the character) came out that way. I loved writing her. I felt good about the book when I was done. I was excited to share it, to have people read it.” Ms Kerbel was born in London, England where her father was stationed as a foreign correspondent for Southam News. Her family moved back to Canada when she was 2. She grew up in Toronto and is the daughter of respected financial author Gordon Pape. His best-selling books include 6 Steps to $1 Million, Get Control of Your Money, Retiring Wealthy in the 21st Century and his most recent book, Quizmas: Christmas Trivia Family Fun. Ms Kerbel has lived in Thornhill 10 years. One of her books, Lure, was inspired by the Thornhill Village Library. It was her third young adult novel and it came out in 2010. She wanted to write something for boys, specifically her son. When she found out the library was rumoured to be haunted and she saw the little house, an idea was born. The story focuses on Max Green, a boy whose parents have moved his family from Vancou-

ver to the suburbs of Toronto. Max discovers a local library rumoured to be haunted by ghosts. He begins to piece together the identity of the teenage ghost and the mysterious chain of events that have connected its spirit to the building for over a century. As far back as Grade 6, Ms Kerbel’s classmates guessed her future vocation. When she was 11 years old, her peers voted her “most likely to become the next Margaret Laurence”. At the time, she laughed and quickly dismissed the idea. Her father had written several books and her classmates knew this. She thought this was the only reason they’d given her this title. Ms Kerbel’s novels have also been shortlisted for the Canadian Library Association’s Young Adult Book of the Year Award and the Manitoba Young Reader’s Choice Award. She is the recipient of the City of Vaughan’s 2011 R.A.V.E Award recognizing her work as a mentor and educator in the Literary Arts. The Governor General’s Literary Awards ceremony will be in Ottawa at Rideau Hall Nov. 28. Go to deborahkerbel.com for more information on Ms Kerbel.

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Markham Council and Standing Committee meetings take place at the Markham Civic Centre and are open to the public. Log onto www.markham.ca to view the agendas and listen live by audio stream.

Thursday, October 4, 2012 7:00 p.m. – Markham Sports, Entertainment & Cultural Centre Open House Friday, October 5, 2012 9:00 a.m. – Budget Sub-Committee Meeting Tuesday, October 9, 2012 12:00 p.m. – Development Services Committee Meeting 7:00 p.m. – Planning Public Meeting Wednesday, October 10, 2012 7:00 p.m. – Budget Public Meeting Thursday, October 11, 2012 7:00 p.m. – Public Meeting Re: Wards 4 & 5 Boundaries Friday, October 12, 2012 9:00 a.m. – Budget Sub-Committee Meeting Markham Council has proclaimed October 9, 2012 – German Pioneers Day October, 2012: Lupus Awareness Month For more information please contact the Clerk’s Office at 905-475-4744 or visit www.markham.ca

BUDGET MEETINGS Residents are welcome to attend Markham Council’s Budget Sub-Committee and Public Meetings throughout October. All meetings will take place at the Markham Civic Centre: Sub-Committee Canada Room Oct. 5 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Public Meeting Council Chamber Oct. 10 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Sub-Committee Canada Room Oct. 12 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Sub-Committee Council Chamber Oct. 16 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Sub-Committee Canada Room Oct. 19 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Public Meeting Council Chamber Oct. 25 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. (TBC – if required) Sub-Committee Council Chamber Oct. 26 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. To find out more, call your local Councillor or visit www.markham.ca

Wards 4 & 5: Thursday, October 11, 2012 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Markham Civic Centre 101 Town Centre Boulevard For more information, contact Stephen Huycke at shuycke@markham.ca or 905-477-7000 ext 4290

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As usual, the careless behaviour of a few can ruin things for everyone else. In the case of air soft rifles and paintball guns, it appears carelessness may bring new attention to what should be a fun and otherwise harmless pastime where boys can be boys out in the fresh air without coming close to any real firearms. York Regional Police arrested several youths in connection with air gun incidents in Markham on the weekend. Police were called to the Brimley Road and Steeles Avenue area after a woman was hit by a pellet from an air gun at about 3 p.m. Saturday. The woman told police she was in the park playing with her child when she was hit. Fortunately, no one was seriously hurt. Witnesses told police they had seen several youths in a nearby back yard using an air gun to shoot at cans. Police charged the youths with possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose and careless use of a firearm. Similar incidents have taken place in other York Region municipalities. In one case, a passerby saw

a 15-year-old walking in front of a house with what looked like an assault rifle. When police arrived on the scene, they arrested three male teenagers, only to find out they were in possession of three air guns. “The concern for us is how realistic they look. It’s a weapons call for us,” Const. Andy Pattenden of York Regional Police said. Currently, there is nothing illegal about using air or paintball guns in controlled areas, although you should not use the guns on public land, such as a park or on private property where you do not have permission to do so. In the meantime, though, airguns are unregulated firearms. You have to be older than 18 to buy one, but a minor can operate the gun. If the guns — both pellet or BB guns and paintball guns — are used properly, they shouldn’t pose a safety threat. It’s when they are seen in someone’s hands in an urban seeting that people get worried. Should these erstwhile toys be banned within city limits? It might be about time to consider it, considering the number of scares and the recent close call.

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randpa: So tell me, who is this “Wiffy” character? Grandson: Wiffy? I don’t know what you’re talking about, grandpa. Grandpa: Is he a whale? Or a prisoner or something? Some kid who’s been grounded for a year in some grade school misunderstanding? GS: A whale? GD: You know, like Willy. Remember that movie we watched? GS: Free Willy? I think you watched that with my mom. That’s an old movie. GD: They made a sequel or two, didn’t they? It was that good. GS: Ya, I saw them on Neflix. GD: Everywhere she goes, your grandma says there’s these signs that read, Free Wiffy, Free Wiffy! I’m surprised people aren’t holding placards, chanting it in the streets. GS: OMG Grandpa. That’s Wifi! Free Wifi. Rhymes with french fry. GD: Oh. Or wise guy. Well, OK then, Wifi. Although I like the sound of Wiffy. Rhymes with jiffy and spiffy. GS: Nobody says jiffy or spiffy

Bernie O’Neill anymore, Grandpa. GF: All right then. So why do they want them to free Wifi? Is he in jail? Some foreign government has him? Even this fast food place has signs that read Free Wifi. GS: Grandpa, you can’t see Wifi. And you can’t keep it in a cell. It’s just sort of there. And it’s free. That’s what the signs are saying. GF: Wifi is free? He’s been released? Your grandma will be relieved. GS: No! They’re telling you it’s free here. That in this establishment, Wifi is free.

GF: But in other establishments he’s not free? GS: In other establishments they don’t have Wifi. Although they are probably hoping to get Wifi because it’s good for business. People like it. GF: People like it? Why? GS: People like the convenience. They can use their laptops or other devices to send e-mails, look up stuff on the Internet, play Internet-based vido games, all thanks to Wifi. GF: I see. So it’s kind of an invisible radio wave system that helps you access stuff. For free. GS: Sort of. Well, exactly. Hunh? GF: So people can sit in here all day playing with their iPalms or whatever it is. GS: You mean iPods or iPads, Grandpa. Geez. GF: Hey, be nice. I’ve been taking you here every Saturday since you were 2 when all you talked about was iPeed and iPood. I used to change your diapers, you know. GS: Do we have to talk about this? GF: OK. So what you’re saying is, you might already come in and eat greasy, fatty food. Now you’ll stay

even longer to play video games, check your Twister account. GS: Twitter, Grandpa, Twitter. GF: You’ll just be essentially motionless except for your thumbs, or when you go to order another burger. Then you might move — slightly. GS: I suppose. GF: I see... Your mother said she wants to get me an iPhone, so she can keep track of us. GS: She did? GF: With unlimited dates — to improve digestion, maybe? GS: That’s data. Can I use it, too? GF: She said you’ll be teaching me how to use it. So I guess so. GS: Awesome! All I have is an iPod Shuffle. GF: I guess that’s what people do these days, shuffle up to the counter to order more food because, hey, this place has free Wifi! Kind of sad. GS: So what are you saying? It might be better if some of us kids were encouraged to run outside and play? Is there an app for that? GF: I guess you could say, there’s no such thing as free Wifi.


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Thornhill’s Shouldice deal sets off health care debate BY SIMONE JOSEPH

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Patients of Thornhill’s familyowned Shouldice Hospital will see few changes if the hospital is taken over by large health care company Centric Health, hospital spokesperson Daryl Urquhart said Monday. “It (the takeover) is a positive move to ensure the continuation of a world-renowned Canadian health care centre ... I don’t expect changes to operations of the hospital,” Mr.

Urquhart said. Shouldice Hospital was founded in 1945 and is considered a global leader in hernia repair. The hospital has been at the centre of controversy since Centric Health, a company with surgical and medical centres Canadawide, announced its intention to buy the hospital Sept. 7. Centric wants to close the deal, subject to provincial approval, by Oct. 15. However, the proposal has

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FAMILY RUN HOSPITAL The Shouldice Hospital has been a family-run private enterprise since its founding by Dr. Edward Shouldice, who came up with a technique for repairing hernias during the Second World War. The families who own Shouldice have been given assurances the hospital’s world-class surgical technique

would continue under new ownership, Mr. Urquhart said. “This is a reputable, experienced health care company (with) international health care experience. (The company) has the financial and human resources to ensure the legacy has the best chance of growth as we move forward.” But members of the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario have called on the health minister to reject the proposed sale. Doris Grinspun, the association’s chief executive officer, says more than 1,000 nurses have already written letters protesting it. “Ontarians do not need care that cuts corners to maximize returns for shareholders or companies that provide faster access for those who

can afford it while leaving others behind in the queue. This is not only wrong; it is totally unconscionable and unacceptable,” Ms Grinspun has said. Mr. Urquhart disagreed. “Preserving this (Shouldice’s) service and licence is good for Ontario. Anybody who opposes that has an opinion contrary to mine,” he said. Mr. Urquhart pointed out the hospital’s medical services are covered by OHIP and that would not change under new ownership. But the proposed sale also has other opponents.

OPEN LETTER OPPOSES MOVE In an open letter to the health minister, dated Sept. 28, Ontario Health Coalition chairperson Ross Sutherland, national co-ordinator of Canadian Health Coalition Michael McBane and national chairperson of Council of Canadians Maude Barlow, urge Ms Matthews to stop the sale of the Shouldice Hospital to Centric Health. “The Private Hospitals Act allowed the existence of the Shouldice Hospital and a few other forprofit hospitals that have been ‘grand-parented’ from before the creation of our public/non-profit hospital system. But the Act clearly stops creation of any more for-profit hospitals. Its intent was to protect Ontarians against a U.S.-style forprofit hospital system and facilitate the growth of our public non-profit hospital system,” the letter states. Under the 1973 Private Hospitals Act, the province outlawed for-profit hospitals but exempted existing facilities, including Shouldice. Health Minister Deb Matthews will decide on the transfer of Shouldice’s licence to Centric Health. Centric is controlled by U.S.based Global Healthcare Investments and Solutions, one of the largest private, for-profit health-care companies in the world, is traded on the TSX (Toronto Stock Exchange).

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palities should not wade into international politics by raising the flag for a communist regime. They sent letters to local, provincial and federal politicians and started a petition in an attempt to cancel ceremonies. “We must never forget this is the same party, the same people, who slaughtered thousands of students in Tiananmen Square,” said Richmond Hill’s Zhuofu Li, who immigrated from that country 20 years ago. “The problem is, our politicians seem to forget who they’re dealing with. They want to turn their eyes blindly to it, and say let’s just do business, let’s just be friends. I’m not against China. How can you forget your heritage? But I draw the line on the current regime, which is communist.” Mr. Scarpitti, who travelled to China in 2008, said he has seen signs of progress in a country that has been criticized for human rights violations. He plans to return in November with three other mayors and the deputy mayor of Vaughan in partnership with the Confederation of Greater Toronto Chinese Business Association. “There are changes taking place,” he said, adding that some people joke about China being more capitalistic than North America. “It may not move fast enough for some people ... but as time goes on, and China has to deal with the international community, progress hopefully continues.” The McGuinty government announced yesterday the premier’s fourth trade mission to China is set for January. It will include Markham-Unionville MPP Michael Chan, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport, and meetings with key Chinese government decision-makers and leaders in the business community. China is Ontario’s and Canada’s second-largest trading partner in the world. Those who object to the flag raising, however, also object to efforts by the People’s Republic to “court” Canadian politicians.

leadership of the communist party, something she said local councillors may not know. “This is not an endorsement of one system, not by any stretch of the imagination,” said Mr. Scarpitti. “As with any country, there are always going to be some issues ... Yes, this is a symbol in one respect, but it’s also a symbol of part of the world that many residents come from and this is an effort to help us remember that.” Mr. Barrow agreed. “I don’t think acknowledging a country with a different type of government than we have is the issue.” Many came to Canada for its freedom and an ability to express their opinions, which is what they are doing

in this situation, the Richmond Hill mayor said. “I don’t think we’ve done anything wrong as a municipality.” Bryon Wilfert, a municipal councillor in Richmond Hill for 12 years, former president of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and one-time Liberal MP, thinks the best approach is to just say no. The reaction of residents is understandable, he said, and the safest route would be for the town not to fly flags from any other countries. Municipalities should stick with flags representing local organizations, he said, rather than venture into the controversial realm of international politics.

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‘treated like kings’ “A lot of people go there and they’re treated like kings, then come back and think differently...become part of the extension of the communist party,” said Janet Qi, a Richmond Hill resident who said her mother was persecuted and jailed in China in 2000. “Many come to Canada for freedom from oppression and to see the mayor or politicians become allies of foreign country, that’s not good.” The petition, with about 200 signatures, said the majority of ex-pats in Richmond Hill and Markham are from Hong Kong, which is undergoing its own struggles to fend off the erosion of rights. “We applaud your intention to recognize local Chinese Canadians who contribute to the vitality and prosperity of Canada,” the petition states. “We are not against having trade relations with Chinese businesses, but importing the corruption and repressive ideology and putting all Markham and Richmond Hill residents under the shadow of a totalitarian regime is just too much.” Jane Pang, a resident of Markham, said the flag, with its large star surrounded by smaller ones, symbolizes the

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IAN PROUDFOOT: Vice-president and regional publisher of newly created group. tunities for our clients to extend their reach,” Mr. Proudfoot said. In announcing the expanded division, effective Oct. 1, Metroland president Ian Oliver paid tribute to retiring vice-president and Simcoe/Muskoka regional publisher Joe Anderson. “Joe’s creativity, drive and strategic focus have made him a significant contributor to Metroland.” Mr. Proudfoot held management positions in sales

and distribution in Mississauga and York Region prior to his appointment as York Region Media Group publisher 16 years ago. Last summer, in acknowledgement of Mr. Proudfoot’s “track record of success”, Mr. Oliver appointed him regional publisher of the Toronto division under the newly created Metroland Central division banner. Metroland’s York Region, Toronto, Simcoe, Muskoka, Parry Sound and North Bay groups have a tradition of creating strong community partnerships and supporting non-profit organizations, through volunteering, donations and services. Mr. Proudfoot’s longtime commitment and outstanding contribution to community was recognized when he received a 2011 Ontario Medal for Good Citizenship. He is quick to acknowledge the contributions and talents of his employees, adding, “I’m honoured to work with people who have true passion for their communities and what they do on a daily basis.”

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A Woodbridge man faces weapons charges after a man allegedly pointed a silver gun at another driver who had given him the finger during a high-speed altercation. The incident occurred at about 2:45 p.m. Sunday while the vehicles were traveling eastbound in the express lanes of Hwy. 401, near Duf-

ferin Street, in Toronto. Police say the altercation arose after a White 2005 Lincoln LLS began tailgating another vehicle on the highway when the driver received the gesture. It was at this point that the driver of the Lincoln allegedly pointed a silver firearm toward the complainant before driving off, police added. OPP officers located a Lin-

coln near Port Union Road and conducted a “high-risk” vehicle stop before conducting a search of the vehicle. A 31-year-old has been charged with five weapons charges and one charge of uttering threats. Anyone with information is urged to contact Provincial Constable Korczinski at the Toronto OPP Detachment at (905) 278-6131.

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Two Thornlea Secondary School students, and members of their elite boys’ basketball team, participated on Canada’s three-onthree team that finished fourth at the second annual FIBA 3 x 3 Under-18 World Championships in Alcobendas, Spain Sunday. Guard Troy Reid-Knight and forward Marko Pirovic, both Grade 12 students, helped Canada reach the semifinals where they lost to the United States 17-13. Relegated to the bronze medal game, Canada lost to France 19-11 to finish fourth. Canada reached the semifinal by beating Slovakia (17-16), The Netherlands (20-5), France (20-17) and Belize (18-14). The team won their final three matches (China 20-14, New Zealand 16-15 and Poland 17-10). With a perfect record (7-0) through the group stage, Canada earned a bye into Sunday’s quarter-finals. In the quarters, Canada faced Romania and emerged with a 19-17 win to set the stage for their semifinal games against the U.S. Serbia defeated the U.S. 21-20 to win the gold medal.

Soccer girls kick it up a notch The Thornhill Thunder United under-12 girls’ soccer team will take their game to the next level next season in the Central Girls Soccer League after completing a successful campaign in which they finished atop the standings of the eight-team Level 4 Premier circuit with 10 wins, three ties and one loss. In finishing first, the Thunder United girls will be moving into the Level 3 circuit. Coached by Patrick Minott and David Hunte, team members contributing to the club’s first-place run included Dominique

Young golfers fare well David Tae Ho Yoon captured his age group division at the Canadian Junior Golf Association’s Fall Series event at Bethesda Grange Golf Club in Stouffville. Competing in the Boys 14 and Under division, the Richmond Hill resident finished the two-round event at four-over par 148 (71-711). Tae Ho Yoon finished seven shots ahead of his nearest rival Jason Chung of Thornhill, who was 11-over par at 155 (78-77). In the girls’ division, Selena Costabile of Thornhill settled for second place after losing in a playoff to Samantha Spencer of Georgetown. Costabile, a student at Bill Crothers Secondary School in Unionville, and Spencer each finished the 36-hole competition at 15-over par 159. Costabile shot rounds of 77 and 82. — Michael Hayakawa

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THURSDAY, OCT. 4 Christian Reformed Church in Richmond Hill will offer another Rainbows support program this fall for children who have suffered trauma due to death, separation or divorce. An information night about Rainbows will be held Oct. 4 at 7:30 p.m. at the church, 45 Crosby Ave., Richmond Hill. Sessions will run at the church every Thursday from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. starting Oct. 18. For more details, call the church office at 905-884-5683 or co-ordinator Maria Gittins at 905-841-7068.

FRIDAY, OCT. 5 Richvale Lions will present a Texas Hold ’em poker tournament Oct. 5 at Bayview Hill Community Centre, 114 Spadina Rd. in Richmond Hill. Buy-in tickets cost $40 and funds go into prize pool. Register at 6:15 p.m. and tournament begins at 7 p.m. Call 905-762-9562 for more details.

SATURDAY, OCT. 6 Large multi-family garage sale to raise funds for the non-profit German Mills Co-op Nursery School will be held Oct. 6 from 9 a.m. to noon in the school yard at 80 German Mills Road, off of Simonston Blvd., Thornhill. Lots of children’s items, furniture, kitchenware, clothing and more. Also a silent auction, bake sale and gourmet coffee served at 80 German Mills Road. All proceeds to nursery school; visit www. gmcns.org for details.

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Enjoy a Simchat Torah celebration Oct. 7 at 6:30 p.m. at Temple Kol Ami 36 Atkinson Ave., Thornhill, with dancing, food and a DJ. For details, visit templekolami.ca

TUESDAY, OCT. 9 Have you been laid off or fear a layoff soon? Do you feel stuck in your current career? Want to be proactive and make a plan for your life? Human performance specialist Karin Lindner can provide you with tools to have a happier, more fulfilling career through a free workshop Oct. 9 from 6 - 8:45 p.m. at the Richmond Hill Central Library, 1 Atkinson St., at Major Mackenzie and Yonge. Register at library or via e-mail at karin@karicosolutions.com.

FRIDAY, OCT. 12 Euchre Night will be hosted by the Richvale Lioness Club Oct. 12 at 7:30 p.m. at Langstaff Community Centre, 155 Red Maple (corner of Bantry), Richmond Hill. Admission $5; prizes and snacks. All welcome; proceeds support the community.

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York Region Media Group’s Celebration of the Arts 2012 will be held Oct. 13 from 6:30 to 8:45 p.m. at Flato Markham Theatre, 171 Town Centre Blvd., Markham, boasting the best performing talents among our youth. Tickets cost $38.96; call the box office at 905-305-7469 or call Debra Weller at 905-471-8690.

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 10 Richmond Hill Senior Citizens’ Club 35 will have a members meeting Oct. 10 at 12:30 p.m. at McConaghy Seniors Centre, 10100 Yonge St., Richmond Hill, featuring presentation by the Easter Seals Foundation. All welcome; bring a friend.

SUNDAY, OCT. 7 Join PJ Library and the Schwartz Reisman Centre to celebrate Sukkot, the Jewish harvest festival, Oct. 7 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. with Monsters in the Sukkah, Pizza in the Hut in the brand new sukkah at the Centre, 9600 Bathurst St., Thornhill. Cost for SRC members $5; non-members: $7.50 (includes 1 slice

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Enjoy Family Fall Bazaar Oct. 13 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Loyal True Blue and Orange Centre, 11181 Yonge St., Richmond Hill, back entrance, in support of Hill House Hospice and L’Arche Daybreak. Enjoy pumpkin carving, face painting, music, bake sale. If you’d like to donate items for the bazaar, such as gently used Halloween costumes, Christmas decorations, household items and arts and crafts, drop them off at 189 Church St. S., Richmond Hill afternoons Oct. 4 and 6 between 1 and 3 p.m.

MONDAY, OCT. 15 Separation and Divorce Self-Help Group meets Mon, Oct. 15 from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Richmond Hill Central Library, 1 Atkinson St., room C, Yonge and Major Mackenzie. Angel Freedman is group facilitator; for info, visit angelfreedman.com or call 905-780-8119.

TUESDAY, OCT. 16 Temple Har Zion’s daytime program committee presents Yehudit Shnier-Weisberg Oct. 16, speaking on Israel and Palestine: Hadrian’s Curse and the San Remo Conference. Bring your lunch at noon; program begins at 12:30

p.m.; coffee, tea and dessert provided. Cost for members: $3; community guests: $6. Temple Har Zion is at 7360 Bayview Ave., Thornhill. For details, call 905-889-2252. Lance Krasman Memorial Centre presents family drop-in night, third Tuesday of each month, Oct. 16 from 7 to 9 p.m. at 10121 Yonge St., Richmond Hill, at Lorne Avenue, for family and friends of loved ones with mental health issues, wishing support and to share experiences. Light snacks and coffee/tea provided. For info, contact Wendy Reid, family support co-ordinator, at 905-780-0491 or wendy. reid@krasmancentre.com The York Region Parrot Club meets Oct. 16 at 7 p.m. at the Lake Wilcox Community Centre in Oak Ridges, 81 Wildwood Ave. Guest speaker will be Kristi Flemming, who will talk about foraging habits of captive birds, including tips and demonstrations. All are welcome to attend; for details, call Linda at 905-884-1773.

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 17 The Thornhill Garden & Horticultural Society meets Oct. 17 at 8 p.m. at Thornhill Community Centre, 7755 Bayview Ave. at John Street. Meet and greet at 7:30 p.m., followed by guest speaker Kathleen MacIntosh, owner of Culinarium, discussing ways to prepare the fall harvest; preparation techniques for storage, recipes and other culinary tips. Flower show also held at this last meeting of 2012. Guests always welcome. For info, contact Graham Duncan at 905-886-3507 or brendunc@bell.net

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Thornlea Secondary School will be fielding junior and senior boys’ basketball teams for the upcoming York Region Athletic Association winter sports campaign. But this year, they will unveil another new boys’ hoop team, the Thunder senior elites. The Thunder won’t compete in the YRAA circuit. It will be one of 16 teams taking to the hardwood court in the National Prep School Athletic Association. The Canadian-based association, now in its third year, features prep teams including another from York Region, Bill Crothers Secondary School. In electing to start up a new team to compete in a new league format, Nizam Alkins, Thornlea Secondary School head of guidance, who also serves as an assistant coach with the senior elite team and head coach of the Thunder junior boys’ basketball team, feels it could be the start of a growing trend. In the case of high school basketball, many elite student athletes

from Canada have enrolled in United States-based prep schools with the hope of gaining added exposure from U.S. college coaches to earn an athletic scholarship while playing against higher calibre competition. Enter the NPSSA, whose philosophy is to create a similar setting for Canadian student-athletes to receive maximum exposure from college coaches while remaining in Canada. Should labour unrest in the provincial teaching ranks result in a possible work-to-rule situation, the senior elite team would not be affected.

ACADEMIC INTEGRITY “I’m excited for the players and the prospects of this league,� said Alkins, who has also coached basketball and taught at Vaughan Secondary School and Milliken Mills Secondary School. The creation of the Thunder’s senior elite program wasn’t something planned over the last few years. It surfaced as recently as late

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August when Shane James, a firstyear alternative education teacher at Thornlea and a former player for Alkins while at Milliken Mills Secondary School, coached his Triple Balance summer travelling team. Some of the players James coached had heard about Bill Crothers SS making plans to create a team for the NPSSA. While some of James’ summer team players attempted to enrol at Bill Crothers with the hope of playing on the BCSS team, five of them did not hear back from the school. To assist those who were left out, James approached Alkins and asked what the possibility might be in creating a program at Thornlea. Following protocol, Alkins went to Sheri Epstein, Thornlea Secondary School principal, and pitched the idea. The key, Alkins was quick to point out, was that each of the students who would be at Thornlea had to be registered students and residents of York Region. Just as important, Alkins said he would not have favoured a program if it did not have academic integrity.

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“I wanted to see that all of the players would be full-time students at Thornlea,� he said. “And everything of the transfer process would be on board.� Feeling all of the right criteria were in place, Epstein gave Alkins and James, who serves as the senior elite team head coach and is assisted by fellow Thornlea teachers Mo Saleh and Xavier McLaughlin, the green light. Before setting out with the program, Alkins also had discussions with Steve Shantz, YRAA athletic co-ordinator, and told him of their intentions.

‘DO THE SAME’ “What Bill Crothers was going to do, we wanted to do the same,� explained Alkins. The YRAA did not get in the way and the Thunder began to assemble their new senior elite team, comprised of 10 players including five in their fifth year with the remainder as fourth-year Grade 12 students. Once word got out Thornlea was launching a team, Alkins said they

fielded plenty of inquiries from other students within and outside of York Region. To create their final roster, a screening process was conducted. “We wanted character kids who lived in York Region. The players have to integrate and give back. There’s no privileges given to these players,� Alkins said. “We even turned down some kids due to the criteria we had set.� With their new program, James, who also played four years of NCAA Division 1 collegiate basketball at Loyola University in Baltimore, Md., said they will take to the court in anywhere from 30 to 40 games during the season, including 13 league games, two tournaments south of the border including the DWI Holiday Classic in Binghamton, N.Y. from Dec. 27-30, three Canadian tournaments and a number of exhibition games. For the players to be a part of the team, Alkins said user fees were within reason, from $200 to $300. As well, the team received sponsorship from Adidas America that includes uniforms and shoes.

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Technical Shift Manager The ideal candidate will have a minimum of ďŹ ve years in a manufacturing/supervision environment and the ability to follow detailed procedures related to all production activities during their shift. Key measurable include EfďŹ ciency, Recovery, Downtime, Scrap and Health & Safety. Remuneration will be heavily weighted to the positive results of the Key Measurable. Please reply in conďŹ dence to: human.resources@spectraaluminum.com Office/ Administration

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Real Estate Accountant (Intermediate) Diverse real estate group requires a detail oriented individual to join our corporate accounting team. Candidates should possess 3 years experience in the preparation of working papers, variance analysis and the drafting of ASPE notes to the ďŹ nancial statements. Applicants must have excellent written and oral communication skills combined with solid grasp of Excel and Word. Experience with Newstar accounting system and Caseware is beneďŹ cial. Further exposure to dividend planning and general income tax concepts would be an asset. Apply to Steve at srobertson@sorbaragroup.com.

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Customer Service Representative - Direct Mail Transcontinental PLM, located in Aurora is in need of an experienced Direct Mail Customer Service Representative. You are responsible to implement and manage direct mail (DM) orders through all phases of manufacturing. s +EYCLIENTCONTACTDAILYFORPRODUCTIONISSUES s #REATE AND DISTRIBUTE PRODUCTION INSTRUCTIONS DATA PROCESSING SPECIlCATIONS DOCUMENTSANDPROOFSASREQUIRED s 6ERIFY CLIENTgS PRODUCT AT VARIOUS STAGES IE REVIEW PROOFS DATAREPORTS SIGNOFFS ANDSAMPLES s 7ORK WITHIN THE 1UALITY -ANAGEMENT 3YSTEM AND THE (EALTH Safety and Environmental Management System QualiďŹ cations: s -INIMUMTHREE YEARSEXPERIENCEINDIRECTMAIL s 3TRONGINTERPERSONAL ORALANDWRITTENCOMMUNICATIONSSKILLS s 3OLID UNDERSTANDING OF DATA PROCESSING FORMS COMPOSITION Canada Post and the manufacturing of Direct Mail projects IN LINEANDOFmINEINKJET LASERPERSONALIZATION LETTERSHOP  s !BILITY TO WORK IN A FAST PACED ENVIRONMENT AND HANDLE multiple priorities simultaneously. Individuals interested should send their rĂŠsumĂŠ to attention: Renee McFarland, Human Resources Manager Transcontinental PLM, 275 Wellington Street East, Aurora, Ontario L4G 6J9

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CALL CENTRE POSITIONS AVAILABLE IN RICHMOND HILL. Prerequisites: computer literate, good command of English language. Hourly rate plus incentive. Fax resume 905.884.3304 or email: idietrich@forrestgreen.com

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Join Canada’s Leading Natural Pharmaceutical Company Customer Service Representative We are a natural pharmaceutical company with over twenty years experience in educating and selling to healthcare practitioners. We are looking for a highly motivated team player with at least 1-2 years experience in a customer care environment to fill a 1 Year Contract Position based in Richmond Hill. As a member of our Customer Care team, you will be responsible for handling inbound calls, order processing, issue resolution, and cross selling. Desired qualifications are high school diploma, with a college diploma preferred, and basic MS Office Skills. Please submit a cover letter and your resume by email: jobs@seroyal.com or Fax: (905) 508-2055 Teaching Opportunities

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Townhouses for Rent RICHMOND HILL, Bathurst/ Jefferson Sideroad. 4 bedroom townhouse, 1yr. old. Near French school. Available immediately. $1950.+ utilities. 647-271-7020

FULL-TIME CARETAKER POSITION available at Richmond Hill Montessori & Elementary Private School. Required: 3 years' cleaning/caretaker experience. Experience in school preferred. Duties: Buffing, waxing and sealing floors, cleaning classrooms, halls and bathrooms, disinfecting, general maintenance. Hours: 5:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m., Mon to Fri Salary: $21/hour, benefits Email resume to: hr@rhms.ca ORDER PICKER/ Loader for Noble in Concord. Minimum 1yr experience in distribution/ warehouse environment. Certification in counter balance or reach truck required. If you're looking for a promising career, consider joining Noble. For more info and to apply, visit http://sn.im/noblecareers

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Typing required. Willing to train.

Part-Time Receptionist Required immediately, Wednesdays, Thursdays and alternate Saturdays Also Part-Time Parts Delivery Person Seniors welcome to apply Please call 905-883-3555

THORNHILL WOODSRutherford/ Dufferin. New 2 bedroom basement apt., 1 bathroom, living & kitchen, separate entrance, includes utilities. Immediate. 905-882-5267

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ORDER PICKERS A well-established pet food distribution company in Vaughan (Keele/407) is offering full time positions for Order Pickers for both day and night shifts. Qualifications: Minimum 3 years experience. Must be electric walker and forklift licensed. Salary $14/ hour. Email resumes titled Subject: order picker to: jobs@canpetinc.com JR. PRODUCTION ARTIST WANTED Leading Promotional Company is seeking a graphic artist for production-type work. Primarily setting up art proofs, no creative work involved. Must have experience on PC platforms and Adobe Illustrator. Langstaff/Dufferin area. Email resume to: careers@debcobag.com

Apartments, Condos For Sale MARVELOUS RICHMOND Hill- 2 bedroom+, 2 full baths+, 2 parking. $320,000. Century 21 Heritage Group. Bill McKnight, 905-883-8300 ext. 1152

TRIDEL BUILT near Hillcrest Mall. 1400sq.ft. 3 bedroom. Luxury facilities. $385,000. Century 21 Heritage Group. Bill McKnight, 905-883-8300 ext. 1152

Apartments for Rent 407/ LESLIE- Furnished 1 bedroom basement, separate entrance, laundry, parking, transit. Non-smoking, convenient location. Inclusive! November 1. 416-725-0076

Apartments for Rent BATHURST/ RUTHERFORD- new, large 1 bedroom, walkout backyard level, separate entrance, 1 parking, laundry, nonsmoking/ pets. Suits single. $1100. 905-237-3709

PRIMARY SPECIALIST, certified teacher, provides RICHMOND HILL- 3 bed- enriched, creative proroom main floor, 2 wash- grams. Your child will learn rooms, appliances, garage to excel. 905-883-1459 parking, fenced yard. $1900+. Available immediately. 647-390-2056, Tax/Financial 416-558-0647.

M.K. HANDYMAN Renovations. Painting. Flooring. Fencing. Kitchens. Washrooms. Basements+++. Good prices. Free estimates. Mehdi 416-300-7071

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YONGE/ MAJOR Mackenzie- 2 bedroom house on a big lot. All appliances. Near GO Train. Available Immediate Tony 416-219-8660

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CITY MOVERS: Two men, 16' truck. $40/hr. No hidden fees. Flat rate available. (416)816-4132 citymover@rogers.com

Rooms for Rent and Wanted

Mortgages/Loans

Painting & Decorating

YONGE/ CLARK- Large bright, furnished upper room. Separate entrance. Linens, cleaning, laundry done. Internet. Excellent for student/ single. $650. BAYVIEW/ MAJOR Mack- 905-707-8450 enzie- bright, clean, openArticles for Sale concept, spacious 1 bedroom +den basement, a/c, (Misc.) separate entrance/ laundry, parking. Non-smoking/ HOT TUB covers- All pets. $750+. shapes/ sizes, top quality, $375. We come & (416)894-7347 measure. 905-259-4514 DUFFERIN/ CLARK- www.gtacovers.com Bright 1 bedroom basement. Separate entrance. HOT TUB (Spa) CoversNon-smoking/ pets. $750 Best Price, Best inclusive. Oct. 1st. Quality. All Shapes & Col9 0 5 - 8 0 4 - 3 9 8 4 , ours Available. Call 647-302-7001 1-866-652-6837 www.thecoverguy.com/ ELGIN MILLS/ Yonge- newspaper Bright 1 bedroom basement. Wide livingroom. PriHOT TUB/SPA vate washer & dryer, own 2012 model, fully loaded, entrance, parking. $850. full warranty. Oct. 1st. (416)321-8036 New in plastic. Cost $8,000 OAK RIDGES- Nice 1 bedSacrifice $3,900. room walk-out. Laundry, Call: 416-779-0563 parking. No pets. No smoking. $850 inclusive. Vehicles Available October 15. 905-773-4481. Wanted/Wrecking RICHMOND HILL- North Lake Road. 1 bedroom walkout basement apartment Near park, bus stop, schools. Available October 31. $900. 905-773-4447

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Full Time AUTOMOTIVE TECHNICIAN wanted for busy auto shop in Richmond Hill area. Please call 416-727-5222

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ELECTRONIC TECHNICIAN ASSISTANT This is a temporary position. Candidate must be experienced, English speaking, have the ability to read electronic schematic diagrams, with mechanical assembly and soldering skills. Other required skills • Knowledge of the methods, materials and tools used in the construction and repair of electrical and electronic equipment. • Mechanical assembly & metal working skills. Location: Kennedy & Steeles Email resumes: jobs@new-sense.com

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Technical/ Skilled Trades

Twin Hills Ford Lincoln Ltd.

Are you interested in a career in the special needs field? Do you have knowledge and experience with the condition Autism? Do you enjoy working with special needs children? Do you want to make a difference in someone's life ? If you do, please send your resume to: info@openmindalliance.ca Re: instructor position

Apartments for Rent

$300 TO $2000Dead/ Alive. Cars/ trucks/ vans. Fast Free towing. We sell parts. 416-500-5050

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PAINTINGRESIDENTIAL, Commercial, interior/ exterior renovations, reasonable price. Job satisfaction. Bonded/ Insured. Free estimate. (416)616-9577

Cleaning/Janitorial

PAINTING, WALL paper, A CRYSTAL Cleaning ex- stucco removing from 99$ perience- Homes, Offices. per room (416)451-1640 Insured/ bonded. Supplies Victor provided. 15% discount. (647)500-2260 for details. 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 WE CLEAN with love, care. Satisfaction is guaranteed. Professional, well experienced. You'll be happy! (416)704-4586

Flooring & Carpeting CARPET, LAMINATELinoleum- Hardwood. A1, sales, installation, repair, restretch. For expert workmanship/ low rates, (416)569-5606

Plumbing SEMI-RETIRED MASTER plumber. Experienced. Courteous. No job too small! Licensed and insured. Reasonable rates. 416-948-6536

Garages Sales RICHMOND HILL- 69 Roosevelt Drive. Friday, 9am-5pm. Sat. 7am-2pm. All types of items, new/ used. THORNHILL- 109 Janesville Road (Bathurst/ Atkinson) Saturday, October 6th. 10am-4pm.


! Boy Michael & Jessica a s It’ Bryant wish to announce the birth of Colton William Bryant, a healthy baby boy weighing in at 8Lbs. 5 oz. at 1:38 p.m. on September 20th 2012 at Mackenzie Richmond Hill Hospital.

Legals

Legals

NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND OTHERS In the Estate of Libby Stanek-Rupert Date of Death August 24, 2012 WE, the undersigned, propose to distribute the assets of the Estate of Libby Stanek-Rupert, late of the Town of Markham in the Regional Municipality of York, Retired Real Estate Developer and Broker, and will be responsible only for claims of which we have notice and which are received by us on or before the 4th day of November, 2012. DATED at Richmond Hill this 4th day of October, 2012. Elizabeth M. Valliant, Michael Stanek and Robert Holmes Blackburn, Estate Trustees, by their solicitor, Robert H. Blackburn, Q.C., 10800 Yonge Street, 3rd Floor, Richmond Hill, Ontario, L4C 3E4 Memoriam

Memoriam

RILLI, Nadia

In loving memory of a beloved daughter, granddaughter, sister and niece. Oct. 5, 1972 ~ Oct. 8, 1989 If roses grow in heaven, Lord Please pick a bunch for us Place them in dear Nadia's arms And tell her they are from us. Tell her how much we miss her And when she turns to smile Place a kiss upon her cheek, And hold her for a while. Because remembering her is easy We do it every day, But the ache within our hearts Will never fade away. Forever loved and sadly missed by your family.

BUCCI, Luigi

In loving memory of a beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. March 19, 1920 ~ October 7, 2008 Those we love don't go away They walk beside us every day. Unseen, unheard, but always near Still loved, still missed and very dear. "We miss you Dad" Lovingly remembered by your family.

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