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Catholic schools deal reached BY KIM ZARZOUR
Catholic schools in York Region may be one of only two regions in Ontario enjoying labour peace this fall. York Region Catholic school
board trustees announced yesterday they will sign on to a deal between the province and the Ontario English Catholic Teacher’s Association. Toronto’s Catholic board was the first to reach agreement, sealing the two-year deal with the province
earlier this month. However, about a dozen other Catholic boards, mainly in southwest Ontario, have reached an impasse and filed for conciliation, union spokesperson Michelle Despault said. York Catholic board chair-
person Elizabeth Crowe said her board’s settlement is a result of a good relationship with its employees. “We want everyone to start the year off knowing everything’s been resolved ... When there’s no anxiety, See AUTOMATIC, page 19.
BY KIM ZARZOUR
Saturday’s controversial AlQuds rally at Queen’s Park appears to have proceeded without major incident, witnesses say. The annual global event, launched 33 years ago by the late Ayatollah Khomeini to commemorate the end of Ramadan and push for Palestinian rights, attracted a large, sometimes volatile crowd representing pro- and anti-Israel sentiments. Toronto police say tensions ran high, but aside from one assault involving a man with a large dog wearing an Israeli flag, the demonstration was violence-free.
POLICE PRESENCE Local MPPs and Jewish groups had attempted, unsuccessfully, to prevent the gathering on legislature grounds because they say it gave voice to racist messages. Toronto police Const. Victor Kwong reported one arrest Saturday under the Trespass to Property Act, but the man was later released. A man with a bull mastiff with an Israeli flag tied around its neck was identified by police as a “flashpoint” after he waded into the demonstration and started a fight with someone. “He shoved an elderly gentleman,” Mr. Kwong said. “Police stopped it from escalating and asked him to leave.” Richmond Hill resident Shabir Alidina, who attended the rally to show his support for the plight of Palestinians, said demonstrators
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Lorne Fried (left), CEO of the Alzheimer’s Society of York Region, unveils a commemorative stone with a flourish as a sensory garden is opened at the Thornhill D.A.Y. Centre on Harlech Court. The garden was made possible with proceeds from Magna International 2011 Wild Wild West Hoedown, with flowers, shrubs and herbs provided by the Thornhill Horticultural Society. The garden was created by Robert Barbowski of Barlenium Contracting. In the picture from left watching Freid unveil the plaque are: Steve Hinder, hoedown chairperson and manager of community relations, Magna International, Mr. Barbowski, president of the Thornhill Garden and Horticultural Society, Graham Duncan, with members Bernadette Burns, Gayle Feltham, Brenda Duncan, Dave Bezant and Ute Gundermann.
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United Way York Region aims to set a new fundraising record in this year’s campaign. Forty teams gathered around the stage at the annual Toromont CAT Dragon Boat Festival at Seneca College’s King Campus Saturday as United Way CEO Daniele Zanotti announced the organization’s $8.26-million fundraising goal, accompanied by tambourines and vuvuzelas. The crowd cheered, anticipating the start of the festival that pushes York Region’s business community to cross the finish line in support of the organization. The annual event has kicked off the United Way’s fundraising campaign for close to a decade. Last year’s campaign raised a record $8.18 million. “With an economy still so fragile and more people knocking on the door of a United Way-funded agency for help — many for the very first time — we know we must continue to do more,” United Way chairperson Helen Murray said. “It is especially times like these
that, together, we shine the brightest.” Last year, 10,000 youths stayed clean and in school with United Way-funded mental health and addiction support, crisis counselling and educational programs, Mr. Zanotti said. He told the dragon boaters they kicked off a campaign that helped 5,000 people find jobs, affordable housing and healthy food and 46,000 people receive help close to home and crisis counselling during family transitions. Among them, a safe shelter was found for a mother and her children, who were fleeing violence, he said. “People are giving and volunteering because they see the change United Way is driving,” he said. United Way York Region serves all nine municipalities by supporting agencies that meet urgent needs. United Way also works on tackling the root causes of social issues. For more information, visit york.unitedway.ca
Exotic fare sure to thrill palate Ahmed Sohail, owner of Kashmiri BBQ, serves up some kabobs during the Night it Up festival at the Markham Civic Centre.
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When he came to Canada, he found mainly gas grills, which produce too much smoke for his liking. So he made his own. Mr. Sohail created his own grill because he knows lots of people do not want smoky meat. “With my style of barbecue, we don’t need smoke,” he said. Only heat from the barbecue is needed, he added. He also uses a smaller skewer rather than a two-foot-long skewer used at an authentic Kashmiri barbecue. No one wants a two-foot-long skewer, he said. Mr. Sohail’s advice to others trying a Kashmiri-style of barbecuing is to ensure certain spices aren’t burned on the grill, since it can ruin the taste of the meat. For example, you shouldn’t burn sugar because the taste changes the meat. Mr. Sohail showcased his food at the Strawberry Festival in Stouffville this summer. He believes people have no choice but to buy his meat. “The smell gets people,” he said. “It has such a particular taste, they can’t resist having it.” Kashmiri BBQ (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a Markham business.
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A MELANGE OF BBQ INFLUENCES: INDOMALAY, MEXICAN AND MORE...
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Ah, back-to-school commercials (sigh). They are a reminder to make the most of barbecuing weather while it is still around. But who wants to cook up the same old hot dogs and hamburgers? Instead, maybe you could create a South African Braai for your guests. Or, serve Kashmiri-style barbecued lamb, chicken and beef. Maybe an indo-Malay-inspired dish?
THE SOUTH AFRICAN BRAAI “Braai”, an afrikaans word (pronounced B-rye) meaning “barbecue” or “grill”, is a social custom in South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Lesotho, Zimbabwe and Zambia. The word is also used by English-speaking South Africans. At a braai, you almost always eat a seasoned, traditional sausage made from minced or pounded meat, called boerevors and usually steak and lamb chops. The boerevors can be beef, chicken or lamb. The trick to making bourevors is in the spicing, said Diana Meyer,
of Eat Sum More, a Thornhill store that sells South African goods. Go to biltongmakers.com for boerevors recipes that include different combinations of spices. Corn meal, known as Mielie pap, is often served at a braai. It’s ground, dry corn, mixed with water before cooking — a staple of the South African palate, Ms Meyer said. Mielie pap is often served with tomato and onion gravy. The Canadian barbecues to which Ms Meyer attends are mainly hosted by native South Africans serving a mix of South African and Canadian fare, so it’s common to find hot dogs, hamburgers and boerevors sharing space on the grill. Everything you need for an authentic South African braai is available in Canada, Ms Meyer said. Ten years ago or more, you really had to hunt for South African goods, such as chutney, a hot or sweet pasty type of sauce. Ms Meyer’s best words of advice: Be careful when cooking the boerevors so that you don’t overcook the meat. Turn it over in one motion, do not prick it with a fork or all the juice will come out. You can enjoy boerevors year-round if you
cook them in a pan. Of course, nothing beats the real thing – it’s best when cooked on a barbecue, she said.
KASHMIRI BARBECUE Ahmed Sohail’s business Kashmiri BBQ sells Kashmiri-style barbecued lamb, chicken and beef. The company travels the festival circuit in summer from Lake Simcoe to Lake Ontario, going to Newmarket, Aurora and Toronto and acting as a vendor at these events. According to the Kashmiri-style of cooking Mr. Sohail enjoys, meat is placed on skewers. He uses seven spices, including coriander, cumin, nutmeg, mace, cinnamon, saffron and capsicum leaves. Sprinkle the spices on when the meat is cooking, he said. Mr. Sohail barbecues on charcoal, not gas, because this makes the meat more tender and gives it more flavour. Mr. Sohail, who lives in East Gwillimbury, grew up in Pakistan and came to Canada about 30 years ago.
Mandy Sou, an aspiring chef, develops recipes for Tacocats, a group of budding entrepreneurs who create and serve Asian inspired tacos. Tacocats’ made last month’s Night it Up! Asian night market in Markham its first event. Ms Sou created a grilled chicken satay taco, which is an indo-Malay-style street food, for the event. Chicken skewers are an appealing memory for her. She remembers seeing these skewers served in Hong Kong restaurants, often with rice and cubes of fresh cucumbers. Her concoction involves putting chicken satay in a taco with satay sauce and coconut sticky rice. Most people at the event responded well to the taco creation, she said. People liked the coconut rice and the spices the chicken is marinated in. For future events, she is hoping to make grilled pork belly marinated with fish sauce, using Vietnamese-style grilling to which her grandmother introduced her as she was growing up. “Barbecuing gives this taste a pan cannot give — the char-grilled flavour. It is different,” she said. Go to twitter.com/thetacocat or facebook. com/thetacocat for more information on Tacocats.
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Bill controversy overblown
The fact that focus groups thought a design for a new $100 bill contained an image of a woman who looked Asian and that image was changed as a result should not lead people to jump to the conclusion the Bank of Canada or Canadians in general are racist. On the contrary, the bank was trying to prevent people from being offended or, in this case, feeling excluded by images it uses, which is why focus groups were used. Unfortunately, the bank’s fallback position was to make the image appear neutral, which really meant Caucasian, meaning one ethnic group was featured on our bills above all others after all. Some have questioned why what the focus groups had to say was printed in the media — although the widespread reaction seems to suggest it was simply good reporting and that having a discussion on topics such as this helps Canada grow into a more mature place. Keep in mind, focus group members were worried the image was stereotyping people of Asian descent (in this case as being good in the sciences — the woman was standing in front of a microscope)
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or excluding other groups, since unfortunately, images of people from minority ethnic groups are not featured on our money. Perhaps this is the lesson we can take from this case — that rather than images of the Queen or prime ministers long forgotten (the $100 bill features a moustachioed image of prime minister Robert Borden, who introduced income taxes as a temporary measure), we should either be adding ethnic diversity to our bills or subtracting some of the uniformly white faces featured and stick to wildlife, industry, sport and historic buildings. Unlike Maclean’s magazine and its controversial “Too Asian?” article in 2010 that garnered a strong negative reaction from Markham politicians, the Bank of Canada has offered a qualified apology, saying the bank didn’t live up to its usual standards in handling what could have become a PR nightmare. We should accept that apology and keep in mind the spirit of what the bank was trying to do through focus groups, which is to avoid offending the public in the first place and design currency acceptable to all Canadians.
Taxpayers still waiting for fairy tale ending
t’s not a Cinderella story. The Liberal government announced this week it would be “uploading more expenses” from our overburdened municipalities, “helping to reduce costs for municipalities and local families”. It’s not an invitation to the ball for our municipalities. The province has decided it will start picking up the tab for court security and prisoner transportation costs this year, phasing in the relief over seven years, for more than 100 municipalities. In York Region — where our $1-billion debt is the highest in the GTA — there is a regional courthouse, so we’ve been carrying this cost for cases outside of our own borders. Not to be rude in the face of this generosity, but let’s be clear, these are costs that are rightly the responsibility of the province. And they were until they were tossed into the laps of the municipalities in 1990 by the Bob Rae NDP government. Cinderella had no choice but to take out the trash on this one. According to the province, these security costs have been costing the
Debora Kelly municipalities as much as $125 million a year. This move is part of the Liberal government’s pledge to reverse the trend that has seen previous provincial governments give tax breaks and cut budgets on the backs of municipal taxpayers. The Mike Harris Conservative government — in this analogy, the ugliest stepsister — off-loaded costs of about $3 billion decades ago, including most social services, while maintaining it would be “revenue neutral” (uh-huh, as the McGuinty government did with the HST) by taking on the cost of other
services. That golden carriage proved to be a pumpkin long before the clock struck midnight. The McGuinty government — the Fairy Godmother in this story — began setting the balance straight in 2003 by phasing in relief of the $1.2 billion in social pooling costs the municipalities had been paying since the Harris days, chipping in for critical infrastructure projects tallying $60 million over three years, sharing the cost of building affordable housing to the tune of $2.5 billion and opening up the gas tax treasure chest for transit-related initiatives. But there’s a long way to go. Our Cinderella municipalities are still waiting for an invitation to the ball, as they face a bleak future of limited tax revenue, aging infrastructure costs amounting to $6 billion, growing debt and an increasing mandate for services. And, sadly, the trend of downloading continues unabated at the federal level, as the debt-plagued Stephen Harper government looks to turn its rats into coachmen by downloading costs that have included affordable housing, immigration settlement and
integration and policing and crime prevention. In a speech to municipal leaders at the Federation of Canadian Municipalities last June, Now-Liberal Leader Rae called on the federal government to end its “cap in hand” relationship with municipalities and, instead, provide them with long-term, stable funding. Our municipalities — the source of economic growth — are the most underfunded among developed countries, he said, receiving only 8 cents of every tax dollar collected. So, our municipalities have yet to find their prince. That prince would give them not only their missing glass slipper, but funding on which they can rely and a source of revenue other than property taxes. At the end of the story are us taxpayers, who watch this shell game of shifting responsibilities between levels of government knowing full well the money to play comes from one pocket. “Local families” are provincial families are federal families. Uploading or downloading, the bill we pay remains the same or, most often, increases. Not everyone lives happily ever after in this story.
Rally was not Muslim-only event Re: Queen’s Park rally raises concerns, Aug. 16. I thank you for your efforts in firmly establishing there is no room for hate in the Canadian society and that, indeed, any organization or individual promoting hatred toward other communities should be dealt to the extent of the law. However, I am concerned with the onesided nature of this article, which was biased against the religion of Islam, painting the AlQuds rally as a Muslim-only event. In reality, the attendees represented a broad spectrum of society. The article further convoluted two issues, Judaism and Zionism, which are starkly different. In fact, one of the slogans at the rally was “Judaism, Yes, Zionism, No”. This highlighted the fact participants refused to accept Judaism is the same as Zionism and that criticism of Israel is the same as anti-Semitism. Furthermore, the article mentions two Canadian organizations that chose to classify this rally as “hate-filled” but failed to provide concrete evidence on what exactly is hatefilled about the rally. On the flip side, the rally saw the presence of a counter protest by the Jewish Defence League (JDL), which has been declared by the FBI as a right-wing terrorist group and which raised very hateful slogans against the attendees and even against Canada. I strongly believe The Liberal should highlight this as an instance of hate. The Al-Quds rally calls for an end to the illegal occupation of Israel in Palestine, which is not a secret.
There are several United Nations resolutions that have called for an end to Israel’s expanding settlements, but these have fallen on deaf ears and have been deliberately violated. It is unfortunate the article did not even mention or allude to this fact. I urge you to provide a more balanced report in your articles and include views from the both camps. I agree there is a Jewish and ex-Iranian community in York Region that may have been opposed to this rally, but there is also a Muslim population that supported it. The article should have highlighted both points of view in a balanced manner.
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Rally was fight against injustice Re: Queen’s Park rally raises concerns, Aug. 16. Members of all faiths, including Jews, regularly attend the rallies held worldwide on the annual Day of Al-Quds in support of the oppressed Palestinian people. Moreover, the Jewish faith is not to blame for the Israeli government’s illegal occupation, its repressive land-grabbing separation wall or its brutal siege of Gaza by land, sea and air. Attempts to turn this event in support of peace into a wedge issue between Jews and Muslims will ultimately fail because the fight against injustice anywhere is part of our collective humanity.
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from a variety of faith groups were orderly and peaceful except for those representing the Jewish Defense League. The counter protest by the league involved provocation, swearing and insults, sometimes directed at children, he said. â€œThey were actually quite nasty.â€? Munir Chagpar, a Richmond Hill resident who says he is Muslim, but not part of the Iranian community, said he and other Muslims supported the rallyâ€™s call to end Israelâ€™s expanding settlements. The event appeared more controlled this year, possibly because of
the public controversy in the days leading up to the rally, said Avi Benlolo, president and chief executive officer of Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies. The group raised concerns about what it called anti-Zionist hate speech at last yearâ€™s event. Participants were advised before the march not to display Hezbollah flags at Queenâ€™s Park â€” something they did last year â€” because it represents a group identified in Canada as a terrorist organization. One demonstrator did, however, manage to wave the yellow flag briefly before he was told to remove it, Mr. Benlolo said. â€œJust because someone puts [the flag] in a bag doesnâ€™t mean anything.
It still tells us about the kind of people who were protesting.â€? He accused rally organizers of being supporters of Iran and those propping up the Iranian government.
PRAISE FOR SPEAKING OUT Mr. Benlolo said Richmond Hill MPP Reza Moridi, who is of Iranian descent, was â€œfantasticâ€? for speaking out against it as an inaccurate representation of most Iranian Canadians. The Liberal MPP said he heard concerns from his constituents last week and brought them, along with his own concerns, to the attention of Speaker of the House Dave Levac. Thornhill Progressive Conserva-
tive MP Peter Kent and MPP Peter Shurman also condemned the rally. Mr. Levac decided Friday to allow the event to go ahead on the basis of citizensâ€™ right to assemble and exercise freedom of speech, with the provision they refrain from promoting hatred, discrimination or violence. â€œWhile I respect the Speakerâ€™s decision on the matter, when it comes to any demonstrations that take place in Ontario, thereâ€™s no place for hatred or intolerance of any kind,â€? Mr. Moridi said. Zafar Bangash, an imam and head of the Islamic Society of York Region, addressed the crowd again this year, saying the pre-rally controversy generated publicity that led to
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More than 70 YRT and Viva routes will be adjusted Sept. 2. The changes include: • Route 50 Queensway will be expanded to operate all day between Sutton and Newmarket, with limited trips to and from Pefferlaw. Customers from Beaverton can use GO Transit services to connect with Route 50 in Pefferlaw. Travel between Keswick and Newmarket will require a two-zone fare; • High School Specials will be reinstated for back-to-school travel in Thornhill and many other communities; • Viva purple and orange will offer improved service frequency. Addi-
tional Viva purple service to York University will be reinstated for the school year. • Route 22/22A King City will offer improved service frequency, offering another back-toschool option for travel to York University. • Route 91/91A Bayview service will be moved to platform three at the Finch GO bus terminal to better serve customers. Sunday/holiday service will be in effect for all YRT/Viva and TTC routes operating in York Region for Labour Day. For more information, visit yrt.ca
Woman sought for bank fraud in Vaughan York Regional Police need your help identifying a woman in connection to a fraud case in Vaughan earlier this year. May 26 at about 1 p.m., a woman went to a financial institution on Marycroft Avenue near Hwy. 7, impersonated another person and requested a replacement debit card. The woman presented replica cop-
ies of the victim’s identification and was issued the replacement card, police said. The card was used at an ATM to withdraw money from the account. Police believe the culprit may be involved in similar crimes across the GTA. The woman is Caucasian with long brown hair and a heavy build.
She was last seen wearing a grey longsleeve shirt and blue jeans.
If you have information, call police at 1-866876-5423, ext. 7541 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800222-TIPS, leave an anonymous tip online or text YORK and your tip to CRIMES (274637).
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The women’s auxiliary to the Royal Canadian Legion in RIchmond Hill will present their monthly euchre Aug. 25 at 7:30 p.m. at 233 Centre St. E. Cost is $5, which includes light refreshments.
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Celebrate summer at the free, fifth annual community barbecue presented Aug. 26 by Dr. Helena Jaczek, MPP for Oak Ridges-Markham at Memorial Park in Stouffville, on Park Drive, from 1 to 4 p.m. Enjoy entertainment, childrens activities and refreshments. For details, call 905-294-4931.
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SATURDAY, SEPT. 1 A Yard Sale and Barbecue will be held Sept. 1, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 10131 Bayview Ave., just north of Major Mackenzie. Come for the bargains or rent a table and sell your own items. Hot dog, drink and two cookies available after 11 a.m. for $2. Bake table also offered. For details, call 905-884-6915 and leave message or call 905-770-1882.
PFLAG Canada York Region (Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) holds its monthly support meeting Aug. 28, the fourth Tuesday of the month, at 7:30 p.m. at 8199 Yonge St., Suite 204, Thornhill. Open to all who want to join in discussions, learn from guest speakers and receive support. For more, visit pflagyork.ca
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PJ Library will hold a free story time event Aug. 26 in Thornhill at the Schwartz Reisman Centre’s Wood Valley Park, on Marc Santi Blvd, just off Bathurst, north of Rutherford. Enjoy story time day-camp style at 10 a.m., in the event of rain, story time will move indoors to Schwartz Reisman Centre. Please register at pjlibrary905. ca. PJ Library distributes Jewish-themed books and music to families, for details, call 416621-5675.
A St. Elizabeth child speech & language development presentation at Mosaic Home Care Services & Community Resource Centre in Thornhill will be held Aug. 24 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Learn about parents’ role in child development and when to seek help, free parking and refreshments. Mosaic is located at 2900 Steeles Ave. E., Suite 218, in Shops on Steeles. RSVP by calling 905-597-7000; for info, visit mosaichomecare.com
Tastes of the Hill will be held earlier this year, on Aug. 26, at Richmond Green Park, and will be outdoors for the first time, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. The multicultural festival celebrates the diverse cultures of Richmond Hill through food dishes. Come sample foods from around the world and enjoy live entertainment and activity village for children. Event supports local charities, admission is free, pay for samples of your choice.
Enjoy Moonlight Movie The Lorax, by Dr. Suess, at Rouge Woods Community Centre, 110 Shirley Dr., Richmond Hill Aug. 29 at 7 p.m. Bring a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy free outdoor movie at dusk, under the stars (moves indoors in event of rain). Come early for premovie children’s activities. The Richmond Hill fire department will be there, too. Refreshments and snacks available for nominal fee.
Oak Ridges resident Rory Teague will give a presentation Aug. 26 on his recent summer trip to Siberia, distributing eyeglasses to remote villages. Come to Gormley Missionary Church, 120 Gormley Rd. W. at 10 a.m. to see photos showing the Agape Unlimited van getting stuck in the mud and dangerous white water rapids the group faced. The president of Agape Unlimited in Canada will also speak.
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Don’t miss the last free summer Concert in the Park at Mill Pond Park Aug. 30 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the park at the corner of Mill and Trench streets. Enjoy the music of the Eagles, with tribute group Hotel California. Bring a blanket, chairs and your own picnic, or purchase barbecued hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken sandwiches, sausages, drinks, freezies and ice cream
The Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue group of York Region meets monthly as a support group with special focus on dealing with symptoms of “invisible” and often disabling conditions. Sept. 6 meeting from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. will be held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 10295 Yonge St. at Dunlop (auditorium). Guest speakers, round table discussion; fragrance free and confidential.
SATURDAY, AUG. 25 Al-Anon offers weekly meetings welcoming families of alcoholics, every Saturday at 11 a.m. at St. Mary’s Anglican Church in Richmond Hill, corner of Major Mackenzie and Yonge St. Enter off Major Mackenzie, just west of Yonge on McLatchy Lane, enter doorway with ramp. Anonymity is always respected. For information, call 888-325-2666.
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TUESDAY, SEPT. 4 The Richmond Hill Garden and Horticultural Society meets at 8 p.m. Sept. 4 in the gym of the McConaghy Seniors’ Centre, 10100 Yonge St. Southbrook Winery’s Bill Redelmeier will speak on operating a family business in harmony with nature, describing how his operation has evolved from cattle farm to market garden and now to an award-winning winery. Free for members; $5 for non-members. Annual membership $20 for individual; $25 for family. Visit, RichmondHillGardenSociety.org
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Cheryl Cline (left) and Kate Knox invite you to Ovation’s demo day.
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With the provincial government proposing funding for dedicated emergency room nurses, York Region EMS can get back on the road faster. York Region’s hospitals are to split $1.2 million for the 2012-2013 budget year, which is equivalent to the addition of more than 23,000 dedicated nursing hours, which as of yet haven’t been allocated. Emergency room dedicated nurses care for patients with non-life threatening conditions who arrive by ambulance. That means paramedics can spend less time in hospitals and more time saving lives.
‘GROWING PRESSURES’ “The care process starts right there,” Markham Stouffville Hospital emergency services and mental health director Sandy Marangos said. “This gets paramedics back on the road, where they need to be.” While funds haven’t been allocated yet, historically Mackenzie Richmond Hill Hospital (formerly York Central Hospital) takes the largest portion in the region as it has the highest number of ambulance arrivals, York Region EMS chief Norm Barrette said. “There are growing pressures in emergency rooms,” Mr. Barrette said. “These nurses help free up paramedics, who can go back into the community and respond to the next 911 call.” Mackenzie Richmond Hill is to receive equivalent funding for two full-time emergency room nurses over the course of a year.
For Markham Stouffville Hospital, that amounts to an additional nurse 12 hours a day, seven days a week, which is already in place, Ms Marangos said. Last year, the province handed out close to $11.7 million, which amounted to more than 227,000 nursing hours, of which about $150,000 allowed Markham Stouffville Hospital to hire a new off-load nurse. Southlake Regional Heath Centre is to receive the equivalent of about 20 dedicated nursing hours per day. Rather than have dedicated off-load nurses, Southlake has regular nurses trained in off-load care, which allows the hospital to be more flexible with nurse allocations, Southlake’s quality, emergency, ICU, medicine and surgery vice-president Helena Hutton said. “Southlake matches these hours to the hours we typically have the highest traffic of ambulances,” she said. “We can be more flexible in matching the nursing staff needed for ambulance offload with the actual arrival of ambulances.” Without an off-load nurse, paramedics are required to wait with a patient until a doctor or nurse can take over care. Previously, paramedics could be waiting for hours with a patient, said Ms Marangos, who noted the average off-load time is about 30 minutes. “Success is cutting that off-load time down.” An emergency room nurse differs from a triage nurse in that through triage, a patient would be assessed and still have to wait, Ms Marangos said. Emergency room nurses can start to provide immediate care.
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Zanchin Automotive Group celebrated the grand opening of the Maple Auto Mall on Jane Street just north of Rutherford Road Aug. 18. Joe Zanchin, president of Zanchin Automotive Group, was joined by Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua to unveil the massive new sign, which features a wide range of brands including Honda, Toyota, Nissan, Mercedes Benz, Mazda, Grand Touring Luxury, Volkswagen, Hyundai and Acura.
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then students can learn in the classroom.” The framework agreement, which Education Minister Laurel Broten calls a road map for the rest of the province, includes a salary freeze, loss of banked sick days and a reduction in sick days to 10 per year. York Catholic teachers do not vote on the framework deal, but will spend the next few weeks “tweaking” non-monetary details, such as school transfers, with the board, Ms Crowe said. The agreement prevents the
automatic rollover of teacher contracts, set to expire Aug. 31. According to a ministry statement, that rollover would lead to salary increases of 5.5 per cent for many teachers and accumulation of two million more teacher sick days provincewide that could be cashed out at retirement. Ms Broten urged other boards to follow the lead of York trustees’, which she said will enable the board to avoid an additional $3 million in costs and help Ontario balance its budget. Those who don’t follow the framework deal face legislation compelling them to do so. The Lib-
erals have called MPPs back to work early, Aug. 27, to deal with the Putting Students First Act, which would impose a two-year contract on publicly funded Ontario teachers. The Liberals want to push through a pay freeze to ensure teacher contracts with automatic grid increases don’t roll over when the current contract expires, something they say Ontario can’t afford. That’s already happened at Bill Crothers Secondary School in Unionville, one of the earliest schools in the province to return to class. The sports-focused school started its new school earlier this month. The public board, teachers and
others across the province are waiting to see what the ministry does about Crothers’ pay cheques issued to teachers this month that include grid increases. Colleen Ireland, president of Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation’s York district, said the public school board is in a tough place. “They’re trying to honour teachers’ contracts while at the same time listening to the dictates of the ministry.” In an interview yesterday, Ms Broten said if it’s passed, the legislation could require that money be reimbursed. “Boards that do not negotiate an
agreement and proceed with grid rollover will need to find the money in existing budgets and that will have negative consequences on students in the classroom.” York public school board and local bargaining units say they are preparing for a normal return to class on the first day, despite the controversy. The holdout unions — Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation, Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario and the Canadian Union of Public Employees Ontario — planned a joint news conference in Toronto today and a protest is planned for Queen’s Park Tuesday.
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You often hear the jest that Canada stole its bank notes from a Monopoly game. Or at least we modeled ours after the board game with different colours for different denominations. While one might argue paper currency is supposed to be a representation of the Canadian people, the story this week has been what didn’t make the image cut. It was reported a new Canadian $100 bill originally featured the image of an Asian woman looking through a microscope on a bill designed to recognize Canadian medical achievements.
After focus groups objected, the Bank of Canada replaced the image with a more Caucasian-looking female. That has some in Markham accusing the government of whitewashing. “Canada is a multicultural society. We have many different people from different ethnic backgrounds working in all sorts of fields,” said Markham resident and Carleton University student Wilson Lee. “Our currency should be able to express that. Besides, what’s ‘ethnically neutral’ anyway? White?” The image switch had many in the Markham business community voices their concerns as well. Replacing one image with a more neutral image is disappoint-
ing, president of the Richmond Hill Markham Chinese Business Association Kenny Wan said. “This is supposed to represent Canada,” he said. But the whole process of removing the Asianlooking female doesn’t. “That is not being open minded.” Not only is that an affront to the more than three million AsianCanadians, it has also made the Bank of Canada the target of scorn. “This is bad for Canada,” Association of Chinese Canadian Entrepreneurs in Markham general manager Karen Ng said. “This looks bad for businesses. Asians are not the only ethnic group. (Bank notes) should show all of them.”
Rather than put images of people on bank notes – which could always cause strife – one solution to the $100 bill debacle was not to include people to begin with. “It should have been a more neutral choice to begin with,” Federation of Chinese Canadians in Markham president Dr. Ken Ng said. There is a way to showcase Canadian medical and research achievements without using people, he said. A problem arises if one of the reasons for the change was the high value of the currency. “If the Asian-looking woman wasn’t good enough because $100 is so high in value, that’s not good,” Dr. Ng said. “That’s a problem of prejudice and
(moral) values.” The $100 bill celebrates Canadian medical innovation. Early stages of note designs were presented to focus groups for comment. Earlier this week, Bank of Canada governor Mark Carney apologized for the bank’s handling of the issue and promised a review of bank note design processes. While Mr. Carney’s apology was accepted by community leaders, some still expressed their disappointment. “The controversy shouldn’t have happened in the first place,” Mr. Lee said. “The apology was not necessary. If anything, (Mr. Carney’s) apology gives credibility to what began as a trivial issue.”
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Three members of the Markham Aquatic Club made their presence felt as participants for the Central Region in the Ontario Summer Games held at the University of Toronto pool. Christian Ng, 15, attained personal best times in several events and swam his way to a gold medal as part of the Central Region’s 200-metre boys’ freestyle relay team. Ng also fielded five silver medals in the
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RICHMOND HILL- 28 Mayvern Cres. Saturday, QUALITY TREE care ser- August 25, 7am-1pm. vice. Specializing: tree/ Raindate: August 26. shrub pruning, trimming, Something for everyone! mulching, maintenance. I.S.A Certified Arborist. (647)297-8559 RICHMOND HILL- 98 Eagle Peak Dr. Saturday, Waste Removal August 25, 9am-3pm. All proceeds to Mackenzie Health Foundation! ALL JUNK RemovalBasements, yards, garages. General cleanups, lawn SUNDAY, AUGUST 26th, Kids, cutting, small moves, odd 9:30am-4:30pm. mens, ladies wear. Books, jobs. (905)832-9655 jewellery. Something for everyone. 355 Elgin Mills Rd. W.
GUN SHOW- Sunday, August 26th. 7:30am-1pm. Pickering Recreation Centre. 1867 Valleyfarm Drive. Admission $5. 905-623-1778
THORNHILL WOODSCouture Gardens. Children's clothes, books, toys. Furniture, small appliances. Sat.+ Sunday, 8am. Not to be missed!
Stamped concrete for as low as $8./ sq.ft.
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parging • chimneys • repointing • fireplaces brick & block work • stone walls & flatwork
Specializing in high-quality mortar colour matching • cultured stone masonry & natural stone brick tinting • glass block • wall openings & closures The brick stops here! historical restoration a specialty
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window sill replacement
brick & block work • stone walls & flatwork mortar colour matching • cultured stone brick tinting • glass block • wall openings & closures Got masonry needs? We do it all. historical restoration a specialty window sill replacement
75% off California Shutters
All kinds of repairs.
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FREEZER (CHEST), dining table/ 6 chairs, buffet (2pc), 3pc livingroom suite. Best offers. 905-764-0535
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Interlock Stone • Retaining Walls 20 years experience. Flagstone Walkways Lift & Re-level Interlock Custom Drapes. Garden Installation ~ Top Soil & Seed
Specializing in high-quality masonry & natural stone The brick stops here!
50% off Crown Moulding 20 years experience. Custom Drapes. All kinds of repairs.
Articles for Sale
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FRIDGE, KENMORE 34" wide, white. Dishwasher, Kitchenaide, white. Stove, Whirlpool, self-cleaning. Like new. Renovating. 416-826-4884
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MOVING SALE great furniture items available. 08/25/2012, 8am-4pm, 14 Nantucket Drive
Tree/ Stump Service
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Among Friends Daycare is looking to fill the following positions: • RECE'S • Assistants for local school aged childcare centres. P/T Split shifts, Mon- Fri. Must be available Sept to June.
LOTS OF toys & bargains! 197 Glenmanor Way. Yonge/Clark. Aug 25th. 9:30am-12:30pm.
SEMI-RETIRED MASTER plumber. Experienced. Courteous. No job too small! Licensed and insured. Reasonable rates. 416-948-6536
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HUGE STREET sale Sat/ Sun/ Aug 25/ 26 Hall/ Richmond St. Richmond Hill 9am Vintage and new
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Apartments for Rent
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OAK RIDGES- large bright Stamped concrete for as furnished bedroom/ private PAINTING & DECORATING low as $8./ sq.ft. 4pce. ensuite, in newer Garage Floors • Driveways • Basement Walkouts home. 2 minutes from SELECT Walkways PROPAINTERS • Waterproofing • Patios Yonge. Available immediOver Painting 30 years experience INT ~ EXT Solutions ately. Parking, w/entrance OK! WeLast leaveminute "Good Impressions" from garage. Utilities, satPeter• for quote905-505-2410 Insured • Call Free Estimates References ellite, internet, laundry, ap905-751-3612 • 416-878-1806 pliances. No smoking. email@example.com Access walking trails, etc. WINDOW COVERINGS $600. 905-313-1154
MARVELOUS RICHMOND Hill- 2 bedroom+, 2 full baths+, 2 parking, first ad! $320,000. Century 21 Heritage Group. Bill McKnight, 905-883-8300 ext. 1152
SUPER HOT Oriental Sweet Heart. 24/7. In/ out. Please call 416-800-5055
Quality repairs. Broken springs, cables, rollers. Automatic openers installed $49. Tune-ups, welding. 647-458-1340
THORNHILL- IN building, 1 bedroom, $940 including discount +parking +hydro. Heat, water included. 905-707-9862 before 7pm. Immediate & September 1st. www.viewit.ca
Apt/Condos for Sale
BAYVIEW/ MAJOR Mackenzie- 2 bedroom basement, bright, separate entrance, a/c, parking. $1000. inclusive. Joyce 416-726-6832
SUPER MAIDS- "Let us clean the right way" ReaCASH PAID for scrap cars sonable Rates! Office & OAK RIDGES- Jr. 1 bed- and trucks. We also sell Gisele: room apartment, walkout, parts. Don Mills Steel Home. (905)727-3735 facing forest. $750 All in- (905)887-5821 clusive. No smoking. Decks & Fences 905-773-6230 Nannies/ Live In/ THORNHILL- 1+ bedroom basement, own laundry, steps from Promenade Mall Available October 1st. 647-207-0420
ASIAN BEAUTIES- Escort service. Busty, sexy. Great deals, 24/7. Out calls only. 905-695-9089
A-PARRIS MOVERSLong/short, big/small, residential/ condos/ commercial. Quality service. Affordable/ reliable. 905-758-2848, 416-677-2848 www. parrishomesolutions.com
CLEANING+ ORGANIZING Service- Family business. Residential, offices. High quality. Affordable prices. Bonded, insured. Painting & References. Regular, onetime, weekly, bi-weekly. Decorating 647-287-1964, ABSOLUTELY amazing 289-466-5419 painters at bargain prices! www.goodstylebyolga.com Summer special $100/ room. Quick, clean, MARGARET'S IMMACU- reliable. Free estimates! LATE Cleaning Service. Second to None Painting Openings available in your 905-265-7738 area! Please call for free estimate. 905-737-3756 PAINTINGRESIDENTIAL, PAY L E S S 4 C L E A N I N G Commercial, interior/ RESIDENTIAL & Commerexterior renovations, cial, bonded, insured, rereasonable price. Job liable, references. Free satisfaction. Bonded/ estimate, affordable. LudInsured. Free estimate. mila 647-267-2340 (416)616-9577
19TH/ YONGE- Furnished Hands You Can Trust rooms, separate entrance. Prefer female. $450/ $500. We are Thorough, Consistent, CONCRETE & PAVING Own washroom. Laundry. Reliable & Affordable Wireless internet. NonCONCRETE IMPRESSIONS smoker. Immediate. Stamped concrete for as Call uslow today for a FREE Estimate 905-508-0383 as $8./ sq.ft.
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$200 TO $1000Dead/ Alive. Cars/ trucks/ vans. Fast Free towing. We sell parts. 416-500-5050
Moving & Storage
ABSOLUTELY BEST cleaning ladies available. Honest & hard working, attention to detail, insured/ bonded. 416-897-6782.
Residential ~ Commercial
Doors & Windows
MAJOR MACKENZIE/ Bayview- 1 bedroom basement. Parking, laundry Near GO bus/ train/ amenities. Sept. 1st. $700.+ 1/3. 647-774-1627, 416-498-0718
Vehicles Wanted/ Wrecking
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Doors & Windows
MOVING- UPRIGHT Piano $940. Baby Grand, $2,900. Excellent condition. Help with delivery. Call Robert, 905-709-4753
Rooms for Rent and Wanted
BAYVIEW/ ELGIN Mills- 2 bedroom basement, separate entrance, laundry, parking, cable. Suits single/ couple Non-smoking/ pets. Immediately. $850. 905-770-8206, 416-358-8559
DOWNTOWN R. Hill – Yonge/ Centre St. new building 2 bdrm apt, available October 1st. central air, 5 appliances $1,400 monthly including heat, water and 1 parking. 905-224-3264.
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For details: Mr. Alden 905-475-6007
HOT TUB/SPA 2012 model, fully loaded, full warranty. New in plastic. Cost $8,000 Sacrifice $3,900. Call: 416-779-0563
to deliver Canada's largest newspaper door to door, early mornings, 7 & 6 days/week on established routes in Richmond Hill & Thornhill. Must have reliable vehicle. Excellent delivery credit earned.
BAYVIEW/ MAJOR Mackenzie- large 2 bedroom basement, separate entrance, laundry, parking. Non-smoking/ pets. Near GO. $950 inclusive. Immediate. (416)605-0243
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Part Time GREETER Evenings and weekends Full Time SALESPEOPLE No experience necessary will train. Please email resume to firstname.lastname@example.org
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BAYVIEW/ MAJOR MacKenzie- 1 bedroom lower level. Separate entrance. Suits professional person. Parking. $850. Available immediately. Please call 416-564-4330
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Articles for Sale
Live-in, Part time Superintendent. Ideal for retired person. Experience required. Cleaning, minor clerical/ building/ grounds/ equipment maintenance, repairs & security. Ability to organize and work independently. Must respond to after-hours emergencies. Fluent in English verbal & written. Computer literate. Well maintained seniors low-rise in Thornhill. Vehicle required. 1 bedrm + salary. Submit resume by Sept. 10 to firstname.lastname@example.org
• Competitive wages and benefits • Shift and travel premiums, flexible hours
Apartments for Rent
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