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‘Shock’: Region ends help centre funding LIsa QuEEN lqueen@yrmg.com A senior citizen who never had a chance to go far in school, Norma Smith has turned many times to the Identification Clinic at York Region's Housing Help Centre to help her understand government forms and to assist her filling out paperwork for needed documentation. "They are so handy and helpful to the community," she said. The former nanny and personal care worker is devastated to learn regional government will end its funding next month to the Richmond Hill centre, which helps more than 2,000 low- and moderate-income York Region residents a year. "Oh my God, I don't have the words to say," said Smith, a native of Jamaica, who said staff at the centre have encouraged to her to take adult learning classes. "I am very, very sad, deeply sad. They are like a family to me. It's going to be very difficult for the community." The region is cutting off the $204,230 it provides annually for the ID clinic and the $136,310 it gives for the housing help centre, executive director Mary Ann Proulx said. The region is the sole source of funding for the programs, other than a small amount the facility gets from PowerStream to help low-income residents struggling

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Mary Ann Proulx (right), executive director of the Housing Help Centre, confers with client Norma Smith of Richmond Hill, who is upset to hear York Region will cut funding to the centre next month. to pay their hydro bills. "I was in shock," said Proulx, adding the centre and clinic are the only services of their kind in the region. "We don't have operating funds to continue. It brings me to tears. I feel really bad for them (clients).

They're going to struggle, they're going to struggle even more so." Agencies are aware they must apply annually for funding under the Community Investment Strategy, the region's commissioner of community and health services, Adelina Urbanski, said.

"Annually, York Region provides targeted funding to not-forprofit agencies to help deliver projects to low- and moderateincome residents that address service gaps in the community,"

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‘Shock’: Region ends help centre funding LIsa QuEEN lqueen@yrmg.com A senior citizen who never had a chance to go far in school, Norma Smith has turned many times to the Identification Clinic at York Region's Housing Help Centre to help her understand government forms and to assist her filling out paperwork for needed documentation. "They are so handy and helpful to the community," she said. The former nanny and personal care worker is devastated to learn regional government will end its funding next month to the Richmond Hill centre, which helps more than 2,000 low- and moderate-income York Region residents a year. "Oh my God, I don't have the words to say," said Smith, a native of Jamaica, who said staff at the centre have encouraged to her to take adult learning classes. "I am very, very sad, deeply sad. They are like a family to me. It's going to be very difficult for the community." The region is cutting off the $204,230 it provides annually for the ID clinic and the $136,310 it gives for the housing help centre, executive director Mary Ann Proulx said. The region is the sole source of funding for the programs, other than a small amount the facility gets from PowerStream to help low-income residents struggling

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Mary Ann Proulx (right), executive director of the Housing Help Centre, confers with client Norma Smith of Richmond Hill, who is upset to hear York Region will cut funding to the centre next month. to pay their hydro bills. "I was in shock," said Proulx, adding the centre and clinic are the only services of their kind in the region. "We don't have operating funds to continue. It brings me to tears. I feel really bad for them (clients).

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Overspending to overeating: How to curb holiday indulging and freeze so that you're spending more time with your guests and you've got a way to save the food and portion it out over time. And (we encourage people) to consider potluck as an approach to family occasions so everybody brings a little bit of something and everybody is able to bring it home so leftovers get used up. It's less work for one person and it's often less waste that way." Remember though, even the experts admit it's tough to stringently stick to a plan. "Throughout the whole year, you've been quite disciplined," Albanese said. "You did the best you could and you say 'I've sacrificed all year, my family deserves this'. We tend to use Christmastime as a way of rewarding ourselves for a year of hard work. How do you overcome all this? It's almost impossible. All we can say is be conscious of (spending), try to set money aside and be as close as possible to that budget."

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Stick to a plan On average, households throw away $1,500-worth of food each year or $125 per month. This might be enough to take your family to the movies or fill your gas tank once or twice. The Region of York is offering 10 tips to reduce food waste while saving time and money this holiday season: • • •

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leftovers and ideas for what to do around the holidays to reduce the amount of food waste that you're generating," Hordowick said. "We've found about 15 to 20 per cent of the green bin is what we would consider to be avoidable food waste. Things people have bought and forgot and thrown out: It's whole produce, leftover lettuce, the leftover casserole that you didn't finish eating." As part of the Good Food program, the region put out a list of 10 tips aimed at reducing food waste during the holidays. "We encourage people to stock up on reusable containers so that when they do have guests over and there's leftovers, they've got a really easy way to pack stuff up and share it with their guests rather than it ending up in the green bin," Hordowick said. "We have recipes you can make ahead

A Seneca College professor and certified financial planner says that we should follow Santa’s example and make a list and stick to it to avoid breaking the bank. the year. Turkey stuffing is one of my favourites that I only make at Christmas - so I'll pass on the creamy mashed potatoes that I can have anytime." Overindulging also takes a toll on the environment. The Region of York typically sees a 10 per cent spike in waste - garbage, recycling and organics - compared to other winter months, according to Julie Hordowick, program manager of York's integrated waste management strategy. So the region encourages residents to wrap presents in reusable bags, scarves or fabric and consider giving gift cards or "experiences" rather than "purchasing a lot of stuff that maybe people don't necessarily need," she said. This year, the region is targeting "avoidable food waste" through its Good Food program. "That's all geared toward giving people tools to plan their meals, to manage

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Make a simple meal plan and plan ahead. Organize your refrigerator and pantry before shopping for ingredients that may be hiding at the back. Buy only what you need in the quantity you need. Buying in bulk is cost effective if you actually use it. Spend less on unplanned impulse purchases. Shop with a list and stick to it. Choose recipes you can make ahead and freeze. Spend more family time together by recruiting the kids to help out and lighten your load. Waste less by serving smaller portions. Encourage guests to not be shy and ask for seconds or set out platters where guests can serve themselves. Stock up on reusable containers and give your guests the gift of take-home leftovers. Plan a potluck. Leftovers go back home with guests. It’s less work for you, less for you to buy and fewer dishes to wash when it’s over. Freeze leftovers to enjoy later during those cold January evenings. Bread, soups, stews, pasta dishes, casseroles and chili all freeze well.

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The holidays can be a time to let loose - on your wallet, trash bin and waistline. Once the calendar turns to December, there's a tendency to relax, exhale and be less stringent on the rules that guide us through most of the year. We've all done it. After working so hard for 11 months, the extra slice of pie or second helping of mashed potatoes is well-deserved, right? Then there's the gift shopping budget. We want to give our kids and spouses the happiest holiday season possible. Their dreams must become reality. However, those wishes come with a cost and often strain a family's budget, said Seneca College professor and certified financial planner Sam Albanese. "We know we have to spend and at this time of the year we tend to spend more. We need to take a look at disciplined spending. Santa Claus has a list and he sticks to that. He makes it clear this is his list and this is what everyone gets. Santa never goes over-budget. "But as humans, we don't make a list. We've got to try to get the emotions out of our spending and be more objective. Something may be two dollars, but when you start adding up all these $2 (items), suddenly that becomes $100 and on it goes." The Canadian government's healthy holiday food guide includes recommendations aimed at helping families eat well over the next month. It suggests families should try to eat together because that communal time encourages healthier habits. Cook and plan meals in advance for hectic days and make healthy snacks like pre-cut vegetables and fruit easily accessible. Also, create healthy food traditions by trying a new vegetable recipe or making food-based gifts like jars of dried fruit, nuts or soup mix. And start dessert off with a round of fruit, leaving room for a few bites of something richer. Aurora-based registered dietician Maria Fisher said holiday weight gain is common because, for many people, the indulgence doesn't last for just one day. There are multiple parties and gatherings and those gettogethers often force people off regular eating, exercising and sleeping habits. You can avoid packing on pounds by eating before heading to a social function and refraining from placing treats on counters and tabletops at home. Be careful when ordering coffeehouse specialty drinks and go easy on calorie-filled alcoholic beverages. It's OK to indulge, as long as your favourite holiday foods are consumed in moderate portions, she said. "The problem with gaining a pound or two over the holidays is that most people don't lose it (afterward)," she said. "Eat your favourite foods that you can only get over the holidays and skimp on other tasty foods you can get any time of

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City of Vaughan Christmas Tree Lighting WHEN: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. WHERE: Vaughan City Hall, 2141 Major Mackenzie Dr. CONTACT: Access Vaughan, 905-832-2281, http:// www.vaughan.ca/events/festive_celebrations/Pages/default. aspx, accessvaughan@vaughan.ca COST: Free The City of Vaughan will continue this holiday tradition by lighting up 12,000 lights on a 25-foot-tall tree at Vaughan City Hall.

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re road tolls an idea whose time has come? Toronto Mayor John Tory seems to think so, given his announcement he’d like to charge motorists $2 to drive the Don Valley Parkway and the Gardiner Expressway. According to Tory’s arithmetic, the move could generate more than $200 million per year to invest in transit infrastructure. York Chair Wayne Emmerson acknowledged that charging a toll to make use of the DVP and the Gardiner could have a significant impact on those who rely on the routes. He hopes to meet with Tory to discuss the matter.

‘Our concern is how the money raised will be allocated. Will the tolls be for the good of all GTA commuters, or only boost Toronto’s coffers?’ As a concept, tolls aren’t necessarily a bad thing. They were among the revenue tools the province bandied about when it floated various means through which to fund needed transit improvements. York Region has a number of projects on the go and remains hopeful the Yonge Street subway will eventually extend into Richmond Hill. That alone will cost billions, and the money will have to come from somewhere, be it tolls, new taxes or other user fees. Our concern is how the money raised will be allocated. Will the tolls be for the good of all GTA commuters, or only boost Toronto’s coffers? According to the Toronto Star, the Gardiner alone needs $3.6 billion worth of repairs, and Toronto’s operating budget is facing a $516-million shortfall next year. Despite the fact Toronto’s own city manager, Peter Wallace, noted the 416 enjoys the lowest residential tax rate in Ontario, Tory has made it clear that raising taxes above the inflation rate is a non-starter. Other municipalities grapple with higher increases and their residents often receive considerably fewer services. Why is it Toronto can nix higher property taxes and jump right to tolls? Thankfully, the province would have to sign off on any new road tolls first. Again, the tolls aren’t the issue, per se, but rather how the money they raise would be used. If the plan is to set aside funds to improve the GTA’s transit network, so be it, but if it’s to help Toronto stave off a long overdue property tax increase or to help pay for pet projects of dubious benefit (i.e. the Scarborough subway), then they should be treated as, to quote Tory when he was PC leader, “highway robbery”.

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Holidays can be recognized, celebrated by all On Halloween, I sat in our front porch enclosure to give treats to whomever came to our house. I kept the light on, my heater on and read the Economist and Sun, while listening to the radio. I also kept Christmas lights on as the previous day had been our Hindu festival of Diwali meaning Festival of Lights remove darkness from our mind of hatred, jealousy and misunderstanding toward others, may they be our relatives or friends, and to forgive them and start new relationships again. On our front porch door, I put Halloween and Diwali decorations which were admired by those who passed by. I enjoyed giving treats to the children

• LETTERS • ● GET CONNECTED Have a comment on these or any other community issues? Email us at newsroom@yrmg.com and seeing their happy and innocent faces and wishing them happy Halloween. In return, they wished me the same. After a while, another group of children came who were of Chinese origin. I gave them a treat and wished them happy Halloween and they wished me the same and, to my surprise, a happy Diwali too. That really made my day/ night brighter. They also told me that in their school there was a Diwali celebration. I always put up decorations for Valentine’s Day, Easter, Canada Day, Christmas and the New Year. Diwali wishes from innocent girls send a strong message to those so-called

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political correctness people that Diwali is Diwali, Eid is Eid, Chinese-Buddhist New Year is their New Year and the list goes on. Why do they want people to wish happy holidays/season’s greetings on Christmas and New Year’s? All our non-Hindu friends wish us happy Diwali the same as we, on Christmas, wish our friends/relatives merry Christmas and not happy holidays. Growing up in my small town of Karamsad, Gujarat, India, some 65 years back, our Grade 4 teacher took us on a field trip to church (even though Christians made up one per cent of the population) and there we met a Spanish priest fluent in the native

language of Gujarat state. He explained the significance of Christmas and I still vividly remember that on Christmas Eve Jesus was born. Since then, for us, Christmas is Christmas and nothing else. In India, everyone wishes each other merry Christmas irrespective of their religion and it is widely celebrated by all. Here also in our Hindu Sanatan temple in Markham and other temples they celebrate Christmas, the New Year, Valentine’s Day, Easter, Canada Day, Halloween and at Remembrance Day there is a special prayer to our fallen soldiers and to honour those who are living to protect us; we get nightly good sleep because they are awake. God bless all. Suresh and Bhavna Patel Markham

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SIU investigates after pursuit ends in crash The Special Investigations Unit is investigating an incident in which a teenage woman allegedly fractured her ankle after crashing into a tree following a pursuit by York Regional Police. It was after a suspicious vehicle was spotted travelling south on Pine Valley Drive at around 11:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 24 that police attempted to stop the vehicle, before losing sight of it, according to the SIU. After travelling on Hwy. 407, the car smashed into a tree near Weston Road and Steeles Avenue. The SIU says the driver of the vehicle fled the scene only to be captured and an 18-year-old woman had to be helped from the car with a damaged ankle.

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JEREMy GRIMaldI jgrimaldi@yrmg.com Police have arrested a teenager in relation to a string of bank robberies, at least one in Vaughan. The 19-year-old is facing 44 charges in relation to the robberies that allegedly occurred throughout the GTA, ranging in locales from Toronto to Bolton, Caledon and Collingwood where he was eventually nabbed by police. The man was also linked to a number car and gas thefts, a hitand-run and several financial and retail robberies in the area. Police say the string of robberies lasted from about Nov. 6 to Nov. 22. Joseph Ross, 19, from Mississauga, was arrested by Toronto police last week and was expected to appear in court this week. Police say they charged Joseph Ross, 19, of Mississauga after a pursuit by Toronto police on Wednesday, Nov. 16.

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York police are investigating after a member of the public called about a body of a man who appears to have taken his own life in Markham. Insp. Alvaro Almeida said the service was called by a member of the public just after 8 a.m. after a body was found vital signs absent in a ravine at the foot of Victoria Avenue, just off Main Street, in Unionville. "This is not being investigated as a suspicious incident," he said. Residents had grown concerned about the large police presence in the neighbourhood this morning, after discerning that a body had been discovered. One resident said police were searching by the railway tracks in the area.

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Children make virtual reality glasses prove tough interview subjects. When Ethan is asked what he has liked most about this course, It's a dark Saturday mornhe says: "The end when you get ing with little prospect of outto see..." then his voice trails off door play yet the fifteen chilas the young Markham resident dren gathered in this Thornhill gazes into his glasses. library don't seem to care. A minute or so later, he "Yes. I get it. I get it. The virexclaims: "Ew. I'm looking at a tual reality is complete," says dead person right now." Ethan Lu, 12, of Markham. Nearby, young Adrian CarLukas Nuzzi, a 9-year-old cone, 11, makes his own discovMaple resident, is engrossed in eries. his own vision. "Wow. Look for "I'm fishing," the Maple resithe roller coaster," dent says as his he says. mother, Angela Another child “Virtual reality L e iva - C a rc o n e, interjects: "I see is becoming part laughs from a two images". chair close by. A n o t h e r of the future. "There's a giant exclaims: "Oh my whale," Adrian God, this is so I’d rather he be says. cool." In case you at the forefront Lukas pipes up: think these are "It's just like you of it.” worlds only the are riding a roller Tony Carcone very young can coaster." appreciate, AdriThe children an's dad Tony Carare clustered around tables in cone proves just as enthusiasthe children's corner of Thorntic as the mini-techies: "Oh no, hill's Bathurst Clark Resource you've gotta see this," Tony says Library discovering and explorto Angela, as he peers through ing virtual reality. Librarian his son's glasses. Richard Anderson is at the helm, "Look around and see the helping them first assemble vircity," Tony says, referring to tual reality glasses (out of Google some unidentified city on the cardboard, special lenses, tape other side of his son's lens. and, of course, a cellphone), then Soon, we hear Adrian back guiding them as they discover in command of his glasses say: and explore virtual reality dur"Woah, I just went into space." ing this one-hour course. Then, a second later: "I'm going "Does anyone know what to Chicago." augmenting reality is?" he asks Tony and Angela have them. "Taking another world enrolled their son in this kind and using it in ours." of make-your-own class at the One person suggests library before. They love the Pokémon is an example stimulation it provides for him and Anderson agrees. and the other children in the As these children return to class. playing with their glasses, they "It stimulates their brain,

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reality, it applies to many businesses, such as being able to tour through your factory globally, he says. "This is a starting point. He can research, look for education apps," Tony says. It may turn into something more than a hobby for Adrian, Angela says. "It could trigger something inside of him," she said. Perhaps it will direct him to a unique career choice, like being a game maker, she said. "It could inspire him." Anderson, a digital creations specialist in the children's section of the Bathurst Clark Resource Library, is not surprised by the enthusiasm for his course for 8-12 year old children. He feels lucky to have the freedom to explore different ways of presenting and exploring technology with children. "I can take more chances than teachers can. I try to be one step ahead. The maker culture is pervasive throughout most school systems." In some ways, he feels he has more freedom than even teachers do. "Educators have benchmarks that have to be met. We have an educational component, but there is fun. I can experiment with teaching with fewer hoops to jump through." But Anderson is not just in it for the kids. He genuinely loves gadgets and playing. "It's a lot of fun for me. The little kid in me still likes this kind of thing." He believes that in presenting this type of class, the library is still doing what it was meant to do. "We're still in the business of information. We're still doing our job. We're just shifting the medium."

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Reports of norovirus from across York Region

Two schools test positive for norovirus SimonE JoSEpH sjoseph@yrmg.com York Region Public Health confirmed on Nov. 23 that two York Region

schools – one in East Gwillimbury and one in Markham – have tested positive for norovirus. A school in Georgina, along with daycare centres in Vaughan and Whitchurch-Stouf fville and a retirement home in Vaughan, have reported increased illnesses with symptoms that are typi-

cal of a norovirus-like illness. On Nov. 18, the Regional Municipality of York was notified of an unusually high number of students absent from Thornhill Woods Public School. Parents reported children were experiencing symptoms of nausea, vomiting and diarrhea, sug-

gesting a possible norovirus outbreak. A total of 104 students were reported absent that day due to illness. On Nov. 23, 54 students were reported absent due to illness, indicating the outbreak is under control, according to the region.

"Outbreaks of norovirus and other enteric viruses, those which cause vomiting and diarrhea, are common at this time of year," said Dr. Karim Kurji, York Region's medical officer of health. "In fact, norovirus is the most common cause of gastroenteri-

tis outbreaks worldwide. Norovirus outbreaks are common in semi-closed environments such as schools, childcare centres and retirement homes. The numbers we are seeing across the region are no greater than in previous years."

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On Nov. 18, the Regional Municipality of York was notified of an unusually high number of students absent from Thornhill Woods Public School. Parents reported children were experiencing symptoms of nausea, vomiting and diarrhea, suggesting a possible norovirus outbreak.

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A thief got a surprise Tuesday night after stealing a pickup truck in Vaughan, only to discover a pet Rottweiler in the back seat, York Regional Police said. A man left his 2009 grey Honda Ridgeline running and unlocked while he ran into a convenience store in the area of Hwy. 7 and Martin GORMLEY Grove Road at about 7 p.m. Nov. 29. When he returned to the parking lot, his truck with his two-year-old dog inside were gone, Const. Andy Pattenden said. Police scoured the area and found the abandoned vehicle about two and a half hours later in a plaza parking lot at Martin Grove and Silverstone Drive. Police are looking for a suspect. Anyone with information is asked to contact 4 District at 1-866-876-5423, ext. 7400, or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-tips, leave an anonymous tip online at www.1800222tips.com or text your tip to CRIMES (274637) starting with the word YORK. Especially with winter approaching, the incident serves as a reminder for drivers, Pattenden said. Throughout the colder months, police routinely respond to reports where drivers have left their vehicles running and unattended to warm up, only to return to find the vehicle stolen, he said.

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room, $1,194 for a twobedroom and $1,357 for a three-bedroom. Even when clients find housing, the centre often works with them to ensure they remain housed, Proulx said. When a report on homelessness was released last month by the region and the United Way of Toronto and York Region, officials spoke about the importance of ensuring the marginally housed keep a roof over their heads. Meanwhile, the ID clinic pays the processing fees for lower income residents to obtain necessary documentation such as birth, marriage and death certificates, social insurance numbers, Canadian citizenship certificates, health cards, immigration papers and Ontario photo ID cards. Identification is necessary to obtain a wide variety of services, from applying for social assistance and accessing food banks to getting health care and registering children for school, Proulx said. Staff recently assisted a homeless client who was receiving a monthly $300 street allowance. While filling out paperwork for him, they realized he turned 65 this month and is entitled to a monthly allowance of $1,750, Proulx said. The ID clinic also acts as a mailing address for the homeless and marginally housed, she said. The Community Legal Clinic of York Region, which offers legal support to lowincome residents, often refers clients to the housing help centre and the ID clinic, community legal worker Kim McKinnon said. The loss of the programs will be disastrous for some of the region's most vulnerable residents, she said.


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and watch a holiday movie. To register, visit trca.ca • Jingle Bell Walk: Dec. 10, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the Hollidge Tract, 16389 Hwy. 48, WhitchurchStouffville. Learn about the holiday tradition of bells and Christmas trees. Bring a non-perishable food item for the local food bank. To register, visit york.ca • Deck the Halls with Seeds and Berries: Dec. 10, 10 a.m. at Cold Creek Conservation Area, 14125 11th Concession, Nobleton; Dec. 11, 10 a.m. at Lake St. George Field Centre, 950 Bethesda Sideroad, Richmond Hill; Celebrate the holiday season by making special gifts for winter birds.

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Kim ZarZour kzarzour@yrmg.com The Black Friday weekend kicked off the annual stampede for holiday gifts - but there may be a way to avoid the mall crowds and feel good about your gift-giving, too. This year, why not pick a theme for your holiday sharing and focus on meaningful gifts? Here are some ideas for gifts that give back: ● Look for sustainable gifts that are good for the environment. Choose products with fair trade certification. This represents products that support fair wages, fair working conditions and fair terms for trade. You can also look for the bluesign label to find textiles that are produced with minimal environmental impact. Stores like Mountain Equipment Co-op stock bluesign products that are manufactured responsibly, with lower water and air emissions and a reduced eco footprint. ● Shop local. Try following Danna Schaubel’s lead. The York Region mom posted her vow to buy as many holiday gifts as she can from Facebook friends who own small businesses, and she invited her friends to post links to her page and share on theirs, too.

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● Support your community’s creative industries. Seek out gifts at local wineries, craft breweries, local art studios, or check out the Holiday Artisan Pop-Up Market at the Aurora Cultural Centre, on Saturday Dec. 10. ● Consider gifts that give twice. L’Arche Daybreak’s craft studio, for example, sells high-quality artisan gifts such as candles, ornaments and prewrapped hostess gifts that are handmade by adults with intellectual disabilities. Raising the Roof is a national charity to fight homelessness and sells tuques and mittens each year to raise money for long-term solu-

tions. Proceeds bought in a community stay in that community. If animals are your thing, you can symbolically adopt your favourite species with a gift of a stuffed animal from WWF-Canada. Check out your favourite charity to see if they have gift options. ● Give your time. Purchase tickets to attend a local theatre production together, or a season’s family pass to Scanlon Creek Conservation Area. Bake a cake or cookies, or make a handmade gift. Alternatively, give your time to those who are in need. For more volunteer opportunities, visit civicyork.ca

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NOTICE OF CONSTRUCTION

IMPROVEMENTS ARE COMING.

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MCCLEARY COURT COMMUNITY CITY OF VAUGHAN,

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The Regional Municipality of York will be working in your community to enhance the McCleary Court Community Environmental Centre (CEC) located at 130 McCleary Court (see map, right top), as well as the Elgin Mills Community Environmental Centre (CEC) located at 1124 Elgin Mills Road East (see map, right bottom). Construction will begin October 2016. treet Keele S

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What can you expect during construction? The CEC site will remain open to the public during construction and operations will be adjusted as required. Including: • Changes to traffic flow at the facility • Location of bins and/or materials accepted • Extended wait time and onsite line ups • Possible delays and short-term site closures As with any construction project, there may be minor inconveniences which may affect you, however, every attempt will be made to keep these to a minimum. We appreciate your patience while construction is being completed.

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The project includes: • Addition of weigh scales for processing customer transactions • Integration of a Household Hazardous Waste Depot onsite

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Luis Carvalho, M.Sc. (Eng.), P.Eng., PMP Senior Project Manager, Environmental Services Department Phone: 1-877-464-9675 ext. 75015 Luis.carvalho@york.ca


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