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York Region teachers paused some voluntary activities in protest to a recently passed law. This week, the province passed

a bill that forces a contract on elementary and secondary teachers across Ontario as well as 50,000 support staff, including those in York Region, bypassing the traditional bargaining process.

In response, teacher unions encouraged members to wear black and take a pause from extracurricular activities such as school clubs and sports yesterday to protest the recent passing of the bill.

The York Region District School Board hasn’t cancelled any scheduled events, according to board spokesperson Licinio Miguelo. He also confirmed the board has had a See TEACHERS, page 25.

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If you’re planning on visiting Thornhill Village Festival this weekend and would rather not fight for parking, organizers have a new option this year: cycle to the celebration. For the first time, free valet bike parking will be available at the annual event to allow cyclists to leave their bikes in a covered and protected environment. Toronto Chinese for Ecological Living, with help from the cities of Markham and Vaughan, will provide volunteers to protect bicycles at a special shelter set up near Old Jane Street and the Bell building. Technicians will also offer free safety inspections to cyclists. “Even if they’re not parking there, we can provide simple help with oil or advice on how to maintain a bike,” said the group’s executive director William To. “It’s a great time to do this because it will help kids kick-start good cycling habits.” The shelter will operate like a coat check, he said. Cyclists sign in their bikes between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. and volunteers will park the bikes in an area that will be safe and dry from possible rain. “Our whole goal is to provide a greener method to get there and not have to fight for parking, which is particularly important in

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Denis Pyke guides schoolchildren across a busy Don Mills Road at Simonston Boulevard Tuesday morning. Mr. Pyke also workes the lunch hour, a time slot Markham is considering eliminating because too few children head home during the lunch hour to merit having a crossing guard, staff say. See story on page 3.

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Great food along with sunny skies and great neighbours greeted everyone who attended the first community potluck in Settlers Park on the weekend.

Controversy brings community closer

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‘It was a really nice community celebration’

By Kim Zarzour

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Great food, great weather and great neighbours greeted those who attended the first community potluck in Settlers Park on the weekend, according to the president of the community’s residents’ group.

“It was a really nice community celebration,” said Art Pozdniakov, president of the Settlers Park Residents Association, newly formed when the community greenspace was threatened earlier this year. The lush meadowland near John and Don Mills streets, formerly

Sabiston landfill, had been slated for an aerobic bioreactor pilot project. The methane-reduction system was scrapped in June after neighbours organized a communitywide fight that included children’s art work and green-clad residents storming council chambers. The get-together Sept. 9 was arranged as a celebration as well as an opportunity to meet neighbours and say good-bye to summer, Mr.Pozdniakov said. More than 60 revelers showed up to enjoy the weather and company and reinforce the community’s determination to protect the greenspace with official park designation. Councillors Howard Shore and Alan Ho attended along with guests from Australia who presented Mr. Shore a letter from the Mayor of Sunshine Coast to the Mayor of Markham. The letter introduced the Friendship Force, an international citizens exchange organization promoting peace and friendship through international exchanges in 54 countries. Mr. Shore shared plans to introduce a community  liaison  group to work with the City of Markham on further initiatives to protect the wildlife habitat and plans for council discussions this fall for official park designation.


Lunch-hour student crossings low, Mayor Scarpitti says BY AMANDA PERSICO

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Markham councillors were faced with a decision this week between the bottom line and childrens’ safety. At this week’s general committee, city staff presented a report that calls for the review of lunch-time crossing guards at 37 of Markham’s 81 local schools. The city provides 81 schools with crossing guards who help students cross the road during the morning and after school periods. There are also 37 schools that have crossing guards during the lunch hour to help students who go home for lunch. For close to 15 years, Teresita Jones has flashed her stop sign at Grandveiw and Henerson avenues. “If the school is open, I’m out here,” she said. “Even when it’s raining or it’s cold.” When she started as a crossing guard at the corner, there were dozens of students going home for lunch. In the past three or four years, that number has declined to about one or two a day. The same is true for Karen Doig, who works at the corner of Henderson and Doncaster avenues. “A lot of kids stay at school for lunch,” she said. “Many of their parents work. And there are a lot of kids bused in. But very rarely is there no one to cross the street.” It costs the city about $12,000 per location per year to have a crossing guard during all three times, while it costs about half that to have a crossing guard during only the morning and afternoon periods, city traffic operations supervisor David Porretta said. But Mr. Porretta’s request to review need for lunch hour crossing guards was met with some concern from council. “We can’t put a cost on one child walking home getting hurt or getting hit by a car,” Ward 4 Councillor Carolina Moretti said. Ward 7 Councillor Logan Kanapathi agreed, asking city staff to consult with local parents and schools prior to any changes being

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Markham considers reduced crossing guards

VALERIE BURKE: Councillor wants a safe road crossing strategy that involves parents and schools.

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Markham provides 81 schools with crossing guards who help students cross the road during the morning and after school periods. There are also 37 schools that have crossing guards during the lunch hour to help students who go home for lunch. made. “When it comes to children’s safety, we can’t put a price tag on that,” he said. “Because this is their children’s safety, (parents) need to be consulted.” There needs to be at least five students crossing during the lunch hour to warrant a crossing guard, Mr. Porretta said. Ms Moretti also questioned the cost of surveying each location ver-

sus the cost incurred by the city to keep a crossing guard during lunch hour. Eliminating that extra hour at each location could save the city about $175,000 or about 25 per cent of annual crossing guard operating budget, Mr. Porretta said. But that doesn’t mean eliminating guards during prime morning and afternoon periods, Mayor Frank Scarpitti said. “Safety is an

obvious priority,” he said. “But the number of children crossing during lunch is nowhere near the numbers during peak hours.” One way to help city staff with their assessment is to talk to individual schools, as students cannot leave school property without signing out, Mr. Scarpitti said. Also, in some schools, where there isn’t a lunch hour crossing guard, there are lunch hour super-

vision programs in place, where older students volunteer to help supervise younger students crossing the road, he added. Ward 1 Councillor Valerie Burke also asked staff to come back to council to come back to staff with a safe road crossing education and communications strategy that involves consulting with schools and parents. Regional Councillor Gordon Landon asked if Markham would follow suit to the latest safety measures taken by the region, where traffic violation fines are doubled in regional community safety zones. “That should be done in Markham,” he said. “Children have to learn to cross the road, but in a safe manner.” Crossing guards costs the city, on average, more than $7,700 per location per year, which includes training, education, equipment and salary. Mr. Kanapathi, along with Ward 3 Councillor Don Hamilton, asked about cost sharing options with schools and the school boards, since it isn’t a required municipal service. “Who picks up the tab if the city says we can’t afford it?,” Mr. Hamilton said. Council directed staff to review the current schools with lunch hour crossing guards and report back on traffic flow, number of students going home for lunch as well as other safety measures taken by schools without lunch hour crossing guards. For more information, visit markham.ca

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RICHMOND HILL • Leslie Street: reduced to 60 km/h from 70 km/h, John Street to Elgin Mills Road and 19th Avenue to Stouffville Road • Yonge Street: reduced to 60 km/h from 70 km/h, Devonsleigh Boulevard to Gamble Road • Yonge Street: reduced to 60 km/h from 80 km/h, Gamble to Old Colony roads. VAUGHAN • Jane Street: reduced to 60 km/r from 70 km/h, Steeles Avenue to Major Mackenzie Drive • Keele Street: reduced to 60 km/h from 70 km/h, Langstaff Road to Alberta Drive • Langstaff Road: reduced to 60 km/h from 70 km/h, Keele to Dufferin streets • Weston Road: reduced to 60 km/h from 70

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AURORA • Wellington Street: reduced to 70 km/h from 80 km/h, Bayview Avenue to Hwy. 404 • Yonge Street: reduced to 60 km/h from 80 km/h, Bloomington Road to Industrial Parkway. EAST GWILLIMBURY • Mount Albert Road: increased to 60 km/h from 50 km/h, Leslie Street to 305 metres east of Leslie Street • Mount Albert Road: reduced to 60 km/h from 80 km/h, 656 metres west of Woodbine Avenue to Woodbine Avenue. GEORGINA • Black River Road: reduced to 70 km/h from 80 km/h, Queen Street to Park Road. KING • King Road: reduced to 50 km/h from 60 km/h, Hwy. 27 to 8th Concession Road. - L.H. Tiffany Hsieh

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Job action just hurts students As the first day of school approached, we were inundated with messages from teacher unions criticizing the provincial government’s pledge to give itself the power to impose contracts and ban strikes for the next two years. The unions insisted the move by the government would end up negatively impacting students. It turns out it was the unions that made that prediction come true. On the day the Progressive Conservatives supported the minority Liberals’ bill, teacher unions announced extracurricular activities for students would be curbed. What happened to ensuring students wouldn’t become pawns in this fight? Actually, there really is no fight. The move has been made. The bill received support and was passed. There’s no reason to believe it will be rescinded, so what’s the point of union leaders asking public school teachers to stop giving their time outside of classroom hours? What was the point of yesterday’s expected one-day protest by high school teachers? And what’s the point of Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario president Sam Hammond

announcing he’s not going to put a time limit on work action? How is this protecting students? Sadly, it’s not just students who lose out. Teachers certainly don’t have to take part in extracurricular activities, because there’s no debating they take place outside of a teacher’s regular hours of work. But those who do put in the extra hours do so because they want to; because they love doing it. Now, as they’re being told by their unions to stop, they’re pawns, too. Whether or not you agree with the province’s bill, which was deemed necessary because the public school unions didn’t accept a deal three other teachers unions signed, there comes a time when you have to accept your fate. The province’s hardball offer was good enough for three other teacher unions, so it should be good enough for the holdouts, too. It’s hypocritical of unions to say their moves are made to protect students when they’re willing to hold them hostage to get what they want. Chalk this one up as a loss, after several deals that can only be considered clear-cut victories, and get back to providing students with the best all-around education possible.

Geese beautiful, but sometimes from a distance m often surprised by people’s attitudes toward the Canada Goose, a bird of which I always thought, based on its name alone, we should be proud. I even worked for a time in Wawa, Ont., the word Wawa meaning “Land of the Big Goose” (or so the locals told me — maybe they just saw me as some newb from down south they could tell anything to and he’d believe it). If you’ve ever been up there, you’ll know they’ve erected a great big statue of a goose next to the highway — which I think was essentially a marketing ploy to get motorists to pull into town a bit off the highway so some of their money might fly out of their wallets and into merchants’ cash registers. The goose adorns all kinds of shops and bars in the town. The masthead of the newspaper I used to work for there featured a goose in flight, as did my business cards — a little pack of which I have kept all these years, even though I, too, eventually flew southward. (I always thought they should change the name of the paper to the Wawa Gander, as in “take a Gander”. Although the paper was actually 50 cents and “buy a Gander” didn’t seem to have the same ring to it.) Of course, marketing doesn’t always

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Bernie O’Neill work and many people I’ve spoken to are under the impression Wawa is a collection of gas stations near a giant goose statue, and not the town of 5,000 that’s actually just a kilometre or so up the road as the crow flies. Closer to home, the Canada Goose has been the unofficial mascot of Main Street Markham for several years, with mini (by Wawa standards) goose statues all around. Although I’m sure some of the business owners are praying their business doesn’t fly south during an intense construction period along the street that started back in July. All things being equal, it might do some good if those of us in need of

shoes, clothes, furniture, a restaurant meal, gifts or you name it, flock to their street this fall to help them out. But back to the geese, as in the real live bird variety, not the statues. Turns out there is such thing as too much of a goose thing, as many York Region residents and communities have come to believe. A gaggle of geese waggling across the roadway is a common sight here. (I always wonder if they are walking so slowly across the road to make a point — as in, we’ve been here for millions of years while you idiots invented cars and paved everything over within the last century, and we haven’t evolved to the point where we naturally evade automobiles. So you can darned well wait. Honk all you want.) However, geese overrunning parks is also a common phenomenon, with goose calling cards by the thousands left in their wake. Great fertilizer, I’m sure, but it can detract from us humans’ enjoyment of the urban outdoors. A recent story by a Liberal reporter noted a full-grown goose can eat up to three pounds of grass each day and defecate five times an hour, dropping two pounds of poop each day. Enough said.

It also turns out that geese aren’t exactly “Canadian” in their demeanour — if Canadian means being polite, opening the door for people, saying please and thank you. In fact, the geese can be somewhat nasty to people and pets if cornered, which is maybe not the greatest public relations strategy when you are also doing a job on the lawn while doing a number on the lawn. Which is why, friend or fowl, some communities have been forced to act. In Richmond Hill, town staff on a weekly basis take part in “hazing” — that is, chasing the geese, sometimes using a dog — to make this protected species feel not so welcome. They have also been reminding residents to please not feed the fowl. Turns out those loaves of white bread aren’t good for birds, either. It makes them fat and lazy and turns them into “resident geese” — discouraging these naturally migrating birds from going anywhere. Considering how unCanadian these birds seem to behave, maybe we should let the Americans deal with them for a spell — a least for the winter. Yes, they are beautiful as little goslings or when they fly overhead in formation, but our parks and parkways can use a break every once in a while.


Ash trees along Leslie Street just south of Green Lane will all be removed (the R stands for Removal) this fall by York Region and be replaced by other species of trees because of the investation by the Emerald Ash Borer. A video on the investation can be seen at yorkregion. com.

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36th Thornhill Village Festival Saturday, September 15th 2012 9.00 am - 4.30 pm Community Parade at 10.30 am on Yonge Street The Thornhill Village Festival Committee (a non-government committee - made up of community volunteers)

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Board seeks input on electoral boundaries The York Region District School Board wants to hear from you regarding trustee electoral areas. The public school board is reviewing the areas before making recommendations to the Education Ministry regarding the electoral area boundaries due to the growth in the region. Gladki Planning Associates and Partners in Community Building will present the information and six options for the boundaries

The deadline for proposal submissions is Thursday, September 20, 2012 at 1 p.m. sharp. Late submissions will not be accepted.

and collect comments at each meeting. The input will be used to make a recommendation to the school board to decide on later in the year. For more information about the review, including up-to-date reports, visit yrdsb.edu. on.ca A public meeting takes place Sept. 27 at Markville Secondary School from 7 to 9 p.m. and Sept. 29 at Richmond Hill High School, 10 a.m. to noon.

Impor tant Notice York Region District School Board seeks input on Trustee Electoral Areas

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Community members are invited to participate in public meetings on the trustee electoral areas review. Attendees at the four scheduled meetings will learn more about the review and have the opportunity to provide comments. Background information and six options for the distribution of trustee electoral areas are outlined in a report posted on the Board’s public website at www.yrdsb.edu.on.ca.

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York Regional Police and municipal staff announced Monday a record $400,000 goal for their 2012 United Way employee campaign. Launching the initiative at the region’s administrative centre in Newmarket, York Region chairperson and chief executive officer Bill Fisch said most of York’s 1.1 million residents are doing well. For those in need, however, United Way of York Region has been a significant and consistent source of help and hope. “York Region staff give generously to the United Way every year to help the community and make it an even better place to live,” Mr. Fisch said. “By supporting the United Way, we help improve the lives of those in need, whether they are friends, family or neighbours.” In 2011, York Region surpassed its campaign goal and raised $381,000. Since 1999, the region has raised more than $1.8 million for the United Way, he said. Each year, United Way York Region assists more than 270,000 people overcome difficulties through the support of more than 40 community programs. “Through every United Way campaign, I am amazed at the kindness and commitment employees demonstrate to help others through our fundraising efforts,” environmental services commissioner and campaign co-chairperson Erin Mahoney said. “This year’s campaign goal is challenging, but not insurmountable. I look forward to seeing everyone pull together, as they have year after year, to reach our goal.” The region’s campaign theme was also

unveiled. “There’s a hero in all of us” is the campaign slogan, reinforced by “Helping MY community, MY way.” York Regional Deputy Police Chief and campaign co-chairperson Tom Carrique expects this year’s campaign to be the most successful to date. “Like our EMS colleagues, our front-line police officers see how United Way helps every day, whether it’s seniors, children, victims of violent crime or those with mental health challenges,” he said. “Even a little means a lot to a person in need. Deeds speak.” United Way chief executive officer Daniele Zanotti is enthused by the region’s fundraising target, one that will hopefully help the organization reach its record $8.26-million goal for 2012. Momentum is building, Mr. Zanotti said, referring to a new $100,000 leadership challenge grant, monies endowed to United Way by the late Robert Kidd. The grant will match, dollar to dollar, contributions from new and existing donors. “This is the first time we’ve received a gift this size,” he said. “Mr. Kidd was a longtime friend and donor to United Way and this is sparking people to give. It’s a real driver and inspiration. It doubles the impact of a donation.” Harkening to his childhood dream of his own tree house, Mr. Zanotti referred to United Way’s strength investment initiatives, including the new Tree Lounge enterprise in Georgina and Mike, a formerly troubled youth and now the project’s lead hand. Passionately, he See SILENT, page 10

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United Way CEO Daniele Zanotti, (from left), joins regional chairperson Bill Fisch, Erin Mahoney 2012 campaign chair, Deputy Police Chief Tom Carrique, Bruce Macgregor, CAO of York Region, and David Szeptycki, campaign lead at the regional kickoff of this year’s campaign.

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how United Way-funded programs assisted people like Mike and others turn their lives around. York Region and its employees continue to show their strong commitment to United Way and for helping residents, families and neighbourhoods thrive, Mr. Zanotti said. The region’s police and staff crusade includ-

ed a Monday barbecue and silent auction open until Sept. 25. Fundraising activities include softball games, raffles, a gift and craft sale and a three-on-three hockey tournament.

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Ride for Karen raises $200K Cyclists taking part in the 11th annual Ride for Karen fundraiser wheeled in more than $200,000 to help send children suffering from cancer to camps, according to organizers. The Sunday ride drew cycling enthusiasts from across the province to Vaughan and saw them depart from the city to roll through Caledon, King, the Holland Marsh and East Gwillimbury. Markham brothers Kirk and Kris Tobias launched the fundraiser to honour their mother, Karen, who died from cancer in 2002. They started out with a few friends heading out for a long bike ride to help clear their heads after their loss. Today, the event has raised almost $2 million. “The truth is, everyone has a Karen. Even at the very end of her life, our mother was dedicated to others. Karen wanted to improve the quality of life of cancer patients by improving hope and the Ride for Karen is a way to build this hope,” Kirk said. “As a cancer patient, our mom knew that hospitals were a hard place to spend a lot of time, especially for a child, which is why Ride for Karen raises money to give them memorable experiences through recreational activities at camp. Kids deserve the opportunity to enjoy just being kids and, every year, we work hard to make this happen.” This year’s ride featured a century (160-kilometre) ride for advanced cyclists, a 100-km ride for the intermediate ones, 25-km for recreational riders and a kids ride. Money raised wll go to Camp Quality Canada, Camp Oochigeas and Camp Trillium.

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Riders make their way out of the gate during the start of the 25-km family ride, part of the the Ride for Karen charity bicycle day at St. Joan of Arc in Vaughan. For more photographs from the event, visit yorkregion.com.

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The Liberal welcomes submissions of upcoming events from non-profit community organizations. While every effort is made to include all submissions, there is no guarantee of publication. E-mail items to mbeck@yrmg.com

FRIDAY, SEPT. 14 Toronto Cat Rescue presents an adopta-thon weekend Sept. 14 through 16 at PetSmart Vaughan, 7575 Weston Rd. Lots of loving cats and kittens waiting for good home; adoption fees reduced to $100, includes first set of vaccinations, spay/neuter, and six weeks of free pet insurance. For details, visit www. torontocatrescue.ca or call 416-538-8592. A Family Shabbat Service will be held Sept. 14 at 6:30 p.m. at Temple Kol Ami, 36 Atkinson Ave., Thornhill. Music and story based on weekly Torah make this perfect for school-aged children and their families. Community Shabbat dinner follows. For details, call 905-709-2620 or visit www.templekolami.ca A euchre night will be hosted by the Richvale Lioness Club Sept. 14 at 7:30 p.m. at Langstaff Community Centre, 155 Red Maple (corner Bantry), Richmond Hill. Admission $5; prizes and snacks. All welcome; proceeds to community support.

SATURDAY, SEPT. 15 North Toronto Cat Rescue will have a booth in the annual Thornhill Village Festival. From 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. near Yonge and Centre streets, find unique animal-related gift items and enjoy face painting while supporting the only cagefree, no-kill cat shelter serving Toronto and the GTA that is fully volunteer run. Learn about cats and kittens at the shelter, waiting for a home. For info, contact Donna at 905-940-2287 or e-mail donna@northtorontocatrescue.com

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Beginner’s bridge lessons for absolute beginners, those who have no formal training and those wanting to get back into the game start Sept. 15 at the Aurora Bridge Club and continue for eight weeks every Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon at 56 Victoria St., behind the

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new library. Cost $175, includes course book. Richmond Hill residents invited as Aurora is the closest bridge club. To register or get details, contact Olly Smolak at 905-773-2412 or osmolak@rogers.com Swap It and Sell It will be presented at Langstaff Community Centre, 155 Red Maple Rd. in Richmond Hill Sept. 15 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. For details, call 905-884-0855. Al-Anon welcomes families of alcoholics every Saturday at 11 a.m. at St. Mary’s Anglican Church in Richmond Hill, on the corner of Major Mackenzie and Yonge St. Enter off Major Mackenzie on McLatchy Lane, enter doorway with ramp. Anonymity always respected. For information, call 888-325-2666. The Mulla Asghar Memorial Library and Resource Centre invites the community to the opening of the Hajj exhibition - A Journey of a Lifetime Sept. 15 at 4 p.m. with guided tour of the exhibition plus screening of movie Journey to Mecca: In the Footsteps of Ibn Battuta, followed by refreshments. Explore the importance of this spiritual journey for Muslims and how it has evolved through history. Location: Jaffari Community Centre, 9000 Bathurst St, (door 4), Thornhill. For details, call 416-579-0864.

MONDAY, SEPT. 17 Richmond Hill Historical Society meets Sept. 17 at 7:30 p.m. in the Wallace Hall of Richmond Hill Presbyterian Church, 10066 Yonge St, just north of Major Mackenzie Drive. All are invited to hear guest Matthew Somerville, heritage planner with the Town of Richmond Hill,

speak on the town’s rural past and connecting a new generation of residents to this history through food. Refreshments follow presentation.

TUESDAY, SEPT. 18 All are welcome to attend the fall meeting of the York Region Parrot Club Sept. 18 at 7 p.m. at the Lake Wilcox Community Centre in Oak Ridges, 81 Wildwood Ave. Informal and fun; meet members and birds; hear about all events planned for the coming year. For details, contact Linda at 905-884-1773. Laid off or fearful of a layoff soon? Feel stuck in current career? Human performance specialist Karin Lindner offers you tools to have a happier, more fulfilling career through a free workshop Sept. 18 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. Lance Krasman Memorial Centre presents family drop-in night, third Tuesday of each month, Sept. 18 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Richmond Hill location, 10121 Yonge St., at Lorne Ave., for family and friends of loved ones with mental health issues, for support and sharing experiences. Light snacks, coffee/tea provided. For info, contact Wendy Reid, family support co-ordinator, at 905-780-0491 or wendy.reid@ krasmancentre.com Organic Lawn Care Workshop offered Sept. 18 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Oak Ridges Community Centre. Find out about alternatives to pesticides in caring for your lawn and garden; preventative maintenance and natural landscaping.

Workshop includes presentation, displays and draw prizes. Free, but registration required online at Richmondhill.ca using bar code 363358. For details, call 905-787-1441 ext 223. Choralairs of North York start new season Sept. 18 at 7:15 p.m. at Earl Bales Community Centre, 4169 Bathurst St. The Choralairs have been singing in nursing homes and seniors residences for 50 years; repertoire of pop, broadway and folk. Members include singers from Richmond Hill and Thornhill; new members welcome. Rehearsals Tuesday evenings 7:15 to 9:45 p.m. For details, e-mail Sally at sallyl@sympatico.ca or call Martha at 905-8848370; visit www.thechoralairs.com

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 19 Thornhill Garden & Horticultural Society meets Sept. 19 at 8 p.m. at Thornhill Community Centre, 7755 Bayview Ave. at John. Meet and greet at 7:30 p.m. Guest speaker, Frank Kershaw, of the Wildflower Society, will focus on garden design principles and practices, providing tips on making gardening easier. Flower show as well. Guests welcome. For info, contact Graham Duncan at 905-886-3507 or brendunc@bell.net For the 2012-2013 season, York Region Children’s Chorus welcomes interested youth ages 10 to 17 to join rehearsals Wednesday evenings Sept. 19 (or Sept. 26) from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Bring short piece of music to sing for conductor at break. Rehearsals take place at Redstone Public School, 235 Redstone Ave. in Richmond Hill. For details and to arrange a visit, call 905-731-2371.

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This Sunday you can enjoy the game of bocce as well as a glass of wine in the annual Wine Festival.

What could be better than enjoying wine and bocce? The annual Wine Festival 2012 will be presented by the Richmond Hill Social and Bocce Club. To be uncorked Sunday, Sept.16 from 4 to 11 p.m.at the McConaghy Seniors Centre, everyone in the community is invited. Donations of $10 are requested, children may attend free. The social and bocce club was founded in 1998 as a non-profit organization aiming to promote the game of bocce through tournaments and staging social events for seniors such as dinner dances, summer picnics and exchanges with other clubs. The McConaghy Seniors Centre is located at 10100 Yonge St., just north of Major Mackenzie Drive in Richmond Hill. For more information, contact Josie at 905707-9121 or Franca at 905-737-3443.


2 witnesses sought in killing BY JEREMY GRIMALDI

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Developments are ongoing after a 30-man brawl led to the “shock” killing of an Iraqi immigrant outside a late-night Vaughan venue 52 days ago. Investigators with York Regional Police are seeking the public’s help in speaking with two women captured on video surveillance at the Al-Finjan nightclub, at Hwy. 27, near Hwy. 7, before the July 22 stabbing Evan Gorgees. The release of photos comes more than a month after Azize Sepan was charged with the murder of the North York resident. He, like Mr. Gorgees, relocated to Canada to escape violence in his native land. His time in Canada was successful after the 48 year old opened at least three convenience stores and a flower shop. The Vaughan resident also worked with World Vision to bring at least 100 of his countrymen to Canada.

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Police are interested in speaking with these two women, captured on surveillance camera, in connection to a homicide at a Vaughan nightclub July 22.

Mr. Gorgees, 29, who was also an IraqiChristian, otherwise known as Assyrian, had approximately 3,000 people and dignitaries turn out to his funeral. After the charge, prominent Vaughan Assyrian and publisher Ashoor Sada said everyone had been shocked by the incident. At the time he told York Region Media: “There are lots of divisions between ethnic groups back home. But Christian on Christian? That’s unheard of. The first words that come to mind — shock and disbelief.” Mr. Sepan, who is charged with seconddegree murder, is due in Newmarket court for his fifth appearance Sept. 19. If you have information, call police at 1-866-287-5025 or 905-773-1221, ext. 7865, or e-mail homicide@yrp.ca. You can also call Crime Stoppers at 1-800222-TIPS, leave an anonymous tip online or text TIPYORK and your message to CRIMES (274637).

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Thornhill Village Festival The Thornhill Village Festival takes place each year on the streets of historic Thornhill. The festival fosters community spirit, promotes the heritage of old Thornhill, and provides a venue for the celebration of our community’s diverse cultural traditions.

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Arrest follows sex assault probe York Regional Police have recently concluded their search for other victims in a sexual assault case in the John Street and Bayview Avenue area. The investigation began Aug. 23, following a report of a sexual assault in the area. Police canvassed the community, searching for more victims and talking to parents about safety. Since then, York police have made an arrest and the accused is now before the courts. “With this particular case, we wanted to take every measure to ensure safety for area young kids,” police spokesperson Sgt. Gary Phillips said. Local officers also canvassed with a member of the community services unit, giving parents tips on how to help keep their children safe. Tips include always be aware of your surroundings regardless of age, children should be supervised, travel in pairs, travel along well lit and popular areas, don’t take short-cuts when it’s dark outside, carry a cellphone with a fully charged battery and trust your intuition. Police also suggest runners or walkers who listen to music while running should leave out one earphone. In the past month, there have been five sexual assaults in Thornhill and three in Markham. If you have any information, call York police at 1-866-876-5423, ext. 7541, Crime

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For the most part, Milos Raonic doesn’t get many chances to take to the tennis court to play in Canada. But when an opportunity arises for the 21-year-old Thornhill resident, he takes advantage of it. Such a situation will take place indoors at the Air Canada Centre when Raonic along with recently retired Andy Roddick, U.S. Open and 2012 Olympic gold medallist

Serena Williams and Wimbledon finalist Agnieszka Radwanksa, will take part in The Face-Off. Sponsored by Tennis Canada and Lagardere Unlimited, the event takes place Nov. 16 at 7 p.m., Tennis Canada announced Monday. For Raonic, it marks the second year in a row he’s taking part in this event after having played former great Pete Sampras in it last year.

Raonic is looking forward to the friendly competition. “I’m excited to have the opportunity to play this unique event again this year,” he said in a news release. “Other than at Rogers Cup once a year and the occasional Davis Cup tie in Canada, I don’t get to play in front of the home crowd very often. This event gives me the chance to

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play in front of my Toronto fans, friends and family while showcasing some of the all-time great players, like Pete Sampras last year and now Andy (Roddick) and Serena (Williams). It’s going to be great to give Toronto fans another chance to see world-class tennis again this year.” In addition to playing singles matches, the foursome will pair

up for a mixed doubles match, as well as with some special celebrity guests who will join in the action. Tickets will go on sale to the public Sept. 17 at noon. Ticket prices (incl. HST) range from $35 to $150 (plus FMF and service charges) with a family fourpack available for as low as $25 per ticket. For more event information visit www.faceofftennis.com

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GO riders dash to beat chaos in parking lot BY SIMON MARTIN

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On a sunny summer afternoon the platform at the Unionville GO train station is a tranquil place. Leandra Patera is sitting cross-legged on the bench with her iPod blasting. The scenery isn’t much as she stares off into a chain-link fence and train tracks but it’s 5:21 p.m. Ms Patera only has three more minutes to wait for the spectacle that provides her with daily entertainment: the Unionville Sprinters. The 5:24 p.m. heat is always one of the most hotly contested. GO train passengers, dressed straight out of a Brooks Brothers catalogue, crash onto the shores of the platform in waves and flood the parking lot as 15 sprinters desperately make their way to their cars trying to claim the gold medal for fastest exit.

20-MINUTE WAIT All in the name of avoiding a 20-minute traffic jam. “I love it. I’m a philosophy major. They’re always pushing each other; they’re tired and overdone,” she said. “It’s like zombies walk off at rush hour.” Joel Pipher makes sure to stand far back from the doors. The Uxbridge resident hops on the train at Unionville but has learned his lesson. “If you stand close to the doors you’ll get trampled. You really have to be paying attention,” he said. There is some method to the madness,

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Commuters dash to their cars at the Unionville GO station in the hopes of avoiding a 20-minute wait exiting a jammed parking lot. ‘We ask customers to take their time when exiting the GO train and leaving the parking lot, for their own safety and the safety of others,’ GO Transit spokesperson Malon Edwards said. Since 2007, there have been seven accidents reported at the Unionville station, nine at the Main Street GO and four at the Mount Joy GO. said Stouffville resident Francis Roy. He said a lot of people like to park their cars on the south side of the parking lot because they can get on the collector road first.

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There is also the decision of whether to park close to the train or not. It’s not always an advantage to get to your car first because you have to avoid all your adversaries, he said. “I have grown used to seeing it. I’m surprised nobody gets hurt.” As the 5:24 heat takes place on this day, many GO train passengers meander to their cars resigned to their fate of waiting in traffic. Ten minutes after the train has departed, Karen leans against the hood of her car enjoying the sunny afternoon. The Markham resident has been taking the GO train for seven years and knows better than to get caught up in the sprints.

‘PEOPLE BARREL OUT OF HERE’ “I do think it is dangerous. People just barrel out of here without any regard for other people,” she said. “I have had a number of close calls.” According to her the problem is there are not enough exits so there is gridlock all the way to Kennedy Road. When cars are careening out of the Union-

ville GO station parking lot it seems dangerous, but according to York Regional Police it hasn’t seen the most accidents in Markham. Since 2007, there have been seven accidents reported at the Unionville station, nine at the Main Street GO and four at the Mount Joy GO. There could have been a number of minor accidents that weren’t reported to police as well. GO Transit spokesperson Malon Edwards said the No. 1 priority of GO Transit is the safety of its customers. He said they do their best to ensure customer safety in the parking lot and said the ingress and egress points are in sync with traffic lights on nearby streets. “We work with local municipalities to ensure that all entrance and exit points — for both cars and passengers — are designed as safe, efficient uses of space,” he said. Some of the safety measures GO Transit takes for its parking lots include periodic safety campaigns, frequent patrols from transit safety officers, surveillance cameras and a 24/7 control and dispatch centre to respond to calls about parking security matters. He said GO Transit works closely with the City of Markham to ensure parking lot safety. Currently 80 per cent of GO Transit passengers are satisfied with its safety, he added. “We encourage our customers and members of the general public to employ a sense of safety and awareness when using our parking lots. Customers should always be aware of moving vehicles when exiting the train and entering the parking lot,” said Mr. Edwards. “We ask customers to take their time when exiting the GO train and leaving the parking lot, for their own safety and the safety of others.” Twenty minutes after the train leaves, Stouffville resident Kevin Sea sits in his car engrossed in a book. Mr. Sea said the decision is pretty obvious. “I can either sit in my car and read or burn gas and wait in line,” he said. “I don’t blame people for running.” The traffic is caused by bottlenecks on the road and he didn’t know how to fix it. “I’m not an urban planner,” he said. As Mr. Sea finally deems it acceptable to leave 25 minutes after the train dropped him off, the parking lot is abuzz again. The 5:58 p.m. heat is taking shape. Drivers doing pick-ups have chosen their lanes. Bill Crothers Secondary School’s pristine track is just a little ways to north. But let’s be honest; this is the most exciting race in town.


Enjoy wine and bocce at the Wine Festival presented by the Richmond Hill Social and Bocce Club. To be uncorked Sunday, Sept. 16 from 4 to 11 p.m. at the McConaghy Seniors Centre, everyone in the community is invited. Donations of $10 are requested. Children attend free. The social and bocce club was founded in 1998 as a non-profit organization aiming to promote the game of bocce through tournaments and social events for seniors such as dinner dances and summer picnics. The McConaghy Seniors Centre is at 10100 Yonge St. For details, contact Josie at 905-707-9121.

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Terry Fox Run strides Sunday morning at Thornlea It’s the “annual autumn event that everybody knows” and it’s just around the corner. Caterina Iannazzo wants Thornhill residents to keep their eyes open — in

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Sept. 16 at Thornlea Secondary School. Ms Iannazzo, a student at St. Robert Catholic High School, and Michelle Kofman, a freelance marketing professional, are seeking participants with energy, spirit, pledges and donations to help cancer research. “Inspired by a dream, grounded in tradition, and volunteer-driven”, last year’s event raised $12 million for the cause, Ms Iannazzo said. The run commemorates Terry Fox, a young cancer patient and amputee who ran across Canada raising money for cancer research. There are three distances from which to choose: 2K, 5K, and 10K routes, with a free barbecue, refreshments and activities for children. The Thornhill event, which begins at 8:30 a.m., is one of 225 community Terry Fox runs in the country and 3,900 school events. Registration starts at 8 a.m., or pre-registration is available at the Terry Fox Run booth on Centre Street at this Saturday’s Thornhill Village Festival. For more information, visit the Thornhill Terry Fox Run Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/ events/329097627176020/ - Kim Zarzour

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One of many Thornhill students now attending university is Thornhill Secondary School top graduate Michael Chan. In fact, he was among the top graduates in the entire York Region District School Board, tying for seventh place boardwide with an average of 98.5 per cent. Mr. Chan is attending the Schulich School of Business, earning both a York University president’s scholarship and the Tanna H. Schulich entrance scholarship, for a total value of $27,100. MICHAEL CHAN: Thornhill student Among many accom- earns entrance scholarships worth plishments at high school, $27,000. he earned the Governor General’s bronze medal and the board proficiency Mr. Chan of his high school award each year of grades years. He was the co-president 10 through 12, being the top of Thornlea Secondary student in his grade. “Not all of my time was School’s DECA chapter, a spent on studying,” said business case competition

club. Within DECA, with partner Jennifer Lee, also from Thornhill, he was a finalist in the international competition in Orlando, Florida during his Grade 11 year, and came first at the regionals and second at the provincial competition in his Grade 12 year. He was also involved in the school’s debate union, Reach for the Top club, the school’s global child sponsor efforts and tutored other students regularly. “I also won second place in the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario’s COIN contest for high school students, placed top in my school in the Chem 13 News Contest and won the bronze medal and was on the Central Ontario Honour Roll for the Canadian Open Math Challenge,” added Mr. Chan.

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York’s three hospitals are being punished by regional council as motivation to improve ambulance turnaround time. York Region has budgeted $13 million in hospital capital funding this year, but will only allocate less than $12.2 million because none of the hospitals met the 60-minute ambulance turnaround target last year. Markham Stouffville Hospital, Southlake Regional Health Centre and Mackenzie Richmond Hill (formerly York Central Hospital) exceeded the target time by 6.5, 4.1 and 15.8 minutes, respectively. All three have agreed to the proposed funding arrangement. They recorded a combined average ambulance turnaround time of 68.8 minutes. That’s the time between when an EMS ambulance arrives at a hospital emergency room and when it leaves. The region proposes deducting more than $850,000 from hospital funding, calculated at $171.56 per hour based on each hospital’s performance. About $320,000 of that amount will be used to explore options to minimize delays in turnaround time. Under the agreement, Markham Stouffville Hospital would receive $3.4 million from the region this year; Southlake, $1.7 million and Mackenzie Richmond Hill, $1.2 million. The yet-to-be-built Mackenzie Vaughan hospital is poised to receive its full allotment of $5.8 million. If the hospitals meet the turnaround target this year, they will get about $540,000 back. It’s not fair the new hospital is scheduled to receive 100 per cent of its share of funding, since there is no way to measure past performance, Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti said. “It really hurts the existing hospitals,” he said, adding the region can’t

expect an emergency room built for 100,000 people to efficiently serve 300,000 people. “I can’t speak for other hospitals, but you go to Markham Stouffville Hospital and you feel like you are sitting in MASH the movie, with people sitting on gurneys everywhere,” he said. “It’s crazy.” Markham Stouffville Hospital is undergoing a $400-million redevelopment, scheduled for completion in 2014. The hospital only agreed to the funding formula because it needs the money for the expansion “so desperately”, said Mr. Scarpitti, who is a director of the hospital foundation. “They’ve been operating in such horrible conditions, particularly the emergency services, they’ve done the best job they can,” he said. Mr. Scarpitti said he wasn’t suggesting the agreement be altered, but that the $540,000 be kept in a special hospital reserve. York contributes 22 per cent of hospital capital costs. The remaining funds come from the province (65 per cent) and community sources (13 per cent). Since 2009, the region’s contribution has increased from $8 million to $13 million. Discussion about whether or not to fund the new hospital was controversial and in the end, it was decided 2 per cent of taxes would go to fund all hospitals, regional chairperson Bill Fisch said. That’s $12 a year from each person in York Region, he said. In addition, the region receives $1.2 million from the province each year to provide nursing services at hospitals to reduce delays, which is common across the province, York CAO Bruce Macgregor said. The region’s community and health services committee approved the funding agreement yesterday. The agreement goes before regional council for approval Sept. 20.

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on the streets of historic Thornhill near Yonge and Centre Streets, with a midway on Yonge Street featuring free carnival games with prizes, kiddie rides and food, a nine-hole mini golf course, showcase of new and antique cars including military vehicles, Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee exhibit and showcase, live band and dog show. The event is a project of The Society for the Preservation of Historic Thornhill. For more information, visit thornhillfestival.org

range of participation from union members across the region. “Those activities are anything that don’t fall under the collective agreement,” he said, mentioning the coaching of athletic teams and school clubs. “All of these activities are voluntary and teachers are not required to participate.” He explained the new bill is still being reviewed by the board but some aspects of the collective

agreement still need to be negotiated and those talks continue. “The passage of this law is undemocratic and unprecedented and was unnecessary,” Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation president Ken Coran said. He claims this gives Education Minister Laurel Broten power over the negotiations process and takes away the ability of the union and elected school board trustees to engage in the traditional collective bargaining process that has

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Driving me crazy - coping with teen behind the wheel What’s the hardest thing you’ve ever done as a parent? For me, it’s adapting to being a passenger or observer to my daughter behind the wheel of a car, nervous about her driving on roads alongside drivers who may not be quite as vigilant as she is. On a general rather than personal level, I’ve always been bewildered by the fact 16-year-olds are eligible to operate a potentially dangerous piece of machinery. With one small distraction or error, lives can be lost. In fact, motor vehicle crashes, according to American stats (found at driving.ca), are the number one killer of teenagers. At 16, an age when the brain is still developing, the law dictates teenagers are capable of making split-second, life-and-death decisions while driving, but are still years away being allowed to vote. And how is it that the same law makers consider it best for teenagers to wait until 19 to consume alcohol? I have heard rumours that the age for driving may jump to 18, and I’d welcome this, but the cynics among us may wonder if car manufacturers and insurers might

Sara Dimerman Parenting column fight this change. After all, 16 year olds, or their parents, pay high insurance premiums for the privilege of driving a car. When my daughter turned 16, I was relieved that she wasn’t all that eager to jump into driving. In fact, even though she obtained her G1 at 17, and completed her in-class lessons soon after, she continued with a slow, steady and sporadic series of incar lessons for years until she felt completely confident behind the wheel. Last month, at 20, she was granted her G2. I think with all her training, she is a technically bet-

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ter driver than me. She has even pointed out a few things to me I had forgotten. However, through no fault of her own, and despite reminders that she wouldn’t have been granted her licence if she wasn’t competent, I still have my right foot on an imaginary brake when she is driving me anywhere, I still grip the handle above the window and feel the urge to close my eyes as she is turning left at a busy intersection. Guiltily, I know I am more of a hindrance than a help. I know that when I’m nervous and giving off those vibes in the car, she is going to feel tense, too, but I can’t seem to help myself. I have reminded her on several occasions that this has nothing to do with her – she has persevered and earned her rightful position behind the wheel. But give me a break – after all, wasn’t it only yesterday she was learning how to ride a bicycle? Despite my emotional reaction, I am thrilled that she has learned how to drive – and at an age when she is more mature, less of a risk taker and better at deci-

sion making. Driving is an important life skill and will make her life easier when she one day has kids to car pool or simply wants the luxury and independence of getting from one place to another without relying on us. Mostly, I appreciate her patience as I work towards becoming a better passenger. It can’t be easy for her to under-

stand how hard it is for me, as her parent, to watch the car that she is driving turn the corner and drive away until it is no longer in my sight. Thornhill’s Sara Dimerman is an individual, couple and family therapist and the author of three books - ‘Am I A Normal Parent?’, ‘Character Is the Key’ and ‘How can I be your Lover when I’m too Busy being your Mother?’ Visit www.helpmesara.com

Columnist panelist at play premiere On Thursday, Sept. 27, Liberal parenting columnist Sara Dimerman will participate with other guest panelists at a Nightwood Theatre special event, hosted at Tarragon Theatre. Following the 8 p.m. performance of the world premiere of the play Between the Sheets, written by Jordi Mand and directed by Kelly Thornton, panelists including CBC parenting columnist Diane Flacks will participate in a discussion and question and answer session on many of the hot button issues in the play.

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Markham Aquatic Club member Mona Al Sharari and her coach Brian Lindsay. Mona swam across the English Channel Saturday. In reaching her objective, Al Sharari’s swim wasn’t just to fulfill a lifelong dream. She did it to raise money for a charitable organization — Oxfam Canada. To date, she revealed close to $2,224 has been raised. But she’s continuing to raise funds. Having conquered the English Channel, Al Sharari isn’t about to stop swimming as she loves the

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RICHMOND HILL- 104 Red Cardinal Trail, Sept. 15th, 9am-3pm. New items, households, toys, 110 PRAIRIE Dunes Place furniture, more! (off Glenshields). Saturday, September 15, RICHMOND HILL- 107 9am-2pm. Great variety of Garden Ave. Sept. 15 stuff! &16th. 8am. Beautiful Antiques and more! HUGE CONTENT Sale110 Carrington Drive (Major Mac/ Bathurst). Satur- RICHMOND HILL- 179 day/ Sunday, 9am-5pm. Rumble Ave. Sept. 15th, 8am-noon. Moving. FurniFurniture/ more. ture, outdoor planters, HUGE GARAGE Sale 37 toys, books, households. & 40 Rosemount Ave, Thornhill (John/ Leslie) - RICHMOND HILL- 21 Sat Sep 15 & Sep 16, 8-4. Leno Mills Avenue (Elgin Mills/ Bayview) Saturday, MOVING SALE- 36 Lake- September 15th. land Cres. Richmond Hill. 8:30-11am. Household Sept. 15+ 16th. 8am-3pm. items. Tools, furniture, collectibles, toys. RICHMOND HILL- 25 Summitcrest Drive, SaturOAK RIDGES- 24 Maryle- day 10am-2pm. Raindate bone Crescent, Sunday. E-bike w/helmet, 8am-12pm, Saturday, Sep- charger. Furniture, clothtember 15th. Furniture, air ing, collectibles+++ hockey, seasonal decorations. RUMMAGE/ GARAGE Sale. Sunrise Senior LivRICHMOND HILL39 ing, 9800 Yonge Street. Coral Cres. Sept. 15th, Sat., Sept. 15th, 8am-2pm. 8am-noon. Household Light refreshments. For initems, toys, bikes, and for call Yvonnne, many more. 905-883-6963

647-281-8496


Tenders

Request For Tender Tender # Description

Closing Date

T-12-85 The supply and delivery of Tues., October 2, 2012 thirteen (13) current model 1:00 p.m. vehicles The tender documents are available for download from the Region's Bids & Tenders website at http://bids.york.ca for a non-refundable fee of forty-one dollars ($41.00) including H.S.T. or a hard copy may be obtained for sixty-four dollars ($64.00) including H.S.T. per set at the Regional Municipality of York, Administrative Center, 17250 Yonge Street, Supplies & Services, 1st Floor, Newmarket, Ontario on or after Friday, September 7, 2012. All Bidders must log into their account and register for the RFT before they can download the bid documents. There is no cost to set up an account in the Region's Bids and Tenders System. All Addenda will be issued on the Bids & Tenders website. All Queries regarding the tender documents shall be directed to Sarah Power, B.A. (Hons), CSCMP, Senior Purchasing Analyst, Supplies and Services Email: sarah.power@york.ca, Tel: (905) 830-4444 ext. 1651. Please state the document number when inquiring about this contract. Bidders are advised that, unless otherwise permitted by the Region's Purchasing By-Law, no bid shall be accepted from, nor shall any contract be awarded to, any Bidder with whom the Region is engaged in unresolved litigation. All of the Regional Municipality of York's advertisements for RFPQ's, RFP's, RFT's, RFQ's and RFI's may be viewed on the Region's Bids and Tender website at http://bids.york.ca. Tenders will be opened publicly at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, October 2, 2012, in Committee Room "A", located on the main floor, next to the Council Chambers. Sealed Tenders, clearly marked with the Tender Number, Description of the Project, and the Legal Company Name of the Bidder will be received by the Regional Clerk at the address below. Late bids will NOT be accepted. The Regional Municipality of York Office of the Clerk, Information Kiosk Great Hall, Ground Floor 17250 Yonge Street Newmarket, Ontario L3Y 6Z1 THE LOWEST OR ANY TENDER NOT NECESSARILY ACCEPTED

BILL FISCH, Regional Chair and CEO

Anniversaries

60th Wedding Anniversary

George and Helen Peters

of Richmond Hill are celebrating their 60th Wedding Anniversary. They were married in Thornhill on September 27 1952. Helen and George's children are Chris (Debbie) and David Peters of Newmarket and Barrie. Their grandchildren Rose-Ellen and David Peters are a source of tremendous joy in their lives.

Friends are invited to celebrate

this special occasion by attending a comeand-go reception at Rose Town Apts., 125 Pugsley Ave Richmond Hill from 1-4 pm on Saturday, Sept 22nd. No gifts please. Your presence will be a wonderful gift to Helen and George.

ELECTRICAL

CONCRETE & PAVING

BUSINESS & PROFESSIONAL DIRECTORY

Tenders

CONCRETE IMPRESSIONS Stamped concrete for as low as $8./ sq.ft.

Garage Floors • Driveways • Basement Walkouts Walkways • Waterproofing • Patios Over 30 years experience We leave "Good Impressions" Insured • Free Estimates • References

905-505-2410

LANDSCAPING, LAWN CARE, SUPPLIES T & G Landscaping

• Interlock Stone • Retaining Walls • Flagstone Walkways • Lift & Re-level Interlock • Garden Installation ~ Top Soil & Seed

905-841-5098

G.C.S. Electrical Services Service changes, panel changes, additions, renovations, master electrician Free Estimates Call Jerry

416.575.4027 HANDY PERSON

GENERAL HANDY WORK MAN

416.624.2020

From the ground up to the roof top. Renovates under city licence. Interior / Exterior.

Residential ~ Commercial

39, The Thornhill Liberal, Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012

Tenders

Finishing basements, interlocking, painting, flooring, bathrooms, kitchens, lighting, and roofing.

MASONRY & CONCRETE Got masonry needs? We do it all. Specializing in high-quality masonry & natural stone The brick stops here!

window sill replacement parging • chimneys • repointing • fireplaces brick & block work • stone walls & flatwork mortar colour matching • cultured stone brick tinting • glass block • wall openings & closures historical restoration a specialty

PAINTING & DECORATING SELECT PROPAINTERS

WATERPROOFING BASEMENT WATERPROOFING

Basement leaking, cracks, repairs Sealing inside and out All work guaranteed. FREE ESTIMATE

(905)615-8349 (416)666-2010

INT ~ EXT Painting Solutions Last minute OK! Call Peter for quote 905-751-3612 • 416-878-1806 select3p@gmail.com

SNOW REMOVAL SNOW MELTING SYSTEMS for flagstone or brick walkways and driveways. Specialists in landscape stonework, planting,irrigation, water features & lighting.

CALL BOB - 416.678.1811 www.garden-scapes.ca

ROOFING FRED'S ROOFERS INC. •Licensed •Free Estimates •Shingles •Flats •Roof Repairs •Chimneys •Skylights •Eavestroughing

All work guaranteed. 20 years experience. Insured ~ WSIB

Call Fred: Cell: 416-567-7387

Office: 905-918-1100, 1-877-264-3400

Presented by The Richmond Hill/Thornhill Liberal

905-884-1105 Ask for Trish

Moving? Goldbook.ca has you covered from Real Estate Agents and Brokers to Moving and Storage companies.

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CLEAROUT C

EVENT

CLOSE A GREAT DEAL C

CANADA’S DA’S LARGEST LA NISSAN GROUP PRESENTS

THE MASSIVE TRUCK CLEAROUT UP TO $1 4,000 ^

In Cash Discounts On Other Select Models

CASH PRICE

CASH PRICE

SPECIAL $29,488* EVENT

41,878*

$

PACKAGE AVAILABLE INCLUDING

2012 NISSAN

TITAN SV 4X4 CREW CAB

Nicely Equipped with - Endurance 5.6-liter DOHC 32-valve V8 engine with 317 hp and 385 lb-ft of torque, Cruise control with steering wheel-mounted controls, Up to 2,153 lbs payload, 9,300 lbs of towing capacity.

48MTH / 100,000KM EXTENDED WARRANTY 4YEAR OIL CHANGES. WINTER FLOOR MATS

$

1823

PLUS TAXES

CASH PRICE

2012 NISSAN

PATHFINDER LE

Nicely Equipped with - 266 hp , 4.0-liter DOHC 24-valve V6 engine, Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) with Traction Control System (TCS), Nissan Intelligent Key® keyless entry and ignition system, Leatherappointed seats, heated steering wheel, Power sliding glass moonroof with one-touch open/close.

CASH PRICE

26,893*

CASH PRICE

24,998*

$

33,998*

$

$

2012 NISSAN

2012 NISSAN

2012 NISSAN

Nicely Equipped with - 4.0-liter DOHC 24-valve V6 engine with 261 hp and 281 lb-ft of torque, Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) , 16” aluminum-alloy wheels, Remote keyless entry, Up to 1,422 lbs payload and 6,300 lbs of towing capacity.

Nicely Equipped with - 170 hp, 2.5-liter DOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder with standard Xtronic CVT, Intuitive All Wheel Drive, Standard ABS, Traction Control System (TCS), Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC).

Nicely Equipped with - 4.0-liter DOHC 24-valve V6 engine, 5-speed automatic transmission, 16” aluminum-alloy wheels, Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) with Traction Control System (TCS).

FRONTIER 4X2 SV CREW CAB ROGUE S AWD

XTERRA S

HURRY, WHEN THEY’RE GONE, THEY’RE...

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^$14,000 Cash Discount is based on non-stackable trading dollars and is only applicable to 2012 Titan Crew Cab models. Cash Discount value varies by model. †0.9%/0%/0.9%/0% purchase financing for up to 84/84/84/84 months available on 2012 Sentra/Versa Hatch/Rogue/Altima Sedan models. Representative finance example based on Selling Price of $29,427 for 2012 Altima 2.5 S Luxury Package (T4RG12 CA00), CVT transmission, financed at 0% APR for 84 months equals $350 per month with $0 down payment. Cost of borrowing is $0 for a total obligation of $29,427. All Offers For A Limited Time And May Change Without Notice. Prices On 2012 Nissan: TITAN (3CCG72 AA00) PATHFINDER LE (5CTG72 AA00) FRONTIER (2CRG72 AAOO) ROGUE AWD (Y6RG12 AA00) And XTERRA S (8CLG12 AE00) Are Including All Freight And Fees Plus HST And Are Cash Only Pricing. Financing Is Available At Standard Bank Rates OAC.Event Package Includes A 4yr 100,000 KMS Nissan Extended Warranty Certificate, 4yr Schedualed Oil Changes And Nissan Original Winter Mats For Only $1823.00 Plus Tax. License, registration, insurance and applicable taxes (including excise tax and fuel conservation tax, where applicable) are extra. Finance offers are available on approved credit through Nissan Canada Finance for a limited time, may change without notice and cannot be combined with any other offers except stackable trading dollars. Retailer order/trade may be necessary. Retailers are free to set individual prices. Offers valid between September 1st and October 1st, 2012. See Alta Group.ca or Your Closest Alta Group Dealer For Complete Details. HST HST EXTRA


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