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A woman is dead after a crash Monday morning in Vaughan. The woman was riding in the front passenger seat of a southbound car, which for reasons still under investigation, crossed the centre road line of Hwy. 27 near Nashville Road and collided with a northbound truck, Const. Blair McQuillan said. The collision took place at about 10:40 a.m. Police have not released the woman’s identity. A man and a woman also riding in the car were hospitalized. A man driving the truck was not injured. Southbound Hwy. 27 at Nashville Road and northbound Hwy. 27 at Major MacKenzie Drive were closed while York Regional Police investigate. Investigators probing the collision have appealed for witnesses. If you have any information, call police at 1-866-876-5423, ext. 7704, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS, leave an anonymous tip online or text your tip by sending TIPYORK and your message to CRIMES (274637).

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The same top Toronto defence attorney who assisted her mother during her legal woes represented former mayor Linda Jackson’s daughter in a Milton courtroom yesterday. Lindsay Coutts, 23, was charged last month with possession of cocaine and ecstasy for the purpose of trafficking, conspiracy to import cocaine and unauthorized possession of a firearm, among other things. Lawyer Morris Manning repeated a request for disclosure from federal Crown attorney Cathy Hoffman durSee LAWYER, page 7.

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Local tow truck drivers appear to have abandoned their protest at city hall, but the battle over new rate caps is far from over, according to towing company owner Rob Mileto. “It’s going to get really ugly now,” Mr. Mileto, owner of Streetpro Roadside Assistance, said. “It’s only going to get bigger and bigger and bigger every day that goes by. This time we’re not going to be in there (the city hall parking lot), we’re

going to be outside on city streets. Nobody’s going to get home and no one’s going to get to work in the morning. ... If they don’t listen to us, we’re going to shut down the city of Vaughan with our tow trucks.” Mr. Mileto, who ran unsuccessfully in the 2010 municipal election, said local tow truck operators are currently preparing to take legal action against the city. It’s the latest move by Vaughan’s tow truck drivers in their efforts to overturn towing and storage rate caps imposed by the city late last

month. Under the new regulations towing companies can charge a maximum of $125 for a non-collision tow and that includes the use of dollies and other equipment used to assist in towing. The maximum storage fees are set at $55 per day for outside storage and $60 per day for indoor storage, over a 24-hour period. The city also limited the amount that can be charged for waiting at the Collision Reporting Centre to $67 per hour, after the first hour.

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At the same time, the rate for travel time outside city limits was boosted to $3.58 per kilometre, up from $2 per kilometre. The rate caps are in addition to existing rates in the city’s bylaw, which currently imposes a maximum charge of $250 to tow a vehicle from a collision. When councillors approved the new rate caps, they also committed to reviewing them after nine months to assess the impact. A spokesperson for the municipality said in an e-mail Tuesday

that the city’s position remains unchanged and the rate caps will be reviewed in the spring. But Mr. Mileto said local tow truck drivers aren’t willing to wait that long. “From now on any meetings that go on, it doesn’t have to be about towing, tow truck drivers are going to be at every single meeting,” he said. “We’re going to fill up every chair in there until they hear us out.” To continue reading this story in full, visit yorkregion.com.

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Two people accused in the death of a dog in the Vaughan Mills Mall parking lot are to return to court next month. Angele Lazurko, 20, and Matthieu Arbour, 21, of Val Caron, Ontario, face animal cruelty charges in the death of Tucker, an 18-monthold chocolate Labrador left in a sealed vehicle June 10. The temperatures in the car reportedly hit 32 C.

A goal by Andre Manners late in regulation time enabled the York Region Shooters to earn a 4-4 tie with Brampton City United in Canadian Soccer League First Division action at St. Joan of Arc Catholic High School in Maple Sunday. Spotting Brampton City a 2-0 lead through 37 minutes, the Shooters stormed back at halftime on goals by Jason De Thomasis, Alex Trujillo and Andre Rollins. With the Shooters playing the final 28 minutes without the services of Andre Stewart, who was red-carded for violent conduct, Brampton City shook advantage of the extra man by scoring a pair of goals. But the Shooters persevered and salvaged a tie on Manners’ late-game marker. Now 3-1-6-15 on the season, the Shooters were in a three-way tie for fourth place along with Brampton City (4-2-3-15) and SC Toronto (4-1-3-15). The Shooters are scheduled to resume league play Sunday when they host Mississauga Eagles FC at St. Joan of Arc Catholic High School in Maple at 6:30 p.m. —Michael Hayakawa

The Thornhill outdoor pool at 28 Centre St. is now open for the summer season. It features public swimming, lessons and drop-in activities. The pool’s regular hours are Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday from 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., and on weekends from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. until Labour Day. Special holiday hours from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. will be in effect for the Civic Holiday, Aug. 6 and Labour Day, Sept, 3. Programs at Thornhill pool include aquafitness, recreational swimming, registered swimming lessons and other activities. Swimming lessons for all ages and abilities are available until Labour Day. Spaces are still available. Register online at www. RecEnrollVaughan.ca or call the Thornhill pool at 905-8812969 for more information.

A Vaughan company has been granted a contract extension to provide pilots, maintenance and service for Air-2, the York Regional Police helicopter. The one-year contract extension, worth $568,908 excluding taxes, was awarded to National Helicopters Inc. by the region’s police services board. The board also approved the company to perform or co-ordinate $709,000 worth of service work deemed mandatory by the chopper’s manufacturer. National Helicopters, which won a two-year pilot and maintenance contract in 2010, provides two full-time pilots, who work 12-hour shifts, four days a week, and an alternate pilot when one is required, a report by Chief Eric Jolliffe states. The company also employs a full-time engineer, who services the chopper daily. National Helicopters has satisfactorily met the terms of the 2010 contract, the chief said in his report. The helicopter flew 768.2 hours and responded to 1,078 calls last year. —Joe Fantauzzi

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Accountability key, Fantino says BY ADAM MARTIN-ROBBINS

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Newly minted Minister of International Co-operation and Vaughan Conservative MP Julian Fantino isn’t planning on following in his predecessor’s footsteps when it comes to spending your money. Mr. Fantino, who was promoted to head of Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) last Wednesday, took over the post from MP Bev Oda, who is leaving politics after being plagued by spending scandals. During her time on Parliament Hill, Ms Oda was hounded by opposition parties after the New Democrats obtained documents showing she spent almost $17,000 on limousines during her time as heritage minister

MP Julian Fantino despite disclosing about only half that amount publicly. More recently, she reimbursed taxpayers for the extra money she cost them

by upgrading from a $287a-night five-star hotel to the even fancier Savoy while attending a conference on global immunization in London, England. Ms Oda also expensed a $16 glass of orange juice from the second hotel. Asked if he would be upgrading his breakfast beverage to a more expensive brand now that he’s filling Ms Oda’s old chair, Mr. Fantino let out a hearty laugh and followed up by emphasizing his commitment to being accountable to taxpayers. “I’ve always been driven to ensure anything I do is an open book, that I am accountable and I take absolute and full responsibility for my mandate and the people who work with and for me,” See NATURAL, page 5.

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Mr. Fantino, 69, said. “For me, this is not new, it’s something that I’ve always maintained running large and complex organizations in the public funding envelope, if you will.” In fact, Mr. Fantino said keeping close tabs on how and where your money is spent is something he intends to make a central part of his new portfolio. “I’m passionate about making sure every nickel of taxpayer money ends up to achieve the optimum outcome and accountability, that’s what I’m really passionate about,” he said. “I do embrace, of course, (CIDA’s) humanitarian causes, but I’m also, and I always have been, very concerned about how we spend taxpayers’ money and the accountability for same, and making sure that it goes to the most needy entities.” Mr. Fantino has steadily climbed through the ranks of the Conservative cabinet since being elected in a Nov. 2010 by-election. Right out of the gate, he was named minister of state for seniors. He was then promoted to

associate defence minister, responsible for military procurement, a few months later following his re-election in the spring 2011 general election. During his time in that role, Mr. Fantino came under fire for his stiff, often scripted responses to tough questions about the Conservative government’s controversial and costly purchase of F-35 fighter jets. “Each one of those (posts) has been very challenging and a great opportunity to learn, but also to put a little bit of my mark on things,” he said. As head of CIDA, Mr. Fantino is tasked with doling out foreign aid and finding solutions to the problems of global poverty, hunger and development. “I feel humbled and obviously look forward to the opportunity to continue to serve in a very important role,” Mr. Fantino said. “When you look at what CIDA means to, not only Canada, (but) to the more widely representative world in need, the people in need, in the most drastic and difficult circumstances and the kind of work Canada does in aid of those people

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Where there’s a will, there’s a way ISSUE: Another study shows Vaughan ideal place to build rental apartment buildings.

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Vaughan. The Rock Apartment Report Ontario places Vaughan alongside the communities of Richmond Hill and King as the best places to build apartment buildings now. That’s because, as it stands, there are only .35 apartments for 100 people, or 1,700 rental apartments between the three communities. In Toronto, meanwhile, the ratio is 10 apartments for every 100 people or 254,000 rental apartments. As the report’s author, Derek Lobo, pointed out in an interview with The Citizen, Vaughan is a great place to live for fairly well-off families, but for single folks aged 25 to 35, there aren’t a whole lot of housing options. Same goes for new immigrants, seniors and others with a limited or fixed income. Huge segments of the population simply cannot afford to pay $500,000 or more for the types of single-family homes that Vaughan has in spades and that just keep on getting built here. Sure, there’s a condominium boom about to get under way in the Vaughan Metropolitan Centre, but that won’t do much to alleviate the severe shortage of rental units that provide housing for single parents, new immigrants, low-income senior citizens and many others in desperate need of a safe, clean, comfortable place to live. We know many of these people are already living in the city. And we also know many of them live in illegal basement apartments that do not meet minimum safety standards. It’s time for our local politicians to muster the will to address this issue.

Vaughan Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua has been spending a lot of time talking about elevating Vaughan to world-class city status. Well, Mr. Mayor, cities that truly rate as world-class are home to people from all walks of life and they achieve that by providing a wide variety of housing options. And let’s not have any more excuses about how it takes time to make these things happen. We all know that what it really takes is political will. After all, the condo boom slated for Jane Street and Hwy. 7 got moving only after local politicians took the proverbial bull by the horns because they realized the subway is chugging north quickly and there had better be tons of people living there when it arrives at Vaughan’s doorstep in just a few short years. And didn’t our local politicians just push through an amendment to the city’s official plan to speed up the development of 9,600 singlefamily homes in north Vaughan so the region can collect more development charges to help it pay for desperately needed infrastructure? Surely, the same political will can be found to address the lack of affordable housing in our fair city. We have said it in this space before and we’ll say it again: It’s time for the folks at city hall to stop dragging their feet and get moving on implementing regulations for basement apartments. They should also heed Mr. Lobo’s advice and start encouraging developers to build rental apartment buildings alongside those shiny glass condo towers that are being planned as we speak. Because without them, our mayor’s coveted world-class city status is little more than a pipe dream.

BOTTOMLINE: World-class city status is hard to achieve without a mix of affordable housing options.

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About time for crackdown Re: Tow truck drivers protest in Vaughan, June 28. They did it to themselves. A friend of mine got a $1,700 tow bill from the 407 in the Markham area to Newmarket. That is nothing but just stealing. There was the tow fee, the dolly fee, the administrative fee, the kilometre fee and a bunch of other stuff. It’s about time these operators were cracked down on.

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ing the preliminary hearing yesterday. To which Ms Hoffman, addressing the judge, replied, “It’s a complicated case as you might understand.” Mr. Manning also requested that Ms Coutts’ bail conditions be altered, namely that she is not to possess a cellphone or pager or any other communications device. He said the bail condition was “interfering” with other details of her life. Mr. Manning represented Ms Jackson during her failed bid to avoid paying the city $113,000 in costs for legal battles that took place during her term as mayor. The veteran lawyer was also by Ms Jackson’s side during her successful attempt to fight 40 charges under the Municipal Elections Act. Ms Coutts’ hearing comes weeks after The Citizen first released details about the arrest of the Toronto resident, who assisted on her mother’s failed 2010 municipal re-

election campaign. The Halton police undercover sting operation, called Project Commute, resulted in the June 12 arrest of Ms Coutts and several other people at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport. As part of the investigation, search warrants in Halton, Hamilton and Toronto turned up cocaine, oxycodone, ecstasy, marijuana, illegal handguns, ammunition, a bulletproof vest, approximately $45,000 in Canadian currency and equipment used in the production of crack cocaine, police said. Other Vaughan residents who were arrested as part of the operation include Joseph Sansone Jr., the son of Vaughan dumpster rental king Joseph Sansone, whose charges mirror those of Ms Coutts and Romina Pisani, 28, of Concord, who is charged with conspiracy to import a controlled substance. Ms Coutts was released on $20,000 bail one day after her

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The third-row seat can often be folded down and allow for more cargo room when not needed. In some models, a third-row seat can be removed entirely.

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Think affordable. then, if you’re wondering. Well, sixty years and more than 21 million Beetles later, we’re marking the occasion with a special finance offer that makes our most popular models more affordable than ever before. Yes, ever. The best-selling 2012 Jetta starts from only $17,831* and the award-winning

2012 Tiguan compact SUV from only $30,146*. People don’t usually ask where the engine is anymore, but once they’ve driven a Volkswagen for the first time they are still surprised by how affordable it is.

*Limited time purchase finance offer available through Volkswagen Finance, on approved credit, on the following select new and unregistered 2012 models: Jetta, Golf 3-door, Golf 5-door, Tiguan and Passat. TDI Clean Diesel models, Golf GTI, Golf R, Golf Wagon, Jetta GLI, Routan, Eos, CC, Touareg and Beetle models are excluded. MSRP of $17,831/$30,146 for a new and unregistered 2012 Jetta 2.0L / 2012 Tiguan 2.0T base model with 5-speed/6-speed manual transmission, including $1,365/$1,580 freight and PDI, $29 EHF (tires), $100 air conditioning levy, if applicable, $5 OMVIC fee, $58 PPSA fee, and up to $499 dealer administrative fee. Financed at 0% APR for 60 months equals $297.18/$502.44 per month. Down payment or equivalent trade-in, due at signing, may be required. Cost of borrowing is $0 for a total obligation of $17,831/$30,146. License, insurance, registration, options, TFFC, if applicable, and other applicable taxes are extra. **Offer of $500 available on cash purchase, lease and purchase financing (through Volkswagen Finance, on approved credit), on new and unregistered models. Offer available for current Volkswagen owners only. Proof of ownership may be required. Certain conditions apply. Dealer may sell for less. Dealer order/trade may be necessary. Offers end August 31, 2012 and are subject to change or cancellation without notice. 2012 Jetta Highline 2.5L as shown is $26,931. 2012 Tiguan 2.0T with Sport Package as shown is $42,546. Certain options and accessories may be extra. Vehicles may not be exactly as shown. Visit vw.ca or your Volkswagen dealer for details. “Volkswagen”, the Volkswagen logo, “Jetta” and “Tiguan” are registered trademarks of Volkswagen AG. © 2012 Volkswagen Canada.

While the third-row seat offers more passenger room, it cuts down on storage space. Many vehicles that offer the extra row of seating do so at the expense of trunk or cargo space. There may be little more than a few feet of room to store groceries or luggage. Vehicles with a third-row seat tend to be more expensive than comparable cars and SUV’s without one. Some minivans are more expensive than simarly sized SUVs. If money is a factor, a third-row seat may not be an asset. In addition, insurance companies might charge more for a larger car. Size might also be a disadvantage to some drivers. Larger vehicles might be difficult to park in urban areas and may require special parking spots in parking garages. Third-row seats can be very advantageous for people who frequently transport several people. But they may not be the best option for individuals looking for a lower priced car or one with maximum cargo space.


ccidents that occur on the roadways are unpredictable and can be caused by just about anything. Impaired or distracted motorists might heighten the risk of an accident, but even things like a squirrel running across the street and scaring a driver can lead to an accident.

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Tire blowout is another

potential cause of accident, and such blowouts might be more common than motorists expect. For instance, a study from the French National Institute for Transport and Safety Research found that nearly 61,000 vehicles were involved in crashes with property damage and/or injury on a particular stretch of highway. More than six percent of those accidents

involved tire blowout, a problem many motorists might mistake as something that only happens in movies. But tire blowout can put motorists in a precarious position, especially if they don’t know what to do should one of their tires blow out. Surviving tire blowout can be done by adhering to the following tips.

Coast to a slower speed. As the accelerator is released, allow the vehicle to coast to a slow speed, but not a speed so slow as to put driver and passengers at risk. Once the car is coasting between

25 to 30 miles per hour, use the turn signal and slowly turn toward the side of the road where the tire is blown. For example, if the front right tire is blown, turn toward the right shoulder. You want to turn toward this side because it’s always safest to limit your own exposure to oncoming motorists when changing the tire.

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WHAT TO DO IF A TIRE BLOWS OUT

Don’t respond by hitting the brakes. It might be counterintuitive to squeeze the gas pedal when a tire blows out, but doing so puts drivers in control of the vehicle and keeps it going in the intended direction. Immediately slamming on the brakes will cause the vehicle to turn, possibly turning the vehicle into oncoming traffic, a guardrail or other cars traveling in the same direction. When squeezing the gas pedal, drive straight down the lane. Within seconds of pressing the gas pedal, slowly begin to release it.

Check tire pressure when you can pull into a parking lot. When you have safely made it to the shoulder and the tire has been changed successfully, find a filling station or other parking lot and check the tire pressure on the tires that did not blowout. A blowout is often the result of an underinflated tire, so if one tire blows out due to underinflation it’s quite possible the others might as well.

Debunking POPULAR AUTOMOTIVE MYTHS ertain myths about automobiles have been around as long as there have been cars on the road. Many drivers adhere to driving and repair theories out of sheer force of habit, without ever knowing if these strategies are legitimate. Here are some common myths revealed and debunked.

Longer cars are more stable.

Four-wheel-drive vehicles are invincible in poor weather.

Automatic braking system (ABS) was designed to shorten stopping distances.

High-octane gas improves performance in all vehicles.

Four-wheel-drive capabilities may improve traction and handling when driving off-road or when the road conditions are not ideal. But no car is invincible when it comes to driving on snow and ice..

ABS was created to give drivers the ability to steer around obstacles while braking instead of spinning out of control.

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Most cars will not get any added benefits from the use of high octane fuel, which is designed for higherperformance engines that burn hotter than those of most vehicles. Drivers will only waste their money putting in more expensive gas. Always use the fuel recommended in the owner’s manual.

Many believe the longer the wheelbase the more stable the car will be. But wheelbase is only one of the factors that determines a vehicle’s stability and reaction time.

Side mirrors are properly adjusted when you can see the side of the car in them. Actually, the mirrors should be adjusted

so you can’t see the sides of the car. The mirrors work in concert to allow a panoramic view around the car. This eliminates the need to turn your head to check blind spots, which takes your eyes off the road.

Engine oil should be changed every 3,000 miles. There’s no need to change engine oil that frequently, as motor oils today are much more durable and protect engines

for longer distances. Unleaded fuels and clean-burning engines typically require oil changes every 7,000 to 10,000 miles, but consult your owner’s manual. There is a 72-hour “cooling off period” offered on automotive sales in the U.S. and Canada There is no such provision for auto purchases, as there is for many consumer products and even home sale contracts. Once you buy a car, you’re stuck with it, no matter how quickly you begin to experience buyer’s remorse. Myths prevail in daily life and in the automotive realm as well. Know the facts to avoid losing money or being unsafe on the road.


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A dozen PowerStream employees spent the weekend in Michigan working to help restore power to more than 100,000 customers left in the dark after thunderstorms pummeled the state Thursday. The municipally owned utility company sent four, three-person crews in four bucket trucks and three pick-up trucks to assist Flintbased Consumers Energy in its efforts to get the power back on. “As one of Ontario’s largest municipally-owned electricity distribution companies, we recognize the importance of being there to assist other utilities when these types of unfortunate events occur,” said Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti, who serves as PowerStream’s chairper-

son. “Even without reciprocal agreements in place, as an industry leader and a socially responsible company, we have an obligation to assist others in their time of need.” The PowerStream workers have joined more than 500 line crews from Consumers Energy and several other utility companies in the project. Although some customers had service restored today, more than 45,000, mainly in central and eastern Michigan, are still without power, according to Consumers Energy. The outage is one of the latest to strike the midwestern and eastern United States, which has been rocked by powerful storms during the past two weeks as a heat wave grips the region. PowerStream expects its employees to be working south of the border for the

rest of the week. “I am proud of our staff’s quick response to this request for assistance,” PowerStream president and CEO Brian Bentz said. “It’s not easy to work under such difficult and unfamiliar conditions, but they recognize the urgency of the situation and the need to be of assistance, especially given the number of people affected.” PowerStream is jointly owned by the municipalities of Barrie, Markham and Vaughan, with the latter owning the largest share. The company serves more than 335,000 residential and commercial customers in Alliston, Aurora, Barrie, Beeton, Bradford West Gwillimbury, Penetanguishene, Markham, Richmond Hill, Thornton, Tottenham and Vaughan.


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Dimitri (right) and Francesca Giankoulas (not shown) and Rosa Maria Casciaro (not shown), together with 215 guests including Vaughan Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua (left), raised $12,000 for Under The Umbrella Tree, an intensive early intervention behaviour treatment centre for children with autism and their parents to help them cope. The event was held at the Bellagio Boutique Event Venue June 14. The evening included a performance by comedian Perry Pelmutar and Haim Goldenberg, a world renowned mentalist. The Giankoulas’s will purchase

iPads and other electronic devises to assist the children and therapists at the centre. The couple, who own Pure Motivation Fitness in Vaughan, will also sponsor one to two children from the organization who have been on a waiting list to receive a diagnosis and therapy. The future goal is to be able to build a Pure Motivation Fitness sports centre for children with autism, Mr. Giankoulas said. To find out how you can help with the next gala in support of autism, call Mr. Giankoulas at 647-404-7873.

Not a hero, cancer survivor insists BY SIMONE JOSEPH

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Mark Benmoise does not consider himself a hero. He calls himself a survivor. “People keep saying, ‘You are a hero’. I continue to tell people I am not a hero. People fighting cancer now are the real heroes,” he said. The Thornhill resident will be honoured July 23 at the Light The Night Walk, which raises funds for blood cancer research and patient services. “He exemplifies hope for all those battling blood cancer ... His positive attitude and energy continues to inspire us all,” said Andrea Swinton, executive director of Ontario Region of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada. Mr. Benmoise was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma on Jan. 19, 2011, at age 23. This led to a roller coaster ride of cancer treatment. Some days, he felt really ill, suffering stomach aches, vomiting and tiredness. Chemotherapy and radiation were draining, he

says. He tried to take advantage of the days when he felt better by doing fun activities, including snowboarding and going to the movies. He also did his best to maintain a positive attitude and when it was all over, he felt grateful to those who helped him and he wanted to give back. So, Mr. Benmoise, 25, has set a personal goal to raise $25,000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada and has organized an event at Westmount Collegiate Institute to raise money. The event will include a three-on-three basketball tournament Aug. 12 at Westmount. Registration is at 9 a.m., the kick-off is at 9:30 a.m. The event will include a mini carnival for children, including snow cones, cotton candy, an auction, prizes and a raffle. Go to makeurmark.ca and to register online. Businesses can sponsor teams. Mr. Benmoise has participated in the walk in the past and found it an uplifting experience, he said. He plans to tell his story at this year’s Light The Night Walk.

“When you attend, you see people, supporters, survivors, it shows you you are not the only one going through it ... It gives you hope all these people are supporting the same cause and fighting for the same thing,” he said. Mr. Benmoise is in remission, having finished his treatment at the end of 2011. Funds raised by teams and individual walkers go toward blood cancer research, free educational materials and events for patients and their families, local programs, such as Family Support Groups and First Connection, a peerto-peer counselling program as well as comprehensive, personalized assistance through our Information Resource Centre. During the event’s leisurely walk, walkers carry illuminated balloons — white for survivors, red for supporters and gold in memory of loved ones lost to cancer. The Light the Night Walk is at Ryerson University. Go to lightthenight.ca/on for more information.

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2012 CURB APPEAL PROGRAM Does Your Home or Business Have Front Yard Curb Appeal? It’s that time of year again when our volunteers will be searching throughout Vaughan for Curb Appeal. This program is an important visual component of the City’s “My Vaughan Blooms Program”. It recognizes homeowners and businesses who demonstrate exceptional pride and effort in the maintenance of their properties. Show your community spirit and beautify your yard and neighbourhood by: • Participating in the Dazzle Me! Program • Adding variety, colour and textures in your plants • Using drought resistant plantings • Implementing environmental measures such as rain barrels • Utilizing mulch to help retain moisture If you wish to nominate a homeowner or business for their “curb appeal”, please contact the City’s Parks & Forestry Operations at 905-832-8577 or send an email to parks@vaughan.ca. Please include your name, telephone number, email address and the address of the property you would like to nominate. The deadline for nominations is FRIDAY JULY 13TH, 2012. Signs recognizing properties with Curb Appeal will be placed on selected properties during the months of July and August.

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York Region musicians soar at Canadian Music Competition BY L.H. TIFFANY HSIEH

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Seven York Region residents have earned spots as Canada’s top young classical musicians. All winners of this year’s Canadian Music Competition, which attracts more than 600 competi-

tors between the ages of seven and 30 each year, the youngsters were among more than 200 musicians who competed in the national finals. Richmond Hill’s Tiffany Yeung, 9, took home the big prize, tying the overall grand prize winner in the seven-10 age group.

Tiffany, who has played the violin since age four, said she didn’t expect to win the grand prize for the second year in a row. “I was surprised,” the Holy Trinity School student said. Tiffany practises two to three hours a day and said she would like to become a teacher.

Other York Region students who won first prizes in their age and instrument categories are: • Hilary Chan, 7, strings, violin, Maple; • Allen Liu, 10, piano, Markham; • Ian Chan, 11, piano, Richmond Hill;

• Rui Gao, 12, piano, Markham; • Julia Ariela Mirzoev, 15, strings, violin, Thornhill and; • Alexander Volkov, 16, strings, violin, Vaughan. Winners share more than $35,000 in scholarship money to help them further their musical education.

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