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Maple boasts a brand-new, multimillion sports and recreation facility and it’s all thanks to Vaughan’s Ahmadiyya Muslim community. “Our firm belief is that in order to establish peace and good social values you have to provide opportunities to youth for healthy activities,” said Dr. Aslam Daud, national general secretary of the Ahmadiyya Muslim community in Canada. “If you don’t provide opportunities such as that, what ends up happening is people try to create their own activities, which can be negative, like the formation of gangs, violence and drugs.” Named Tahir Hall after the fourth caliph of the worldwide Ahmadiyya See COMMUNITY, page 2.

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Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua shares a laugh with His Holiness, Hadhrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, spiritual head of Ahmadiyya Muslims worldwide, during a celebration of the opening of Aiwan Tahir, or Tahir Hall, in Maple.

Kris Simpson and Daytona Sports Cars turned Vaughan into a luxury car lovers dream as local children climbed in for rides. /10 Timothy Barlow says what we hope for when we seek the advice of others is not what’s the right thing for us to do, it’s more of a safe place for us to tell the truth. /7

this week: Woodbridge actor snags top prize; Hollywood comes to city /3

A 22-year-old man is recuperating at his family’s Woodbridge home after he was shot by an uninvited guest at a Wasaga Beach house party. Although Central Region OPP media co-ordinator Sgt. Peter Leon would not release the details or name of the man, he did say he was treated for serious injuries initially at Collingwood General and Marine Hospital before being airlifted to Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto. Investigators are still hunting for the shooter, but have an uphill climb in finding the culprits. “We are not sure where our suspect or suspects are from,” Sgt. Leon said. “We have a large area to cover.” The incident occurred in Wasaga See SUSPECTS, page 4.

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Community raises $9.5M to build recreation centre

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community, the late Hadhrat Mirza Tahir Ahmad, it is located next to the Baitul Islam Mosque on Jane Street south of Teston Road. The facility officially opened last week with a special ceremony led by Hadhrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, head of the worldwide Ahmadiyya Muslim community. Also on hand were Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua and Vaughan MP and newly minted International Cooperation Minister Julian Fantino. The Ahmadiyya community raised $9.5 million to build the three-storey, 56,000-square-foot facility, which can accommodate two full basketball courts, three volleyball courts and six badminton courts. It also houses a gym, administrative offices and classrooms. “This facility is available for the local community for healthy activities,” Dr. Daud said. “They can come and enjoy some sports, have competitions and tournaments and benefit from it as much as possible.” Although Tahir Hall is available for use by anyone, priority is given to multicultural, interfaith, religious and educational programs, he added. In addition to providing this new facility, the Ahmadiyya community hosts the annual Run for Vaughan hospital fundraiser and organizes regular blood donor clinics and food drives.  To find out more, visit ahmadiyya.ca.

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The Ahmadiyya Muslim community of Canada celebrates the opening of Tahir Hall on Jane Street in Maple last Wednesday. Meanwhile, Premier Dalton McGuinty on Monday paid a quick and quiet visit to Vaughan. The Liberal leader was whisked into the city to host a private luncheon for Hadhrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, head of the worldwide Ahmadiyya

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Muslim community, who is visiting Canada from July 3 to 17. Mr. McGuinty reportedly took a short tour of the Vaughan Community Health Centre prior to the luncheon. Julian Fantino, Vaughan MP and International Cooperation Minister, met with Hadhrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad last week at a home in Maple.—Adam Martin-Robbins


in Vaughan Your mid-week guide to get you in-the-know This Week in Vaughan runs every Wednesday in The Citizen and highlights the most unique bits of news and information we discovered this week. If you have something you’d like to share that will give readers something to talk about, e-mail it to editor Kim Champion at kchampion@yrmg.com or call 905-265-4148. Deadline for submissions is Friday at noon. Please put the words ‘This Week’ in the subject line of your e-mail.

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At a time when everyone should be outdoors enjoying the warm weather, it’s strange how two of summer’s biggest concert tours are making stops at Toronto’s stuffy Air Canada Centre. Today will see Enrique Iglesias and Jennifer Lopez bring the Latin heat, while on Monday, July 23 and Tuesday, July 24, Coldplay are in town for what’s sure to be another sweaty double shot.

Audiences at this year’s Toronto Fringe Festival evidently took a shine to Stamped: A Story About Daniel who happens to have Autism. The one-woman play written and performed by Woodbridge’s Sarah Magni garnered first-runner up honours in the audiencenominated category of most cutting edge performance at the festival. The 24-year-old was bested for the Tosho Knife Arts Performance Innovation Award by [ZED.TO] ByoLogic: Where You Become New presented by The Mission Business. The winners took home $500 and a premium knife donated by Tosho Knife Arts. Stamped marked Ms. Magni’s first attempt at a solo show and was performed as part of the festival’s AlleyPlays, which provide smaller venues for so-called microplays. For more about Stamped, visit stamped.sarahmagni. com. —Adam Martin-Robbins

Housing prices may not drop any time soon, but you could have more choices if you are in the market to buy, according to industry experts. “Prices are not declining,” Unionville Royal LePage broker manager Karen Gerrard said. “We are still seeing multiple offers.” A survey released by Royal LePage Tuesday shows yearover-year prices rose for most housing types in Markham and Richmond Hill. A slow down about two weeks ago was normal for June and heading into the summer break, Ms Gerrard said, as people tend to be away. She said immigrants continue to play a big role in York Region’s housing boom. There is no real estate bubble in the GTA, she said. “We are still cheap compared to New York, London and Hong Kong,” Ms Gerrard said, adding low interest rates are likely to remain into 2014. “I’m not an economist, I’m a realtor, but the global economy is so fragile now, it’d be dangerous to raise it a lot,” she said. —L.H. Tiffany Hsieh

Habitat York Region received a $5,000 grant to purchase equipment the organization hopes it will never have to use. The funds from the national 360 Built Smart Partnership will buy automated external defibrillators at build sites to ensure the safety of volunteers. An automated external defibrillator is a portable electronic device that automatically diagnoses potentially life-threatening heart arrhythmias in a patient. The battery-powered device is able to treat victims through defibrillation, the application of electrical therapy that stops the arrhythmia, allowing the heart to reestablish an effective rhythm. The partnership, a collaboration between the Home Depot Canada Foundation, Holcim (Canada) Inc. and Habitat for Humanity Canada, is committing $550,000 to Habitat affiliates across Canada to develop the infrastructure that must be in place before volunteers get busy building affordable housing for hard-working, low-income families. —Chris Traber

More detailed information on the provincial organ donation list is geared toward patients, not health-care professionals, according to the Trillium Gift of Life network. Before this week, people awaiting an organ transplant in Ontario were only able to see how many people across the province were waiting for the same organ and how many people were on the donor registry. But now, at the request of people on the waiting list and their families, the numbers are broken down not only by organ, but also by age, gender and blood type of the people on the waiting list. “Being on the waiting list is very difficult, especially waiting for that beeper to go off or for the phone to ring,” Trillium Gift of Life Network president and CEO Ronnie Gavsie said. The intent is not to help people on the wait list determine their place, but to provide them with the information requested and, at the same time, convince more people to register. To register to be an organ donor, visit beadonor.ca. —Teresa Latchford

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here’s an epic school yard boxing match brewing this summer. The big smack down is set for the first week of September when children are heading back to school. After all, the bigger the audience the better and everyone will be watching. It’s going to be a bloody battle and one that is sure to draw even more attention since both sides have been school yard pals for many years. In one corner is “education Premier” Dalton McGuinty, looking slim and trim with his red gloves tentatively, but steadfastedly, raised in battle position — he’s a relative newbie to bruising this heavyweight opponent — versus the collective favourites; Ontario’s teacher unions (except, of course, the Catholic teachers who recognized how good they have it and, admirably, backed out of the match).

SPITTING AND FROTHING The other unions are spitting and frothing at the mouth, flailing their giant gloves all over the place in their amply generous and luxurious corner of the ring. The teachers, of course, are heavily favoured to win given their easy victories with this government in the past, but the Liberals, this time, aren’t in the mood to be pushed around. The government is pressing on with its proposal to freeze and overhaul the generous teacher salary grid — although a heavy-handed approach didn’t likely help — after assessing the grave reality of Ontario’s ballooning deficit. A wage freeze would bring beleaguered taxpayers long-term savings that could affect the bottom line in 2017 and beyond. And let’s face it. Ontario needs those savings and we need to know our government is fighting for us and not special interest groups that grow stronger and more influential with every passing contract. A wage freeze is a most necessary change being that Ontario’s 115,000 teachers are heavily con-

tributing to the province’s multibillion-dollar budget shortfall. But the feisty teachers’ unions, belting back with their don’t-messwith-us mantra, are refusing to back down and will be punching and hammering hard to keep what they have.

Lot at stake And there’s a lot a stake. Most teachers in Ontario can bank 20 sick days a year, up to 200 days over their career, and get paid a lump sum averaging $46,000 when they retire. Cha-ching. We’re all green with envy. This unrealistic payout has to end when you consider teachers’ sick days amount to a $1.7-billion liability with the province facing a $15-billion deficit, the ministry has said. So, it’s going to come down to how well the Liberals fare in this epic battle to reveal its true priorities and its allegiance to citizens over the self-interests of unions. It’s a pressure-cooker for the minority Grits, but McGuinty must stand his ground and continue on his course to rid the province of excessive and out-of-reach frills we can’t afford; be it teachers or any other public-paid perks. The Liberals have to put the teachers’ unions in their place and force them to see the reality of our situation. Teachers don’t have the public’s sympathy in this matter when they blindly insist huge payouts on retirement are their right and privilege. It’s agreed a vast majority of our teachers are hard working and dedicated, but it doesn’t give them the right to hold society at ransom and use our children as pawns to ensure a padded retirement on the backs of taxpayers. The outcome of this battle will be the true test to the Liberals. Let’s hope they get more than a passing grade.

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Re: Weigh in on regional chairperson debate, July 16. A person who holds such a position should be elected into that position, not Re: Vaughan man sues city, contractor, “appointed” by his peers. Regional chairperson, Bill Fisch, your July 13. This situation is criminal. But the homdays are numbered. eowner will get no satisfaction from any Here’s the door ---->> |.| politician or court. ConcernedOne He is on the hook and will remain on the hook. The law is heavily biased toward contractors and builders so don’t expect them to feel any pain. The law is wrong and needs updating, Re: Region, Vaughan need to curb insabut, for now, the homeowner will have to tiable sprawl, July 12. Who is going to pay for the billions in foot the bill. How do you not know that there is no infrastructure already under way when the economy collapses and the building isulation in the house when you are experiencing temperature issues? stops? Then, after York Region is paved over canuck174 and the water table drops more, do we,

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ith all of the people and information available to us today, it can still be difficult to find good advice. I think the main reason for this is that the people who are most qualified to give us that advice probably never would. They’d know that it wouldn’t serve us long-term. Advice is defined as an opinion or recommendation that is offered as a guide to action. But what might be right for one person may not necessarily be right for another. The real question to ask is why we’re not taking that required action? Rather than looking for the correct answer or the right thing to do, it is important for us to take a deeper look inside ourselves and reveal the underlying fear that is preventing us from moving forward. American author Erica Jong once wrote: “Advice is what we ask for when we already know the answer, but wish we didn’t”. In other words, what we are looking for when we seek the advice of others is not the right thing to do, but more a safe place for us to simply tell the truth. Deep down inside, we already know what we’re supposed to do, we’re just too afraid to do it. The irony is that many of us are more

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than willing to give advice to others. Many times though, when we look closely at the recommendations we are giving to other people, we’ll realize that the person we’re really speaking to is ourselves. Telling our truth with respect to other people’s problems is quite easy, that’s why so many of us do it. Being able to do it for ourselves is more challenging. If we spent half as much time giving advice and twice as much time telling ourselves the real truth, our world would most likely be a much better place to live. If you find yourself struggling today, I encourage you to seek out that safe place to tell yourself the truth. Whether it’s with a trusted friend, a health-care provider or even writing in your journal, tell yourself that important truth that will set you free to live the life you want.

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Lynn Salmon wants towns to be a little more careful about who can present at public events. The Newmarket resident, along with her two children, Jasmine, 4, and Ben, 5, were enjoying the Canada Day celebration at Fairy Lake Park. Having enjoyed many of the activities vendors were offering, including a bouncy castle manned by volunteers from a local church, the family sat down to watch a magic and comedy show near the splash pad. “My son was so excited to volunteer and his hand shot up when the man doing comedy on stage asked for one to hand out Walmart gift cards,” she said. Although the stack of 50 or so cards her son was handed to pass out had the company’s name on the front, they actually weren’t from Walmart.

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REligious promotions They were religious promotions with gospel tract on the reverse side. The message said all have sinned and will be found guilty on judgement day and God commands everyone to turn from sin or repent. Ms Salmon felt tricked and enraged a performance advertised as a magic and comedy show targeting children turned out to be an avenue for teaching gospel, she said. “Sin and hell are not something I have chosen to expose my children to,” she said. “Don’t sell me something as a magic show and deliver a sermon.”

OPTION TO CHOOSE While she doesn’t have a problem with organizations sharing a message at events, she wants the option of choosing whether or not to listen, especially when it comes to her children. When she returned home, she called the town to launch a complaint about the tactics used to get the gospel tract out. Local church-goer Bill Baker was one of the presenters on stage that day and insists he had the right to spread the message of God, as a gospel tract is straight

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Ben Salmon was handed what he thought was a Walmart gift card at a Canada Day event July 1 at Fairy Lake in Nemwarket. It was actually a card bearing a religious message. from the Bible and is taught to children in Sunday school. The town did not require the group to submit a script of the show, he said. “Freedom of speech is something that shouldn’t be banned,” he said. “We have just as much of a right as anyone else.” This is the first time the town has had to deal with such an issue, recreation and culture director Ian McDougall said. There are organizations, including many faith groups, that participate in events in town annually and there have been no complaints. “We were surprised and disappointed at what took place,” he said, noting there were a handful of complaints about the same show. He sent a letter of apology to Ms Salmon after receiving her concerns and said the town has taken pause to review its current procedure. The information provided to the town regarding the perfor-

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mance was misleading and this is a reminder to the town to drill a little deeper when it comes to individuals and organizations who haven’t participated in town events or celebrations before, Mr. McDougall said. “It will have to be something that is reviewed on a case-by-case basis,” he said. While there were staff at the town booth and a few others tending to tasks throughout the day, the town may consider having more

staff dispersed throughout events to monitor shows, he said. The Town of Aurora finds its current policy of vetting applicants to present at town events effective, spokesperson Michael Kemp said. The town requires applicants to fully disclose their plans and enter into a memorandum of understanding to avoid potential risks, he said, adding the town has not had any issues. The City of Vaughan allows all non-profit groups to sponsor programs for events in exchange for tables and chairs to distribute their material, spokesperson Ted Hallas said. Some religious organizations that have taken part, but no complaints have been launched. The City of Markham was asked to weigh in on the issue, but spokesperson Dennis Flaherty replied the city wouldn’t be able to generate a response in time for print due to “other important business”.

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The prime movers behind the SPLASH Floating Water Festival are a group called Ladies of the Lake, so we decided to check them out. The Ladies of the Lake, a group of women whose goal is a healthy future for Lake Simcoe where people and nature are partners, was co-founded by Jane Meredith and Annabel Slaight in 2005. The idea for taking action for Lake Simcoe initially came when the co-founders joined a group of people for a paddle through Keswick up the Maskinonge River. When they went under the Woodbine bridge they got stuck on a carpet of thick green weeds. “Thanks to green slime dripping in great gobs from the paddles, the idea of Ladies of the Lake took shape,” says Annabel Slaight while discussing the creation of this renowned movement. Swim it, drink it, fish it, love it The women’s first project was to catch people’s attention and they certainly did that with a bold idea – a calendar featuring classy and naked women with Lake Simcoe as the setting. The calendar, dubbed The Naked Truth, was released in 2006 and another was done for 2009. Together they raised more than $450,000 to help the lake. And after this success, many more women joined the cause. “Ladies of the Lake activities are joyous. Ideas fly like crazy with so many women enthused, committed and ready to work,” Annabel Slaight stated. Thanks to the tremendous efforts and dedication of these caring women, many goals have been accomplished but they are still striving to find better ways to involve the community. The largest idea so far is the SPLASH Floating Water Festival, which, itself is part of a larger idea – it is the first step in making Lake Simcoe an internationally recognized centre for water innovation, research and learning. But one step at a time, Annabel tells us. “If farmers, developers, town councils, federal and provincial governments and neighbours young and old work together as partners with nature, we can all ‘swim it, drink it, fish it, love it.’”

This is one in a series of articles by students at Keswick High School leading up to the SPLASH Floating Water Festival celebrating Lake Simcoe and all things water, in leafy, lakeside De La Salle Park, Jackson’s Point. Go to www.splashfestival.ca for information and tickets. See yorkregion.com for more stories on the festival.


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