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Pg 4 After four years of watching vehicles take a short cut through his neighbourhood park, Domenic Fierro is finally getting action.
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VOLUNTEERS NEEDED Every community is touched by cancer in some way. This is an opportunity to get involved in the annual Terry Fox Run organized by a Thornhill organizing committee. Volunteers are needed. We are looking for people with experience and connections in food and beverage, community leadership, administration, marketing and promotions, and more. Representing your Terry Fox Thornhill community event, you will not only have the pleasure of working with a wonderful group of people, you will be participating in a grassroots program on an international scale. The Terry Fox Run begins and ends at Thornlea Secondary School and includes a 2.5, 5, and 10 kilometre route. The organizing committee plans every aspect of the race, including entertainment, food and beverage, route and site management, administration, and establishing an energetic group of volunteers. For more information, contact lead volunteer Michelle Kofman at 416-4734355.
You ar invited to join the Kleinburg community in a Canada Day celebration today from 12-5 p.m. in the Village of Kleinburg. Proceeds from this event will help support the Vaughan Women’s Shelter. You will be treated to a charity BBQ, music, fun and games. The event takes place on Kleinburg’s main street area. Activities include bouncy castles, a Kidz Zone Arts & Crafts, Music, Balloons, B’day Cake, Kids Trivia Contest, Leave Your Mark Creative Art banner, and more.
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Congratulations to Franca Damiani Carella for receiving an Honourary Doctorate of Sacred Letters, the highest academic degree a post-secondary institution can confer. Huntington University recently bestowed the doctorate upon at a special ceremony June 14 in honour of Mrs. Carella. She has lived in Woodbridge for the past 30 years, along with husband Tony Carella, a writer, editor and teacher who is a Vaughan councillor. Mrs. Carella and her family came to Canada in 1953, settling in Sudbury, Ontario, where she was employed as a staff nurse at Sudbury General Hospital. In her time there, she was inspired to pursue a professional career marked by service beyond nursing and hours of community volunteering. Mrs. Carella developed an interest in the care of the elderly, which she later pursued through studies in gerontology and geriatrics at a number of Toronto institutions.
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For many people, it’s a lifelong dream to live beside a city park. But for one Woodbridge resident, his home’s proximity to green space has become an all-out nightmare. Domenic Fierro, who lives on Mapes Avenue, says neighbouring Mapes Park has become a safety nightmare, with cars and motorcycles using the park’s path to access his subdivision rather take the long alternate route of Martin Grove Road to Hwy. 27. He says each week he witnesses at least one car and countless motorcycles travel through the park at varying times of the day, rather than use city roads. “I’m getting really frustrated,” he said. “They never do it in the day because it’s busy during those hours, but in the evening it happens all the time. It’s not only the safety, but the noise. I am in a residential neighborhood here.” So far, the city’s attempts at a solution failed, after the six evergreen trees they planted as a buffer
between the road and the path were unceremoniously mowed over by vehicles. Their replacements were also trampled.
tire tracks Mr. Fierro said the situation has become so bad that mud is beginning to blight the entrance to the park because all the vehicular traffic is killing the grass. “This is happening so much that when you go into the park you just see mud with tire tracks,” he added. But after being contacted by The Citizen about the issue, which Mr Fierro says has been going on for four years without a solution, Woodbridge West Councillor Tony Carella believes he might have come up with a way to fix the problem. Mr. Carella said although planners had originally intended to run Woodbridge Avenue right through to Mapes Avenue, resident complaints forced staff to build a deadend before the road reached Mr. Fierro’s subdivision. After holding meetings with the
city’s parks department, Mr. Carella said city staff will by July 7 put up armour stones, which are large and sometimes decorative concrete blocks, as a deterrent to stop motorcycles and cars from traveling through the park. The enforcement department also says it will be taking action to stop further abuses. Enforcement services director Tony Thompson encourages people to report abuse and said the city will be alert to misuse.
Report offence “Staff have inspected the area and there is evidence of some sporadic vehicular use,” Mr. Thompson said. “Staff have been made aware of this and will continue to increase patrols. However, without an offence time, it is difficult to create an effective enforcement strategy. Residents who witness these violations are encouraged to contact enforcement services.” STAFF PHOTO/SJOERD WITTEVEEN You can reach enforcement services through the city’s main line at Mapes Avenue resident Domenic Fierro says vehicles are cutting through 905-832-8585. the park at night as a shortcut through his neighbourhood.
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Despite ongoing calls for more apartments to be built in Vaughan, a city official has admitted that not a single rental unit is under construction or planned for the city. The pronouncement comes after a report by a commercial real estate firm pointed out that Vaughan, along with neighbouring Richmond Hill and King, are the top places in the province in which to build apartment buildings, considering there are only .35 rental units available for 100 people here, as opposed to Toronto, which has 10 units for 100 people. “We’re not focused in on that,” city planning commissioner John MacKenzie said. “We’re aware of this and we have read it (the report), but we are looking at trying to address it through other ways.” While the city is clearly lacking apartments, there is no shortage of condominiums. In fact, Vaughan is booming at the moment with 21 condos projects planned, three of which are now under construction. And although that phenomenon is replicating itself in Toronto, Derek Lobo, the author of the report and executive director at Rock Advisors Inc., said Toronto can afford a condo boom because it already has 254,000 apartments, whereas Vaughan, Richmond Hill and King only have a combined 1,700. He said it becomes a problem in communities because if there are no apartments, all the young and single workers in Vaughan are forced to commute out of the city to lead their lives, leaving the city’s economy with less room to grow. However, Mr. MacKenzie insisted while there is concern, without tax-breaks from provincial and federal governments, the market simply won’t build rental units. “We see affordability as a huge problem,” he said. “But there isn’t private sector interest. I have not had a lot of requests for pure rentals in Vaughan. In the late 1960s
Rental apartment buildings such as this one in Scarborough, don’t exist in Vaughan. The author of a new report said Vaughan is an ideal place in which to build such housing. and 70s, there was a great deal of apartments built in Toronto because of tax incentives. Those incentives are either out of date or not there anymore.” Despite this, Mr. MacKenzie said the city does have a plan to keep people who can’t afford to purchase a home or condo in the city. He said the strategy is two-fold. First, the city wants to impose affordable housing on future condominium projects, so that lower-income families can get their foot in the housing market. Second, it wants to create a task force to start looking at how to encourage basement apartments and secondary suites in a “responsible” fashion. “We expect changes to the (basement apartments) bylaw in the next two years and a pilot project to see how it would work,” he added. He also stated that he believes the ongoing trend of landlords buying up swaths of condominiums and then renting them out will be another part of the solution. Mr. Lobo doesn’t agree. He
said the city’s solution is a recipe for disaster that will overcrowd homes, streets and local schools. “That is moronic, and you can quote me on that,” he said. “You ask him (Mr. MacKenzie) to speak to the mayor of Brampton and ask her how many kids she sees waiting at the bus stops in the morning, thanks to basement apartments. Basement apartments cause overcrowding. The answer to Vaughan’s problems is to build sustainable rental housing.” Mr. Lobo added that the best way to solve a situation is to take an “educational approach”, such as the city of London, Ontario, has done over the past decade. During that time, 6,000 apartments were built in that city, he said. “My job is to educate investors on where and why you should build apartments,” he said. “We do webinars and take investors to see new developments in places like Dallas, where they are building. I am really surprised Vaughan is taking this sort of strategy.”
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YRT, Viva schedule to change from Sunday By Chris Traber
Starting Sunday, York Region Transit/Viva will enact more than 70 service changes across York Region. Highlights of the changes include: • Route 50 — Queensway will be introduced to operate four weekday morning and afternoon round trips between Keswick and the Newmarket GO bus terminal; • Route 9 — 9th Line will be restructured to incorporate former Route 15 — Stouffville Local routing. Alternate trips will service Eastern Gate from the start of service until 5 p.m; • Route 304 — Mount Joy Express will be introduced to operate between the Mount Joy GO station and Finch GO bus terminal via McCowan Road, Hwy. 7, Kennedy Road and Hwy. 407; • Route 53 — WoodspringClearmeadow will be restructured. Former Route 53 service north of Davis Drive will be merged with Route 44 — Woodspring-Bristol and service south of Davis Drive will be merged with Route 57/57A — Clearmeadow-Mulock and; • Route 86 — Newkirk-Red Maple will be restructured to service central Richmond Hill between Yonge Street and Bayview Avenue. Route 86 will now operate along Red Maple Road to Richmond Hill Centre terminal. Additional routes and schedules will be adjusted.
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Daytime meetings stay, evening idea out by Adam Martin-Robbins
If you work during the day and want to have your say in person on a matter being considered by city council, then you’re probably going to have to ask your boss for time off. That’s because council rejected, in a six to three vote, a proposal put forward by Regional Councillor Deb Schulte to move committee of the whole meetings from the current daytime slot to the evening, on a trial basis. These meetings, typically held once or twice a month, offer residents an opportunity to hear about a broad range of issues and weigh in. Council’s decision to quash the proposal came despite Ms Schulte’s argument the vast majority of municipalities in York Region hold regular night meetings, either committee or council, where residents are allowed to speak. “I’m comfortable with what we have right now and I don’t think it’s necessary to even attempt to change it,” said Regional Councillor Gino Rosati. “There are opportunities for the public to participate. If it’s routine stuff, they can write in or appear. Our public hearings are held in the evening. With budgets, there are always public evening meetings ... and anything of a significant nature, such as amendments to zoning, are always in the evening.” Mr. Rosati was joined in opposing the proposal by Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua, Regional Councillor Michael
‘What I’m hearing from colleagues is they do not believe it is a big issue out there. ... And we have very full evening schedules so they say why add one more thing if they’re not hearing it’s an issue.’ Deb Schulte
DiBiase, Thornhill Councillor Alan Shefman, Concord/ Thornhill North Councillor Sandra Yeung Racco and East Woodbridge Councillor Rosanna DeFrancesca. Ms Schulte got support from Maple/Kleinburg Councillor Marilyn Iafrate and Woodbridge West Councillor Tony Carella. Kleinburg resident Arpi Greco also thinks evening meetings are a good idea. “... When you make a deputation at council, it carries a whole different weight than when you have a chance meeting with a councillor at a public event,” she wrote in a letter to the Citizen. “You also do not have the ear of all council members at such events including your fellow citizens who may be encountering similar issues or share your ideas. I cannot see any drawbacks to having evening meetings. Council must see the evening meeting as a process that will
enable more public input through an important and more formal method of participation.” Vasdev Sawhney agrees. “There is a lot of merit in holding evening meetings and it would be prudent for councillors to consider carefully their accessibility to Vaughan citizens on matters of importance to average citizens,” he wrote. “One can learn a great deal from neighbouring cities to accommodate Vaughan citizens in their quest to get pertinent information on matters of interest shaping the future of this great city.” Ms Schulte originally brought the issue before the committee of the whole last week and received the same response from her colleagues. She was disappointed, but not surprised by council’s decision on Tuesday. “I guess it comes down to what people are hearing,” she said in an interview Wednesday morning. “I’m hearing from people that they would very much like to see how their councillors are representing their interests on the different issues and they can’t do that if they’re going to be working. “... What I’m hearing from colleagues is they do not believe it is a big issue out there. It is a scheduling challenge and we do have to have people working in the evenings where there are some management issues involved. And we, personally, do have very full evening schedules so they say why add one more thing if they’re not hearing it’s an issue.”
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Study reveals tree planting helps lower crime rate benefits, including the offset of the crime rate, he said. “Healthy trees equal healthy communities,” he said. “This education and awareness of valueadded social benefits of green infrastructure is huge.”
BY JOE FANTAUZZI
If a tree grows in the city, does the crime rate fall? It’s a question researchers at the University of Vermont hope they have answered with a ‘yes’. And it’s a topic on which York Region is keeping a close eye. If so, their research, and the growing body of evidence that supports it, could have implications for urban areas all over the world — and certainly in a rapidly urbanizing community such as York Region, the population of which is expected to hit 1.8 million by 2051, from 1.1 million today.
drawing conclusions The researchers hope from their study the following conclusion can be drawn: in two neighbourhoods with the same demographics, including socio-economics and urban design, the neighbourhood with more well-maintained trees will have a lower crime rate, said University of Vermont associate professor Austin Troy, who authored the study along with J. Morgan Grove and Jarlath O’NeilDunne. The Vermont study found a 10-per-cent increase in tree canopy was associated with about a
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Volunteers plant trees in York Region. According to a survey done by the University of Vermont, a 10-per-cent increase in tree canopy was associated with about a 12-per-cent decrease in crime in Baltimore, Md. 12-per-cent decrease in crime in the Baltimore, Md. area. Baltimore’s crime rate was the United States’ sixth highest last year, the Baltimore Sun reported earlier this month. The Vermont study authors embarked on the research because trees cost municipalities money to install and it’s important to make a strong argument about their ben-
efits, Mr. Troy said. York Region has placed a high priority on the relationship between the natural and built environment and is targeting a 25-percent forest coverage rate, up from the current rate, which has been hovering around 22.5 per cent for years, York Region forestry manager Ian Buchanan said. Healthy trees will ensure social
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Wild fluctuations Meanwhile, regional forest coverage fluctuates wildly across the region and drops as low as 10 per cent in some areas of highly urban municipalities. Research is under way to get a better understanding of the forestry in those communities (Vaughan, Richmond Hill and Markham) and to determine the associated economic, environmental and social benefits, Mr. Buchanan said. Small, thin trees, the likes of which can be seen in many neighbourhoods across York — especially in new communities — require stewardship but, if the research holds out, those trees will pay dividends, including social benefits, when they develop, Mr. Troy said. “Even that is positive because it is a cue to care,” he said, referencing the idea that well-maintained neighbourhoods may send messages to criminals that residents have a stronger social network and thus care about and are aware of what is happening in their community. other theories The Vermont study authors noted other theories that may suggest why an increase in well-maintained greenery correlates to a lower crime rate. Among them are urban guru Jane Jacobs’ famous assertion communities with more “eyes on the street” can more effectively discourage crime. Studies that show people seeing each other outdoors can strengthen neighbourhood social networks,
the authors also cited. Paved areas with no greenery, on the other hand, can be viewed as territories that discourage people from interacting and thus reduce eyes on the street, according to the authors. As to the potential for criminals to hide in green neighbourhoods, 2001 research by Frances Kuo and William Sullivan examining the area around public housing in Chicago with grass and highcanopy trees — which do not allow people to hide — found the crimereducing benefits of the vegetation outweighed the crime-promoting effects, according to the Vermont authors. The development of green infrastructure should not simply be left up to forestry mangers, urban planners and politicians, Mr. Troy said. “Police departments should be increasingly involved in landscaping design,” he said. “It matters. It’s a soft crime-fighting strategy that is low-cost and low-risk.” York’s crime rate indicates the region is one of the safest communities in Canada. Crime reported to York Regional Police last year was down 4.5 per cent to the lowest level in five years. York Regional Police declined to comment on the study’s findings. York police officers educate local business owners and residents about how to reduce their chances of becoming crime victims through environmental design, such as ensuring trees and bushes around homes and businesses are not overgrown so they can’t be used as cover by criminals, Const. Rebecca Boyd said in an e-mail.
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A sea of tow trucks flooded the west parking lot at city hall yesterday to protest new towing rate caps approved by council the day before. “They’re back stabbing us, the guys who keep the city afloat,” Garry Letichever with M&M Towing said. “They raised the cost of plates for licensing a truck in the city of Vaughan while at the same time dropping the rates.” He said the city’s decision is especially unfair given the costs of everything from insurance to fuel to food are rising. “While to them $275 a tow is outrageous, the fact of the matter is the truck lease payments are $1,500 a month, insurance is $1,200 to $1,500 a month and gas is easily $2,000 to $3,000 a month,” Mr. Letichever said. “So to make $6,000 you’ve got to hook 30 accidents a month. Do you think we hook 30 accidents a month?” More than 120 tow truck operators blocked off a large swath of parking spaces at city headquarters on Major Mackenzie Drive starting at 5 a.m. and pledged to be there every day until the rate caps are lifted. Under the new regulations, tow truck operators can charge a maximum of $125 for a non-collision tow and that includes the use of dollies and other equipment. 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
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More than 120 tow truck operators blocked off a large swath of parking spaces at Vaughan city hall Wednesday to protest the city’s capping of towing rates, among other things. Many tow truck operators, such as driver Leon Sivak (right), displayed signs that said such things as “we just want to get paid for what we do”.
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This year’s instalment of the mayor’s gala hauled in an estimated $600,000 for local non-profit organizations and the city’s future hospital. A crowd of nearly 1,000 people packed the Paramount Conference and Event Venue for the black tie affair and watched in awe during the auction portion of the evening as two local developers bid $130,000 for
dinner with the mayor. That money has already been earmarked for the newly named Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital to be built at the northwest corner of Major Mackenzie Drive and Jane Street.It is approved to go to tender in 2014/2015 with construction expected to follow a year later. The money from the two events was distributed to more than 30 charitable groups.
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United Way of York Region reaffirms commitment By Chris traber
In the face of tough economic times, service innovation, strength investments and the power of community will carry the day, attendees at United Way York Region’s 36th annual general meeting heard today at the Manor in Kettleby. Outgoing chairperson Charles Beer underscored the organization’s commitment to working hard and smart, a strategy that raised a record $8.18 million in 2011. Last year’s campaign underlined two simple facts, Mr. Beer told staff, board members and dignitaries. In a challenging fiscal climate, York Region residents and businesses continued to care and give. Meanwhile, in the face of complex and deepening social pressures, United Way must continue to seek new ways to solve community priorities. “This is your success — the spirit, drive and generosity of each of our 20,000 donors, 2,000 volunteers and 250 workplace campaigns,” Mr. Beer said. “And, at a time when more people were knocking on United Way funded agency doors, we not only maintained funding, but invested an additional $500,000 in eight new and expansion frontline programs.” United Way will focus on building civic muscle by devoting $150,000 to five new projects within its strength investments initiative, chief executive officer Daniele Zanotti said. Adding momentum to the meeting’s theme was keynote speaker Ontario Social Assistance Review commissioner Frances Lankin. The commission is working on the largest review of social assistance programs in two decades. The former president and CEO of United Way Toronto and Ontario cabinet minister shared key issues emerging from public consultations throughout Ontario. Her report, due at Queen’s Park this fall, will provide ranging recommendations for the government to create a benefits structure that reduces barriers and supports transition into the labour market.
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Another day, another pipeline spill
recent pipeline leak sent 475,000 litres of oil into Alberta’s Red Deer River. It could have been worse; nothing was being pumped at the time. The company, Plains Midstream, claims the light sour crude may smell bad, but poses no risk to humans. It happened as crews were cleaning a larger spill from last year at another of the company’s pipelines. That one dumped 4.5 million litres of oil into the surrounding forest and wetlands. The recent Red Deer River spill was also the site of a leak in 2008. Industry figures show more than 3.4 million litres of fossil fuels have been accidentally released from pipelines every year in Alberta since 2006. One litre of spilled oil can contaminate one million litres of groundwater. Enbridge, the company that wants to build a dual pipeline from the tar sands to the British Columbia coast, has had more than 800 leaks and spills
David Suzuki on its pipelines since 1999, sending close to 27 million litres of oil into the environment. That included a 2010 spill in Michigan that dumped 3.8 million litres of diluted tar sands bitumen into the Kalamazoo River. Cleanup costs for that are already $765 million and the river is still contaminated. Of course, the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline, which will carry heavy bitumen 1,200 kilometres one way and Middle Eastern condensate the other way across close to 1,000
streams and rivers, will be different, we are assured: world-class safety standards, safety control valves, 24/7 monitoring, emergency responders… Where have these world-class standards been hiding until now? Enbridge only carries enough insurance to cover $575 million in damages, far less than incurred by the Kalamazoo spill. Who pays the rest if a spill happens after the company and its Chinese state-owned backers get their way B.C.? Bitumen is riskier than regular oil or gas. It’s heavier and sinks in water, making cleanup difficult with longer-lasting negative environmental impacts. But, thanks to changes in the federal government’s Bill C-38, we’ll no longer have to think about potential damage to the waterways and land along the pipeline route, unless they’re home to “fish that are part of a commercial, recreational or Aboriginal fisheries.” These are just issues with spills.
Even the other possible catastrophic environmental impacts of Northern Gateway — such as accidents involving more than 200 supertankers a year carrying the bitumen through the narrow and hazardous Douglas Channel and across the Pacific and down the coast to China and California for refining — pale in comparison to the larger issue: exploitation of fossil fuel deposits and the associated impacts of climate change, pollution and economic short-sightedness. The goal of our government and industry leaders appears to be to dig up as much oil as possible, as quickly as possible and sell it overseas, and damn the economic and environmental consequences. If that means selling entire tar sands operations and the bitumen to companies owned by a government known for human rights abuses and environmental destruction; if it means polluting water and putting people’s health at risk; if it means killing birds, caribou and wolves; if it means putting our manufacturing
industry at risk and not joining the green-energy economy, all for the sake of a few short-term and even fewer long-term jobs, who cares? There’s a quick buck to be made. And the economy will appear to chug along until the next election and maybe the one after that. And that’s surely enough time to dismantle many of the laws, policies and institutions that have made Canada the great country it is. Rather than rushing headlong into this and putting our environment, health and economy at risk, it would make more sense to step back, develop a national energy plan and figure out how we can use this valuable and diminishing resource efficiently and in a way that provides long-term benefits for all Canadians rather than a few industrialists and China’s totalitarian government. Written with contributions from David Suzuki Foundation editorial and communications specialist Ian Hanington.
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had the honour of speaking at career day last week at a public school in Thornhill. It’s one of those fun things community newspaper editors are invited to do, right up there with judging the Santa Claus parade or moderating the all-candidates night. (Control your excitement.) How I ranked up there with my fellow presenters — a politician, doctor, lawyer, chef and computerassisted animator for big budget scifi/adventure films, among others — is a mystery to me, although like the show What Not to Wear, perhaps they brought in someone they thought could have done better with his life, considering his many talents. “Children, pay attention. There’s a life lesson to be learned here,” the looks on the teachers’ faces seemed to say as I walked to the front of the class. (I am just kidding.) I did my best to give the kids
Bernie O’Neill some idea of what a community newspaper editor’s job is like and what they might expect if they were to choose a career in local news. In that you spend a lot of time in front of a computer or on the phone and do a lot of reading and working on your computer. Covering wars or natural disasters or being interviewed yourself about the incredible story you broke
is much less common and besides, you need to get home on time to have dinner with the kids. I must say the students were very welcoming and asked a lot of great questions, on top of the questions they were compelled to ask to complete the booklet that went with career day, such as how much schooling is required and how much I make. I was also able to give them a little lesson about what news is and how we collect it, harvest it, hunt it down, dig it up or whatever we have to do to get our hands on it (which was one of the common supplementary questions: where does the news come from or how to you get it?) News, I told them, is essentially stories about people, places and things. But mostly people. So what stories about people do other people want to hear? It boils down to a basic criteria. Timeliness: Is it something that
just happened? Or is about to happen? That’s news. Did it happen two months ago, two years ago? Not so much. Proximity: Did it happen in Markham, the Chicago suburb (I keep getting Google alerts about Markham, Illinois) or did it happen in Markham, Ont.? If you are talking about Markham the town that wants to be a city (above the city that sometimes thinks it’s a country), then that’s news to the people around here. If it happened in suburban Chicago, it’s not really news, at least not to us, unless it was something really big. Which brings us to... Audience: Who are they? Homeowners with two cars, two kids, two cats who live in a certain area? Certain stories will interest them that might not interest others. Impact: Will what you are about to tell people change the community in which they live? Cost them a
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Road and sidewalk construction on Wellington Street West is creating inconveniences for some people.
Student raises construction concerns By David Fleischer
Resurfacing work on Wellington Street will eventually make things better for everyone, but it has caused some trouble in the meantime. Extensive work on the regional road began a few weeks ago, inconveniencing students at the adjacent Aurora High School. “They completely tore up the sidewalks,” Grade 12 student Mackenzie Brown said. “If we have to wait for a bus, we’re standing in the middle of the road.” Though school is now wrapping up for the year, the last couple of weeks have been trying, she said. Even finding the bus stop has been a challenge and because there’s no sidewalk, there’s no access to the button that allows students to cross the street with a proper walk signal, she said. Though she usually takes the bus, Ms Brown said she has been trying to get rides as often as she can during the construction. Much of the inconvenience is par for the course during resurfacing, regional spokesperson Ken Turiff said, but most of the work will take place during summer break. Construction is set to wrap up by mid-August, a couple of weeks
before classes resume. The resurfacing isn’t the only improvement Wellington is seeing. Last May, the town approved $100,000 to extend the existing median east of Bathurst Street by 80 metres and extend the median at Wellington and Murray Drive 55 metres. Council voted last week against spending $20,000 to extend the latter further. The work was timed to coincide with repaving taking place under the region’s auspices. The town is also undertaking a $500,000 effort to create a “gateway corridor” for the town, centred on the Bayview Avenue-Wellington intersection. York Region contributed $170,000 to the cost of work, including new plants on either side of the street, improved irrigation and more pedestrian-friendly crossings. Aurora is hoping to do more streetscaping in the corridor next summer, infrastructure and environmental services director Ilmar Simanovskis said, but staff is waiting to hear, later this year, if the region will again contribute.
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Woodbridge village farmers market moves back to Saturdays The Woodbridge Village Farmers Market is moving back to Saturdays. The market will still be located in the parking lot of the Woodbridge Memorial Pool and Arena at the corner of Islington Avenue and Hwy. 7. The 2012 season begins Saturday, June 9 and runs to Oct. 6. The market will operate from 9 a.m.
to 1 p.m. every Saturday with the same fresh, local fruits, vegetables, honey, maple syrup, eggs, baked goods and more, sold by Ontario farmers and producers. New this year are fresh soups, waffles and coffee available to eat at the market. They are made by soup maker Paula Card. Ms Card is a health care practi-
tioner, a registered massage therapist and physiotherapist assistant turned mother of two and stay-athome-mom. She decided the food she wanted to feed her family needed to be better. So when her older son was 10 months old, SoupHerb Soups was born. She’s been selling her soup in farmers markets in Barrie and
surrounding areas for almost three years and is happy to be expanding to the Woodbridge Village Farmers Market starting this season. “At SoupHerb Soups, we love food. We take soup recipes that have been shared in our family for generations and turn them into something that is simple for you to make and enjoy. We know what
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Festivities, fireworks aplenty around Vaughan for Canada Day To find out more go to www. vaughanmills.com.
By Amanda Persico
This Sunday, don the red and white and celebrate all that is Canada. Canada turns 145 and there will be plenty of celebrations, festivals and fireworks. This is the perfect day to spend with family and friends at one of many local events. Watch a parade, catch an outdoor concert or wave your flag at a festival. Here are some places where you can celebrate Canada and a list of what’s open and closed over the weekend.
• The City of Vaughan is throwing a Canada Day bash at Mackenzie Glen District Park, 220 Cranston Park Ave., Sunday, July 1 from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. This free event features performances by award-winning band Platinum Blonde and R&B artist JRDN as well as local acts. Bridge 6 and Talk. There’s also a Tim Hortons inflatable zone, a new zip line attraction, a pizza making workshop, face painting, and more. For more information visit www. city.vaughan.on.ca.
What’s Open: • Vaughan Mills, Promenade Mall, Hillcrest Mall, Markville Shopping Centre, Upper Canada Mall and Pacific Mall are open regular Sunday hours July 1. • Vaughan Mills and Pacific Mall are open July 2. • Grocery stores, LCBO and Beer Stores are open July 1 and closed July 2. • Banks and Canada Post services are closed July 2.
Ignite the light and let it shine: If you’re looking for a fireworks show, you don’t have to travel far. Bring a lawn chair and blan-
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Antonetta Darwiche and daughter Vanessa created a themed garden every year in their Vaughan yard. This year, the mother and daughter gardeners decided to plant red and white flowers in honour of Canada Day. ket and watch the skies light up: • Canada’s Wonderland is marking Canada Day with a fireworks display featuring more than 4,000 explosions and custom fireworks set to a soundtrack of hit tunes. The amusement park is also offering active and retired Canadian Forces personnel free admission Saturday, June 30, Sunday, July 1 and Monday, July 2. They can also purchase discounted admission tickets (up to
six) for immediate family members. Tickets can be purchased at the park or online through the Canadian Forces Appreciation Program. Valid military ID must be presented at the Park to obtain free admission, as well additional discounted tickets for family members. For more information please visit www.cfappreciation.ca.
Celebrate good times, come on!: • Vaughan Mills Vaughan Mills is celebrating our country’s tie to British Monarchy with a Royal Canada Day Meet, Greet & Snap Monday, July 2. Bring your camera and capture images of a tribute character and impersonator of her Majesty the Queen from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Discover Court.
• McMichael Canadian Art Collection is celebrating Canada Day with free admission and parking all day long. The day includes a special unveiling performance, at 2 p.m., of a new sculpture created by Canadian artist Nicole Dextras whose work is featured in current exhibition, Fashionality: Dress and Identity in Contemporary Canadian Art. There will also be a birthday cake served at 3 p.m. in the Grand Hall. The gallery, 10365 Islington Ave., is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information visit www. mcmichael.com. —with filed from Adam Martin-Robbins
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By Chris Traber
Our mild fall and winter and unseasonably warm, dry spring are a one-two punch in favour of invasive insects. Tree-destroying critters, such as the emerald ash borer and Asian long-horned beetle, went into the winter in great shape, while our forests are in a weakened state, York Region natural heritage and forestry manager Ian Buchanan explained. Invasive insect larvae live under tree bark. With a mild fall to enjoy prolonged feeding, the larvae were more robust heading into the winter. With virtually no winter kill, there are more of the creatures. This all sets the stage for what promises to be a banner year for the emerald ash borer, which has already killed millions of ash trees in southwestern Ontario, Michigan and surrounding states. The lack of rain and early spring could have negative consequences on tree growth and ability to ward off bug infestation, Mr. Buchanan said. Trees leafed early and are now emitting natural chemicals called volatiles that attracts pests. “It’s as though the trees are call-
Bugs could be a way of life this summer thanks, in part, to the mild fall and winter we experienced. Tree-destroying critters such as the emerald ash borer and Asian long-horned beetle could be back, officials warn. ing out to the emerald ash borer and saying, ‘Come and get me’,” he said. It will be a challenge summer for trees, which cover 22.5 per cent of York Region, Mr. Buchanan said. While the nasty invasive bugs will benefit from the dramatic
weather shift, chances are traditional nuisances, including black flies and mosquitoes, could suffer. These insects and their brethren, such as the common fly, have different life cycles. Low snow cover and subsequent minimal run off and dry spells mean the moisture
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and standing water in which they breed is low. While the region’s environmental services department doesn’t monitor mosquitoes and flies, it’s safe to say their populations may be diminished their year, he said. The battle is squarely against the emerald ash borer, Mr. Buchanan said. The Asian long-horned beetle is well controlled as a result of a campaign against the species, which was accidentally introduced to North America and first discovered in 1996. This beetle is believed to have spread from Asia in solid wood packaging material. The region, working in tandem with federal agencies, including the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, has likely successfully eradicated the beetle. The test of its elimination is a five-year monitoring program, ending in 2013, during which none are discovered. The region also has an emerald ash borer management program in place, Mr. Buchanan said. “You can’t stop it, but that doesn’t mean you run away,” he said. “We’re doing our best to control the spread.”
Still, it’s a worry, considering about 10 to 15 per cent of our regional forest is ash trees. Ever the scientist, Mr. Buchanan takes the emerald ash borer in stride. “The borer is the latest in a long line of threats to the forest,” he said. “There’s always something around the corner. That’s the natural order of things.” York Region began vector-borne disease program activities in May, focusing on West Nile virus and Lyme disease surveillance, education and mosquito control. Vector-borne diseases are transmitted to humans through the bite of an infected vector organism, such as a mosquito or tick. In 2011, four mosquito pools tested positive for West Nile virus, medical officer of health Dr. Karim Kurji said. Continued emphasis on awareness, surveillance, self-protection and larviciding activities will ensure the risk and impact to York Region residents remains low, he added. For more information on vector-borne diseases, personal protection, reporting stagnant water or any other public health related topic, call York Region Health Connection at 1-800-361-5653 or visit york.ca/westnile
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Families head to King for Alzheimer walk Left: Lorne, Steve, Shelby and Elaine joined others May 27 for the Alzheimer Society of York’s Walk for Memories in King City at the Seneca Campus. As people age, the threat of the onset of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease is becoming a common concern. There are many throughout York Region who have made it a priority to ensure that these individuals are well taken care of. SNAP Vaughan/ Woodbridge sponsored the event. Before the walk, participants took part in a Zumba warm-up and listened as speeches were given outlining the impact each participant had on making this year’s walk, the first one held outdoors, such a success. For more information, call 905-895-1337 or visit www. alzheimer-york.com.
The Mackenzie Health Foundation will soon be launching its capital campaign to support the building of the new Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital and the revitalization of the Mackenzie Richmond Hill Hospital. We look forward to working with the community to help Mackenzie Health bring the best of health, close to home. Sincerely, Dina Palozzi Chair, Board of Directors Mackenzie Health Meet Mackenzie Health, a new major regional healthcare provider formed to serve Southwest York Region. With two hospitals and a network of community based services, Mackenzie Health will help create a world-class health experience to meet the needs of one of Canada’s fastest growing communities. Mackenzie Health will include two hospitals: the new Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital and the existing Mackenzie Richmond Hill Hospital (formerly York Central Hospital). The new Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital will be the first new hospital to be built in Southwest York Region in 50 years, expected to start construction in 2015/16. Moving forward, the Mackenzie Health Foundation (formerly York Central Hospital Foundation) has pledged to raise funds to help build and equip the new Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital and the funds needed to revitalize the medical equipment at Mackenzie Richmond Hill Hospital. New hospitals are not built only through public funding. They are made possible with community enthusiasm and donations. Our community has helped the Foundation raise over $70 million in funds for York Central Hospital and for this we are extremely grateful and proud. We cannot say thank you enough to our community for its overwhelming support.
Fraser Nelson Chair, Board of Directors Mackenzie Health Foundation
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Mom stunned daughter’s killer transferred By Kim Zarzour
Life had been pretty good up until that day she got the call in the grocery store. Well, not good, exactly. Life hasn’t really been good since the day, five years ago, she learned her daughter was murdered. But life had been relatively quiet until Judy Crocker’s cellphone rang, May 22, as she cruised the aisles at her local supermarket. It was Victim Services. Her daughter’s murderer had been transferred from maximum security Kingston Penitentiary to Bath, a medium security institution. The news stunned her. Why would a man, convicted of two counts of murder, sentenced to life, still not admitting guilt, be sent to a less secure facility after just 2-1/2 years in maximum security? Could it be because the Kingston jail was closing? Was this a cost-saving measure? Did the murderer fool prison officials, just like he fooled them all? And she wondered, how many other lives are going to be disrupted, now that the federal government has decided to shut down the 177-year-old jail? The Crocker and the Menendez families, both from Markham, plunged into a public nightmare in 2007 when they learned that their daughters, Julie and Paula, had been brutally killed by Julie’s estranged husband, Chris Little. They felt some peace when Mr. Little was sentenced to life and sent to Kingston. Now they have reluctantly ventured back into the spotlight because they want people to know what’s happening to inmates, that transfers are going through without victim input, without advance notice to victims and without, they say, regard for the heinousness of the crime. Amendments to the Corrections and Conditional Release Act came into effect Wednesday, giving authority to provide victims, whenever possible, advance notice when inmates are transferred to minimum security. But this does not apply to other transfers, despite a recommendation by the Federal Ombudsman for Victims of Crime. The two families want answers. Mr. Little had been in the new location for four days when Ms Crocker got the call. She was told that transfers from maximum to medium security are sometimes made to access programs and services. “Well quite frankly, I don’t think he should be eligible for more programs and services. I hope he never gets out,” Ms Crocker said in an interview at her Markham home this week. “They talk about this tough-on-crime bill, and here’s a guy that’s fooled everybody and now he’s fooling the ‘prison professionals’. If they start saying ‘he’s nice, quiet individual, does what he is told, does not give the guards any trouble’, I don’t really care. After committing two well-planned brutal murders, he deserves to be in maximum security for the rest of his life.” Paula Menendez’ twin sister, Carolina, agreed. “I’m sorry, but you don’t get points for good behavior and get to go to a more cushy jail,” she said from her home in Connecticut. “I will fight tooth and nail ... for my sister’s rights and for my sister’s memory.” Neither the ombudsman office nor Correctional Service Canada will comment on individual cases, so they can’t provide an explanation for Mr. Little’s transfer, but the Crockers think they know why. “The people who made this decision do not have an in-depth understanding of him,” Judy says. “He presented on the surface as calm, stable, a loving husband and father, all
the while planning two violent murders. He is a master at repressing his feelings; he internalizes his anger and rage.” She first met Mr. Little (a Markham native — his mother now lives in Maple) when he took Julie to the high school prom. “We weren’t all that fussed on him at first, but then he grew on us. When my husband died, he was very good to me. If I needed anything done, he’d be over to help. He was an important member of our family.” But then it seemed Julie outgrew him. They separated, but kept Sundays for “family day”. That’s the thing that strikes Judy most; right up until the day he killed her, everything seemed OK. Julie, Chris and their two pre-school-aged children would go to church Sunday mornings, sometimes go out for a bite to eat afterwards, dinner at Judy’s house then they’d go their separate ways for the night. But Julie had finally told him it was over. She was seeing another man, Rick Ralph, whose marriage had also ended. She tried letting him down easy, but he wasn’t taking it well. “That Sunday he murdered them, they all went to church together. He was sitting there planning what he was going to do that night.” It was cold, snowy, after midnight, when he sliced Julie’s throat and strangled Paula, Rick’s estranged wife, making it look like Paula had killed Julie then hung herself in the Crocker’s garage. Ms Crocker, who had just buried her mother two weeks before, didn’t hear about it until later the next day. She didn’t believe quiet Chris could have done it. She remembers sitting in the police station that night after the kids had been interviewed, telling the police officer “when you get through interviewing Chris, tell him he can come over to my place”. But when she walked through the door, the phone was ringing with news from police that he’d been charged. What followed was a blur: media photographers hiding in the trees, having to plan a funeral, deal with family court and Children’s Aid and fight with Chris over the house and furniture. She remembers how the judge said he deserved the harshest punishment under the law. “And then to hear, after all this, that they’ve moved him!” His new home, the Bath Institution, is an “open correctional environment” that has been criticized for its “country club” conditions. About one third of Bath inmates there are serving life sentences, compared to almost half of those at Kingston, according to the Corrections Canada website. Some accommodation is residential-style, allowing inmates to prepare their own meals and the facility is designed to encourage offenders to take on greater responsibilities in day-to day-life. “Maybe it’s good for people who are in for something not so serious and they’re rehabilitating them, but when somebody’s been given a 25-year sentence for two murders, who hasn’t even admitted guilt ... He’s still behind fences and barbed wire, but he deserves more.” That’s when Judy thought, it’s time to go public. She sat down and began penning letters to her MP, the ombudsman, the minister of public safety, the wardens and the prime minister. She wants to know how inmate transfers are decided; do they consider the case background, character (not just behaviour in prison), do victims have any say?
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When the Detroit Red Wings were looking for potential prospects during last weekend’s National Hockey League entry draft in Pittsburgh, they had a need for speed. Speed as in quickness. The Red Wings felt they found such a player possessing that crucial element during the fourth round of the annual amateur lottery when they selected Woodbridge resident Andreas Athanasiou as the 110th player overall Saturday. A six-foot, 179-pound forward, Athanasiou, 17, just completed his second season with the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League and amassed 22 goals and 15 assists in 63 regular season games. During the postseason, he had one goal and four points in nine tilts. Athanasiou was also a member of the Canadian entry that competed at the 2011 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament last summer and compiled three goals and one assist in three games and killed penalties. Entering the NHL entry draft, he was ranked 40th overall among North American skaters by the NHL Central Scouting. “Penalty killing is definitely one of my strengths, because of my quickness,” Athanasiou said on the Red Wings’ website. “I can close up the passing lanes for the other team and I
can get in and out of the open areas, so I guess I can close in on that one man and make up for it with my quickness. “I feel I can create a little offensively with the puck when I gain my speed and drive down ice, and can kill a lot of time.” Jim Nill, Red Wings’ assistant general manager, said Athanasiou’s quickness was definitely a factor that impressed their scouting staff. “He’s a great skater, has great speed, so we’re excited about his upside,” Nill said. “Starting the season he was a high (projected) pick. He played very well for Canada at the under-18s. I think he’s disappointed where he was picked, but he’s happy now. It doesn’t matter where you’re picked, it’s the final product that’s going to count. He had an in-and-out season with London, they had a very good team, he was in and out of the lineup a few times, a little bit maturity, he’s a young kid, he wanted to play more, the Hunters (Knights’ general manager and head coach Mark Hunter and president Dale Hunter) are very demanding. They do a good job with him.”
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York Region’s Lloyd Robertson shares a name with a former Canadian news icon.
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Come 11 p.m., you can find Lloyd Robertson getting ready for bed. The Newmarket resident, unlike the more famous man with the same name, never had to get ready to read the evening news. The former news anchor ended his broadcast with his 35-year-old tag line, “That’s the kind of day it’s been”. Newmarket’s Mr. Robertson also has a tag line he uses when being introduced to someone new or when making a dinner reservation. “No, not the famous one,” he often says or, “No, not that one.” While growing up in Alberta, Mr. Robertson was the only Lloyd in town. It wasn’t until he was in elementary school that he learned of the Canadian icon who shared his name. “We were watching a movie in class and the credits rolled,” he said. “It was narrated by Lloyd Robertson. Everyone said, ‘Hey, that’s you’.” He didn’t hear that com-
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Richmond Hill hospital seeks $15M from town By Adam Mc Lean
Representatives from Mackenzie Richmond Hill Hospital are asking the town for $15 million. The request for $1.5 million a year over 10 years was made at last night’s town council meeting by hospital foundation president Bill Leacy. The funding will be part of the newly renamed Richmond Hill hospital’s goal to secure $50 million over the next decade to purchase life-saving technology and equipment, said Dr. Nicholas Voudouris. Funding from the health min-
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istry doesn’t cover new technology or equipment, added Mr. Leacy and the hospital is in need of a second, permanent MRI machine and additional minimally invasive surgery suites. The Richmond Hill hospital request follows a 2009 decision by York Region to add $12 million a year to the regional portion of your tax bill to fund hospital expansions in York Region to 2031. Richmond Hill’s hospital currently operates with one permanent and another temporary MRI machine, Both of which operate at a 1.5 efficiency and strength in
units known as Tesla. New technology could double this strength and efficiency, Dr. Voudouris told councillors. The latest technology could save more lives, said the doctor, explaining a new MRI machine could discover cancer that occupies only 1 to 2 per cent in a patient’s prostate or breast. Town staff will prepare a report over the summer on the financial ramifications associated with the $15-million funding request. A completed report is expected to go before council in September. Should the town approve the
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hospital funding, it could dip into municipal reserves to help keep annual tax increases lower. The funding request comes three days after Mackenzie Richmond Hill Hospital officials were in council chambers to unveil its name change. According to hospital president Altaf Stationwala, the rebranding of York Central Hospital will cost $200,000 to $300,000. Mr. Leacy said any money from Richmond Hill taxpayers will go directly to the Richmond Hill site and not the future Vaughan hospital.
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