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John Jenah clearly recalls the first time he jumped on his bike to take part in the Ride for Karen. The charity event got under way at 9 a.m. and within 15 minutes the skies opened up and it started to pour rain. Mr. Jenah, and many of his fellow riders, were totally unprepared, but they didn’t let that stop them from pedalling for hours along slick streets. “We said, ‘The kids with cancer can’t quit so we can’t quit,’” recalled Mr. Jenah, who operates a Concord accounting firm. “Everyone persevered.” Mr. Jenah was inspired by the commitment of others taking part in the ride, but what keeps him coming back year after year was getting to meet some of the children with cancer who have benefitted from proceeds of the ride. “It was very inspiring and very touching for me, so I decided to continue,” he explained. The Ride for Karen is a charity cycling event started by Kris and Kirk Tobias in 2002 in memory of their mother, Karen. During the past 10 years, the

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Ride for Karen founders Kris and Kirk Tobias, shown here with dad Kal, who later died of cancer, have raised more than $1.6 million with their charity bike ride. event has raised more than $1.6 million for new cancer care facilities, resources for cancer centres and to send kids with cancer to

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ings.” This year, the ride features four events: a 160-kilometre ride, a 100-km ride, a 25-km ride and a Kids Fun Ride for children ages two to 12. Riders will roll through Caledon, King, the Holland Marsh, East Gwillimbury and Vaughan –depending on which of the four rides they sign up for. The money raised through this year’s ride will go to support three childhood cancer camps: Camp Trillium, Camp Quality and Camp Oochigeas.

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Flooding closes intersection Drivers avoided the area of Bowes and Rivermede roads yesterday afternoon as heavy rain flooded the intersection. There were unconfirmed reports of vehicles stuck there and crews closed the roads. Rain was expected to continue into the evening and a severe thunderstorm watch had been issued for Vaughan, Richmond Hill and Markham by Environment Canada. Other closures had also been reported by York Region, including Hwy. 7 eastbound at Hwy. 404, Warden Avenue, north of 16th Avenue in Markham and Wellington Road between Murray Drive and George Drive in Aurora.

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Alberga signed to Rangers Domenic Alberga is on the move again. The 20-year-old Vaughan native will be playing for his third Ontario Hockey League club after he was acquired by the Kitchener Rangers from the Sarnia Sting, the Rangers announced Wednesday. In exchange, the Rangers will send a sixth round pick in the 2013 OHL priority selection, that was acquired from Windsor, to the Sting. A six-foot, one-inch, 196-pound centre, Alberga was originally drafted by the Brampton Battalion in the fifth round of the 2009 OHL priority selection and played for them in the 2009-10 and 2010-11 campaigns. He was then dealt to the Sarnia Sting by the Battalion during the offseason for a fourth-round pick in the 2012 OHL priority selection. In 66 regular season games with the Sting, Alberga amassed 17 goals and 18 assists in 66 regular season games. He also collected four assists in six post-season tilts with the Sting.

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Community members are invited to participate in public meetings on the trustee electoral areas review. Attendees at the four scheduled meetings will learn more about the review and have the opportunity to provide comments. Background information and six options for the distribution of trustee electoral areas are outlined in a report posted on the Board’s public website at www.yrdsb.edu.on.ca. Markville Secondary School Cafeteria Thursday, September 27, 2012 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

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York Region schools will be looking at mathematics a little more closely following the release of the provincial standardized testing results. The Education Quality and Accountability Office released the test results of grades 3 and 6 reading, writing and arithmetic and Grade 9 mathematics. While the board-by-board and school-by-school numbers won’t be released until next month, the provincial results show students are making progress in literacy, but falling behind when it comes to numeracy. The number of students making the provincial standard in Grades 3 and 6 reading and writing increased, but

there was no improvement in Grade 3 mathematics. There was a decrease in Grade 6 mathematics and less than half of applied mathematics students in Grade 9 are meeting the standard. “The province has identified math as an area of focus and we concur,” York Region District School Board curriculum superintendent Beate Planche said. She couldn’t speak specifically about the results of the local school board because they have yet to be released, but the board’s strategy includes a push in numeracy. She attributes the drop in the math numbers to the subject becoming more complex, with higher expectations. Math is no longer just a series of numbers and for-

mulas to memorize. It now requires critical thinking and problem solving skills, she said. “We need to delve deeper into mathematics, but change isn’t always made in leaps and bounds. It takes time,” Ms Planche said. On provincial and international tests, Ontario elementary students are showing average achievement when it comes to math and EQAO board chairperson Brian Desbiens fears the risk of falling behind international peers is becoming a reality. He urges the provincial education system to address the issue with a focused sense of urgency. School board and individual school results will be released on eqao.com Sept. 12.

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Teachers’ union promises no disruptions this month BY KIM ZARZOUR

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It was back to school as usual for teachers in York Region public school classrooms yesterday, but the head of York’s elementary teachers union warns if simmering tension and anger continue to build, that lull won’t last.

York Region Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario president David Clegg is promising parents the first month of school, at least, should be free of labour disruption. More than 7,000 public school teachers and 3,600 Catholic teachers have returned to the classroom,

but for many in the public system, it is with a sense of unease over what’s to come. While the separate school board has signed on with the provincial deal reached with its teachers’ union, the public board and its teachers, like their counterparts elsewhere in Ontario, are in a deadlock with the education ministry. The Liberal government, trying to tackle its deficit, wants to pass legislation that would freeze teachers’ salaries, except for grid movement, impose three unpaid days off, reduce by half the number of sick days to 10 and stop the banking of unused sick pay. Education Minister Laurel Broten says Bill 115, set for third reading Monday, saves education dollars to allow full-day kindergarten and smaller class sizes. “Working together with our teachers, students and parents, we are making Ontario a global leader in education,” Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty said Tuesday. “It’s important to protect these gains and keep putting our students first in order to build a bright future for our children and grandchildren.” The legislation, the Liberals said, is necessary to ensure a smooth return to school. But Mr. Clegg called that “political grandstanding” designed to confuse byelection voters in Vaughan

and Kitchener-Waterloo. The teachers always planned to resume their duties as usual this week, he said. “Nothing will happen negatively in September,” he said. “I can tell you there will not be any disruption due to strike in September.” But as teachers grow more anxious, frustrated and angry, some are are balking at extra volunteer duties, he said. Teachers have e-mailed him to say they are uncomfortable volunteering extra time in the strained environment, he said. The union is not advocating teachers opt out of extra-curriculars. “We’ve told them not to do anything other than do their best,” he said. “People will make their choices. “Right now, they’re going on the excitement and adrenalin of a new group of kids in the classroom, but the longer it goes on, it definitely has a wearing effect.” Mr. Clegg, former head of the provincial federation, said he fielded a constant stream of phone calls yesterday from teachers worried about what they should do if they are sick or in an automobile accident in the coming weeks. “We had no answers for them because legislation has not passed and it’s not clearly explained in the legislation.”

There are also concerns that the government could claw back sick days and salary increases that came with this week’s paycheques. Existing contracts expired Friday, but without a new deal, are automatically rolled over Sept. 1. Teachers are wondering what to do with that salary increase, some setting it aside in separate accounts in case the government asks for it back. “We’ve told them to consider the implications,” he said. He said his union is most disturbed by statements in Bill 115 indicating no decisions made by the minister or Lieutenant Governor in Council [the cabinet] under the act shall be questioned or reviewed in any court. “Since when do governments in democratic countries try to pass laws that prevent judicial review?” Meanwhile, a petition asking for Ms Broten’s resignation or apology has gathered about 6,200 signatures, including one from a woman identifying herself as Melissa Harding, from Unionville, who commented, “teachers weren’t expecting to get an increase, but they were expecting to negotiate ... not be dictated to. “You deliberately set out to ram this bill through from the very beginning and vilify the teaching profession. Shame on you.”


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overseas destinations. “This is by far the largest investigation of its kind for the Durham Regional Police Service,” the chief said, calling it “a major breakthrough in an organized crime ring that’s been active throughout southern Ontario.” The operation saw immigrants brought to Canada from Romania, assisted with applying for welfare, and then enlisted to act in roving bands of thieves who spread out across Ontario and Quebec, police allege. Durham cops linked a large number of distraction-type thefts that targeted jewelry and convenience stores, as well as individuals including seniors, the chief said. Eventually investigators homed in on a local address from which it’s believed the organization was run. “Our investigation led us to a family living on Denby Drive in

Pickering and an associate on Eastdale Drive in Toronto,” Chief Ewles said. Durham cops closed in on the main suspects Aug. 9. Others avoided arrest by fleeing to Europe, police said. They are believed to be in Germany, Inspector Bruce Townley said. In total, 34 suspects were arrested on more than 263 charges. The investigation revealed as many as 400 people connected to the ring, police said.Police continue to investigate crimes that may be attributed to the gang. “Individual victims may not be aware this group has hit them,” Chief Ewles said, vowing to “take this investigation wherever it needs to go.” During the briefing reporters were shown a surveillance video that depicted several suspects swarming at once into a Whitby

convenience store. As some members of the group distracted the lone clerk with questions and small purchases, others infiltrated an inventory room and stuffed bags of loot under their loose skirts before leaving. The method was just one employed by the band of thieves, said Detective Sergeant Cathy Bawden. Other scams saw them targeting individuals on the street and switching valuable jewelry with cheap fakes, and by following elderly shoppers and stealing debit cards and PIN numbers, she said. Another scam saw participants flagging down motorists by pretending to be in distress, then selling expensive-looking jewelry for cash to get out of a jam. The jewelry turned out to be worthless, she said. As many as 150 unsolved crimes might be attributed to the gang,

she said. “Are they related to this cell? We believe and suspect they are, but we can’t say that for certain,” Det.-Sgt. Bawden said. Chief Ewles said the ring was highly organized and efficient, luring participants from Romania with promises of a better life in Canada and then enlisting them in criminal pursuits. “People would arrive on a Thursday and by the following Saturday would be involved in distraction thefts,” he said. The investigation began in Durham Region last November but soon grew to include participation by the RCMP, OPP, Interpol and police in Montreal, Toronto, London, Sudbury and York and Peel regions. Also involved were the Canada Border Services Agency, US Customs and Homeland Security agencies and the FBI.

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Paul Koert was wondering if he would ever be part of a fastball team that would win a coveted International Softball Congress title. After pitching for teams in the past finishing as high as third, he never got any closer. But the 33-year-old York Region native and veteran left-handed hurler’s fortunes changed recently when he suited up for a Jarvis, Ont. team, the Broken Bow Travelers. With the Travelers advancing to the final, they laid claim to the championship after defeating the secondranked Hill United Chiefs (Six Nations) 8-6 in a thrilling game that went eight innings in Midland, Mich. Koert earned his keep after entering the game in relief when his club trailed 4-1 through the first three innings. He went the remaining five innings and surrendered just five hits and two earned runs while fanning six batters to earn his third win of the tournament against no losses.

Koert calls the win the pinnacle of his competitive softball career – almost like being part of a hockey team that wins the Stanley Cup. Making the accomplishment even more special for Koert was that he returned to playing this year after taking a sabbatical last year due to work commitments. “This championship compares to no other,” said Koert, who joined the team this year through the encouragement of friends on the squad. “I’ve played in 11 ISC championships and there’s no doubt this is the hardest championship to win. “Over my career I’ve won six or seven national titles, but the worlds have eluded me for 11 years. I’ve been on a team that finished third a few times, fourth a bunch of times and fifth. So it was extremely exciting to get this one.” Citing his team was ranked third entering the tournament, Koert felt his club had a legitimate opportunity in laying claim to the coveted title. But it certainly wasn’t easy as his club reached the final by coming through the back

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NEW PRICE

$23,995 PLUS HST & LICENCE

*0% Purchase Finance Example: 2012 Cruze LS+ $20,999 plus HST = $65 Per Week for 84 Months. Cost of Borrowing is $0. Plus Licence. Vehicles may not be exactly as shown. See dealer for complete details.

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