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Friday • April 23 • 2010 PUBLISHED BY CENTENNIAL COLLEGE JOURNALISM STUDENTS AND SERVING EAST YORK Volume 40 • No. 6
for E.Y. man
who shot wife
By AILEEN DONNELLY
An East York man has received a life sentence
after finally admitting that he intentionally shot his
On April 16, Judge Brian Trafford sentenced Donald
Sneyd, 48, to life in prison with a parole ineligibility
period of 12 years, in accordance with the suggested
sentence jointly submitted by counsel. A second-degree
murder charge carries a mandatory life sentence with
parole eligibility ranging from 10 to 25 years.
Sneyd placed a 911 call at approximately 7 p.m. on
Feb. 25, 2008. He told Toronto Police Services that his
wife, Edyta Lewandowski, 32, had committed suicide at
his home near Woodbine and Danforth avenues.
After an investigation by the homicide squad, Sneyd
was arrested and charged with first-degree murder on
June 10, 2008.
For almost two years, Sneyd maintained that his
wife killed herself. But on the eve of jury selection, he
admitted the murder.
Sneyd’s son, who cannot be named due to a publication
ban, was about two and a half years old at the time.
Observer, Julie Tu
The child was upstairs when his father shot his
mother in the foyer, according to the agreed statement
FUTURE PRIMA BALLERINAS: Girls from the Grade 2 ballet class at Pegasus Dance Studios near Danforth
of facts. It has not been agreed upon by counsel whether and Coxwell avenues practise their Pliés and Port de Bras for future examinations and recitals.
or not the young boy witnessed or heard the murder.
Before the killing, Sneyd had maintained during
child custody proceedings that Lewandowski had
suicidal tendencies and a history of mental illness. But
E.Y. pharmacies fear legislation
Lewandowski successfully challenged these allegations By KRISTOFER BAKER proposed legislation to force makers “We’ve known for some time
and by early February of 2008, she had developed a Small pharmacies in East York of generic drugs to cut their prices Ontario is paying too much for the
strong case to regain custody of the couple’s son. That, say they face an uncertain future. by 25 per cent. Their price cuts cost of prescription drugs,” Wynne
said the judge, helped lead to the murder. Local pharmacists are concerned would be offset by a ban on the said.
“The murder of Edyta Lewandowski was directly that a government move to cut “professional allowances” they pay She said that drug companies
related to the disintegration of their relationship and drug prices will hurt independent to pharmacies. inflate the costs of their generics to
the likely result of the court proceedings,” Trafford pharmacies especially. They say the But pharmacists warn that, cover the professional allowances
wrote in the 22-page sentencing rationale. bulk of their revenue is earned from as a result, patients could see they’re paying out.
Crown attorney Mary Humphrey submitted victim generic drugs. new charges on services that are “The reason why Ontarians pay
impact statements to the court written by Lewandowski’s George Christopoulos, of Hurst presently free. $26 and not $14 is to cover special
parents, brother, sister-in-law and best friend. They Pharmacy on Donlands Avenue, “Taking away from our funding allowances given to pharmacies,”
demonstrated the personal anguish they have endured warns that his patients will see will mean that there won’t be any Wynne said.
since the woman’s death. major changes if he is forced to slash profits left for us to operate our According to Wynne, the profits
Defence counsel John Rosen told the court that Sneyd prices. business,” Christopoulos said. generated from professional
had left high school at 16, but managed to receive his “It’s going to be a huge change. “Having this lack of funding will allowances have been squandered
Bachelor of Social Work in 1992. He also worked for the Especially since we’re an force us to charge patients for more.” inappropriately.
Catholic Children’s Aid Society for 10 years. independent pharmacy, most of our Kathleen Wynne, Liberal MPP “Seventy per cent of money gained
business is prescription medication, for Don Valley West, defends her from these allowances are not being
Sneyd was “a productive member of society,” Judge
unlike the big chains,” Christopoulos government’s proposal as an effort used to cover the cost of drugs and
Trafford wrote. “But for the horrible events of the case said. to make drugs more affordable for services,” she said.
See FAMILY, page 8 The Ontario government has the people of Ontario. See ONTARIO, page 2
Hospital gets top marks
for reducing wait times
By JULIE TU to find out how quickly they are able
Cancer Awareness Month is coming to to get through the necessary tests and
a close, but the attention that Toronto procedures, given the discouraging
East General Hospital (TEGH) is news they tend to hear in the media
receiving for its Time to Treat program about medical wait times,” Zeldin said
is ongoing. in a news release issued by the Ontario
Introduced in 2005, the program Ministry of Health and Long-Term
launched by TEGH and Sunnybrook’s Care.
Odette Cancer Centre has successfully Recipient of the 2007 Cancer Care
decreased wait times for lung cancer Ontario and Cancer Quality Award,
patients. The time from suspicion of it is the collaboration and willingness
lung cancer to diagnosis and the start to work with other hospitals that Dr.
of treatment was reduced by 71 per cent Carmine Simone says makes TEGH a
(11 weeks). leader in patient satisfaction.
According to the Ontario Ministry of “There’s a very different feeling of
Health, lung cancer is the leading cause family and community in our hospital,”
of death due to cancer in Canada. Time Simone said in a news release. “The
to Treat enables patients to meet with willingness to help out, the sense of
radiologists, oncologists and surgeons on teamwork and working together are
the same day, or all three at once. unparalleled.”
Observer, Minshu Mo
Dr. Robert Zeldin, head of thoracic Simone says the cost to set up Time
PLANTING SEASON: John Benton chooses potted plants with his daughter surgery at TEGH, says patients are to Treat was minimal-to-none. The only
Meghan, 10, and his son Matthew, 8, at Bill’s Garden Centre, located on Pape seeing the improvements. requirement for starting the program
Avenue. “Patients are pleasantly surprised was a reorganization of the system to
Page 2 — East York’s Observer, April 23, 2010
‘Buckle up’ blitz clicks with kids Police
By TAMARA BALUJA
Another police blitz continuing
through tomorrow aims to make
East York roads safer.
After RIDE spot checks, Worker injured
pedestrian and cyclist ticket
A man was hurt jumping from
campaigns, police are trying
a burning bank building on
to crack down on deaths and
April 10. Fire broke out at the
injuries caused by not buckling
TD Canada Trust branch at
Eglinton Avenue East and Laird
The provincial seatbelt
Drive just after 10 a.m. The
campaign started April 14
bank was open at the time, but
and ends April 24. Locally, it
staff and customers were safely
kicked off in Leaside on the
evacuated. Toronto police Staff
14th, with transportation
Sgt. Ron Aalen said a group of
minister and Don Valley West
workers had been repairing
MPP Kathleen Wynne visiting
something on the roof when a
Bessborough Drive Elementary
propane leak ignited. One of the
and Middle School to highlight
workers was injured after falling
the importance of “clicking in.”
approximately seven feet to
“Keeping our children safe
the ground. Toronto Fire Capt.
is our top priority,” Wynne
Observer, Tamara Baluja David Eckerman said it took
said. “The whole issue of seat
SAFETY FIRST: Transportation Minister Kathleen Wynne and Bessborough Drive students just 15 minutes to extinguish
belts and buckling up — it’s
all something we know but it’s Samantha Harwood and Johnny Wright spread the word about wearing seatbelts.
one of the things we need to be
reminded of.” his seatbelt. Grodzinski. use, five lives are saved in On-
Over on Hanna Road, Motor vehicle accidents are Ontario’s one-person one- tario every year. O’Connor crash
meanwhile, several students the leading cause of death for seatbelt law, introduced 33 Seatbelt tickets issued by
at Leaside High School painted children, Wynne said. years ago, requires every occu- a police officer have a set fine Charges have been laid after
a mural to remind motorists to She praised this cultural shift pant in a vehicle to buckle up amount of $240, and upon con- two cars collided at the corner
“Buckle Up.” among today’s youth, telling the properly. viction, drivers are assessed two of Pape Avenue and O’Connor
“We always buckle up when students before the launch event This spring’s campaign focus- demerit points against their li- Drive on Tuesday. A vehicle
we drive,” said Grade 11 student about her childhood experiences es especially on drivers who fail cence. headed westbound on O’Connor
Peter Zambazis. “It’s the kind with seat belts. to secure their children safely. “Every day on OPP-patrolled was in the intersection waiting
of thing you just remember, “My parents got in the car, Child safety seat clinics have roads, officers witness needless to turn left onto Pape when a
because it can save lives.” and not only did they not buckle shown that 80 per cent of car injuries and deaths that could second vehicle headed eastbound
Less than a week before up, they would also get in the seats are installed or used in- have been prevented had the on O’Connor in the curbside
the launch of the campaign, car and smoke,” she said. correctly, said Kristen Gane person used their seatbelt,” Gro- lane came to the intersection on
a Brampton teen died after Nearly one-third of all from Safe Kids Canada, a na- dzinski said. an amber light. The eastbound
he was ejected from his car passengers killed in traffic tional group promoting child in- “Help us prevent you from vehicle and the westbound left-
following a collision. Peel police collisions in Ontario were not jury prevention. becoming one of our traffic sta- turning vehicle collided. The
said the 17-year-old might have wearing seatbelts, said OPP Police estimate that for every tistics. It’s as simple as buckling driver of the eastbound vehicle
survived the crash if he’d worn Chief Superintendent Bill one-per-cent increase in seatbelt up.” was charged with disobeying
an amber light. The driver of
the westbound vehicle was
Women raise voices against violence charged with making an unsafe
turn. Both cars sustained heavy
damage, but no one was hurt.
— Courtney Kraik
By MEEGAN SCANLON According to Palmateer, in 2006 there
A group of women lean forward, listening were 38,000 reported cases of family
intently to the speaker at the front of the violence. That is 15 per cent of all violent
room. crimes reported to police.
Their sharp focus may be because the To her, society seems to have become
topic is related to women, or because the almost accepting of this type of behaviour.
speaker has a powerful delivery. “(Girls) have become accustomed to a
But what really makes this talk hit home certain amount of sexism, sexual taunts,
is a sad reality: it’s a statistical probability harassment at schools — and the older they
that most of these women are, or know
someone who has been, a victim of family
get, they seem to get more acclimatized,”
Palmateer said. “It almost becomes a
violence. normalized reality where they expect that Centennial College’s East York
On April 15, the Leaside chapter of the kind of treatment.” campus invites you to attend
Canadian Federation of University Women Changing these attitudes is one of the its “Fast Forward” conference
(CFUW) met for its monthly meeting to hear things the YWCA is trying to achieve. And at 951 Carlaw Ave., taking
about family violence and the December 6 part of that effort includes getting the word place tomorrow (April 24). Fast
Fund. out to the community. Forward will include career
Sally Palmateer is the director of girls and “Much of the discussion in media coverage workshops on graphic design,
family programs and property services for about violence in Toronto is about boys and visual arts, journalism and
the Toronto YWCA. According to her, abuse guns and gangs in public spaces,” Palmateer digital animation. Admission
happens everywhere. said. “The fact is that interpersonal, is free. For more information,
“Violence against women occurs across all domestic and sexual harassment of girls and visit www.centennialcollege.ca/
ethnic, social, economic and racial groups,” women is far more common than guns and thecentre/fastforward
Palmateer said. “Half of Canadian women gang violence.”
have experienced some form of violence in
Observer, Meegan Scanlon
But, she added, “this type of violence Come to the ball
their lives.” simply doesn’t attract as much media
The December 6 Fund, run by a coalition BREAKING THE CYCLE: Sally attention or create the same level of fear and The Ontario Science Centre is
including YWCA and the United Way, Palmateer (left) of the YWCA discusses anxiety as street violence.” hosting the “LG Innovators’
provides loans that assist women who are family violence with Marylin King after a To Palmateer, it is time people stood Ball” on May 6 at 8 p.m. The
seeking to escape violent situations. meeting of the Canadian Federation of together and demanded more action from money raised by the event
It was started a year after the Dec. 6, University Women. government on the issue. will assist with making the
1989 mass murder of 14 female engineering “We need to advocate to our provincial centre more accessible to those
students at L‘École Polytechnique in governments to take a leadership role in with special needs and with
Montréal — the so-called “Montreal In return, the women make $25 monthly fostering a co-ordinated action plan, to financial limitations. For more
Massacre” by a deranged gunman screaming payments until the loan is paid back. make sure that women can leave violent information, call 416-696-1000.
“I hate feminists.” “We don’t have a lot of money to give situations, establish safe homes and raise
The fund gives loans of up to $750 for rent.
It also provides $500 for things like moving
women,” Palmateer said, “and it can take
about three years to return the loan.” But
children without falling into poverty,” she
said. “We need emergency shelters, housing,
expenses or hydro bills. for many, there is no other choice. child care and secure incomes for women.” The Leaside Garden Society
encourages you to attend up-
Ontario government defends drug cost reform
coming meetings at the Leaside
library branch, 165 McRae Dr.
Meetings start at 7:30 p.m. On
Cont’d. from page 1 to pay,” he said. but added: “We are working have opened up in Ontario,” she May 13, Ann and Bob Granatier
“So millions are lost,” Wynne Wynne defends the towards making medicine more said. will be speaking about how to
continued. government, describing the affordable in the future.” Wynne said that professional grow and care for irises. On
Christopoulos dismissed the legislation as a step toward Wynne also dismissed the allowances have forced June 19, Trish Symons will give
legislation as a government cash lower drug costs. contention that pharmacies will customers to subsidize the a speech entitled “The Joys and
grab. “We will help cover the close because of the proposed profits of major drug store Hazards of a Large Country
“The government may end up costs of services provided legislation. chains. Garden.” For more information,
saving some money but it’s the by the pharmacies such as “We have worked towards “Ontarians need to stop call Nora Mular-Richards at
patients and the independent dispensation, delivery and drug reform since 2006 and sustaining these profits,” she 416-421-4184.
pharmacies who will really have prescriptions,” Wynne said, since then, 140 new pharmacies said. —Tanis Reynolds
East York’s Observer, April 23, 2010 — Page 3
Hope for cleaner
Don River keeps
eco dream afloat
By TANIS REYNOLDS sewage systems were combined
Fredelle Brief remembers a underground.
time when people used to swim Today, the abundance of
in the Don River. synthetic surfaces causes the
Those days are long gone, storm water to overflow in the
but the public consultation sewer system; the sanitary
facilitator for the City of waste and sewer water
Toronto is hopeful that the river combine.
can one day be restored to its “The sanitary waste is
former pristine condition. going into the sewer system
Brief was a guest speaker at and directly into the lake,”
a spring meeting of the Leaside Brief said.
chapter of the Canadian “And that’s what we want
Federation of University to do something about. That’s
Observer, Tanis Reynolds Women. what we want to capture and
ALL IN A DAY’S PLAY: Sebastian Larosa, 14, practises a kick flip at the Stan Wadlow skatepark. She described the city’s treat,” she continued.
Central Waterfront Project and She suggests the city install
The park is popular with East York skateboarders who are enjoying the beautiful spring weather.
its efforts to restore the polluted an additional sewer to collect
Don to its previous state to the polluted
Competitive eater confronts the more than 50 members in
Currently, the river does not
down to the
personal demons in new film
meet provincial water quality Ashbridges
objectives and has been labeled Bay Plant.
an “area of concern” by the city. “The Coxwell
It is one of the most sullied t r u n k …
By NASTASHA ALLI filmmaking skills as a student teenage life. ecosystems in Toronto, and the BRIEF gathers all the
Documentary filmmaker at Centennial College’s East When he was 16, his mother reasons are plentiful. sewage that is
George Tsioutsioulas kept York campus. Since graduating was diagnosed with multiple “Firstly, wet weather flow, going down to Ashbridges Bay
his camera focused on Peter in 1994, he has been a host and sclerosis (MS) and his father was which is the runoff caused Treatment Plant,” she said. “We
(Pete) Czerwinski — who had producer at Global, Citytv and hospitalized with complications by heavy rainfall or snowfall, need flexibility with this trunk.”
just consumed 15 pounds of the Rogers Network. from bipolar disorder. creates pollution for the Don Brief believes there are
barbecued ribs in under 15 His past projects include Shortly after, Czerwinski River,” Brief said. different ways people can
minutes — as he took to the Biography Channel specials was told that he had cancer. She explained that rain or contribute to solving this
stage. and red-carpet reporting at Although it later turned out snow accumulates on roads, environmental concern at
The camera kept rolling the Toronto International Film to be a misdiagnosis, he felt roofs and parking lots. home.
until the applause died down Festival, as well as documentary overwhelming pressure and As it travels on these surfaces, She said that installing
and Czerwinski thanked the films Postcards from the Rez and turned to one of the only things the water collects debris and water-efficient appliances will
supportive crowd. Miles From Home, aired on the he could control – eating. dirt and enters Toronto’s storm help prevent sewer systems
“I was waiting for something Aborginal Peoples Television “It’s a story that’s bizarre, sewer system. from being taxed at maximum
emotional to happen (at the Network (APTN) and Omni TV, gross, inspiring and heart- “It was all right when the capacity.
end), and it did,” Tsioutsioulas respectively. warming,” Tsioutsioulas said. storm water went into the soil, Planting trees will help to
said. “Pete broke down on stage Tsioutsioulas believes there “It’s ironic.... You learn about but it isn’t right now,” she said. absorb excess storm water,
and so did his mother. They were is a bigger audience for these this strange sport of competitive With synthetic surfaces, the putting less strain on the sewer
crying together and hugging.” films now because people can eating but you’re also touching excess runoff water collects system.
The Story of Furious Pete is relate to them. He admitted on something that not a lot of such pollutants as oil and metal Tracey Ehl, a city consultant
Tsioutsioulas’ big-screen debut. it was a constant challenge people talk about, and that’s pesticides that eventually end and colleague of Brief, says
The film is about overcoming to gain the trust of people he male anorexia.” up in streams. that East York residents are
personal obstacles and the sport interviewed, but that in the end Tsioutsioulas said one of Storm water pollution causes concerned about water quality.
of competitive eating. revealing those truths was the the difficulties he encountered a high concentration of bacteria Ehl also said that the
Furious Pete made its way to genre’s defining aspect. With was “getting to the heart of the and creates poor water quality East York community has
the Top Five list of this year’s documentaries, Tsioutsioulas matter.” by producing high levels of been interested in efforts to
Hot Docs Festival, a 10-day added, “it’s all about learning.” “I never really got the depth of metal and organic toxins. revitalize the river.
independent showcase regarded For Furious Pete, one of how serious (his situation) was Problems also lie in Toronto’s “Most people we’ve talked
as the Sundance Festival of the storylines Tsioutsioulas until I talked to his mother... infrastructure. to... have been very supportive
documentary films. followed was the eating disorder and she said it was the worst When it was originally built, about cleaning up the
Tsioutsioulas honed his that took over Czerwinski’s time of her life,” he said. the storm water route and waterways,” Ehl said.
Punch to emPower teaches women a lesson in defence
By MINSHU MO women, but also empowers them “It’s about telling these
Self-defence training isn’t just in their daily lives. women how to protect ourselves,
for fitness enthusiasts. It could “It’s a way to help you become how to encourage other women,
be considered a life skill for prepared in case you are faced our sisters, our daughters to get
everybody — especially women. with certain situations. You involved,” she said, “and also
On April 10, a group of need to know what to do so the when there is a problem, who
students from Centennial attackers won’t hurt you,” she they should call and where to
College’s East York campus held said. “Learning martial arts also get resources.”
an event downtown to emphasize allows you to feel physically fit Alys Latimer, 32, has been
that point. They called it “Punch and confident.” taking the self-defence class for
to emPower.” It was a self- Maya Roy is the executive three months, which makes her
defence class and discussion, director of NEW. In her opinion, feel more secure.
and it attracted more than 40 immigrant women are often “Being a woman, the chance of
participants and raised over especially vulnerable when it being a victim is much greater.
$600 for Newcomer Women’s comes to physical safety. You never know what could
Services Toronto (NEW). “They have a language barrier happen to you,” Latimer said.
During the two-hour class, and do not know Toronto as “Knowing how to engage in a
held under the direction of well. Maybe because the police combat with the attacker or get
a professional martial arts back home were dangerous, they away makes me feel better,” she
instructor at a Yonge Street don’t want to talk to police,” she added.
gym, the participants — mostly said, “so the potential attackers Warren Lee is the instructor
women — practised how to might find them as easier of the class. Besides mastering
get away from or fight against targets.” martial arts, he suggests there
attackers with all sorts of According to Roy, many are other ways of protecting
techniques. women experience violence at yourself.
Ayla Lefkowich is one of the the hands of friends and family “Doing regular exercise gives
students from the college’s members. you the strength to get away,” Observer, Minshu Mo
corporate communications and So NEW hosts courses in he said, “and you should always PROTECT YOUSELF: Stephen D’Angelo, one of the
public relations program who collaboration with the Women’s be aware. Don’t put yourself
planned the event. Self-Defence Association several in situations where you could Centennial College students who ‘Punch(es) to emPower,’
She said that teaching self- times every year, in order to potentially be attacked, like helps participants practise self-defence skills so they can
defence not only helps to protect raise awareness. avoiding certain areas at night.” protect themselves in dangerous situations.
Page 4 — East York’s Observer, April 23, 2010
By ROGER TRAN
Michael Coren believes Ann Coulter is
not a public enemy.
That’s what he said after interviewing
the famous — or infamous — right-wing
A newspaper columnist and talk show
host on CTS television, Coren spoke
to journalism students at Centennial
College’s East York campus on April 12.
Coulter, known for her provocative
political views and statements, had been
interviewed by Coren less than three
weeks earlier — right in the middle of her
controversial speaking tour of Canada. Observer, Reinisa MacLeod
The tour included a cancelled
OPEN FOR BUSINESS: Actors James (left) and Oliver (right) Phelps, better known in the Harry Potter series as the
engagement over a fear of violence,
loud cheers and jeers at her other stops,
Weasley twins, spoke at the April 8 media preview of Harry Potter: The Exhibition at the Ontario Science Centre.
and even a debate over the limits of
free speech after Coulter told a Muslim
student to “take a camel.”
But behind the scenes, Coren said,
Coulter is very approachable and down-
Hogwarts Express stops here
“I thought she was very pleasant,” he Harry Potter exhibit “Everyone can see all the detail that’s
involved in it, knows what we’re talking
said. “You can tell a lot about a person
by their personality, and she was very debuts in East York, about when we say ‘the detail that goes
into it’ now — so people can understand
gracious to most people.”
Coren said that Canadians only gave much to fans’ delight where we’re coming from,” he said.
Lesley Lewis is the CEO of the
Coulter more of a platform after the Science Centre. At the opening, she
University of Ottawa warned her of By REINISA MACLEOD said that transporting the artifacts to
possible criminal charges if she promoted There may not have been much magic Toronto from their previous location in
any hate speech. in the rainy air outside the Ontario Boston was no mean feat.
Coulter claimed the warning itself Science Centre on April 8, but inside, “The trucks with the exhibit in it
promoted hatred against conservatives. on the sixth level, magic ran rampant. started arriving from Boston just
When a large group of rowdy protesters The Harry Potter exhibit at the before March break, and it took about
showed up for the speech, it was cancelled Science Centre was opening, and the 10 days for all the trucks to get here,”
for safety reasons. Hogwarts Express was ready to go. she said.
Coren told the Centennial students Harry Potter: The Exhibition runs “There were about 20 tractor-trailer
that Coulter should have the right to until Aug. 22, and showcases various loads full of different parts of the
speak. props and costumes from the movies of exhibition.”
“Ann Coulter herself, she has no huge the wildly popular series. Once all the pieces were in town,
amount to say, really,” he said. “When she Launching the display, which is according to Lewis, it took days of hard
explains why she says things, it makes touring the world, were actors Oliver work to get everything set up and to get Observer, Reinisa MacLeod
an alarming degree of sense, actually.” and James Phelps, known in the movies the proper atmosphere. NOT JUST FOR KIDS: Julie Tu pulls a
In his own interviews, Coren said, he as the Weasley twins, Fred and George. “There have been about 12 people magical plant from its pot at the Harry
doesn’t try to avoid a bias because he For the brothers, seeing forgotten working all day, every day, getting it in Potter Exhibit.
already has one. However, that doesn’t articles from the movies was exciting. to the shape that you see it now, where
stop him from getting an opposing point “It’s really cool,” said James Phelps. the exhibition is complete,” she said. was just awestruck.”
of view. “You forget about them, almost. Like All the hard work was well worth The fans’ response to the exhibit has
“What I won’t do is ban the other side,” the Marauder’s Map, and things like it, Lewis said. Even before the already been big, according to Lewis,
Coren said. “I’m not going to agree with that, they kind of disappear into your finishing touches were laid, she was with tickets being sold weeks before the
you maybe, but I will allow you to finish imagination, whereas (here) we can see enthusiastically anticipating the display opened.
your sentence.” them up close again.” exhibit. “Lots of people (have been) calling,
His goal is to get the truth, he said, and Phelps added that the exhibit gives “It’s so exciting,” she said. “I saw the finding out when does it open, buying
he does so by challenging his guests. He fans the opportunity to do the same and almost completed exhibition for the first tickets online, talking about it on blogs
said if someone doesn’t know their stuff, to relate to the amount of detail that time last week. The lighting still wasn’t — a lot of tweets going on in the past
they have to be exposed. went in to the films. set, the special effects weren’t in, but I few weeks,” she said.
Thorncliffe library revamped to attract students
By DAN HEYMAN screen greets guests with information
Talk about grand reopenings. regarding upcoming library programs.
When the Thorncliffe public library The kids, meanwhile, have “KidsStop”
finally threw its doors open again last to call their own.
week, it had added thousands of square According to Malette, this is only the
feet and thousand of items available for third branch in the system to have such
borrowing. an area. It’s a bit of a mix of an indoor
The Toronto Public Library branch, playground and kindergarten classroom,
located at 48 Thorncliffe Park Dr., closed with games and interactive exhibits
in December 2007 and many have been designed to help kids read through word
waiting for the doors to reopen. So more association.
than 100 eager patrons showed up and “In the previous library, the children’s
waited over an hour before the locks were section was kind of a narrow side room
officially scheduled to come off at 1 p.m. off of the main body of the library,”
on April 13. said Patricia Eastman, library services
When the crowd crossed the threshold, manager for the branch. “(A larger
they experienced a library that, kids’ section was) a key thing that was
according to librarian Susan Guglielmin, Observer, Dan Heyman needed.”
had doubled in size from 5,000 to 10,000 FUN STARTS HERE: Library staff line up in the “KidsStop” section of the newly Thorncliffe Park Elementary sits right
square feet — and now features a reopened Thorncliffe branch of the Toronto Public Library. behind the library. With 1,900 students,
collection that has grown by 11,000 new it’s North America’s most populated
books, magazines, CDs and DVDs. space for young people and teens. They’re the main entrance. elementary school, Guglielmin said.
The need to make the library more not always easy to draw to the libraries,” It features shelves with magazines Shailina Dossa is a mother of two
accessible to families with young children said Phyllis Malette, area manager for specific to the 12-17 age bracket, new whose eldest attends Thorncliffe Park.
and to attract more teens was a running libraries in the Don Mills, East York and computers (the branch has 21 in all, “We are definitely excited because it’s
theme in a presentation given by the East Danforth regions. up from 11 previously), Wi-Fi Internet been (closed for) too long,” she said. “We
library to media before the doors opened. The Teen Zone, as it’s formally called, access and, soon, a big-screen TV that only have a little bit of (library) resources
“Part of the strategic plan is to build is a brand new section just to the right of will be controlled by patrons. Another in the school.”
East York’s Observer, April 23, 2010 — Page 5
Brickworks reborn, history preserved
By JON SPRATT “It’s a pretty formative part will be the skating pavilion.
One of East York’s historic of (the park’s) lifetime, and it’s The open-air facility, with its
treasures is almost ready to going to get better and better uncovered roof beams, will be
begin its new life. now,” House said. home to planted pots as islands
The Don Valley Brickworks The park will fully reopen in the community skating rink.
site, near Bayview Avenue and to the public by year’s end, Excess heat generated from the
Pottery Road, is in the midst but parts of it, like the garden ice-making process will be used
of a transformation that will centre, will be open beginning to help power another building
see it reborn as Evergreen May 7. on the site.
Brickworks. The new complex The overarching idea behind “When I started working in
will consist of a themed park the plans for the site is to the development industry in the
concept that emphasizes the use emerging environmental ’70s, people came to Toronto to
importance of environmental building technologies to act as a see buildings like Commerce
sustainability. Construction, model for efficient, sustainable Court. And not to dismiss them…
which began in early 2009, is urban growth. they were great buildings for the
ongoing. “We’ve spent a lot of time time,” House said.
David House, development and energy managing and But the lingering threat of
advocate for Evergreen, said he preserving these old buildings… climate change has made some
expects the changes to benefit and reusing them,” House said. in the development industry
the surrounding communities. When finished, there will be reconsider how they are
“It’s a pretty amazing place, a mixture of community-use building.
and if it works even to cause areas and commercial entities. Jamie Kennedy, a renowned
people to start asking questions, Several large event spaces, the Toronto-based chef, will
then it will succeed,” he said. biggest accommodating up to cater some events at the new
Evergreen, a Toronto-based 1,500 people, are part of the Brickworks site.
not-for-profit charity, leased the plans. Kennedy says Evergreen’s
Brickworks site from the city in “This is a place where people idea of sustainable building is
1998. Since the closing of the will come from all over North a good fit with the changes he’s
historic brick factory in 1983, America to go, ‘How do you build seen in the food industry.
the site had become derelict, a really green building?’” House “In my world, how that
home to drifters, parties and said. translates is through more
even raves, according to House. “It’s happening, and now active support of local food
The redevelopment ensures the question is, ‘How do you economy; making communities
that, at the very least, the respond to that?’ And you have more self-sufficient through Observer, Jon Spratt
grounds will become a meeting to respond right now,” he said. producing their own food,” he
LAYING THE FOUNDATION: The Centre for Urban Sustainability,
place for the community. “The longer you wait, the said.
The new park will feature 15 more demanding and difficult “So it’s kind of a cultural ad- on the Evergreen Brickworks site, will be a mixed-use building
buildings tightly compacted it’s going to be.” vancement, as well as a respon- with community facilities and offices. Expected to open by the
among revitalized portions of Another example of the sible stewardship practice for end of 2010, the construction method used on the building will
the old brickyard. forward thinking on the site sustainability.” reduce its energy expenditure by up to 70 per cent.
passion for plants
attracts loyal fans
By MICHAEL GIBBONS It also allows those who do
Some people say that not have a space for gardening,
gardening is boring. They such as people who live in
haven’t heard Paul Zammit on apartments, to garden as well.
the subject. “Even in this concrete city
About 100 people experienced that we live in… if you have
Zammit’s enthusiasm first-hand some outdoor space, it may not
at the East York Garden Club’s be large, but it can be very, very
monthly meeting on April 15. productive,” Zammit said.
Zammit, the director of horti- The gardener held the room’s
culture at the Toronto Botanical attention, often provoking fits of
Garden, delivered a lively pres- laughter.
Observer, Dan Heyman entation about container gar- He was also very active —
CATCHING THEIR BREATH: Blessed John XXIII Catholic School students (l-r) Krayton Friskey, dening to a room full of garden- standing up on his chair at
Alfren Adlawan and Nexel Abay, all 13, take a break between songs during the annual student ing enthusiasts various points.
music festival at St. Patrick high school on Felstead Avenue. at the Stan ‘If you have some Zammit’s ex-
Wadlow Club- outdoor space, it may uberance even
house. prompted an
Leaside gardeners get a lesson Zammit’s
not be large,
but it can be very,
ber to politely
tell him to slow
in growing vertical vegetables actually
thing of a fan
—Paul Zammit R e g a r d l e s s
of the speed at
By ANDREW ROBICHAUD sionate about the topic. Howev- Linda Wickland, president base among gardeners. which he spoke, people walked
Toronto garden enthusiasts er, he sees how other gardeners of the garden society, said the “I attend his talks regardless away from the meeting with new
don’t have the luxury of having are running into some simple members thrive when profes- of sometimes where he goes,” information.
farm equipment at their dis- problems that take away from sionals share their advice. said Betty Meyers, who has Even experienced gardeners
posal, or the space needed to use the experience. “When someone so knowledge- been a member of the East York such as Paula Cameron-
that equipment. Brown doesn’t separate his able...comes in and presents it in Garden Club for close to 30 Meaney, who is on the club’s
But Ken Brown, who has a de- flowers from his vegetables. In a fun and engaging way, it’s fan- years. board of directors, learned
gree in horticulture from Guelph most cases, he mixes them. tastic,” she said. Zammit’s presentation, en- something.
University and a teaching degree “(My wife and I) don’t have a Although Wickland won’t titled Container Gardening: The “You never stop learning.…
from the University of Toronto, vegetable garden,” he said. “We compare her garden to Brown’s, ABCs and So Much More, in- I picked up quite a few little
says the size of your lot is a small have a lot of vegetables, but we she’s excited about using the tips cluded many photos and tips on tips,” she said. “I’m going to
obstacle when organizing the don’t have a vegetable garden. and tricks she learned from the how to effectively use containers implement them, probably in
perfect vegetable garden. We just have a garden.” hour he spent with the society. for gardening. the next couple weeks.”
“The biggest mistake is that Brown uses different inven- “I want to try the lemon grass Those containers can be trad- As for Zammit, he wants
people don’t take care of first tions to contribute to the space- and garlic. I’ll be growing them itional pots, but they don’t have to stress the diversity of
things first; they don’t make saving mode of his backyard. up,” she said. to be. container gardening.
good soil,” said Brown, who was He’s built many structures using The audience voiced the strug- Some gardeners use other “It opens up many different
the guest speaker at the April old pieces of wood, string, chain gles involved with their own gar- receptacles: buckets, wheel- options in a wide range of
8 meeting of the Leaside Gar- link fence and chicken wire. dens, but Brown was adamant barrows, you name it. growing conditions,” he said.
den Society. “If they’ve got a lot These devices help the plants that it’s all about love. And because potted plants “Even in the absence of a
of compost and they can fix up to grow vertically, which he says “I’ve been in my garden sweat- can go on tables or shelves or traditional garden without
their soil, the success rate would is the key to saving space. ing, I’ve been in my garden hurt- other elevated surfaces, Zammit ground space, you can still
be much higher.” “Up —grow things up,” he ad- ing my back and I’ve been in explained, container gardening enjoy a garden through the
Brown, who spoke to the club vised. “There’s so many that will my garden for endless hours in is especially beneficial for older use of containers, because
about vertical vegetables and grow up that you wouldn’t nor- a day,” he said, “but I’ve never gardeners who have difficulty I believe in having gardens
growing in small spaces, is pas- mally think would grow up.” worked.” bending over. everywhere.”
Page 6 — East York’s Observer, April 23, 2010
COMMENT The East Toronto It’s becoming harder and
harder to say ‘no’ to extras
Centennial College • East York campus
P.O. Box 631, Station A, Scarborough, ON M1K 5E9 When Morgan Spurlock was I think part of this problem
filming the movie Super Size Me, comes from my five years of
THE EDITORIAL BOARD
Managing Editor: Lloyd Quansah
he made a rule. If anyone asked Aileen working in a retail video store.
Assignment Editor: Natalie Samson if he wanted to super size his Every day was spent pitching
Copy Editors: Ryan English, Lydia Moore, Samantha Scarlett meal, he had to say yes. I have Donnelly combos and up-selling. We had
Photo Editor: Tanis Reynolds
made no such rule for myself — a quota to meet. If we didn’t,
Production Editors: Jacqueline Delange, Aleksejs Nesterins
Faculty Editors: Lindy Oughtred, Stephen Cogan, Louie Piacen- and yet it’s impossible for me to it meant a meeting with the
tini, Dave Johnny say no when presented with the shift supervisor and if it was
Journalism Program Co-ordinator: Stephen Cogan opportunity to upsize, combo or chose iced tea instead. an ongoing problem, formal
take part in any promotional But then I was in a warning of poor performance. So
offer. predicament. I knew I wanted I see where these cashiers are
The Observer is a member of the Ontario I like to consider myself an popcorn and a drink, but there’s coming from.
Community Newspapers Association avid anti-consumer. I firmly a combo that comes with candy. I can sympathize with their
believe in not purchasing things The cashier asked if I would obligation to ask and I realize
Renovations offer a
that I don’t need, and I don’t like to upgrade to the combo, that they may get in trouble if
make a habit out of shopping in because it’s “cheaper.” I couldn’t I don’t say yes. Call it the retail
the first place. But every time I help but say yes. But in reality, code, if you will, but I just can’t
do venture out into the world of it’s not cheaper than what I was say no to someone in the same
golden opportunity consumerism, I’m often swept
up by yet another deal that
convinces me to spend more
originally going to spend; it’s
cheaper than if I had bought
each of those items individually.
position I once was.
But there’s still hope. I have
finally developed the ability to
to right past wrongs
than I intended. So now I’m stuck with a large say no to Tim Horton’s when
The last time I went to the iced tea and I can only drink I’m asked if I’d like to add a
movie theatre, I knew what I a quarter of it because it’s big doughnut to my tea, sandwich,
wanted to eat: popcorn. That enough for a small child to etc. I have done the math and
In 2007, The TTC unveiled its modernization project to update was it. But I had forgotten my take a bath in, a large bag of can see through the statement,
the look of nine subway stations and improve accessibility. trusty refillable water bottle… popcorn that I can’t come close “it’s cheaper.” I realize it’s not a
Pape station’s $20.8-million makeover was slated to start first and what happens when you eat to finishing, and a bag of candy I good idea to consume as many
due to the facility’s “state of repair.” Pape hasn’t seen any tangible popcorn? You get thirsty. have no desire to eat. doughnuts a day as I do cups of
upgrades since it was built into the Bloor-Danforth line in 1966. I hate buying bottled water, I am a marketing campaign’s tea.
Last week, signs were posted to tell riders the project wouldn’t because it feels like a gigantic dream. I’m sure that every I’m not sure how to fix this
be completed until spring 2012. The end-date was originally 2010. waste of money, and a slap in combo and upsize deal is problem. If anyone else does,
When it’s completed, there will be two elevators: one taking the face for Toronto’s excellent marketed toward people like me please let me know. Perhaps
passengers from the concourse to the east platform; another to the water quality. But I also hate who are always looking for the some life coaching that teaches
west platform. pop. (I don’t understand the best deal — and are terrible at me to “just say no” would be
The elevators alone cost $5 million. Brighter lighting will appeal of carbonation.) So I saying no. helpful.
also be installed throughout the station, along with new signage
for easier navigation. The TTC has hired Kitchener artist Allan
Harding Mackay to create public art. His pieces will be shown on
the concourse and platform levels.
Another notable improvement involves an upgraded bus terminal
Clearing cobwebs lets in light
layout with a bigger enclosed waiting area. As the end of the school year National Post from November
Due to a lack of funding, Pape is currently one of only two stations approaches and the spring underneath.
on the Bloor-Danforth line involved in the modernization project. sun shines warmly through I shove a broom under my bed,
As an outcome of the December transit commission meeting, Pape’s my blinds, I’m burdened by Courtney then pause to prepare myself for
upgrade became a top priority. the heavy task ahead: spring what I’m about to unearth: two
The TTC has an opportunity here to right some of its wrongs. cleaning. Kraik pairs of unmatched wool socks
If it simply creates said infrastructure improvements and walks The shedding of my mental, colonized by dust bunnies; the
away, it will fail. It would be wise to use the upgrade of the bus emotional and physical winter other slipper that I thought
terminal to also ensure stricter adherence to the schedule. weight is a daunting adventure week. You were so busy with my puppy had stolen before
During peak hours, the 72, 25, and 89 buses sometimes fall behind at best. your life that you had no time Christmas; and a pink shoebox
schedule. That’s understandable. The mental strain and emo- for trivialities like laundry and overflowing with forgotten
However, it’s not acceptable (or responsible) to leave riders tional exhaustion manifested it- dusting.’ knick-knacks.
waiting 40 minutes for a bus at 12:30 a.m. self over the dark winter months On the other hand, if by Friday All these secrets from down-
Management should use the Pape modernization project to rectify in piles of unidentifiable papers I got home and my room was in under, now exposed to the light
operation problems that plague the station — and the surrounding and overturned laundry heaps much the same state as when of day.
area it serves. that have come to resemble I woke up Monday morning, I I thought about this concept
The TTC union has set up town hall meetings for users to attend makeshift bat caves. would feel like a failure. for a while — bringing things
and air their customer service grievances. Management was in During the school year, What had I done with my to the light which had been put
attendance at the first meeting held on April 12, but wasn’t able to my room would always be a week? Clearly if I had the time away for the winter.
adequately answer some questions. There was similar frustration reflection of how busy I’d been to keep my room in an orderly Maybe that’s exactly what
among some riders about the follow-up meeting this past Sunday. over the week. fashion, I must have had too spring cleaning is about: letting
This seems a clear sign of infighting. Moreover, it creates By Friday, if I came home after much free time that could have the sun shine in dark places
confusion. If TTC staff and those above them can’t show a united school and had to plow through been filled with other more forgotten under the snow.
front, customers can’t be expected to accept fare hikes and sub-par my room like an icebreaker, important tasks. People are very good at
service without a fight. I would have a small sense of Now that the end of school is keeping things under wraps,
This is a major problem within the transit commission that’s triumph. coming around the bend, I have but it’s now time to turn on the
trickling down to users. It should use Pape to start digging itself I’d mentally pat myself on to face my fears. light and clear those cobwebs
out of the sand. the back and say, ‘Good job. I clear away stacks of books away.
—Vanessa Brown You accomplished a lot this only to find editions of the Happy cleaning.
E.Y. residents shouldn’t expect instant gratification
Rome wasn’t built in a day, streets a little safer. more than a speedy solution to But maybe that’s not the who improve East York by
and neither was East York. So A string of fires has blackened more complex problems. Take point. addressing problems in person,
it shouldn’t come as a surprise the GTA – one at an East York today’s 20-Minute Toronto Maybe the point of a blitz is to to the family and friends who will
if the many police “blitzes” don’t home on March 18, another Makeover, Mayor Miller’s connect with other people in the put aside their work to spruce
solve the plethora of East York’s on March 28 and another at a Community Clean-Up Day community to make an impact Toronto’s neighbourhoods,
safety problems – at least not Leaside bank on April 10. Fire tomorrow, or East York’s – even if it’s just for a day. anyone who takes time out
right away. officials had already enacted Community Environment Toronto’s environmental blitzes of a busy day to engage the
Over the past few months, an inspection blitz in various Days, for instance. It seems ask family and friends to come community will be doing his or
East York has seen more than parts of the city last year. They ridiculous that the litter that together to collect litter and see her part to build a better East
its fair share of tragedy. We’ve go door-to-door testing smoke clogs Toronto’s public places can the difference a community can York.
seen a pedestrian death, unsafe alarms in people’s homes. be banished in a day, let alone make in a short period of time. —Jacqueline
bicycling, three major fires and But how much positive change 20 minutes. From the authority figures Delange
environmental hazards. can we expect from targeting
See you in September
Just as swiftly as the problems individual offenders one by one,
occurred, authorities sought a on the spur of the moment?
quick fix. These problems didn’t
As part of a worrying trend suddenly crop up out of nowhere.
of traffic accidents, a dump For years they have The bad news: This is the last edition of East York’s Observer in newsprint for the 2009-
truck struck and killed a man consistently plagued all 2010 academic year. Centennial College journalism students produce this newspaper and
at Broadview and Danforth residents of East York and are now approaching the end of the semester. The good news: We’ll continue some cover-
avenues early in the new year. Toronto in general. So why do age over the summer on our companion website, the Toronto Observer, at www.torontoob-
Police then took to the streets, we expect them to disappear at server.ca… and the newsprint edition will return in September to provide East York resi-
ticketing individual jaywalkers the mention of a crackdown? dents with news and commentary on community events and issues. Have a great summer!
and unsafe cyclists to make our Perhaps the blitzes represent
East York’s Observer, April 23, 2010 — Page 7
to improve TTC,
By SAMANTHA BUTLER future of the TTC.
With public transit becoming Sarah Thompson suggests a
a hot-button issue in the $6.6-billion subway expansion,
municipal election campaign, while Rob Ford wants to rein in
one of the candidates in the spending and make the TTC an
contentious Ward 29 city council essential service to prevent any
race has come forward with strikes. Rocco Rossi, meanwhile,
something of a transit wish-list. wants to remove politicians
John Richardson, who is completely from oversight of
trying again for the council seat transit and shift management
from Toronto-Danforth, is just away from city hall.
back from a trip to China, where Spending money on the TTC is
he says he gained inspiration not something Richardson shies
for changes he thinks should away from.
be made to Toronto’s bus and “I think Mayor Miller had it
subway system. right when he said that we can’t
“We need to look to other cities think about what transit is going
and learn from other cities,” he to cost us. We have to think
said. about what it’s
Observer, Michael Gibbons In Shanghai and Beijing, going to cost us
BRAND NEW POETRY: Toronto’s Poet Laureate Dionne Brand reads from her latest book of he said, gridlock is minimal, not to improve
poetry, Ossuaries, while others look on at The Dora Keogh, 141 Danforth Ave., on Monday. Poets despite the second- and fourth- transit.”
John Steffler and Paul Vermeersch also launched new books that evening. highest population densities Richardson is
in the world. In contrast to the a self-employed
one-hour journey from Toronto businessman
Social media helps build
Pearson Airport to his East who finished
York home when he got back, RICHARDSON fifth out of six
Richardson travelled from the candidates for
Beijing airport to his downtown Ward 29 councillor in 2006.
destination in eight minutes — This year, the race is more open
community, blogger says on a German-engineered Maglev
train, at speeds topping 400
In the city, transit takes a
in Toronto-Danforth because
of the retirement of veteran
councillor Case Ootes. But the
presumed front-runners are
By REUBEN SOKOL stein said. “We wanted to pro- page to co-ordinate efforts to person anywhere on the system Jane Pitfield on the right and
East York has its own niche tect our neighbourhood.” save the school from a possible for only two Chinese dollars, Mary Fragedakis on the left.
in the blogosphere. Make that Ratepayers associations try closure or merger by the Toronto about 30 Canadian cents. Pitfield is a former Don
niches. to protect and enhance commu- District Catholic School Board. Toronto currently faces a Valley West councillor and
For the uninitiated, weblogs, nity standards typically through DECA Diaries functions main- crisis in transit planning. In mayoral contender. Fragedakis
or “blogs” are essentially Inter- things like campaigns against ly as a public site, featuring on- late March, the provincial is a businesswoman who has
net diaries that people or orga- real estate developments per- going postings and comments government postponed a been endorsed by local New
nizations post to promote them- ceived as intrusive. from and for the neighbourhood. promised $4 billion in transit Democratic MPPs Peter Tabuns
selves — personally or profes- But over time, DECA has The public aspect and the spending. and Michael Prue.
sionally. evolved to include any activ- site’s boosterish tone requires Meanwhile, both TTC Richardson said that
Within an hour or two, any- ity that serves the local com- careful monitoring by Granat- Chair Adam Giambrone and municipal politicians need to
one in East York can set up this munity: painting walls of stores, stein — and occasionally she’ll Mayor David Miller, principal be prepared to “think big,” and
form of social media to describe announcing a new business or have to squelch intemperate in- proponents of Toronto’s Transit commit to long-term planning.
their day, advertise wares or an- honouring donors at a school put, like a piece that criticizes a City plan, have announced their “We’ve got to think beyond
nounce community events. fundraiser. resident or business. imminent withdrawal from today.”
They can be set to canvass Other local blog spaces serve “I will recommend a restau- municipal politics. And Toronto He’s said he’s also confident
and publish feedback, or not. as a one-way communication rant that I personally visited has been ranked last among 20 that Toronto can anticipate
One of the local leaders, Na- from the organization to its and enjoyed the food,” Granat- international cities in a transit many years “in the (economic)
tasha Granatstein of DECA members. stein said, “but I will not post an gridlock assessment in late driver’s seat” if it focuses
Diaries, sees it as an interactive The East York Collegiate In- article where someone says not March. on developing sustainable
process of building a community. stitute blog serves 2,000 high to buy at a store because the ser- Richardson said the creation management of Lake Ontario.
Granatstein has set up her so- school students and their par- vice was bad.” of the city’s subway in 1949 was “People here have no idea
cial media site as a true commu- ents, plus alumni. Granatstein was influenced inspired by a similar problem, how fortunate and blessed they
nity medium, covering and pro- While one can submit com- by the teachings of Jane Jacobs, when a booming post-war are in terms of the water.…
moting the area around Wood- ments to the editor, the site pro- a legendary writer on urban population began to flood the There are many parts of the
bine and Coxwell avenues. vides mainly news and informa- planning who changed the face city. world, and China is one, where
The site serves as the weekly tion about the school’s activities, of development in Toronto, New “We’re in the same situation you don’t drink water out of the
diary of the neighbourhood, as rather than a two-way discus- York and other cities. now,” he said. “We’ve got this taps in the hotels.”
represented by the Danforth sion. Granatstein wants to ensure gridlock and we’ve got to do “There will be no more wars
East Community Association. Just outside East York’s that DECA Diaries presents a something about it.” fought over oil, but there will
You can find the blog at http:// southeast corner, meanwhile, positive tone, as part of what With Toronto’s municipal be over water. We’re sitting on
decadiaries.wordpress.com/. students and alumni of Notre she considers an organic and elections set for October, some the largest body of fresh water
“The group initially served a Dame Catholic Secondary collective process of community mayoral contenders are already in the world,” he said. “There’s
ratepayers association,” Granat- School have set up a Facebook building. declaring their positions on the a lot we can do.”
Paris dream becomes reality for East York author
Writer shares Kelly read parts of her
memoir to a group at the S.
“I felt the first trip to Paris
had somehow awakened maybe
Paris isn’t the only city
search for self Walter Stewart library branch
on April 7. She described
what I thought was the real
me, and I’m on a quest to
that has been known to shape
through travel the memoir as a series of
photographs of herself at
find that real me again,” she
explained. “Despite the so-
Reneé, another East York
woman who declined to provide
different points of her life. called success… life looked her last name for publication,
By LYDIA K. MOORE “When I looked back at my really grand, but there was read Kelly’s memoir and related
Paris is more than just the various selves in Paris, it something deeply missing and it to her own experiences in
city of romance. was as if I took an emotional I think Paris emphasized that Athens, Greece.
It’s known for its rich culture photograph each time,” she for me.” “I had similar experiences
and historical landmarks. And said, “and because it’s the Each trip to Paris had a in Athens. Each time I went
it’s also a place one woman other place it’s that you can see special meaning for Kelly, she back it was different, like
occasionally calls home. yourself frozen in time.” said. One of them involved in Deirdre’s book,” she said.
Deirdre Kelly, an East York Her first trip to Paris was not the search for an ideal mother “Being in Athens showed me
resident and feature writer overly planned, but when she figure. how different I was in each
for the Globe and Mail, has arrived she began to experience “It was an escape from my country.”
put together her first memoir the city in a unique way. mother and my home life. It “I was a different person
of her eight trips to Paris, It wasn’t until her second was a quest of an ideal mother in Canada. I’m calmer, and Observer, Lydia K. Moore
entitled Paris Times Eight: trip that Kelly began to realize figure,” she said, “and I had in Athens I feel like I need to PARIS TALES: East York au-
Finding Myself in the City of she was on a quest to find the made Paris my ideal figure for struggle to survive like I did thor Deirdre Kelly shares sto-
Dreams. missing pieces in her life. me because it’s an ultimate when I grew up there.” ries from her new memoir.
Page 8 — East York’s Observer, April 23, 2010
urged to ‘come
out of the closet’
By REINISA MACLEOD notes. She chooses instead to
The ninth annual “Admit follow the participants’ lead.
it! You’re Creative” event took “I’m responsive in the moment
place at Centennial College’s to the group, so... I basically
East York campus on Carlaw follow the lead of the people as
Avenue on April 17. they’re doing their creativity,”
The conference was the she said.
flagship event of “World “It’s been 12 years in the
Creativity and Innovation making, in the prepping, but
Week” (WCIW), proclaimed by every time it’s still brand new.”
Toronto Mayor David Miller and Gatthas also took part in a
starting on Leonardo da Vinci’s workshop during the second
birthday, April 15. half of the day, participating
The Saturday event at Cen- in the workshop on theatrical
tennial included eight creative improvisation.
workshops, such as laugh yoga, “I’ve always wanted to do Observer, Tamara Baluja
soul-gazing and theatrical im- improv, always. So it was kind
A MEMORABLE RUN: Students at Leaside High School participate in a school fundraising event
provisation. WCIW’s leaders, in- of nice and it was just so basic,”
cluding co-founder Marci Segal she said. that paid tribute to their late teacher, Rocky Yeung. The five-kilometre run kicked off the school’s
of Toronto’s CreativityLand Inc. “It wasn’t too demanding for fundraising week.
and Janet Rouss set the day’s my energy level. And it was fun
“We inspire people all over the
world to think new thoughts,
to watch the others and how into
it the group was.”
Segal said putting the
Students hear author’s journey
from judgment to self-discovery
initiate new actions, and joy- conference together wasn’t easy.
fully celebrate their unique con- “(It took) a lot of details
tributions for improving condi- and a lot of really good people
tions for the people, the planet working and making sure that it
By LAURA GRANDE potentially help him learn
and profits,” Segal says on the happens… a lot of people putting
Ian Brown can handle being something new about Walker.
WCIW website: www.creativity- in a lot of sweat work so it could
called any number of things. “I wanted more than one way
day.ca look as smooth and as effortless
Just don’t call him a hero. of understanding him,” Brown
One of Saturday’s workshops, as it looked,” she said
Brown’s 14-year-old son, explained. “You don’t want to
“Truly Madly Deeply: Juicy She stressed the importance
Walker, was born with a genetic have just one arrow in your
Soul-Gazing,” explored drawing of people letting their creativity
mutation so rare that it affects quiver.”
as a therapeutic outlet. out and embracing it.
only about 150 people globally. Brown’s motivation for writing
According to the woman She said “Admit it! You’re
The Globe and Mail feature The Boy in the Moon began as
who led it, Laila Gatthas, the Creative” is just one way to do
writer recently published a a therapeutic outlet and led to
participants took well to it. so. Even in this day and age, she
memoir, The Boy in the Moon: A genuine self-discovery.
“It was great,” she said. “It added, talking about something
Father’s Search for his Disabled He believes journalists too
was my first time with this so intangible feels taboo to some.
Son. On April 19, Brown sat often fall into the trap of telling
group, and I’m looking forward “It’s easier to talk about sex
to next year already,” she said. these days than it is to talk
down with journalism students IAN BROWN the same stories over and over
Gatthas says she conducts her about creativity, so it’s time to
at Centennial College’s East A father, not a hero again and encouraged students
York campus to discuss his to write about “what truly
workshops in a very spur-of-the- get it out of the closet and own
experiences. afflicted without the ability to moves you, as opposed to what
moment manner, rarely using it,” she said.
After receiving critical acclaim walk, talk or eat on their own. you think should move you.”
and support from people around Walker has a tendency to hit The emotional toll of writing
the world after the book’s himself and is fed with a feeding The Boy in the Moon also
Family relieved as murder release last year, Brown doesn’t
feel comfortable being referred
tube. He has the mental capacity
of a two year old and requires
enabled Brown to realize what
he’d learned since Walker’s
trial ends with life sentence to in heroic terms.
“You can’t live up to that
“I learn to pay attention to
“It made me much more
Cont’d. from page 1 er, Peter Lewandowski, said ideal,” he said. “(My wife and details,” Brown explained. “It’s patient, less willing to judge
one would have expected him that no sentence can bring his I) are not heroes. We are no very isolating.” people by obvious standards,” he
to continue as such through the sister back. different from anyone else in That isolation proved to be said.
rest of his life.” But he said he’s thankful that this room.” enlightening as Brown travelled When asked what he hoped
The defendant’s trial began the truth about what happened Cardiofaciocutaneous syn- to learn more about the his readers would get out of
on March 15. has been exposed. drome (CFC) is a debilitating syndrome that caused his boy reading The Boy in the Moon,
On April 8, before a jury was “My whole family’s relieved condition that typically affects pain and constant struggle. Brown paused.
to be chosen, he pleaded not that we can go on with our lives the heart and facial features. Brown spoke with doctors, “I hope they remember it for
guilty to first-degree murder but and focus on raising my nephew It leaves the majority of those geneticists, anyone who could Walker,” he said quietly.
guilty to second-degree murder. and making sure that he’s going
Community comes together to
Edyta Lewandowski’s broth- to have a normal life,” he said.
explore Topham’s war history
By VICKEN POLATIAN from G.A. Brown interviewed She wanted to teach her
Students from a local middle the audience during their students about the importance
school have been busy with a ‘harvest.’ of the past, and said they were
little harvesting. They asked for stories, photos, very enthusiastic:
In this case, they weren’t documents, videos and any other “They are really excited about
interested in crops. Instead they memorabilia that may have it, although it happened a long
conducted what they called a been important to the history of time ago. You can see it.”
“History Harvest,” to collect Topham. Robel Adugna, a 12-year-old
stories about Topham Park. Davis felt it was an important student at G.A. Brown, said
The students, from Gordon A. way to strengthen the neigh- he enjoyed the experience as a
Brown Middle School, invited bourhood — and a great forum unique way to learn.
people from the community to for sharing stories. “It was fun. I learned a lot of
gather at the school on April “My role is to facilitate com- fun facts in a different way,” he
18 to celebrate and explore the munity-building, celebrating said.
area’s history. the past and making it relevant Topham Park has withstood
The Topham Park to today,” she said. “This area the test of time, and tightly knit
neighbourhood was used to reflects the war years and in- neighbourhoods have ensured
house veterans during the volves personal perspective.” its legacy lives on.
Second World War, and today Named after Frederick “The enduring lesson is that at
people are paying tribute to the Topham, who received a Victoria the root of a strong community
area’s rich history. Cross, the community takes is proud and responsible
Observer, Reuben Sokol
With the help of Beaches-East great pride in the veterans who citizenship,” principal Richard
BALLOONS GREET BENGALIS: Tonia Cirone, who works in York councillor Janet Davis, lived there years ago. Bradley said.
the office of MP Maria Minna, arranges balloons at the Bengali Heritage Toronto, ThinkTank Sherri Walker, a Grade He hopes that G. A. Brown will
New Year celebration on Saturday at the Crescent Town Toronto and the East York 7 teacher, co-ordinated the also be considered a hub of the
Community Centre. Historical Society, students presentation. community.