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Michelle Berardinetti takes Scarborough Southwest for a second term

Posted: Oct 28 2014 | 12:30 pm
Michelle Berardinetti celebrated her second win in Ward 35-Scarborough Southwest Monday night. “There is always great competition in this ward but I was hopeful and confident running on my previous record. I knew residents would be supportive [of me] because I fought very hard for them these past four years,” Berardinetti said. “I am very […]

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First-time candidates motivated by urge to give back

Posted: Oct 27 2014 | 9:10 am
Twelve years ago, Masihulla Mahebzada immigrated to Canada. He chose Cougar Court, just north of Eglinton on Markham Road, as his new home. “My life moved forward in Scarborough,” Mahebzada said. But Cougar Court has also witnessed shootings and murders, including those of 16-year-old Mahamed Adbi Warsame and 22-year-old Ricardo Erik, who were both killed in 2008 within 10 days of each other. Violent crimes, such as these, have given the Scarborough Southwest ward a tarnished reputation. “(That’s why) I thought it was time to bring changes to the community I grew up in.”


City and residents battle over plan to trim trees on Chine Drive

City plans to install sidewalks along Chine Drive in Scarborough are on hold thanks to community opposition. Installing the sidewalks would mean cutting a line of century-old trees on the street, which has historical ties to the Group of Seven.

Posted: Nov 28 2012 | 6:53 pm
The fate of a line of century-old trees, the city has voted to cut down on Chine Drive in Scarborough, remains on hold. City plans along Chine Drive, where members of the Group of Seven artists met at one time, have called for the installation of sidewalks. And with a school located at the end of the street, city officials worry about the safety of travelling students beneath such elderly trees.

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Scarborough voices won over subsidized childcare cuts

Posted: Sep 26 2011 | 9:09 pm
After months of emotional debate, City Hall’s executive committee heard from over 200 deputations during a 20-hour marathon meeting that wrapped up early Tuesday morning. Mayor Rob Ford and his 13-member committee heard from many Torontonians about proposed service cuts.


The GTA needs a 21st century transportation infrastructure

Posted: Sep 20 2011 | 5:05 pm
The TTC released that the projected ridership is expected to increase to 503 million next year. At the end of 2010 there were 477 million rides, up from a projected 462 million rides. With these figures wouldn’t it be fair to understand that transportation at all levels is going to increase?


New eco-friendly community centre faces parking concerns

Posted: Apr 25 2011 | 3:30 pm
Some Ward 35 residents aren't ready to fully embrace the environmentally friendly plans for the soon-to-open Warden Hilltop Community Centre. Concerns were raised last Wednesday at a community meeting meeting in the cafeteria of W.A. Porter Collegiate about the number of parking spaces and programming at the new community centre. @storyartscentre Story Arts Centre on Vine Story Arts Centre on Google+