8TH ANNUAL HUMBER BAY SHORES
FESTIVAL SATURDAY | AUGUST 10, 2019
10 AM - 9 PM
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YOUR BEST RESOURCE FOR COMMUNITY NEWS & UPDATES
IN THIS ISSUE
A Community Publication by the Humber Bay Shores Condominium Association
4 PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE 16
By Jim Reekie
COMMUNITY NEWS & EVENTS
6 DEALING WITH DEMENTIA
By James Maloney | MP
8 TRAIL IMPROVEMENT UPDATE
By Councillor Grimes
10 FROM THE DESK OF CHRISTINE HOGARTH
By Christine Hogarth | MPP
16 WATERFRONT FESTIVAL COUNTDOWN
22 TRAFFIC UPDATE
By Jim Reekie
30 A WILDLIFE OASIS
By Bruno Clausi
18 REAL ESTATE NEWS UPDATE
By The Red Square Team
12 BOOK REVIEW | THE FARM 28
By Hunter Peebles
14 RECIPES | SUMMER TREATS
20 TAKE UP SAILING!
HEALTH & WELLNESS
26 YOUR HEALTHY WEIGHT
By Dr. Maureen Henderson
TRAVEL ON THE COVER: Galina Tzerelshtein
28 THE GALÁPAGOS ISLANDS PHOTO: Jasmin Garcia
By Krista Garney Cluett SUMMER 2019 | HUMBER HAPPENINGS 3
BY JIM REEKIE, HBSCA PRESIDENT
O ur community is normally very busy during The Farmers Market is open and has been
the summer weekends with residents very busy every Saturday, even on our rainy
taking advantage of our waterfront sur- opening day. Our new vendors are having a great
roundings and visitors from other parts of the city time in our community and vendors from prior
coming here to do the same. This summer is espe- years are enjoying meeting new residents and
cially trying due to the construction on the seeing the regulars. If you haven’t been out to
pathway. We all need to be patient with the the Market, please come over and check out all
volume of traﬃc in the neighbourhood. Parking our vendors.
enforcement are doing their best to help manage
the traﬃc issues we have by ticketing those who Our Annual Waterfront Festival is Saturday,
don’t heed the street signage. No stopping or no August 10th. There will be lots going on; there will
parking means just that! be a great kid’s area, food trucks will be coming
in, the Farmers Market will be there and there will
Not all Humber Bay Shores parks and sidewalks be lots of other non-food vendors. Our stage will
are oﬀ lease areas. Please keep your pets on leashes have live music from 12:30 pm until 9 pm. Come
and clean up after them. Not everyone has a pet, out and enjoy the festival!
and some may be intimidated by them. Respect
the residents around you. See you all there! HH
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SUMMER 2019 VOLUME 23, ISSUE 3
ABOUT HBSCA: The Humber Bay Shores Condominium Association (HBSCA)
was established and incorporated in 1997. HBSCA is a volunteer-based, not-
for-profit corporation representing the interests of condominium corporations
and their residents in the Humber Bay Shores community.
WHAT WE DO: We supply representation of the community to all levels of gov-
ernment for the enactment, amendment, or repeal of legislation dealing with,
but not limited to, all aspects of condominium ownership, real estate devel-
opment, and usage of real property in the area. In addition to the above we
conduct research and provide awareness and education to our community on
issues related to ownership, development, management, financing, and pro-
motion of real estate property in the area.
MISSION STATEMENT: Provide strong leadership for the development, preser-
vation and beautification of the vibrant, valued, sustainable condominium
community in which we live, work, and play.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
PRESIDENT: Jim Reekie, Palace Place
VICE-PRESIDENT: Dina Godinho, Lakeside Place
TREASURER: Ron Anderson / Juliette Sweeney
SECRETARY: Laura Nash (acting rep.), Jade
PAST-PRESIDENT: Don Henderson, Bal Harbour
Kathryn Winter, Grand Harbour
Vladyslav Kostyuk, Westlake Tower 1 | Ron Anderson, Palace Place
Suniti Talwalkar, Grand Harbour, Bldg C
Gary Mogyorodi, Explorer | Jim Simone, Nautilus
Marilyn Dummaresq, Hearthstone by the Bay | Susan Orr, Grenadier Landing
David White, Beyond the Sea, Star Tower | Adrian Wellman, Waterscapes
Dina GodinHo, Lakeside Place | Sharon Jazzar, Newport Beach
Bert Buchanan, Ocean Club | TBD, Riva del Lago | Laura Nash, Jade
Jim Faichnie, Waterford | Don Henderson, Bal Harbour
Sue Grimes, Marina Del Rey 3 | Tom Arkay, Palace Pier
Jim Reekie | James Maloney | Maureen Henderson
Krista Garney Cluett | Bruno Clausi | Red Square Team
Mark Grimes | Christine Hogarth | Hunter Peebles
Humber Bay Sailing Club
DESIGN: Markintosh Design | Mark Tzerelshtein
PUBLISHING CONSULTANT: Fred Sanders
MANAGING EDITOR: Monique Charbonneau
EDITORIAL ASSISTANT: Hunter Peebles
For advertising inquires please contact HBSCA:
[email protected] or call 416.792.4964
Humber Happenings Magazine is published 4 times a year by MJ Rochester Pub-
lishing Inc. 2 St. Clair Ave East Suite 202, Toronto, ON. All rights reserved. No part
of this magazine may be reproduced in any form without the consent of the HBSCA.
The HBSCA, MJ Rochester Publishing Inc. or any member of the production team
is not responsible for any errors, omissions, facts or representation in editorials or
advertisements in this publication.
OFFICE: 2240 Lake Shore Blvd West, Unit M-227,
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SUMMER 2019 | HUMBER HAPPENINGS 5
BY JAMES MALONEY, M.P.
D ementia is having a signiﬁcant and Budget 2019 included funding of $50 and non-proﬁt organizations are pro-
growing impact in Canada, with million over ﬁve years to support the viding an additional $14.4 million for a
more than 419,000 Canadians aged implementation of the Strategy through total investment of $46 million over
65 years and older diagnosed with the actions in four areas: awareness, ﬁve years. The research on dementia
condition. Two thirds of those diagnosed treatment guidelines, early diagnosis and prevention, diagnosis, treatment and care
are women and as our population ages, surveillance. This complements Budget as part of Phase II of the CCNA will support
the number of Canadians aﬀected by 2018 funding, which provided $20 million the Strategy.
dementia is expected to increase. On over ﬁve years starting in 2018-19 and $4
average, nine seniors are diagnosed with million per year ongoing for the Dementia Dementia aﬀects not only the person
dementia every hour in Canada. After the Community Investment. This fund living with dementia, but also their
age of 65, the risk of being diagnosed with supports community-based projects that families, caregivers, and communities
dementia doubles every ﬁve years. enhance the well-being of people. and we are doing what we can to support
everyone. It is a key milestone in Canada’s
Helping seniors live healthy and active The Strategy is a result of evidence and eﬀorts to create a country where people
lives is a top priority for our government. advice obtained from consultations living with dementia and caregivers are
With its focus on prevention and across the country. This included valued and supported, where they have an
education, Canada’s ﬁrst national valuable input received during the optimal quality of life and where
dementia strategy will help improve the national dementia conference, as well as dementia can be prevented, eﬀectively
quality of life of seniors living with advice from the Ministerial Advisory treated and better understood. HH
dementia and ensure that their family Board on Dementia. What we heard from
members and caregivers have access to the across the country, including those living James Maloney is the Federal Member of
resources they need. Our government’s with dementia and caregivers, had a Parliament for Etobicoke-Lakeshore and has
strengthened commitment to the New direct impact on the development of the been a resident in the riding for 40 years. Prior
Horizons for Seniors Program also strategy. By working together, we can to becoming the M.P., Mr. Maloney served as
increases support for community-based advance prevention and treatment the City Councillor for Ward 5 and practised
projects that help seniors living with eﬀorts, and improve the quality of life for law, full-time, as a partner at Hughes Amys.
dementia as well as their families and those living with dementia as well as
caregivers. their families and caregivers.
In mid-June, the federal Minister of The Minister of Health also announced
Health released A Dementia Strategy for funding for Phase II of the Canadian
Canada: Together We Aspire. This ﬁrst Consortium on Neurodegeneration in
national dementia strategy focuses on Aging (CCNA), a national platform for
preventing dementia, advancing collaborative research in dementia, led by
therapies, and ﬁnding a cure, as well as the Canadian Institutes of Health Research
improving the quality of life of people (CIHR). CIHR is providing $31.6 million and
living with dementia and caregivers. partners-including provincial agencies
6 HUMBER HAPPENINGS | SUMMER 2019 W W W. H B S C A . C A
BY COUNCILLOR MARK GRIMES
I n the Spring 2019 Humber Happen- deemed to be necessary to allow for the number of public consultations over the PHOTO: ANDY ZAV
ings article, I mentioned that we work to be completed safely, quickly, and last few years to ﬁnd out what the com-
would be undertaking some safety eﬃciently. Many have reached out to my munity wanted to see within these
improvements to our waterfront trail and oﬃce requesting that the work be com- improvements and now we are ﬁnally
by now, I am sure that you have seen the pleted in stages to allow for more access nearing completion.
fencing that has been put up along the to the park, however due to the presence
trail between Humber Bay Park East and of multiple crews-onsite working in par- I want to thank the community for
Palace Pier Court. We had hoped to begin allel to complete complementary work, it your patience while we upgrade this
this work earlier in the spring, but I am was found that continuous through- much-loved trail in order to help serve
sure you noticed that Mother Nature was access in the work zone was not possible. our growing population and the growing
not cooperating as much as we would I know that work over the summer is number of visitors to this park. All
have liked. At this point, work is well never convenient, particularly in this updates on the trail improvements can be
underway on these improvements which area, so I continued to ask staﬀ to ﬁnd an found on the project website at
will help to make this trail safer for all opportunity to provide an additional safe https://bit.ly/2wSEKD6. HH
who use it. It is my hope that by the time point of crossing to allow for more access
you are reading this article that we will to the park. We were able to open another Mark Grimes is the Councillor for Ward 3
have reached some signiﬁcant mile- access point on the trail across from the Etobicoke-Lakeshore. He is a life-long resi-
stones within this project and that the Marginal Boulevard to be open on dent, activist and businessperson in south
work will be nearing completion. evenings and all-day on weekends to Etobicoke. He can be reached by email at
safely accommodate visitors while not [email protected], or by phone
There is a substantial amount of work slowing down the work. at 416-397-9273
that is being done which includes the
realignment and regrading of the There is no doubt that this project has
pathway, the installation of a pedestrian- had a profound impact on the commu-
only pathway, a paved buﬀer zone to nity, but it is imperative that these safety
separate the pedestrian path from the improvements be completed. The com-
multi-use trail, new bench seating, seat munity has been calling for these
walls, small plaza areas and tree plant- improvements for a number of years and
ings at key trail intersections. we initiated the process in 2015 with my
motion at Etobicoke York Community
I know that many have you have had Council, which got the ball rolling on
concerns that the fencing extends the these improvements. City staﬀ held a
length of the trail, however this was
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FROM THE DESK OF
H appy Summer, Humber Bay Shores! support Ontario’s 1.1 million minimum Finally, when I last provided an
As we enter the dog days of wage and low-income workers. Eligible update to you, I said that we had more
summer, MPPs have been spending people will pay no provincial income tax, exciting news coming for GO Transit
time in our constituency oﬃces after a providing up to $850 in tax relief for indi- customers. For those who have not yet
record-setting ﬁrst year in oﬃce. During viduals, and up to $1,700 for couples. heard the great news, commuters
our government’s ﬁrst year, the Legisla- taking the GO train from Mimico to
ture met for 117 sitting days — a 25% We are also introducing a dental care Union Station will save $2.56 on a
increase over the ﬁrst year of the last par- program for low-income seniors. return trip — that’s a 25% discount! I
liament — and passed 20 major pieces of Starting later this summer, eligible low- was proud to advocate for this fare
government legislation, accomplishing income seniors will be able to access reduction to our Minister of Trans-
38 of our campaign promises. provincially-funded dental care through portation and am pleased to see its
public health units and community implementation. As always, I continue
Many of those promises were included health centres. Currently, over 60,000 to advocate on behalf of Etobicoke-
in our ﬁrst budget and I wanted to high- hospital emergency room visits in the Lakeshore about the importance of
light some of those which I feel are most province are a result of dental-related building the Park Lawn GO station to
important to those of you here in Humber injuries — our plan will help reduce better serve the community right here
Bay Shores. wait-times in our emergency room while in Humber Bay Shores and I hope to be
protecting some of our community’s able to update you all in a future edi-
First, we introduced the Childcare most vulnerable. tion of this magazine.
Access and Relief from Expenses (CARE)
tax credit, to help defray the cost of day- Thank you to all those who supported As we move from summer to autumn,
care which is especially high here in my Private Members’ Bill — Protecting I am always looking to attend our won-
Toronto. Families will be able to claim a Our Pets Act — earlier in the legislative derful community events across
tax credit for up to 75% of your childcare session. For those who continue to follow Etobicoke. If there are events you think I
costs, depending on your income, to be the animal wellness ﬁle, you may know should be at, or if you’d like to sign up for
used for any child care space you choose that the OSPCA is no longer enforcing my monthly e-newsletter for more reg-
to enroll your children in, including Ontario’s animal protection law. In June, ular updates, please visit my website at
camps — not just government-run the Legislature gave unanimous support christinehogarthmpp.ca. HH
spaces. We expect this program will help to Bill 117, which allows the government
more than 300,000 families ﬁnd relief to implement an interim solution to ﬁll Christine Hogarth is the MPP for Etobicoke—
from the high cost of childcare. the void left by the OSPCA, and we have Lakeshore. She lives near Mimico with her
just ﬁnished consulting on a long-term husband Paul and rescue dog Bruce .
Another promise we kept this year was solution which will be developed and
the introduction of a tax credit for low- implemented before the end of the year.
income individuals and families to help
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REVIEW BY HUNTER PEEBLES introduced her debut novel at a recent desperate to earn money of her own. The
book reading in Toronto. The novel two begin to get the impression that there
H idden on the outskirts of New York centers around 4 women from diﬀerent is something bigger going on at the
in the Hudson Valley is the most backgrounds and their various expe- seemingly perfect facility.
luxurious retreat one could ever riences related to the Golden Oaks
imagine. The facility resembles a top surrogate facility, nicknamed The Farm One the most fascinating aspects of
tier spa with glamourous meals, daily by one of the surrogates. Jane, a Filipina this novel, to me, was Ramos’s analysis of
massages and an agenda full of activities immigrant, decides to become a “Host” in an immigrant’s struggles working for
usually reserved for vacation. Golden order to provide a better life for her wealthy families in North America while
Oaks sounds like a dream, right? What newborn daughter. As her time at Golden their own families are back home. She
would you say if I told you the venture Oaks progresses, Jane befriends another provides a non-biased depiction of
was exclusively for surrogate mothers of Host, Reagan, a privileged Caucasian girl relations between clients and staﬀ
the world’s wealthiest people? through her character Ate, an elderly
Filipina women who’s spent decades
This is how author Joanne Ramos mastering the art of being a baby-nurse in
wealthy New York society.
During the reading, Ramos made it clear
that comparisons to Margaret Atwood’s
famous dystopian novel, the Handmaid’s
Tale, were extremely far-fetched. Upon
reading the novel, it becomes evident that
Ramos wants to avoid this comparison, not
because of the similarities between the
plotlines, but because The Farm is eerily
too plausible for today’s social climate to
be called a dystopian.
The novel comes out during a time
where women’s rights are being debated
across North America and one of the central
themes of the story is to what extent do
women have autonomy over their own
bodies. While the plot itself is riveting, it’s
Ramos’s ability to seamlessly intertwine
themes like race and classism into her
writing that makes The Farm stand out. HH
Hunter Peebles is a recent Rotman graduate
who’s called Toronto home since before she
could speak. She recently started a book
club called Musings with fellow alum and
friend Hannah. Follow on Instagram:
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Treats Summer is in full swing and our annual Farmer’s Market
is bringing delicious local produce to our community. To
celebrate we have featured some quick and easy recipes to
compliment your Farmer’s Market ﬁnds. Enjoy!
14 HUMBER HAPPENINGS | SUMMER 2019 Summertime Fruit Punch Lemonade
• 1 slice watermelon
• 5 parsley leaves
• 1 1/2 ounces vodka
• 3/4 ounce lemon juice
• 3/4 ounce agave nectar
• Splash of sparkling pink lemonade
• Garnish: seasonal fruits
Steps to Make It:
1. Gather the ingredients.
2. Muddle the watermelon and parsley in a cocktail shaker.
3. Add remaining ingredients and ice, and shake well.
4. Double strain into an ice-ﬁlled collins glass that is
half-rimmed with sugar.
5. Top with sparkling pink lemonade and garnish with
6. Serve and enjoy!
• By rimming just half the glass with sugar, you can
choose to drink out of either side as you see fit. It's
a fantastic option for any cocktail — including
margaritas — because you're not fully committed
to drinking through the sugar.
• Making your own pink lemonade is incredibly easy.
While some recipes use the "juice" from a maraschino
cherry jar, cranberry juice is the best option. Simply
make fresh-squeezed lemonade and add 1/2 cup of
cranberry juice for every 2 cups of water.
• To add sparkle to any still pink lemonade, simply add
a little club soda or sparkling wine.
For more info: thespruceeats.com
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Delightful Watermelon Cake 4. Before serving: On a serving dish, please the piece
of watermelon down. Top with the ricotta mix.
Ingredients: top the ricotta with the ﬁg, mint leaves, pistachios
• 1 kg watermelon and lime rind. Drizzle the top with maple syrup.
• 250 g low-fat fresh ricotta
• 1 lime 5. Cut into wedges and serve!
• 2 tbs maple syrup Form more info: www.bestrecipes.com.au
• 1 ﬁg cut into wedges
• 2 tbs roasted unsalted pistachios chopped
• 1 handful fresh mint leaves only
• 2 tbs maple syrup *to decorate
Steps to Make It:
1. In a small bowl, combine the ricotta, lime juice,
and maple syrup. Set everything aside until ready
2. Using a peeler, gently peel the rind of the lime and
slice each piece into long, ﬁne strips. Retain 2
tablespoons of juice from the lime.
3. Remove the skin and rind from the watermelon,
keeping the fruit in one piece. From the ﬂesh, cut
a thick, circular cake-like piece of fruit. Keep the
remainder to decorate or eat!
Easy Orange Sorbet
• 1 cup water
• 2/3 cup sugar
• 2 cups orange juice
• 1 Tbsp. Grand Marnier.
Steps to Make It:
1. Place the water and sugar in a small saucepan over medium-low heat.
2. Cook the syrup mixture, stirring occasionally until all the sugar is
dissolved. This should take about ﬁve minutes.
3. Remove the sugar syrup from the heat and stir in the orange juice.
4. Refrigerate the juice mixture until it is completely chilled.
5. Stir in the Grand Marnier.
6. Freeze according to your ice-cream maker’s directions.
7. Serve and enjoy.
• Don’t forget to think about your ice cream freezer ahead of time. Many
home ice cream freezers have a bowl that needs to be frozen for at least
12 hours prior to making ice cream. Plan a day ahead. If you try to freeze
ice cream in a freezer that isn’t completely cold, it won’t set up properly.
For more info: thespruceeats.com HH
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The Humber Bay Shores
T he annual Waterfront Festival is the highlight of the Humber W W W. H B S C A . C A
Bay Shores summer calendar and this year it’s bigger and
better than ever. When you think about it, we have been living
in a construction zone since 1998. Since then a wonderful commu-
nity has emerged with help and commitment from individuals
who have a vision of what it would be like to live in Humber Bay
Shores. As a result, several activities have been organized over the
years, one of which is the Waterfront Festival, ﬁrst held in 2012 in
Jean Augustine Park. It was a beautiful setting which was able to
accommodate a few food trucks providing delicious food, local
vendors, a stage with great musical performances and approxi-
mately 800 community members who ate and danced the night
away. In 2018, the festival hosted approximately 8,000 people.
Over the last eight years, the Waterfront Festival has become a
much larger event and is a true street festival that is held annually on
Marine Parade Drive. In 2014 The Farmers’ Market, which normally
takes place on Saturdays in Humber Bay Park West, joined the festival,
adding to the great food experience along with the food trucks. A chil-
dren’s play area with several activities was added, along with an
opportunity for many local businesses to present their services to the
community. The live music is fantastic as well! The musicians have
expressed absolute delight in being able to perform in our community
and ﬁnd it one of the best festivals they participate in.
Feedback from the community is always so positive and is the
reason why the event organizers from the Humber Bay Shores
Condominium Association work so hard for eight months to pre-
pare for it. We look forward to seeing everyone there, so come out
and join your community. HH
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Ricardo Barboza Band!
The Waterfront Festival will be taking place on Saturday, August 10th, from
10:00 am to 9:00 pm. There will be a D.J. from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon. From
12:30 to 5:00 pm, the bands will play, and they will resume at 7:00 until 9:00
pm. The two-hour break will provide an opportunity for some of the farmers
and vendors who are unable to stay until 9:00 pm to leave, while everyone
can continue enjoying all the activities!
SUMMER 2019 | HUMBER HAPPENINGS 17
REAL ESTATE UPDATE
A BUYER’S MARKET
The 2019 GTA market has been slower Buy or Sell first? The Buyer Pool
to start than previous years. The ﬁrst
quarter showed lower levels of We often get asked whether to buy or Our buyers fall into diﬀerent categories:
inventory across the GTA and it was only sell first. • Couples coming from condos wanting
in April that TREB reported a 16.8% year-
over-year increase in home sales, largely When inventory levels are low in the more space
due to the condo market. It is important area a buyer is looking in, we will recom- • Growing families needing bigger
to note however that these numbers mend that a new home is found and
remain well-below April levels for much bought ﬁrst, prior to selling their home. homes
of the past decade, as buyers are still The reason for this is to ensure the buyer • Downsizers who want to stay in the
reassessing their options after the OSFI- has secured a home and has somewhere
mandated two percentage point stress to go when their home has sold. community
test on mortgages. • Those looking to invest in property
By selling a home ﬁrst, there is pressure • Buyers new to Toronto
To give you an idea of the volume of to ﬁnd a new home between the selling
sales between January 1st and June 1st, the date and closing date. This pressure can We work with all of our buyers to
Mimico area had 374 condo apartment often lead to a wrong decision being made determine and understand what they
sales averaging at $511,777 and 63 freehold and compromises that are far from ideal. want and need in their next home; what
sales averaging at $1,053,000. In a perfect situation, you buy a new home community they want to live in; what the
with a long closing to enable your own speciﬁc requirements are for the loca-
A further breakdown by condo type, home to be staged, listed, sold and closed tion, be it proximity to a certain school,
gives sales averages as follows: prior to the purchase of your new home. community, transportation route, or
another amenity; what are the must-
AVERAGE SALE PRICE Some buyers however want to know haves and deal-breakers and of course
Bachelor ..........................................$411,180 exactly how much their current home what their budget is.
1 Bed ..............................................$526,949 will sell for, prior to putting an oﬀer on
1+1 Bed ............................................$527,937 any new home. This is also a fair strategy, The Educated Buy
2 Bed ..............................................$751,032 and the closing date for the sale should be
2+1 Bed ..........................................$816,594 as long as possible to allow for the perfect With our own homes in the west end, our
home to be found, oﬀered on and agreed. own children enrolled in the schools and
our own lives anchored in the commu-
nity, our ﬁrst-hand insight into Toronto’s
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west end will provide our buyers with We love working with buyers and ﬁnding tact us at [email protected] or by
tried and true advice when ﬁnding the them the perfect home. Should you need calling 647-618-0619. Until the next time,
right neighbourhood, school and home. some advice on where to go next, please con- Gillian Ritchie, Broker Red Square Team.
Our knowledge goes far beyond the
real estate transaction. From the top
after-school programs to where to ﬁnd
the best cup of coﬀee, we provide a com-
prehensive education on the diﬀerent
west end neighbourhoods.
To help our buyers truly experience any
neighbourhood, we take them on a com-
munity tour. We will show houses in
multiple neighbourhood pockets and pro-
vide the associated listing and sales data so
that they have a thorough understanding of
where they can aﬀord and why. We will
help determine what makes a sound invest-
ment and will honestly and openly share
our expertise on every home we show.
If you are looking to move to a diﬀerent
neighborhood in the west end, the chart to
the right gives a summary of the average price
points in neighboring communities. HH
Local Business Feature
Your Friendly Neighbourhood
H umber Bay Sailing Centre is a every Tuesday evening and free for programs for all levels of sailors including:
keelboat sailing school and a boat members), Seminar Series and Theory • Structured mentoring where new
sharing club for adults, within Courses including diesel maintenance,
walking distance of the HBSCA basic and intermediate coastal navigation, sailors can continue development of
community. This is an ideal place for marine weather and sail trim theory. the skills necessary to become a
people who want to learn to sail but who competent and safe skipper.
don’t have a boat. The Humber Bay Sailing Centre Boat • Weeknight racing to develop sail trim
Share Club oﬀers members unlimited and boat handling skills in a friendly
For beginners, the sailing school oﬀers sailing from May through September on yet competitive environment.
the Basic Keelboat Cruising course, a variety of club-owned keelboats at a • Weekly sessions where members can
taught over a ﬁve day, weeklong period, fraction of the cost of boat ownership. participate and learn the basics of boat
or over two consecutive weekends and maintenance and repair.
taught by Sail Canada certiﬁed There are many reasons to join Humber • Socially, the club oﬀers dinner cruises
instructors. The popular Starter Package Bay Sailing Club; here are just a few: and overnight multi-boat ﬂotillas to
includes the Basic Keelboat course, VHF • You love sailing and want to sail without Niagara-on-the-Lake, Port Dalhousie,
radio and Toronto Harbour Licence Whitby and other destinations on Lake
courses, plus a one month pass to the the ﬁnancial expense and maintenance Ontario.
Humber Bay Sailing Centre Boat Share burden of boat ownership. • Members are encouraged to make use
Club where graduates can continue to • You love to sail but have no one to sail of the deck and the BBQ and enjoy
develop their skills. with. summer evenings with gorgeous
• You plan to charter a sailboat and want views of Mimico Harbour.
The sailing school operates year to prepare yourself as best you can. Humber Bay Sailing Centre is located at 100
round, with on water courses oﬀered • You hope to buy a sailboat but want to Humber Bay Park Road West in Etobicoke, at
during the sailing season such as Basic make sure sailing is for you before you the base of Mimico Harbour. HH
and Intermediate Cruising and the spend all that money.
International Certiﬁcate of Competency • You plan to buy a sailboat, but have For more information, visit our website at
(ICC) for those wishing to charter in the little or no experience and want to hbsailing.com. For course information and
Mediterranean. learn everything you need to know to availability email [email protected]
sail safely. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram
In fall and winter, the sailing school • You already own a boat, but feel your @HBSailingCentre.
shifts to our waterfront classroom and skills may be a bit rusty.
oﬀers a range of Club Seminars (almost The club oﬀers a wide range of
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HUMBER BAY SHORE
BY JIM REEKIE
Annie Craig & Brookers – Stop Sign
Annie Craig must ﬁrst be dedicated as a highway for public use to allow staﬀ to proceed with a report
on recommending any traﬃc and/or parking regulations on that road.
Silver Moon & Lake Shore Blvd W – Lake Shore & Brookers –
Traffic Lights Right Turn Lane
Long term plan was to install traﬃc lights here at full Staﬀ are working to install a right turn lane from Lake
build-out. Traﬃc Planning staﬀ are looking at time- Shore Blvd W onto Brookers Lane. Bike lane at this
lines for the point in development at which signals intersection will be adjusted and will include new
are to be installed. pavement markings.
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Silver Moon & Marine Parade Drive –
Staﬀ are looking into this.
Silver Moon is not a dedicated
public highway as of yet, so
staﬀ are checking to see what
could be done until the road is
Marine Parade Drive PXO – Shore Breeze & Marine
Safety Parade –
One way signage
There are only 5 level 2 PXO’s in the City, 2 in Ward
3. The designs for these PXO’s are outlined by the Frequent left turn violations
province and thus any alterations that can be made from Shore Breeze onto
to them are limited. Visitors to Marine Parade Drive Marine Parade Drive creates a concern given the presence
have been parking within the PXO boundaries and of the traﬃc island. A “One-Way” sign will be installed on
Transportation Services has hired a consultant to the centre island (to face traﬃc exiting Shore Breeze
address the safety of the 5 PXO’s in the City, Drive) to make motorists aware that right-turns are only
including the parking issue. allowed due to the raised centre island.
HBP Trail Improvements
The project is moving according to schedule. Removal of
the existing multi-use trail, trees and other plant material
that conﬂict with trail widening is underway. Grading
and concrete forming will be starting soon. Due to high
water near the Dunker’s Flow Storm Pond, the contractor
has ﬂipped their approach and are working from east to
west. This change has not impacted their schedule. HH
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health & wellness
SHOULD BE YOUR #1 PRIORITY
BY DR. MAUREEN HENDERSON
O BESITY IS DEFINED as a Body Mass ately! A 5 to 10% reduction in your weight increased body weight.
Index (measure of body fat based on can improve your blood glucose level and Are you interested in learning more to
height and weight applied to an adult minimize the complications of diabetes, help your future health?
man or woman) greater than 30 or a BMI and other disorders such as heart disease, Do the CANRISK diabetes screening
greater than 27 with other hereditary factors. kidney disease and vision problems. assessment (www.healthycanadians.gc.ca/
en/canrisk) and see where you stand in
Obesity is now a global epidemic. It is Here are some additional interesting your health’s future. It takes less than 5
very complicated and is no longer an issue statistics with a 5 to 10% weight loss. minutes and may change your life!
of appearance or self image as obesity is now • Your blood sugar will be better main- Take that ﬁrst step to lifestyle modiﬁ-
considered a chronic disease in and of itself. cation. Set your goal(s), aim and achieve!
This disorder contributes to several health tained. Patients who received weight loss-
complications including cardiovascular dis- • It improves your cholesterol, reduces counselling/coaching are ﬁve times more
ease, type two diabetes, Neuropsychiatric likely to succeed in reaching their goal
disorders (i.e. Alzheimer’s disease), fatty blood pressure and protects from heart than those who did not attempt a formal
liver, decreased life expectancy, some forms disease. program. Call our oﬃce today to arrange
of cancer and it contributes to COPD and • You’ll see improvement in sleep. a consultation. HH
arthritic joint problems. • It will minimize degenerative changes
in your joints (each pound of weight Dr. Maureen Henderson, Chiropractor and Ideal
Eating has become a recreational loss relieves 4 pounds of pressure on Protein Coach. Located at Kingsway Health by
activity. There is pervasive food advertising, the knees — that means 10 pounds of the Lake 2405 Lake Shore Blvd West, Etobicoke.
increased availability of nutrient poor food, weight loss could remove 40 pounds CALL TODAY 416-231-9502 • www.kingsway-
and the use of weight gain inducing drugs. of pressure on the knees). health.ca • [email protected]
Many of us eat out of pleasure even if we’re • You will decrease the risk of cancer; as
full which is a type of addiction. Stage 3 many as one in ﬁve of all cancer
obesity has rapidly increased. If you have a related deaths can be linked to
BMI of 40+ you have a high risk of weight
related diseases and premature death… this
is up 450% since 2011!
So, what are the QUESTIONS you
should ask yourself?
Are you diabetic or prediabetic? Are
you taking blood pressure medications?
Is your body mass index higher than it
should be? Do you know why you are
The beneﬁts of weight loss are amazing
and can be experienced almost immedi-
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BY KRISTA GARNEY CLUETT
F or many, the Galápagos Islands are able accommodations and exceptional most unique wildlife on the planet. Many
high on the list of must-see destina- amenities. There are cruises as brief as of its animal species are found nowhere
tions. Walking in the footsteps of four days and some as long as 18 days, else in the world. The islands that make up
Darwin really is everything you would which usually includes a pre- or post- the Galápagos vary in their landscapes,
expect— nothing short of amazing. These cruise stay in Ecuador. Many travelers from rocky and barren to lush and tropical.
small, volcanic islands are like no place also add pre- or post-tours to Machu
else on earth. They are a World Heritage Picchu, the Sacred Valley, the Amazon or What type of landscape you get
Site, a biological marine reserve, and a the Inca Trail to really make the most of depends on when the island you’re on
national park. In other words, a real their time in this fascinating area. was formed; younger islands on the
treasure. The Galápagos might be the ulti- Galápagos’ east are rocky, while older
mate nature lovers bucket list item but Cruise ship routes in the Galápagos are ones to the west — where vegetation has
with the islands being so remote and carefully controlled for the protection taken hold and broken down the hard,
with a number of conservation-driven and preservation of the islands’ unique volcanic rock — are greener. The eastern
restrictions in place, how exactly do you ecologies but there are variations route visits more areas with human habi-
do it? While you can choose a land-based between itineraries. Be sure to compare tation, while the western route is more
itinerary, many explorers choose a cruise. carefully before you choose. remote. While the two itineraries will see
mostly the same animals, the eastern
A small-ship cruise is an ideal way to A volcanic archipelago in the Paciﬁc route gets the waived albatross, while the
visit. The ship provides easy movement Ocean situated 1,000 km (620 mi) oﬀ the western route gets the ﬂightless cor-
between the islands, along with comfort- coast of Ecuador, the Galápagos Islands are morant. Plus, going east oﬀers more
a wild landscape with arguably some of the
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” A small-ship cruise is an ideal way to visit.
The ship provides easy movement between
the islands, along with comfortable
accommodations and exceptional amenities.
chances to walk on pristine beaches, • Marine iguanas, the only type of able to gather and measure data on ocean
while taking the western way features iguana that forages for food in the sea. circulation dynamics, surface tempera-
some of the Galápagos’ more geologically tures and information critical to the
interesting islands. Which one is best? • Darwin’s ﬁnches, with species that vary prediction of El Niño and La Niña. All
Ultimately, it’s a very personal choice but in subtle ways from one island to another. ﬁndings gathered by Flora will be brought
either will result in once-in-a-lifetime back to the ship for guests to view on
memories. • Blue-footed boobies, which have board and become open source data,
bright-blue feet they show oﬀ when globally accessible, a ﬁrst for scientists
Shore excursions led by highly experi- courting. and anyone with a passion for informa-
enced guides certiﬁed by the National Park tion. And Celebrity is oﬀering a limited
of the Galápagos will help you fully expe- • Giant tortoises, versions of which used time only special fare with savings of up
rience the islands. Wear sturdy walking or to roam most of the earth, however to 50% plus Free Airfare to introduce
hiking shoes and bring your camera. Be now the Galapagos are one of only two their new vessel.
prepared for marine landings by zodiac places on earth that you’ll ﬁnd them.
type vessels to take you from your ship to G Adventures oﬀers 5 diﬀerent ves-
shore. Snorkel with sea lions, kayak, soak • Flightless cormorants, the only type of sels carrying 16 to 20 guests — with both
up the sun with iguanas or marvel at the cormorant that has lost the ability to Standard and Upgraded experiences. Sil-
natural beauty that surrounds you — just ﬂy (although, with their small wings, versea Cruises oﬀers the beautiful Silver
a typical day on a Galápagos tour! You may they swim well). Galapagos with Free Airfare and Tour
be able to capture photos of: oﬀers. There are many independent
• Galápagos penguins, the world’s only small expedition vessels and many of the
tropical penguin. large ocean cruise lines oﬀer South
American itineraries with an optional
You can sail to the islands at any time of Galapagos Tour.
year, but you may prefer one or the other
of two main seasons: However you choose to visit the Galá-
• December through May, the weather is pagos Islands — one of the world’s most
distinctive destinations — be sure to talk
warm (high 80s during the day) with with your professional travel advisor to
sporadic rain and calm water. match your wish list with the ﬂights,
• June through November, the weather land packages, cruises and other options
is a bit cooler and more comfortable available. HH
for hiking (high 70s during the day),
with little rain. A change in ocean cur- Ready to be inspired? For more information
rents means that the water, while visit www.HumberBayTravel.com
rarely rough, may be choppy. Humber Bay Travel, 88 Palace Pier Ct. #103.
This May, Celebrity Cruises intro- 416-236-2266 • [email protected]
duced the Celebrity FloraTM. All suite
accommodations, menus curated by a
Michelin-starred chef, a Personal Suite
Attendant to help you unpack, twice daily
guided excursions, all onboard beverages,
gratuities and more are included.
Celebrity Flora is the ﬁrst vessel in the
Galápagos to be equipped with cutting-
edge Oceanscope equipment. The
program builds on the relationship with
the Rosenstiel School of Marine and
Atmospheric Science. Scientists will be
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A “WILDLIFE OASIS”
IN HUMBER BAY SHORES
BY BRUNO CLAUSI | PHOTOS BY KATHRINE BURGSMA AND NATALIE ROBERTSON
ABOVE: Red-necked Grebe “Sushi, anyone?” M any people already know of the wonderful biodiversity of
Photo: Kathrine Burgsma BELOW: Ant-eating Virginia Humber Bay Park as it constantly draws birders and wildlife pho-
Opossum. Photo: Natalie Robertson tographers, not only from South Etobicoke, but from everywhere!
There are people from all over the world who live in our community and
visit the park daily, and there are those who may not live here, but they
do regularly visit and photograph the ﬂora and fauna they encounter.
Friends Of Humber Bay Park hosted a photographic exhibition,
“Wildlife Oasis”, from May 4 to May 17, 2019 at Studio Connect on Marine
Parade Drive. 25 photographers were highlighted, and from 210 photo-
graphic submissions, 69 photographs made the ﬁnal blind-judging
round. There were three winning photos and ﬁve honourable mentions.
Several photos were sold and now inspire others with the beauty of
nature within Humber Bay Park.
Kathrine Burgsma, who won ﬁst prize for her photo, Red-necked
Grebe — “Sushi, anyone?”, got into photography about 10 years ago.
Kathrine tried her hand at landscape photography, but she found that
she wasn’t completely satisﬁed with her images. It was wildlife photog-
raphy, however, which really inspired and sparked her interest. Kathrine
is passionate about birding and bird photography, and she photographs
wildlife as opportunities arise. Kathrine no longer lives here, but she
still calls Humber Bay Park “her park” and visits a few times a month.
Humber Bay continues to be her oasis and it is still “home” to her.
Natalie Robertson, who won third prize for her photo, Ant-eating Virginia
Opossum, lives near the Mimico Waterfront. As Natalie says, “…Humber Bay
Park is my local go-to place for photographing birds and wildlife. The diver-
sity of species one can ﬁnd from Amos Waites Park all the way to the Humber
River is a wildlife photographer’s dream any time of year! I have always had
a strong passion for nature and art, and photography gave me a way to marry
both of my interests while also adding another purpose to going out birding.
I have a keen interest in ethical wildlife photography and will always put the
respect and safety of my subject before the image, as I believe all wildlife
photographers should endeavour to do.”
Please visit and enjoy the beauty and biodiversity of Humber Bay
Park, and tread lightly and responsibly within this natural paradise of
South Etobicoke. HH
For more information or to become a member follow us on Facebook
(Friends of Humber Bay Park) [email protected]
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Weddings, Honeymoons & “I haven’t been
Special Occasions everywhere, but
in Paradise it’s on my list.”
HUMBER BAY TRAVEL — Susan Sontag
88 Palace Pier Court, Main Floor • FREE PARKING Start your own
Explore Tuscany by Vespa
www.HumberBayTravel.com Visit Disney as a VIP
Cappadocia by Hot Air Balloon
Napa Valley Wine Tasting
New York Weekend by Private Jet
Rocky Mountaineer “Goldleaf”
View Churchill Polar Bears
Visit the Mekong’s floating villages
Hike the Inca Trail
Explore cenotes in the Yucatan
Walk Provence’s lavender fields
Family Celebration in Paradise
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