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4 PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE & TRAFFIC UPDATE 12
By Jim Reekie
COMMUNITY NEWS & EVENTS
8 THE DAWN OF A NEW DECADE
By James Maloney | MP
10 TRAFFIC & TRANSPORTATION UPDATE
By Councillor Grimes
14 FROM THE DESK OF CHRISTINE HOGARTH
HAPPY NEW YEAR
By Christine Hogarth | MPP
22 THE COYOTE
By Bruno Clausi
EXPERT ADVICE 18
16 REAL ESTATE MARKET WATCH
By Gillian Ritchie
18 WINTER RECIPES
By Bruno Da Butcha
17 BOOK REVIEW | THE SEVEN HUSBANDS
OF EVELYN HUGO
By Hunter Peebles
HEALTH & WELLNESS 22
20 MOVE IT OR LOSE IT!
By Dr. Shawn Henderson
12 TIME FOR CRUISING
By Krista Garney Cluett
WINTER 2020 | HUMBER HAPPENINGS 3
BY JIM REEKIE, HBSCA PRESIDENT
A s we begin 2020, let’s take a few min- out to support the event. Stay tuned for business in our community. They come
utes and reﬂect on 2019! We’ve seen new information in the spring. out and set up information booths and let
two new buildings open on Shore our residents know they’re here. We want
Breeze Drive, the biggest in HBS, and we Every little bit of clean up that we can to keep retail business in our community
look forward to seeing the 40 retail out- do makes our community a better place so get out and support them. Thanks to
lets open. Our new pathway opened in the to live. Whenever you’re out there, if our committee, vendors and residents
late summer and its great to see so many you see garbage, pick it up and put it in who supported the Farmers’ Market for
residents using it. trash cans. the season. See you all in the spring.
We saw three new restaurants open, as In the months of January and February, First Capital Update: Over the next 10 to
well as a new coﬀee shop and a few new our Farmers’ Market committee will look 12 months there will be numerous meet-
retail stores. at ways to improve what we did the year ings involving HBSCA, First Capital and
before. We will be adding 5 new vendors the City of Toronto. The City of Toronto
Work on the Jean Augustine pond has for this year’s market. We had 25 to 30 will be generating reports to all of the
started and should be completed by the vendors on our waiting list; time was different departments involved (traffic,
spring. It’s going to look great when spent speaking with potential new ven- transportation, hydro, water etc.).
completed. dors to see if they would ﬁt into our HBSCA will continue to monitor all
market. When planning, we try not to information and report back to our com-
The Waterfront Festival was the have any more than two of the same type munity members.
biggest to date, the weather was great, the of vendor. Our market is food based but
music was fun and people danced on the on occasion we try to help new retail
street. Again, thanks you all who came
COMPLETED Dedicated Right Turn lane from Lake ONGOING
Shore onto Brookers Lane
Brookers Lane at Annie Craig • Completed July 2019 Brookers Lane at Annie Craig Stop Sign
Stop Sign installed line markings – Spring 2020
• Approved by EYCC Nov 5 2019,
Increased signal timing for advanced left Silver Moon & Lake Shore Traﬃc Lights –
installed Dec 2019. from Lake Shore Blvd northbound onto awaiting TTC comments for Staﬀ Report
• http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/ Park Lawn (11s to 15s). to EYCC.
• Completed Oct 2019.
viewAgendaItemHistory.do? Vision Zero safety assessment of level 2
item=2019.EY10.4 Restarted the Park Lawn Lake Shore PXOs - Report anticipated for 2020.
Transportation Master Plan - July 2019
Green P Parking Signage • With accepting the Christie’s settle- Lake Shore Blvd W sidewalk from
• Installed Sept 2019 Marginal to Shore Breeze.
ment, Councillor Grimes motioned to • City Staﬀ held onsite meeting with
Waterfront Drive Curb Cuts restart the Park Lawn Lake Shore Trans-
• Completed Nov 2019 portation Master Plan, which was on developers to address state of the
• New line markings requested hold until the future of the Christie’s sidewalk and ensure all parties are
site was determined. PLLSTMP will taking steps to address community
Dec 10, 2019 work alongside the Secondary Plan. concerns and establish a remediation
• http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/ plan. Developers will not install new
No Stopping – Marine Parade Drive, viewAgendaItemHistory.do? sidewalks until they are required to
North Side item=2019.CC9.14 do so under the Core Infrastructure
Agreement, but are responsible for
• Approved by EYCC Oct 10 2019 & • Flex Post installation for Marine maintaining in a safe state. HH
City Council Oct 29 2019, installed Parade Drive (South Side) –
Dec 2019. completed January 2020
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WINTER 2020 VOLUME 24, ISSUE 1
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.
HBSCA CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS BOARD OF DIRECTORS
PRESIDENT: Jim Reekie, Palace Place
The HBSCA needs a number of volunteers VICE-PRESIDENT: Dina Godinho, Lakeside Place
to help with various programs and initiatives. TREASURER: Gary Mogyorodi, Explorer
SECRETARY: Laura Nash, Marina del-Rey
Do you have a little spare time PAST-PRESIDENT: Don Henderson, Bal Harbour
to contribute to your community?
CALL FOR AD SALES REPRESENTATIVE DIRECTORS-AT-LARGE:
Kathryn Winter, Grand Harbour
Are you interested in a part-time job and have about 8 hours a week free? Adrian Wellman, Waterscapes
Do you like to spend time in your community? This may be ideal for you!
David Hatten, Ocean Club
PLEASE CALL THE HBSCA AT 416-792-4964 DIRECTORS:
EMAIL: [email protected]
Ron Anderson, Palace Place | Gary Mogyorodi, Explorer
6 HUMBER HAPPENINGS | WINTER 2020 Jim Simone, Nautilus | Marilyn Dummaresq, Hearthstone by the Bay
Susan Orr, Grenadier Landing | Adrian Wellman, Waterscapes
Dina GodinHo, Lakeside Place | Sharon Jazzar, Newport Beach
Bert Buchanan, Ocean Club | TBD, Riva del Lago
Moojan Namsechi, Jade | Jim Faichnie, Waterford
Don Henderson, Bal Harbour | Sue Grimes, Marina Del Rey 3
Tom Arkay, Palace Pier | Craig Robinson, Grand Harbour “C”
Jim Reekie | James Maloney | Dr. Shawn Henderson
Krista Garney Cluett | Bruno Da Butcha | Alison Juda
Bruno Clausi | Mark Grimes | Christine Hogarth
Hunter Peebles | Gillian Ritchie
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,
Toronto, ON M8V 0B1 • Ph: 416-792-4964
CONTACT INFORMATION: email: [email protected]
Have ideas to share, feedback or wish to volunteer?
Reach us at [email protected] or 416-792-4964
W W W. H B S C A . C A
HBSCA 2020 EVENTS
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
COME OUT TO SUPPORT YOUR COMMUNITY AND HAVE FUN!
HBS/CITY OF TORONTO ANNUAL CLEAN UP
Saturday April 25th, 2020
This year, our annual clean up is taking place in conjunction with Toronto’s city-wide clean up.
More details to follow.
8TH ANNUAL HUMBER BAY SHORES FARMERS’ MARKET
Every Saturday May 30th - October 10th , 2020
Kick oﬀ the Ontario Growing Season with the return of the HBSCA Farmers’ Market.
More details to follow.
HBSCA ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT
More details to follow.
HBSCA 9TH ANNUAL WATERFRONT STREET FESTIVAL
Saturday, August 8th, 2020
Activities for all ages, talent shows, music, artisan booths, Farmers’ Market booths and
a plethora of attractions to entertain you and your family. More details to follow.
For further information please see our website WWW.HBSCA.CA
WINTER 2020 | HUMBER HAPPENINGS 7
THE DAWN OF A
BY JAMES MALONEY, M.P.
Embarking on a new decade brings tinue to focus on the issues that matter work with you on the issues important to
with it fresh opportunities and most to Canadians across the country, all of us. Thank you.
making the most of them means such as fighting climate change. We will
ﬁnding common ground and shared pur- take action to ban harmful single-use Let’s make this a decade marked by
pose. As I reﬂect on our wonderful plastics where science warrants it, and values of respect, openness, and compas-
country, I am moved that it was this spirit we will set a target to achieve net-zero sion that deﬁne us as Canadians, and take
of teamwork, both at home and on the emissions by 2050. This goal is ambi- steps, both big and small, to make the
world at large, that brought us to where tious, but necessary — for both world a better place. HH
we are today, and it will remain our path environmental protection and eco-
forward. It seems more important than nomic growth. James Maloney is the Federal Member of
ever to do so. Parliament for Etobicoke-Lakeshore and has
We will also work hard to keep people been a resident in the riding for 42 years. Prior
The Speech from the Throne empha- safe and healthy and we will position to becoming the M.P., Mr. Maloney served as
sized this wonderful characteristic of our Canada for success in an uncertain world. the City Councillor for Ward 5 and practised
history. law, full-time, as a partner at Hughes Amys.
In her Christmas message this year,
“On the scale of world history, we are the Queen reminded us, that as we move
still very young. Yet much has happened into this new decade, it’s worth remem-
in the world since then. We have bering that it is often the small steps, not
matured, and we are here — strong and the giant leaps, that bring about the most
free. There has been no civil war, no for- lasting change.
eign armies marching on our soil.”
We can make those small steps to
“There are many reasons for our sta- build a better world starting in our com-
bility. First, the millions of us, whether munities. I am so fortunate to be your
we are from here or chose to come and Member of Parliament, to represent you
live here, we share the same desire. We in Ottawa and to have the opportunity to
wish to live freely and in peace and har-
mony. This quest is a bedrock of our
nation and informs almost everything we
do. We may diﬀer in many ways, yet we
move forward as if we were one people,
looking for equal opportunities and
common ground. This is not by accident,
but by choice. It is who we are.”
We face many critical issues ahead.
This year, we will act on many of our
promises. Our government will con-
8 HUMBER HAPPENINGS | WINTER 2020 W W W. H B S C A . C A
BY COUNCILLOR MARK GRIMES
I n 1988, the adoption of the Motel Strip There will be no residential approvals explore options to make more eﬃcient
Secondary Plan by the former City of until a GO station has been approved by use of our existing transit infrastructure.
Etobicoke sparked the development that Metrolinx and has funding secured to The 176 Mimico GO route helps us to
we see today. The growth that we have seen make it happen. With this settlement, I achieve that. This route was launched in
in this area is well beyond what the city had moved a motion at City Council to restart July 2018 to connect residents of Humber
envisioned, as a result of the development the Park Lawn Lake Shore TMP, which will Bay Shores with the Mimico GO station.
approvals at the provincial level with the run alongside the Secondary Plan to One of the ﬁrst things I heard about since
former Ontario Municipal Board (OMB), ensure that community’s traﬃc and the launch of this bus was the need for
now known as the Local Planning Appeal transportation needs are addressed. the route to travel east of Park Lawn,
Tribunal (LPAT). This has left the city to deal which I have been advocating for the TTC
with the aftermath of these developments, I continue to work with the commu- to consider. I was thrilled to learn that the
and play catch-up on our community’s nity, city staﬀ and the TTC to make sure TTC agreed to expand the route east of
most vital infrastructure needs. that improvements to our traﬃc and Park Lawn to service residents at the
transportation system are made. eastern end of our community, which
In 2012, I moved a motion at City began in August 2019.
Council to request that the city undertake 145 Downtown Express
a comprehensive transportation master Royal York Subway Accessibility
plan to identify the current and future My oﬃce frequently communicates with
needs of this growing community. The the TTC on behalf of residents, and we Accessibility improvements to Royal York
Park Lawn Lake Shore Transportation were hearing about delays experienced Subway Station were recently completed,
Master Plan (TMP) was launched in 2016, on the 145 Downtown Express. In with elevator operation beginning on
and following Phase 1 public meetings, response to these complaints, TTC CEO December 10th, 2019. Other improve-
the study was put on a temporary hold Rick Leary advised me that the TTC was ments made to the station were the
until a ﬁnal decision was made on the exploring options to make their express installation of accessible fare gates, a bar-
future of the Christie’s site. routes more reliable. In late November, rier free path to the platform, automatic
all express bus routes began utilizing the sliding doors to enter the station, and a
In July 2019, City Council accepted a King Street Priority Corridor to help resurfacing of the bus loop. You can learn
settlement oﬀer from First Capital Realty improve travel times in the morning and more about the TTC’s Easier Access Pro-
to re-zone the Christie’s site to allow for afternoon peak periods. My oﬃce will gram at markgrimes.ca. HH
both employment and residential uses. continue to monitor the operation of this
Through this settlement we achieved a route and will continue to pass along Mark Grimes is the Councillor for Ward 3
number of our key goals including space comments and concerns to the TTC on Etobicoke-Lakeshore. He is a life-long resi-
for upwards of 3,500 jobs, a Secondary behalf of residents. dent, activist and businessperson in south
Plan that identiﬁes community services, Etobicoke. He can be reached by email at
facilities, and infrastructure required to 176 Mimico GO councillor_grime[email protected], or by phone
support new residents, and a path to pro- at 416-397-9273
vide this community with a GO station. While we await the construction of a GO
station on the Christie’s site we must
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of Community Events
BY ALISON JUDA
Y ou only need a few good events taking place consistently
throughout the year to put a town, city or region ﬁrmly on the map.
Once this happens, wider economic beneﬁts ripple through the area.
Everyone wins, from retailers, pubs and restaurants, to local cultural
venues and parks which enjoy an uptake in visitors and can even result
in additional local job and volunteer opportunities, especially if the event
is large and well-known enough. However, small events can have a huge
impact too! Especially if it’s regularly held. Think about the last event you
attended. Did you have fun and meet new people? Events connect people
to other like-minded individuals who share the same passions as them,
and they are an awesome way to celebrate the amazing community you
live in. One of the best things you can do as an individual who is part of
a thriving and growing town or municipality is to take an active role in
your community. Community events, activities and gatherings are a
great way to connect with others, make new friends, nurture long lasting
relationships, and often help other people in your community in a mul-
titude of ways. In the end, you can walk away from these events with
something as simple as a good feeling and a great memory to something
as amazing as a new friendship that can last for years.
So come out to events, shop local and help yours and neigh-
bouring communities thrive! HH
IT’S WINTER –
BUT FOR CRUISING IT’S
BY KRISTA GARNEY CLUETT
“W ave Season” is the Black Friday sengers that sail through the heart of des- River cruises in European wine country
of cruise travel and normally tinations, an expedition ship that oﬀers a always sell out ﬁrst for the early fall when
oﬀers the best value of the year. taste of exploration and adventure in oﬀ- the harvests come in. Itineraries featuring
For three months of the year, January the-beaten-path places, or something in special events (ie. Mardi Gras, New Year,
through March, cruise lines oﬀer some between. There are all levels of luxury so the Cannes Film Festival or Solar Eclipses)
of their best savings to encourage both everyone can ﬁnd the perfect cruise to are often sold out in days and sometimes
last minute bookings and encourage you suit their tastes. With so many choices, hours. When Crystal Cruises announced
to book cruises for this year and next. here are some hints about how to wade its ﬁrst voyage through the Northwest Pas-
The long cold months of winter are the through some of the great values. sage, it sold out in days, over a year prior to
ideal time to get us thinking about the the 2016 sailing.
perfect escape. Cruise lines report that Why Book Early
60% of their annual sales are made Book Now Versus Later Specials
during this period. There are so many reasons to plan ahead.
Not only do you get your choice of cabin Cruise Lines want people to book early,
In 2020, 32 million passengers are location (suites, accessible rooms, rooms not only so that they can count on their
expected to take a cruise. There are ves- accommodating more than two guests and ships sailing full, but so that their guests
sels of all sizes – from 10 to over 6500 midship staterooms always sell out ﬁrst) feel that they got the best deal. The
passengers. With 19 new ships scheduled but you can also choose from more itiner- normal policy is for cruise lines to
to launch this year, the choices are vast; aries. Cruise lines often oﬀer a unique increase their pricing as their ships fill.
for example, a ship with all the toys itinerary only once or twice per year. Trav- There is never a guarantee as to when
(waterslides, race tracks, ice rinks and elers that miss out are sure to book early the best price is available, however it is
more), river ships carrying under 200 pas- next time, often over a year in advance. a gamble to wait. By booking now, a
12 HUMBER HAPPENINGS | WINTER 2020 W W W. H B S C A . C A
deposit confirms your preferential place Some fares come with great onboard perks Here are just a few (note – on select sail-
not only for the stateroom location and such as free drinks, onboard gratuities, ings only, oﬀers vary based on availability
itinerary, but also for dining. And in shipboard spending money, complimen- at time of booking):
most cases, if a better special comes tary shore excursions, reduced or free • Avalon Waterways – Oﬀering free air-
along prior to final payment, the cruise airfares and/or free Wi-Fi. The extra fare
line will honour the new rate. Just note upfront may very well be a lot less than fare on select 2020 European River
that often a new lower fare may not what a passenger may have paid for these Cruises. Single supplement waived for
include as many perks, so it is always beneﬁts if purchased separately once most sailings (capacity controlled)
important to work out the overall value onboard. If you have one glass of wine per • Celebrity Cruises – Oﬀering savings
– not just price. day on vacation, then this may not be of of $100 - $500 plus a selection of perks
value to you but the more that is included (choose from Free Drinks, Wi-Fi, $150
Sorting Through at the time of purchase, the easier it is to shipboard credit, prepaid gratuities)
the Pricing Options set the ﬁnal budget for your vacation. • Cunard Line – Oﬀering complimen-
When you look back on your vacation, a tary upgrades and prepaid onboard
Often, while they may be the lowest fare, $50 saving won’t have the same fond gratuities
advertised fares are not the best value. For memories as the overall experience! • Disney Cruise Line – Oﬀering 25% for
every cruise, there are multiple fares for Canadian Residents
the same room. It is important to compare Wave Season Deals • Holland American Line – Oﬀering
the beneﬁts of each one. Sometimes the reduced Canadian Exchange Rates for
lowest fares come with a non-refundable Some cruise lines will oﬀer deals on every 2020 Europe sailings
deposit. This is a great value if you know sailing while others will choose only • Hurtigruten – Oﬀering savings of up to
you are not going to change your plans. select departures. 40 percent on select sailings through
2022 in destinations departing from
Svalbard, Norway, to see polar bears
• Princess Cruises – Best Ever Sale with
Beverage Package and Wi-Fi
• Regent Seven Seas Cruises – Oﬀering
extra savings plus Free Upgrade to
Business Class Airfare
• And so much more! Cruise lines
update their pricing almost daily, so
the price today may be diﬀerent
tomorrow. While there will be more
sales throughout the year, Wave
Season is usually the best time to plan
for your perfect cruise vacation. HH
Ready to be inspired? For more information
Humber Bay Travel, 88 Palace Pier Ct. #103.
416-236-2266 • [email protected]
WINTER 2020 | HUMBER HAPPENINGS 13
FROM THE DESK OF
CHRISTINE HOGARTH, MPP
I t has been a busy fall at the Ontario across the province and right here in Eto- sory table made up of a wide range of
Legislature as we work to restore trust bicoke-Lakeshore. experts, including veterinarians, agri-
and accountability in Government, to culture representatives, academics,
reduce red tape and regulatory burdens I heard directly from organizations animal advocates and others to pro-
for our job creators, and to build safer like the Etobicoke Humane Society and vide ongoing advice to the ministry.
communities. While there is still much Toronto Police 22 Division of the chal- My ﬁrst Private Members Bill as an MPP
work to be done, I am very pleased with lenges that they faced protecting animals outlined the need for an advisory table
the progress that we have made on deliv- under the old system. We listened to that would help craft animal welfare rules
ering our commitments made to you. those concerns and we acted. and regulations. I was pleased to see that
the Government adopted this idea and put
One of the highlights of the session The Provincial Animal Welfare System it in the PAWS Act. I have a passion for the
happened on December 5 when the (PAWS Act) will: welfare of animals and am proud that our
Ontario Legislature unanimously passed • Implement a new enforcement model, Government has acted in such a strong
a law that will better protect animals from way on this important issue.
abuse and neglect by implementing the including provincial inspectors to pro- Other highlights of the session
ﬁrst provincial government-based animal vide province-wide coverage, and included passing bills that would reduce
welfare enforcement system. Now that it inspectors with specialized expertise in red tape, help modernize Ontario’s
is in force, Ontario has the strongest livestock, zoos, aquariums and equines mental health and addiction system and
animal cruelty penalties in Canada. • Updating prohibitions and obliga- pass a bill implementing the fall eco-
tions, such as barring the return of dog nomic statement, which cut Ontario’s
For the ﬁrst time in Ontario animal ﬁghting equipment to a person con- small business tax rate.
welfare laws will be enforced by the victed of an oﬀence as well as It is an honour and a privilege to be
province, not by a charity. This sets the increasing penalties for oﬀences your MPP and I look forward to hearing
bar for the rest of the country. • Enabling inspectors to enter motor from you in 2020. HH
vehicles to help pets in critical distress
As the Parliamentary Assistant to the in extreme weather conditions Christine Hogarth is the MPP for Etobicoke—
Solicitor General I was pleased to help • Establishing new oversight provisions Lakeshore. She lives near Mimico with her
develop and pass the new law that will of inspectors that oﬀer increased husband Paul and her rescue crew: dog Bruce
help protect our pets in Etobicoke- transparency and accountability, as and cat Edward.
Lakeshore. Since being appointed in the well as a one-window complaints
spring of 2019, I have had the privilege of mechanism for the public
hosting animal welfare roundtables • Establishing a multi-disciplinary advi-
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2020 REAL ESTATE
BY GILLIAN RITCHIE
F ebruary is the month of love and Toronto core and the Greater Toronto We are happy to discuss all the dif-
passion. It’s a very special month in Area. The aggregate price of a home in the ferent options available to you, to get
our household as we were married Greater Toronto Area is forecast to your home ready for sale. Contact us at
in February, and our middle daughter increase 4.75 per cent year-over-year in [email protected] HH
was born on the 14th! At Red Square 2020, rising to $883,700.
Team, we are very lucky, as we absolutely Until next time,Gillian Ritchie, Broker Red
love what we do. We love helping our If you are thinking of a move in 2020, Square Team, Royal LePage Real Estate
buyers to find their perfect home and we let Red Square Team bring the love to your Services.
love working with our sellers to prepare property.
their home for sale. In fact, we are truly
passionate to present every home in its
best light, and to maximise the return
for the homeowner.
When I reﬂect on 2019, the market had
a slow start. The inventory levels were
quite low compared to previous spring
markets. However, by the beginning of
Fall, the market had more momentum
and inventory and by the end of the year
the number of sales were up 17.4% year
on year (see chart). However, while the
sales were up in December 2019, the
number of new listings entered into
TREB’s MLS® System were actually down
by 2.4 per cent year-over-year.
GTA buyers are now stress-test-
adjusted and beneﬁting from lower
interest rates. These historic lows of
available active listings meant that the
2019 real estate market still heavily
favoured sellers. As a result, the average
condo sale price in the 416 GTA was
$656,233 for 2019. More locally in
Mimico, the average condo sale in the last
quarter of 2019, was $600,852.
As for the outlook for 2020, according
to the Royal LePage Market Survey Fore-
cast, tight market conditions inﬂuenced
by low supply and a growing population
continue to aﬀect home prices in the
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The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
REVIEW BY HUNTER PEEBLES
H ollywood movie icon, Evelyn Hugo decides that at age
79, she is ﬁnally ready to share the truth about her
tumultuous and scandalous life. The starlet selects an
unknown writer, Monique Grant, to write her ﬁnal interview
and no one is more shocked than Monique herself. The novel
ﬂips between two timelines, the present, where Evelyn is
going over the events of her life with Monique, and the past,
where the reader is brought into a ﬁrst-person narrative.
Taylor Jenkins Reid’s writing style is so infectious and
engaging it’s almost easy to forget that you’re reading a novel
and not sitting on Evelyn Hugo’s couch listening to her tell
her life story.
What starts as a narrative exploring the behind-the-scenes
of Hollywood’s golden era and everything that went into manip-
ulating the media and the public to skew the odds in one’s
favour turns into a self-reﬂection on what it means to “have it
all”, and the diﬀerent lengths people will go to get there.
For a novel titled The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, the
men really do play a supporting role to not only Evelyn her-
self, but to the dramatic mystery that leaves the reader
guessing who the “love of her life” actually was. The book
explores themes such a love, friendship and guilt — while
giving the reader an insight into what it was like to be a
member of the LGBTQ+ community during the latter half of
the 20th century (albeit from a privileged point of view).
The novel culminates into a revelation as to why Hugo was
so insistent on selecting Grant for the task and explores the
psychological presence of conscience, and how one can truly
decide if another is a good person or not and what exactly it
actually means to be a “good person”. Reid manages to create
a character so complex that even as a reader, it’s hard to decide
how you feel about Evelyn. What I do know however, is that I
couldn’t put this book down. 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: @___musings_____
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BY BRUNO DA BUTCHA I n keeping with the economical do-it- and Swiss cheese, aka Cordon Bleu but in
18 HUMBER HAPPENINGS | WINTER 2020 yourself theme from my last article, I a chicken supreme format, and 4 French
chose the humble, succulent and ver- style semi-boneless legs, stuﬀed with a
satile fryer chicken. bread stuﬃng, roasted garlic and Cana-
dian bacon nuggets.
Here is a two-course meal which can
be served with other sides. When done, The total cost of all the ingredients,
there will be soup and entrees to feed 8 minus the TLC put into it (passion is free)
people with a preference for both white comes to less than $25. Enjoy yourself Cre-
and dark meat. atively Cooking Carnivorously! I’d be more
than happy to answer any meat prepping
First course: chicken linguine noodle queries or do a free in-home mini meat
soup (Fettuccini works great too). cutting lesson, schedules permitting.
Meat you later!
Second, main course: 4 chicken
Supremes stuﬀed with black forest ham
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Chicken Linguine Soup | Chicken Supreme
French Stuffed Chicken Legs
INGREDIENTS Set aside the bones and veggies separately the 2 boxes of seasoned poultry stuﬃng
to cool somewhat so they can be managed mix (I use No Name). There will be a tad
• 2 pcs fryer chickens, 1.5kg avg easily to ﬁnish oﬀ the wholesomeness of extra to use however you desire, for
• 120 g Swiss cheese, julienned the soup. countless uses.
• 120 g Black Forest ham, julienned
• 2 boxes seasoned poultry stuﬃng mix Strain, and strain again till a clear-ish With the legs, remove the thigh bone,
• 1 garlic bulb broth is attained, then transfer into a feathering the thigh meat open and
• 100 g Canadian bacon nuggets clean pot. removing the large vein and globs of fat
• 150 g linguine pasta, cut in that exist. The drumstick part should be
Remove what meat is attached to the carefully peeled back halfway using your
6-7 pieces by hand bones and add to the broth. blade. Season the inside lightly with salt
• 2.5 liters water and black pepper as well. Then, with the
• 2.5 tbsp salt Take some but not all the veggies and smokey garlic poultry bread stuﬃng mix,
• 1 tbsp ﬁne black pepper potato and cut into small bite-sized roll into a ball (about 85 g). Place the mix
• 4 medium cooking onions, halved pieces to add to the broth. onto feathered out pocket, then take the
• 4 large, slightly peeled celery stalks thigh meat and overlap it covering most
• 4 med-large peeled carrots Bring to a simmer to amalgamate it all, of the stuﬃng. With the skin, cover the
• 1 white potato, halved and salt to taste. Sprinkle chopped chives thigh and stuﬃng mix, and again with the
• 1 pc ginger, 10g (small chunk), on top of each bowl before serving to add needle and thread or toothpicks, secure
some vibrancy. the entree leaving the one double knot or
sliced 2mm use toothpicks on the bottom. Season all
• 1 tbsp fresh chopped chive While the soup is simmering, the around. Bake from fresh, for 30-40 min at
• 1 tsp olive oil entrees can be processed and assembled. 375F. These little beauties can be frozen
• 1 meat sewing needle and cooked from frozen later for 40-50
• Butchers twine Starting with the four chicken breast min at 375F. Baste with natural juices peri-
Supremes that are ready to be stuffed, odically during the last 10-15 min. When
Taking a sharp knife and being very insert your blade from the tip of the cooked, tented and rested, please
careful not to have any of your digits in breast, making an incision pocket run- remember to remove the knot of string or
the way that the blade is headed, separate ning upwards towards the drummette. toothpicks before serving. Serve with your
the chicken in two, leaving the bone-in Open the pocket enough to season the favourite sides, enjoy! HH
breast, and bone-in leg sections separate inside lightly with salt and black pepper.
and leaving both pieces with enough skin Then insert 30g each of the julienned If you have any questions, please feel free to
for the stuﬃng process. Commence with Black Forest ham and Swiss cheese. To contact me on IG @ brunodabutcha
removing all the bones from the breasts secure the stuffing using a meat needle
except for the drummette part of the and butcher twine, thread the needle
wing. The ﬂat will be part of the chicken from the lower tip of the supreme,
noodle soup. through the skin overlapping the breast
and re-threading towards the wing
I like to roast the chicken bones that folding the extra skin piercing meat and
were generated by both birds with salt and skin tying one double knot resting on
pepper for 20 min at 400F to get some of the bottom of the entrée, or tooth picks
the moisture out so when the water will suffice. Season all around when
comes to a boil, there will be no skimming done. Set aside in fridge until ready for
to do and it leaves the soup with a golden the oven.
colour and a nice roasted ﬂavour.
Cut a piece oﬀ each end of the bulb of
In a large pot of 2.5 liters of water, add garlic, rub with olive oil and season each
the roasted bones, the trinity of veggies (4 end with salt and pepper. Place in the
carrots, 4 celery stalks, 4 onions) and a oven and bake at 400F for 20-30 min.
white potato. After coming to boil, let When done, squeeze out the roasted gar-
simmer on medium for at least 1.5 hours. licky goodness, and with the 100 g of
Canadian bacon nuggets, blend well with
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health & wellness
MOVE IT OR LOSE IT!
CHIROPRACTIC CARE HELPS KEEP YOU FLEXIBLE AND
PAIN FREE SO YOU CAN LIVE LIFE TO THE FULLEST.
BY DR. SHAWN HENDERSON
H ow often has chronic joint pain and
tightness kept you from doing the
things you love? Mobility is key to
being active, healthy and happy. So, let’s
make sure we improve your range of
motion so you can live life to the fullest.
Understanding Aging pain and restriction. Regular chiropractic Chiropractic care is essential to
and Arthritis care helps regain and maintain your ensuring optimal joint movement and
health, regardless of your age. Besides, function. We’d love to help you and show
While birthdays come and go, we are left normal range of motion is a must for any you more ways you can live a longer,
with the progressive eﬀects of aging. This athletic performance! healthier and active life! HH
“birth-day-itis” combined with cumula-
tive eﬀects of injuries over time and Maintain Your Range
gradual deconditioning leads to joint
stiﬀness and muscle weakening. Arthritis How can we maintain our ability to turn
is the process of joint degeneration and bend as we were designed?
causing immobility and limitation in
activities of daily life. The best defense to
keep the joints from stiﬀening or
“rusting” as we age is to be active and
have chiropractic treatment which helps
restore optimum movement to the
injured, inﬂamed or arthritic joints.
Understanding Range of Motion Stretching exercises. These movements Practicing in Etobicoke since 1975, two gener-
can improve your range of motion and ations of the Henderson family have been
Range of motion is the mobility of the reduce pain. There are both active and pas- treating patients with exceptional chiropractic
joints in your body that you need to per- sive range of motion exercises that work care. Over the last 45 years our team has
form activities. If you’re healthy, joints on strengthening your joints and muscles. grown to include a full range of NATURAL
maintain a normal range of motion that We’ll show you which is best for you. HEALTH services to meet your individual and
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to-day activities and simply enjoy life. Regular chiropractic care. Chiropractic schedule a chiropractic spinal assessment
Injury, obesity, incorrect posture, lack of care helps keep your neck and back with Dr. Maureen Henderson or Dr. Shawn
movement, aging and spinal issues may joints, and limbs mobile and ﬂexible. Henderson. Visit kingswayhealth.ca and
impair your range of motion and ﬂexi- We’ll work with you to restore your make 2020 your healthiest year yet!
bility and decrease your activity level. normal range of motion. Often, chronic
ailments are improved while addressing
Stay Active, Live Life! pain issues as the normal range of
motion is restored.
Many people visit us with common prob-
lems like back pain, neck pain and joint
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BY BRUNO CLAUSI | PHOTOS BY DAVID CREELMAN
“M osè non era neppure metà del coyote but it is extremely important to keep pets away as
che sono io.” (Moses wasn’t even half they can contract the disease.
the coyote I am.) This obscure, yet
meaningful Italian proverb hails from the ances- Some people in the neighbourhood have seen
tral land of yours truly. When reﬂecting on the coyotes while walking with their dogs and are
coyote, “wily” deﬁnitely comes to mind, but I fearful that they or their dogs may be attacked.
would be loath to say these creatures are crafty or While coyotes rarely attack humans, it is unfor-
devious. Coyotes certainly need their wiles in tunately possible that a coyote would attack small
order to survive and ﬂourish in our increasingly dogs, particularly if they are oﬀ leash or far from
urbanized environment. their handlers. Coyotes feed on foxes, rabbits, rac-
coons, rodents, and other small animals. To
The coyote is traditionally seen as a “teacher” coyotes, a small dog is prey; however, large dogs
of human nature by some of the indigenous peo- can be a threat, especially unleashed and allowed
ples of the Americas. Many naturalists ﬁnd to run after them. Therefore, it is very important
coyotes fascinating; however, they have been that all dogs be kept on a leash no longer than two
much maligned throughout our encounters with metres as per Toronto bylaws.
them. “He is always hungry. He is always poor, out
of luck and friendless. The meanest creatures Coyotes are an integral part of our landscape.
despise him and even the ﬂea would desert him They are a keystone species, and instead of
for a velocipede.” (Mark Twain, Roughing It). fearing them, we ought to learn to appreciate their
role in our environment. While it is common to
Coyotes are clever and generally very cautious. exhort tolerance for diversity among the human
They are adept at surviving in our urban habitat, population, we should also extend that tolerance
coming out at dawn and dusk in search of food. to wildlife. HH
However, there have been instances where coyotes
would risk coming out during the day. One pos- For more information or to become a member
sible factor contributing to this behaviour is a follow us on Facebook (Friends of Humber
disease known as sarcoptic mange, a contagious, Bay Park) [email protected]
skin disease caused by microscopic burrowing
mites. This illness is characterized by itchiness
that can lead to hair loss, making the animal vul-
nerable to cold weather and secondary infections
that can be fatal. If the mange is on the face, it can
lead to poor vision or blindness, forcing the
animal to come out during the day. In our neigh-
bourhood of Humber Bay Shores, several coyotes
have been spotted, speciﬁcally in the Butterﬂy
Garden and Humber Bay Park East, and at least one
of them suﬀers from mange. The Toronto Wildlife
Centre is aware of and is monitoring the situation,
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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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