Posted Dec 2013
4Life Foundation to host Ball Hockey Tourney at Winterfest
4Life Foundation (4LF) has spent years working with young and old, rich
and poor individuals and families from over sixty cultural and religious
backgrounds. The foundation is devoted to building bridges within local
communities. 4LF has developed and sustained great relationships with a
wide variety of governmental, private and corporate organizations.
Since 2007, Joseph Khargie has been the Program Director at the 4life
Foundation and has volunteered his time to help youth in the community. He
has taken 4LF to another level, specifically in Scarborough, expanding
various sports mentorship programs in schools to reach youth and help them
to find a sense of belonging and purpose. The foundation has been working
closely with 43 Division Toronto Police to enhance community safety.
4Life Foundation recently partnered with two senior homes, Extendicare
Guildwood and ChartwellGuildwood to work with the elderly that have
Alzheimerís. The Music Memory program connects youth and seniors together
through music. Youth DJs from Sir Robert L. Borden BTI are willingly
devoting their time to assist in enriching the lives of the elderly. Due
to the success of the program, all Extendicareís will be incorporating the
program Province wide in the near future. (see YouTube video
4LF Music Memory).
This year, Joseph is leading a youth committee with CCRA members, Jake
Forsyth and Dania Ansari to engage youth in the Centennial area. The
committee plans to run a ball hockey tournament at the upcoming Winterfest
on January 25th, and is looking for teams of four players, including a
goalie, co-ed teams welcome. The tournament will have two divisions, 11-14
years old and 15-17 years old. Deadline to register your team is January
sign your ball hockey team up for the Winterfest tournament, email your
team members' full names, ages and emails to
information about 4Life Foundation, contact Joseph at
"Sign your ball hockey team up
for Winterfest today! We are looking for teams of four players,
including a goalie. Co-Ed teams are welcome. There will be two
divisions, 11-14 years old and 15-17 years old. Deadline to register is
Jan.15th 2014. Prizes to be won!
Posted Nov 2013
Animal Proofing Your Home
By Nicole Corrado
As winter approaches, animals get ready to deal with the cold. For some
animals, this means moving into our living space. Here are some tips to
animal proof your home.
● Block all holes in your home with steel wool. Then board the hole up.
(Make sure you don't leave animals inside.)
● Put metal screens around all openings (vents, eaves-troughs, gutters,
chimneys, window wells, etc).
● Replace all worn shingles. If possible, replace the shingles with
● Trim trees back at least 5 metes back from roof edges.
● Loosely wrap trees with heavy gauge wire.
● To deter beavers, mix non-toxic paint with sand, and paint it on trees.
● Remove TV antennae, or wrap sheet metal around them 1.3 metres high, and
buried 15 cm into the ground.
●To keep rabbits out of a garden, build a fence 1 meter high, and buried
15 cm deep.
● Keep compost and garbage inaccessible. Make sure your compost has a
locking lid. Put meat scraps in the green bin, not the composter, and
only put your green bin out the morning of pickup. If this is not
possible, purchase a raccoon proof lock for the green bin. (Businesses
may purchase a bear proof dumpster, which also keeps out raccoons and
mice.) Animal proof metal bins by putting a bungee cord through the side
and top handles. Do not overfill any kind of bin.
● Never feed wildlife. (Birds are an exception.) Animals can't
distinguish between friendly and unfriendly people, and may even bite.
● Squirrel proof your bird feeder, and place a tray under it to collect
seeds, which attract mice.
● Dig a 20 cm trench around your house, shed and porch, and line it with
galvanized steel in an L shape, away from the building.
● To keep rodents out, place spiky pigeon barriers around the perimeter of
all outside walls of buildings.
● Other rodent deterrents include mint, blood meal, sound devices (too
high for humans to hear), and predator scent.
● To keep mice out of cupboards, place all dry foods in sealed plastic or
metal containers. Clean any crumbs off the floor immediately.
● Pick up all fallen fruit from your lawn, and remove pumpkins after you
are finished with them. (Fruit attracts raccoons and coyotes.)
● Mow your lawn, and remove all clutter, which attracts rodents.
● To deter animals, set a radio on a 24 hour talk station, and leave it on
in areas where you want animals to leave.
● Live traps can be rented or purchased, but care should be taken to not
leave baby animals behind. Bear in mind too, that house mice can't
survive temperatures under -10℃,
and rats can't survive temperatures of under -18℃,
since they are non-native. Additionally, native mammals can't be legally
relocated more than 1 km in Ontario without permission from the Ministry
of Natural Resources. Before live trapping animals, check with the
Toronto Wildlife Centre.
● If hiring a wildlife removal company, ask first to make sure they use
humane, non-lethal methods. Harmful or lethal controls of wildlife
(including rodents) always backfires, encouraging more intensive breeding
and immigration to replace deceased animals. A company should know enough
about the wildlife they are dealing with to handle animals humanely.
● If you find an orphaned, injured, sick, or abused wild animal, contact
the Toronto Wildlife Centre at
To learn more about urban wildlife, contact the Toronto Wildlife Centre,
the Toronto Humane Society, or the Ontario SPCA. I would also recommend
reading Wild Neighbors: A Humane Approach to Dealing With Wildlife
(Washington D.C,: Humane Society Press, 2007, John Hadidian, editor).
If we take the time to learn about urban wildlife, then we can live in
peace with each other.
Nicole Corrado is a nature artist with an interest in urban wildlife. You
can view more of her art at
Posted Sept 2013 2013
As reported in June, the Highland
Creek Heritage Day held on Saturday June 8th, was combined with
U of Tís 100th anniversary celebration at the Miller Lash
House. This house is located on U of T Scarborough campus property off
Old Kingston Road adjacent to Colonel Danforth Park. Each Thursday
evening during the summer a pub night was held at the Miller Lash House.
The last night was Thursday August 15th. This was a new
venture for U of T. The location of the house is unique and the setting
is spectacular. Food was reasonably priced and good. From reports I
understand U of T will be opening up the house next summer with perhaps
more nights available. Watch for an announcement next spring.
This year, our Spring membership campaign will not be
canvassing door-to-door. Instead, we are asking you to join or renew your
annual membership by mail or on our website.
CCRA would like to thank the dedicated volunteers who have
contributed their time in past years, canvassing neighbours throughout the
community. You have been an essential part in the growth and longevity of
What does my membership
Annual membership campaigns
raise thousands of dollars for the community. Your membership fees are
used within the Centennial neighbourhood to sponsor activities and events
for all ages.
CCRA partners with groups
like Scouts Canada, Sir Oliver Mowat Collegiate, neighbouring West Rouge
and Highland Creek community associations, as well as the City of Toronto
Parks, Forestry and Recreation. Just some of the events supported by your
membership fees are Highland Creek Heritage Day, Winterfest, Earth Day,
Summer Concert Series, CPLC Annual Picnic, Charlottetown French Award and
the Bill Dempsey and Mowat Scholarships.
Are you a member of CCRA? 5
reasons to join:
CCRA represents the Centennial community in issues of local
planning and development. We have been an active voice in preserving
public park space, the creation of Adams Park and William Alexander
Dempsey Echo Park, lobbying for the Waterfront Trail, Port Union Village
Common and the conservation of Centennial Creek, among many other
CCRA is actively involved in the organization and
sponsorship of special events like Earth Day, Summer Concerts in the Park,
Heritage Day, Winterfest and the Waterfront Festival. We sponsor sports
clubs, school events and activities, the Bill Dempsey Scholarship and
awards for academic excellence and community involvement.
CCRA keeps you informed through our newsletter 10 months of
the year, delivering to the entire community. CCRA news shares news and
issues of interest to Centennial and the surrounding neighbourhoods, and
gives voice to community and elected representatives.
ccranews.com is our online resource for community
information, history and resources, with up-to-date news and events for
Centennial and beyond.
CCRA provides community representation to all levels of