Posted April 2014
Spooner was born at Scarborough Centenary hospital in 1990. Last month
she won a gold medal in women’s hockey at the Sochi 2014 Olympics. It
continued a tradition of a Scarborough born women playing in the Olympic
gold medal final since Women’s Hockey made its debut at the Nagano 1998
hockey story started on the backyard rink her father built and on the
Rouge Marsh at the end of Lawrence Ave. Her first organized season was
with the Scarborough Hockey Association (SHA) house league. Her career
continued with the Durham West Lightning, Team Ontario, Ohio State
Buckeyes, Toronto Furies and the Canadian National Team.
2013 Natalie was selected to participate in the Hockey Canada
centralization program which was to select the Women’s Olympic Team. That
meant a move to Calgary along with twenty six other hopefuls to live,
train and prepare for the 2014 Games. Known to be one of the most
demanding training programs in the world, the preparations leading up to
the Olympics included a six game series with the United States, a
thirty-five game season in the Alberta midget league, international
travel, inters-quad games and an intense workout regime. All of this
preparation leading to the goal of bringing home Gold in Sochi.
short stop in Austria the team arrived in Sochi on February 1st,
a full week before their first game against Switzerland. Natalie and new
roommates Hayley Wickenheiser and Shannon Szabados marched in the Opening
Ceremony, took pictures with the Olympic rings, and rode bikes through
hockey finally started Natalie got her Olympic tournament off to a strong
start assisting on the Canada’s first goal en route to a 5-0 win. Wins
over Finland and the United States punched Canada’s ticket to a semi-final
rematch with Switzerland. At 7:29 of the first period Natalie scored her
first Olympic goal, one that was assisted by Hayley Wickenheiser. Canada
ended the game with a 3-0 win, and Natalie with two goals.
All of the
training, travel, and hard work culminated in the gold medal final against
the United States. After going down 2-0, Canada pulled a stunning
comeback scoring with 3 minutes left, 1 minute left and the winning goal
in overtime. That was followed by the medal ceremony where Natalie
received her gold medal. When asked for advice to young players starting
their Olympic journey in Scarborough Natalie responded “Just go out there
and try your best, keep playing hard and do everything they ask, and in
the end, as long as you did your best, then you know you have no regrets,
and whether you make it or not, you should be proud.”
will now continue her career with the Toronto Furies of the Canadian
Women’s Hockey League. She is also planning a variety of upcoming events
in Scarborough; stay tuned to her website NatalieSpooner.com for details.
Posted April 2014
By Barbara Broadley
Winterfest in Centennial! Saturday, January 25th we held our
outdoor event for the families of the Community. The day started out very
windy but by 11:00 am the winds had died down and the sun came out. It
wasn’t as cold as in previous weeks which was bearable! The gym was
rocking to the music of the bands, vocals and talented highland dancers.
You could enjoy a hot apple cider and hot chocolate and plenty to eat that
was being BBQ’d outdoors. There were many outdoor games, snowshoeing,
mutt show, curling, bingo and face painting. Being Canadian, we even had
a good game of outdoor hockey! We welcome our guests of the Pan AM bear
mascot and the many clowns who made balloon animals. The woodcarvers
made wood buttons for everyone to wear. Outside you could enjoy a taste
of maple syrup on snow and playing a game of tic tac toe made out of ice!
I thank all our sponsors for without them this event would not happen.
Please support them in your daily outings.
Centennial Community & Recreation Association, West Rouge Sports &
Recreation Association, Port Union Seniors, and City of Toronto – Parks,
Forestry & Recreation
Heather Curling Club, Muddy Paws & Nature's Variety Inc., TRCA, Rouge
Valley Optimist, TD Canada Trust, RBC, Scotiabank, Highland Creek
Community Association, West Rouge Community Association, Port Union
Library, Scarborough Corps of Clowns, Toronto Police & Fire Services,
Toronto EMS, Corneliu Chisu–MP, Tracy MacCharles-MPP, Councillor Ron
Moeser, 4Life Foundation, & Marsman Music
A special thank you to all the volunteers and heads of committees for
their commitment in supporting this event as they have spent many hours in
making this happen. Thank you.
Posted Mar 2014
What’s Happening at the West Rouge Tennis Club
(by Mary Soye,
Secretary, West Rouge Tennis Club)
you ever driven by the West Rouge Community Centre between April and
October and wondered what was happening under the bright lights of the
tennis courts in the evenings? Well this is the West Rouge Tennis Club – a
dynamic, community-based club, and home to people who love playing tennis
in the great outdoors.
evenings you will see the ladies’
and men’s house league doubles matches.
Wednesday evenings we have mixed doubles on the courts. Many Tuesday
nights you will see some of our more experienced players hosting other
Scarborough teams in a league that is part of the Scarborough Tennis
Federation (STF). West Rouge has
three different levels of teams in this league – some
more competitive than others! And you might just see us playing in the
Mixed Luck of the Draw tournament, a fun annual event that sparks some
spirited tennis. But
the real competition takes place later in the season at the club
let the competition scare you off, though. The club also offers
run by our pro for adult
non-members (beginner members are also
encouraged to attend) on Wednesday evenings from 6:00 to 7:00 in May and
June. Here you can learn (or re-learn) the basics. You are sure to meet up
with other players at your level and you can arrange games with them.
junior program is a great way for children under the age of 18 to get
involved in tennis – a sport that incorporates both mental and physical
exercise. From May 2 to May 31, all juniors have five free lessons with
our club pro on Saturdays and there are five organized junior drop-in
session on Wednesday afternoons in May and June from 5:00 to 6:00. We’d
like to see more juniors on our courts learning to love the game and play
it throughout their lives, and who knows? Your child might be the next
Milos or Eugenie! Find out by signing them up. And consider signing up
with them. Tennis is a great way to spend healthy, active family time,
right here in the neighbourhood.
addition to court time, the club hosts a number of social events
throughout the season, including an opening day barbeque, a Family Day
event, a mid-winter wine and cheese evening, an Ironman/Ironwoman
challenge that involves golf, tennis and a barbeque, and to round off the
season, a house league dinner and awards night.
have to be a member to play on our courts (except Saturday and Sunday
afternoons between 4:00 and 6:00when they are open to the public and at
the Wednesday beginner clinics),
so sign up now! You can find the application form
online at www. westrougetennisclub.com
and at the WRCC reception desk. We would love to
have you and your family join us at the West Rouge Tennis Club!
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
Alzheimer’s. 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 Extendicare’s 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 T’s 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