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at most stores, banks, libraries or community centres in the
Scarborough Bluffs
Communities along the lake between
Victoria Park and Port Union
villages.
Northern boundaries are
Eglinton on the west and 401 / Island Rd. on the east.
Bluffs Monitor can also be found in stores along Kingston Road west of Victoria Park Ave., to Main St., also in the Main Street Library and in Loblaws on Victoria Park Ave.

House to House delivery
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on select streets
throughout the Bluffs area.
Birch Cliff
Oak Ridge
Clairlea
Cliffside
Cliffcrest
Scarborough Village
Guildwood
Highland Creek
West Hill
“The Greek Theatre” on the Guild Inn grounds
Celebrating Guild Festival Theatre
An evening of entertainment for GFT’s Fifth Anniversary
STEN EIRIK  March 23, 1952 - April 1, 2015
It is with great saddness that the Guild Festival Theatre Board announced the unexpected death of Founder, Director and Soul of the Guild Festival Theatre, Sten Eirik.  Sten passed away very suddenly at St. Michael's Hospital on April 1st, 2015 as a result of complications of Burkitt's Lymphoma.
A Celebration of His Life was held on Sunday, April 19th at the Scandinavian-Canadian Club (Bathurst & Lawrence W.) Over 300 people attended to honour and remember him.  Sten leaves a legacy
of his creative spirit, dreams and accomplishments as a Director, Actor, Producer, Musician, Poet and husband to Stephanie Frontin-Eirik and sons Jude and Joel as well as grand children Anders and Rowan.
Thank you Sten for your creative drive that turned dreams into reality.

The family had asked that in lieu of flowers, donations to Guild Festival Theatre be made in memory of Sten. Cheques should be made payable to Guild Festival Theatre and include the donor's name, address and e-mail
address (if you have one) for the tax receipt.  Please mail the cheque with your information to: c/o  Janet Heise, 118 Catalina Drive, Scarborough, ON M1M 1K8.
Other donations can be made via bank transfer to: Guild Festival Theatre, Account: 61382 0013617; Swift Code: NOSCCATT; Scotiabank, 3041 Kingston Rd., Scarborough, ON, M1M 1P1.
Tax receipts will be issued for donations over $20 or more (Registered Charity 81748 5295 RR0001.)  
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Taxes Rise with Extras
by Larry Johnston
 Toronto taxes will be going up 2.25 per cent, plus 0.5 per cent for the Scar-borough subway this year.
 After less than two days of final deliberations, the bylaws setting the rates were passed March 10-11. There is an additional increase for residences of 0.45 per cent which is designed to bring the rate closer to commercial rates. The official city tax increase for residents is 3.2 per cent or $83.19 on the average house now assessed at $524,833.
 In addition there is a significant increase in the water bill, which was expected and in the garbage fee, which was not. Some councillors were so upset by the surprises in the garbage bin fee, that they passed motions to have any increase that the budget committee planned in future years should go to the works committee first. The City is not only increasing the cost per bin, it is reducing rebates on average bins to find $18 million for other spending.
 The City is being hit again this year with the end of pooling of social service spending with the surrounding regions. This was a huge shock to York and Peel in particular when it started after Toronto's amalgamation, costing York in particular $90 million. It was designed to help pay for services that residents from greater Toronto received from city-based social services.
 That number has not gone down, but the population outside Toronto and the number of provincial ridings that can vote Liberal there has and will
continue to go up, and so have the number of well known Liberals in local offices. The premier lives in Toronto now, but she grew up in Richmond Hill.
 A small group of councillors led by Gordon Perks, from Parkdale, favoured covering this $69 million hole in the budget with an immediate tax increase that would put the total for the year to more than five per cent. It would get rid of the problem in no more than two years.
 However, the solution found by the city's financial specialists and backed by budget chief Gary Crawford and mayor John Tory was to spread it over four years by borrowing from reserve funds. This technique has been used in the past to provide cash for charitable building projects.
 Crawford said “this fiscally prudent budget balances the need to invest in our city, while keeping property tax increases to a minimum.”
 The mayor, Crawford and the budget committee found ways to restore items that had been cut from previous years or to add new ones.
 Several groups involved in this work appeared before the budget sub-committee in Scarborough last month.
 There is also $1 million for the start-up of a local planning appeal body that would take the place of the Ontario Municipal Board for local appeals from committee of adjustment decisions. There is also money for heritage studies and area planning.
 There is a $25 million in poverty reduction that includes childcare
subsidies and there is more money for tree planting.
 The TTC budget includes 10 cents per fare increases that will restore services to the same levels as before the last two years.
 The capital plan includes some big items in the ten-year plan including nearly $1 billion for the rehabilitation of the Gardiner expressway at a faster rate than previously planned, $627 million for parks, forestry and recreation, new subway, bus and light rail transit cars and new paramedic and fire stations. The current city debt is under $12 billion but will rise to just under the City's self-imposed ceiling of $15 billion in five years, according to staff.
 Several amendments to the final budget motion were accepted by budget chief Crawford, including one from Councillor Rob Ford. Mayor Tory had one person each added to the ombudsman and integrity commissioner's staff, with the proviso of more study for more in 2016. A number of amendments were accepted asking for study for the next annual budget.
 Councillor Ford opposed many of the new measures as pushing the City into an unnecessary tax increase. The final vote was 42-2.
 Despite the many hours of extra work going back to December, Councillor Crawford indicated he would be involved next year as well. “As we've shown in this process, we will continue the balanced approach to balancing the budget in 2016,” he said.
 

Pick Up a Copy!
at most stores, banks, libraries or community centres in the
Scarborough Bluffs
Communities along the lake between
Victoria Park and Port Union
villages.
Northern boundaries are
Eglinton on the west and 401 / Island Rd. on the east.
Bluffs Monitor can also be found in stores along Kingston Road west of Victoria Park Ave., to Main St., also in the Main Street Library and in Loblaws on Victoria Park Ave.

House to House delivery
by our  Volunteers
on select streets
throughout the Bluffs area.
Birch Cliff
Oak Ridge
Clairlea
Cliffside
Cliffcrest
Scarborough Village
Guildwood
Highland Creek
West Hill
The photo at the top of this page is of the Bluffs today, seen from the bottom of Brimley in what is known as Bluffers Park
They have a history of European occupation going back to the seventeen hundreds. Lowland Scots emigrated to this area after being pushed out of their farms in Scotland by the titled gentry. Some of their descendents still live here today.
The name “Scarborough Bluffs” was given to it by Elizabeth Graves Simcoe, wife of the first Lieutenant Governor of Upper Canada,
John Graves Simcoe because it reminded her of Scarborough Bluffs in England.
The Bluffs are the only geologically scenic area in the greater Toronto area but are also a geologic wonder, visited by scientists from all over the world to study its exposed history of the planet.  

Scarborough Communities are Unique!
 Join in the Guild Festival Theatre’s Fifth Anniversary “Celebrating Guild Festival Theatre”, and the honouring of the life of its Founder, Sten Eirik on Saturday April 25, 2015 at 7:00pm Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 258, 45 Lawson Road, Scarborough. Tickets: $25 at the door. All proceeds will go towards funding the continuation of GFT.
 During the benefit, guests can view a photographic display from Guild Festival Theatre’s past productions,
including The Cherry Orchard, Clouds Over T.O., The Misanthrope and The Importance of Being Earnest. Cast members from these shows will be present to chat and reminisce with patrons.
 In addition, there will be a silent auction, door prizes, snacks and a cash bar. Entertainment will include famed Canadian actress Jill Frappier, who played the grand old Lady Bracknell in “Earnest” last summer.
 The evening will be hosted by
Ronnie Edwards, a man of delightful comedic flair, with musical entertainment by well known singer/musician Alan Reid.
 This special anniversary party is a cozy, light-hearted way to celebrate the arrival of Spring. There will be lots of time to stroll around and chat with friends, or have one-on-one time with the Guild actors who have delighted audiences onstage every summer.