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Correction:  Kindergarten Registration 2015 School Directory
Guildwood Junior Public School available Appointments are on Feb. 23-26th from 9am to 11am and on
Feb. 27th 9am to 11am and also from 1pm to 3pm that day.

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Unsafe Open-Ice Conditions
 The City of Toronto reminds residents to stay off natural ice surfaces on open bodies of water because of significant safety concerns for the public and their pets.
 With seasonably cold temperatures this week and predicted warmer temperatures this weekend, Toronto Police Service Marine Unit and Toronto Water have advised that ice on open water and on stormwater management ponds in Toronto is unstable and never truly safe.
 Road salt can make its way into Toronto’s rivers, streams and ponds, as well as in Lake Ontario along the waterfront, which increases the instability of ice. Storm water also drains into retention ponds, many of which are located in parks. Additionally, water levels in retention ponds can fluctuate, causing unsafe ice conditions despite cold weather.
 The City of Toronto provides many safe skating opportunities. For the nearest location in their community, residents can call 311, or check their local FUN Guide, or visit the web page at http://www.toronto.ca/skate.

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Scarborough Bluffs
Communities along the lake between
Victoria Park and Port Union
villages.
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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.

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Courcelette School is Overcrowded
February is Black History Month
 Mayor John Tory proclaims February as Black History Month, recognizing the contributions of African-Canadians in Toronto.
 “Black History Month gives us an opportunity to explore and celebrate the rich African-Canadian history that has helped build our city,” said Mayor John Tory. “Canadians of all backgrounds should know the incredible history of our black citizens as builders, advocates and people who defended our country in many challenging times and who lead in so many ways today.
 That is why Black History Month is so important. It gives us an opportunity to explore and celebrate the contribution of our black community.”
 Author of “The History of The Guild Inn,” Carole M. Lidgold, wants your memories of the Guild Inn. She would like people to email or write to her about their experiences at the Guild Inn, Guild Inn gardens or if you met Rosa and Spencer Clark.
 These stories are being compiled now to be published in a book of memories.  Please indicate at the end of your story if you consent to the publication of your memory.
Please send to carole.lidgold@sympatico.ca or mail to Carole M. Lidgold, 47 Limevale Cres., Scarborough, ON M1E 2K5.  These memories are priceless treasures to share with those of us who care about our Guild Inn.
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see page 3 in February 2015’s issue and
on our web site www.bluffsmonitor.com
“Restaurants” feature (beside EDITORIAL) 
 

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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
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 Bluffs Communities are Unique
by Larry Johnston
 Courcelettte Public School has been over-crowded for years now.
 Parents took the issue to the Toronto and District Public School Board Jan. 24. The school now has 320 students about 210 per cent of school capacity, ex-plained parents led by Alexandra Kyriakos, chair of the public school com-munity council.
 The school site is only two acres, one quarter the size of some elementary school sites in Scarborough, and it is partly occupied by four portables. That puts additional strain on washrooms and the rest of the aging school itself.
 There is no music or art room and there is no place large enough to assemble all the students at one time. The board has many overcrowded schools, but the Courcelette parents have tried to do something about it. They have done their homework, done all the research and drawn up a “wonderful plan that solves our problem and adds four more classrooms.”
 Outside the meeting, the parents noted how quickly the neighbourhood is changing as old bungalows are torn down and new houses are built for
families with young children. The overcrowding could get worse.
 The parents have not been trying to get publicity. Unlike Secord Public School parents, whose story was told later, they have not been in all the newspapers and most recently made the cover of a city magazine. Secord school has also had to live with black mould which appeared in a 20-year-old portable it had recently received.
 The meeting was called by trustees to receive feedback on the minister of education's efforts to trim trustee activities in Toronto. Many of the parents were particularly concerned with her comment that they should start closing schools.
 The trustees also heard from labour representatives who said the story of empty schools in Toronto is largely a myth.
 Schools are filled for educational purposes with students in skills training, English as a second language classes and a number of others sponsored by both the federal and provincial governments.
 At least one high school listed as half full in fact is running now over capacity.
“Waiting”
photo by Susan Dimitrakopoulos
Rosetta McLain Gardens (Kingston and Glen Everest Roads), is beautiful even covered in snow. Visit soon!