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Malcolm Campbell High School grad Lynn Berry has posted a great Facebook photo featuring Ken Dryden

You can find the post and the accompanying comments here.


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Timely cartoon – on the topic of High School Reunions

This cartoon has been circulating among the Malcolm Campbell High School graduates working on the MCHS Sixties Reunion for some time. We thought it would be great to post it. We owe thanks to Howard Hight for keeping it in circulation among the committee members.

We’ve actually had quite a bit of discussion about the cartoon, which we originally received as an attached file from MCHS Sixties graduate Harvey Schachter, as the following quotations attest:

(1) “It seems that as the years go by, we tend to accumulate more than wisdom and lose a few things that we would have liked to keep. Such a pity.”

(2) “No worries guys. I’m sure everyone is in the same boat!”

(3) “As Pierre Berton once said, getting old is the worse thing that can happen to anyone.”

(4) “But it still beats the alternative, don’t you think?”

(5) “True enough. A life long lived is better than no life at all.”


We look forward to any further comments about this topic, which can be approached from so many different ways of seeing, so many vantage points.

If anybody would like to write an essay, in English or French or Latin, for posting at this website, or would like to suggest the wording for a 10-minute debate about the topic that we could stage at the Malcolm Campbell High School Sixties Reunion on Oct. 17, 2015 (next year) in Toronto, please let us know.

Update to this post

I like to take a data-oriented approach to the topics of longevity and keeping one’s memory in optimal shape. In that regard, two research-based overviews that I’ve found of value are:

A Short Guide to a Long Life (2014)

Memory Fitness: A Guide for Successful Aging (2004)


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MCHS Class of 1979 35th Reunion takes place in Laval, Quebec on Aug. 8, 2014

I’m pleased to let you know of an MCHS class of 1979 35th Reunion that is taking place on Aug. 8, 2014.

If you live in Montreal and want to be a last-minute attendee, who knows? Send me a message and I’ll pass it along.

We are hoping to get documentation from the event.

We’re always keen to know about reunions related to Malcolm Campbell High School. Such events occur regularly, in scenic locations around the world!


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As it turns out, a person really can’t get away from what we like to call civilization

As I’ve noted in a previous post, I’m an enthusiastic practitioner of reality tourism, a concept that in my usage of the term covers quite a bit more than visits made by affluent tourists to urban slums.

Any excursion anywhere, even from one room to another, can be viewed as reality tourism, in my understanding of the concept. It’s a process akin to Alice Munro’s preferred strategy for reading a short story.

In that context, I’ve been following with interest the story of the spill of chemicals in Likely, British Columbia.

I spent seven years in B.C. after graduating from Malcolm Campbell High School in Montreal. Eventually I graduated from Simon Fraser University. In one of my university years I took a year off to work and travel in the interior of B.C. and the islands off the West Coast south of Alaska. I did not have a car. Everything I needed, including an army jeep jacket, a cooking pot, and a camp stove, I carried on my back as I set out from Vancouver for a year of adventure.

When working at a sawmill in the early 1970s in the interior, on a day off I visited Likely, B.C. It was a delightful little town, very small, absolutely in the wilderness as far away from what we like to call civilization as a person can imagine. Some of the residents of Likely worked in the resource economy in the nearby forests.

On the road to Likely

Some of the young people from Likely that I met didn’t find it easy to adjust to life in their home town. Their families made a living running around in the bush chopping down trees. One time I got a ride with a group of young men from Likely on their way to one of their regular visits to Vancouver. The Vancouver hard-drug scene, as it happened, was the sustaining narrative of their lives.

I’ve since wondered how life has turned out for them. I much appreciated the fact they gave me a ride, as I had earlier that day walked 35 miles from a main road to Likely, and was on my way back to complete the walk when they stopped to give me a ride. Thanks to the ride, I got back home to my cabin in the woods before nightfall or at least not far beyond that time.

I recall the walk to Likely as a lot of fun. The terrain was quite hilly, with forests all around, meaning that you’d walk for quite a while before you were beyond the next hill on the horizon. That made the passage of the hours more interesting – perhaps, I wouldn’t know – than it might have been walking 35 miles along a flat terrain. In those days we spoke of miles, not kilometres.

Resource economy of Canada

My year in the Cariboo region of B.C. underlined for me that working in the resource economy of Canada is incredibly challenging and demanding. This was especially evident in those years, where much of the work was still being done using human labour, as was the case in much of Canada’s early history. Labouring jobs were not hard to find in those years, as I learned when I began to seek employment, in my mid-twenties, in the interior. The people I met – including residents of First Nations communities – gave me a sense of how Canada has been developed, during the course of its history. [Update: An Aug. 11, 2014 CBC article is entitled: "First Nations worry Mount Polley impact not as benign as claimed: Aboriginal and environmental groups seek independent testing of lakes, rivers."]

Years later when I taught  Grade 4 in Mississauga, one year I found a cassette tape of traditional Canadian folk songs (English and probably French as well) about all manner of things I could relate to – including songs about good times in the woods, and about lumbermen, nimble on their feet, who liked to dance with the ladies. My students enjoyed the songs as well. We got to know the tunes really well. I’ve begun to track down such songs so that I can hear them again.

The introduction to  the CD entitled “Classical Canadian Songs” (see link in previous sentence) notes that the album “evokes nostalgia for a time when Canadian national identity was beginning to emerge from the mosaic of isolated communities scattered over disparate regions in a vast and often inhospitable land.” I’ve discussed one of the songs from the CD at this post.

The year of work and travel in the interior and along the coast of the province was beyond question among the key formative experiences of my life. It gave me a sense of purpose, a sense of direction, physical stamina, and a strength of character that has stood me in good stead in the years that followed. It taught me about Canada’s history, and about how people struggle to make a living and make sense of their lives. I encountered good times, struggles, and tragedies. I learned so many things, and in I’m so very pleased that I had the opportunity to learn these things, as a university student taking a year away from school.

All of this came back for me, in a flash of memories, when I heard about the recent situation involving the pollution of a vast network of river systems near Likely when a mining company tailings pond broke open.

Summary of chemicals in tailings pond

An Aug. 6, 2014 CBC article (see link in previous paragraph) notes that: “A summary of the material dumped into the tailings pond last year was filed with Environment Canada. It said there was 326 tonnes of nickel, over 400 tonnes of arsenic, 177 tonnes of lead and 18,400 tonnes of copper and its compounds placed in the pond last year.”

An Aug. 9, 2014 CBC article is entitled: “Mount Polley mine: Ex-engineers warned tailings pond ‘getting large.’” The article notes: “Knight Piésold Consulting, whose engineers had designed the Mount Polley tailings pond containment system, says the Vancouver company had warned mine owners in 2011 that the containment pond was ‘getting large.’”

Likely, B.C., the last place I would have imagined would ever have to deal with industrial pollution of any kind, is directly affected by a massive spill of chemicals into the nearby waterways. As it turns out, a person really can’t get away from what we like to call civilization.


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1980s Montreal Gazette articles highlight the closing of Malcolm Campbell High School

A Jan. 23, 1985 Montreal Gazette article concerned with the closing of Malcolm Campbell High School can be accessed here.

A Dec. 18, 1986 Montreal Gazette article provides additional information.

If anybody knows details about the closing, which I assume was in 1987 – for example, was there a final assembly?; are photos available of the last day of school?; does anybody have a first-hand recollection of the day it closed? – please let me know.

The school building now serves the local community as L’École Arménienne Sourp Hagop.

A useful reference regarding the history of Protestant (or, to be more precise, a segment of non-Roman Catholic) education in Quebec is A Meeting of the People: School Boards and Protestant Communities in Quebec, 1801-1998 (2004).

You can access the document online at Google Books. To access a preview version, click here. 

A review of the study is available here.


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Aerodrome plaque in Lakeview and mural at Dixie Road and Lakeshore Road East

I’m pleased to share with you a photo of the Aerodrome plaque that is on view some distance to the west of the Small Arms building at Lakeshore Road East and Dixie Road. It’s along the bike path near the abandoned railway tracks, not far from Haig Boulevard, as I recall.

Photo by Adam and Ariadne, who have joined us on many of our Jane's Walks in recent years

I’m also pleased to share a photo from an earlier post related to the Aerodrome.

PANORAMA AIR CREW 1917. Photo by Bob Lansdale of the original photo

As well, I’ve begun to write an art review based on the mural at Dixie Road and Lakeshore Road East. In an earlier post, you can see some photos showing details from the mural. In this post, you can see an establishing shot of the artwork, showing the three panels.

Mural at Dixie Road and Lakeshore Road East, Lakeview (Mississauga). Jaan Pill photo

You can click on each of these photos to enlarge them. Click again to enlarge them further.


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50th anniversary reunion for Class of 1964 from Etobicoke Collegiate Institute

50th anniversary reunion for Class of 1964 from Etobicoke Collegiate Institute

’64 grads and friends are holding a 50th anniversary reunion event on Friday, September 12, 2014 at a local golf club in the vicinity of ECI. The evening will consist of a welcome reception followed by a BBQ buffet dinner. If you graduated from ECI in 1964, or in years close thereto, or were involved with ECIers from that era through sports, arts or similar associations, you are most welcome to join in for this milestone event. Please contact the event organizer, Ron Bannerman by email at: for further details.


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An impressive mural is on display attached – that is, bolted – to a steel fence at Dixie Road and Lakeshore Road East

I am very impressed and inspired by the mural, related to the history of Lakeview, that has been set up at the foot of Dixie Road and Lakeshore Road East in Mississauga.

I will post establishing shots of the mural in subsequent posts, when and if time permits. At this point, I have posted photos of some of the details observable in the panels that comprise the mural.

I encourage you to have a look at the mural yourself first, before you read my subsequent detailed reviews. You can think of this comment as a Spoiler Alert.

That is, if you want a good sense of your own response to the mural, view it first, before you read my detailed review or reviews.

Gestural qualities

A good time of day to see the mural may be in the afternoon, after about 3:00 pm, when the sun is directed toward the surface of the mural, instead of backlighting it. That said, any time of day is a great time to view the mural.

Among other times of day, I like to view the mural in the afternoon when there is a bit of glare visible on the surface. In the photos at this post, some of the glare is visible in the upper right hand corner of each image.

If you click on the image, and click again, you can observe the brushwork, which has a strong gestural quality that I find appealing. Each observer, of course, brings her or his own sensibilities to the observation of painting techniques.

Each person has their own response to such a work of art, especially if they see it before reading a review.

The beauty of the mural, among its other qualities, is that it’s presented in an informal, open-air gallery environment, in a setting where staff or from an art gallery or museum do not happen to be on hand to tell you what’s what and who’s who. You will not be confronted, at Dixie Road and Lakeshore Road east, with cultural marketing communications, in any form or format, related to what you are experiencing. What you available have to work with is the mural itself, period.

You’re free to drive or walk by the mural and ignore it, or you can stop to take a look.

Spoiler Alert

In fact, you may wish to stop reading this post right now, and not read further until you’ve seen the mural up close for yourself.

The mural – and please note: in this post I have just posted photos of some details from it – addresses themes of relevance to the Small Arms Ltd. building located just behind the steel fence on which the murals are mounted.

The artwork also addresses themes of relevance to the Lakeview Waterfront Connection and Inspiration Lakeview, the Hanlan Water Project, Canada’s First Aerodrome, the First and Second World Wars, and the First Nations history of the area.

Three plywood panels bolted to a steel fence

The mural is made up of three plywood panels, bolted to a new, temporary steel fence – reminiscent of barbed-wire fences still standing in the area – in front of the Small Arms building located a short distance to the south of the fence.

The images on the three-part panel are well planned and executed in a style that focuses on the body language of the subjects in the source photographs, upon which the images are based. The text and typography are also handled beautifully.

The level of detail in the imagery is kept to a minimum, as is the case with all of the key traffic communications and other signage in the surrounding area. The mural is an integral part of the visual experience of a person walking within a one – or ten, or a hundred, or a thousand – kilometre radius of the mural.

Much is left for the viewer to fill in, with regard to the content, yet the major themes are clearly communicated.

The colour scheme fits in beautifully with the surrounding streetscape and landscape.

Subsequent posts, when and if I have time to post them, will add to the foregoing observations.

World War 1 centenary

An Aug. 2, 2014 CBC article is entitled: “When Canada went to war: The story behind our involvement in WWI: Within weeks of declaration of war, Canada sent 33,000 soldiers to Europe.”

The article notes: “Canada’s decisive role in pivotal battles such as Vimy Ridge and Passchendaele helped the country gain international standing, but it came with a cost: over the duration of the war, 61,000 Canadian soldiers lost their lives.”

Impact of the war on Canada

An Aug. 3, 2014 Toronto Star article is entitled: “World War 1 centenary: The war ‘blew a hole’ in our country: A conversation with historian J.L. Granatstein, City of Toronto chief curator Wayne Reeves and actor/director Paul Gross about the war’s impact.”

In the article, which I read with much interest, J.L. Granatstein notes that the First World War was an “industrial, mechanized total war, with horrific weapons and gas, of a kind no one had ever seen before.”

Regarding these topics, an April 5, 2011 Deutsche Welle article is entitled: Everyday stories from WWI preserved in massive European archive.” The subhead reads: “With the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War I quickly approaching, a European project is digitally documenting personal memorabilia – before it is lost forever to time and indifference.”

An Aug. 7, 2014 Guardian article is entitled: “Enemies in life, comrades in death: A century to count the cost of war.” The subhead reads: “Generation, whose lives were blighted by a conflict that claimed some 17 million military and civilian lives, honoured.”

Causes of the First World War

An Aug. 4, 2014 article is entitled: “No consensus on WWI causes, say historians.”

Historian Margaret MacMillan, the article notes, “doubts historians will ever settle the debate of what or who is to blame for the First World War, and that’s probably for the best.”

A British Library overview of debate related to the causes of the First World War can be accessed here. The article notes: “The current consensus on why it broke out is ‘that there is no consensus.’” The reference for the latter statement is a review of a book by Margaret MacMillan.


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Message from Etobicoke-Lakeshore MPP Peter Milczyn’s office – Aug. 1, 2014

The following message dated Aug. 1, 2014 is from Etobicoke-Lakeshore MPP Peter Milczyn’s office:

As we head into August, I would like to wish you a safe and enjoyable Simcoe Day long weekend.

I would also like to remind you that I would be happy to advertise your local events. Please send me the information a month in advance to ensure timely publication.

Queen’s Park News

The Ontario Legislature has adjourned until October 20, 2014.

During this recess, I will be doing constituency work, getting briefed on various government policy matters and working on advancing the Planning Act Reform, transportation improvements, infrastructure investments, and various local issues.

Also as Chair of the Toronto Liberal Caucus I will be working with other Toronto MPP’s on ensuring Toronto’s concerns are heard.

To schedule an appointment with me, please call my Constituency Office at 416-259-2249 or contact me via e-mail at

City of Toronto News

Implementing a Local Appeal Body for the City of Toronto Committee of Adjustment Appeals.

I am very pleased that at the July 8, 2014 City Council Meeting the Report entitled Implementing a Local Appeal Body for Toronto – Public Consultation Comments and Guiding Principles was adopted by a vote of 32-8. This is an initiative that I had championed for the last six years.

City Council rejected this proposal during the previous term, however during this past term of Council I, as Chair of the Planning & Growth Management Committee, continued to work towards Council approval of this important step in Planning reform.

Beginning in the fall of 2015 the City of Toronto will no longer be subject to the Ontario Municipal Board for appeals of Committee of Adjustment matters. The City will have its own appeal body established and selected by City Council. Please click here to view the report.

This is an important step forward in giving the City more control over the planning process. Coupled with this is a request to the Province to better define what a “minor variance” is either through the planning act, regulation, or other mechanism. I will be working hard with the Minister of Municipal Affairs to achieve this additional change.

I will also be working through the fall and winter sessions of the Legislature to affect more profound changes to the Planning Act that will give municipalities’ greater say over local land use planning outcomes.

I will provide you with an update on a Private Member’s Bill to Reform the Planning Act that I will be introducing in October as well as the behind the scenes work I am doing on this important issue.

Etobicoke York Community Council

The next meeting will be held on August 12, 2014. Please click here to view the agenda.

City Council

The next meeting will be held on August 25, 2014. Please click here to view the agenda.

Upcoming Meetings and Events

Lakeshore Mardi Gras
August 1 – 6:30
August 2 – 4, 2014 12:noon
For more information, please click here

Scotiabank Caribbean Festival
August 1 – 3, 2014
For more information, please click here

3rd Annual Humber Bay Shores Festival
Saturday, August 9, 2014
10 am to 6 pm
Marine Parade Drive
For a listing of the day’s events, please click here

FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup 2014
Canada will be playing their first two matches in the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Canada 2014 right here at Toronto’s National Soccer Stadium (BMO Field)!
August 5 to 17th, 2014
For more information, please click here

South Etobicoke Youth Assembly
SEYA is a youth led, youth run group who work together to make a positive difference in the community through active participation. They organize events to showcase youth talents, creativity and ideas (ex. Annual Ruckus Fashion and Talent Showcase). SEYA youth also host workshops on leadership, skills development, teamwork, youth issues and create opportunities for experiential learning (ie learning by “doing”).

SEYA is hosting a free leadership camp for teens ages 14 – 19

Second Street Junior Middle School
August 11 – 15
To register, please contact 416-252-6471 ext 308 or 246

SEYA is run through LAMP Community Health Centre for more information, please click here

Canadian National Exhibition (The Ex)
August 15 to September 1
For more information, please click here

Lakeshore Village BIA Presents Star of the Shore
Enter your child in the Star of the Shore – Youth Talent Contest for ages 8-18 and they could win $500.00!
Part of the Shorefront Festival Sat. Sept. 6th.
Register by email to:

Taste of the Kingsway
September 5 – 7, 2014
For a complete list of the weekend’s events, please click here

50th Anniversary Reunion for Etobicoke Collegiate 1964 Grads
Did you graduate from Etobicoke Collegiate in 1964?

If you did, you’re invited to join your grad colleagues at a 50th anniversary reunion event. This not-to-miss function is being held on FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2014 at the Islington Golf Club. A welcome reception will be held from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. followed by a BBQ buffet dinner. Shoulder year grads, spouses and friends are all welcome to attend.

For further details, please email Ron Bannerman at or call Ron at 613 854-6060 (Ottawa).

Local Farmers’ Markets
Etobicoke Civic Centre
399 The West Mall
SATURDAYS 8 am to 2 pm
June 1 – November 2
Organized by Independent vendors

Stonegate Farmers’ Market
194 Park Lawn Road (in the parking lot of Christ Church St James Anglican Church)
TUESDAYS 4pm – 7pm
June 24 – October 7th

The market features: local conventional and organic produce, honey, bread, cheese, meats and more! The Market not only showcases fresh produce but hosts local entertainers, special events throughout the season as well. Please view their postcard for a complete listing of events throughout the season at Market.
For more information, please click here

Sherway Gardens Farmers’ Market
25 The West Mall (Northeast parking lot)
FRIDAYS 8am-2pm
June 2 to October 31

The Sherway Gardens Farmers Market takes place every Friday, 8am-2pm, in the North Parking Lot of Sherway Gardens. From early May to the end of October you can enjoy open-air shopping and the smell and colours of organically grown merchandise. You’ll find fruits and vegetables, cheeses, nuts, meats, eggs, sauces, baked goods, mushrooms, honey, flowers and prepared foods.

Humber Bay Shores Farmers’ Market
Humber Bay Park West
May 31 to October 11
For more information, please click here

Montgomery’s Inn Farmers’ Market
4709 Dundas Street West
WEDNESDAYS 2 pm to 6 pm
May 22 through October 30

Featuring local & organic produce, meat, cheese & much more. Don’t miss fresh baked bread from the Inn’s wood-fired oven!

For a list of Farmers’ Markets across Ontario, please click here


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900 Bay Street
Toronto, Ontario M7A 2E1

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Etobicoke, Ontario M8Z 5G3
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Lakeview Waterfront Connection – Information display at Marie Curtis Park, Aug. 4, 2014, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Announcement at Marie Curtis Park concerning public information displays. Click on the image to enlarge it. Click again to enlarge it further.

An earlier post that highlights and provides a context for the Lakeview Waterfront Connection project can be accessed here.

Additional posts related to the redevelopment of the Mississauga waterfront can be accessed here.

Join Credit Valley Conservation, Region of Peel, and Toronto Region Conservation to learn more about the Lakeview Waterfront Connection

A close look at the map enables you to observe the municipal boundary between Mississauga and Toronto along the waterfront. It is located some ways to the west of the current outlet of Etobicoke Creek. When the area was still cottage country prior to Hurricane Hazel (Oct. 15, 1954), the creek used to empty into Lake Ontario at a point near Applewood Creek where the Mississauga-Toronto border is still located. As will be noted from the map, the beach between Etobicoke Creek and Applewood Creek is on the Toronto side of the border.

Staff from Credit Valley Conservation, Region of Peel and Toronto and Region Conservation will be on hand at locations near the Lakeview Waterfront Connection project site throughout the summer of 2014 to present artistic visuals of what the project would look like and discuss the status of the Environmental Assessment.

Marie Curtis Park – east parking lot near the playground:

[Two information days have come and gone; one remains.]

  • Monday August 4, 2014 (1 – 4 p.m.)

Lakefront Promenade Park – near the new splash pad:

  • Saturday August 9, 2014 (10 a.m. – 2 p.m.)
  • Wednesday August 13, 2014 (11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.)
  • Saturday August 23, 2014 (11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.)


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