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Message from Mimico Lakeshore Network regarding Dec, 19, 2014 “more towers” Mimico-by-the-Lake Secondary Plan pre-hearing conference

The following message is from the Mimico Lakeshore Network:

The two landowners appealing the Mimico-by-the-Lake Secondary Plan are proposing more towers. Last September, we told you about a 28 storey-tower suggested for the plaza lands located at 2491 Lake Shore Blvd West. You might remember the artistic rendering, see attachment [below] entitled 2491 Lake Shore Blvd West for the image.

2491 Lake Shore Blvd West

On November 21, 2014, Shore Line Towers Inc. located at 2313-2323 Lake Shore Blvd West (across from Burlington Avenue) submitted a proposal to build a 25-storey tower on the back of their lot where the secondary plan allows 9 to 15 storeys.

The Shore Line Towers Inc. proposal was submitted just in time for a mediation session scheduled for December 11, 2014 at the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB), yet had been in the works for two years. For an image of the Shore Line Towers Inc. proposal, please see attachment [below] for 2313-2323 Lake Shore Blvd West.

2313-2323 Lake Shore Blvd West

If successful, these developments could indeed set a precedent in the area. This community strongly opposed Humber Bay Shores type developments in the Mimico-by-the-Lake area.

We need your help and ask that you attend the (5th) Pre-Hearing Conference of the Mimico-by-the-Lake Secondary Plan scheduled for Friday December 19th, 2014 at 10:00 am at the offices of the Ontario Municipal Board, 655 Bay Street, 16th Floor. It may be possible for us to car pool, so please let us know of your intentions to attend the Pre-Hearing Conference and we will try and match you up to a driver.


The Shore Line Towers application will be posted in the next few days on the Mimico Lakeshore Network website.


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Evidence has value to the extent it is solid, verifiable, and corroborated by other solid evidence

I’ve had the opportunity, some decades ago, to become aware of the value, with regard to any topic that a person can imagine, of the value of evidence.

Different people arrive at an attunement with regard to the value of evidence, according to their own particular journeys. I guess we can add that for some of us, the value of evidence is not self-evident. In that case, we are devoted to the appeal of truthiness.

I haven’t provided links to any of the above-noted terms, such as evidence and truthiness, but the links are are available, through the internal search engine at this website.

Because of my interest in the value of evidence, the distinction between rhetoric and reality became a major source of interest to me.

Franz Kafka

I’ve also aware, as many people are, of how the fabrication of evidence, in any of the wide range of situations where it can occur – as in scams and scamming – warrants close attention.

Evidence has value to the extent it is solid, verifiable, and corroborated by other solid evidence.

With regard to the latter topic, a Dec. 9, 2014 CBC The Current article is entitled: “David McCallum exonerated after 29 years, thanks to two Canadians.”

Another Dec. 9, 2014 CBC The Current article that is of interest – in particular the reference to Franz Kafka, whose work (often addressing the nature and misuse of perceptual evidence) is also a key focus for the work of David Lynch – is entitled: “Don Tapscott revisits ‘The Digital Economy’, his internet predictions.”

Slow journalism

A Dec. 10, 2014 item at CBC concerns “slow journalism.”

An introduction to the topic at the CBC The Current website reads:

Wednesday, December 10th 

  • Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist Paul Salopek is taking the concept of “slow journalism” to a whole new speed. He’s tracing the path of human migration out of Africa, across the Middle East, Asia and the Americas on foot… telling the stories of the people he meets along the way. He expects the journey to take 7 years. Anna Maria Tremonti catches up with him at the end of his second year, as he passes through the Middle East and some of the most war-torn parts of the world.

[End of excerpt]

A Dec. 10, 2014 CBC The Current article is entitled: “Paul Salopek, year 2 of his 7-year historical walking tour.”


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Our feet get bigger as we get older

It took me some years, and some pairs of too-small new running shoes, to realize that our feet get bigger as we get older.

Fortunately, when I was at Sport Chek, I had my foot measured. I take size 10 and 1/2. It used to be 8 and 1/2.

So, have your feet measured as you start to get older.

In the past, I didn’t get my feet measured. I guessed: “I must be 9 and 1/2 now. No, I must be 10.” I didn’t know until a Sport Chek sales person named Maria said to me, “Here, let’s measure your foot. Put your left foot here and let’s see.”

So now that I have a new pair of New Balance running shoes, that are the right size, I’m back to regular running, with three times a week at 30 or 40 minutes. I go by the research regarding such matters. A Nov. 20, 2014 Science Daily article regarding this topic is entitled: “Jogging keeps you young: Seniors who run regularly can walk as efficiently as 20-somethings.”

Running and strength training

For three days per week, I’ve scheduled running in the morning and strength training (essential for maintenance of muscle mass as we get older) in the afternoon.

As with all matters of this nature, I take it easy when I run. At times I run hard, but I do not overdo it. I’ve also bought Saucony waterproof running shoes for running on rainy and snowy days.

By way of an update: After reading a Dec. 14, 2014 Globe and Mail article, which mentions a recent report based on the Aerobics Center Longitudinal Study, I’ve added a 10-minute run for the other days of the week as well, aside from the three days a week when I do longer runs.


Well, I can share another thought. I’m very attentive when I drive. I see the “zone” of what’s happening ahead of me and at the sides and back. Before I adopted that routine, I wasn’t thinking so much about the zone. My thoughts were on my destination, on the past, on the future. Now, after a few serious wakeup calls, fortunately quite some time ago now, my attention is on the road ahead. When I get too tired, I do not drive. A word to the unwary: Attend to what’s ahead of you.


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Jane’s Walk is Looking for a Toronto Programs & Event Coordinator

You can find more information about the position here.

The post offers a good overview about what Jane’s Walk is about:


  • The Jane’s Walk project ( is a global phenomenon. Citizen-led walking tours, inspired by author and urbanist Jane Jacobs, get people to tell stories about their communities, explore their cities, and connect with neighbours. Since its inception in 2007, Jane’s Walk tours have happened in over 150 cities around the world, across 6 continents! The Jane’s Walk project makes space for every person to observe, reflect, share, question and collectively reimagine the places in which they live, work and play.
  • “Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by everybody.” – Jane Jacobs

[End of excerpt]


This is a great initiative and I encourage you to apply.


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City warns Franklin Horner Community Centre in Etobicoke against political activity

A Dec. 8, 2014 CBC article is entitled: “City warns Etobicoke community centre against political activity” Centre’s charitable status could be at risk, says expert.”

The article’s opening paragraphs read:

“An Etobicoke community centre was admonished by the city of Toronto for its political activities supporting Ward 6 incumbent Mark Grimes during the municipal election campaign.

“A legal expert says those activities could now put the centre’s charitable status at risk.

“CBC News has learned that in the weeks leading up to the election, endorsements for Grimes appeared on the Franklin Horner Community Centre website, at events held at the facility and in members’ email inboxes.

“Toronto taxpayers have contributed millions of dollars to buy, renovate and operate the the Horner Ave. community centre.

“Franklin Horner is also a registered charity. Rules governing charities prevent them from taking part in any partisan political activities.

“In September, both Grimes and the Liberal Party rented tables at Franklin Horner’s largest event, the Extravaganza. And CBC News has obtained a copy of an email from a member of the centre’s board of directors, sent days before the Oct. 27 election, urging members of the community centre to vote for Grimes.

“The email was written by James Maloney, the deputy chair of Franklin Horner’s board and Grimes’ former campaign manager. Until last week, Maloney was also a sitting city councillor, temporarily filling a vacant council seat.”

[End of excerpt]


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Graeme Decarie has a question about the old Bois Franc. Do you know the answer?

We’ve had some additional recent comments at the following posts:

Graeme Decarie taught grades 7 to 11 for six years. Loved it. Then went back to school for his MA at Acadia & PhD (History) at Queen’s

Bob Carswell adds a comment about the caddy shack at the Marlborough golf club. Eric Karbin comments also.

Here are two comments from Mr. Decarie concerning the old Bois Franc road:

First comment:

Back in the haze of memory, I recall an area called Bois Franc where my father would take me hiking. I’m not sure whether that was in the Cartierville-Saraguay area that we were talking of earlier or in Ahuntsic.

Does anybody know?

And I well remember Bob Carswell from my YMCA days when I was assigned to a youth group at Cartierville school. He drove me crazy with constant demands that we play some game called “buck-buck”.

Additional comment:

I am hopelessly confused. I’ve been looking at a recent map of Ahuntsic to Saraguay. And I can’t figure it out.

There is a Bois Franc on the map. but it seems to be right on the border of the old airport. And it seems very small. The bois that I hiked in as a kid was much bigger, and a bit further to the north and west. So that small bois may be all that is left of Bois Franc. Or, it may be that a much larger woodland now called bois-de-liesse is a renamed remnant of the old Bois Franc.

A street called Noorduyn runs along what I think was the north end of the airport where the Noorduyn factory was, right at the intersection with Cure Labelle.

Also on Cure Labelle and across the street from Belmont Park, was a great shack selling hot dogs and fries. Loved it.

[End of comments from Graeme Decarie]


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MPP Peter Milczyn Dec. 4, 2014 e-News Update. Planning reform bill. Jan. 3, 2015 New Year’s Levee

The following text, which includes an invitation to Peter Milczyn’s First Annual New Year’s Levee on Jan. 3, 2015, is from the office of MPP Peter Milczyn:


New Constituency Office

I am excited to announce that my staff and I have settled into my new Constituency Office. My new office is located right in the heart of the BIA at :

933 The Queensway
(south side of the Queensway, just east of Islington Avenue)

My office hours are:

Monday – Wednesday: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Thursday: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Friday: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Or by appointment

Please feel free to drop in, call or e-mail

If you wish to book an appointment with me, please contact the office.

Private Member’s Bill 39
Planning Statue Law Amendment Act

Over the course of the summer I spoke to many Etobicoke- Lakeshore residents about my commitment to attempt to make much needed changes to the Planning Act.

I am pleased to advise you that on November 20, 2014 my Private Member’s Bill, “Bill 39, An Act to amend the City of Toronto Act, 2006, the Planning Act and certain regulations,” passed second reading in the Ontario Legislature by a vote of 34 – 7. Bill 39 may go before the Legislature’s Standing Committee on General Government over the winter or spring.

In late 2013, as Chair of the City of Toronto’s Planning and Growth Management Committee, I led Toronto’s process to develop a response to the Ontario government’s consultation on Planning Act reforms. Toronto City Council overwhelmingly endorsed a series of positions upon which my bill is formulated.

The Hon. Ted McMeekin, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, is currently conducting a review, and is likely to bring forward legislation next year to reform the provincial Planning Act. My Bill is designed to accelerate the debate and generate more interest in the issue in order to influence government policy.

This Bill proposes changes to the planning process in Ontario that follow three broad themes:

-Restore more local decision making on planning matters to municipalities

-Modernize aspects of the planning process in Ontario

-Grant municipalities more powers to address the impacts of growth and development

It also contains some amendments to the City of Toronto Act which address specific concerns of the City of Toronto, most notably as they relate to the establishment of a Local Appeal Body by the city.

Restoring more local decision making on planning matters to municipalities

Bill 39 would ensure local municipalities have the final word on many planning matters, and that the scope of the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) to overturn municipal planning decisions would be limited, while balancing the need to maintain a mechanism to appeal faulty decisions. The OMB is a politically appointed, quasi-judicial board with the power to overrule municipal governments’ planning decisions.

These measures will restore the public’s confidence in the planning system, restore accountability to elected officials and potentially save municipalities significant resources that are expended on preparing for and defending against numerous appeals.

Under the bill, municipally initiated Official Plan Amendments, and zoning bylaws that implement them, and approved site-specific zoning bylaws, once passed, would no longer be subject to appeal to the OMB for a period of five years. Meaning that if a municipality refuses to make a change to these documents there would be no right to appeal. If changes are granted by a municipality appeals could proceed.

However, the rules of evidence would be tightened at the OMB to limit only evidence that was before the City Council as part of the decision making process to be used at the OMB, the need to clearly and specifically outline the reasons for an appeal will be mandated, and finally the OMB would be required to make decisions that are consistent with municipal decisions and plans. These are significant changes from the current practices.

The Bill will also allow a municipality to restrict developers from seeking minor variances for three years after the passage of a zoning bylaw.

By significantly reducing the number and type of appeals to the Ontario Municipal Board municipalities will be able to concentrate their efforts on more pro-active planning, save significant time and money preparing for and defending at the OMB, as well as being more confident in finding planning solutions which are right for their communities.

Modernize aspects of the planning process in Ontario

The Bill will allow for electronic notice to be given of various planning meetings and applications thereby making information more accessible and saving municipalities’ money.

The process of seeking “minor” variances from local Committees of Adjustment has long frustrated residents and community groups.

There are four tests to determine what is a “minor” variance under the Planning Act, and three of the four tests are subjective and vague. The definition of minor variance should be enacted by regulation. The idea is it could cap the percentage or deviation of a variance from a bylaw. Such a reform is long overdue.

Municipalities will be granted more power to establish and fund the creation of Local Appeal Bodies to hear appeals of Minor Variance applications, rather than having those matters go before the OMB. While still on City Council I led the Council to approve the creation of a City of Toronto Local Appeal Body, but this was subject to getting the power to fund and manage the Local Appeal Body.

Grant municipalities more powers to address the impacts of growth and development

It would give municipalities the right to demand “excellence in design” in development and require developers to provide for public spaces that are “high quality, safe, accessible, attractive and vibrant.”

The bill would grant municipalities the power to address a chronic shortage of affordable housing by requiring developments with 20 or more new housing units to provide a portion that is affordable, whether that be ownership, rental or not-for-profit housing.

The bill would also lengthen the time municipalities would have to review applications before allowable appeals could be filed to the OMB.

The time to review Official Plan Amendments (OPA) and concurrent zoning bylaw amendments to an OPA would extend from 180 days to 240 days, and a zoning bylaw amendment from 120 days to 180 days to allow municipalities more time without the threat of a pre-emptive appeal to the OMB.

Amendments applying only to the City of Toronto

Conditions imposed upon development proposals would be able to be registered on title of the property to prevent subsequent developers who buy properties to avoid complying with previously approved conditions of rezoning.

When the City of Toronto would pass an Interim Control By-law to prevent redevelopment in an area until the City completes a thorough planning review such a by-law would not be appealable to the OMB. This would give the City up to one year to conduct proper study and analysis of a neighbourhood, street, or district.

Additional powers be granted to set fees and require mediation for the City’s Local Appeal Board for Committee of Adjustment matters.

All of these measures combined would significantly increase the ability to control and regulate development and afford greater stability and certainty to local communities about future redevelopment. Defining what a minor variance actually is would be a significant achievement as well.

The ability to ensure better design, significant public spaces, and the provision of affordable housing would all improve the quality of life in cities and towns all across Ontario.

I will continue to update you on the progress of this Bill through the Legislature as well as steps the government is taking on planning reform and other related issues.

First Annual New Year’s Levee

I hope you will join me at my
First Annual New Year’s Levee on:

Saturday, January 3rd, 2015
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Royal Canadian Legion Branch 210
110 Jutland Rd.
Etobicoke M8Z 2H1
For more details and to view the flyer, please click here.

Upcoming Meetings and Events

As in the past, I am happy to advertise your upcoming local meetings and events.

Please e-mail my office, at with the information, one month prior to the your meeting or event to ensure that it gets posted in time.

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Toronto, Ontario M7A 2E1

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Dec. 6, 2014 Lakeshore Santa Claus Parade began with marshalling at Birmingham St. & Dwight Ave. before 9:00 am

The marshalling prior to the parade began at the corner of Birmingham St. and Dwight Ave. in New Toronto. Here a CP24 camera crew conducts a pre-parade interview. A CP24 clip from the parade can be accessed at the end of this blog post. Jaan Pill photo

I’ve attended many Lakeshore Santa Claus parades over the past couple of decades and retain vivid and enjoyable memories from each of them. Every year we learn and experience something new and different.

I’ve reported on the 2012 and 2013 parades in previous posts:

Enjoyed Dec. 1, 2012 Santa Claus Parade in Long Branch (in Toronto not New Jersey)

Lots of great photos with “Pinball” Clemons at Dec. 7, 2013 Lake Shore Santa Claus Parade

I have a new “Search” function at this website. It’s a delight to use it as a resource to find previous posts quickly.

Click on the photos to enlarge them.

“Santa Stops Here”

Peter Milczyn attends to decorations near the corner of Birmingham St. and Dwight Ave. just before the parade gets underway. Jaan Pill photo

Spreading Santa's holiday cheer with Peter Milczyn. Dec. 6, 2014.

I’ve been handing out “Santa Stops Here” signs for the local Liberal MPP for several years – first on behalf of MPP Laurel Broten and this year on behalf of newly-elected MPP Peter Milczyn.

Along with Wendy McNaughton at Peter Milczyn's office, Adam Feldman (with phone) was in touch with local volunteers to ensure timely distribution of the "Santa Stops Here" signs. Jaan Pill photo

In previous years, I approached the handing out of “Santa Stops Here” signs as having the features of a major production. I had to think about how to proceed. This year, I truly did feel like an “old pro” at the task. Handing them out was a breeze; it all went quickly. I especially enjoy the fact that children and their parents are so keen to have a sign, to display for Santa at their window.


The parade is a form of theatre and it’s also a great occasion for children, parents, and the entire community to get together for a festive event where people meet face-to-face in “real time” in a “live” setting. Many key businesses, resources, and services in the community are represented.

What I also remember from this year’s Santa Claus Parade, as from previous ones, is how happy the children – very young ones as well as older ones – are to be witnessing the event. What stays in mind as well is the good cheer among the adolescents and the adults.

Oxygen Bike Co.

When I observed the floats all lined up on Birmingham St. before the event, and when I observed the work that went into getting Lake Shore Blvd. West, from Dwight Ave. in New Toronto to the No Frills in Long Branch, open again for traffic, I also reflected on the tremendous amount of work that goes into the planning and staging of the annual event.

Peter Milczyn, MPP for Etobicoke-Lakeshore. Jaan Pill photo

This year, among other displays, I enjoyed the Oxygen Bike Co. float – a crew of cyclists riding exercise bikes on a float. I also enjoyed the float where a burst of smoke would go off to represent a cannon shot from a sailing vessel. There was a vintage fire truck and ambulance as well, that I enjoyed seeing.

It was a two-hour event and the time went quickly. In my case, the time went even more quickly than otherwise because I spent the first part of it walking along handing out signs, and then I walked back, taking photos along the way, toward where I had parked my car, at the Second Street Junior Middle School near the corner of Birmingham and Dwight.

Lakeshore Hospital Grounds

At the 2013 Santa Claus parade, I had a conversation that led me to read about some wiretap evidence that I might not have otherwise learned about. This year, I spoke with a local resident, Terry Smith, who had an interest in details about the buildings at the Lakeshore Hospital Grounds, which are on the parade route along Lake Shore Blvd. West at Islington Ave.

A wide range of impressive vehicles were on display during the Dec. 6, 2014 Lakeshore Santa Claus Parade. In the background in the photo, taken on Birmingham St. just before the parade, is Second Street Junior Middle School. Jaan Pill photo

I agreed with him, in our conversation, that the fact that it was the patients who had built the buildings did not mean that they were thereby exploited as a cheap source of labour. That’s because, in those days, such work was sincerely believed by hospital staff and administrators to be therapeutic in nature.

I mentioned that I’ve discussed the Lakeshore Hospital Grounds extensively at my blog, and that the relevant posts can be found by doing a search – using the internal search engine at my site – for “Lakeshore Hospital Grounds.

Two good resources for further information are Geoffrey Reaume, Associate Professor, Faculty of Health, York University and Steve Bang, who conducts Doors Open tours at the Lakeshore Hospital Grounds. Geoffrey Reaume is author of Remembrance of Patients Past: Patient Life at the Toronto Hospital for the Insane, 1870-1940 (2000).

CP24 Clip of Etobicoke Lakeshore Santa Claus Parade

A CP24 video clip of the event can be accessed here.


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Mediterranean diet is high in vegetables, fruits, whole grains and olive oil, & low in dairy products & meat

A Dec. 2, 2014 New York Times article is entitled: “Mediterranean Diet Is Good for Your DNA.”

A search for the word “sugar” at my website will round out the topic in the event that research about food, health, and well-being is of interest to you.

A search for the word “vegetables” also turns up items of interest.

Moderation in these matters as in matters related to exercise is helpful. I enjoyed reading a Dec. 3, 2014 Guardian article entitled: “This means raw: extreme dieting and the battle among fruitarians: Fruitarians believe that eating nothing but raw plants promotes health and happiness. But all is not well within their community.”


A Dec. 3, 2014 Los Angeles Times article is entitled: “To prevent or reverse obesity and its ills, timing may be everything.”


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Evans-Pritchard did a good job of exploring a particular “closed system of thought”

In a previous post, I’ve discussed an overview of the career of Sherry B. Ortner, an anthropologist that I learned about through reading work by another anthropologist, Marjorie Harness Goodwin. In this post, I will discuss another overview, about another anthropologist.

Photo from antique show at Cloverdale Mall, Toronto, 2014. Reunions have to do with things that happened in the past. Jaan Pill photo

Ortner has studied the anthropology of the Sherpas of Nepal, the life stories of a 1950s New Jersey high school class, and the American independent film industry.


Goodwin has studied cliques of popular girls in American elementary schools.

Cliques are a part of life; they occur at all ages; among other things, they offer a particular means whereby agency is manifested in everyday life.

Means exist whereby the influence of cliques can be modulated, and can be directed toward goals that benefit the public good, assuming that there is a belief that such a thing as “the public good” exists.

What’s an example, in this context, of a “means whereby”?

By way of a small example, if you’re having a meeting to make a decision, or to share information, you can ensure that each person at the meeting has an equal say, and gets to speak roughly the same amount of time as every other person at the meeting.

Search function now available at this website

Photo from antiques display, Cloverdale Mall, Toronto, 2014. Jaan Pill photo

I’ve added a search function to my website, so that you can locate posts in which I’ve discussed anthropology or any other topic. Anthropology is a topic, among others, that I write about mainly to organize my own thinking. When I want to bring substantial numbers of visitors to my website, I write about other topics such as reflections by Graeme Decarie or the history of the Marlborough golf club.

It was because I wanted to do background reading related to a high school reunion, that I’m helping to organize, that I came across work by Goodwin and Ortner. Whenever I’m involved with the organizing of a project, I like to do as much background research, about relevant topics, as time permits. I like to do my homework, that is to say.

E.E. Evans-Pritchard (1910-89)

A book entitled Fifty Key Anthropologists (2011) includes blurbs or overviews regarding, among others, E.E. Evans-Pritchard.

The main thing that stays in mind, in my reading of the overview, in the latter text, about Evans-Pritchard, is that he is described as having done a good job of exploring what he called a “closed system of thought,” in a particular society. In this context, he describes a situation in which all things that could not be explained on the basis of empirical evidence were explained by other means – such as witchcraft.

The expression “closed systems of thought” is described, in the overview, as probably derived from the work of Karl Popper. It is noted that the insights shared by Evans-Pritchard “have informed a number of political and philosophical discussions about Marxism, Freudianism, and many forms of religious thought” (p. 58).


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