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Torontoist article: Meet a Council Candidate: Russ Ford, Ward 6 – Snapshots of candidates running for city council in 2014.

Image courtesy of the Russ Ford campaign

The following text is from a Sept. 16, 2014 Torontoist article.

Candidate: Russ Ford (age 60)

Ward: Ward 6 (Etobicoke-Lakeshore), currently represented by Mark Grimes, who is running for his fourth term.

Background: Ford is on leave from the LAMP Community Health Centre, a non-profit that provides health services to the community, where he is executive director. Its health programming includes recreation programs, a drop-in program for homeless people, harm reduction, and clinical services for people who do not have OHIP. During Ford’s tenure at LAMP, the organization’s budget has grown from $2 million to $13 million. Ford also worked for 10 years in the policy and planning department of the City of Toronto.

He is married and has two adult children, and in his spare time likes playing sports and watching documentaries. He makes it clear that he is not related in any way to the more famous political candidates named Ford.

On why he’s running for council: “I’m running for council to change the agenda of City Hall. I think Toronto wants a progressive council. I’m running here because of my roots in the community and this is one of the few wards where we can actually make a change from a Rob Ford stalwart to a progressive councillor.”

On ward priorities: “What we have is a situation where condos are getting built, and there is no public investment in the infrastructure of the city. It’s causing major problems. And transit down here is just craziness, on Lake Shore Boulevard. People can’t get past their street to get onto the Gardiner. There has been zero planning. In fact, Councillor Grimes tried to move a motion to give developers an incentive to build condos along the waterfront, to which [City Planner] Jennifer Keesmaat said, ‘I think building on the waterfront is the incentive.’ There’s no child care centres, there’s no schools, there’s no public infrastructure to support an increasingly large population. That is a major issue.” Ford also said there’s a need for better constituent outreach and service.

For City services, what are the nice-to-haves versus the must-haves?“I think you have to take an equity perspective to it. I think you look at everything and say, ‘Does this make the city more or less equitable?’ If it doesn’t meet that measure, then it’s a nice-to-have. But we need support. The income gap in this city is obviously increasing, and it creates a number of social issues in this city which the City has basically ignored.

It applies to transit, for example. You look at the Scarborough extension versus the proposed LRT. The proposed LRT in Scarborough went to a number of low-income communities. Obviously, the Scarborough subway extension does not do that. So from an equity point of view—and low-income people are higher users, as a percentage, of public services, like transit—from an equity perspective alone the LRT makes so much more sense. Forget the financial stuff, although there, of course, the LRT makes more sense, too.”

Why Ward 6 should be angry with the Ford era: “They should be angry because the agenda of Rob Ford is anti-community. You look at the voting record, the budget where they tried to cut services for people. This phoney notion that the City was in financial turmoil when they came to power—it’s ridiculous. By law, the City cannot run a deficit. The City of Toronto never has a deficit. He used that right-wing mantra to try to cut very important services to people, and also I think it was extremely mean-spirited.

I’ll give you two examples. Attempting to cut the Christmas Bureau. Only affects low income kids, it means nothing to the City budget. They tried to impose a tax on garbage collection on charities and churches. Again, minimal impact on the city budget. But it’s indicative of an anti-community spirit. People in this area—across the city—voted for Rob Ford, because he came across as the common man. Well, Rob Ford is not the common man, nor does his agenda advocate for the common man. I’m hearing it at the door, because my name is Ford. Many people say, ‘You’re with the mayor,’ and I say, ‘No, no, ironically my name is Ford, I’m the anti-Ford candidate, and ironically I’m running against one of his biggest supporters.’ When people hear that they go, ‘Oh, thank God,’ and I get the vote.”

What’s the most overlooked issue at City Hall? “The biggest overlooked broad issue is poverty and income disparity. There are some councillors who support it, there are reports that come out. But when you look at, for example, David Hulchanski’s report on the Three Torontos [PDF], if you read that and you’re not alarmed by where this city is heading, you must have ice water in the veins.”

 

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Toronto Hydro Customer Alert: Criminals continue posing as utility employees and seeking payment over the phone

You can read the Aug. 27, 2014 CNW news release here.

The opening paragraphs of the Toronto Hydro Customer Alert, which is related to the topic of scams and scamming, discussed elsewhere at the Preserved Stories website, read as follows:

  • TORONTO, Aug. 27, 2014 /CNW/ – Toronto Hydro customers should be aware of criminals claiming to be part of its collection and billing department. Toronto Hydro is aware of this scam and reminds customers to report any suspicious phone calls to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre.
  • According to the reports, customers are receiving phone calls from people claiming to be from the ”Toronto Hydro Billing and Collection Process.” The calls are being made from a 1-800 phone number and victims are being threatened with having their electricity disconnected if they do not immediately provide payment in the form of a pre-paid debit card or wire transfer.  Do not provide any personal information including your account number.
  • Should customers receive a suspicious call, contact Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre immediately at 1-888-495-8501 and quote file number 844396.

[End of excerpt]

 

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Sept. 20, 2014: Join Lieutenant Governor John Graves Simcoe, in re-enacting the first day of his 1793 journey up the Toronto Carrying Place (close to venue for MCHS Sixties Reunion)

The following information is from David Juliusson who shares this note:

“Madeleine is the expert on the Carrying Place and the original portage trails along the Humber.”

I’ve included this item in the military history category – as well as in the Malcolm Campbell High School category. The latter inclusion is because our MCHS Sixties Reunion on Oct. 17, 2015 will take place at Old Mill Toronto, located by the historic Humber River.

Message forwarded by David Juliusson:

HUMBER HERITAGE COMMITTEE HISTORICAL WALK

Join Lieutenant Governor John Graves Simcoe, in reenacting the first day of his 1793 journey up the Toronto Carrying Place.

Saturday September 20th, 2014 assembling at the Rousseaux Site, by the Humber,
9:00 A.M., departing 9:30 (parking area south of 8 South Kingsway, Petro Canada Station).

Ending at the Governor’s 1793 camp site at Eglinton and the Humber River.

Colin Heath, Past President of the Simcoe Branch of the United Empire Loyalists, is the Gov. and Historical commentary by guide Madeleine McDowell.
416-767-7633

no charge.

Here’s the poster:

The image, drawing of John Graves Simcoe, is included with the poster.


LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR  JOHN GRAVES SIMCOE

&  THE HUMBER HERITAGE COMMITTEE

INVITE YOU TO JOIN THEM IN REENACTING

THE FIRST DAY OF THE GOV’S 1793 JOURNEY  UP THE TORONTO CARRYING PLACE ON SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 20th 2014

ASSEMBLING AT THE ROUSSEAUX SITE, SOUTH OF 8 THE SOUTH KINGSWAY (PETRO CANADA) TO DEPART NORTHWARDS AT

 9:30 A.M.

THE EXPEDITION WILL TAKE THE FORM OF A PARADE, PERMITTING PEOPLE TO JOIN AND LEAVE ALONG THE ROUTE AND WILL END BEFORE 2;00 P.M. AT THE 1793 CAMPSITE AT EGLINTON AND THE HUMBER RIVER

Early drop off at Etienne Brule Park

THERE WILL BE AN HISTORICAL COMMENTARY BY GUIDE MADELEINE McDOWELL

Info: 416-767-7633

This year marks the two hundred and twenty-first anniversary of the expedition.

Comment

The year 1793 also marks the year in which Colonel Samuel Smith acquired, as part of a land grant, all of what is now Long Branch (Toronto) alone with land extending beyond that.

 

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Bob Carswell from MCHS has shared a delightful update

Bob Carswell has shared a delightful comment at another post; I’m pleased to share it here as an MCHS Biography entry.

I’ve worked out a tentative paragraph structure for this post, and have added links to posts from the Preserved Stories website that reference themes that Bob Carswell mentions.

Great to read you message, Bob! What a delightful story you have shared.

Hi Jaan,

Haven’t spoken to you since the meeting in downtown Toronto after the 40th anniversary for MCHS. I see you are still alive. I was born in Harrogate, England in November 1944. My brother Jim who went to the High School of Montreal with your brother was born in 1943. We came to Canada with my mother, one of Canada’s 49,000 War Brides.

Military service

Those with children born to Canadian fathers brought 22,000 war babies like my brother and I. Both my parents participated in the military during the war, both became officers and both saw war action. My mother’s photo appears in the book Ghosts of Biggin Hill. Because of war service, they were treated as two individuals in the military which meant that no consideration was given to the fact that they were married to each other so they spent months on end apart at times. Such was WWII.

My first home in Canada was an apartment in a house in Pendleton, Ontario as a baby. My father had been posted back to Canada by the RCAF in June 1944 and as station adjutant was the last commanding officer of this Early Flying Training School with a staff of something like a thousand men and women, all waiting for the war to end.

He met me when I was four months old when they allowed a ship of wives to travel via the Azores to avoid any German subs as they headed to Halifax. Released from the RCAF after 6 years of service in the NPAM, Cdn Army Signals, CASF, RAF and RCAF, my father was ready to go back to work.

Lakefield College

A graduate of Lakefield College in Lakefield Ontario, he lost a lot of friends in the war. Settling in Montreal, he went back to P.S. Ross the accounting firm he had articled with before the war. After two years, a breakdown due to PTSD and a third child on the way, he joined Henry Birks and Sons in systems and methods.

Over the next 26 years before taking early retirement, he climbed the ladder to Office Manager, Assistant Secretary, and Secretary and Director of nine Birks companies. My mother never worked after the air force experience but contributed her hand as a volunteer to every cause going…most important to her, secretary of the Cartierville School Home and School while her 4 kids went there.

Our first Montreal home was a new apartment, in a six-plex on Laurentian Blvd, then called Reed Street, the main route north to the Laurentians. We lived there for about 5 years. Then Dad had a house built on Martin Avenue in Saraguay and we moved there in 1951. It was torn down in the 90s to be replaced by a modern stone house. My Kindergarten was at Mrs. Terrat’s home at Reed and Gouin Blvd.

Cartierville School

It closed when the houses on the east side going down to the bridge were torn down to widen the road. Names I remember, Mrs. Carpenter, Kindergarten at Cartierville School, Mrs. Talbot, Grade one, Mrs. Shields, Grade three, Miss Stanforth in Grades 5 then 6 (We did not get along), Mrs. Jackson in Grade 7 and Mrs. Findlayson, the principal.

One year, Grade four was a divided class across the street in the old Anglican church before the new one was built. I remember a pair of identical twins, Robbie and Wallace, one on each side of the class.

Mrs. Findlayson and I came to blows at times especially when I pulled my hand away while she was trying to strap me. I was an average student yet very bright. I could never understand why my brother got VG and I only got G on my report card. High school was worse.

I spent 3 years at the High School of Montreal, 3 years at Malcolm Campbell High School and 2 years doing another 13 credits at Sir George Williams Evening High School. I then went into SGWU heading for a B. Comm degree.

Sir George Williams University

After taking two summer courses, my company transferred me west. I returned to Sir George Williams University in 1969 full time and completed my degree. In my 50s I self diagnosed my learning disabilities which had plagued me all my life and had myself tested at the U of T. which confirmed it. When things went bad for me later in life, I took five years off and went back to school.

In total I have four Bachelor degrees and a fellowship in the Institute of Canadian Bankers, equivalent to half a degree….B.Comm (marketing); SGWU; Honours Bachelor of Business Administration (management) and Bachelor of Arts (film) both from York University and a B. Ed from the University of Toronto.

I have been doing my family genealogy for some 40 years now and have a skill that way. My roots are English, Scottish, Irish from both parts, and Swedish-Finnish, an interesting mix. I also reunited my mother and her sister after 62 years and brought them together for the last ten years of their lives.

Family history

My family history turned out to be a very unique one going from the London Docks to entertaining the Royalty of England. I too married an English girl that I met at a summer chalet at Montgomery Center, Vermont. We lasted 12 years together, separated and divorced about 9 years later since she wanted to remarry.

I have a son and daughter. My son is single, lasted in one relationship long enough in Toronto for that to destroy him and he then chose to do an MBA at the London School of Business in the UK in 2007. Setting up his own entrepreneurial firm, he is currently doing his part in a massive project for the British Government and will likely remain in the UK for the rest of his life. My daughter who lives in Victoria, BC works for the VIHA.

Allan McDougall

She is expecting her second child in October 2014. Her eldest daughter made me a grandfather for the first time 2 years ago. Funny as it is, her husband’s mother lives a couple of miles from me here in Toronto. Jaan, You mentioned a school friend. You are talking about Allan McDougall, cousin to Jamie Duncan, and part of the old Saraguay family there. It was his grandfather Dr. Duncan that delivered my own father into this world. Allan moved out to Vancouver, set up a book distribution firm and ended up the North American distributor for the Harry Potter books. He is also a on the Board of Directors of the Vancouver Library System along with a good friend of my youngest brother, also in Vancouver.

Jaan, if you are close to your niece the actress I have written an excellent book that she might be interested in turning into a movie or perhaps she could connect me to people who would look at it. I am also looking for people who would help me edit my other many books to make sure they make sense and address the problems caused by my LD problems.

No money though as I am just a poor author and artist these days. Well, that is probably enough for now. Let me know what you want to know about Cartierville School and I will try to answer it. Cheers !!!

 

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MCHS Sixties Reunion: By way of following up on a great suggestion from John Kovac (MCHS 1971), everyone who attended MCHS in the Sixties is invited

That is:

Malcolm Campbell High School Celebrates the Sixties

Did you attend MCHS anytime DURING THE SIXTIES ? Join us in Toronto Oct 17, 2015

Lets’s take it from here.

If you attended MCHS in the Sixties, you are invited to attend the MCHS Sixties Reunion at Old Mill Toronto on Oct. 17, 2015.

Please contact Howard Hight at hahight@gmail.com if you wish to add your name to the MCHS Sixties Reunion database.

Please contact Jaan Pill at jpill@preservedstories.com if you wish to help in the organizing of the reunion.

Volunteers to assist the MCHS Sixties Reunion organizing committee

A number of people have previously contacted me to offer to assist as volunteers. If I have not yet gotten back to you, I will contact you. As with many volunteers, I have many projects on the go, with the result that it can, at times, take me some time to get back to people who have contacted me.

In the event you have contacted me, and do not hear back from me in the next while, please send me an email to remind me.

Background

By way of background about the decision to expand the range of potential attendees, in response to the excellent suggestion from John Kovacs (MCHS 1971), please refer to the following posts:

MCHS Sixties Reunion: John Kovac (MCHS 1971) has suggested we should invite everyone who attended MCHS in the Sixties

If you are Sixties MCHS alumna or alumnus, consider joining these three Facebook Groups

A reminder, as well, about three MCHS Facebook pages that are well worth visiting.

MCHS Facebook groups

Three Facebook Groups related to Malcolm Campbell High School – that I have learned about to date: please let me know of any additional ones – are of interest.

It’s worth your while to join these groups, and to participate in discussions – and to upload photos that are connected with past and current activities related to MCHS – at these Facebook pages:

MCHS ’60s Reunion Group

Malcolm Campbell High School Grads

MCHS Class of ’68

Summary

John Kovac (MCHS 1971) sent us the following message:

“How sad that our class of 71 is left off the invite list . We spent most of our time at MCHS in the Sixties , but get squeezed out of the fun reunion by a year .Think it over . I’m sure we can get a nice turn out for our year as well . John”

The discussion among the organizing committee can be summarized as follows:

1. Our MCHS Sixties Reunion database team reports that it would be a great idea to expand the lost of potential attendees.

“Interesting dilemma. Thought we had resolved before. BUT and there is always a but.”

“I therefore suggest a rethinking of the invitees to be.all MCHS students who were at the school any time during the 60s. Let it be a celebration of the 60s by those who were in high school during the 60s.”

“Think about it? Opens the doors to those who were there in the 60s at any stage of their high school career.”

2. “This perspective has merit, in my view, and warrants close thought.”

“The fact that we have a well organized MCHS Sixties Reunion database team in place, and thus have a good sense of potential overall attendance, adds weight to [this perspective].”

3. “The ideas … are great it will bring some ‘young blood’ into the group – looking forward to discussing this option plus any other ie – colour code everyone so that it will be easier to check out who was in your classes.”

4. “I agree with the [initial comment, from the first person on the MCHS organizing committee to comment] on this matter.”

5. “I’m with the [initial comment] on this. Obviously we can’t cover the whole period that MCHS was open, but any part of the sixties experience works for me.”

“Hi all – no need to deliberate long over this. Let’s just expand the invitation list beyond what we originally thought so we can include John [Kovac] and a few others.”

6. “I was the one who took a hard line on attendance but have no problem with expanding the invite list as proposed. As far as I’m concerned, go [for] it.”

 

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Dress regulations at Malcolm Campbell High School: September 1969 message from the Prinicipal

In a recent email, Howard Hight (MCHS 1963) has shared with us the following message:

“go to this link and see how it was”

http://malcolmcampbellhigh.net/index.php/misc

Comment

It’s a delight to know how many resources there are online that focus on stories and news about Malcolm Campbell High School.

And a reminder:

Howard Hight and Diana Redden are doing a great job in development of a database of MCHS Sixties alumni. If you wish to add your name to the database, please contact Howard Hight at hahight@gmail.com

 

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Combat Stress in the 20th Century: The Commonwealth Perspective (2010)

I’ve recently had the opportunity to borrow a wide range of books from the Toronto Public Library dealing with the First World War.

The fact that the war started 100 years ago has prompted my interest in this topic. The war has a bearing on my personal and family history, which prompts me to read widely about the topic.

It follows naturally that I’ve also been borrowing many books from the Toronto library dealing with the Second World War which, as with many people, has also had a strong impact on my personal and family history.

Going through many books – getting acquainted with them, that is: I seldom read a book from cover to cover – in a relatively short period of time has prompted me to get a sense of which authors most strongly take hold of my attention.

Terry Copp

There are many such authors. One of them is Terry Copp. A web page at Wilfred Laurier University sums up well what his research interests are about (I’ve taken the longer text and have broken it into shorter paragraphs):

“I am actively involved with the Laurier Centre for Military and Strategic Disarmament Studies (LCMSDS) and in its publications program. In addition to editing the journal Canadian Military History, I am editing Operational Research in 21 Army Group and writing a study of the Canadian soldiers’ experience of the battles on Verrieres Ridge July-August 1944.

“My long-term interest in the military effectiveness of the Allied armies in North West Europe, which led to studies of battle exhaustion and brigade level operations, will be developed in a new book on 21 Army Group. This study will incorporate work on tactical air power which has been a subject of interest for a number of years.

“My interest in military psychiatry, including the long term effects of exposure to combat-related stress, will continue leading to the publication of articles and the presentation of papers.”

Combat Stress in the 20th Century (2010)

Combat Stress (2010) is a study by Terry Copp and Mark Osborne Humphries that I am currently reading.

The book deals with the history – as a blurb on the back cover notes – “of the ways in which combat stress reaction and its aftermath have been interpreted by soldiers and psychiatrists in the British Empire and Commonwealth.”

Every author brings to the task of writing a particular state of consciousness and intention, and speaks in a particular “voice.”

I feel at ease in reading an author such as Terry Copp. What stands out in his work, as I perceive it, is the thoroughness and range of his research, and the clarity that he brings to the task of analyzing and sharing what he has learned. He also comes across as a thoughtful person, whose insights about the experience of warfare are of tremendous value.

I strongly recommend studies by Terry Copp for any person who seeks to attain a better understanding of the First and Second World Wars, of previous wars, and of the wars now under way.

Update

A Sept. 20, 2014 CBC article is entitled: “Canadian soldiers may be hiding health problems to protect pensions: More than 6,200 soldiers were discharged due to medical reasons since 2009.”

 

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Battle of Chateauguay (1813): one of two great battles that saved Canada. This post is a history lesson for MCHS alumni

Given that the summer is over, and discussions about the Malcolm Campbell High School Sixties Reunion, set for Oct. 17, 2015 at Old Mill Toronto, have now resumed, I’m pleased to share with you a story about the vital role that the Battle of Chateauguay played in ensuring that the United States gave up on its plan to conquer Canada during the War of 1812.

I mention Chateauguay because from time to time MCHS grads speak about this great community.

I note that even now, Chateauguay is in the news – in the “good news” category of national news reports, in fact.

When I was in high school, I did a half-decent job of memorizing my notes of Mr. Hannah’s history lectures, so that I would be well prepared for the exams that we were required to write, in order to show our understanding of, or at least our enthusiastic acquaintance with, the great events of the past.

Aside from that, my interest in history is something that has emerged in recent years.

So, today’s history lesson, which I’m pleased to share with visitors to the MCHS Category at this website, among other site visitors, is the following information about Chateauguay from a previous post that I wrote over the summer. I will begin with a brief reference to the other great battle that saved Canada, the Battle of Crysler’s Farm, which took place in Ontario. The battleground is now under water, as a result of the building of the St. Lawrence Seaway.

Here’s the overview:

Francophone soldiers played a significant role at the 1813 battles that saved Canada

Battle of Crysler's Farm national historic site. Jaan Pill photo

An overview of the battle notes:

“[Lieutenant-Colonal Joseph Wanton] Morrison’s victory was paid for in blood. His ‘corps of observation’ suffered 200 casualties, or about one-sixth of his total force. The greatest percentage of casualties was taken by the Canadian Fencibles, a regiment raised in Quebec and whose ranks were about 50 per cent francophone. They suffered a casualty rate of nearly 33 per cent. Of note is the fact that of the 270 Canadian regulars under Morrison’s command that day two-thirds were French-speaking soldiers from Quebec.

“Stunned by the ferocity of the Anglo-Canadian army and their Mohawk allies, Wilkinson’s broken and dispirited army went into winter quarters at French Mills (present day Fort Covington), ending the threat to Canada.”

[End of excerpt. I've corrected a typo concerned with the spelling of Morrison.]

At Chateauguay, a military force of just over 300 British-led Canadiens defeated a force of at least 3,000 American troops

As I have noted at another post, this battle, combined with the defeat of another invading army at Chateauguay on October 26, saved Canada from conquest in 1813. The Battle of Chateauguay is described in Field of Glory: The Battle of Crysler’s Farm, 1813 (1999).

In that account, Donald E. Graves notes (p. 110) that the Battle of Chateauguay was “a clear demonstration of how a well-led and positioned military force can hold off an opponent vastly superior in numbers. In the final analysis, just over three hundred Canadiens led by [Charles] de Salaberry, with the support of [George] Macdonell, had beaten off an attack by at least three thousand American troops who came into action. It was not a question of courage, for courage was lacking on neither side; it was a question of leadership, and the fumbling and hesitant decisions and movements of [Wade] Hampton and [Robert] Purdy compare badly with the confident and sure decisions of the two British commanders.”

First Nations warriors played a significant role in the War of 1812

First Nations warriors supporting the British side contributed to the outcome of the Battle of Chateauguay and the Battle of Crysler’s Farm - and to the outcome of the War of 1812. It may be added that when the war was over, the December 24, 1814 Treat of Ghent, as Peter Snow (2013, p. 231) notes, “effectively left each side where it had been before the war began.” The exception was the First Nations side, which lost out.

[End of excerpt from an earlier post]

Upper Canada Village

More information about the War of 1812, and the initial project, by the United States, to conquer Canada can be accessed here.

I would add that Upper Canada Village is next to the Battle of Crysler’s Farm national historical site. I will admit this. When I was in elementary school in Montreal, and heard about people visiting Upper Canada Village, for whatever reason the prospect of visiting the site did not interest me.

I’m hoping that in future I will indeed have the opportunity to visit Upper Canada Village. If any visitors to the Preserved Stories website have been to the latter site, it would be great to hear your account of the visit.

 

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MCHS Sixties Reunion: John Kovac (MCHS 1971) has suggested we should invite everyone who attended MCHS in the Sixties

John Kovac, MCHS 1971, has initiated a most interesting discussion at a previous post:

If you are Sixties MCHS alumna or alumnus, consider joining these three Facebook Groups

I share the following discussion because I believe there is tremendous value in dialogue, as we proceed with decision making regarding the MCHS Sixties Reunion to be held Oct. 17, 2015 at Old Mill Toronto. I believe there is also value in transparency, to the extent it makes sense to share information about decision making, with regard to the organizing of the reunion.

I also like to act quickly, when I feel it’s the right thing to do. I say all of this with the awareness that final decisions are matters not for me but for the MCHS Sixties Reunion organizing committee, of which I am a member, and on which I have one vote.

I also see great value in free, respectful, and cordial discussion on all topics of mutual interest.

So, let’s see how the discussion continues to unfold. We will be interested in comments from any source.

John’s Comment

John Kovac wrote, in a Comment at the above-noted link:

How sad that our class of 71 is left off the invite list . We spent most of our time at MCHS in the Sixties , but get squeezed out of the fun reunion by a year .Think it over . I’m sure we can get a nice turn out for our year as well . John

Jaan’s Comment

Jaan Pill wrote a Comment in reply, at the above-noted link:

The last time the organizing committee addressed this topic, John, the decision was firm. However, I will make a point of letting the committee know of your views. We will get back to you. Jaan

Discussion among MCHS Sixties Reunion organizing committee

Jaan Pill has added the following Comment at the previously noted link, and has posted the discussion as a separate post because the topic is of interest and warrants close attention:

Here’s the discussion to date, among the MCHS Sixties Reunion organizing committee. I’ve made a point to share the dialogue, because above all else, we feel it’s important that the reunion is developed with input from as many sources, and with as high a degree of transparency with regard to decision making, as possible.

FIRST COMMENT:

Interesting dilemma. Thought we had resolved before. BUT and there is always a but.

You had suggested we could get 300 folks. Frankly within our present configuration as planned, l do not see us reaching that nimber.

Our present list is approx 105?? Not all that list will come, for a myriad of reasons.

I therefore suggest a rethinking of the invitees to be.all MCHS students who were at the school any time during the 60s. Let it be a celebration of the 60s by those who were in high school during the 60s..

MCHS CELEBRATES THE 60′s.
Did you attend MCHS anytime DURING THE 60s ? Join us in Toronto Oct 17, 2015 .

Think about it? Opens the doors to those who were there in the 60s at any stage of their high school career.

Just food for thought.

SECOND COMMENT (this is a paraphrase):

This perspective has merit, in my view, and warrants close thought. The matter has been expressed in a way that is clearer than would have occurred to me, had I tried to put my thoughts together on this topic.

The fact that we have a well organized MCHS Sixties Reunion database team in place, and thus have a good sense of potential overall attendance, adds weight to the remarks from the FIRST COMMENT person.

The criterion that a person attended in the 1960s — that is a concept that had not occurred to me. The concept has merit, in my view. There is value, I believe, in further discussion about this topic.

THIRD COMMENT (paraphrase):

The ideas from the FIRST COMMENT person are great it will bring some “young blood” into the group – looking forward to discussing this option plus any other ie – colour code everyone so that it will be easier to check out who was in your classes.

FOURTH COMMENT (paraphrase):

I agree with the FIRST COMMENT person on this matter -

FIFTH COMMENT (paraphrase)

(Part 1 of comment) Hi all – I’m with the FIRST COMMENT person on this. Obviously we can’t cover the whole period that MCHS was open, but any part of the sixties experience works for me.

(Part 2 of comment) Hi all – no need to deliberate long over this. Let’s just expand the invitation list beyond what we originally thought so we can include John and a few others.

SIXTH COMMENT

I was the one who took a hard line on attendance but have no problem with expanding the
invite list as proposed. As far as I’m concerned, go [for] it.

 

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Heart and Stroke Foundation urges limits to sugar intake – Sept. 9, 2014 Globe and Mail

I’ve previously shared a number of interesting reports concerned with sugar intake.

As a result of reading such reports, I’ve reduced my own sugar intake (in all forms) to under 25 grams per day. From what I can gather, it’s easier for some than for others to achieve such a reduction.

A Sept. 9, 2014 Globe and Mail article is entitled: “Heart and Stroke Foundation urges limits to sugar intake.”

The opening paragraphs read:

“The Heart and Stroke Foundation is calling on the federal government to set limits on the amount of sugar manufacturers can add to their products and on consumers to avoid sugar-sweetened beverages.

“Mounting research has linked even moderate amounts of sugar consumption to heart disease, diabetes, stroke and other major health problems. The average Canadian consumes more than 13 per cent of their daily calories in the form of sugars added to food and beverages.

“The new evidence is what prompted the Heart and Stroke Foundation to issue a series of recommendations, including a call for Canadians to reduce their total consumption of so-called “free” sugars to no more than 10 per cent of daily calories, with the ideal benchmark being 5 per cent of daily calories. Free sugars refers to all sugar added to food, as well as syrups, honey and fruit juices. Earlier this year, the World Health Organization issued the same recommendations.

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