Category Archives: Commentary

“Commentary” is a category of posts devoted to my reflections about topics of personal interest to me.

When I write news reports, of which there are many at this website, I generally – but not invariably – avoid making my personal views the centrepiece of the content. When I write commentary, however, my personal views are the centrepiece.

Florida Project: An open-ended treatment of the events, themes, and spectacles of everyday life

I recently saw the Florida Project playing at the Revue Cinema at 400 Roncesvalles Ave. in Toronto. I was impressed with both the film and the venue. If you have the opportunity to see this film, I recommend it strongly. As … Continue reading

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Online analytic data drives Globe and Mail’s new print design

I regularly buy the Friday edition of The Globe and Mail. The Real Estate section is always good for a read. Reading about real estate provides one way among many others to reflect upon the events, themes, and spectacles of … Continue reading

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Franklin Horner Community Centre program delves into history of Etobicoke’s lakeshore communities – Dec. 6, 2017 Etobicoke Guardian article

A Dec. 6, 2017 Etobicoke Guardian article by Cynthia Reason is entitled: “South Etobicoke Historical Voyage sails on to Alderwood: Franklin Horner Community Centre program delves into history of Etobicoke’s lakeshore communities.” First-rate article by Cynthia Reason I am very impressed … Continue reading

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As residents, neighbourhoods, and societies, we become what we imagine ourselves to be

The concept that we become what we imagine ourselves to be (or what we pretend ourselves to be) is from a quote in a book by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. The concept also brings to mind a line from William Blake, … Continue reading

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Left-hand turns from Lake Shore to Long Branch Ave. and to Thirty Seventh present characteristic hazards

A previous post is entitled: Beware when trying to cross east to west on the north side of Lake Shore Blvd. West at Park Lawn in Humber Bay Shores Here are some additional notes, that have occurred to me: It’s … Continue reading

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Beware when trying to cross east to west on the north side of Lake Shore Blvd. West at Park Lawn in Humber Bay Shores

I have shared the following message (and the photo on the right) with the Long Branch Neighbourhood Watch Facebook page. I share it with readers of the Preserved Stories website as well, in the event there may be one or … Continue reading

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The Mississauga meme has been: “No Tall Towers on the Lake” – will the meme survive?

This post concerns a well-attended community meeting, featuring many lively discussions, held at the Waterside Inn in Port Credit on Nov. 21, 2017. The meeting concerned the next steps for redevelopment of a stretch of Port Credit waterfront. This post … Continue reading

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When I visit the USA, I adopt the mindset of “the foreign correspondent”

Update As noted in a comment at the end of this post, the flippant tone of my review of the Chicago Tribune “gentrification” article is perhaps not warranted. Accordingly, a tentative bottom line that occurs to me, influenced by the … Continue reading

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Humber Bay Park Project – Building Concept

I’ve recently received a notice about a CCFEW Bird Walk. The notice includes a reference to the Humber Bay Park project. The text in the message refers to an Oct. 30, 2017 meeting about the Humber Bay Park architectural component. … Continue reading

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Alfred Ramcharan served as administrator at early 1960s External Aid Office conferences, while he studied education at Macdonald College and McGill

The Alfred Ramcharan story is fascinating – including the information that, before he became a  highly regarded math teacher at Malcolm Campbell High School, he taught elementary and secondary school in Trinidad for several years, without a formal secondary school education. … Continue reading

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