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.

Key considerations when preparing for a Committee of Adjustment presentation

From time to time, I get inquiries from residents in communities outside of Long Branch – sometimes quite a distance from this community, in fact – asking for advice regarding Committee of Adjustment presentations. I always seek to reply at … Continue reading

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I much appreciate learning about the work of Stuart McGill (“Dr. Spine”) of Waterloo

I owe many thanks to Jacqueline Marie Murdoch of Toronto for her reference, some time back, to the work of Stuart McGill of Waterloo. Several books by Stuart McGill are available at the Toronto Public Library. As well, several YouTube … Continue reading

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We had a great time (many entertaining stories!) at MCHS lunch meeting on Feb. 12, 2018 in Toronto

We currently have an email list in place for 1960s MCHS grads who are keen to get together for lunch, about once a month, in the Greater Toronto Area. We have eight people on our list, and are keen to add … Continue reading

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Marketing remains a key driving force, fueling the opioid crisis. That said, marketing can also serve positive purposes.

An Oct. 30, 2017 New Yorker article is entitled: “The Family That Built an Empire of Pain: The Sackler dynasty’s ruthless marketing of painkillers has generated billions of dollars – and millions of addicts.” It’s a good read. Click here … Continue reading

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Mindfulness is a great thing, as is human happiness – especially without the hype!

I’ve written about my encounters (such encounters as continue, as I type this) with mindfulness, and will not bore you with a retelling of a tale about what I have learned, as a beginner practitioner (it’s been going on for … Continue reading

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Update from Graeme Decarie, retired MCHS and Concordia history teacher: Three children in school, one at McGill, two at Concordia

I recently told Graeme Decarie that I would put together an update based on a recent email exchange with him. The update follows below. On Jan. 9, 2018, Graeme Decarie wrote: One of my boys, Nicholas, has been studying at … Continue reading

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Curated Decay (2017). Some things are worth preserving. Some things can’t be preserved. Better by far to watch them rot.

This post concerns Curated Decay: Heritage Beyond Saving (2017) by Caitlin DeSilvey. I first learned about this impressive book some time back on Twitter. You can access a London School of Economics review of it here. If you do a Twitter … Continue reading

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Change will come slowly despite OMB reforms: Toronto Star, Dec. 18, 2017

A Dec. 18, 2017 Toronto Star article is entitled: “Change will come slowly despite OMB reforms: Regulations put forward by Ontario on how to transition to a new planning tribunal mean hundreds of applications currently being considered by city could … Continue reading

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From LRT construction to waterfront development, Mississauga appears to be surpassing Toronto when it comes to vision: Dec. 5, 2017 Toronto Star article

A Dec. 5, 2017 Toronto Star article is entitled: “Mississauga is starting to think past its suburban status: From LRT construction to waterfront development, the city appears to be surpassing Toronto when it comes to vision, writes Christopher Hume.” Citizen … Continue reading

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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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