Planning is now underway for a 1960s Malcolm Campbell High School reunion

It was great to meet with my friends recently from Malcolm Campbell High School (MCHS) in Montreal. Such meetings are of tremendous value. MCHS is the the high school that I graduated from in 1963 when I lived in Montreal. It’s a source of comfort, as one gets older, to remain in touch with childhood […]

In 1950, Robert Frank left his job as a photographer in New York to travel through Europe with his family

I recently borrowed Valencia 1952 and The Americans from the Toronto Public Library (TPL). Robert Frank is a remarkable photographer, who from what I can gather has had a strong impact on the the directions in which photography as a medium has travelled since the 1950s. He has, as I understand, also had an impact […]

December 2013 ice storm photos from Brampton (Mike James)

Mike James, who co-leads the Jane’s Walk we organize each May in Long Branch, has shared some great photos of the December 2013 Ice Storm as viewed in Brampton, where he lives. Here’s the first photo, chosen at random: I’m reminded, with regard to the first of the photos, of a Dec. 22, 2013 Toronto […]

The TTC streetcar no longer stops at Thirty Ninth Street in Long Branch

A neighbour has kindly shared the following message with me: “I wanted to let you know. I found out from Mark Grimes’ office the streetcar no longer stops at 39th street.” The neighbour mentions her daughter had been waiting one morning and the streetcar went right by. “I inquired with Mark Grimes office,” the neighbour […]

Air pollution in south Etobicoke is part of a regional problem; City official recommends public transit advocacy

As a person who loves to drive, I was thoroughly intrigued to learn about the recent study of air pollution in south Etobicoke.     Cars and trucks: What can be done? With regard to cars and trucks, some of the text from Tamara Shephard’s Jan. 16, 2014 Etobicoke Guardian article, discussed in a recent post, stays […]

August: Osage County (2013): The movie

The following blurb appears for August: Osage County (2008) (the book) at the Toronto Public Library website: Winner of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Drama “A tremendous achievement in American playwriting: a tragicomic populist portrait of a tough land and a tougher people.”— Time Out New York “Tracy Letts’ August: Osage County is what O’Neill would be […]

Guest Speaker, Thomas Herrera-Mishler, CEO and President at Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy – Feb. 5, 2014 Lakeshore Planning Council AGM

The following text is from the Lakeshore Planning Council: LAKESHORE PLANNING COUNCIL CORP. DATE: February 5, 2014 TIME: 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. PLACE: LAMP, 185 Fifth Street, Etobicoke M8V 2Z5 LPCC AGM 2014 AGENDA  Registration at 6:30 p.m.  Guest Speaker at 7:00 p.m.  Past year projects  Future projects  Financial Report […]

Winter photo of retired heavy gun at Marie Curtis Park

  I’m pleased to share with you this photo, taken today Jan. 26, 2014. Background about the cannon can be found at an earlier blog post. The second photo was taken today as well, closer to the shore. The photos were taken with a Nikon Coolpix P330 digital camera, a snapshot-type camera that is highly […]

Author Note: John Huston

The following Author Note is from a Toronto Public Library blurb for The Maltese Falcon: John Huston, Director (1995). I’ve been studying The Maltese Falcon (1941) as part of a Technology of Film (1) course at Ryerson University. Another relevant resource is Discovering The Maltese Falcon and Sam Spade: The Evolution of Dashiell Hammett’s Masterpiece, […]

Small Point-Adams Cove Photo History – January 2014

I’m a member of a Facebook site that deals with a photo history of Small Point-Adams Cove in Newfoundland, which I learned about from Jeff Hollett and Karen Hollett in Yellowknife. My interest is based upon what I’ve learned about Fogo Island, Newfoundland. Below for your interest are a few photos related to Small Point-Adams Cove. The […]