Tony Churchill has retired after an impressive career with the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board

I’m looking forward to making a two-minute presentation at the retirement party for Tony Churchill that will be held on Jan. 16, 2014 at the Catholic Education Centre (CEC) in Mississauga. I’ve discussed Tony’s work at an online video posted some years ago at Vimeo; speaking notes for the latter talk are available here. Speaking […]

Evidence-based practice and the eradication of science

I have an interest in evidence-based practice. When scientific data and research are under threat, each of us as a citizen is under threat. In an earlier post, I’ve discussed the role of fraud in relation to scientific credentials. At the latter post, I’ve shared the following information: Fake academic credentials In general, claims of factuality […]

Revised list of Heritage Attributes – Wesley Mimico United Church designation process

The most recent list of Heritage Attributes for 2 Station Road can be found here. Earlier posts related to the designation of Wesley Mimico United Church under the Ontario Heritage Act can be found here. Revised list of Heritage Attributes As I understand, the heritage attributes of the property at 2 Station Road are: • […]

For King and Country is an ongoing project of the Geneological Society, Toronto Branch

I subscribe to updates concerned with a site called For King and Country at A previous blog post about King and Country can be accessed here. The most recent update is concerned with Preparing War Memorials: Danforth Tech Shows How. The opening paragraphs read: How did schools collect the names for their war memorials? […]

What is the meaning of contested normative valance?

Concepts such as “contested normative valance” are of value, in my view, because it’s useful to include concepts from the social sciences in the study of history. For this reason, it’s of interest to read the views of Sönke Neitzel, a historian, and Harald Welzer, a sociologist and social psychologist, regarding warfare. Similarly, it’s of […]

Can the term neoliberalism be turned into a useful analytic tool?

Given my interest in how language interacts with perception, I enjoyed reading an overview, in Status Update (2013), of the history of neoliberalism. Boas and Gans-Morse (2009) In her discussion of neoliberalism in Status Update (2013), Alice E. Marwick cites a 2009 journal article by Taylor C. Boas and Jordan Gans-Morse entitled Neo liberalism: From New Liberal Philosophy to Anti-Liberal Slogan. The source is: […]

‘I love working in south Etobicoke’ – December 2013 issue of The Anglican

The following text is from the December 2013 issue of The Anglican. I assume this is a local church newsletter. I have received the text by email, from a source that in my experience is a highly reliable source of information. [Conclusion of comment from Jaan Pill; the text mentioned above follows below] December 2013 […]

Bill Rawson’s been reading a great book about Jim Coleman

I recently visited Bill Rawson, who has shared a lot of great stories with us in the past about the history of Long Branch (Toronto not New Jersey), and I was delighted to see his used furniture store, on the south side of Lake Shore Blvd. West across from the Long Branch Library, is now […]

Local Air Quality Studies: Etobicoke-Lakeshore (Wards 5 & 6) – Open House Jan. 15, 2014

Local air quality of a topic of ongoing community interest, as an earlier blog post regarding a May 2013 Toronto Environmental Alliance (TEA) presentation notes. For details about the Jan. 15, 2014 City of Toronto event, click here. The following text is from the City of Toronto link in the previous sentence. The PDF file […]

December 2013 Friends of Fort York newsletter available here in 12-pt Times New Roman

I enjoyed reading the December 2013 issue of The Fife and Drum – The Newsletter of The Friends of Fort York and Garrison Commons. You can access the PDF version of the document here: fife-and-drum-dec-2013 I found it a challenge to read the printout of the original PDF file, as the print is small. That […]