Inaugural Jean Augustine Legacy Award Dinner on Saturday February 22 at Lakeshore Commons at Humber College

The Inaugural Jean Augustine Legacy Award Dinner will be held on Saturday February 22, 2014 at Lakeshore Commons at Humber College. The following text is based on an email from TDSB Trustee Pamela Gough: Among the many distinguished attendees is TDSB Director Donna Quan and City of Toronto Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly. The proceeds of […]

The Luminaries (2013) is the winner of the 2013 Man Booker Prize and Governor General’s Award for Fiction

I heard about The Luminaries (2013), by Eleanor Catton, through Twitter mentions, articles at CBC and elsewhere, and CBC radio segments highlighting the book’s receipt of the 2013 Man Booker Prize. A Feb. 19, 2014 Sydney Morning Herald article is entitled: “Frenzy of fame: Man Booker winner Eleanor Catton is happy to return to a […]

James Lovelock has always cherished the freedom to follow his own ideas (March 27, 2013 New Statesman)

Update: A Feb. 20, 2014 CBC article is entitled: “Are we doomed? Elizabeth Kolbert explains why the world might be in the midst of a major mass extinction.”  An excerpt from the article reads: Although climate change is caused by things that most of us in the developed world think of as ordinary, geologically speaking, the way we […]

Consultation on Local Appeal Boards TONIGHT at Etobicoke Civic Centre 6.45 to 9.00

CONSULTATION on Local Appeal Boards TONIGHT at Etobicoke Civic Centre 6.45 to 9.00 Subject: Made-for-Toronto Local Appeal Body Public Consultations The Province of Ontario granted the City of Toronto the power to establish a Local Appeal Body (LAB) to hear appeals of Committee of Adjustment decisions (both minor variances and consents). At its December 4th, […]

American Hustle (2013) is loosely based upon the late 1970s FBI Abscam sting

Several overviews based upon the movie American Hustle (2013) – from The New Yorker, The Daily Beast, and The Telegraph, among other sources – are available online. The IMDb overview of the film sums up the story: “A con man, Irving Rosenfeld, along with his seductive British partner, Sydney Prosser, is forced to work for a wild […]

Construction now under way on Hanlan Feedermain Project in Mississauga

  I’ve been following with interest, and for some time, the construction details of the work on the Hanlan Feedermain Project, which I have discussed in previous blog posts in relation to the Lakeview Waterfront Connection Project. I’ve been following the process, regularly taking photographs and short videos, since before the time that a temporary […]

“How Germany Reconquered Europe: The Euro and Its Discontents” – Feb. 2014 Harper’s Magazine

Occasionally I buy the news stand copy of a magazine. The Atlantic, The Walrus, The New Yorker, and a few other magazines come to mind. The Harper’s Magazine for February 2014 has a number of articles of interest, not available for free on the Internet. Given that my attention was captured by a front-cover title […]

TTC CEO Andy Byford to study short-turning streetcars, Humber Loop (Etobicoke Guardian, Feb. 12, 2014)

We owe thanks to David Juliusson for letting us know of a Feb. 12, 2014 Etobicoke Guardian article by Tamara Shephard, relating to transit in south Etobicoke. [Click on link in previous sentence to access the article.] David Juliusson has referred, in a recent email, to the plan, discussed in the article, to redevelop the […]

A History of Subways on Bloor and Queen Streets (

David Juliusson has shared with us the text of a blog post at entitled: “A History of Subways on Bloor and Queen streets.” [Click on the link in the previous sentence to access the post.] The opening paragraphs read: The Initial Proposals (see also Early History) As the city of Toronto developed, it took […]

“Changes in speech-language service will harm kids” (Feb. 7, 2014 Toronto Star)

A Feb. 7, 2014 Toronto Star article is entitled: “Changes in speech-language service will harm kids, health official says.” The subhead reads: “Head of the LAMP Community Health Centre worries that fewer preschoolers who struggle to communicate will get help after [Toronto Preschool Speech and Languages Service] revamps its program.” The opening paragraphs read: A […]