Next steps in OMB Reform are outlined in May 31, 2017 Government of Ontario message

A May 16, 2017 Toronto Star article is entitled: “Province plans to overhaul OMB and give more power to cities and citizens: Reformed appeals body to be renamed Local Planning Appeals Tribunal; will provide legal representation to residents for free. Previous OMB-related posts include (among others): Culture of COA and OMB decision-making has changed dramatically in […]

Links related to a differential approach to climate change at City of Mississauga as compared to the City of Toronto

I have previously noted that the City of Mississauga appears many light years ahead of the City of Toronto in relation to community engagement (that is, getting citizens involved with planning decisions, in practice as well as in theory) and in relation to sustainability. I have attended Etobicoke-York Committee of Adjustment meetings in the past […]

“I saw this advert [for MPP Peter Milczyn’s June 14, 2017 event] and wondered if anyone would remember a girl in the fifties called Roberta Hopkins”

The advert is question is at this recent post: MPP Peter Milczyn, Etobicoke-Lakeshore June Seniors’ Month Tea with special guest speaker, Wednesday, June 14, 2-4pm, Royal Canadian Legion on Jutland. RSVP BY FRIDAY, JUNE 9th A comment from Karen Riddell at the latter post reads: I saw this advert and wondered if anyone would remember a […]

MPP Peter Milczyn, Etobicoke-Lakeshore June Seniors’ Month Tea with special guest speaker, Wednesday, June 14, 2-4pm, Royal Canadian Legion on Jutland. RSVP BY FRIDAY, JUNE 9th


Informed Choices: How to avoid Greenwashing – Competition Bureau of Canada

The graphic is from a June 4, 2017 tweet from the Competition Bureau‏ of Canada @CompBureau The tweet reads: Tomorrow is #WorldEnvironmentDay. We celebrate by providing you with tips to avoid #GreenWashing. #Canada150 [End] Click here for posts about scams and scanning >    

The Finland Phenomenon (2011): DVD about Finland’s educational system

I’ve been reading about Finnish education. Finland does really well in international standardized testing. Some people say standardized testing is of relevance only to some extent, but that’s another story. Anyway, a key thing about Finnish education is that the selection of teachers is highly rigorous. Teacher-training candidates need to have high marks but only […]

June 10, 2017 (with a rain date of June 11) is revised date for Lakeshore Psychiatric Hospital Cemetery visit

The following message is from Ed Janiszewski: Due to the severe rains which saturated the grounds and formed ponds at the Lakeshore Cemetery, the May visit was cancelled. Another opportunity will be Saturday June 11 with a rain date Sunday June 12 at 2:00pm Please note the phone number on the attached flyer to confirm a […]

Backlash to magazine story exposes ugly side of Toronto’s housing obsession: U of T experts (U of T News article)

Retail Developments in Alderwood & Long Branch

The following June 2, 2017 message is from a neighbour: Farm Boy is opening this Fall in Alderwood. ETOBICOKE COMMUNITY HOME TO NEW FARM BOY™ STORE Shoppers Drug Mart is moving from the Lakeshore & 30th Street Location to the No Frills/LCBO/Dollarama Plaza. Confirmed last night with a staff member in cosmetics. Valerie [End] Update […]

Churchill’s Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare (2017) provides a good overview of “irregular warfare” in the Second World War

Updates A July 13, 2018 Atlantic article is entitled: “The Russians Who Hacked the 2016 Election: Robert Mueller’s latest indictment reaches back to the origin story for the investigation into interference.” An Aug. 7, 2018 BBC article is entitled: “A French village committed to deception: Through an extraordinary campaign of non-violent resistance during World War […]