Garry Halpert, who taught English and History at Malcolm Campbell High School in the early 1960s, has passed away

We were saddened to learn, from Nicole Halpert, Garry Halpert’s daughter, that her father, who taught at Malcolm Campbell High School in the early 1960s, has passed away. The text of an April 11, 2018 obituary published in the Montreal Gazette reads: Thy life’s a miracle. ~ King Lear English and History teacher at Westhill […]

The Order of the Templars was a powerful, militarized monastic order which arose during the Crusader wars: Introductory remarks

A recent post is entitled: Upgrades at Toronto Public Library website are highly impressive. At the latter post, Bert Eccles has shared a most interesting Comment, about how he likes to be reading many books at the same time, as that makes for a more interesting reading experience, than would otherwise be the case. I very […]

CBC’s John Lancaster reports: Buyers will be told to keep ‘windows and exterior doors’ closed to cut down on noise from Metrolinx yard

An April 14, 2018 article by CBC’s John Lancaster, investigative reporter, is entitled: “City council approves controversial development that comes with noise warning to buyers: Buyers will be told to keep ‘windows and exterior doors’ closed to cut down on noise from Metrolinx yard.” The article notes: Even before Dunpar submitted the most recent changes, […]

Long Branch Character Guidelines seek to disrupt rampant lot-splitting: Character Guidelines document highly significant in the history Long Branch, writes Jaan Pill (Etobicoke Guardian, April 10, 2018)

An April 10, 2018 opinion article in the Etobicoke Guardian is entitled: “Long Branch Character Guidelines seek to disrupt rampant lot-splitting: Character Guidelines document highly significant in the history Long Branch, writes Jaan Pill.” Commentary I am currently typing up additional transcripts, from the Nov. 14, 2017 Etobicoke York Community Council meeting, mentioned in the […]

Dirty hands and vicious deeds: the US government’s complicity in crimes against humanity and genocide (2018)

In a recent post I celebrate the new-books list at the Toronto Public Library: Upgrades at Toronto Public Library website are highly impressive Here’s a recently published study that I came across on the new-books (nonfiction category) list at the Toronto Public Library (please note that many other nation-states, besides the United States are, in […]

Upgrades at Toronto Public Library website are highly impressive

For many years, I’ve been borrowing up to 50 books at a time, from the Toronto Public Library. With this amount of books to look at, I’ve also developed a protocol, whereby I go about accessing each of these texts. I look at one or two sentences in each book, to get a sense of […]

Dealing with Air Traffic Noise, like dealing with Lot-Splitting/Overbuilding, is about mobilizing the community to exercise political clout

The topic of this post is Air Traffic Noise, a topic that I have addressed in previous posts of some time back; I have not addressed the issue recently. The following tweet is from @icao : While air traffic is increasing in Sweden, noise is actually decreasing. @TS_Nyheter explains here how ICAO standards contribute to […]

Etobicoke York Committee of Adjustment champions subjectivity in decision making

The Etobicoke York Committee of Adjustment champions subjectivity in its land-use decision making, as outlined at a recent post. In Long Branch, we have a history of developers coming in to split a lot, overbuilding on the resulting two tiny lots, hacking away at 100-year-old trees in the process, and then making a run for it, […]

Opposition to lot-splitting/overbuilding: April 4, 2018 Long Branch Neighbourhood Association meeting featured Q & A with Toronto City staff regarding Character Guidelines

Cultural differences between Toronto and Mississauga are evident at land use planning meetings