Language usage, as I am using the term (others will have different ways of using it), is concerned with how we use language for specified purposes. My study of language usage includes an interest in how power at times distorts language, because it has the power to do so. Language usage also concerns itself with the distinction between rhetoric and reality. As well, the category is concerned with the formal, systematic study of rhetoric, and with humanity’s attempts to define reality.

Artist and activist Ai Weiwei traveled to 23 countries to chronicle the global refugee crisis in the documentary, Human Flow

A CBC Radio Twitter message dated Sept. 28, 2017 features the following message: Ai Weiwei on his new documentary, Human Flow: Artist and activist Ai Weiwei traveled to 23 countries to chronicle the global refugee crisis in the documentary, Human Flow. It’s not an easy film to watch but he says it’s meant to feel alarming […]

Joyce Moore of North Toronto has added a comment regarding “the same destruction of neighbourhoods by developers”

A recent post is entitled: May 2017 Update from David Godley: Committee of Adjustment & related topics At that post, Joyce Moore of North Toronto has added the following comment: I have read many of the letters on your website and I believe that the same destruction of neighbourhoods by developers who are interested in […]

July 28, 2017 tweet from Jennifer Keesmaat‏ @jen_keesmaat talks up new Official Plan Indicators

Tweet from Chief Planner, City of Toronto, July 28, 2017: jennifer keesmaat‏ @jen_keesmaat We’re often pressured to focus more on the *speed* of planning approvals, than the outcome. So we created new Official Plan Indicators. Comment Anything that makes the Official Plan clear and unambiguous warrants celebration.  

GTAA officials cancel Etobicoke airport workshop same day; MPs cry foul – June 29, 2017 Etobicoke Guardian

Update A July 12, 2017 Etobicoke Guardian article is entitled: “Etobicoke, Mississauga residents fight GTAA over Pearson airport growth plans: ‘It’s a war zone,” one resident said of aircraft noise above her home.” [End]   A previous post is entitled: Air Traffic Noise meeting set for June 28, 2017 at Assembly Hall is rescheduled for […]

Venezuela continues to move deeper into economic disarray: Feb. 9, 2016 New York Times article

In standard usage, gentrification is a limited concept; the underlying process is of wider import

Steven High (2003) highlights the Machine in the Garden aesthetic of postwar factory design