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Lakeview Waterfront Connection terms of reference have been approved

Following message is from Brooke Erickson at the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA): December 14, 2012 Re: Lakeview Waterfront Connection Terms of Reference Approval ltr_Notice of ToR Approval_Dec13, 2012 Hello, We are pleased to announce that the Terms of Reference (ToR) for the Lakeview Waterfront Connection Project Environmental Assessment (LWC Project EA) was approved […]


Briefing note (Nov. 14, 2012): Toronto South Detention Centre

As I understand, it has been difficult to obtain information about the new jail, although I would add that some reports are available: March 6, 2013 Toronto Star article: “Etobicoke superjail sits empty because province can’t staff it, union says” March 2, 2013 Toronto Star article: “Jail staffers fall ill after being served chicken that […]


Ward 3 Trustee Pamela Gough’s Update November 7, 2012

The following message is from Wagdin, Debbie <> sent on behalf of Trustee Pamela Gough: Ward 3 Trustee Pamela Gough’s Update November 7, 2012 This is a special issue of the newsletter to update you on the possibility of strike action in high schools resulting from provincially-led labour relations issues. At last Saturday’s People for Education […]


Beware of energy scammers going door to door

Updates Please Note: Additional updates are at: Scams and scamming updates and related topics An April 12, 2013 article in The Toronto Star begins with the following headline: “Ontario cracks down on door-to-door water heater sales.” The subhead reads: “Province to introduce legislation to increase cool-off period for consumers who are approached by aggressive sales […]


Ghosts of Empire (2011) analyzes British imperialism from the perspective of its rulers

There was nothing liberal about the British empire, claims to the contrary notwithstanding. In Ghosts of empire (2011), Kwasi Kwarteng argues that “Britain’s empire was not liberal in the sense of being a plural, democratic society. The empire openly repudiated ideas of human equality and put power and responsibility into the hands of a chosen elite, drawn […]


What is history now? (2002) is edited by David Cannadine

John Vincent in 1966 wrote that the great moral idea of British liberalism was manliness. This is a topic Susan Pedersen discusses in a chapter entitled “What is political history now?” in What is history now? (2002). According to Vincent, for a nineteenth-century man one’s assignment in life was “to provide for his own family, have his own […]


How do you make a Jane’s Walk into a conversation?

During planning for the May 6, 2012 South Long Branch Jane’s Walk, local resident David Switzer pointed out for us a distinction between a Jane’s Walk and a Heritage Walk. We’ve also heard that every Jane’s Walk will be different, depending on who’s involved with it. Thus it may happen that occasionally a Jane’s Walk may be similar to a […]