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Wesley Mimico update – a second submission for the rezoning application

I’ve been following with interest the Wesley Mimico United Church redevelopment story since February 2012. From what I can gather, the heritage attributes of the Wesley Mimico United Church building, as identified by City of Toronto heritage preservation staff, will determine the narrative arc of the redevelopment. I learned about the project when I was […]


Comment from Norm Kennedy regarding request for Etobicoke Creek “Flats” photos. Norm Kennedy also enjoyed David Webster article.

I’m pleased to share with you the following message from Norm Kennedy, which has been posted as a Comment at a recent blog post: Hello Jaan; It was very interesting to read your article about my old friend David Webster. This led me to reading a number of other posts. I lived on 41st street […]


Peter Milczyn – Etobicoke-Lakeshore Campaign Kick-Off BBQ!

I much enjoyed the Etobicoke-Lakeshore Campaign Kick-Off BBQ at Peter Milczyn’s Campaign Headquarters. You can access Peter Milczyn’s campaign website here. You can request a lawn sign here. Alternatively, you can request a lawn sign by calling 647-748-8683. I’m serving as a volunteer in Peter Milczyn’s by-election campaign. My support is in continuation of my support for […]


Rhetoric of heritage preservation

Update: A Feb. 21, 2014 New Yorker article is entitled: “Why is academic writing so academic?” [End of update]   We can speak of rhetoric from a variety of perspectives. Rhetoric is a great topic for academic study. By way of example, early in his career Marshall McLuhan developed expertise in rhetoric as a field of […]


Occasionally Long Branch is described as a drive-through kind of place – which, for some of us, is what it is

Long Branch (Toronto not New Jersey) has many characteristics. The characterization depends upon the observer. I much appreciate a recent message from Colleen O’Marra (see below), which has given rise to this blog post. My friend Sid Olvet of Oakville has remarked that each person who encounters Long Branch encounters it according to the era, […]


June 24, 2013 news updates related to Long Branch and Mimico

Below are some of my recent Twitter posts or retweets at @jaanpill related to Long Branch and Mimco: Wesley Mimico June 24, 2013 community update June 24, 2013, 7:30 pm community update re: Wesley Mimico United Church  via @sharethis Laurel Broten resigns as Etobicoke-Lakeshore MPP as of July 2, 2013 Resignation announcement: Laurel Broten MPP […]