Archive for December, 2005

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Sleeping Children Around The World

Argh! I’m a dolt.

I completely forgot to post about the concert for Sleeping Children Around The World and the date has already come and gone.

And I’m a double-dolt for the fact that I had forgotten to bring my camera.

The fund-raising concert, filled with beautiful music ranging from jazz vocal, jazz piano, choirs, steel drums bands to name just few, was held in the St. James Cathedral at Church and King. The inside of the church is just so beautiful. It’s really a very nice way to get into the festive mood.

Not to mention it helps raise money for bedkits to be delivered to children of third world countries who spend most of their nights sleeping on a hard (and sometimes cold) floor. The profit made goes directly to the cause – 100%! As all those involved in the organization are purely volunteers.

Definitely something to keep in mind for next year as they will be schedule for December 2nd, 2006.

And hopefully, I’ll remember to post a reminder BEFORE the concert. :)

Sirens

Sorry I’ve been out of the loop here on Toronto Metblogs… I’m hoping to end my hiatus soon.

Today’s drive home was quite the adventure. Who needs sky diving when one can get their thrill driving through a heavy snow fall?

One frustration I had… I was at the traffic lights and just as it’s about to turn green, I hear sirens. I turn my radio down just a tad to make sure it wasn’t from the radio itself, and then realize I was correct. In my side mirror, I could see the flashing lights of a firetrck in the distance.

The traffic lights turned green but I sat there, knowing that going into the intersection might very well black the firetruck who would need ANY space it could get. Especially on a day like today.

However, the car behind felt the need to honk at me, expecting me to listen to him instead of doing what was right.

I turned on my emergency signal and just sat there, not exactly sure if he was just clueless and not paying attention to the sirens or just a jerk that didn’t care.

Regardless of the weather, I think it’s still important to yield to any sirens. It could be a medical call. And perhaps the one on the receiving end is some one you know.

There’s no rush.

See it as a compassionate and good deed.

How well do you know the city?

Here’s something new.

The image below is your run of the mill standard view from the CN Tower.

How well do you know the city?

Identify all the buildings, landmarks, streets that you can by adding notes on the flickr image and see how well you know Toronto.

Click on the image to start.

I’ve started it off by locating Roy Thompson Hall.

To get an enlarged zoom of the image click here.

In order to participate, unfortunately you will have to sign up for a Flickr account.

EDIT: Sorry about you not being able to add notes to the image. It should work now.

Quesadilla’s

quas.jpg So I’m a major fan of Quesadilla’s. Comfort food at it’s best. Although some places tend to make the crust a tad too heavy. Some of my favourite restaurants for this particular food item:

Kelseys
The Bishop & The Belcher (Has moved to one block south of Bloor/Church. Was previously at Queens St.)

Whats your favourite place to munch on cheese oozing goodness?

Brace Yourself!

A look ahead for the next few days in Toronto courtesy Environment Canada.

Warnings
City of Toronto
4:33 AM EST Thursday 15 December 2005
Snowfall warning for City of Toronto continued

Snowfall amounts of 15 centimetres west of Toronto today to 30 centimetres over areas adjacent to eastern Lake Ontario and St Lawrence Valley by Friday evening.

A Major winter storm with the centre over western end of Lake Superior this morning is expected to bring heavy snowfall to regions just north of the lower Great Lakes and St Lawrence Valley. The heavy snowfall is expected to start over Windsor and Sarnia regions later this morning reaching Toronto and the Golden Horseshoe area by this evening then spread farther eastward to Cornwall Morrisburg area overnight. Snowfall amounts will vary from the 15 centimetres mark over the western sections of the warning area to 20-30 centimetres over the east. In addition there is a risk of freezing rain near the shore of Lake Erie today.

Snow will end overnight over the southwest..Friday afternoon over Toronto area and move out of eastern sections by Friday evening.

Snowfall warning in effect.

Today
Cloudy. 40 percent chance of flurries this morning. Snow beginning near noon. Amount 2 to 4 cm. Wind southeast 20 km/h except 30 gusting to 50 near Lake Ontario. High zero.
Tonight
Snow at times heavy. Amount 15 cm. Wind east 30 km/h except 30 gusting to 50 near Lake Ontario. Low minus 4.
Friday
Snow ending in the morning then cloudy with 60 percent chance of flurries. Amount 2 cm. Wind east 30 km/h except 30 gusting to 50 near Lake Ontario in the morning. Wind becoming west 20 early in the afternoon. High minus 1.
Saturday
Cloudy with 40 percent chance of flurries. Low minus 6. High minus 2.
Sunday
A mix of sun and cloud. Low minus 9. High minus 3.
Monday
Cloudy with 40 percent chance of flurries. Low minus 11. High minus 4.

STAY WARM AND DRIVE SAFE!

Cold Weather Means Hot C$

Looks like the Canadian Dollar is heading for US$ 0.90…!? About 0.87 and counting already…

It seems that cold weather during lately has reminded many that winter is coming (especially in the North East US). Duh… No revelation here but I’ve noticed two things. The Financial markets over the last few days have shown that Natural Gas prices have SURGED to record levels. The Canadian Dollar has also done very well. I’m sure the fact that close to 95% of Natural Gas imported to the US comes from Canada may have something to do with that. So barrels of oil are not the only story post-hurricanes. That probably explains much of our Trade Surplus and the ever growing US Trade Deficit too. It also goes to show that the fall of the government had less effect on our currency than oil and gas!

Well I hope these record inflows are INVESTED (i.e. Government Spending on things that benefit Canadians… Transit, Health Care, Child Care, etc). The election campaigns have already kicked off and as usual I’m mindful of the what people say they will spend and cut. (Because service cuts and user fess are like taxes in disguise) Remember the sell off of Ontario Hydro… Debt Service charge??? The added portion of taxpayers’ bill to help pay the debt left over when the profitable part of Hydro got sold… No one party has all the answers but it will be interesting to see the debates Friday to see how the wanna be PM’s stand. It’s going to be a cold winter indeed…

Bryan Adams ACC Dec 15th

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What: Bryan Adams
When: 15th December 2005, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Air Canada Center
Tickets: Ticketmaster, Craigslist, Ebay

From rumours I’ve heard, Divine Brown is opening and Pamela Anderson might be in a duet. Oh and I’m going. Moi does a little jig. Come on people, list your favourite Bryan Adam’s song. I think mines “Heaven”.

Funny What a Little Snow Can Do…

Wow! Decided to do a 100% car-less commute (instead of the 95%) by not driving to the train station this morning. I figure it’s always a dice roll taking your car out on any snowy day let alone the first few. Almost the perfect choice. Everything was delayed. I guess the the upgrade of antiquated signals is not complete. My 10min delayed bus missed my 5min delayed train. At least I confortably made to my destination in ONE piece.

Got to love the GO Train and TTC though. In the 10 years of using it no matter what the weather I would have to say there are maybe a handful of times per year that there are serious stoppages or delays. Far fewer “road blocks” than many of my co-workers face driving in from Markham or Branford or wherever. The better way is also the SAFER way during the winter season…

Icky bathroom door handles

It seems that a common practice at my workplace was turned into an actual rule of sorts. Everyone probably remembers learning that bathroom door handles are very dirty, covered in bacteria etc. People here would grab some paper towelling and use it to open the doors. (There are always two sets of doors to get into or out of the bathroom) Upon opening the last door they would either keep this towelling with them or drop it on the floor. Now, our cleaning staff have placed a garbage bin right beside the last door for this garbage.

Really I do find this interesting..haha. I have been here for over five years and don’t remember the garbage ever piling up as it had in the last 4 months. Like all of a sudden it just caught on, and then the cleaning staff responded to it in this way. Weird how it all happens…

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