Archive for November, 2007

Beat The Flu

I’ve been riding transit more and more (pretty much in line my resolution to drive less) and noticed a lack of courtesy lately. The weather has been relatively mild but the odd cold snap has some coughing and sneezing over my shoulder. Counting my lucky non sick days thus far I’m going to seek out one of Toronto’s Flu Shot clinics. Debate always rages whether this is effective or not I feel more at ease visiting family in the nursing home or riding the old TTC.

Not the typical germ-o-phobe but thinking of others (while protecting oneself) is not the worst motto to live by.

Toronto Flu Clinics
Free flu shots are till December 15, 2007.
The next round of clinic run from January 14-17, 2008.

Toronto Public Health flu vaccination clinics are open to individuals who work, live or attend school in Ontario.

No appointment is needed with most centres open during the day, evening and weekend!

Don’t Drive in the Core Sunday

Please please please ride the TTC this Sunday. Santa is coming to town, not to mention the Raptors and the Argos. With Yonge Street closed this powerful trio will cause a traffic nightmare (and hopefully a lot of smiles on Tornto faces). Not looking forward to journey through Union Station given the volume but it’s definitely preferred to searching for and paying for parking on such a popular day in the city.

Good luck Raptors, Argos and Santa. It’s going to be a hectic day tomorrow!

A Facelift for Union Station

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So our beloved Union Station will be going through some serious changes in the near future. It’s all good, it needs some revamping. Mostly, i think it needs more modernization than it needs remodelling. How much different can you make it look without loosing its grande historic look.

Display panels highlighting the recommended approach

View the current state of retail on the main level and what the possibilities are.

See what the current state of retail is in the GO Concourse level.

Let’s make the Great Hall great again.

We want to improve movement to and from track level, view the proposed new concourse level.

It’s time to make Union Station a destination, to shop. View the proposed new retail level.

View a side shot of Union Station from Bay Street that shows what the Station will look like after the “dig down”.

More details regarding the Union facelift ckeck out the City’s site to get the scoop and give your feedback.

Photo: City of Toronto Archives, Fonds 1244, f1244_it3141 – Looking towards Union station from the East Garden at the Queen’s Hotel 1925/26

Lunch at the Court

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Amazing that such an institution has been able to survive more than 75 years. The Arcadian Court opened on March 11, 1929 as an extension to Simpsons Queens Street store. Although many events and weddings receptions are held there you can still have lunch in this Art Deco era restaurant hall. You are sure to hear live piano under the glow of huge chandeliers hanging from the lofty ceilings. Definitely a dining experience unlike most found in Toronto. Originally the restaurant was to rival the Royal York Hotel and Eaton’s College Street CARLU. Today the restaurant is “semi-formal” but you are sure to see everyday shoppers enjoying the place.

Today the Court is home to quality food at a decent price. It’s great that such a tradition has been allowed to continue. If you are at the main Bay Store on Queen Street West venture up for at least a look.

THE ARCADIAN COURT
“offering elegant service in a semi formal atmosphere”

Hours of Operation
Monday – Saturday 11:30am – 2:30pm
401 Bay Street
Simpson Tower, 8th Floor
Toronto Ontario
M5H 2Y4

Inquest in the Air?

Looks like Jack Layton (MP Toronto/Danforth) is backing Liberal demands to look deeper into the $300,000 lobbying deal with Brian Mulroney. Of course this topic is a hot one as Karlheinz Schreiber was one of the key figures who helped Brian Mulroney undermine Joe Clark early on his rise to PM. Schreiber is also a wheeler-dealer who has been a lobbyist, fundraiser, arms dealer, businessman and at one time even worked for the Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND) or West German intelligence service. Not liked or trusted by many. These allegations are taking root despite many peoples dislike for Mr. Schreiber, not excluding Brian Mulroney.

Perhaps key to the situation is the fact that taxpayers have already paid 2.1 million dollars on the assumption that Brian Mulroney “had no dealings whatsoever” with Mr Schreiber. Taxpayers should be ready for more cash out the door. The grandstanding has begun and for some unknown reason the PM is stalling any talk of an inquest. Let Canadians find out whether Mulroney is guilty or not. An inquest wont be cheap but any further stalling will only have the spectators crying for more blood. Perhaps the opposition is doing the right thing this time.

How well do you know your Canadian History

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Found this on City News website…Enjoy

Could You Pass This Canadian History Quiz?

Photo By PhyIG on Flickr

It’s Poppy Time

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So it’s poppy time again. Rememberance day is coming and it’s a day to remember our fallen. Do you have your poppy? I don’t. Surprisingly this is the first year I haven’t seen much people handing them out, or maybe I’m not around much. So today i am going to keep an eye out for my poppy.

So why the poppy?

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,

Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields

By John McCrae 1915

YorkU Prof Threatens Student on TTC

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So there I was packed like a sardine on the 196 Express bus to YorkU this morning and a 50ish lady pushed and shoved her way in an already packed bus at Downsview Station. The student standing beside me got very agitated half way through the ride because that older sardine started to use her as a leaning wall while she read her paper. The student asked the older lady if she could refrain from leaning on her as she was pushing her into other people.

The older one lost it almost yelling, “I waited in line to get on this bus I have a right to be here! Your generation is so rude and you all have no respect for your peers. Do you know who I am? I am a professor and if you were my student there would be serious repercussions for the way you are treating me!”

The student replied, “Listen Doc, outside the lecture hall you are just like everyone else. I don’t really care who you are and what you do. You are leaning up on me and I asked you to stop. I don’t think you need a PHD to figure that one out. Have a nice day!”

Photo by Gavatron on Flickr

Old City Hall: What Could Have Been

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These guys got nothing on Edward James Lennox’s design.
More info on current Old City Hall.

Segregation By Any Other Name

Apparently, the Toronto District School Board is considering black-focused schools. They’re waiting for a staff report and will have two public meetings about starting an elementary school with an emphasis on black teachers, black students, and teaching black heritage. Which heritage though? Caribbean? African? Which Caribbean? Which African? The various islands and countries don’t like being mistaken one for the other, just like European countries don’t.

I have one word for this idea: Segregation.

Wait a sec, I hear the ones all for it saying, this will help enfranchise the community. I have a saying back: “The [false gods] and their worshippers did not discriminate wisely between these two. Confusion came upon them as they debated, and so they chose the Worst Mind.” (Yasna 30:6) In other words, you can rationalize anything and make it look pretty.

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