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Wednesday August 24, 2016

09:37 Interest grows in P.E.I. byelection   »The Guardian - Opinion
It’s been more than three weeks since Janice Sherry made the surprise announcement she was quitting politics and immediately resigning her Summerside-Wilmot seat. Although the vacancy has received scant attention from Premier Wade MacLauchlan, there is an expectation for a byelection prior to ...
09:29 Health-care system not listening to chronic pain concerns »The Guardian - Opinion
Lack of integrated pain management services on P.E.I. serious, growing problem
09:26 Atlantic Canada living in energy poverty »The Guardian - Opinion
09:23 BDS movement supports goals   »The Guardian - Opinion
EDITOR: I read with interest Greg Perry’s cartoon on August 17th commenting on the fact that supporting Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) was a step toward irrelevance for the Green Party. This morning, Aug. 22, five days later is another anti-BDS cartoon by Perry and published by the ...
09:20 Device familiar to RAF veteran »The Guardian - Opinion
EDITOR: I was intrigued to read your report of the unexploded device at Souris. From the photo I think it is an aerial sea marker used in navigation. They are explosive and would have had a fuse. I put hundreds of these on our Ansons at 31 G.R.S. at Charlottetown in 1941/44 when I was stationed ...
09:05 Sister seeks help in finding sibling »The Guardian - Opinion
EDITOR: I live in Toronto and recently received a notice from an adoption registry that I have a sister by the name of Jackie Bird Wright, last known living in Charlottetown in 2000, but has since moved to Calgary Alberta, according to a post in a memorial section of your paper in 2014. Can you ...
08:56 A Ship Comes In »PEI History Guy
N.B. – For relevant background information, please see A Date with History and Of Peddlers and Photographs (if you haven’t already). G’day there! And so we come to a fork in the road. I could lie and tell you that I planned for the content of today’s post. I could. But I won’t. Truth be told, I came up […]
08:35 Canadians Pay More In Taxes Than They Spend On Food, ‘Sunny Ways’ Carbon Tax Grab On The Way »
Canadians Officially Pay More on Taxes Than Food . . Sunny Ways, its 2016 and the Carbon Tax Grab is Coming . . because the Public Ought to Know…………    
08:30 The warm and muggies return for PEI.. »peistormchaser
Wednesday August 24th 8:30am...The remnants of an upper air disturbance still remain over the island this morning with cloud and an isolated shower. This feature will move away later this morning allowing for sunshine and warm temperatures as high pressure … Continue reading
08:27 Construction to begin for roundabouts of Cornwall bypass »Journal-Pioneer Local
To begin early next month, despite province having purchased only 30 per cent of land required for full project
08:05 An 18-year-old on P.E.I. guilty for letting girl, 13, perform oral sex »Journal-Pioneer Local
Brendan Alexander Poirier in provincial court to plead guilty to sexual touching involving someone younger than 16
07:08 Some potato crops suffering on P.E.I. from lack of rain »The Guardian - Local News
Farms welcome province-wide soaking last week
06:49 Thieves target P.E.I. food truck »The Guardian - Local News
Police say reports of theft from vehicles common this time year
06:44 Islanders excited to represent P.E.I. at senior men’s nationals »The Guardian - Sports
The schedule says New Brunswick, but make no mistake who the Charlottetown Gaudet’s Auto Body Islanders are first and foremost this week at the Canadian senior men’s baseball championship. “It may say New Brunswick on the scorecard, but this is an Island bunch and we’re going over to represent ...
06:37 Construction to begin for roundabouts of Cornwall bypass »The Guardian - Local News
To begin early next month, despite province having purchased only 30 per cent of land required for full project
06:26 Ben Levin Rewrote Sex Education in Ontario, Sex With His Own Children, Light Sentence Discussed »
Ex-Ontario deputy minister claimed to have had sex with his own daughters in online chats, court hears Sarah Boesveld Tuesday, Apr. 14, 2015 Ben Levin, former Ontario Deputy Education Minister pleaded guilty to child pornography charges earlier this spring. Tyler Anderson/National Post/Files WARNING GRAPHIC LANGUAGE Benjamin Levin was consistent and “realistic” in his descriptions of … Continue reading Ben Levin Rewrote Sex Education in Ontario, Sex With His Own Children, Light Sentence Discussed
00:57 [AH] WI there was a Venus-sized planet between Mars and Jupiter? »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
In astronomer and writer Chris Impey's 2010 Talking About Life, an anthology of his interviews with leading experts in astronomy and related fields about extraterrestrial life, there was a passage in his interview with Debra Fischer that caught my attention for its alternate history potential. Solar systems, including our own, are apparently as densely packed with planets as possible.

DF: The amazing thing I learned when we discovered the Upsilon Andromedae system is that our Solar System s actually dynamically full of planets. When people who model the Solar System try to drop in an extra planet, the whole system goes into chaos--some planets are lost, some fall into the star, some are ejected, and then everything finally settles down. Each planet has its own gravitational domain and those domains are pushed up next to each other. Our Solar System resides on the verge of instability it's stable, but only just.

CI: Is this related to the numerical coincidence of their nearly geometric spacing?

DF: Bode's law? Yes. They clear out disks; many lines of evidence suggest that core accretion is the correct model. Then they begin to migrate in until they come into a zone; again, if they get any closer. they're ejected. When I noted this back in 2000, Hal Levinson raised his hand and said, "No, no, that's not true--there a place between Mars and Jupiter where a Venus-sized planet will survive." And I think, "How many simulations did you have to run to find that tiny little window? That doesn't count!" [Laughs](269-270).

The WI question is obvious. What if there was a planet the mass of Venus orbiting in our solar system between Mars and Jupiter?

This planet--call it *Ceres, after the largest dwarf planet orbiting between Mars and Jupiter--would be a big one. Venus is more than 80% as massive as the Earth. Such a massive planet would be able to hold onto its volatiles--its atmosphere, its water--in a way that a nearer Mars could not. This planet might even be massive enough to be geologically active. *Ceres might provide a relatively hospitable environment, more hospitable than Venus or even Mars.

It's important to not overstate this potential habitability. Whatever the precise nature of its orbit, *Ceres would also be very cold, orbiting outside of the orbit of Mars and likely even an elastic definition of our sun's circumstellar habitable zone. A sufficiently dense heat-retaining atmosphere might change things, but would it warm *Ceres enough?

Given *Ceres' location near the frost line of the solar system, and its high gravity, it's likely to have attracted and kept quite a lot of ice. Perhaps it will be an ocean world; perhaps it will be a world with a frozen surface on top of a planet-wide ocean, a super-Europa even. As seen in the night sky from Earth, its atmosphere and icy surface may make it very bright indeed.

00:38 Connaughton has a need to teach speed »The Guardian - Sports
New Haven native aims to speed up prep students at Texas academy

Tuesday August 23, 2016

23:00 Route2 High Speed Internet 2016 reviews opinions? (131 Words) » | New Topics
Hi I was wondering if anyone had any reviews or opinions of the Route2 internet provider in the year following their change of ownership and expansion.

When I was looking into them a year ago they had not yet come to my area but what I had heard was that the customer service and technical support where very slow to react to issues etc.

I was also wondering how they deliver the 5 mbs download in rural areas? is it through cell tower modems?

Do they actually deliver the speeds advertised etc.

I am really tired of bell being my only option and paying for speeds we do not get.

Sorry for the wall of text. thank you for any help you may provide....
23:00 Stratford »Pedaling PEI
21:40 [URBAN NOTE] "Great Hall renovation shows Toronto is finally learning to appreciate its past" »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
I've been to the Great Hall, on Queen and Dovercourt, before. It's a wonderful performance space. Marcus Gee's article makes me glad that it's getting proper attention.

No earthquake, flood or hurricane destroyed old Toronto. No war laid it waste. Bulldozers and cranes knocked down scores of fine buildings in the rolling wave of destruction called urban renewal.

Countless Victorian houses fell to the wrecker’s ball. So did the old Trinity College, the grand General Post Office and the castle-like University Avenue Armouries. So did Chorley Park, the Rosedale mansion that was once the official residence of the lieutenant-governor.

Steve Metlitski shakes his head at the folly of it all. The developer, who comes from Belarus and arrived in Canada in 1989, was appalled when a friend took him to Guild Park atop the Scarborough Bluffs. Spread about its grounds are fragments from majestic buildings torn down in the post-war building boom: columns, arches, facades – the ruins of what once was. He thinks it’s “criminal, just insane” that Toronto was so careless with its architectural heritage.

Built in 1889, the Great Hall at Queen and Dovercourt was home to the first West End YMCA; most recently, it has served as a community arts centre and performance space. (Fred Lum/The Globe and Mail)
In his small way, Mr. Metlitski is trying to preserve a part of what is left. As the owner of Triangle Development, he is overseeing a painstaking, top-to-bottom renovation of one of Toronto’s last Victorian gems: the Great Hall at Dovercourt Road and Queen Street West.

Opened in 1890 as the first West End YMCA, the building has a colourful history in several chapters – first as the Y before the organization opened a new building up the road at College Street and Dovercourt in 1912; then as home of the Royal Templars of Temperance, a group that fought the scourge of alcohol abuse; then headquarters of the Polish National Union, when it published a Polish newspaper and took in Polish refugees of the Second World War; and finally, in the last couple of decades, as a community arts centre and performance space where musicians from Feist to Metric to Daniel Lanois came to play.
21:36 [URBAN NOTE] "CNE touts ‘extremely aggressive’ waste-diversion" »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
This human-interest story in the Canadian National Exhibition, by the Toronto Star"s Jessica Botelho-Urbanski, interests me. I am going this year, I know. (Will I try the food? Maybe.)

Even the “greenest” fair in North America couldn’t avoid throwing out an estimated 300,000 kilograms of waste on its first weekend, according to the facility’s services coordinator.

Brian Dow said over 18 days, from Aug. 19 to Sept. 5, the Canadian National Exhibition collects about 1.8 million kilograms of waste. The CNE also boasts an “extremely aggressive” waste-diversion program designed to offset the fair’s environmental impact, said general manager Virginia Ludy.

And though CNE staff says they’ve diverted about 86 per cent of waste from landfills in the last decade, they’re still looking for ways to improve.

“There’s still 14 per cent to get better at and hopefully at some point in time, we’ll get to a complete 100 per cent diversion,” Ludy said.

Food waste is especially focused upon, with at least 111 vendors in the food building this year, 26 food trucks scheduled to arrive next weekend and about 1.6 million visitors — most of them hungry — to the fair.
21:35 [URBAN NOTE] "Embrace new transit technology or else, U of T study says" »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
The Toronto Star's Jesse Winters notes the call to assimilate Uber into GTA transit planning.

Transit planners across the Toronto and Hamilton region can either embrace new and disruptive technology like Uber, or resign themselves to a future of endless gridlock compounded by striking taxi drivers and a gutted public transit system that hardly anyone uses, according to a new report by the University of Toronto’s Mowat Centre.

“That’s a pretty decent takeaway from the report,” said co-author Sara Ditta with a laugh.

While that dystopian vision comes from the report’s somewhat stylized worst-case-scenario description, Ditta said the themes underpinning it are serious and pressing.

“The fact is that shared mobility is here,” Ditta said. “It has and will continue to change how people travel, and policy makers need to take steps to address that.”

“Shared mobility” is the term Ditta and her colleagues use to describe the current shift away from personal ownership of things like bikes and cars toward shared use of those resources though apps such as Uber and Lyft, publicly-owned bike share programs and other innovations of the so-called “sharing economy.”
21:33 Winner of four LPGA titles, Kane joins Canadian Golf Hall of Fame »The Guardian - Sports
She was the fresh face of Canadian women's golf a year before Brooke Henderson was born. Now Lorie Kane, who at 51 is making her 26th straight appearance at the Canadian Open, is being inducted into the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame. “I'm very honoured to be able to say I'm going into the hall but ...
21:33 Winner of four LPGA titles, Kane joins Canadian Golf Hall of Fame »Journal-Pioneer Sports
She was the fresh face of Canadian women's golf a year before Brooke Henderson was born. Now Lorie Kane, who at 51 is making her 26th straight appearance at the Canadian Open, is being inducted into the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame. “I'm very honoured to be able to say I'm going into the hall but ...
21:28 [URBAN NOTE] "Behind one Toronto library's seedy initiative with a lot of growth potential" »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
Metro Toronto's Mary Warren reports on Toronto's seed library, something I should take advantage of next year.

There’s a card catalogue at the University of Toronto’s Robarts Library that does more than help people look for books.

Instead, what people find inside can one day turn into everything from beans to watermelons.

It’s one branch of the Toronto Seed Library, where people can “borrow” seeds through a program aimed at bringing gardening to people who might not otherwise be able to dig in.

The city’s 22 branch network has been growing since 2012 and has dispensed at least 100,000 seed packets — many of them to new Canadians and people who might not otherwise be into gardening, like high-rise renters.

[. . .]

“Except where book libraries keep knowledge in the commons, seed libraries keep seeds part of the commons and accessible to everybody,” she said. “The idea is that, until very recently in history, you couldn’t buy seeds, everyone would just save and trade them amongst themselves.”
21:17 Dead fish tally still ongoing in P.E.I. river »The Guardian - Local News
Workers returning to Roseville stream on Wednesday to coninue investigation
21:14 [URBAN NOTE] "Beach residents eagerly await Penny Oleksiak’s homecoming" »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
The Toronto Star's Verity Stevenson reports on how the Beach will celebrate the return of Olympic medallist Penny Oleksiak to her home.

It’s hard to tell whether Penny Oleksiak’s neighbours in the Beach cheered harder during her races than they will for her return.

Both are causes for fanfare.

“There’s a buzz on,” says Johanna Carlo, a board member of the Beach Village BIA, which is organizing a homecoming parade for Beach-area athletes on Sunday.

Oleksiak’s big return could be Tuesday at 5: 30 a.m., when Air Canada flights with athletes from several Canadian Olympic teams will land at Toronto Pearson.

The swimming team is one of them. The 16-year-old four-time Olympic medalist’s performance stunned us all watching at home, set the pace for Canada’s own performance in Rio and swept Toronto’s east end, where she’s from.
21:07 [URBAN NOTE] CBC News on the recent train derailment in midtown Toronto »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
CBC News' Shanifa Nasser takes a look at the very recent train derailment in downtown Toronto. Since a huge stretch of track extending west to my street was involved, I'd think I'm entitled to some concern.

Two trains are travelling in opposite directions, one headed eastbound at 48 kilometres per hour and another westbound at 80 kilometres per hour, before sideswiping each other at a railway crossover in midtown Toronto.

Why did the westbound train operator see the stop signal so late? No, this isn't a high school math problem. It's a key point in the investigation into a Canadian Pacific train derailment that spilled 1,100 litres of diesel fuel near the residential Annex neighbourhood early Sunday morning.

New details emerged Monday as officials looked into the crash that left four rail cars leaning and damaged the tracks.

Neither train was speeding, the Transportation Safety Board says, and CP Rail ruled out mechanical problems, instead pointing the finger at human error, something it reiterated on Monday.

"After careful review, we determined that all track, equipment and signal systems worked as designed, and our preliminary investigation indicates human error is to blame," the railway said in a statement, adding, "We know one incident is too many."

On Monday, the union representing CP Rail workers called that conclusion "premature" but said it understands two of its workers are being investigated.
21:00 Watery Wednesday »justpictureit
photo - Watery Wednesday

20:01 Dead fish still being tallied »Journal-Pioneer Local
Gatherers will be back on Roseville stream Wednesday
19:54 COMMUNITY HAPPENINGS »Journal-Pioneer Living
See more Community Happenings listings in Events section at the bottom of the right-hand column of this page.
19:17 Car tour stops in Summerside with goal of ending Falun Gong persecution »Journal-Pioneer Local
Emily Huang refused to give up her belief, even if that meant physical torture.
19:00 Not bewitched by the Kitchen Witch! (229 Words) » | New Topics
We had a bizarre and disappointing experience recently at the 'Kitchen Witch', near Kensington, PEI. Although the free drink refills were appreciated, meals were slow to arrive, and portions 'slender.' More annoying was the owner's behaviour: she would not leave us to eat our meal in peace, hovering intrusively at the table and constantly talking, long past the point where it was welcome. What we initially took for 'Island friendliness' gradually descended into annoying over-friendliness, and then into outright cheek. We were asked repeatedly to nominate the cafe for an award, with business cards pressed upon us for emphasis. Then, unbelievably, after paying the bill (well over $100), including a decent, healthy-sized tip, the owner later surreptitiously approached another diner in our party, claiming the tip left had been too small, in view of "all she (the owner) had done for us"! (To be clear, she had done nothing unusual for us at all, beyond talking incessantly). The unsuspecting diner approached was embarrassed into leaving an additional $20 tip. We are completely horrified by such disgustingly rude, underhanded and greedy behaviour! What to tip is at the discretion of the customer, to reward good service, not that of the restaurant owner, to be taken for granted and then disparaged. Needless to say, we were not exactly enchanted by the the Kitchen Witch; my family will not be back....
19:00 Our Little Sister at Tuesday, August 23, 2016 at 7:00 »Tonight at City Cinema
Only 4 days left to see this film.

Rated: Parental Guidance
Runs: 128 minutes
Director: Hirokazu Koreeda
Country: Japan
Starring: Haruka Ayase, Ryôhei Suzuki, Ryô Kase, Masami Nagasawa
Language: In Japanese with English subtitles
Awards: Japanese Academy Award winner for Best Picture, Director, and Cinematography

“This utterly enchanting tale of female family bonds (mothers, daughters, sisters) finds three twentysomething siblings travelling to the funeral of their estranged father, and meeting their 14-year-old half-sister for the first time. While Sachi, Yoshino and Chika live together with their shared memories, young Suzu seems all alone, until her new-found family invite her to come and live with them in Kamakura... Despite the melancholic old wounds which her presence reopens, Suzu proves an entirely positive presence in this lovely, generous, and touching adaptation of Akimi Yoshida’s graphic novel Umimachi Diary... As its magical spell takes hold, so the film’s true depths become apparent, each character dealing in their own way with the departure of a parent, and issues of love, loyalty and loss. A soundtrack of simple piano motifs with plaintive woodwind and strings emphasises the domestic milieu (the preparation and consumption of food is a key theme) and captures the ecstatic sunshine of a bicycle ride through a tunnel of pink cherry blossoms.” - Mark Kermode, The Observer

Advance Tickets ~ IMDB on Film ~

18:42 Young Leaders prepare for weekend business expo at Credit Union Place »Journal-Pioneer Local
As the jewelry buffing machine whirled to life in front of him, 12-year-old Evan Hume shrank away from the intimidating looking contraption.
17:48 [BLOG] Some Tuesday links »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)

  • blogTO shares some photos of Toronto in the gritty 1980s.

  • The Dragon's Gaze links to a paper examining the habitable zones of post-main sequence stars.

  • Far Outliers notes the ethnic rivalries among First World War prisoners in the Russian interior, and examines how Czechoslovakia got its independence.

  • The Map Room Blog looks at the mapping technology behind Pokémon Go.

  • pollotenchegg looks at how the populations of Ukrainian cities have evolved.

  • Savage Minds considers anthropology students of colour.

  • Transit Toronto notes
  • Window on Eurasia suggests the post-Soviet states built Soviet-style parodies of capitalism for themselves.

17:34 Sexual touching leads to guilty plea »The Guardian - Local News
An 18-year-old teenager has pleaded guilty to charges of sexual touching after a girl, who was five years younger than him, performed oral sex on him. Brendan Alexander Poirier was in provincial court in Charlottetown Monday where he pleaded guilty to sexual touching involving someone younger ...
17:16 Your Morning' has different look than 'Canada AM,' but who will watch? »The Guardian - Local News
“The studio has that new show smell.” So said Ben Mulroney as CTV premiered its replacement for “Canada AM” Monday. The new “YourMorning,” which originates from CTV's downtown Toronto studios, was fast-paced and pretty much mistake-free, if not especially memorable. Mulroney was joined by ...
16:57 Text 911 coming to P.E.I. »The Guardian - Local News
Islanders know 911 is the number to call in an emergency, but not everyone can. That’s going to change in September when a new text 911 system comes online for people with speech and hearing impairment in P.E.I. Marcia Carroll, executive director for the P.E.I. Council of People with ...


16:57 Text with 911 coming to P.E.I. for hearing, speech impaired »The Guardian - Local News
Islanders with hearing loss or speech impairments will soon be able to simply text for 911 service. A new ‘Text with 911’ for emergency services will soon be available in P.E.I. “Text with 911 technology can help deaf, hard-of-hearing or speech impaired Islanders communicate with 911 operators ...
16:53 Islanders staff decides to start training camp with an intra-squad game »The Guardian - Sports
No sense waiting around. The Charlottetown Islanders jumped right into an intra-squad game Tuesday morning during their first on-ice session of training camp. Head coach and general manager Jim Hulton said with 42 players in camp, the coaching staff decided to jump right into game ...
16:53 Islanders staff decides to start training camp with an intra-squad game »Journal-Pioneer Sports
No sense waiting around. The Charlottetown Islanders jumped right into an intra-squad game Tuesday morning during their first on-ice session of training camp. Head coach and general manager Jim Hulton said with 42 players in camp, the coaching staff decided to jump right into game ...
16:09 Lois Brown awarded Clair Mayhew Volunteer of the Year Award in Kensington »Journal-Pioneer Local
Lois Brown knew her son, Kirk, was coming to P.E.I. for a last-minute visit, but she didn’t realize it was for a special occasion.
16:05 Tuna Wranglers retain trophy »Journal-Pioneer Local
Tie-breaker decides tuna cup
15:23 George Wotton, known as “Mr. Sunshine,” dies »The Guardian - Local News
Beloved former photographer, master gardener, farmer's market supporter remembered as people person, arts booster
15:15 [PHOTO] Three photos from the Cavendish Road, Prince Edward Island »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
The Cavendish Road, connecting North Rustico with Cavendish, can be exceptionally scenic, farmers' fields stretching to the shore and the Gulf picking up where the land leaves off.

  #pei #rustico #northrustico #gulfofstlawrence

Bales of hay on the Cavendish Road  #pei #rustico #northrustico #cavendish #bales #hay

14:58 No excuses for Mustangs »The Guardian - Sports
Mid-Isle in same pool as three perennial powerhouses at national championship
14:58 No excuses for Mustangs »Journal-Pioneer Sports
Mid-Isle in same pool as three perennial powerhouses at national championship
14:52 Confident Reds »The Guardian - Sports
Canada Games team hosting Canadian senior women’s fastpitch ch’ship
14:52 Confident Reds »Journal-Pioneer Sports
Canada Games team hosting Canadian senior women’s fastpitch ch’ship
14:47 Old Home Week recap »Journal-Pioneer Sports
Ys Lotus puts on show in Gold Cup and Saucer
14:30 Arsenault powers Chevys »Journal-Pioneer Sports
To road win over Sherwood-Parkdale
14:17 U19 United off to provincial final »Journal-Pioneer Sports
Gallant shines in goal
14:06 Canadian Blood Services workers' lockout ends »Journal-Pioneer Local
The lockout of local workers by Canadian Blood Services that lasted almost a year, has ended.
14:06 UPDATED: Strike is over for Canadian Blood Services workers on P.E.I. »Journal-Pioneer Local
The lockout of local workers by Canadian Blood Services that lasted almost a year, has ended. Blood collection workers in Charlottetown opted to accept a new contract offer and return to work.
13:52 Summerside under-12 team off to semifinals »Journal-Pioneer Sports
Neill scores winner late vs. Stratford
13:45 Federal food safety inspection forces recall of P.E.I. oysters »The Guardian - Local News
Canadian Food Inspection Agency says no one made sick but Five Star Shellfish in Ellerslie must recall one-day's harvest following tests
12:32 Section of Ottawa Street in Summerside closed to traffic »Journal-Pioneer Local
The City of Summerside issued a notice this morning to inform the travelling public that Ottawa Street will be closed to traffic today while city crews are conducting work on a sewer line.
12:21 Ghosts in our midst? Shelburne resident shares story of unexplained happenings »The Guardian - Living
SHELBURNE, N.S. - It wasn’t my first ghost story. It probably won’t be my last. But it was the closest personal account I’ve heard of what could be a poltergeist.
12:21 Ghosts in our midst? Shelburne resident shares story of unexplained happenings »Journal-Pioneer Living
SHELBURNE, N.S. - It wasn’t my first ghost story. It probably won’t be my last. But it was the closest personal account I’ve heard of what could be a poltergeist.
12:07 Dangerous surf today in P.E.I. National Park »The Guardian - Local News
Parks Canada asking visitors to stay out of water due to high winds, pounding surf
12:00 Dave Gunning on P.E.I. stage Thursday for Close to the Ground concert »The Guardian - Living
Award-winning singer/songwriter joins Fiddlers' Sons and Keelin Wedge at the Kaylee Hall
11:55 How to Make a Book » from peter rukavina

Here’s a photographic journey through the process I took to set, print and bind a book of klischees. Making books, it turns out, is well within the realm of the possible for everyday people: all you need is paper, glue and patience.


I started by printing the signatures for the book. On standard letter-sized card stock I printed four klischees on each side. The setup in the chase looked like this:

Setup in the chase to print klischees

And a prototype of the finished signatures looked like this:

Prototype of Signatures

The printing took several weeks, off an on when I had time. I printed in batches of 2 or 3 pages a session, and ended up with seven pieces of 8-1/2 x 11 inch card stock printed double-sided. When I sliced these in half I had fourteen pieces of 4-1/4 x 11 inch card stock, ready for folding.

Scoring and Folding

I scored each of the 4-1/4 x 11 inch pieces:

Book of Klischees

Then folded each on in half along the score:

Book of Klischees

I then used a bone folder – an invaluable tool that only appears to have any utility once you actually use it for something – to enhanced the folding a little:

Book of Klischees

I ended up with a stack of folded signatures:

Book of Klischees

Which I then compacted with the bone folder (this turns out to be a key step: it’s what takes “ragtag collection of folded pieces of paper” and turns them into something book-like):

Book of Klischees

Next, I pulled two pieces of Japanese paper out of my paper closet and cut them to size (4-1/4 by 5-1/2 inches) to go at the start and end of the book:

Book of Klischees Book of Klischees

The finished product, before gluing, looked like this:

Book of Klischees


With the book ready for glue, I clamped everything together with a binder clip; this is so helpful in keeping everything in alignment, and this kind of binder clip is much easier to manage than the more common “black with silver parts that fold back” kind, especially when it comes to removing it:

Book of Klischees

I slipped the clamped signatures into a book press (a piece of equipment helpfully left in my office by the previous occupants), and then clamp the whole thing tight in the press, while gingerly removing the binder clip:

Book of Klischees

I then used a cheap paintbrush to spread a thin layer of regular old white glue (I used Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue, but I imagine any brand would do) along the edge of the book:

Book of Klischees

The brush is very useful for creating a really smooth layer of glue. I repeated this process again once the first layer of glue dried (this may not be technically required, but it afforded me some gluing-piece-of-mind):

Book of Klischees

Preparing the Cover

While waiting for the glue to dry, I took a piece of letter-sized purple card stock and trimmed it down to 5-1/2 by 11 inches, and then scored it 4-1/4 inches in:

Book of Klischees

Book of Klischees

I then added a second score, using the glued book block as a guide to the location. The result was a front cover, spine, and back cover; I left the back cover to trim after the cover-gluing:

 Book of Klischees

Gluing the Cover

I spread a layer of glue along the spine of the book block, put the cover in place, and then clamped the result into the book press (not so much for the pressure as to have it clamped in place so I could apply some pressure to the spine of the book with my thumb to remove glue bubbles):

Book of Klischees

Trimming the Cover

Once the spine had dried, I removed it from the book press and, using a straight edge as a guide (an excellent tip I picked up from a YouTube bookbinding video), I trimmed the back cover:

Book of Klischees

The Finished Book

The finished book looks remarkably book-like:

Book of Klischees

Book of Klischees

Book of Klischees

11:21 Police track down Charlottetown man for using false prescription »The Guardian - Local News
Officers arrest a 31-year-old Charlottetown-area resident who is now facing charges of forgery
11:04 Blood-worker strike in P.E.I. ends as staff plan return to work »The Guardian - Local News
Say proud of standing united as two sides meet half way, set Aug. 30 to resume normal operations