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Wednesday May 4, 2016

18:22 [URBAN NOTE] "The weird and wonderful concrete river in Toronto": Derek Flack on Black Creek »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
In a photo essay for blogTO, Derek Flack takes a look at Toronto's thoroughly channelized Black Creek. He took some very nice photos, too.

Toronto's river system has been profoundly altered by the growth of the city over the last century. From straightened channels to buried creeks, development has tended to envelop the city's waterways in concrete. Nowhere is this more dramatic than at Black Creek, a sub-watershed of the Humber River that winds down from Vaughan to just north of Dundas St. West before joining the larger waterway.

Black Creek has many different faces. In some areas it remains natural, in others it culverts under major roadways, and in the section southwest of Weston Rd. and Humber Blvd. North it follows a concrete channel that seems wholly bizarre in Toronto.

It's been noted elsewhere by Jake Tobin Garrett that this portion of Black Creek is something like a mini-version of the LA river, that famous concrete waterway that's played host to so many iconic moments in cinema, from Chinatown to Terminator 2.


More at blogTO.
18:20 [URBAN NOTE] "Bombardier’s Mexico problem" »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
Spacing Toronto's John Lorinc is skeptical of the idea, hinted at by Bombardier, that production problems at the company's Mexico plants are responsible for the delays in delivering streetcars to Toronto.

According to the latest pronouncements from company executives, the epic shemozzle that is the TTC’s Bombardier streetcar contract — for 204 low-floor vehicles, at a cost of $993 million — will, henceforth, be dealt with in a hard-headed, business-like manner as befits a blue chip multi-national. Heads have rolled, blame has been apportioned, and attention is now focused, laser-like, on a real, honest-to-god, cross-my-heart-and-hope-to-die deadline: 2019.

Bombardier’s explanation for the fiasco is that components for the so-called Flexity vehicle, made on a sub-assembly line in a giant factory in Sahagun, Mexico, were inadequate, and thus held up the manufacturing process in Thunder Bay. But, as TTC CEO Andy Byford has noted, the company is also talking about “adding capacity” as a means of catching up on all those back orders.

If you think about it, those two explanations don’t exactly align. Indeed, I feel that plenty of skepticism about Excuse A — subpar components — is warranted as we try to figure out what the hell went wrong. After all, this wasn’t ever a case of measuring twice/cutting once.

Bombardier is a highly integrated manufacturer and it operates — as do all multi-nationals — with a network of global supply chains that connect its far-flung operations to one another and hundreds of sub-contractors. According to Bombardier itself, the Sahagun complex has produced major sub-components for vehicles purchased by transit agencies in New York, Kaula Lampur and Vancouver, which purchased Bombardier’s monorail cars for the Skytrain network expansion (those “Innovia” vehicles were also deployed in 2014 in Sao Paulo in time for the FIFA World Cup).

Yet as far as I’ve been able to determine, quality problems have not surfaced with these other customers. Indeed, Bombardier’s Mexican executives in 2013, reported Bloomberg, touted the Sahagun plant as a platform to sell more train systems and engineering services throughout Latin America, but especially Mexico – hardly evidence of chronic quality-control issues.
18:17 [ISL] "Canada Shortlists Green Gables Writer for Woman on Bank Note" »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
Bloomberg's Greg Quinn reports something I would be quite cool with.

“Anne of Green Gables” author Lucy Maud Montgomery is among 12 women who could be featured on a new Canadian bank note, the central bank said Friday.

The short list, which also includes artist Emily Carr and political leader Thérèse Casgrain, was narrowed from more than 26,000 public nominations that identified about 460 prominent women, Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz said in a statement Friday from Ottawa. The candidates will be narrowed to a list of between three and five, before Finance Minister Bill Morneau makes a final decision.

“I am very pleased with the tremendous response to this campaign from Canadians which shows just how much they care about who is represented on the bank notes in their wallets,” Poloz said. The new bank notes are due in 2018.
18:15 [ISL] On the end of Louisiana's Isle de Jean Charles »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
The National Post carries Coral Davenport and Campbell Robertson's article in The New York Times noting the end of an inhabited island just off the Louisiana coast.

Each morning at 3:30, when Joann Bourg leaves the mildewed and rusted house that her parents built on her grandfather’s property, she worries that the bridge connecting this spit of waterlogged land to Louisiana’s terra firma will again be flooded and she will miss another day’s work.

Bourg, a custodian at a sporting goods store on the mainland, lives with her two sisters, 82-year-old mother, son and niece on land where her ancestors, members of the Native American tribes of southeastern Louisiana, have lived for generations. That earth is now dying, drowning in salt and sinking into the sea, and she is ready to leave.

With a first-of-its-kind “climate resilience” grant to resettle the island’s native residents, Washington is ready to help.

In January, the Department of Housing and Urban Development announced grants totalling $1 billion in 13 states to help communities adapt to climate change, by building stronger levees, dams and drainage systems.

One of those grants, $48 million for Isle de Jean Charles, is something new: the first allocation of federal tax dollars to move an entire community struggling with the impacts of climate change. The divisions the effort has exposed and the logistical and moral dilemmas it has presented point up in microcosm the massive problems the world could face in the coming decades as it confronts a new category of displaced people who have become known as climate refugees.

“We’re going to lose all our heritage, all our culture,” lamented Chief Albert Naquin of the Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw, the tribe to which most Isle de Jean Charles residents belong. “It’s all going to be history.”
17:50 Takes almost two doctors on P.E.I. to replace one retiring, MLAs hear »The Guardian - Local News
Opposition asking why half of patients of retired Dr. Hambly of Montague still without a doctor
17:33 Fort McMurray ‘worse than what it looks like’ »Journal-Pioneer Local
A Kensington woman, whose son lives and works in Fort McMurray, Alta., says her heart breaks for those impacted by the wildfire.
17:10 Fort McMurray fire 'like something you'd see in a movie': Kensington mother »The Guardian - Local News
A Kensington woman, whose son lives and works in Fort McMurray, Alta., says her heart breaks for those impacted by the wildfire. Velma Haslam says her son Brody MacDonald and his girlfriend were evacuated on Tuesday night and managed to make it to Conklin, about 154 kilometres away. RELATED: ...
16:57 Options on the table for improving VIV Field, one $134,000 over budget »Journal-Pioneer Local
A proposed plan for improvements to Queen Elizabeth Park’s Very Important Volunteer Field has come in $134,000 over budget, prompting the city’s community services department to rethink the scope of the project.
16:43 'We may lose a large portion:' Fire crews fight to save Fort McMurray »Journal-Pioneer Local
FORT MCMURRAY, Alta. – Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says a wildfire has already torched 1,600 structures in the evacuated oil hub of Fort McMurray and is poised to renew its attack in another day of scorching heat and capricious winds.
16:34 Experience of living on a first generation farm sure comes in handy »The Guardian - Local News
Should young girl go with the cheapest fertilizing method for her sugarcane crop or should she take a risk?
16:22 Star Wars Day ink »Journal-Pioneer Local
Summerside tattoo parlour Artist’s Ink celebrated international Star Wars Day today by reserving the day only for Star Wars pieces, with the proceeds going to Generation XX.
16:20 Correction of statement »Journal-Pioneer Opinion
On behalf of myself and Islandwide Hospital Access, without reservation, we offer a full and sincere apology, to the Prince County Hospital Foundation and all the people affiliated to it.
16:02 Don't Move With Canadian Moving Systems! »The Dominee Huisvrouw
15:43 Summerside council adopts new method to infill ditches in the city »Journal-Pioneer Local
For John Peters, getting his ditch filled is an issue of safety.
15:43 [NEWS] Some Wednesday links »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)

  • Bloomberg notes that the rising Russian ruble is cutting wheat exports.

  • Bloomberg View notes that a vote against Brexit will not produce a United Kingdom that is Europhile, and recommends higher inflation targets for Japan.

  • The Globe and Mail notes that the Canadian government has been silent about Saudi blogger Raif Badawi.

  • MacLean's wonders if Peladeau will return to media giant Quebecor.

  • The New Yorker considers the changing role and position of the black body in the era of Beyoncé.

  • Open Democracy notes the plight of internally displaced people from the east in Ukraine, subject to much mistrust.

  • The Toronto Star contrasts the thriving Cree community of Québec with the despairing Cree communities of Ontario on the other side of James Bay.

15:36 [BLOG] Some Wednesday links »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)

  • The Dragon's Gaze notes evidence that Kardashev Type III civilizations do not exist.

  • The Dragon's Tales notes the new Kenya-Somalia border war, suggests the United Arab Emirates will be building a mountain to try to trigger rain, and notes that the new French-built submarines of Australia will come with American tech parts.

  • Language Log looks at the changing meaning of "feel".

  • Marginal Revolution suggests Russian power might be on an upswing and looks at European Union proposals to fine countries which do not accept refugees.

  • The NYRB Daily notes the controversy surrounding Poland's Second World War museum at Gdansk.

  • The Planetary Society Blog looks at robotic activity around the solar system.

  • The Power and the Money's Noel Maurer considers the question of whether or not Napoleonic rule did kickstart growth in western Germany.

  • Savage Minds continues the discussion of decolonizing anthropology.

  • Torontoist notes a protest tomorrow by Ontario parents unhappy that the provincial government will not cover enough of an effective autism program.

  • Window on Eurasia looks at class divisions in Russia and notes a proposal to divert water from Siberian rivers to China.

14:44 No commitment on shingles vaccine for seniors on P.E.I. »The Guardian - Local News
Government still researching if health dollars better spent on other vaccines
14:06 Message of Support to the City of Fort McMurray »City of Charlottetown
2016-05-04 City of Charlottetown Mayor Clifford Lee issued the following statement today on
14:05 Brackley Beach day use going back to Acadian forest »The Guardian - Local News
Many Islanders have enjoyed the Brackley Beach day use area over the years, but it is now going back to what it was — an Acadian forest. The recreational area, which was built in the in 1950s for visitors to enjoy after a fun-filled day at the beach, consisted of fire pits, shelters, washrooms ...
14:05 Brackley Beach day-use park going back to Acadian forest »The Guardian - Local News
Many Islanders have enjoyed the Brackley Beach day use area over the years, but it is now going back to what it was — an Acadian forest. The recreational area, which was built in the in 1950s for visitors to enjoy after a fun-filled day at the beach, consisted of fire pits, shelters, washrooms ...
14:04 Fires in Fort McMurray may get worse before getting better: officials »Journal-Pioneer Local
FORT MCMURRAY, Alta. — A wildfire that is raging in the northern Alberta oilsands city of Fort McMurray has now destroyed 80 per cent of the homes in one neighbourhood and extensively damaged property in a number of others.
13:58 Wildfire forces Shell Canada to shut down oilsands mining project »Journal-Pioneer Business
FORT MCKAY, Alta. – Shell Canada has closed its oilsands mining operations 70 kilometres north of Fort McMurray because of the wildfire raging through the northern Alberta city.
13:56 COMMENTARY: We’re with you, Fort McMurray »Journal-Pioneer Opinion
They’re talking about Fort McMurray on the St. John’s Metrobus.
13:48 Summerside man recounts 'chaotic' evacuation from Fort McMurray »Journal-Pioneer Local
The plan was to remain calm. Summerside native James Hayward and his fellow administrators knew order was the order of the day Tuesday at their French immersion junior high school at the north end of Fort McMurray.
13:32 Impaired driver charged in North River »The Guardian - Local News
Queens RCMP have charged a 21-year-old Brookvale man for impaired operation of a motor vehicle. The driver was apprehended near the North River causeway after police observed him driving erratically.An RCMP spokesman said Wednesday that the driver, who had a suspended licence, was operating a ...
13:24 Clifford Picketts of French River, Maritime pumpkin growing champ, dies »Journal-Pioneer Local
He grew gigantic gourds, many of which that won him first-place ribbons and even the title of the Maritime’s pumpkin-growing king.
13:08 Native Islander recounts 'chaotic' evacuation from Fort McMurray »The Guardian - Local News
The plan was to remain calm. Summerside native James Hayward and his fellow administrators knew order was the order of the day Tuesday at their French immersion junior high school at the north end of Fort McMurray. Hayward, a 38-year-old vice-principal, did his best to keep students and parents ...
12:39 We’re with you, Fort McMurray »The Guardian - Opinion
They’re talking about Fort McMurray on the St. John’s Metrobus. People don’t usually talk much on the Metrobus, you understand. But they’re talking today, and it’s a conversation being heard across the Atlantic provinces, from Tim Hortons in Sydney, N.S. to small towns in the Annapolis Valley. ...
12:14 Prince County stories of Fort McMurray fires »Journal-Pioneer Local
The Journal Pioneer is collecting stories from Prince County people dealing with the Fort McMurray wildfires both here on the Island and on the ground in Alberta. Excerptsfrom those conversations will be posted here as they come in throughout the day today.
12:14 UPDATED: Prince County stories of Fort McMurray fires »Journal-Pioneer Local
The Journal Pioneer is collecting stories from Prince County people dealing with the Fort McMurray wildfires both here on the Island and on the ground in Alberta. Excerptsfrom those conversations will be posted here as they come in throughout the day today.
11:51 Family Channel summer concert coming to Summerside »Journal-Pioneer Living
Credit Union Place will be hosting a Family Channel’s Big Ticket Summer Concert event on Tuesday, Aug. 23, featuring several performances from Family Channel stars.
11:42 [OBSCURA] On the return of Arctic Comics »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)


Arctic Comics is back.

From MacLean's:

Thirty years after amazing and entertaining audiences at Expo 86, “Arctic Comics” with its mythological heroes, tall tales and meditations on what it means to be Inuit is back.

“There’s no shortage of stories up here,” said Nicholas Burns, one of the artists behind the 88-page, full-colour comic book being published this month.

The first “Arctic Comics” began almost as a lark when the Northwest Territories government realized it would need northern material to sell at its pavilion at Vancouver’s world party.

“I put in a proposal saying I’ll do up this comic and do up stories of Inuit past, present and future and they thought it was a great idea,” said Burns, who was then living in Rankin Inlet, now part of Nunavut. “I essentially self-published and sent them down and they sold like hotcakes.”

The N.W.T. pavilion turned out to be one of the hits of the fair. Eager visitors snapped up 60,000 copies of “Arctic Comics.”


From the Toronto Star:

With the same past, present and future focus as the original, the new “Arctic Comics” features a trip with a legendary Inuit Ulysses in “Kiviuq versus Big Bee.” The fantastical adventure of the long-ago traveller, drawn from Inuit myth, was written by the late Jose Kusugakm, one of the founders of Nunavut, and illustrated by Germaine Arnaktauyok, who drew the drum dancer on the back of a special-edition toonie.

There’s a romp entitled “The Great Slo-Pitch Massacre” and a science-fiction yarn called “Blizzard House” — aficionados will recognize artist George Freeman who drew Captain Canuck.

Dauntless RCMP Const. Lucy Puqittuq and her loyal dog Vincent make an appearance and the theme of southerners inventing their own version of the North comes in for some teasing in “Film Nord.”

And then there’s Michael Kusugak’s “On Waiting,” a setting of a poem about a boy lying on a beach waiting for a seal. Almost nothing happens — except for everything.

The boy dreams, watches the tide and thinks of his dead grandfather playing walrus-head soccer with other spirits among the aurora’s dancing lights.


The book can be ordered for $C 17.99, a PDF version for $C 9.99
11:15 Cancellation of surgeries concerns Fox »The Guardian - Local News
A number of patients in western P.E.I. are being forced to wait as long as a year for rebooked surgeries due to a shortage of anesthesiologists at Prince County Hospital in Summerside. The issue was raised in the P.E.I. legislature Tuesday when Opposition Leader Jamie Fox said he was contacted ...
11:02 New hope for family pets »The Guardian - Opinion
Private member's bill solid first step towards bringing Canada's animal protection laws into 21st century
10:57 P.E.I.'s Internet contract with Xplornet worst choice »The Guardian - Opinion
I have a unique perspective on fixed wireless internet. Not only have I subscribed to it for a time with a local company, but I was a technical support representative for Xplornet when they outsourced to OLS in the early 2000s. So I know very well that the recent contract awarded to Xplornet by ...
10:55 An apology to Prince County Hospital Foundation »The Guardian - Opinion
On behalf of myself and Islandwide Hospital Access, without reservation, we offer a full and sincere apology, to the Prince County Hospital Foundation and all the people affiliated to it. This is to correct a most grievous error in our recent correspondence, Guardian April 30, 2016 – We Can do ...
10:46 [PHOTO] Face turned away, Dovercourt Road »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
Face turned away #toronto #dovercourtvillage #dovercourtroad #graffiti


This face turned away from the viewing decorates the side of a wooden garbage bin on the northeast corner of Dovercourt Road and Hallam, part of a wider display of public art on the side of the nearby building.
10:42 No Bicycles on Sidewalk »Charlottetown Police Public Announcements

Charlottetown Police Services would like to remind cyclists that bicycles are not permitted on sidewalks.

It is against the law to ride on sidewalks, unless specifically directed to do so by a sign or local bylaw. Several studies have proven that cyclists on sidewalks face a far greater collision risk than cyclists on the roadway. The main danger points are driveways and street crossings where sidewalk cyclists surprise motorists and pedestrians by appearing from unexpected directions.

For more information on this and other bicycle safety issues, please visit the Highway Safety Division website Bicycle Safety Guidelines

10:18 Premier sees reasons for optimism in economic outlook »The Guardian - Local News
Premier Wade MacLauchlan’s positive economic forecast is conditional. He drew on familiar themes Tuesday in his outlook for 2016 and beyond in a speech he called “Pathways and Challenges’’. He highlighted what he calls the “remarkable story’’ of P.E.I. exports leading the country in year over ...
09:52 Mars at its best since 2005 »The Guardian - Living
Also, watch for the Eta Aquarids, peaking in the pre-dawn skies of May 5, 6
09:16 Back pay issue a slap in face for taxpayers »The Guardian - Opinion
Memo to Mike Duffy, independent Canadian senator: You have fiddled with the Canadian taxpayer long enough. Although a court has found you not guilty of 31 criminal charges, the fact remains there was sufficient evidence for the RCMP and Crown to proceed with a trial. There was sufficient ...
09:15 Assault With Bear Spray - Queen Street »Charlottetown Police Police Reports
Charlottetown Police Services received a complaint regarding an assault with a weapon occurring on Queen St., near Pond St., Monday at 5:00pm. Assault consisted of a female spraying bear repellent in the facial area of another female. Charlottetown Police Services are continuing with their investigation.
08:55 Evacuation lifted for some in Fort McMurray »The Guardian - Local News
Trailer park still under evacuation order
08:55 Fort McMurray devastated by raging wildfire, officials say it could get worse »The Guardian - Local News
FORT MCMURRAY, Alta. — A wildfire that is raging in the northern Alberta oilsands city of Fort McMurray has now destroyed 80 per cent of the homes in one neighbourhood and extensively damaged property in a number of others. An overnight update from the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo says ...
08:00 Comicsbound Ep 3: Night’s Dominion and Fantasy Comics with Ted Naifeh »Misfortune Cookie

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07:59 Bleary-Eyed Unkempt Swedish Me »ruk.ca from peter rukavina

I’ve arrived in Malmö, Sweden after an overnight flight to Copenhagen. A little bleary-eyed, but none the worse for wear. I’m waiting for the sister of my Airbnb host to get home from work so that I can check in and start the day properly; in the meantime, I’ve secured a Swedish SIM (a Telia, from The Phone House) and am drinking coffee in a shopping mall that could be in Minnesota as equally as it could be here. Shortly I will emerge into the daylight.

Bleary Sweden

07:57 Daily Specials for Wednesday, May 4, 2016 »Casa Mia Daily Specials

The Daily Specials at Casa Mia Restaurant for Wednesday, May 4, 2016 are:

  • Pulled Pork Sandwich, Pulled pork cooked in our home made BBQ sauce on a toasted hamburger bun, topped with crispy fried onions. Served with a side of fries. 12.99
  • Cream of Mushroom Soup $4.99

Casa Mia Restaurant
131 Queen Street
Charlottetown, PE
Telephone: (902) 367-4440
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07:53 Inmate threatens to punch nurse over food at jail »Journal-Pioneer Local
An inmate who threatened to punch a nurse in the face because he was mad about not getting a heart-healthy meal in jail was sentenced Tuesday to four months. John Feehan, 26, appeared before Chief Judge Nancy Orr in provincial court in Charlottetown where he pleaded guilty to uttering a threat ...
07:17 Inmate threatened nurse over food »The Guardian - Local News
An inmate who threatened to punch a nurse in the face because he was mad about not getting a heart-healthy meal in jail was sentenced Tuesday to four months. John Feehan, 26, appeared before Chief Judge Nancy Orr in provincial court in Charlottetown where he pleaded guilty to uttering a threat ...
06:59 More rain expected tomorrow night across PEI.. »peistormchaser
Wednesday May 4th 7:00am…..An area of low pressure east of NS this morning continues to effect the island with low cloud and drizzle. This activity will come to an end this afternoon as the low pulls further away and high … Continue reading
06:49 New GM Hulton likes makeup of Islanders heading into June entry draft »The Guardian - Sports
The Charlottetown Islanders’ new general manager doesn’t expect to make huge changes. Head coach Jim Hulton was handed the dual role on April 20 after the team decided not to renew general manger Grant Sonier’s contract. There have been no other staffing changes. “I don’t think the wheel is ...
06:47 Senator says he gave no advice to Duffy on housing expenses »The Guardian - Local News
OTTAWA - A senior Conservative senator who was labelled as the guru of Senate rules by Mike Duffy's judge says the widely held view of his role in the whole affair is more fiction than fact. Sen. David Tkachuk insists he never advised Duffy on questions about his housing and travel allowances, ...
01:13 Lowry's long bomb forces overtime, but Raptors lose to Heat 102-96 »The Guardian - Sports
On a night the Toronto Raptors played poorly, they very nearly pulled off a victory after Kyle Lowry's long-distance buzzer-beater forced overtime. But it all fell apart over the extra five minutes, as the Raptors dropped a 102-96 decision to the Miami Heat on Tuesday, in Game 1 of their ...
00:59 [DM] "On speculating about the effects of German labour market restrictions in 2004" »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
I engage in alternate historical speculation at Demography Matters. What if Germany had not restricted its labour market to migrants from the new European Union member-states in 2004? What would Germany look like? Would we be having a Brexit referendum in the United Kingdom?
00:09 Charlottetown police seek help identifying suspects on video »The Guardian - Local News
Two females caught on camera leaving city store
00:04 CO2 tank refill (47 Words) »PEIinfo.ca | New Topics
I need to get a 20 pound CO2 tank refilled. Never had it done before and was wondering if there is any place that is cheap that can either swap or exchange. Island oxygen wants way to much. The tank is for beer usage....
00:00 Alberta fires response: Canadian Red Cross partnership with PEILCC »Government of Prince Edward top news stories
The Canadian Red Cross, PEI Region is partnering with the Prince Edward Island Liquor Control Commission (PEILCC) to raise funds for relief efforts from the wildfires in Fort McMurray and other communities across northern Alberta.Customers will be invited to make a donation at any of the 18 PEI Liquor corporate retail outlets starting today May 4th, 2016.'Given the close connections between our province and Fort McMurray, I have no doubt that Islanders...
00:00 Alberta fires response: Canadian Red Cross partnership with PEILCC »Government of Prince Edward top news stories
The Canadian Red Cross, PEI Region is partnering with the Prince Edward Island Liquor Control Commission (PEILCC) to raise funds for relief efforts from the wildfires in Fort McMurray and other communities across northern Alberta.Customers will be invited to make a donation at any of the 18 PEI Liquor corporate retail outlets starting today May 4th, 2016.'Given the close connections between our province and Fort McMurray, I have no doubt that Islanders...
00:00 Education responding to recommendation from Truth and Reconciliation Commission »Government of Prince Edward top news stories
Aboriginal content within the Island K-12 curriculum is increasing, says Education, Early Learning and Culture Minister Doug Currie.'The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada made recommendations related to public education, and Prince Edward Island schools have made progress on one of those recommendations,' said Minister Currie. 'Our K-12 social studies curriculum includes more than 75 outcomes directly related to Aboriginal culture and...
00:00 Interministerial Women's Secretariat announces 2016 grants »Government of Prince Edward top news stories
Four community organizations will be supported in their work to promote the rights of Island girls and women with the awarding of the 2016 Interministerial Women's Secretariat Grants, says Paula Biggar, Minister Responsible for the Status of Women.'The cause of women's rights has made great advances over the years, we still have far to go. It is wonderful to have so many partners in this work,' said Minister Biggar.'I want to thank the recipients...
00:00 Islanders encouraged to visit Engage PEI website and get involved in public service »Government of Prince Edward top news stories
Government is encouraging Islanders to contribute to the public life of the province by applying to serve on one of the many government agencies, boards and commissions. 'Public engagement is a priority for this government and we believe that input from Islanders is vital to effective public policy and government services,' said Premier Wade MacLauchlan. 'We have an ongoing need for new members for various boards and advisory councils and the Engage...
00:00 Statement by Premier MacLauchlan regarding the Fort McMurray fire »Government of Prince Edward top news stories
Today I join all Islanders in expressing support to our extended family, the residents of Fort McMurray, during the catastrophe that continues to unfold. Mr. Speaker, Islanders and residents of Fort McMurray are members of a common community; we are all personally affected by this catastrophe.Over the last 24 hours we have seen and heard from Islanders reaching out to ensure their friends and families are safe, hearing of the harrowing evacuations...

Tuesday May 3, 2016

23:43 Fort McMurray, Alberta evacutated as wildfires spread into city »Journal-Pioneer Local
FORT MCMURRAY, Alta. - The entire city of Fort McMurray is under a mandatory evacuation order because of a raging wildfire eating its way into the community.
23:43 Fort McMurray, Alta., evacuated as wildfires spread into city »Journal-Pioneer Local
FORT MCMURRAY, Alta. - The entire city of Fort McMurray is under a mandatory evacuation order because of a raging wildfire eating its way into the community.
23:33 Huskies coach not taking Cataractes lightly in QMJHL final »The Guardian - Sports
The Rouyn-Noranda Huskies are taking nothing for granted going into the opening game of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) final against the Shawinigan Cataractes. Even if they are ranked first in the Canadian Hockey League and are considered the heavy favourite to win the President ...
22:42 Decision rescinded to connect streets after outcry from residents »Journal-Pioneer Local
Angered, Gaya Dykerman marched to the podium to have her say.
22:30 Storm offering free ticket for moms to Sunday's playoff game »The Guardian - Sports
The Island Storm’s biggest promotion of the season goes Sunday when it offers free admission to all mothers for its Mother’s Day playoff game. Game time is 2 p.m. in the best-of-five quarter-final with the Halifax Hurricanes. Anyone who purchases at least one ticket can also claim a free ticket ...
22:22 Potatoes in Tires the Experiment »Simplify & Save - Blog Save & Simplify
Remembering my early years and my poppy's garden - he grew potatoes in tires.  I can remember him throwing the tires off and potatoes cascading out - my memory as a 5 year old.  Now as I'm older, I am amazed as the ease in which he threw those tires.  I wish I had the foresight to grill him on growing veggies while he was alive! No blogs to refer back to then. :-)  I'll plant potatoes in the field like normal but I'm dedicating a space to test the growing of potatoes in tires [...]
22:00 Watery Wavelets »justpictureit
photo - Watery Wavelets

You can see bits of beaver bites here. I can not believe how this very familiar place is so different with all the trees under water. It seems alien. If interested here is an Edith Piaf cover from the French chanteuse I featured last week. I love this trio!

21:55 Premier Maclauchlan “We Are Bringing A New Way….Islanders Will Have AG Report” »redlikeme.ca
PEI Premier Maclauchlan actions speak louder than words, his words are all open to any variety of interpretations, so he can always weasel his way out. He “had no plans” to raise taxes while campaigning as a Saviour, his plans changed as soon as he took the Oath to be Premiere. The Maclauchlan Oath was … Continue reading Premier Maclauchlan “We Are Bringing A New Way….Islanders Will Have AG Report”
21:27 Strawberries, Row Cover and Sheet Composting - Sustainably Grown »Simplify & Save - Blog Save & Simplify
A huge gamble I hope plays off - I planted my ever bearing Albion strawberry transplants Monday, May 2nd almost a full two weeks before the last frost date.  I'm hoping using a different method of growing will give me the success I'm hoping for, with the good news being I only planted 500 strawberry plants.  Sheet composting - It has been around a while and I've previously used a similar method commonly called lasagna gardening - it worked very well for us on absolutely horrible soil.& [...]
20:55 [URBAN NOTE] "Jim Jacobs on the exhibit about his mom, the activist-author Jane Jacobs" »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
The Globe and Mail's Brad Wheeler has a nice interview with the son of Jane Jacobs relating to the ongoing Jane at Home exhibit at the Urbanspace Gallery. Fascinating (and yes, I will be going!).

Jane Jacobs, the American-Canadian activist and author (of 1961’s influential The Death and Life of Great American Cities and more), is the subject of Jane at Home, an exhibit of photographs and personal items that cover her life from a Pennsylvania childhood to her days in New York to her decades-long life in Toronto. We spoke to her son, Jim Jacobs, the exhibition’s co-curator.

People will have different ideas of who and what Jane Jacobs was. But how would you, as her son, describe her?

She was an observer. She observed what was going on in her house, and what was going on outside, in the world.

You live in the Annex, on Albany Avenue, the same street where Jane lived from 1970 to her death in 2006, is that right?

Yes. My wife and I had bought a house a half a block away from the house at 69 Albany Ave. We could luxuriate in a bigger space. But basically I was living at home my whole life. You can build up quite a few memories in 60 years.

Could you share one of those memories?

Sure, I’ll give you an anecdote. When we arrived from New York in 1968, before we lived at the house on 69 Albany, we rented a flat on Spadina Avenue. Soon after we had moved in, Marshall McLuhan came by. He looked around and asked, “Who cleans this place?” Jane looked at him and said, “Nobody.” So he and his wife had a cleaner, an Italian woman, and they sent her over. She spoke almost no English. She walked into the place and shook her head and said “too dirty,” and off she went. Eventually, very reluctantly, she returned. Our families became close, and she visited Jane once a week, until Jane died.
20:52 [URBAN NOTE] "Rob Ford’s nephew says he or Doug Ford will seek Ward 2 seat" »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
Of course he will. From the Toronto Star's David Rider:

Mayor John Tory strongly favours a by-election to replace Rob Ford as councillor for Ward 2, Etobicoke North, rather than council appointing a replacement.

“I think that’s the appropriate way to fill this seat, given that we’re less than halfway through this term of city council,” Tory told reporters Thursday.

Ford died March 22, 18 months after being diagnosed with pleomorphic liposarcoma, a rare and aggressive cancer.

At its meeting that starts next Tuesday, city council will vote on how to fill the vacancy.

[. . .]

Ford’s nephew, Michael Ford, a Toronto District School Board trustee, told the Star that either he or his uncle Doug Ford, who served as Ward 2 councillor while his brother was mayor, will seek to represent the ward until the October 2018 election, whether it is filled by appointment or by-election.
20:50 [URBAN NOTE] "The Toronto Settler Who Failed to Build a Hemp Empire" »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
In Torontoist's regular Historicist feature, Ross Fair describes early Upper Canadian settler William Bond, a man whose bid to build a fortune based on hemp failed.

William Bond was a Queen’s Ranger, one of the early residents of the Town of York, and among the first settlers granted lands along Yonge Street. Bond Lake in today’s Richmond Hill was on that property. Bond also owned York’s first tree nursery, located at Ontario and Duchess (now Richmond) Streets, and, among other minor roles, he served as York’s Town Clerk in 1803. Three years later, he would travel to England on behalf of a newly established organization at York, win accolades from the top echelons of England’s scientific community, and meet with influential gentlemen and powerful imperial officials that few residents of York—or colonials anywhere across the British Empire—would ever dream of meeting. After having spent more time and money in England than he had planned, Bond returned to York in 1809, only to find any rewards from his work in London become lost in a cloud of scandal, not of his making, leaving him ultimately disillusioned and utterly disappointed.

What took Bond to England in 1806 was the matter of hemp cultivation and the promise of a lucrative position administering Upper Canadian plans to grow this crop. By that time, the provincial government, centred at York, was five years into a program supported by imperial officials in London that aimed to encourage farmers to grow as much of the crop as possible.

At the turn of the nineteenth century, Britain entered its seventh year of war with France, meaning a continued need for hemp for the Royal Navy to make cordage to rig its fleets. For centuries, Britain had depended on supplies of hemp and timber imported from Russia via ports on the Baltic Sea, and, by the mid-1700s, experts in England warned of the security threat posed by this dependence. In 1800, such fears were realized. Russia, an ally of France, persuaded Sweden to block British trade at Baltic ports, effective December 16, 1800. Although this lasted only a few months, Britain was caught fighting a war without access to the material required to construct and repair its navy. As a response to this crisis, it turned to its North American colonies and issued emergency instructions that administrators there should encourage farmers to grow hemp, with the aim of producing a secure source of this naval supply critical for defence of empire. In their haste to enlist Upper Canada’s help, British officials gave little thought to how the young frontier province could produce large quantities of quality hemp at a price competitive to Russian supplies in a short period of time. Nevertheless, hemp presented the promise of a significant financial windfall to farmers, merchants, and colonial administrators in a struggling colony like Upper Canada.
20:48 [URBAN NOTE] "Five Things You Need to Know about the Bloor Bike Lanes" »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
At Torontoist, Jacob Lorinc blogs about the apparently controversial Bloor Street West bike lanes.

There’s a development in the seemingly endless battle for bike lanes on Bloor Street, and it comes in the form of a City Council vote next month. If approved, temporary bike lanes will dawn the Annex-Bloor region, running between Shaw Street and Avenue Road this summer.

The project, however, is no more than a pilot—as mayor John Tory has strongly emphasized as a condition of his support—and is aimed at evaluating the impacts of cycling infrastructure along the downtown thoroughfare. As such, the pilot project is subject to removal if the lanes are deemed detrimental to the flow of traffic.

[. . .]

1. The pilot project does not have the committee’s approval.

Members of the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee met on April 25 to vote on the proposed pilot project. The project was supported by Councillor Anthony Perruzza (Ward 8, York West) and Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon (Ward 32, Beaches-East York), but rejected by commiteee chair Jaye Robinson (Ward 25, Don Valley West) and Councillor Stephen Holyday (Ward 3, Etobicoke Centre). Due to the split decision, the proposal will head to Council without the approval of the committee.

2. The pilot project does, however, have the approval of others.

Despite the stalemate, some of the city’s loudest proponents of the issue lie outside of the committee. Councillors Mike Layton (Ward 19, Trinity-Spadina) and Joe Cressy (Ward 20, Trinity-Spadina), whose wards fall within large stretches of the proposed pilot, have previously joined forces to promote the bike lanes, and recently hosted a public rally prior to the committee vote. Mayor John Tory has also given his support for the pilot project—“pilot project, underlined twice, it’s a pilot project,” he emphasizes—so long as the project is studied “carefully from every single standpoint.” Beyond the legislators, 96 per cent of cyclists and 85 per cent of pedestrians have voiced support for the bike lanes, while 46 per cent of motorists think the project is a good idea.
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