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Tuesday May 24, 2016

08:48 PEI Law Society Serve Up a Drunk Lawyer Disbarred, Many Fraudsters Remain in PEI »
If the PEI Law Society had any ‘Integrity’ there would be a bus load of lawyers being disbarred and sent over to Dorchester Prison, but it has no integrity. Don Mackenzie the President of PEI Law Society helped Robert Ghiz and Wes Sheridan use MCPEI in a ‘straw man’ fraud. The Society under MacKenzie has … Continue reading PEI Law Society Serve Up a Drunk Lawyer Disbarred, Many Fraudsters Remain in PEI
08:16 Works Comp doing more for psychological, psychiatric trauma »Journal-Pioneer Local
Changes will recognize increased risk in occupations such as emergency first responders
08:10 P.E.I. lawyer resigns, admits alcoholism affecting practice »Journal-Pioneer Local
Mitchell MacLeod agrees to pay $75,000 to P.E.I. Law Society after numerous client complaints
08:05 Family opens new solar home company on P.E.I. »Journal-Pioneer Local
Eyeland Solar Homes hopes to make solar living more prominent
07:44 Family opens new solar home company in P.E.I. »The Guardian - Local News
Eyeland Solar Homes hopes to make solar living more prominent
07:30 Works Comp doing more for psychological, psychiatric trauma »The Guardian - Local News
Changes will recognize increased risk in occupations such as emergency first responders
07:22 Daily Specials for Tuesday, May 24, 2016 »Casa Mia Daily Specials

The Daily Specials at Casa Mia Restaurant for Tuesday, May 24, 2016 are:

  • Tomato Parmesan Soup...4.99
  • Asian-Style Chicken Wrap with Carrot, Cucumber, Portobellos, Greens, and Sesame Dressing. Side of Salad $12.99

Casa Mia Restaurant
131 Queen Street
Charlottetown, PE
Telephone: (902) 367-4440

07:10 2016 Jazz & Blues School Tour sets new records »The Guardian - Living
Stops at 11 schools in eight communities reaching an estimated 2,600 students
06:43 Cloud and showers expected later today and tomorrow across PEI.. »peistormchaser
Tuesday May 24th 6:45am.. A surface/upper low pressure system located SE of Cape Cod this morning is moving NE and is expected to move into the Gulf of Maine tonight then lust linger there for tomorrow, meanwhile a cold front … Continue reading
06:39 Lawyer on P.E.I. resigns after admitting alcoholism affecting practice »The Guardian - Local News
Mitchell MacLeod agrees to pay $75,000 to P.E.I. Law Society after numerous client complaints
06:39 P.E.I. lawyer resigns, admits alcoholism affecting practice »The Guardian - Local News
Mitchell MacLeod agrees to pay $75,000 to P.E.I. Law Society after numerous client complaints
01:05 [PHOTO] Me, suspicious, with Owl and Fox at Harbourfront »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
My Facebook profile pic, by Stephen DeGrace

Pursuant to my previous post, suffice it to say that the above--thanks Stephen!--is now my new Facebook profile picture.

I had fun.
01:00 [NON BLOG] After a busy day, my feet are a good sore »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
My Instagram feed should give you an idea of what I've been doing today, going from downtown Toronto to Harbourfront up to the CN Tower and finally to Bloorcourt for dinner at an Ethiopian restaurant with a very good friend. Suffice it to say you'll be seeing the fruits of this trip soon. Hopefully my feet will stop their good aching soon. Bipedalism and warmth are wonderful stimuli, but sometimes there are short-term issues to overcome.
00:22 [URBAN NOTE] "Toronto’s landlord licensing plan faces its first test as tenants rally behind it" »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
The Toronto Star's Laurie Monsebraaten writes about the new landlord licensing agency being proposed for Toronto. For some people--very happily not me--this may be a saviour.

A proposed landlord licensing system for Toronto apartment buildings faces its first test this week as councillors consider giving city inspectors more tools to ensure tenants have a “safe, secure and decent place to live.”

“There is a common belief in some political circles that tenants don’t vote,” said Councillor Josh Matlow, who has been pushing the idea as chair of the city’s tenant issues subcommittee.

“I believe this is tenants’ opportunity to demonstrate that they are a power to be reckoned with,” he said. “This is an opportunity to do something substantive, something real, that will help the city protect their well-being, their health, their safety and their quality of life in the buildings where they live.”

Tenant activists say they will be pressing councillors to support the move.

“We are very pleased this is coming forward,” said Scarborough resident Marva Burnett, Canadian president of ACORN (Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now) which represents about 80,000 low-income residents across the country, including about 25,000 in Toronto.

“We have been working on this for 12 years and we will continue to fight until we get it,” she said.
00:15 [URBAN NOTE] "Toronto’s black history unearthed in excavation of landmark church" »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
John Lorinc reports for the Toronto Star about a fascinating dig on the site of an old African Canadian church, the British Methodist Episcopal church in the middle of Toronto.

It has been called “one of the most important blocks of black history in Toronto,” a place where African Americans, fleeing slavery, found refuge to live, work and worship.

On this tract of land, just north of Osgoode Hall, a handful of African Methodists built a small wood frame church in 1845. It served as the spiritual and political centre of the city’s growing black community, which was asserting its voice in the abolitionist movement and welcoming an influx of families seeking freedom via the Underground Railroad.

Eventually, the congregation outgrew the tiny church and replaced it with a handsome brick temple. But after more than a century, membership dwindled, the congregation moved and the temple was sold off. In the late 1980s, the building was demolished to make way for a parking lot and, until last fall, the church was largely forgotten.

Now, with that same lot being prepared for the development of a new state-of-the-art provincial courthouse, the rich history of Chestnut St.’s British Methodist Episcopal Church has resurfaced, along with that of the 19th-century neighbourhood surrounding it.

Hundreds of thousands of artifacts have been discovered at the 0.65-hectare site — larger than a football field — near University Ave. and Dundas St. Infrastructure Ontario, the government agency overseeing construction, provided the Toronto Star with unique access to the five-month dig, considered one of the most extensive urban archeological projects in North America.

Unearthed ceramics, tools, toys and remnants of clothing are helping to compose a fascinating and largely untold story of the distant origins of Toronto’s diversity.

“Archeology often becomes the voice for the people without history,” says Holly Martelle, the consulting archeologist for the dig.

Monday May 23, 2016

22:34 [URBAN NOTE] "The story of the Niagara River: The water wonder of the world" »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
Roy MacGregor's latest in an installment on river valleys of note in The Globe and Mail takes a look at the Niagara River, a wonder of nature shared by two countries. (I do have to get there, and soon. It is in Toronto's hinterland, after all.)

[T]he falls have moved, a remarkable recession chartered by scientists to have shifted 11 km upstream in the past 12,000 years. Every year, more breaks away, sometimes rock chunks the size of a sixteen-wheeler.

“The shape of the falls is always changing,” says Environment Canada’s Aaron Thompson, who also serves as chair of the International Niagara Board of Control. “The rate has slowed down because so much of the flow goes to the power plants.”

And this, it turns out, is what separates the falls the tourists photograph today from the falls that First Nations knew, which so impressed the likes of Hennepin and Lincoln.

The power of Niagara was such that it created the first great industrial centre of North America. By diverting the water into tunnels leading to turbines, industrialists were able to create electricity, first of all direct-current. Once Nikola Tesla invented alternating-current – a discovery Thomas Edison campaigned against as being too dangerous – it allowed for electricity to travel distances and the great industrialization of the Niagara region spread.

Increasingly, more and more water was diverted into such tunnels. Lord Kelvin, the famous Irish inventor and engineer, said he looked forward to the day when every single drop in the river would be used to create electricity.

Fortunately, wiser heads prevailed. One early suggestion had the power companies ransacking the Niagara as much as they wished six days a week but doing nothing on Sundays so that the tourists could enjoy the falls. That idea, luckily, went nowhere. In 1950, the Niagara Diversion Treaty signed by Canada and the United States specified how much each country could draw for power – roughly half the flow that Hennepin and Lincoln had witnessed.

“They could see that one day there would be no water going over the falls,” Mr. Thompson. says
21:19 Islanders capitalize on their chances to run record to 3-0 »The Guardian - Sports
The Charlottetown Gaudet’s Auto Body Islanders are 3-0 for the first time in their seven-year history. Their previous best start was 2-0 in 2015. The defending New Brunswick Senior Baseball League champs took advantage of some sloppy Moncton Fisher Cats defence Monday in a 9-1 win at Memorial ...
21:00 Bobolink Time »justpictureit
photo - Bobolink Time

The bobolink is a field bird and one of the species I report on for a group interested in mosquito eating farmland birds. The bobolinks returned on the 18th, one day earlier than last year. They brought a whole lot of their friends or relatives so the sound in my back yard is incredible. Interestingly, the barn swallows which I also report on arrived the same day. This link will take you to a: Bobolink Call This link takes you to 119 examples of: Bobolink Calls Please note the yellow link button has excellent sound examples as well.

20:29 DBS Rosco captures Victoria Day Pace »The Guardian - Sports
DBS Rosco won the Victoria Day pace in an exciting stretch battle during opening day action Monday at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway. The time of the mile was 1:58.2 Kenny Arsenault engineered the winning drive for trainer Wendell Shaw and his co-owners Robbie Shaw and Derek Folland. ...
20:01 New Brunswick fishermen win the day on increase to carapace size »The Guardian - Local News
P.E.I. Fisheries Minister Alan McIsaac felt P.E.I. had science on its side
19:30 Stratford Dandelion Festival shows versatile uses of underappreciated flower »The Guardian - Local News
While the broader discussion of the festival was around sustainability, the dandelion remained the star of the show as it was showcased for its medicinal and edible properties.
18:22 It’s a win for stupid   »Journal-Pioneer Opinion
Brad Wall ‘boosterism’ kind of thing that divides, rather than unites country
18:19 What makes a state legitimate? »Journal-Pioneer Opinion
What gives a state its claim to legitimacy in the international order? This is an oft-asked question and the answers have varied over time.
18:18 Springtime in paradise »Journal-Pioneer Opinion
“Is it always this windy here?” the suited gentleman asks, and you feel your mouth curl into a sheepish grin.
18:17 ‘(NB) won the day this time,’ P.E.I. Fisheries Minister says about LFA 25 lobster carapace increase  »Journal-Pioneer Local
PEIFA seeking meeting with Tootoo
18:17 Proude comes second in Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour feature  »Journal-Pioneer Sports
Springvale’s Greg Proude ended up with a second-place finish in the first Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour feature of the season.
18:14 DBS Rosco captures Victoria Day Pace at Summerside »Journal-Pioneer Sports
DBS Rosco won the Victoria Day pace in an exciting stretch battle during opening day action Monday at Red Shores Summerside.
16:51 RCMP patrolling highways for Canada Road Safety Week »The Guardian - Local News
Officers increased presence during May long weekend as part of national strategy
16:41 Back on the track »Journal-Pioneer Local
Monday marked the opening day of the season for harness racing in Summerside.
16:35 CBWA working on strategic plan »Journal-Pioneer Local
16:30 Digging weeds and good deeds  »Journal-Pioneer Local
About 60 people helped out at the Holman Homestead and got to take home some free perennials.
15:41 Students big part of French Language School Board's anniversary celebration »Journal-Pioneer Local
All six schools attending Wednesday's celebration
14:12 21-gun salute celebrates Queen Victoria's birthday »The Guardian - Local News
Members of the P.E.I. Regiment fire a 21-gun salute in Victoria Park in Charlottetown Monday to celebrate Queen Victoria's birthday. She was born May 2, 1819 and died Jan. 22, 1901. The monarch ruled from 1837 until her death. Members of the PEIR gun crew were Sgt. Greg Jones, Master/Cpl. Ian ...
14:00 Drunk driver hits barrier at Charlottetown Superstore parking lot »The Guardian - Local News
William Patrick Nelligan, 65, gives only one breath sample ofrequired two when stopped by police
13:35 Thirteen Island schools participate in annual triathlon  »Journal-Pioneer Local
Staff and students from 13 Island schools participated in The Triton triathlon on Victoria Day.
13:25 [URBAN NOTE] "It's reefer madness all over again" »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
NOW Toronto shares Christian Mittelstaedt's article critical of current criminal campaigns against marijuana use and possession, in Toronto and elsewhere in Canada.

All I can say is that this should have been done long ago. As for the matter of dispensaries, the city has an obvious right to regulate businesses.

The war on the drugs is supposed to be coming to an end in Canada as far as marijuana is concerned, but you wouldn’t know it from the number of pot charges still making their way through Toronto’s Old City Hall courthouse. Or, for that matter, Mayor John Tory's threat to shut down what he describes as the "alarming" number of medical marijuana dispensaries cropping up around the city. It's reefer madness all over again, even as the federal government has promised to establish a regime for legalized weed by next spring.

On a recent morning at Old City Hall, 40 people were scheduled to appear on various drug possession charges. The accused varied from drug dealers to a 19 year-old from North York with his parents in tow.

[. . .]

Marijuana use has become increasingly mainstream in Canada. Prospective growers are looking to get a head start in the cannabis industry when it's legalized, with dispensaries popping up in Toronto. Now those too face legal sanction after operating in a legal grey zone.

The city had reportedly been working on regulations for dispensaries. In Vancouver, for example, dispensaries pay fees and can only operate in certain proximity to schools and other dispensaries. But last week Tory dropped a bomb, threatening a crackdown on the operations and to levy fines of up to $50,000. The city's medical officer of health, David McKeown, also weighed in on the issue, calling for strict regulation of dispensaries when marijuana is legalized.

The crux of the government’s legalization argument is that it will keep money out of the hands of criminals. The problem is that as we wait to get there, organized crime is not the group feeling most of the burn – it’s ordinary Canadians receiving criminal records for minor offences, and the taxpayers footing the bill for enforcement and charges making their way through court.
13:22 [URBAN NOTE] "Meet the Montrealer who gave Uber a jolt" »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
Sunday, the Toronto Star printed Sandro Content's article about a Montréal businessman who is challenging the Uber model with a fleet of electric cars.

Alexandre Taillefer’s father taught him to read a newspaper upside down at the age of 5. It seemed no more than a game at the time, certainly less practical than the lessons that soon followed in how to play the stock market. But it taught him to look at things differently, an ability that helped make him a rich man.

As with so many of Quebec’s public figures, Taillefer’s high profile is largely restricted to the province. But that could soon change. He’s the Quebec poster boy for the battle against Uber, a crusade he plans to bring to Toronto next year.

[. . .]

The head of Montreal’s board of trade, Michel Leblanc, calls Taillefer the bearer of a “third way” business philosophy between scorched-earth “disruption” and ossified status quo. The best example, Leblanc says, is Taillefer’s fledgling taxi company, called Téo.

It’s a bizarro-world reflection of both Uber and the traditional taxi industry. Its name a French acronym for “optimized ecological transportation,” Téo’s only similarity to Uber is the app-based hailing and payment service.

The differences begin with Téo’s fleet, which are all electric cars owned by the company. App software glitches since the launch last November often kept its initial 60 cars off the road until fixes were completed in early April. Taillefer plans to have 1,000 cars by 2018, a total investment of $250 million.

The more radical difference is Téo’s model of drivers as company employees. They earn $15 an hour ($4.25 more than Quebec’s minimum wage), work eight-hour shifts, receive benefits including two weeks of vacation and company contributions to Quebec’s pension plan, and are eligible for workers’ compensation in case of injury.
13:20 [NEWS] Some Monday links »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)

  • Bloomberg notes that Brexit proponents are now saying leaving the European Union will create more jobs in the financial sector, and describes the continued rise of fertility rates in Japan to German levels.

  • CBC reports on how a Croatian vintner helped California wines gain international recognition in 1976, notes that Fort McMurray evacuees outside Alberta can't access that government's relief funds, and looks at how an Iqaluit man is using Amazon's free shipping to feed people in smaller Nunavut communities.

  • The National Post reports that Egyptair flight 804 appears to have been destroyed by an internal explosion on the right side of the aircraft.

  • Open Democracy reports on the appalling practice of a British property company that has assigned red doors to asylum seekers who are then attacks.

13:10 [BLOG] Some Monday links »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)

  • A BCer in Toronto Jeff Jedras describes a culinary event put on in Ottawa by Nova Scotia.

  • James Bow examines Minneapolis-St. Paul's light rail network.

  • The Broadside Blog's Caitlin Kelly writes about friendship.

  • The Dragon's Gaze notes the discovery of comets around HD 181327.

  • The Dragon's Tales notes reports of Russian nuclear missiles to be launched from rail cars.

  • Language Hat describes how the Texan Republican Party said most Texans were gay.

  • Language Log notes the rediscovery of five languages of pre-colonial Massachusetts, reflecting a high language density.

  • Window on Eurasia reports an economics-associated downturn in Russian haj participation.

13:04 Buddhist Monks rolls (37 Words) » | New Topics
does anyone know where the Monks are selling the rolls for Fort McMurray? lots on the net about it, but only found one link for details on where they'd be available, but its an empty Facebook link....
13:00 Man, woman in jail after committing robbery in Charlottetown »The Guardian - Local News
Police called to Chestnut street in early hours this past Wednesday
12:59 [PHOTO] Facades across Yonge Street in the condo era »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
Facade across the street #toronto #yongestreet #condos #facade #aroma

These two buildings, currently housing most of an Aroma coffee shop are part of the Five St. Joseph condo project at Yonge and St. Joseph. I remember when these two buildings, and more further down the street to left, were functional standalone buildings. (The one on the corner housed, among other businesses, a Second Cup coffee shop.) They ended up being bought out by the Five project, added to the complex but with their facades preserved.

Richard Longley in NOW Toronto worries that this strategy towards preserving an appearance of Yonge Street's past will do little to preserve its actuality.

Mark Garner, executive director of the Downtown Yonge BIA, is worried about “the usual Toronto facadism.” Quoted in the blog YongeStreet, he says: “The HCD is good to preserve the built heritage component, but it may not have enough teeth to protect the lived experience.”

What about the cultural experience of life on Yonge Street, the loan, vape and condom shops, fortune tellers and massage parlours that contribute so much to the strip’s anarchy? Are they doomed to succumb to gentrification?

[. . .]

FIVE condos at 5 St. Joseph gives a glimpse of Yonge’s future. It’s a huge project – a 48-storey condo tower by Hariri Pontarini Architects above nearly half a block of heritage buildings that, between 1905 and the late 60s, were occupied by Rawlinson Cartage.

Fifty years later, this site has emerged from “the largest facade retention ever undertaken in Toronto.” Supervised by ERA Heritage Architects, it involved suspension of the facade over the excavation pit until the condo tower was built to its four-storey height. Thanks to the gap required for access to underground parking (and Eldon Garnett’s sculpture Artifacts Of Memory), the setback between the FIVE condo tower and the Yonge streetwall is 30 metres, three times more than the 10 metres recommended for other parts of the Yonge Street HCD.

East of FIVE, in the shadow of its looming condo tower, the restored buildings at 606-618 Yonge accommodate a Victorianized Royal Bank and an Aroma Espresso (but so far, no pet spa) steps north of more traditional businesses: a tattoo parlour, nail salon, perfume outlet and Glad Day Bookshop.

Is it a defense to say that something is better than nothing?
12:49 Trudeau Is Fostering A Mutiny, Anyone Notice ‘The Emperor Has No Clothes’ »
How many “unreservedly apologize”, statements from Prime Minister Trudeau will his own ‘Party’ tolerate. Cabinet Ministers are finding they signed up for more than they will tolerate, who will be the first back stabber in his Cabinet? While the NDP demonstrated in Parliament all they can do is try and ‘stand in the way’, to … Continue reading Trudeau Is Fostering A Mutiny, Anyone Notice ‘The Emperor Has No Clothes’
12:22 Harper drives in winning runs in Chevies win »The Guardian - Sports
Jadis walks twice, gets hit by pitches three times
12:00 Stolen backhoe found on P.E.I., but thieves still at large »The Guardian - Local News
Discovered in field in Cymbria last week
11:47 My buddy »Island Musings
If you have been around my home you have probably met Trek. A 90 pound male German Shepherd who never had a mean bone in his body. If he liked you he would either sit on your foot or jump up beside you on the sofa – and lick the back of your head. If&ellipsis;Read the full post »
11:00 Starting Tuesday, only northbound traffic on part of University Ave. »The Guardian - Local News
Southbound will detour as work resumes on Charlottetown’s combined sewer separation project
10:38 Time To Check The Scoresheet On CBC ‘Political Panel’ Reporting E Gaming »
Take a quick review of the PEI CBC Political Panel, “Maclauchlan had no choice but send the E Gaming to the Auditor General”, says Rick MacLean, he only left out it was a coverup maneuver to steal the election with Maclauchlan’s fairy tale desires to be Premier of PEI. follow the link, March 6 2015, a … Continue reading Time To Check The Scoresheet On CBC ‘Political Panel’ Reporting E Gaming


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