Franco Zeffirelli has Passed Away

Renowned opera and movie director Franco Zeffirelli has passed away at the age of 96.

Mr. Zeffirelli was well known for his opera directing, but also directed some movies.  He was born Gian Franco Corsi Zeffirelli on February 12th 1923 in the outskirts of Florence, Italy.  Continue reading

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Resigning from the Board isn’t the Best Option

Gerry Hyman has another article for the Toronto Star.  Let’s look at some of the questions raised:

QUESTION:  What are my options other than resigning from the board in regard to racial slurs — which continue to be made at board meetings? Continue reading

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June 9th 2019 Departure of VIA Rail Train #1 The Canadian

I happened to catch the June 9th 2019 departure of VIA Rail’s flagship train The Canadian from Toronto’s Union Station.

The train was at its full summer’s length – two locomotives and 21 cars.  The consist was as follows: Continue reading

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75th Anniversary of the D-Day Landings

Juno Beac

Juno Beach (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Today, June 6th 2019, marks the 75th Anniversary of Canada‘s involvement in the D-Day landings in Normandy France.

On June 6th 1944, members of the 3rd Canadian Infantry Division and the 2nd Canadian Armoured Brigade, with the help of the Royal Canadian Navy and the British Marines, landed on the beach code named JUNO in the early morning.

The Canadians had some of the best results on the first day of fighting – some troops progressed further on the first day of fighting than any other units.  Canadians were dealt with 359 dead, 574 wounded, and 47 captured on the first day of fighting.

Let us not forget the sacrifices made that day, and throughout the war, to fight for the freedoms we enjoy today.

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2019 Stanley Cup Finals

The Stanley Cup Finals is now set with the Western Conference Champions the St. Louis Blues taking on the Eastern Conference Champions the Boston Bruins.  The series begins Monday night, May 27th.

This is the third postseason meeting between the two teams with the Bruins winning both of the previous meetings in 1970 and 1972.  The teams split their two games during the regular season. Continue reading

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Farewell to ALRV #4243

The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) has officially retired Articulated Light Rail Vehicle (ALRV) #4243.  I have always had a soft spot for this particular streetcar, perhaps because of its number – ’42’ followed by ’43’, I am not sure.  But it has always been my favourite ALRV.

The ALRV fleet, along with the fleet for which its’ design is based on – the Canadian Light Rail Vehicle (CLRV), are being retired by the TTC as their new streetcars, the Flexity Outlook, are entering service.

As a farewell to this streetcar, here are some pictures I have taken over the years of #4243: Continue reading

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Happy Victoria Day 2019

Queen Victoria (State portrait) by Sir George ...

Queen Victoria (State portrait) by Sir George Hayter (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Today, May 20th 2019, is Victoria Day in Canada. I want to wish every Canadian a very happy and safe Victoria Day.

Today marks the celebration of the birthday of Canada’s first monarch, Queen Victoria, who reigned from 1837 to 1901 and was Monarch when four British colonies – Canada West (Ontario), Canada East (Quebec), New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia – were combined together to create the Dominion of Canada.

Queen Victoria would see Canada grow rapidly, with the purchase of Rupert’s Land to form the Northwest Territory, as well Manitoba, British Columbia, and Prince Edward Island all joining Confederation. Continue reading

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Owners can Remove Directors not Officers

Gerry Hyman has another article for the Toronto Star.  Let’s discuss some of the questions raised:

QUESTION:  We are wondering if the condominium unit owners have the right to vote for the removal of the president of the board? The owners believe that he has acted improperly. Continue reading

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2019 NHL Conference Finals

The Conference Finals for the NHL Playoffs are now set.

One Original Six Team remains as the Boston Bruins beat out the Toronto Maple Leafs in the first round and then the Columbus Blue Jackets to make it to the Conference Finals.

No Canadian teams remain in the post-season and both teams in the Western Conference played seven game match-ups. Continue reading

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How to Fix Region of Peel’s Council

Peel Region Logo (Copyright Region of Peel)

There has been a lot of discussion recently about the City of Mississauga wanting to separate from the Region of Peel as the Province of Ontario (Queen’s Park) is currently reviewing the operation of its Regional Municipalities.

While on the surface it sounds easy for Mississauga to leave the Region of Peel, as the City only receives half of the seats on regional council, yet has the majority of the region’s population (62%), and provides a majority of the revenue it receives from property taxes (66%), it would likely not be an easy situation to accomplish.  Just looking at what is occurring in the United Kingdom over Brexit is an example of how this could become very complicated very quickly. Continue reading

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