97th Warriors’ Day Parade at the CNE

Today, August 18th 2018, the Canadian National Exhibition (C.N.E.) celebrated the 97th Warriors’ Day Parade.

The Parade started at 10:30 a.m. at the Princes’ Gate, at the east end of the CNE grounds, and continued past the Direct Energy Centre, before turning south just south BMO Field.

The parade also gave us a chance to thank our veterans and current members of the Canadian Forces.  Thank you for your dedication and service! Continue reading

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John Diefenbaker, Canadian Prime Minister

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John G. Diefenbaker, M.P., speaking in the House of Commons, Ottawa (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Today is the 39th anniversary of the death of former Canadian Prime Minister John Diefenbaker.

John George Diefenbaker was born September 18th, 1895 in Neustadt, Ontario to William Thomas Diefenbaker and his wife Mary Florence.  His father was of German descent, while his mother was of Scottish descent.  In 1903, his family moved to the Northwest Territories (NWT), to a portion of the territory that would become the province of Saskatchewan two years later.

He would earn a B.A. in 1915 and M.A. in 1916, both from the University of Saskatchewan.

Election handout for John Diefenbaker, 1926

Election handout for John Diefenbaker, 1926 (Photo credit: Wikipedia

John Diefenbaker served in the Canadian army during the First World War, ending up as a Lieutenant as a member of the 196th Battalion (Western Universities), CEF in the Canadian Expeditionary Force.

After the war, Mr. Diefenbaker would serve as a lawyer in Saskatchewan.

Between 1925 and 1940, he would be unsuccessful in several attempts to be elected, either to the House of Commons or the Saskatchewan Legislative Assembly.  However, he would finally win a seat in the House of Commons in the 1940 General Election.

On December 14th, 1956, after 16 years as a Member of Parliament, was made Leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada – and the new Leader of Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition.  In June 0f 1957, a general election was held.  During that campaign, he would summarize the party’s platform like this:

It is a program … for a united Canada, for one Canada, for Canada first, in every aspect of our political and public life, for the welfare of the average man and woman. That is my approach to public affairs and has been throughout my life … A Canada, united from Coast to Coast, wherein there will be freedom for the individual, freedom of enterprise and where there will be a Government which, in all its actions, will remain the servant and not the master of the people.

He would lead his party to victory on June 10th, winning the most seats of any party, albeit not a majority.  The Liberals chose not to face Parliament, which they were entitled to do  as the governing party, as the other parties in the House chose to support Diefenbaker.  This meant that he became the first Progressive Conservative leader to form a Government since R.B. Bennett in 1930, and broke 22 uninterrupted years of Liberal rule.

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English: The signature of John Diefenbaker 13th Prime Minister of Canada. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Mr. Diefenbaker would serve as Prime Minister for six years, winning a Majority Government on March 31st, 1958 and another Minority Government on June 18th, 1962.  He would be defeated by Lester B. Pearson and the Liberals on April 8th, 1963 – after defeating Pearson’s Liberals in 1958 and 1962.

During this term as the 13th Prime Minister of Canada, Mr. Diefenbaker oversaw many events, including:

  • The first woman Cabinet Minister: Ellen Fairclough became Secretary of State for Canada
  • Michael Starr was made Minister of Labour, the first Canadian of Ukrainian descent to be made a Cabinet Minister.
  • On October 14th, 1957 Queen Elizabeth II became the first Canadian Monarch to officially present the Throne Speech when she opened the 23rd Parliament.
  • Winning the largest percentage of seats in the House of Commons when he won 208 of the 265 seats contested in the 1958 election, or 78.5% of the seats.
  • The creation of the Bill of Rights on July 1st, 1960 – which took effect on August 10th, 1960.  The Bill of Rights would be used as the basis for the Charter of Rights and Freedoms now found in the Constitution.
  • The first Native Canadian to be appointed to the Senate when James Gladstone was in January 1958.
  • Native Canadians were granted the right to vote in 1960.
  • In 1961, he would stand up to apartheid in South Africa.  The country had just become a republic and had to formally request to the Commonwealth of its intention to remain a member despite no longer being a realm.  Mr. Diefenbaker convinced Commonwealth members to pass a resolution supporting racial equality being a principle of the Commonwealth.  As the new South African government could not support this, South Africa withdrew its application to remain in the Commonwealth – and would not return as a member until after apartheid.
  • The cancellation of the Avro Arrow in 1959.

Mr. Diefenbaker would continue to serve as a Member of Parliament right up to his death in 1979.  He was married twice – first to Edna (1929-1951) and then to Olive (1953-1976.)  He would have no children.

In 1976, Mr. Diefenbaker was created a Companion of Honour by the Queen, which is a personal gift of the Sovereign.

Mr. Diefenbaker died one month prior to his 84th birthday on August 16th 1979, and just months after seeing Joe Clark end 13 years of Liberal rule, returning the Conservatives to power.

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Happy Simcoe Day 2018

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Sir John Graves Simcoe. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

As today is Sir John Graves Simcoe Day in Ontario, I would like to discuss the first Lieutenant Governor of Upper Canada from 1791 to 1796. Of course Upper Canada would later become the Province of Ontario.

Born in Cotterstock England in 1752, Simcoe would be educated at Eton and spent one year at Oxford. He joined the 35th Regiment of Foot, as an ensign, in 1770. He purchased a captaincy in the 40th Regiment of Foot and was injured in battle during the American Revolution. He was responsible for a successful battle in the battle of Crooked Billet.

He became Lieutenant Governor of Upper Canada in 1791 when the British Government created the Province of Upper Canada out of land around the Great Lakes that stayed part of the British Empire after the American Revolution. Simcoe would see to the building of two major roads: Yonge Street (named after Sir George Yonge then the Minister of War), and Dundas Street (named after Henry Dundas, later the 1st Viscount Melville.) Originally built for defensive purposes, later both streets served to help settlement Upper Canada, and as trading routes. Continue reading

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Leases in Condominiums have Limitations

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

Two questions raised were about renting a unit in a condominium.  As such, I am going to post both of them first and then comment on them together:

QUESTION:  The property manager is asking me to provide a copy of my lease agreement with my tenant. I think this is a private matter. Is there any legal reason that I have to comply?

ANSWER:  Section 83 of the Condominium Act provides that within 30 days of leasing the owner’s unit, the owner must notify the corporation that it is leased. The owner must also provide the corporation with the lessee’s name, the owner’s address and a copy of the lease or the prescribed summary form of lease. The lessee must, in turn, be provided with copies of the declaration, bylaws and rules of the corporation.
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Why Toronto Needs 47 Councillors

City Hall

It has been reported that the Provincial Government wishes to cut the number of councillors in Toronto from 47 to 25, and be made effective for the 2018 municipal election.  Not only is this a last minute decision right before the nomination period is set to close, but also creates input for the residents of Toronto. Continue reading

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Proxies Abuse is Alive in Condominiums

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

QUESTION:  Myself and another candidate recently ran for election to the board against two incumbent directors. The incumbents won, and one of the scrutineers advised me that we would have won based on the votes of those present at the meeting. The incumbent directors won because many of the owners named a director as their proxy and the named director voted for the incumbent directors. The proxy forms sent out to the owners contained the printed name of a director as each owner’s choice of proxy. Was the proxy vote legitimate?

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The King and I at the Princess of Wales

I attended the matinee performance on July 14th of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s musical The King and I at the Princess of Wales.

The production starred Jose Llana (The King of Siam), Elena Shaddow (Anna Leonowens), Joan Almedilla (Lady Thiang), Brian Rivera (Kralahome), Q Lim (Tuptim), Kavin Panmeechao (Lun Tha), Charlie Oh (Prince Chulalongkorn), and Ryan Stout (Louis Leonowens).

The production is directed by Bartlett Sher, with sets by Michael Yeargan. Continue reading

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2018 MLB All Star Game Teams Announced

Major League Baseball (MLB) has announced the teams for the 2018 All-Star Game.

This year’s midsummer classic takes place at Nationals Park and is hosted by the Washington Nationals. This is the first time that the Nationals have held the event since they moved from Montreal.

The teams break down as follows:

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2018 FIFA World Cup Semi-Finals

We are now down to the Final Four in the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

The Quarterfinals saw Brazil, Russia, Sweden, and Uruguay all eliminated.  Brazil is a five time winner of the tournament, while Uruguay is a two time winner.  Russia is the host country.

For the first time since the 2006 World Cup, all four teams remaining are European teams, and include two former champions (England and France.) Continue reading

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Metrolinx Open House on South Etobicoke GO Stations

On July 5th 2018 Metrolinx, the provincial organization that operates GO Transit, held an open house at Mimico Presbyterian Church to discuss their intentions to renovate their two stations in south Etobicoke, Long Branch and Mimico, and the possibility of a new station at Park Lawn Road on the site of the Old Mr. Christie’s factory.

Long Branch and Mimico stations are two of the last stations that GO Transit has that are not accessible stations.  The proposal for Park Lawn is still early in its design process.

There were several slides discussing each station: Continue reading

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