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

Posted in Reviews | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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:

Continue reading

Posted in Sports, Toronto Blue Jays | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Sports | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in General | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

World Cup 2018 Quarterfinals

athletes audience ball bleachers

Photo by Pixabay on

We are now down to eight teams in the 2018 World Cup after a very interesting Round of 16 action at the 2018 World Cup.

As we start the Quarterfinals, let’s look at the match-ups: Continue reading

Posted in Sports | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Maintenance Fees Paid by Cheque

Gerry Hyman has another article for the Toronto Star.  I want to discuss two of the questions raised:

QUESTION:  I pay my common-expense contributions monthly by cheque. Management has advised that we’ll be required to pay a $10 fee for cheque payments rather than automatic account debit. Can the board do this?

ANSWER:  The condominium corporation’s documentation would have to be amended to require the bank account debit or, alternatively, the additional $10 payment. This could be done by the passage of a bylaw, or an amendment to an existing bylaw, as the Condominium Act permits bylaws to “govern the assessment and collection of contributions to the common expenses.”

Continue reading

Posted in Condominiums | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Happy Dominion Day

The Maple Leaf

Happy Dominion Day to everyone in Canada!  July 1st, 2018 marks the 151st birthday for the Dominion of Canada since Confederation on July 1st, 1867.

Confederation was created thanks to the hard work of many people, and helped to create the Canada we know today.

On July 1st, 1867, three British colonies: Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and the Province of Canada (the combined colonies of Upper and Lower Canada, now Ontario and Quebec.)

Other provinces and territories were added over the years: Manitoba (1870), Northwest Territories (1870), British Columbia (1871), Prince Edward Island (1873), Yukon Territory (1898), Alberta (1905), Saskatchewan (1905), Newfoundland and Labrador (1949), and Nunavut (1999.)

So, Happy 151st Birthday, Canada!

English: International Convention at Quebec of...

English: International Convention at Quebec of Delegates of the Legislatures of Canada: Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland, October 27, 1864, Quebec City, Canada East (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Posted in General | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

2018 World Cup: Round of 16

The Group Stage of the 2018 FIFA World Cup has concluded and we are ready to start the knockout phase with the Group of 16.

A couple shocks did take place with the Group Stage.  Firstly, two top teams:  The Netherlands (17th) and Italy (19th) did not qualify for the World Cup.  Secondly, Germany – the defending Champions and the top seeded team in FIFA – failed to make it out of the Group Stage.

The Round of 16 breaks down as follows (numbers indicate FIFA ranking as of May 17th 2018): Continue reading

Posted in Sports | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Streetcar Service Returns west of Humber Loop

On June 24th, 2018 the communities along Lake Ontario is southern Etobicoke finally got their streetcar service back after waiting almost a year and a half.

Starting January 7th, 2017 the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) shutdown streetcar service west of Roncesvalles Ave. in order to perform work on the tracks and wires along the Queensway Right-of-Way (ROW), at Humber and Long Branch Loops, and along Lake Shore Blvd. W.

After a long wait, service finally resumed, and I took a return trip between Long Branch and Humber Loops.  For most of the day, the 501 Queen line is split at Humber Loop with streetcars either operating between Humber Loop and Neville Park, or between Humber Loop and Long Branch.  The latter is effectively a reinstatement of the 507 Long Branch car that operated from 1935 to 1995 in all but name.  Some trips overnight will operate over the entire 501 line, while some streetcars during the rush hour will operate between Long Branch Loop and downtown to provide a one seat ride. Continue reading

Posted in General | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Red Winged Blackbirds

Red winged blackbirds have taken over the Toronto area this year.

Here are some pictures of the birds:

Continue reading

Posted in General | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment