Former CFL Head Coach Don Matthews has Passed Away

It has been announced that long term Canadian Football League (CFL) Head Coach Don Matthews has passed away at 77.

Mr. Matthews was a long time Head Coach in the CFL, earning a record of 231 wins, 132 losses, and one tie.  He would coach teams to five Grey Cup titles.  His 231 wins are the second most wins in CFL history, only behind Wally Buono who is still coaching and enters the 2017 CFL season with 266 wins. Continue reading

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Adam West Passes Away at 88

Adam West, famous for his portraying the title character in the Batman TV series, has passed away in Los Angeles at the age of 88.

Mr. West was born September 19th, 1928 in Walla Walla, Washington whose father was a farmer and mother an opera singer and concert pianist.  Continue reading

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73rd Anniversary of D-Day Landings

Juno Beac

Juno Beach (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Today, June 6th 2017, marks the 73rd 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. Continue reading

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Peter Sallis Passes Away at 96

Peter Sallis, the actor famous for his performances in the series Last of the Summer Wine and as the voice of Wallace in Wallace and Gromit, has passed away at the age of 96.

Mr. Sallis died peacefully on Friday June 2nd, 2017 with his passing being announced by his agent on June 5th. Continue reading

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2017 Stanley Cup Finals

The Stanley Cup.

Now that the Conference Finals have been completed, the Stanley Cup Finals are now set to start.

In the Finals, the Prince of Wales Trophy winners Pittsburgh Penguins  (Eastern Conference Champions) are set to face off against the Clarence Campbell Bowl winners Nashville Predators (Western Conference Champions.)  Game 1 goes down on May 29th, 2017 in Pittsburgh. Continue reading

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By-law Changes Cannot be Initiated by Owners

Gerry Hyman has another article for the Toronto Star.  There were only two questions in this article, and I want to discuss one of them:

QUESTION:  Unit owners in our condominium provided the board with a notice of motion requiring a vote at our upcoming annual meeting for a bylaw amending our current bylaws. The board refused to put the vote on the agenda for the annual meeting. Can the board refuse to hold the vote?

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Happy 50th Birthday, GO Transit

Today , May 23rd 2017, marks the 50th anniversary of GO Transit commencing operation.  On May 23rd 1967, GO Transit started commuter operation in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) with service from Hamilton in the west to Pickering in the east.

As such, Happy Birthday GO Transit!  Here’s to the next 50 years! Continue reading

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Happy Victoria Day

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

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

Today, May 22nd 2017, 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.

English: Queen Elizabeth II at Queen's Park

English: Queen Elizabeth II at Queen’s Park (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Since 1957, Victoria Day also marks the official birthday of our current Queen of Canada, Queen Elizabeth II.  This year is a very special official birthday for Her Majesty and our country as Her Majesty turned 90 this year.

So, let’s celebrate two of the most important people in the history of our glorious country.

 

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Thoughts on Der Rosenkavalier Live in HD

On May 13th 2017, I attended the Metropolitan Opera’s (Met Opera) last Live in HD broadcast for the 2016-2017 season.  The opera was Richard StraussDer Rosenkavalier.

This is a new production directed by Robert Carsen with sets by Paul Steinberg, costumes by Brigitte Reiffenstuel, the lighting directors are Robert Carsen and Peter van Praet, and the choreographer was Phillipe Giraudeau.

The production stars Renée Fleming as the Marschallin, Elīna Garanča as Octavian (aka ‘Der Rosenkavalier’), Erin Morley as Sophie, Matthew Polenzani as the Italian Singer (and doubling as the host of the broadcast), Markus Brück as Faninal, and Günther Groissböck as Baron Ochs.  The conductor was Maestro Sabastian Weigle. Continue reading

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2017 NHL Conference Finals

The Stanley Cup.

The National Hockey League (NHL) Conference Finals are now set.

There are now only four teams left playing for the right to play for the Stanley Cup.  Games start on May 12th, 2017.

Let’s look at the match-ups. Continue reading

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