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Monday February 20, 2017

14:02 The WWE were in Saskatchewan last night with a SmackDown Live show! »John Cairns Blog
There have been a few stories from Sask. sports this weekend: the Regina Pats winning their bid to host the 2018 Memorial Cup; the Sask. Rush beating Colorado 8-7 in NLL lacrosse action, etc. etc. But it was the biggest weekend of all for wrestling fans, who were most enthused about the WWE returning to SaskTel […]
13:24 Snow Alert On: Parking Ban Enforced from 11 p.m. - 6 a.m. »City of Charlottetown
2017-02-20 The City of Charlottetown's Public Works Department will be clearing and hauling snow
13:02 Tea and Cakes in Narnia »Rose Chintz Cottage
09:34 I laugh at you »Island Musings
A wise old friend (now deceased) who really understood politics once told me that the worst thing that can happen to a politician is to be laughed at. Sweden and a few other countries are laughing at Trump. While Trump certainly gives us ample opportunities to laugh with contempt, I think it is a mistake&ellipsis;Read the full post »
09:30 Daily Specials for Monday, February 20, 2017 »Casa Mia Daily Specials

The Daily Specials at Casa Mia Restaurant for Monday, February 20, 2017 are:

  • Monday's Daily Special Tomato Parmesan Soup $ 4.95 Chicken Parmesan Sandwich $ 13.95 Breaded Chicken Breast with a zesty tomato sauce and provolone. Served on a fresh baguette with your choice of soup or salad.
  • Butucatini $ 14.95 Roasted cherry tomato, garlic, olive oil, chilli, and shrimp

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

08:57 New Surface Devices Certified For Siemens NX CAD/CAM/CAE »NJN Network
Microsoft has scored a big endorsement of its new Surface Book with Performance Base and Surface Studio from Semiens NX, one of the world leaders in CAD/CAM/CAE.
08:24 Light snow expected today across PEI.. »peistormchaser
Monday February 20th 8:25am.. An upper air disturbance currently north of Gaspe Bay is drifting SE and will cross the region today. Cloud and some light snow is expected with this feature. A ridge of high pressure oriented north-south is … Continue reading
06:50 Imagine Farmhouse Renovations »Heather Ogg Blog

I love country living. I love home decor, decorating magazines and I love photographing interiors. Lots of our family and friends have asked about our recent farmhouse renovations, so I took some photos… because that’s what I do. Or as Phil Dunphy would say, That’s my thang. In 2009, we bought a 150 year old farmhouse on Read More

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Sunday February 19, 2017

23:18 Watching NBC’s 90th Anniversary special is making me feel 90 years old! »John Cairns Blog
I am currently watching The Paley Center Salutes NBC 90th Anniversary special (in between UFC Fight Night fights), and for me the nostalgia has been at a premium in this production tonight. This review sums it up — it sure seems like there’s hardly any footage pre-1975. There’s been a few, I guess, but it seems […]
22:28 [URBAN NOTE] "Chasing the Canadian dream: The real force driving the housing boom in our big cities" »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
At the National Post, Garry Marr argues, on the basis of the attractiveness of Canada as a destination and the push for all Canadians to acquire property, that the Canadian real estate boom is actually sustainable.

The mayor of Caledon, a town of about 60,000 northwest of Toronto, says government can try all it wants, but the dream of owning a home will persevere.

Allan Thompson should know. His town, like many others that ring around Ontario’s capital, has become a launching site for new communities as people priced out of the core look to the suburbs (or what was once rural) for slightly cheaper housing.

An average new single-family detached home in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) was $1,264,604 in 2016, according to the Building Industry and Land Development Association. But housing prices range from an average of $666,220 for a semi-detached home in Durham, northeast of Toronto, to $1.8 million for a detached home just north of the city.

“I remember I had this neighbour who was Portuguese,” said Thompson, who was a Caledon councillor for 11 years before becoming mayor two years ago. “He said to me, ‘For 20 generations back in Portugal, we all lived and rented houses in town. We had our sheep and our goats and our cattle.’ He said to me, ‘I was the first one ever to have a home.'”

That dream of home ownership is central to the escalating prices in Canada’s housing market, especially in larger cities such as Toronto where immigrants tend to settle.
22:14 [URBAN NOTE] "$10,000 fine for Toronto homeowner who used agencies like Airbnb to find tenants" »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
The Toronto Star's Betsy Powell notes the imposition of a steep fine on a homeowner who accepted far too many short-term renters.

A justice of the peace has imposed a $10,000 fine on the owner of a Willowdale home who violated city bylaws by accepting short-term renters, often using web sites such as Airbnb to find them.

Justice of the Peace Gerry Altobello rejected a submission from the city prosecutor that the fine be set at $1,000 because that was “not enough” to send a message of deterrence to others doing the same thing.

Altobello said the defendant was “thumbing his nose at the community and the city,” by continuing to rent the home at 5 Glenelia Ave., for periods of less than seven days after being told to stop. The maximum penalty for a conviction is $50,000.

[. . .]

Neighbors complained about the high turnover of occupants and loud parties. Last March during one party nearby residents heard four or five shots ring out inside the home, and saw partygoers fleeing. A young man who received a gunshot wound to his head survived, Toronto police say.

Last November, Yan Pan Zhao pleaded guilty on behalf of 2391324 Ontario Ltd., which owns the two-storey home at the corner of Bayview Ave.

Zhao told the Star on Wednesday that he was acting as “an agent,” for the homeowner. He acknowledged his wife, Dan Wei, is the sole officer and director of the numbered company.
22:01 [URBAN NOTE] "With urbanity denied in North York, what is Scarborough’s fate?" »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
In the Toronto Star, Shawn Micallef wonders whether North York and Scarborough will be able to break through and emerge from suburbia into "downtownness", or if politics will prevent this.

The Scarborough Subway comes with a lot of promise.

Though these political promises include economic benefits and increased mobility, there’s also the implicit and explicit promise of the arrival of downtown-style urbanity to Scarborough City Centre, the cluster of office and residential buildings surrounding the Scarborough Town Centre mall and Civic Centre.

Those who arrive in Toronto via Highway 401 from the east pass it all by, and visitors who know little about our city might be forgiven for thinking it’s actually downtown Toronto: it’s an impressive cluster, especially when driving by, just one of the many dense nodes across this city and region.

However, once the car is parked, this city centre doesn’t feel so downtown; instead, there are large swaths of paved parking lot and open space in between the buildings. Some structures are quite fantastic, like the 1973 Raymond Moriyama-designed Civic Centre and the new branch of the Toronto Public Library.

The promise of the Scarborough Subway, should a plan ever be finalized, is to create a more beautiful and humane public realm here, a “downtown neighbourhood” kind of feel that would connect and transform all these buildings and spaces. Much of our fast-growing city was created this way, and it would not be the first Toronto neighbourhood to go from farmers’ field or village to a dense urban core in just half a century or so.

Downtown North York, or North York City Centre (or maybe we can just call it “Uptown” now), is one of these places. Sometimes called the downtown that Mel Lastman built, just a generation or two ago the strip of Yonge St. between Sheppard and Finch Aves. was a low-rise, mid-century streetscape. It still bears those mid-century traces, and even those of the original villages that were here before, like Willowdale and Newtonbrook, but they are fleeting.
21:01 Black in the Bin »justpictureit
photo - Black in the Bin

The last black and white in the unassigned bin. I'll have to get busy. Purrl is again showing her love of outer branches. What a goof!