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Aggregation of selected recently-updated blogs, news feeds and tweets:

Thursday September 29, 2016

17:11 Support for skate park »Journal-Pioneer Local
Businessman encourages other businesses to support project
16:58 [ISL] "HST hike on P.E.I. coming Saturday" »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
CBC News' Sara Fraser notes that, Saturday, Prince Edward Island's HST--harmonized sales tax--will go up from 14 to 15%.

Islanders will soon be paying a little more for most products and services, as the P.E.I. government is about to raise the Harmonized Sales Tax by one percentage point on Saturday.

The HST will go from 14 per cent to 15 per cent, and the cost of living is expected to rise by about 0.5 per cent as a result.

"For most people that are financing and so forth they're looking at $2, $2.50 every couple of weeks," explained Ron Martin, the sales manager at Reliable Motors in Charlottetown.

The dealership advertised the tax hike, hoping it would entice customers to buy before October 1.

[. . .]

The increase will bring in an extra $11 million for this fiscal year and an additional $22 million in future years, according to the province — extra revenue that's necessary to simply maintain core services, it said.


I wonder what other options are available.
16:54 [URBAN NOTE] "Toronto library finds savings, misses council's target" »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
David Rider of the Toronto Star writes about the Toronto Public Library faced with cuts. Past a certain point, we're going to have to find ways to pay for the nice things we need.

Toronto’s bustling library system is the latest agency to say it can’t make city council’s directive to cut 2.6 per cent of its spending without hurting services to Torontonians.

At a meeting this week, chief librarian Vickery Bowles presented the library board with 2 per cent in proposed “efficiencies,” through increased revenue from space rentals plus lower spending, thanks to technological innovations including fine payments at self-checkout terminals.

The $3.529 million in savings includes eliminating 8.7 full-time staff positions. To hit the target approved by city council at the urging of Mayor John Tory, the library would have to cut a further $1.077 million.

Unavoidable costs for negotiated salary increases plus improved services — including expanded Sunday hours at some branches — boost the library’s 2017 operating budget request to $178.8 million, or 0.9 per cent over this year’s budget.

“If TPL is required to find equivalent savings to meet the (council-directed) target, the Library would then need to implement service reductions,” Bowles wrote in her report, adding she’ll continue hunting for efficiencies.
16:15 ‘Please, remember meThat HalloweenMaking fools of all the... »nathan rochford:blog


‘Please, remember me
That Halloween
Making fools of all the neighbors
Our faces painted white
By midnight
We’d forgotten one another
And when the morning came
I was ashamed
Only now it seems so silly
That season left the world
And then returned
And now you’re lit up by the city’ - Trapeze Swinger: Iron and Wine

15:59 Farm Day in the City Traffic Advisory and Details »City of Charlottetown
2016-09-28 Farm Day in the City presented by the PEI Potato Farmers will take place this
15:47 Police charge Dew and Cudmore with 104 charges of fraud and theft »The Guardian - Local News
Complaint about Morton Dew Ltd. and Cuddy Financial Management Group
15:00 Not observing the tulips »Shizamo FEED
The other day I was reading a passage from Moshe Feldenkrais book The Elusive Obvious. He was discussing how he met Heinrich Jacoby who was teaching in a similar way as Moshe had been. Moshe realized that through his own self generated exploratory learnin...read more at shizamo.com
14:56 John Deere dealers merge »The Guardian - Business
Green Diamond Equipment, Reddin Equipment announce merger
14:51 New mystery novel set in 1950s around Bedeque Bay »Journal-Pioneer Living
David L. Smith, author of “Hammy’s Lane, “The Jacket” and “The Red Dress” has just released his latest novel entitled “Schurman’s Point.”
14:44 Two Men Charged With Multimillion Fraud Scheme »Charlottetown Police Police Reports

Charlottetown Police Services have laid 104 charges against two Prince Edward Island men after an extensive 18 month long investigation. Frank Dew has been charged with 26 counts of theft over five thousand dollars, and 26 counts of fraud exceeding five thousand dollars. David Cudmore has been charged with 26 counts of theft over five thousand dollars, and 26 counts of fraud exceeding five thousand dollars.

Charlottetown Police Services began their investigation after a complaint was received from the Prince Edward Island Department of Justice and Public Safety alleging misconduct by the companies Morton Dew Ltd., and Cuddy Financial Management Group, regarding client investment accounts. Accounts involve 37 victims and a multi-million-dollar loss of money.

Court date for the two accused to enter pleas on the charges have been set for the 27th of October 2016 at 10 am at 42 Water St., Charlottetown

14:42 Gadelle presenting musical evening at Stanley Bridge Hall »Journal-Pioneer Living
The band Gadelle will present an evening of “Cookin’ Acadian Style Music” at the Stanley Bridge Hall on Saturday, Oct. 1, at 7:30 p.m.
14:38 LETTER to the Editor: Islanders get it »Journal-Pioneer Opinion
Recently, Peter McKenna wrote a piece published in The Guardian about the upcoming plebiscite, or vote on electoral reform, and its relationship to Islanders.
14:33 Weather report: Matthew could be a hurricane threat to Caribbean »John Cairns Blog
So, I don’t feel like reading about Alicia Machado (Hillary Clinton’s favorite Miss Universe) yet again today. In fact, I don’t feel like reading any news, period. But I need my information fix, so instead I’m going to read the weather report.  Besides, I need to think of places to go to when North America goes […]
14:11 P.E.I. now under frost alert »The Guardian - Local News
Environment Canada warning Islanders to take protective measurers for sensitive plants tonight
14:02 [URBAN NOTE] "Report sounds alarm on big TTC projects" »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
The Toronto Star's Ben Spurr reports on what could be a big problem for the TTC.

A review of the TTC’s procurement policies is raising red flags about the transit agency’s ability to manage expensive capital projects, detailing billions of dollars in cost overruns and oversight practices that fall below public-sector standards.

The report, which will be debated at Wednesday’s TTC board meeting, was authored by consulting firm KPMG. The company examined nine capital projects that the TTC launched over the past decade-and-a-half and had combined initial estimated costs of $5.1 billion. Of the nine, six incurred inflated expenses that together totalled $2.9 billion more than original estimates.

They included the Toronto York Spadina Subway Extension, whose cost soared over from $1.5 billion to $3.2 billion, and the Leslie Barns streetcar facility, whose price jumped from $345 million to $507 million. Three of four smaller-scale capital projects KPMG studied also saw budgets rise above initial projections.

The report, which council commissioned in March 2015, determined that the TTC is operating at a “low-standardized level of maturity” in the delivery of capital projects. That’s below KPMG’s benchmark for public-sector organizations. KPMG scored one TTC department as operating at an “informal” level, which means the consultant found that projects lacked documentation and standardized policies.
13:59 [URBAN NOTE] "Would You Want to Live in a 10-Tower Mississauga Condo Complex Developed By Rogers?" »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
Torontoist reports on a shiny new condo development in Mississauga.

Hold your breath, Rogers is getting into the condo game.

The Rogers Real Estate Development company, which is privately held, announced plans to build a 10-condo-tower complex billed as “M City” in Mississauga, with the tallest tower measuring in at 51 storeys. First reported by BuzzBuzzHome, the $1.5-billion, 6,000-unit, six-hectare project will be built in downtown Mississauga, a short walk from the Civic Centre.

Proposed to be built on a parcel of land reportedly purchased for $170,000 in the 1960s by the Rogers family and originally intended for a radio transmitter, the ambitious proposal is part of a larger plan for Mississauga. Over the weekend the city to the west of Toronto announced a 120-hectare proposal along its waterfront, which Finance Minister and local MPP Charles Sousa said “will be much better than Toronto.” The project will include 26 hectares of protected green space, and take seven to 10 years to build.
13:57 [URBAN NOTE] "Why Public Transit Must Be Fast, Cheap, and Convenient" »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
I think Tricia Wood's Torontoist post makes a valid point.

I want to talk about the morality of driving.

I own a car, but I don’t drive very much. I generally take transit or walk everywhere I need to go. I use the car to take my kids camping in the summer, to venture out to Mississauga to visit my parents, and to cart musical gear.

But day in, day out, I don’t drive. I have had funny conversations with my disbelieving insurance company about the small number of kilometres I add to the odometer each year.

I can do a lot of my shopping on foot, and I commute by subway and bus. Taking transit means it takes me longer to get to work, but it’s better for the environment, and better for my health.

My halo is blinding, isn’t it?

Those of us who don’t drive often or at all are pretty proud of ourselves, maybe even a little smug. And why not? We’re making a difference: every car off the road reduces air pollution, to which several hundred deaths are directly attributable every year in this province.
13:54 Shoppers swarm H&M opening in Charlottetown »The Guardian - Local News
Robert Gillis always lines up early – really early — for big store openings. So the Charlottetown man found his place in line at 7:15 a.m. Thursday in the hope of snagging some bargains at the new HM at the Charlottetown Mall. He was rewarded with a $50 gift certificate and some good deals for ...
13:54 [BLOG] Some Thursday links »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)

  • blogTO shares the new face of the Broadview Hotel.

  • The Broadside Blog's Caitlin Kelly writes about the joys of the unscreened life.

  • Dead Things reports on a study suggesting that although humans are violent by the standards of mammals, we are among the least violent primates.

  • The Dragon's Gaze reports on the discovery of five sizable planets orbiting HIP 41378.

  • Language Log reports on the perils of 7 and 9 in Cantonese.

  • Lawyers, Guns and Money considers the usefulness of The Battle of Algiers.

  • The Planetary Society Blog reacts to the Elon Musk proposal for colonizing Mars.

  • The Power and the Money's Noel Maurer responds briefly to the question of what Mexico can do about Trump.

  • Window on Eurasia notes how the Russian invasion of Ukraine has spurred new arms purchases throughout the eastern half of Europe, even in Belarus.

13:46 [PHOTO] Four Impressionist paintings from the Art Gallery of Ontario »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
The Impressionists who were one source of inspiration for the Group of Seven are present in substantial numbers at the Art Gallery of Ontario. One of my favourites is Camille Pissarro's Poplars, Grey Weather, Éragny.

From Poplars, Grey Weather, Éragny, Camille Pissarro #toronto #ago #artgalleryofontario #camillepissarro

Claude Monet's From Étretat: L'Aiguille and the Porte d'Aval is evocative of the sea.

From Étretat: L"Aiguille and the Porte d"Aval #toronto #ago #artgalleryofontario #claudemonet

James Ensor's From Beach at Ostend also deserves praise.

From Beach at Ostend, James Ensor #toronto #ago #artgalleryofontario #jamesensor

Monet's Les ombres sur la mer, Fécamp hints at so much for me.

From Les ombres sur la mer, Fécamp #toronto #ago #artgalleryofontario #gustaveloiseau
13:35 PolitiFact.com’s Truth-O-Meter Fact Checking »AmberMac
The US election is coming up fast and the debates are in full swing. During this campaign especially, I’ve heard from so many people who just want an unbiased place they can go to fact check the many claims of candidates and their parties. Thankfully, we’ve got the Pulitzer Prize-winning PolitiFact.com website to help us. PolitiFact’s Truth-o-Meter scale […]
13:21 Trapper says P.E.I. beavers must be hunted to avoid high-cost damage »The Guardian - Local News
Clarence Ryan guest speaker for watershed association, reviewing history of trapping in province
13:19 Community Notices »Women's Equality PEI
Welcome to our Community Events and Notices E-News for Thursday, September 29, 2016 New listings this week: 1) National Coalition of Advisory Councils Meets in Ottawa / La Coalition nationale des conseils consultatifs se rencontre à Ottawa 2) Advisory Council Representatives Meet Minister Monsef 3) WI Active Like a Girl – Fun Walk Run Event […]
12:42 Green Diamond Equipment, Reddin Equipment announce merger »Journal-Pioneer Business
Green Diamond Equipment and Reddin Equipment, two prominent John Deere dealers in the Maritimes, are merging into one dealership, Green Diamond Equipment, effective Oct. 28.
12:28 Business optimism drops in Prince Edward Island  »Journal-Pioneer Business
Business optimism in Prince Edward Island has dropped in September reaching 63.9, which is still the second-highest optimism level in the country.
12:13 Shag Harbour UFO Symposium lands Oct. 1, includes visit to  1967 crash site »The Guardian - Living
SHAG HARBOUR, N.S. – When what people believed to be a UFO was seen in Shag Harbour, Shelburne County, in 1967, it left behind little trace other than a yellow foam on the water, and the stories shared by those who witnessed ‘something.’
11:14 ILONA DANIEL: Pickling and preserving »The Guardian - Living
Hold on to the taste of harvest time for the dark, cold days ahead

Video: http://video.theguardian.pe.ca/5146341960001/ILONA-DANIEL-Ripe-tomato-marmalade

11:00 MARGARET PROUSE: All about plums »The Guardian - Living
More than meets the eye to this late summer treat
10:52 City brings back its Halloween all-access pass program for second year »Journal-Pioneer Local
It’s a program offering an alternative to handing out candy on Halloween, one that received both praise and criticism nationally.
10:52 City brings back its Halloween all-acess pass program for second year »Journal-Pioneer Local
It’s a program offering an alternative to handing out candy on Halloween, one that received both praise and criticism nationally.
10:41 There is currently no ferry service for P.E.I. today. »The Guardian - Local News
Electrical problem is keeping the Island's only ferry in dock
10:05 National Coalition of Advisory Councils Meets in Ottawa / La Coalition nationale des conseils consultatifs se rencontre à Ottawa »Women's Equality PEI
La version française suit National Coalition of Provincial and Territorial Advisory Councils on the Status of Women meet with Minister Hajdu in Ottawa Ottawa, Ontario – The National Coalition of Provincial and Territorial Advisory Councils on the Status of Women held its annual meeting in Ottawa on September 26 and 27, 2016. The meetings provided […]
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