Zero Yonge Street

I can’t get all that upset about the condos slotted for the Pier 27 site at the foot of Yonge St. (link, link, link), though perhaps that’s a sign that I’ve lowered my expectations to the point where anything in that area other than windswept parking lots, mothballed party boats, random examples of ‘70s Brutalismcontinue reading

Lower Don plan design winner

… announced tonight. Details here. Who knows what it will look like if and when it’s actually built. Lots to discuss. The designer (see p6 of the .pdf) seems to want to run an LRT down Queen’s Quay, then Commissioners, as far as I can tell. There is going to have to be a Queen’scontinue reading

Hot off the presses, or something

What could be more obscure, or easily forgotten, than the Friday press release at 5:10 p.m.? Well, that would be the one on Saturday evening. And what is being announced? Oh, nothing important: Plans for a provincial red-alert disaster information system were announced by the Ontario Commissioner of Emergency Management today. The “Alert Ontario” systemcontinue reading

The discussion board’s organizers have abandoned EZBoard, the dreadful system they were using earlier, and have relaunched in a much more user-friendly format while as far as I can tell keeping their archives. This has always been a potentially very useful resource, but hobbled by EZBoard – I’m surprised that as many people putcontinue reading


I’m no fan of the Sun chain and all its works, but I’m sort of fascinated by the Toronto Sun Family blog, which specializes in bring-out-your-dead-style daily casualty lists of editorial employees fired, resigned or laid off that day as the chain collapses. The latest casualty is John Downing, who as an editor closed thecontinue reading

Tethered flying windmills, oh my!

From the Economist, via BoingBoing: Just as oil companies are drilling deeper and in more remote locations in search of new reserves, pioneer wind-power engineers are looking higher in the sky for new sources of energy. Conventional turbines will not take them there—the highest to date is just over 200 metres tall. So they arecontinue reading

And the speaker is –

You might think I’m getting senile, that I’ve gone off my rocker, and maybe I have. But someone has to speak up. I hardly recognize this country anymore. The President of the United States is given a free pass to ignore the Constitution, tap our phones, and lead us to war on a pack ofcontinue reading