Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Monday, August 30, 2010
Saturday, August 28, 2010
Re: Star article "Hundreds of cyclists, pedestrians caught in blitz"
So our trusty police force is busy protecting the city against its nefarious pedestrians. Recently, when the frightening increase in Toronto pedestrian fatalities was being discussed, the police solution was to tell pedestrians to use crosswalks and not to jaywalk. Nothing was said about another solution: making sure that cars in the city slow down.
As a pedestrian and cyclist, I would like to inform the powers-that-be, who seem not to have noticed, that the drivers of cars and trucks in this city are out of control. For years, at intersections I cross regularly such as Gerrard and Church or Jarvis and Carlton, I’ve watched cars, SUVs and trucks, already going too fast, speeding up to get through yellow lights and often zipping right through red lights. Streams of dump trucks have recently been hurtling over the speed limit along Gerrard. Over and over, I’ve asked myself, where are the police? Out ticketing jaywalkers.
People on bikes and foot can be careless and foolish, absolutely. But in an encounter between a careless 150-pound pedestrian or cyclist and a 3000-pound automobile or 6000 pound SUV that can’t stop, who is going to lose? Why aren’t police targeting speeding and aggressive driving?
Thursday, August 26, 2010
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Monday, August 23, 2010
Sunday, August 22, 2010
Friday, August 20, 2010
Thursday, August 19, 2010
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Monday, August 16, 2010
Sunday, August 15, 2010
Friday, August 13, 2010
"... McCartney is, let's face it, the sole carrier of the Fab legacy now - fun though Ringo Starr's All-Starr Band can be. And his every live note suggests he feels a responsibility to honour that body of work. In Thursday night's masterful marathon performance, with more than half its songs coming from the Beatles era, he lived up to that responsibility over and over again, assisted by the stellar band that has played more than 200 shows with him.
It was a wonderfully generous, perfectly-paced and relentlessly energetic night of classics, delivered with 100 per-cent loud rock muscle as required - special credit goes to powerhouse drummer Abe Laboriel, Jr. - and melodic sensitivity at every turn. It was a show with no flab and no missteps.
... In the end, what sticks in the mind - apart, obviously, from the strongest body of work in pop history - is the sight of an arena full of people, young and old, with smiles stuck on their faces as they sang along for three hours. You can't find that kind of positive energy in too many places anymore." firstname.lastname@example.orgRead more: http://www.montrealgazette.com/entertainment/McCartney+honours+body+work+Montreal/3392329/story.html#ixzz0wUeTfN9h
Monday, August 9, 2010
Sunday, August 8, 2010
WRITE IN THE
A one-day writing workshop.
Inspiration, structure and support for those with lots of writing experience and for those with none.
Spend a day learning to trust your voice and tell your stories. Listen to your creative self. Gain confidence and perspective from contact with other writers. Write in the garden and enjoy positive feedback, bushy perennials and lunch.
Laughter, camaraderie and insight guaranteed.
Who: Writer and teacher Beth Kaplan has taught writing at Ryerson for 16 years and at U of T for 4.
When: Sunday August 22, 10.30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Cost: $125, including food for thought and actual food.
Where: Beth’s garden in Cabbagetown.
For more information - www.bethkaplan.ca/coaching
To register – email@example.com
“I’d like to express my deep appreciation to you, Beth, for making your garden workshop so memorable. You have a special gift for creating a safe learning environment, with a well of positive things to say without passing judgment. It was a joy to be there with you and the others. Your garden is magical, and you created a magical day for me. Ann C.”