Monthly Archives: August 2022
ACTION HAS BROKEN OUT AT CTV TELEVISION NEWS – AND LISA LAFLAMME IS NOW GOING FOR HER ORDERLY “NEWS ANCHOR” STAKE.
There’s more . . . to the story for sure. CTV News Executive, Michael Melling is going on leave. He wants to spend more time with his family. Decided on this after Lisa’s controversy made an appearance. Last week The Globe and Mail revealed that shortly after Mr. Melling took the role of CTV News Head, and asked questions about who approved “to let Lisa’s hair grow grey?”, according to a senior CTV official, present at a meeting. In a statement sent to The Globe on Friday, Mr. Melling said this was “categorically untrue.” The Globe also reported on tensions between Mr. Melling and Ms. LaFlamme over newsroom priorities, story coverage, and resources. News broke that Ms. LaFlamme was leaving the show she had helmed for more than a decade nearly two weeks ago. In the days that followed, the story spiralled into a national outrage.
Brands such as Dove and Wendy’s introduced ad campaigns in support of women going ‘grey’. In this case, Ms. LaFlamme had earned praise from women across Canada when she decided to stop dyeing her hair early in the pandemic. Mr. Melling and Ms. Moses, held a joint town hall meeting. A day later the company planned an independent third-party review. Staff raised concerns about the review. Journalists within the CTV Newsroom sent a letter to Bell Canada chief executive MirKo Bibic, Bell’s board of directors, and Wade Oosterman, president of Bell Media, expressing a lack of confidence in Mr. Melling’s leadership. He concluded “We have no confidence in Mr. Melling’s ability to lead the news division.” In May, 2019, as general manager of CP24 and CTV News Toronto, Mr. Melling announced “Project Innovation.” Partly through this initiative, he developed a reputation internally as “The Cutter.” Will Ms. LaFlamme return? She would be welcome
SOON WE’LL BE VISITING NOVA SCOTIA AND HEADING FOR THE CAPITOL – ALSO KNOWN AS HALIFAX, A CITY GROWING RAPIDLY AS A MULTI-CULTURAL HUB.
There appear to be gaps among Air-Canada travelers who want, or need to fly. Each of us have our own needs. The latest census data shows. The visible minority population in Halifax is growing at a rapid rate. Between 2011 and 2016, The Black population of Halifax grew by 10%, and the population of other visible minorities grew by a massive 42% over the same period. My Nova Scotia family of 17 is on the way to our province’s Capitol, fairly close to Canada’s Ocean Playground.<ABOVE – Lonely Planet — The Town Clock> The City also has between 1,000 and 7,000 people with Italian, Polish, Lebanese, Chinese, African, East Indian, American, Norwegian, Spanish, Jewish, and Greek ethnicities, among others. <ABOVE – Halifax Public Transit, Copyright, Stock Photos<><ABOVE – Halifax International Airport – – – – STANFIELD>
THERE’S THE PILOT TAVERN IN DOWNTOWN TORONTO – AND WE STILL HAVE IT!
The Pilot was born “The Pilot Grill” in 1944 at its original location 800 Yonge Street, just north of Bloor. The name of the bar was a tip of the cap to the heroic RCAF flyers of World War II. During the Yonge Street era, The Pilot was a clubhouse, meeting place and sacred temple for artists, musicians and writers. This iconic restaurant made its mark in Bloor-Yorkville for nearly 75 years with its Flight Deck rooftop, eclectic menu, and live jazz nights. Back in the day artists, writers & musicians hung out at the spot. During the Yonge Street era, The Pilot was a clubhouse, and meeting place for artists, musicians and writers.
The restaurant has been around the city streets of Toronto since it opened in 1944 at its original location on Yonge Street. It’s a catchy clever name The Pilot, and was a tribute to those who fought in World War II. After the war, it became a favourite hang-out for local artists, and the bar remained popular through Yorkville’s transition to a hippie community. It was in 1972 that the Pilot moved to its present location – 22 Cumberland Street, in the heart of Yorkville. According to legend, some of the Pilot’s regular customers carried the original bar to the new location.
<<BELOW – a new version of The Pilot>. In 1987, the current owners took possession of the popular spot, and have kept it true to its original charm. They introduced to the “Flight Deck”, one of the largest rooftop patios Toronto has to offer. They have also introduced the “Stealth Lounge”, a more sophisticated party space, that can be rented out for parties ranging in size from 30 to 130 people. The Stealth Lounge offers its’ own bar, complete with comfy lounge seating. The food selection is average, but the food itself is quite good. I have never personally had any problems with food or service. And for being in one of the trendiest neighbourhoods in TORONTO, it is very unpretentious.
FROM “the bridge” News paper – PEOPLE, PLACES & IDEAS FROM TORONTO & DOWNTOWN EAST.
> Among Cabbagetown businesses when it comes to the “Parkscape installation” – there is for now a park-like creation down the middle of Parliament Street. In short, it’s a park in the middle of a major street. Few have the notion to do something like this. With faux fallen logs, decorated green turf the installation provides greenery amid a giant city’s animation and busyness. The Parkscape lines a small section of Parliament at Carlton Street until September 11th.
>> Co-owner, Amar, of ‘Cabbagetown Organics’is skeptical of the installation outside his shop, saying “I don’t know how they’re going to maintain it for two months.”
>> Sam Muthreja, an other co-owner agrees that business is definitely slower. The two also say conflict has arisen between pedestrians and the homeless, especially at night, but there are some doubts about the effectiveness of the Security Guard.
>> Johnny G’s Diner owner, Dinesh, has a different perspective on the Parkscape, saying “I see parents with their kids playing, even though there are other parks around, and they come in and order food.” Dinesh reports an increase with in-person dining since he took over in November, perhaps due to easing of pandemic restrictions and anxiety efforts to improve restaurants and the Parkscape.
>> “Corner Convenience”, declined to comment on Parkscape.
>> A few of the writers on “Disputed Grass”along with Nellianne Bateman and Daryl Gonsalves have opportunities to link themselves as they look at patches of greenery and deal with populations of the locals. According to the CBC, the Parkscape features grass and trees rising out of concrete, with benches and stumps for visitors to sit upon. The idea is to welcome more foot traffic, and for the BIA to uplift more customers and have them.
As for The BIA it’s a UnitedStates’ Department of the Interior Bureau of Indian Affairs.
WELCOME TO ONTARIO’S FAVOURITE SMALL TOWN – THE STORY OF PORT HOPE – IT’S A BEAUTY.
This can be a way of learning more about the town’s development, and some of its citizens, along with a number of historical buildings. The CAPITOL THEATRE – At a time when money was scarce during the Great Depression, The Capitol Theatre was one of the first buildings to use steel girders. It was one of Canada’s first movie houses for. “talking pictures”. Opening night in 1930 featured “Queen High” starring Ginger Rogers in her first musical. Today, the Capitol is a National Heritage Site, the last fully restored “atmospheric” theatre in Canada, the only one of its kind in Ontario. It resembles a medieval castle courtyard with a twilight sky and forest mural. It closed in 1987 and local citizens became responsible for restoring the theater in the 1990’s to its former glory. It’s now renowned for live productions and technical innovation, drawing tourists to town. The Capitol Theatre, 14 Queen Street, Port Hope, Ontario, Canada. THE DOWNTOWN CORE – Port Hope experienced tremendous economic growth in the 1850’s by exporting lumber, whisky and grain to the United States and Europe. Its’ wealth drove development of large blocks of downtown land. Although the storefronts are different, the upper rooms are in uniform blocks. Many have been subdivided. Fires, although tragic, have led to the restoration of original store fronts not long ago. This worked in co-operation with the ACO (Architectural Conservancy of Ontario). Thus Port Hope’s downtown continues as an example of heritage restoration of original store fronts not long ago. This worked in co-operation with the ACO (Architectural Conservancy of Ontario). Thus Port Hope’s downtown continues as an example of heritage.
THE GANARASKA FOREST – WINTER AND SUMMER – The Story of Port Hope – “100,000 years ago, retreating glaciers formed the landscape of Port Hope. The first inhabitants called this vast area”the meeting place”, referring to the meeting of the River and the Lake. Later, the Hurons named the river Ganaraske, or spawning ground. Interactions between the first Europeans, mainly French fur traders in the 1680’s were sometimes cordial and sometimes hostile. The first treaties gave the First Nations exclusive rights to the North Shore of Lake Ontario, leaving most of the province untouched until after the American Revolution. Fearing the newly formed United States might try to expand northward, the British hurriedly passed the famous Gun Treaty which allowed for settlement on the north shore of Lake Ontario. The British colonization system of the time granted huge land tracks to businessmen, who in turn set up local governments loyal to the Crown. In 1792 they petitioned Governor Simcoe of the First Upper Canada Council for land grants to establish the 5th township of Hope. A year later, they brought 40 families to settle the area. Development here slowed as TORONTO became an industrial centre, the Prairie Bread Basket opened to the West. Our town continued to slowly mature, and the forests were depleted of their timber. Communities courted heavy industries. The Port Hope you see today – is a place where old buildings live contemporary lives. But so much has happened with this City.
THE MEMORIAL PARK BANDSHELL – This historic structure was built in memory of all our armed forces who fought since Confederation in 1867. It was constructed with plans purchased from the Canadian Band Masters’ Association that provided “the most up-to-date scientific principles of sound technology” which makes it a memorable stage for summer concerts, theatre, and and festivals. from the Canadian Band Masters’ Association.
ONLY TWO HOURS FROM TORONTO – THERE’S PLENTY FOR NIAGARA FALLS’ WEEKEND GETAWAYS’
Like Ontario’s Capital, Toronto, Niagara Falls doesn’t need to be introduced. It has nearly everything visitors would no doubt enjoy. Once they’re there, almost at once, people find showy attractions, among others, on famous Clifton Hill including haunted houses, speeding go-karts, Tyrannosaurus Rex meaning something like “King of the Tyrant lizards.” It’s commonly called T-Rex for short. Check out Niagara Parks’ Butterfly Conservatory, 2565 Niagara Parkway. 2,000 butterflies from over 40 species at North America’s largest butterfly conservatory, within The Niagara Falls Botanical Gardens. Never squash a fluttery friend. Next, head for “The Bird Kingdom”, 5651 River Road.The Kingdom itself tells a story. In the 1950’s it was the Niagara Falls Museum, featuring the collection of Curator Thomas Barnett from 1827 – including Egyptian mummies; added in 2003 a free-flying indoor AVIARY. The Niagara Parks Power Station is a new attraction. Catch the “Currents” night show, and there are several Niagara classics – The Niagara Wheel and Niagara Falls Illumination (4960 Clifton Hill.). There’s an aerial view of the roaring waterfalls on both sides of the United States and Canadian borders. A helicopter is available too. There’s Brunch at Skyline Tower’s revolving restaurant, or a Zip Line if you dare. The best – are multi-coloured lights. 42 gondolas can carry a group up to six, 175-feet above a bird’s-view of The Falls, and other surrounding cities. And this would be the sun setting over CLIFTON HILL (at last) beneath you.
So you can can see Niagara Falls itself is not just about water. There are lots of other things. The weekend getaways are only two hours from colourful TORONTO and the amazing good times that offers.