BUFFALO, New York State’s second largest city after NYC, has always attracted Canadians for – among other things – football, hockey, architecture, chicken wings, the Albright-Knox contemporary art museum, excellent restaurants, the airport, theatres, PBS, and friendly inhabitants. No doubt once this crisis is over we’ll be back crossing the bridges again. We’re all in this together.From our friends in BUFFALO . . . Dear Canadians – Our countries have closed our borders to non-essential travel. It’s moments like these that remind us how fortunate we are to be neighbors — a friendship that has stood the test of time and underscored our shared interests and values. We cannot wait for the day when life returns to normal, and we can welcome you back here with open arms. Take care, and be well!
Your friends in Buffalo.
<PHOTO by Terry King, who’s in the picture, and is now enjoying Southern California>
When Wilson and Lee first opened for business in OSHAWA, radio was barely a thing. The most popular car in the world was Ford’s Model T. And you needed a wind-up Victrolia to play fragile 78 RPM records. If in 1922 you wanted to buy one of those records, you could go to Wilson and Lee’s record store to find them among the musical instruments.Over the decades the firm survived depression, recessions, wars, technological changes (78s, LPs, 45s, 8-tracks, cassettes, CDs), and these days back to vinyl. It was an excellent run.After 97 years in business, Wilson and Lee is about to close. The property at 87 Simcoe Street North has been sold to the Holiday Inn and brothers Bill (who worked at the store for 67 years) & Dave (52 years) have decided to close up shop. It’s the end of an era.<PHOTO – Bill on the left; Dave on the right – by Durham Region News>
Not so long ago, MONTREAL was basking in official recognition as a “metropolis” by its political masters in Quebec City. Not so much anymore. MONTREAL is being treated like an adult child whose parents still call the shots. ALLISON HANES – “Transportation policy is the biggest bone of contention by far between Montreal and Quebec City, with the provincial government (CAQ) not only ignoring the city’s needs, but actively undermining them. On climate change, the city and province are also at loggerheads.”
<Editorial cartoon by TERRY MOSHER (AISLIN), Montreal Gazette; MONTREAL & THE REST OF QUEBEC> “MONTREAL’s main financial lever is property taxes, which it depends on for nearly 70 per cent of its revenue. For the rest, it must go cap in hand to the provincial or federal governments, making it impossible for the city to dream big without higher level approval.”
“Canadian cities are constitutionally “creatures of their provinces.” This parochial relationship is downright dysfunctional in a world where more people than ever are living in cities and municipal governments have increasingly complex and important responsibilities. While cities like PARIS and NEW YORK wield their clout, MONTREAL is being treated like an adult child whose parents still call the shots.”<“DOUG”, editorial cartoon by MICHAEL DE ADDER, The Hill> “Things aren’t much better in TORONTO, where Ontario Premier DOUG FORD slashed city council in half & announced he will seize control of the subway system. The City of Toronto Act, inaugurated in 2006, offers no more protection from paternalism than Quebec’s Bill 121.“
“MONTREAL may have metropolis status — but it seems like the city is on a tighter leash than ever.” ALLISON HANES’ complete column – https://montrealgazette.com/opinion/columnists/allison-hanes-wither-montreals-metropolis-status
And in TORONTO . . . Mayor JOHN TORY fired off some choice words aimed at Premier DOUG FORD and his OPPRESSIVE CONSERVATIVE provincial government. Mr. Tory said “you’ll see me standing up for TORONTO when the provincial government risks stalling out the economic engine of Ontario just to waive less than one-tenth of one percentage point of the provincial budget . . . Cutting public health programs so as to find extra money . . . (eventually costing the city $100-million annually) . . . to pay The Beer Store to change their contract? What does that say about (your) priorities? Cutting public health and child care, by funding a greater supply of alcohol in corner stores? I will not let this city be pushed backwards.”
GUY JONES is a videographer who brings history to life by editing old films and making them more watchable. He slows them down to a natural speed and adds sound – making them a totally new viewing experience. This one is a look at the busy streets of UTRECHT, a transportation hub in the centre of the Netherlands. There’s a lot of activity going on, and the design of vehicles is fascinating. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UlCQXtfAWPc