From – The British Heritage – As the world’s longest-reigning Monarch, there’s an entire generation of people who have never known life without her. But what will actually happen when Queen Elizabeth II leaves us? What protocol will be followed when Her Majesty passes on? Word has been spreading all across Canada – including Ottawa. Shown in the photograph below, the 96-year-old British Monarch, is holding hands with Canada’s Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau. They’ve been together often, and do have good times.
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
Our morning began in a Taxi, driving through Downtown Toronto after arriving at our home and then at 6:00 a.m inside Union Station, for departure at 6:45 a.m.And from there we were off to Montréal, Québec, on board a Canadian VIA Business Modern Train. It was a beauty, rapidly picking up speed, and free breakfasts were served to one and all. Montréal, the city of “joie de vivre” was waiting for those on the way, along with Old Montréal; Parc Jean-Drapeau, Plateau-Mont-Royal; the famous Jacques-Cartier Bridge; Little Italy; The Gay Village; and Chinatown.
Later that day, after unloading luggage we came across a massive construction site close to Downtown. It was fascinating and we checked it out end-to-end. The non-stop noise was non-stopping. That very night we were inundated by a heavy rain storm. Being outside isn’t something to take lightly – but we took it.<ABOVE – THE MONTREAL STREET MIRROR by Ross Winter. Others are by David Moore.> That afternoon, in the atrium of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the cascade of water down the glass was like being under Niagara Falls. Being outside isn’t something to take lightly.
Within Toronto’s history this 67-year-old will no doubt become the city’s longest serving mayor. Mr. Tory’s goal is to continue his current policies. Barbara Hackett, his wife, has already given her approval for a third term. Administering an increasingly expensive metropolis is a challenge, but he’s been facing no serious opposition – even from City Council. Among John’s present achievements – transit construction, housing affordability, street improvements, a recovering economy, and setting up partnerships. There’ve been no protests so far when the mayor announced he would run again. Polls have shown already that he’ll be a formidable candidate in the October 24th municipal election. Others are doubtless waiting to decide if they have the nerve, finances and ability to compete. We’ll wait and see who will be directing Canada’s largest city.
Peter welcomed our extended family who made themselves comfortable in the woods. They’re allowed 20 people to gather outdoors, so family members could legally enter the woods to roast hot dogs over a fire pit. Everyone enjoyed doing that. My sister, Sharon, identified all 16 of them, the closest I’ve been with my family in person for some time now. I’ve been looking forward to visiting them soon. Meanwhile for fun, here’s who in the picture.
Starting left from the red chair – Heidi, Naomi, Mark, Phoebe and Ian behind Mark, Charlie, Luke, Dave (Peter’s brother), Peter himself (in the red jacket), Andrea with Caroline on her knee; Sharon herself (blue cap), Jordan, Vanessa, Greg and then back to the empty chair. Isaiah was the photographer, hence the empty chair. The trucks belong to Mark and Greg, Fortunately the weather was quite fine. I thank my sister, Sharon and Isaiah for this photo, and a very Happy Birthday, Peter!
We had to manage both getting out of the house, and then in through the garage door to access those shovels. And for that the dust pans were most helpful. Once outside we went to work, first using the dust pans, and then sweeping and shoveling. And it’s snowing again! <Photos by Ross Winter>