Wednesday, June 30, 2004
Monday, June 28, 2004
To our brothers and sisters in Canada. Don't forget to vote today. So get out there and vote, and vote often. Winston
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Sunday, June 27, 2004
Saturday, June 26, 2004
If you do not want to 'support' Michael Moore and you want to see the
movie anyway, buy a ticket for a different film showing at the same
time then jump theaters in a multi plex. Your money will go to another
movie maker. BTW, I own his other DVDs, and like them but this new one
is way too exploitive I think. Just a thought.
"Many persons have a wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It
is not attained through self-gratification but through fidelity to a
- Helen Keller
Thursday, June 24, 2004
Gardens ice melts away
Council endorses Loblaws conversion
likely in supermarket plans
The only ice at the new Maple Leaf Gardens will likely be in the
seafood department. Yesterday, city council gave its blessing to convert the
former hockey shrine on Carlton St. into a Loblaws supermarket.
At the behest of Mayor David
Miller, council sought one last look at including a skating surface in the
project, but the chances were rated as slim.
"It's a very, very remote
possibility," said Robert Hunter of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment.
Councillor Kyle Rae said
he has tried since 1999, when the Toronto Maple Leafs moved to the Air Canada
Centre, to keep an ice rink at the Gardens.
Ottawa Senators owner Eugene
Melnyk had shown interest in the Gardens for junior hockey but that went
nowhere, said Rae (Ward 27, Toronto Centre-Rosedale).
Rae said proposals have included
an entertainment centre, a venue for Cirque du Soleil, condo towers rising
through the roof, a Home Depot and, finally, a supermarket.
"I would love to have an ice rink
on that site," Rae said. "It has always been on the agenda. Each of them has
gone away and looked at it and said it is far too expensive. I've been told four
or five times that it's not possible."
However, in talks with the grocery
giant, agreement has been reached to keep the exterior, including the marquee
and rooftop Maple Leaf logos, and to continue calling the building Maple Leaf
Gardens, he said.
Rae added the new development will
include not only a three-level supermarket and two levels of parking but a
fitness centre, liquor store and post office.
"It will be jobs back into the
neighbourhood. It will be services back into the neighbourhood. It will be more
people visiting the neighbourhood."
Hunter said Loblaws could start
work as early as September and open the supermarket 20 to 24 months later.
Hunter added he was "happy
and relieved" the five-year quest to find a new life for the building has been
endorsed by city council in a 25-1 vote.
The lone opponent was Councillor
Joe Mihevc (Ward 21, St. Paul's), who described the planned makeover as
inadequate for a building of such historic significance. "I don't think the
Loblaws proposal is the worst thing that could happen," Mihevc said. "However, I
don't think it's the best thing that could happen to Maple Leaf Gardens. I think
we could have done more."
Shatner and Leonard Nimoy
were interviewed just before Star Trek premiered in 1966. In the interviews,
they explained what was then the strange and exotic concept of the show to a TV
Wednesday, June 23, 2004
Monday, June 21, 2004
Sunday, June 20, 2004
Monday morning. The flight is a part of a collaboration
investor and philanthropist Paul Allen and aviation legend Burt
whose company Scaled Composites designed and built the
A carrier aircraft dubbed "White Knight" will ferry the
rocket plane from the Mojave Civilian Aerospace Test Center to
launch point high above the California desert.
be released just east of Mojave from an altitude of
50,000 feet. The pilot
will fire the craft's rocket engine for 80
seconds and climb vertically,
sending the craft to an altitude of 62
miles (100 km) before falling back to
earth. The pilot will experience
zero gravity for more than three minutes.
SpaceShipOne will reenter
the atmosphere glide back to a runway landing at
The timeline for tomorrow's flight is as follows (all times are
10:30 - 11:30 Post flight press
If the weather is clear, observers in Mojave and the
desert should have an opportunity to view the historic flight.
Composites has announced that it will allow the public to view
flight in person. Information on public viewing is posted at
Flight-related radio communications from the White Knight
aircraft and SpaceShipOne may also be audible over a wide
nothing to do with
named Sonora Smart Dodd. One Sunday morning in May of 1909, Dodd was
sitting in church in Spokane, Washington listening to a Mother's Day
sermon. Mother's Day was still a fairly new idea at the time, but it
was catching on quickly all across the United States. Dodd was a mother
herself, so she liked the idea of Mother's Day, but she and all her
siblings had been raised by her father after her mother died in
childbirth. She thought fathers should get recognition too.
She decided to ask the minister at her church if he could deliver a
sermon honoring fathers on her father's birthday, which was coming up
in June. The minister agreed, and the tradition of observing Father's
Day caught on, though not quite as quickly as the tradition of Mother's
Day. Mother's Day became an official holiday in 1914, but Father's Day
wasn't officially recognized until 1972.
Fathers in the United States often get the shorter end of the stick.
Mother's Day is the busiest day of the year for florists, restaurants,
and long distance phone companies. Father's day is the day on which the
most collect phone calls are made.
Robert Frost said, "You don't have to deserve your mother's love. You
have to deserve your father's. He's more particular."
Saturday, June 19, 2004
Verduners to communicate with each other but it can also provide some good
to the communities in which we now live. I suggest that we use the power of the
internet to combat heinous crime in our community beginning with the recent
murder and dismemberment of Holly Jones in Toronto. The ISP's say they are not
responsible to inform police when customers are using the internet to access
pornographic web-sites but was as private citizens are responsible and in fact
can be charged by Police if we know of crimes and do not report same. I say we
begin by sending our respective ISP a message telling them we support Police and
they should/must report such conduct. There is a huge difference between looking
at adult photographs than child photos. This is not an invasion of
privacy on the law abiding user, it is catching those people and stopping child
10 year old female who was recently murdered by a middle aged man who was
addicted to child pornography. He spent hours looking at such sites then one
night grabbed this young child who was on her way home off the street, sexually
assaulted her, murdered her and dismembered her body, a gruesome crime. The
internet service providers say they have no responsibility to identify such
web-site users. This activity is illegal no matter where we live
ISP's should report these people let your ISP know. Maybe Verduners can bring
some social good to our communities
Friday, June 18, 2004
express our feelings today
fed up, it's June already, what about July, still the same, mosquitoes are huge,
more to come, enough is enough
has been the worst since October 2003 and there is no sign it will get any
better. I surely hope things are better in good ole Verdun
Wednesday, June 16, 2004
Monday, June 14, 2004
I was fortunate to see him two years ago at the Irishman of the Year dance. And I was grateful.
Well here on earth we will miss you, up in heaven their having a great party just listening
to your songs and stories.
Sunday, June 13, 2004
Friday, June 11, 2004
I hate hoax warnings, but this one is important.
Please send this to everyone on your e-mail list.
If a man comes to your front door and says he is conducting a survey
and asks you to show him your ass,
DO NOT show him your ass.
This is a scam. He only wants to see your ass.
I wish I'd gotten this yesterday. I feel so stupid and cheap.
Thursday, June 10, 2004
Wednesday, June 9, 2004
Friday, June 4, 2004
Thursday, June 3, 2004
who want to be. I heard that saying many times when I was a child on
2nd Ave. There is some interesting history about that rock. I believe
it was moved some distance away from its original location to build
the foot of Victoria Bridge. Apparently the Irish bridge workers
discovered this once forgotten memorial stone, and demanded the city
relocate the stone rather than discarding it as was intended. As long
as I lived in Verdun I never went to see it, but when I next visit,
this will be one occasion I will not forget to say a prayer for the
Irish families from the Emerald Isle who died by the thousands in
makeshift hospitals (shacks) near the waterfront. I would not be here
had my grandmother and her family died of this terrible illness after
disembarking in Montreal in the 1800s.
- Irish saying
Wednesday, June 2, 2004
Tuesday, June 1, 2004