Month: April 2017

Metric Conversion

Nope, it’s not an April Fools joke. It has been more than forty years since Canada officially went Metric. April 1st, 1975, to be exact. It was on this day that Bill Lawrence presented the first metric version of our weather forecast on the 6 o’clock news. Bill was a news anchor and weatherman and well known as the host of CHCH’s “Tiny Talent Time”. On this day millimeters, centimeters, kilometers per hour replaced inches, feet and miles. For a while, both formats were used in print media and on the air. Metric was first legalized in Canada as...

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Elderberries – April 2017

“In your Easter bonnet, with all the frills upon it, you’ll be the grandest lady in the Easter parade” Ah, those were the days, Easter parades. When I first came to Canada in the 1950’s we arrived in a snow storm in early March and a heat wave in April, and we celebrated Easter by walking around Casa Loma (we couldn’t afford to go inside) and then went down to Bloor Street and watched ladies sporting Easter hats and floats going by. We had never seen anything like that before, just magical.  All of the community celebrations are the...

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Submitted by Sheri Selway Friends of the Sunset Cultural Garden, and other volunteers and residents attended the Planning Committee meeting on Tuesday March 21 to speak on behalf of the Sunset Garden in opposition to a motion that would  declare the land at Bay and Strachan surplus in order to rezone it and sell it for residential development.  (The motion can be found on the City website – Planning Committee March 21) We did not think that enough notice was given to the volunteers and to the Friends of the Garden, nor was there any discussion with the...

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 Book Club Corner – Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

by Kit Darling In March we discussed Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen. The story is told by Jacob, now in his nineties and living in a retirement home, about his experiences as a circus Vet during the Depression. Jacob finds himself penniless and an orphan after his parents die in an accident. He quits his studies as a veterinarian at Cornell, hops a train and finds himself with a seedy circus. A glimpse in to the dark side of circus life behind the tinsel. Both uplifting and tragic; a love story and a murder and with an elephant...

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Submitted by: Alexandra Sempie “Simplicity is the keynote of all true elegance,” –Coco Chanel. With the arrival of spring comes the arrival of rainy days and budding new flowers. But just because it may be damp and dreary some days doesn’t mean that your wardrobe has to match the weather. Spring is a very important time in the fashion world, designers are launching the new seasonal looks and you can wear anything you like thanks to that crazy weather of ours. Let’s take a look at what’s hot and what’s not this month. No matter the occasion or time of year, we all have that one shirt we can turn to that can make us look incredibly stylish or make us so comfortable we never want to leave the house again. This season, one of the key trends designers are giving us is the button down shirt. Button down shirts are a great way to look professional but still casual as you flaunt your stuff this spring season. Whether you choose a knee length shirtdress or pair it with jeans, the button down shirt is a great look for all you fashion loving people. Designers come up with all kinds of styles that makes us turn our heads and say ‘wow, I would have never thought of that’. Well this season, one of the most chic styles is the...

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