Archive for January, 2020

St Lawerence Market North market construction photo update Jan 27 2020

2009 Jan 31st, Junction Train platform winter carnival photos. | Skating rink, free hot chocolate and hot dogs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lakeshore Blvd west public washroom, is simply closed for two may mths.

 

 

 

 

 

 

20-minute time period costing 25 cents,  The unit is self-cleaning, city maintenance workers however visit the toilet for cleaning and inspection, during the operating session.

 

No not really.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lancaster bomber plaque on the lakeshore boardwalk, south of the Exhibition Princess Gates.

 

 

 

 

Sarah Doucette on her Political Career, February 6, 2020 7 p.m.

 

Join the WTHS for a Q&A with the former City Councillor and our Vice President Rebecca Holland.

Sarah will reflect on the major issues during her terms, being a woman in politics, and the impact of Bill 25 on her work, and on our neighbourhood and our city.

 

Sarah Doucette on her Political Career, February 6, 2020

7 p.m.

Social Time begins at 6:30 pm

Annette Street Library

Gardiner Expressway Thursday Jan/30 with section removed before weekend installation of new deck by crane.

Gardiner Expressway Thursday Jan/30 with section removed(area of sky visable) before weekend installation of new deck by crane.

Parliament St and Lakeshore Blvd East looking west and up.

 

Canada gains modest improvement in democracy score in 2019, While the US, which fell below the threshold for a “full democracy”

 

Canada gains modest improvement in democracy score in 2019, while  in 2019 the average global score fell from 5.48 in 2018 to 5.44. On a 0-10 scale stated in the Economist Intelligence Unit’s Democracy Index 2019 | a index started in 2006.

While the US, which fell below the threshold for a “full democracy” in 2016 owing to a further decline in public trust in US.

 

all text below the Economist Intelligence Unit’s Democracy Index 2019, highlighting this blog.

Support for democracy remains firm in Canada, despite political fragmentation Canada has scored consistently well in the Democracy Index, thanks to its history of stable, democratic government. Canada has always ranked among the top ten countries; it slipped one place to seventh place in the 2019 ranking, but this was due to improvements in other countries.

Of the index’s five categories,

 

Canada scores particularly highly for the electoral process and pluralism (9.58)

and the functioning of government (9.64) categories,

as well as for civil liberties (9.71).

The Canadian state actively promotes religious tolerance, which is important given Canada’s large French-speaking and native minorities. Although some tensions remain, government and businesses regularly seek permission from First Nations communities for land and natural resource development projects. All Canadians enjoy equality under the law.

 

Canada maintains a democratic advantage vis-à-vis the US in a number of areas. Federal and provincial governments compete over the allocation of resources, most recently over the nationalisation of a crude-oil pipeline project in western Canada.

Nonetheless, federal-provincial tensions have eased in recent years as the separatist threat from French-speaking Quebec has receded. A new conservative party, Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ), was swept to power in the 2018 provincial elections on promises to remain within Canada, which has all but eliminated secessionist concerns.

Canada receives a higher score than the US on several indicators,

 

including political power

 

and the influence of interest groups.

 

Canada’s score for political culture improved in the 2019 rankings, as voter turnout remained reasonably high in the 2019 federal elections, at 66%, despite rising public frustration with political parties.

The reputation of the prime minister and leader of the Liberal Party, Justin Trudeau, was tarnished by a political influence scandal in 2019, while the leader of the opposition Conservatives, Andrew Scheer, resigned in late 2019 after failing to connect with voters. Despite this, Canadians’ attachment to the democratic process remains firm. There is scope for improvement in political participation, as disengagement from politics is evident, although this is a problem shared by many developed nations.

Disengagement finds expression in relatively poor voter turnout, low membership of political parties and a general lack of political engagement by international standards. Canada scores poorly here, at 7.78, which is on a par with the US, Australia and Switzerland but behind many of its other peers in western Europe.

Canada’s score for civil liberties declined slightly in the 2019 index, reflecting its Holocaust denial, hate speech and libel laws, which impair the country’s strong tradition of support for freedom of speech. However, Canada’s score remains near-perfect, and above that of the US, in the civil liberties category.

How the Economist Intelligence Unit’s Democracy Index 2019 defines Full and Flawed democracies.

Full democracies: Countries in which not only basic political freedoms and civil liberties are respected, but which also tend to be underpinned by a political culture conducive to the flourishing of democracy. The functioning of government is satisfactory. Media are independent and diverse. There is an effective system of checks and balances. The judiciary is independent and judicial decisions are enforced. There are only limited problems in the functioning of democracies.

Flawed democracies: These countries also have free and fair elections and, even if there are problems (such as infringements on media freedom), basic civil liberties are respected. However, there are significant weaknesses in other aspects of democracy, including problems in governance, an underdeveloped political culture and low levels of political participation.

March 1920 G.T.R to build new building next to the West Toronto Station

March 1920: The has been directed by the
Board of Railway Commissioners’ order
Feb. 9, to construct a building,
at least 76 x 30 ft., at a point 100 ft.
west of the station at West Toronto,
Ont., for the Canadian Ex. Co.

A sheltered platform, at least ’50 ft. wide is to
be provided at the east end of the building,
for empty trucks, and the work completed
by Aug. 31. (source: Railway and Marine World)

Canadian Pacific Railway is joining the Nature Conservancy of Canada in support of the Jim Prentice Wildlife Corridor. 

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Jim Prentice Wildlife Corridor receives support from Canadian Pacific Railway

Canadian Pacific Railway is joining the Nature Conservancy of Canada in support of the Jim Prentice Wildlife Corridor.
PHOTO BY BRENT CALVER

Canadian Pacific (CP) is joining the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) in support of a critical wildlife corridor through the Crowsnest Pass.

The Jim Prentice Wildlife Corridor is located between Crowsnest Lake and the town of Coleman.

It will connect Crown forest reserve lands in the north to the Castle parks network (consisting of Castle Provincial Park and Castle Wildland Provincial Park), as well as to Waterton Lakes National Park and Glacier National Park to the south.

“The Jim Prentice Wildlife Corridor is the accumulation of many years of work in the Crowsnest Pass and is a major conservation achievement,” Nature Conservancy of Canada regional vice-president Bob Demulder said. “This natural link between protected spaces has been a priority for conservation organizations for decades.

CP is providing $500,000 to help conserve and steward lands within the targeted corridor and will be the presenting sponsor of several key community events being held to raise awareness for the corridor.

Announced in October 2018, the Jim Prentice Wildlife Corridor will create a network of conservation lands across Highway 3 in an area that naturally funnels wildlife movement north and south through the Rocky Mountains.

This corridor is named after the former Alberta Premier Jim Prentice, who was an active supporter of conservation, including NCC’s work, both during his time as premier of Alberta and as minister of the environment with the government of Canada.

Since the launch of the campaign to conserve the wildlife corridor, NCC has seen a very positive response from the community and from caring supporters of the project.

To date, NCC has conserved more than 80 per cent of the target lands within the corridor area. NCC is in discussion with the remaining land owners and hopes to conserve the final properties in 2020.

CP’s funding will also be used to conduct research, which will begin in 2020, on wildlife movement across the Jim Prentice Wildlife Corridor.

This research will use cameras to capture photos of wildlife using the corridor so we are able to better understand which species are moving through the area, and gather important information on the timing of their crossings.

This is a project of international significance, as conserving a wildlife corridor through the Crowsnest Pass will benefit wildlife travelling through the Rocky Mountains in Canada and the United States.

This natural link between protected spaces has been a priority for conservation organizations for decades.

 

Grease nibble on pipe in pipe swinging passgate, nice

Squeaking and screeching iscariot common problem with pipe in another pipe swinging gates. Most are without a grease nibble to inject a thick lubricant, here a grease nibble has been provided, eliminating the squeaking and screeching.