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Only two Canadian CEO’s sign OPEN LETTER TO THE UNITED NATIONS CONVENTION ON Lethal Autonomous Weapon Systems.

Only two Canadian CEO’s sign OPEN LETTER TO THE UNITED NATIONS CONVENTION ON Lethal Autonomous Weapon Systems.

Ryan Gariepy, founder & CTO, Clearpath Robotics, found & CTO of OTTO Motors, Canada.

Yoshua Bengio, founder of Element AI & Montreal Institute for Learning Algorithms, Canada.

Part of the text,

Lethal autonomous weapons threaten to become the third revolution in warfare. Once developed, they will permit armed conflict to be fought at a scale greater than ever, and at timescales faster than humans can comprehend. These can be weapons of terror, weapons that despots and terrorists use against innocent populations, and weapons hacked to behave in undesirable ways. We do not have long to act. Once this Pandora’s box is opened, it will be hard to close. We therefore implore the High Contracting Parties to find a way to protect us all from these dangers.


Dundas St. W. & the Vesvuio pizza buildings

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World Humanitarian Day 19 August, #NotATarget


A Yemeni child looks at the remains of a destroyed house A Yemeni child looks at the remains of a destroyed house. ©UNICEF/Yemen/2015/Nabeel Al-Wazeer

World Humanitarian Day (WHD) is held every year on 19 August to pay tribute to aid workers who risk their lives in humanitarian service, and to rally support for people affected by crises around the world.

2017 WHD campaign: #NotATarget
Around the world, conflict is exacting a massive toll on people’s lives. Trapped in wars that are not of their making, millions of civilians are forced to hide or run for their lives. Children are taken out of school, families are displaced from their homes, and communities are torn apart, while the world is not doing enough to stop their suffering. At the same time, health and aid workers – who risk their lives to care for people affected by violence – are increasingly being targeted.

For WHD 2017, humanitarian partners are coming together to reaffirm that civilians caught in conflict are #NotATarget. Through a global online campaign featuring an innovative partnership with Facebook Live, together with events held around the world, we will raise our voices to advocate for those most vulnerable in war zones, and demand that world leaders do everything their power to protect civilians in conflict.

This campaign follows on the UN Secretary-General’s report on protection of civilians, which was launched earlier this year. Laying out his ‘path to protection’, the Secretary-General calls for enhanced respect for international humanitarian and human rights law, and protection of civilians, including humanitarian and medical workers as well as civilian infrastructure.

City of Toronto schedule tree pit fees paid to city Road contractors




Cost to including construct complete, including but not limited to the supply and placement of all materials such as concrete, rebar, triple mix topsoil, as per the latest City standard specifications, labour, tree protection, traffic control and pedestrian protection precast concrete covers.

Tree pit 1.2m x 2.4m where there is no tree…………2,500.00

each Tree pit 1.2m x 2.4m where there is an existing tree (hand excavation) ……..3,000.00

MetroLink’s issues in the junction triangle meeting August 30

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Playground sand used in Toronto Parks, what is it? And contracts awarded, Hospital for Sick Kids, sand & wood chip study.



City of Toronto’s Parks, Forestry & Recreation Division and what you don’t one year contract to Hutcheson Sand & Mixs for the amount of $144,650.00 (contract 3920-17-0084), effective April 1, 2017 to March 31, 2018 with the option to renew the Contract for two (2) additional separate one (1) year periods,

Playground Sand is an important part of the most playgrounds in the Junctions, well used by children for play and exploration, the quality of the standards of the and it’s long-term play and safety characteristics, those in by the city should be no one by the each community. Below is the text from the winning better for the city of Toronto explaining the quality of their sand.

It has been said that all sands are the same. Nothing could be further from the truth…
Worldwide statistics indicate that 55%-75% of all playground injuries result from falls onto non-compliant compacted surfaces from adjacent play structures. The purpose of the protective safety surfacing is to reduce the number of injuries over-all and to protect children from life-threatening or debilitating injuries.
Hutcheson CSA Compliant Granite Playground Sand is an exceptional protective safety surfacing material created with the safety of children in mind. It is our goal to provide all customers with an economical protective surfacing material that continues to meet or exceed CSA standards and has excellent play value for kids of every age.



Hutcheson’s Canadian Standards Association (CSA) Compliant Granite Playground Sand is tested in accordance with ASTM F355, ASTM F1292, CAN/CSA Z614 specifications. Surface impact attenuation tests have been performed by independent consultants for ten years since initial installation and our Granite Playground Sand has continued to meet or exceed the CSA standards in dry, wet or frozen environmental conditions, without requiring rototilling.




In December 2009, The Hospital for Sick Kids, Toronto, published the results of a multiyear study titled, “School Playground Surfacing And Arm Fractures In Children: A Cluster Randomized Trial Comparing Sand to Wood Chip Surfaces” *. The findings of this real-world study indicated that granite sand surfaces substantially reduce the risk of arm fractures and other injuries caused by falls from playground equipment when compared with wood fiber surfaces. Subsequently, in the fall of 2010, independent surface impact tests were performed on two playgrounds that have had Hutcheson’s protective surfacing product installed for 10 years and have never been rototilled. These tests indicated that our granitic sand retained its CSA Compliance despite the lack of maintenance over ten years, even when the drop height of the load cell significantly exceeded the fall height of the play equipment.



PLOS Medicine Study – Further Reading
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Link to The Hospital for Sick Kids study here

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Contract number: 47020602
Date awarded: April 27, 2017
Client division: Parks, Forestry & Recreation

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Canada’s Senate Comm, on trade & banking wants to create a 7000 km transportation Corridor in Canada’s north, what?

Living in the Juntion you ate in the wonderful position of living within shouting distance of Canada’s first national transportation effort to tie the Canada together. The CP rail line traveling through the Junction is the major component of the first linking of the country with technology.

Now the Canadian Senate is proposing a new transportation linkage to span the country. The opening up, and creating a greater ease of access to Canada’s Northern lands, is a wonderful goal. However developing this goal with business and commerce as the primary reason as the Sente reportdoes, will fail for our country, opening up Canada’s northern lands provides all Canadians the great opportunity discover and create new societal and naturally sustainable, communites for living.

Senate text below,

Ottawa – A 7,000-kilometre transportation corridor across Canada’s North will have as revolutionary an impact on today’s Canadian economy as the coast-to-coast railway did in the 1800s, the Senate Committee on Banking Trade and Commerce concludes in a report released Wednesday.

The report, called National Corridor: Enhancing and Facilitating Commerce and Internal Trade, calls for the construction of an east-west corridor through Canada’s northern regions, which would unlock significant economic opportunities. The idea is to establish a right-of-way that would accommodate highways, railways, pipelines as well as electrical transmission and communications networks. The new national corridor would tie into existing infrastructure in southern Canada like the Trans-Canada Highway and the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway.

click the full-size a link to the complete report is lower down in this post.

The Senate committee urges the federal government to take a leadership role in building a national corridor, starting with a $5-million grant to the University of Calgary’s School of Public Policy and the Montreal-based Center for Interuniversity Research and Analysis of Organizations for their research program on such a corridor.

The corridor will help Canada diversify its foreign markets by allowing companies to ship their goods to tidewater ports in the North. It will also spur economic growth, new job creation and provide benefits to Indigenous peoples and other northern residents.

Because the proposed national corridor would cross the traditional territories of a large number of Indigenous communities, the government must ensure they are actively involved from the beginning, the committee said. Their involvement in the corridor will be fundamental to its successful development. In particular, the committee met with the First Nations Major Projects Coalition and the First Nations Financial Management Board whose work has informed this study to a vast degree.

This bold and innovative project would create countless employment and economic opportunities for Indigenous communities, including through construction jobs, supplying builders and the acquisition of equity stakes in infrastructure projects.

Other potential benefits of a national corridor include decreased traffic on southern highways and railways. A corridor would also help Canada assert its Arctic sovereignty.

Quick Facts

Inadequate east-west transportation infrastructure limits the extent to which Canada can access tidewater in order to export goods.

There is a lack of ports and routes in Canada’s North that could be used to ship goods abroad.

A 7,000-kilometre coast-to-coast corridor through the North could open up ports in Canada’s northern regions.

Asia and Europe are growing in importance in terms of markets for Canadian exports; improved access to tidewater would make those markets more accessible.

“Not since Sir John A. Macdonald’s National Policy in the 1870s has Canada had such an opportunity to build such a monumental infrastructure project with the potential to transform the country’s economy. As Canada looks forward to its next 150 years, a national corridor is the kind of infrastructure it will need to tap into new foreign markets.”

– Senator David Tkachuk, Chair of the committee

“The proposed national corridor is a visionary project that could unlock extraordinary economic potential. A national corridor would greatly help facilitate internal trade as well as increase access to foreign markets in Asia and Europe, which is exactly what our great country needs.”


Port Hope Annual Antique Machinery Show, August 12th and 13th between 10:00 am –3:00 pm.

26th Annual Antique Machinery Show/Vintage Snowmobile Show & Swap

The Hope Agriculture Heritage Club is having its

26th Annual Antique Machinery Show and joining us is

Vintage Snowmobile Show & Swap


August 12th and 13th between 10:00 am –3:00 pm.

Taking place on the outskirts of Port Hope on the north-west corner of Highway 28 at Dale Road,

or 3090 County Road 28, The field is great for public viewing as well as a day out!

Admission is just at $5 with 12 and under free.

This year’s addition of

1st Annual Wheat Field Rendezvous Vintage Snowmobile Show & Swap Meet will add many more things to touch and see. Sorry we will not having snow to operate these old timers, but I am sure they will start and purr just like they did 50 years ago.

So come out with the family and enjoy tractor pulls, lawnmower pulls, games, lunch, and much more!

Of the show, one of the executive who has been with the show many years, Barry “The Bare”, has said that “This show offers something for all ages; nostalgia weekend for seniors, learning experience for those under 80 and a walk down memory lane for all. Kids can see and do and touch and experience the past.”

Exhibitors Welcome! Call Dan Lovshin at (905) 377-1348

Flea market both days! All vendors wanted and only $10 for a large space! Call Jack Malfait (905)-372-6308

Tentative Schedule


7:00 Gates Open

8:00 Registration/Breakfast

10:00 Lawn Mower/Garden Tractor Pulls (Pull area)

10:30 to 3:00 Continuous Tractor wagon rides of area / Wagon rides to Plowing Demo

11: 00 to 2:00 Judging: Tractors & Machinery

Best Restored Tractor, Best Original Tractor, Best Odd Ball/Unique Machinery, Best Restored Garden Tractor/Lawn Mower, Judges Favorite, Best Antique Cars/Trucks/Bike, Best Engines/Other, Best Restored Farm Equipment [Non-Tractor]

NOTE: Snowmobiles etc will be judged over the weekend as they do not go very far in wheat.

Best Antique – 1960 & Older
Best Vintage – 1975 & Older
Best Classic – 1995 & Older
Best Survivor (un-restored, 100% original)
11:30 Shingle Mill Demonstration

1:00 Grain Binding Demo

2:30 Shingle Mill Demonstration

3:30 Parade


9:00 Gates Open

10:00 Arena Games

10:00 Continuous Tractor wagon rides of area to Plowing Demo

11:00 Grain Binding Demo

11:00 Shingle Mill Demonstration

11:30 Plowing Demo (Wagon ride to field)

12:00 Lawn Mower Pulls Registration

12:30 Parade

1:00 Grain Binding Demo

1:00 Lawn Mower/Garden Tractor FUN Pulls

1:30 Shingle Mill Demonstration

1:30 Arena Games

2:00 Dyno meter…Test your horse power. Contact Office

2:00 SNOWMOBILES etc trophy presentation

3:00 Tractor/ Machinery Trophy Presentation/ $150 draw awarded.

Hope to see you there

Alliston Potato Festival this weekend.

The Alliston Potato Festival Committee and the ABIA have put together a fun filled weekend for all to enjoy. This is truly a community event with something for everyone from the very young to the very young at heart. Victoria Street and the fairgrounds will keep you hopping all weekend long. Enjoy the Free Shuttle Bus that runs from the fairgrounds to Victoria Street on Saturday, August 12th from 10am to 5pm. We hope you make some new friends, meet up with some old friends and make some great memories. That is what our festival is all about and why people come back year after year.

1.5 hours drive from the Junction.

ARTiculations, Summer Night Paint Series | Colours Of The Night In Acrylic and Watercolour: mixing blacks without blacksTuesday August 15th 2017

Summer Night Paint Series | Colours Of The Night In Acrylic and Watercolour: mixing blacks without blacks
Tuesday August 15th 2017
6:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Price: $ 45.00 CAD

A closer look at the “dark side”, exploring low-value hues and expressing luminosity in acrylics or watercolours. Some experience in the medium of your choice is recommended.

Program Registration
All ARTiculations workshops require advance registration, unless otherwise noted. Admission to Artist Talks is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
In the event of a workshop cancellation, registrants will be notified prior to the workshop start date and a full refund will be given. Participant cancellations are not refundable within two business days of the workshop date.
Phone: call 416.901.7464 to register with Visa or Mastercard. Have your credit card number and expiry date ready.
In Person: drop by the shop and register for your favourite class with debit, credit card, cheque or cash.

Youth Registration: We require the ARTiculations Youth Registration Package to be completed for your child prior to participating in our programming. Once completed, this package is kept on file for the academic year.

Bonnie Briggs memorial service on September 10th, from 2pm- 6pm at the Holy Trinity Church, 19 Trinity Square

Bonnie Briggs, a housing activist and poet who was 64, died suddenly Friday at her Parkdale home.

Bonnie worked tirelessly on homelessness and affordable housing in Parkdale and beyond. She was a member of the Parkdale Residents Association Executive for the past 2 years; along with chairing the Tiny Houses project and as a board member of the Parkdale Neighbourhood Land Trust.

Her generosity and compassion is cherished by all the people who met and worked with her.

Gord Perks statement below.

The Passing of Parkdale Activist Bonnie Briggs

It is with a heavy heart that I share the news of the passing of Bonnie Briggs. A Parkdale resident and housing activist, she passed away in her home on Friday, August 4th, 2017.


A memorial service will be held on September 10th, from 2pm- 6pm at the Holy Trinity Church, 19 Trinity Square. Guests will be asked to bring a can of food and, if possible, to make a donation to the Daily Bread Food Bank.

ROADWAY CRACK FILLING contract awarded for the Junction and local/surrounding wards.

Work under this contract will be within the following district and wards, Junction, Mount Dennis, Rockcliffe-Smythe, 11, 12, 13 and 17.

Notes about how the work could be undertaken

…..that the work on major arterial, minor arterial, collector and some local roads shall be undertaken in the off peak periods direction only, roads like Dundas St., West

…..working hours shall be from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm

… on one side of the street at a time

…..close control must be employed to keep dust from forming and blowing

…..14 days prior to work start contractor shall notify ALL residents who will be affected by the upcoming construction

66,500 meters of repair for Arterial Streets



25,500 meters of repair for Local Streets

And 3200 meters of smaller repairs are included in this contract which includes work in wards, Wards 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 11, 12, 13 and 17

Successful bidder. and contract amount:
J. Construction Ltd. $665,700.00

J. Diiorio Construction Ltd Is an Etobicoke based business, on the companies website they was 15 Municipalities where they provide this type of service.


Iconic Ontario Place Pod 1 & 2 Interiors to go to demolition.

Scope: To decommission, abatement and demolition of all interior components of places pod no.1 and pod no.2, province to select contractor on Aug/15/2017

Info on the pods,

The Pods were first used to host a multimedia exhibition but were designed to be flexible and accommodate different functions. At the most basic level, each Pod is a three-storey box, encompassing 8,000 square feet. Designed by structures by Toronto architect Eberhard Zeidler.

Full bid info below,

Ontario Place Pod 1 & 2 Interior Demolition
Bid Date & Time:
08/15/17 11:00 AM
08/03/17 9:30 AM
Solicitation Title:
Ontario Place Pod 1 & 2 Interior Demolition Owner Solic Number:
Status: bidding
Report: 7953250 Country : Canada
State: Ont Location: Toronto
Est. Low Value: $200,000 Est. High Value: $200,000
Scope: To decommission, abatement and demolition of all interior components of places pod no.1 and pod no.2
Notes: A Mandatory site meeting will be held on August 3, 2017 at 09:30 a.m. (Toronto Time) Ontario Place Administration Building. 955 Lake Shore Blvd. West, Toronto, ON, M6K 3B9. Contact info: Diana Rosco at e-mail: or phone: 416-314-4256.
Plans: From Owner. See outside link.
Outside Link: portunityId=52420&oppList=CURRENT
Owner Type: Public

Sir Henry Pellatt Will Return To Casa Loma for First Time.

Aug 10, 1937


Sir Henry Pellatt Will Return To Casa Loma for First Time.

Sir Henry Pellatt. who twenty-six years ago, started to build Casa Loma, and has consistently refused to visit the castle since he moved away,


Sir Henry Pellatt. who twenty-six years ago, started to build Casa Loma, and has consistently refused to visit the castle since he moved away,will this Thursday be guest of honor at a luncheon to be given for him at Casa Loma by the Kiwanis Club of West Toronto, the club now operating the castle for the benefit of many under-privileged children.

The affair will be a “surprise party.” according to W. C. David-son, K.C.. Chairman of the Casa Loma Committee for the Kiwanians. “Sir Henry hasn’t the faintest idea it is going to be a luncheon in his honor,” he said. “The Kiwanis Club members know nothing of the affair, either. They think it is a regular Thurs-day meeting.”
But the cat was let out of the bag today when invitations were received by many prominent citizens who have aided the Kiwanis Club in reopening the castle. Speeches will be brief. Mr. Davidson said. Honor will be paid to Sir Henry for his vision in building the castle, which is now proving a successful show plates for tourists.

For writing essays on ‘”My Trip Through Casa Loma,” these children won prizes from the West Toronto Kiwanis Club last night. Marjory Wilson (left) named her live prize “Casa Loma,” while Arnold Stearman (right) of Uxbridge won a bicycle.
Trernendous Revenue -From Rentals and Admission Fee Predicted

Dionne quintuplets to live in the $1,700,000 Castle  for eight months in the year.

The Civic Property Committee debated the advisability yesterday of attempting to get the
Should such a scheme prove feasible, it was argued, space in the rest of the empty castle could easily be rented by the city to restaurants. shops and film companies. It was felt that no difficulty would be encountered in renting these quarters because of the hundreds of ‘thousands of tourists who would be drawn to the spot from all corners of the globe.
Hollywood Would Pay.
Hollywood film corporations, it was also believed. would be more than anxious to filth the romantic castle, and would pay enormous sums for the right to erect stage sets and offices within its interior. It was contended yesterday, in fact, that the entire project would prove to be “the greatest tourist attraction in Canada.”
Alderman Percy Quinn, who made . he original suggestion at yesterday’s ‘, meeting, was appointed as a committee of one to hold a conference with Property Commissioner Graham Bland and go into the entire matter. The two civic officials, it was further decided, should then interview the guardians of the quintuplets and report bark their find-‘ info to the Property Committee.
Advertising Value.
More than 1,000.000 persons had already gone to Callander to get a glimpse of the quints, Aldermen Quinn informed the meeting, and this enormous crowd could in future be brought to Toronto under his scheme. He believed, as well, that it would prove to he the biggest advertisement for this city that could possibly be obtained.
The Alderman even suggested that a nominal charge of 50 cents on week-days and one dollar during the week-ends and holidays could be made before any one was allowed to step inside the Casa Loma grounds. The quints would only 4tave to live in the castle for eight ‘Months of each year, he said, and would be free to return to Calender for the other four months. ‘The city, under this scheme, could make enough money in twenty years,” he argued, “to pay off the entire national debt of Canada”.