Wednesday, October 01, 2014

National Seniors Day

#Toronto had a flag raising ceremony at City Hall for the October 1, 2014 day of honour for the older generation. Some mayoral candidates dropped by and made small speeches for the media and members of the Canadian Association of Retired Persons (CARP). Moses Znaimer, President of CARP, above, also has some words to say in support of seniors and their ability to vote.
Doug Ford said stuff like Seniors are low maintenance voters
Olivia Chow again reminded us that she is an immigrant
John Tory had a smooth speech and listens to his mother, a senior he pointed out

World Press Photo 2014

Some powerful and heart breaking photos are in the annual press photography contest displayed in Brookfield Place at 181 Bay Street in Toronto. The traveling photo exhibit is free to visit and will be in Allen Lambert Galleria from September 30 to October 21. William Daniels photo for Time shows the results of violence in the Central African Republic, above.
World Press Photo of the Year 2013 by John Stanmeyer for National Geographic

"For over 55 years the World Press Photo contest has encouraged the highest standards in photojournalism. The contest creates a bridge linking the professionals with the general public. As the announcement of the winners makes headlines around the world, so the inspirational role of photojournalism is highlighted to an audience of hundreds of millions. All the prize-winning photographs are assembled into an exhibition that travels to 45 countries over the course of a year, and published in our yearbook. Over two million people go to a hundred different venues to see the images, and our yearbook is published in seven languages and distributed worldwide."
Blind albino boys photographed by Brent Stirton for Getty Images
A Syrian rebel makes bombs by Moises Saman, Magnum Phots for Wired
Steve Winter documents cougars for National Geographic
John Tlumacki of the Boston Globe captures some of the horror and confusion from the Boston Marathon bombing

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Fall in Muskoka and Haliburton

The lure of a northern getaway brings thousands up into cottage country and as the season winds down, the trees change colour as the days become shorter and colder.
Two lane highways spread out from the major Highways show rock cuts and slashes through forest show sentries of brilliant trees standing tall just beyond the shoulder.
There has been lots of rain up north and the creeks and rivers are running fast

See more of the Fall season after the jump.

Thursday, September 25, 2014


Shuffling down Yonge Street in #Toronto was a horrifying zombie horde. Then mixed in with theses regular commuters walking to work were the undead! I couldn't immediately tell which set were scarier, but then I noticed that some of the undead were clowns and ran screaming into the Eaton Centre.
When I stopped at Nathan Phillips Square I found some of the zombies and thought that they were promoting the upcoming Toronto Zombie Walk scheduled for Saturday, October 25, 2014. Don't forget that the Zombie Walk is in need of additional funding. "The Toronto Zombie Walk and Halloween Parade is the largest free Halloween event in Toronto. The event is run by a small group of volunteers, who spend their whole year raising the dead and money to support this event and keep it free and inclusive. With it's continued growth costs have gone up exponentially. Despite continued fundraising activities, searches to find sponsors, and grant applications the Toronto Zombie Walk is still $7000 under budget and has only 6 weeks to raise the total funds for the event."
Asking a zombie what they were promoting I was told it was for the Halloween Haunt at Canada's Wonderland.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Fall colour change 2014

Nothing better than a beautiful first day of Fall - sunny and very comfortable outside, with a splash of colour spread throughout the forests and urban foliage. This week is supposed to continue sunny and with pleasant temperatures in the 20s which is a perfect time to spend outside looking at trees.
Fall fair season is in full swing and we plan on attending the Erin Fair during Thanksgiving weekend. One of the highlights of Erin's entertainment schedule is the Sunday, October 12 Demolition Derby at 6:30 pm.
This weekend will hopefully include a trip up to Haliburton area. Have fun in the sun everyone.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Smoke over the Fair

You can feel the 4x4 pickups trucks wind up their engines after the vehicles are hitched to the sledge, like a husky hitched to a dog sled, the exhaust goes from a slight grey puff of smoke to a thick black cloud that casts a shadow over a big part of the truck pulling area.
Sunday's Highway Truck Pull was cancelled during the morning's torrential downpour. But after borrowing a pump from the fire department the volunteers moved the water off the track and with an hour and a half delay the pulling began again with some Antique Tractor Pulls, which also included the steam tractor.
The Diesel Doctor is a big participant to the 4x4 Truck pulls and many of the trucks have really excessive smoke problems. Ordinarily this would be annoying, you know the earth and all, but during the truck pulls the billowing pillars of black shooting out of the chrome exhaust pipes make the show much more exciting.

At the Acton Agricultural Society Fall Fair 2014 the Sunday gates looked a little slow in the morning as visitors kept out of the rain and many avoided the rides. But after the rain, the sun came out and warmed up and the people returned to the fair.

A Fair at night

The 2014 Acton Agricultural Society Fall Fair continues its tradition of 4H, homecraft, thrills and entertainment along with the infamous beer tent - Spot in the Park. The Albion Amusements midway is a colourful explosion of light located right beside the alley of amusement games which in turn leads past the Spot in the Park and into the areas where cows and farm animals dwell - all contained within Prospect Park. The three-day weekend fair takes place from September 19-21.

On Saturday the track was noisy with tractor pulls as the standard and modified lawn and garden tractors pulled the Giant Tiger sponsored sledge, while Mary called out the play by play. On Sunday the highway truck pull starts at 11 am and the 4x4 truck pull starts at 1:30 pm.
Saturday started great with a nice parade through town and the sun warmed the day up, considerably more than earlier in the week. Unfortunately when we went to the fair later in the evening we found that the park was in lock down, pictured below. Two children were missing and they wouldn't let anyone in the park for probably and hour or two as they scoured the grounds.
People driving to the park to take advantage of the on site paid parking found their way barred and were turned away. Visitors wait on the street outside the fair entrance waiting to see if they could eventually get into the fair
Everything ended okay as the children had walked home on their own, much to the relief of the parents and concerned community. As we waited outside the gates it also started to rain. The lock down and the rain kept a lot of the evening crowds away.  Luckily it will only thunderstorm until late Sunday morning before falling into a steady downpour of rain during the rest of the day, so get out there with your umbrella and enjoy the day.
Waiting for the last tractor pull as the rain falls down on a sparse grandstand

See more lights and pulls after the jump.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Steam Tractor in the Acton Fall Fair Parade

A Sawyer Massey blows off some steam in Acton during the 2014 Fall Fair Parade. The event started out with the Halton Hills police and fire departments leading the floats and bands down Mill Street on Saturday, September 20, 2014.

See more of the parade after the jump.

Sunflowers on University Avenue

Slim sunflower stalks grow high along the island oasis in the middle of #Toronto's wide and divided roadway leading north to Queen's Park. As the sunflowers mature, their bulbous heads fill with seeds in the middle of a halo of bright yellow petals. Soon the growing weight will cause the flowers to bend towards the ground and the long plants will seem sad and droopy.
looking south from just north of Queen Street West

Friday, September 19, 2014

Gymnasts in the square

A trio of jumpers work the trampoline and put on a show at @YDsquare during a recent promotion for Dormeo mattresses. The mid day event on September 18, 2014 also featured free servings of Gourmet Gringos food truck tacos.

An aerial silk performer hangs near the stage. 

Doors Open

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Lake Ontario

Nathan Phillips Square