Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Random, disconnected things

I have been thinking about the old Fire Hall on Sherbrook St and it's impending demolition. I had seen the building when the City first declared it surplus and offered it for sale.. I seem to recall that in the "package" we received we were informed that the exterior was "historic" and we'd need to apply for "permission" to alter it. That's pretty neat. If I had purchased it I'd have to ask for some pin head's ok to alter the facade, but that protection is pretty worthless if a group like Lion's , (who can't even fill the building they have, let alone start buying up a fire hall, two vacant lots and three 100+ year old homes), can simply knock it down. For all the "green" talk, re purposing a historic building is something that seems too difficult for Lion's, the one time "housing machine" of West Broadway. (For photos I defer to West End Dumplings post... I thought I saw Mr. C walking down Portage with his camera and knew he was either there, or at the old National Typewriter Building, so I didn't bother shooting any pics)
http://westenddumplings.blogspot.com/2011/10/winnipeg-building-demolition-derby_11.html
Speaking of which... the old National Typewriter Building is applying to be razed too. Given that this isn't a terribly remarkable building, I suppose saving the facade is more than could be expected.
Now we've glossed over a couple of old buildings, let's get to one a bit newer... the old airport terminal. Given that "Modern" architecture is also called "toilet bowl" architecture, I was a bit surprised to see Jordan Van Sewell on CTV news (no name accredited to his smiling mug), as a part of some sort of heritage committee wanting to stop the impending demo. Now really. This is a purpose built building, adjacent to an area that requires security, and frankly, it's fugly. I'm not sure what the artsy Van Sewell has in mind for the old terminal, but he can pay for it if he wants to. Submit a redevelopment application Jordy, it can be a really big artist's loft space.

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Watching the Evening news there was a report about Canada helping Libya out, assisting in helping find WMD's or something. I noticed the flag made by the local Tripoli elementary school grade three class hanging in the back ground.
Canada's Minister of Foreign Affairs John Baird meets with Libya's National Transitional Council (NTC) Chairman Mustafa Abdel Jalil (not shown) in Tripoli, Libya on Tuesday, October 11, 2011. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick Could also be John Baird made that flag on the plane flight over. Nice... How much money is this costing us? Think we could get them a flag of ours to fly? Pathetic.
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Out in the RM where the cottage is, the State of Emergency continues, as well as the mandatory evacuation. The lake is going down, the dikes are completed, and we're kept from our property. Some of the cottage owners are talking about lawyers... this seems to be an abuse, or at least a over reach of the Emergency Measures Act. Did you know that property rights are not enshrined in our constitution? THAT should bother everyone, but we're Canadians... we've been taught to just take it. Two and a half months after being told it would take Water Stewardship a month to let me know about my claim... silence, aside from ANOTHER form in the mail to fill out again from MASC. I'm waiting for someone to call and say, "You've been denied because you've filled out too many claim forms. This will be fifth one I think.
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The Black Rod had an interesting post on Selinger and the on going relationship with Tom Simms.
http://blackrod.blogspot.com/2011/10/spilling-beans-on-selinger-where-he.html  I found it interesting that Simms was connected to numerous "ventures" that received Crocus $$$ while Greg was Finance Minister and in charge of Crocus, or at least responsible for it. Incredible that no PC's figured that out years ago.
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I simply do not understand the on going and escalating violence in our City. My wife continues to ask ,"What is wrong with people?". I got no answers.
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I'm always a bit put out when I get letters from a certain City Department threatening to break into a building to do an "inspection". I respond, citing their own by-law and ask them to clarify where they get the idea they can enter a secured building... and never get a response to the question. Seems someday we're going to have to find someone willing to sue them, or at least report the B & E to the WPS. This particular department seems very busy doing a lot of paper shuffling. Maybe these guys could actually go up and down back lanes  looking for real infractions  instead of "following up" on people they had in their sights and couldn't actually "nail them" with anything. I got a list of places they could visit, as does Rae from "A Day in the Hood".  http://adayinthehood.blogspot.com/2011/10/update-on-house-falling-in-on-itself.html
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An e-mail to 311, (never call, with an e-mail you have it in writing... all the stupidity), about a few toilets in the lane leads to the operator telling us they'll be picked up on Friday. Friday comes and goes, and the toilets are still there. A follow up e-mail has someone else telling us that the refuse won't be picked up because it's construction debris and a by-law officer would have to do an investigation. What exactly will this By-law officer be able to tell from the toilet bowls? Will he lift the lid and take a swab? Check for finger prints? Will he take a piss in the bowl? How retarded is this system? Maybe we should inundate them with complaints and give them something to do.
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Steve Jobs passed away, and while I think he was innovative and a genius in his field, to liken him to Edison would probably be insulting since Edison was more of a patent scammer and an inventor who stole others ideas than a true inventor. Likening him to Princess Di was just... stupid. Mr. Jobs will be missed by the techno world. He put the world in our hands.
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European financial melt down. When should I buy Euros?
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A fence along the 49th parallel, apparently necessary to prevent terrorists from crossing over the border to the US from Canada. Just how many terrorists slide across the border? Don't know, but remember 9/11! Oh ya, they didn't come through Canada as first suggested, BUT we need a secure border! (Or THEY do). This is a cash cow for the Homeland Security Department, nothing more.
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Sharon Carstairs is retiring from retirement in the Senate. I remember Sharon when she was a Liberal in Manitoba, back when Liberals were a party in Manitoba. She yammered about a triple E Senate. I was never sure how she'd accomplish that from the inside of that "house".
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I remember our illustrious Police Chief giving an interview some time ago where he said that crime is down, and that citizens should be less concerned... basically insinuating that the media is hyping up the escalating violence and things are getting better. http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/wfptv/news/local-news/chief-mccaskill-responds-to-latest-crime-stats-125967298.html Later in the interview he was concerned about the increase in violent attacks on Police officers.
Is he too stupid to connect the dots, or are we? Violence against officers is up and citizens are supposed to believe violence towards other unarmed people without guns and tasers is down? Ummm.... OK Chief.
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Discreet Boutique is closing blaming agressive pan handlers for threatening customers. Mayor Katz was over heard saying, "You're wrong!"

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