Category Archives: Announcements

Douglas Snow Aquatic Centre failed to open as scheduled

Douglas Snow Aquatic Centre in North York has been closed for “state of good repairs” since the beginning of September.  They were scheduled to have all work complete by “Dec 31 2012”.  We stopped in today with high-hopes that our long missed Wednesday morning pre-school swim time would be operational and it wasn’t.  Work-men were still in the pool area.  Equipment could be seen being moved around.  The work fence and signage was still up outside.  The pool was empty.

The recreation assistant we spoke to could only say it’ll be “soon”.  Lessons are set to start on Saturday, and it’s my understanding it takes two and a half days to fill the pool… if I were you I’d expect phone calls from Parks & Rec telling you your first week of lessons (at least) will be postponed 😦

Update: Jan 3 — we received our phone call today tell us swim lessons would be postponed a week with a credit given to our parks & rec account (they can’t extend the lessons due to March Break schedules).  For me information call Mrs Bain @ 416-395-7593.

Honestly, I had near zero expectation that a construction project for a government entity would ever be completed on time.  Here’s hoping it was at least done on budget.

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Toronto Circus Performances November 2012

If you’re interested in being entertained, surprised, and/or delighted this month in Toronto, check out the following options.

  • Cirque Eloize’s iD is in town this weekend only at the Sony Centre (Video Preview)
  • Cirque du Soleil’s Amaluna finishes it’s Toronto run this weekend as well.  If you haven’t seen this superb show yet, see if you can still find a seat before it leaves town forever.  Viktor Kee’s Lizard, Lara Jacob’s Balance Goddess, and many other unforgettable acts await you.
  • Circus Orange will be lighting this up at Illuminite in a free show for the tree lighting at Yonge & Dundas Square on November 10.  The ‘Winterfest’ Downtown Yonge BIA will also be hosting many Buskers over the holiday shopping period as well.
  • Cirque Sublime will be doing a free show at the Brookfield Place (formerly BCE place – 181 Bay Street) in the Allen Lambert Galleria Nov 15 at 5pm-7pm in support of the Starlight Children’s Foundation Lighting Ceremony and Fundraiser.
  • Cirque Sublime (at least the Cube Act) will be performing again on Nov 17 at the Sony Centre as part of “It’s Always Something” in support of Gilda’s Club.

Celebrate Spider-man’s 50th Birthday at NYCC 2012

Marvel Entertainment is teaming up with New York City Comicon this coming weekend to help celebrate Spider-man’s birthday and has invited the Mayor of New York City to participate.  Amazing Spider-man #700 (the “last” Amazing Spider-man comic?) is just around the corner too (see cover image above and lead-up video below).

Update: Oct 19. So many people contributed to a giant Spider-man birthday card at the NYCC that they’ve won a Guinness World Record!

Spider-man Birthday Card -- 2707 signatures

Step by step graphic on how to keep your world of warcraft alts private from the internet and other characters

HOWTO Keep Your Alts Private

Attention World of Warcraft players!
If you do not want the internet to automatically discover who your alts are, please follow these step by step instructions.

  • Hit ‘Escape’ or Click on the ‘Game Menu’ icon in your toolbar
  • Select the ‘Interface’ option from the Game Menu
  • Select the ‘Display’ category under the ‘Game’ tab
  • Check the last box which reads “Display Only Character Achievements to Others”
  • Rinse and Repeat for all your Characters

What this will do is restrict your account wide achievements from displaying when another player /inspects you ingame, or when they visit your character profile on the Battle.net Armory — but MOST importantly it hides that data from the API.  The API is the programming interface that other websites can use to harvest your profile data.  A few of them have started to parse through your account wide achievements to find out which alts earned the achievement, and then they are linking your alts together on their website.

WoWProgress posted about their Alt Tracking.  And WoWInsider reported on GuildOx’s addition of the feature.

For the time being it seems that if you were already refreshed on one of the tracking sites before you checked this option, your alts are permanently linked.  Hopefully the programmers of the popular sites will provide a way for people to dis-associate their toons, or even better, re-check during their refresh and if the information is no longer in the results of the API, remove the links to peoples alts.

Screenshot on how to keep your world of warcraft alts private from the internet and other characters

Update Oct 26 It seems WoWProgress has added an option under your account settings that allows for “Hide my alts (you will need to confirm at least one character)”.  So if you go through the process of registering on their site, confirming one of your characters (they’ll ask you to un-equip certain items, logout and refresh) that are linked together, then checking this box your alts can be hidden.

Freaks & Geeks and Undeclared now available on Netflix Canada

Two superb, under-appreciated, TV comedies from over a decade ago are now available on Netflix Canada and I recommend you watch them now.

Freaks and Geeks ran for most of a season in 1999-2000 and right from the opening credits with Joan Jett wailing out Bad Reputation I was hooked on the equally awkward Sam and his gaggle of geeks and the rebellious Lindsay going her own way with the fearless Freaks.  Half the main cast of teens have gone on to further stardom, thanks to their association with Judd Apatow, so that’s another reason to check out this series and see them ‘before they were stars’.

Undeclared was a 2001 follow-up from most of the creative team and a few of the actors heading off to college for the first time where Steve (Jay Baruchel) tries to re-invent himself and navigate the strange social landscape of being a Freshman.  Please note, you probably want to watch the episodes in this order, and not the order they are listed on Netflix.  Somehow Netflix knew to jump ahead to Episode 9 to be played 2nd, but after that you have to manually select the order they are played in.

Work is underway at Douglas Snow Aquatic Centre

Douglas Snow Aquatic Centre has been shut down the past month, and will remain so until at least December, but I was pleased to see work has finally started on the ‘state of good repairs’.  I’m trying to bite my tongue as to why it was closed for a month before the work commenced though.

Joe Pace & Sons Contracting is doing the work.

They’ve erected a safety fence around the pool itself, since it’s empty you don’t want anyone falling in.

There are two of these lifter trucks on deck, I assume to get up to the ceiling to do the lights and ducts.

Oh, and it turns out I was wrong in my previous post when I said the sauna would not be fixed.  Councillor Filion‘s recent column in the North York Post stated that they were able to be ‘creative’ with the budget and it will return operational (until someone throws water on it again I suppose).

Want to be my neighbour? 154 and 176 Ellerslie Ave

Want to be my neighbour?  Two houses are available atm on our street, one for purchase and one for lease.

154 Ellerslie Ave was just listed yesterday or so.  List price is $1.249 million.  This is the same list price that 221 and 223 went for this time last year, and you can compare that to 201 which was listed at $1.4million this past spring (it has a much deeper lot on the south side of the street (or is this one the few deep lots that goes beside Abbotsford Park?)).  All I know about this location is the previous occupants were smokers, and across the street at 153 Ellerslie they were planning to demolish and build a jumbo giant super-sized place this past summer but that didn’t happen (but expect construction of some sort at that location soon™).

176 Ellerslie Ave is for lease for $3000/month.  Initially the sign put up was ‘For Lease’, then switched to ‘For Sale’ two minutes later, and then the next day corrected again to ‘For Lease’.  The listing agent, Stephen McShane happens to live across the street (and has for 14 years or so) from this listing so he should be able to answer lots of your questions about the neighbourhood.

I was going to include some details about past purchases of these properties for you, but the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation seems to have discontinued their service (as of Sept 11) and I won’t have access to their new AboutMyProperty until the beginning of November.

Want a pop-culture view of the street?  Read Robert J. Sawyer’s Calculating God novel, as the main character lives here too.

Thoughts on whether this post is a bit to ‘creepy’ for the neighbourhood?