I hesitate to say this out loud, but …

… increasingly, when it comes to Toronto I’ve got a case of the blahs. I’m sorry, I know a lot of you are fans and staunch supporters — which I certainly have been — but I’ve got to be honest.

While I do believe that Toronto has tons of potential I also feel that too much of it is still untapped. And yeah, it frustrates and disappoints me.

I moved here from Montreal 32 years ago (wow, time sure does fly). As North American cities go, Continue reading

Canada Day, the business

Who knew? I tend to avoid traveling on long weekends. Too crowded at airports and train stations, way too much traffic on the roads, too manycanadaday delays, too much stress and frustration. Instead, I stay home and revel in all the deserted streets.

So I had no idea just how good for business long weekends, and Canada Day in particular, can be.

Last Thursday, the day before the official start to Canada’s 149th birthday party, I went grocery shopping;
assuming, incorrectly, that the stores would be closed Continue reading

What I don’t understand …

This past weekend was the Victoria Day long weekend here in Canada.  It’s known as the May Two-Four and it’s when cottage timewe celebrate Queen Victoria’s birthday, which is, you guessed it, May 24.  For some reason this year the party happened a week early.  Queen Victoria, in case you don’t know,  was the current Queen’s (Elizabeth II) great, great grandmother.

But for most Canadians Queen Victoria’s birthday is the unofficial, official start of summer.  When hundreds and hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of thousands of cottage owners make the trek to their small and rustic (or large and luxe) slices of heaven, wherever in Ontario they may be, and Continue reading

Day 285. They’re Off!!!

It’s a long weekend here, in Canada.  The first of the summer season.  Victoria Day.  In honour of Queen Victoria’s birthday.  She was born in 1819 and is the great, great grandmother of Britain’s traffic2current reigning monarch, Queen Elizabeth.  A more interesting factoid is, Prince Philip (Queen Elizabeth’s husband) is her great, great grandson.

Which means Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth are not just husband and wife.  They are also third cousins.

Not that the purpose of this post is to give you a history lesson.  Or get into the perils of in-breeding.

The truth is, I’m not sure what’s more significant about this, particular, long weekend.  The fact we’re Continue reading