|The stress of Hurricane Sandy has brought into stark relief the crumbling nature of the physical structure of the U.S. Bridges and electrical grids are collapsing. Here’s a breakdown of the cost, and a startling grand total. (November 15, 2012) Very well done “Decoder” Reuters video|
The Mailonline has produced a story which says “Canadians have been left confused” by the image of the Vimy Memorial on the new $20 Canadian bills. Evidently there were some odd reactions to it during focus groups done before the bill was released. Some people were unaware of the memorial, which was built and dedicated in 1936 to honour a victorious assault by Canadians against German lines in 1917. One focus group member used the term “possibly pornographic” in reference to the mythical female figures representing justice and peace. The story does highlight a frequent complaint about Canada during the 60s, 70s and 80s during which Canada essentially forgot about large parts of its history as part of a new type of national culture. As a result, many people are unfamiliar with this unique Canadian memorial.. Mailonline
Hostess Brands in the U.S. says it will seek bankruptcy protection with permission to liquidate if striking workers do not return to work by the end of today. The crisis once again places the future of such iconic brands as Wonder Bread and Twinkies in jeopardy n the U.S. It’s believed that the names are held separately in Canada. The baking company says it is shutting down plants in Seattle, St. Louis and Cincinnati at the cost of 627 jobs due to the strike.
This is an update on an earlier post in this spot about the rather special home going up at the the corner of Laird Drive and Broadway Ave. Our update shot here shows the stonework going onto the Victorian corner bay window which will give the residents of the home a 180 plus degree view of the corner. The belt line of limestone and full stone tower is a throwback to the romantic construction of the 19th century. The builder was there when we went by and spoke with pride about his creation. He says it will be a landmark in the neighborhood and we believe him.