CHU’ing the fat, going green

15h55
Weather : 21* C Clear, Wind: NW at 22 km/h, Humidity: 49%
 
In a couple of more hours I’ll be attending my first Toronto Community Housing CHU 25 Tenant Rep meeting since January. I could care less. Nothing ever seems to change there. It’s a most political position, thrown out there to the public, to give them the impression that TCHC is interested in working with it’s residents.
Yeah, except the meetings agendas are set out by CHU staff, most of the actual work is done by CHU staff, and most of the reports read are by CHU staff. So where does the citizen participate, or make their mark honestly?
I thought differently a year ago, but right now I’m a bit jaded.
Maybe it depends on how much a person is willing to go to bat for what they believe in that makes a difference. John Corso certainly does, that’s for certain.
He has his hands in everything. Too bad he decided not to run as Rep for this building. He would have made a good one. He seems to be doing just about all mine and Michelle’s duties anyways.
 
21h38
Weather : 19°C Clear, Wind: NW at 19 km/h, Humidity: 49%
 
Ok. So I was wrong. Noticing that happen more often, or at least I’m acknowleding it more, so don’t argue with me please.
 
Today’s CHU 25 Tenant Representative meeting, held as always over at the Senator David A. Croll building on Bloor Street West, went fine. I had a lot to catch up on, but it was nice to be back in the thick of things. There are so many upcoming projects and items in the next few months, but rather than deal with it efficiently, Council decided to take the summer off as of the end of June.
I and a four others weren’t too impressed, since we’ll just be running to catch up when we resum this fall, but we were outvoted so majority will carry. Besides, there’s nothing stopping us as Representatives from reaching out to each other and having personal meetings if there’s something that we feel needs to be discussed and cannot wait.
 
23h51
Weather : 16°C Clear, Wind: N at 11 km/h, Humidity: 63%
Playing : "We are the Night" the Chemical Brothers
 
So yeah, I was writing earlier on some of the upcoming events or happenings in CHU 25 over the next couple of month.
One of them will be the TCHC’s push to meet the City of Toronto’s requirements for a reduction in garbage, but that will take time, as all projects with thousands of players do. The second, called Green Works  will be the replacement of all incandescent lighting in our buildings. At least, the ones that the building is responsible for. This does not include lamps, etc… That’s your problem.
Residents will be provided a paper bag sometime next month, in which they will place all current lights, which in turn will be picked up during the inspections scheduled in June, and replaced with the new compact fluorescent bulbs.
Some of the Representative expressed some concern over the media hype that these bulbs have been linked to some fires, but this was downplayed as fact finders have proven this to be an exception, not a rule.
My concern, and one that CHU staff was not aware of, was related to lumens. As my mother explained to me, although the bulbs may be the equivalent to a standard one, it is the lumen count that makes a difference.
The lumen count is based on the number of candles that the bulb will provide an equivalent light for.
Most of these fluorescents are kind of dim in contrast so it’s important, expecially to seniors, that TCHC ensures that lumens are paid attention to, otherwise the project will fall on it’s face here.
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Little Bird

Sunday, May 27 2007

Time : 00h03

Weather : 15* Celsius, a few clouds ; Winds SE @ 6 KMH, Humidity : 51% ;

 

I’m currently watching Blade Runner, the Directors cut, on my computer, trying to get the taste of envelope out of my mouth, from the current batch that I’m doing on behalf of my sister for the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Ontario.

There’s a baby bird bundled up in a towel nearby. Pamela had rescued it (no idea as to the sex of the little one at this age) from being inadertently stepped on muhch earlier this evening. but as of 22h30, when I went outside with Corky and a flash-light to check up on it’s status, no parental intervention. It was curled up, and when I picked it up, it felt very cold. I couldn’t bear to leave it alone, to either die out there overnight, or to be eaten by something that would make an easy meal of it.

Sure, the chances are it will die here, but, at least it won’t be alone. If it does manage to make it through the night, I’ll contact Toronto Animal Serices in the morning so that someone better prepared to care for it can take over.

I’ll keep my fingers crossed and just hope for the best.

23h17

It died sometime this morning. Too bad

Another life lost, Go Transit reaches 40, Safety Concerns and lack of sleep

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

18:07:54

Another kid has been shot to death again today.

The event occurred up in North York, at C.W. Jeffries C.I. Something to do with fireworks being shot off and someone else getting upset, running into the school, then shooting a 14 year old in the chest, dead long before arriving at Sunnybrook Hospital.

Dr. Tom Dooley

said that "Nothing saddens God more than the death of a child".

It cannot be just due to race, despite the countless perpetrators and victims that are constantly being paraded in the media.

Premier Dalton McGuinty

and Mayor David Miller, as well as many others are once again asking "Prime Minister Steven Harper, what will it take to do something about all these handguns?"

Supposedly there is something on it’s way to legislation. I just don’t have those details.

18:45:02

Today is the 40th Anniversary of the very first GO Transit train. WOW!

175,000 people take the trains coming to and from Toronto daily. Thank You GO Transit. I and many others appreciate your services, and wish you many more succesful years to come.

May 25, 2007

14:56:19

I missed out on meeting Toronto City Councillor Adam Vaughan this morning, to discuss ongoing safety concerns here at Davenport. The reason is my sleeping schedule, which has taken a dive as of late. I just toss and turn throughout the early hours of the morning, only falling into a troubled doze around dawn. Chances are it’s due to my being off my medications again. Something I really need to rectify, and soon!

Fortunately, as I learned this afternoon from my neighbour John Corso, it seems that the Councillor bowed out due to pressing concerns at City Hall, and the meeting has been tentatively rescheduled to the 14th of next month. Guess we will have to see if anything comes from that, or if it proves to be another line in the long line of Toronto City Hall B/S.

 

Paying back, Victoria Day, too much jerky

May 15th, 2007-05-15

20h42

 

I paid Pamela back today, finally. I did what needed to be done, despite, and at least have managed to salvage some of my self respect. I care too much about her to want to leave her in the lurch like that. End of line.

 

I am also now considering that it is time to look for a 2 bedroom apartment, if not in this building, in something equally as nice. I do not want to lose Drew. His companionship here takes the edge off things, and despite his recent absence taking care of Sandra’s kids, he will be returning full time shortly, since Sandra will be moving up to the Thornhill / Richmond Hill area by the end of the month. She needs to, as her new career is up there, and it will make things easier on her and the family.

 

Monday, May 21, 2007

22:33:56

 

Note to self. Do not eat two bags of beef jerky and not expect to suffer from it. Ugh.

 

I watched the season finale of Heroes tonight, on NTV, and was relieved that if the series should end tomorrow, the writers did manage to conclude the current story line. Maybe not the way I expected it, as it was a bit anti-climatic, but good still. Hope they can continue the momentum with Volume 2.

 

Despite it be almost 23h00 now, people are still taking every opportunity to launch fireworks to celebrate Victoria Day, a national holiday that, despite now having lived here in Ontario now almost ten years, I am still getting used to.

The holiday was banned in Quebec. You’re not even allowed to celebrate it personally in your own backyard. Even the name has been changed, to Patriot’s Day of all things. How fucking American sounding from a province that sits there and scorns all things English.

Welcome Home, Big Winds, Allergy, Big Brother, NET Framework issues, Facebook

1207, Friday

Weather : Sunny 22* C

Mood : Irritated

 

So, let me get this straight…..A bunch of Mohawk natives are blockading CN Rail’s Eastern Ontario corridor in Napanee for yet another land dispute , and we’re letting them? Wouldn’t that be considered a form of terrorism? For cripes SAKE, WHY are we once again allowing a bunch of people hold a national agency hostage again so that we can coddle them? Haven’t we done enough already. How much further can someone be considered distinct yet part of the whole, and get away with it?

 

Call out the Canadian military based in Kingston, set them to rectify the situation as peacefully as they do when protecting the G8 Summit and get this over with. I’m tired of this bullshit, where as a citizen of this country I have less freedoms overall then the average native, who when they do make something of themselves, which isn’t often highlighted, since the media prefers to present the less auspicious accounts of native lives, get more out of being Canadian than they would have otherwise (ex. No taxes).

It’s time that the Federal government issue a moratorium on all reperations to Native Americans and end this now. We are wasting far too many monies in court and lawsuits that could go towards other intitiatives that would benefit all Canadians, instead of a select few.

 

Every country has suppressed other nations in their forward progression. NorthAM seems to be the only country crippled by it’s guilt. Get over it already please? The past is done and over. We need to move onwards into tomorrow.

 

Oh, and another thing I now never want to see again on television is a province wide police A.P.B. for one of my friends, Daniel Awenus. What has he done this time?

 

15h20, Saturday

Weather : Sunny 23*C

Mood: Unclear

 

Not quite certain as to what’s going wrong with my computer. Everything seems to be freezing up or just not coming up after I click on their icons. Doing a System Restore back to this Wednesday past seems to be of some help, although I may still have to go to Windows Live OneCare and do a complete maintenance check, providing I can ever get Internet Explorer to pop up on my display screen.

 

My parents, Laura and Jon and aunt Nancy and uncle Doug will be coming over shortly, along with the new entertainment stand and computer desk. Laura has decided that she doesn’t want it now, although now she may want the other desk that I’m replacing. We’re going to the Pour House on Dupont Street nearbye for dinner, which will be nice. We haven’t done something like that as a family since March last year for my twenty-eighth Birthday, and that was kind of tainted by uncle Doug’s mom Lois’ recent passing away two days earlier.

 

11h43, Sunday

Weather – 11* C Clear, Wind  : South @ 3km/h, Humidity : 54%

Mood – Amber : Nervous, on edge, uncertain

 

Computer is now working fine. There was some type of trojan I had picked up and a few other issues. It happens.

Mom and Dad must have already hit the 401 by now, en route back up to Saint Lazare and two anxiously awaiting Boston Terriers. I will sorely miss their presence.

 

I went downstairs yesterday afternoon to the Davenport Community Center, to see what Pamela has defined as a "mess waiting for me". She was not kidding. Seems that although plenty of people have been down and borrowing books, only Pamela, Renee and Mary have been the ones keeping it clean!! WTF?!!!!

 

Pamela has recently emailed me on some ideas as to earning money to install the internet to the waiting computers down in the Center, but at this moment I am kind of discouraged. Building management, Leslie Booth and Linda Palmer from CHU 25 and the Tenant Services Worker, Curtis have promised me previously to run a cable line down from the main offices, but nothing has been done in the 6 months since they made that promise, and although residents definitely want the .Net, they don’t seem inclined to do anything to earn it, and I’m not quite certain I feel up to the abuse (most recently from Paul, the building’s oft obnoxious loud mouth) or expectations from people like that any more. I do enjoy working with the ladies in the Center, I enjoy chatting with the residents, but right now I am trying to get the library itself organized and categorized, as well as handling monthly meetings with the Davenport Safety Committee, CHU, the TCHC Budget Committee. This is all time out of my life.

 

The way I look at things is that if you want something out of life, you have to go ahead and make it happen. Too many people seem to be sitting on the fence here. Prepared to bitch about what needs doing, or could be improved, or what’s wrong, but when the time comes to make a change, they’re still playing the audience.

I’m going to sit down with Curtis and Pamela, and see if they can provide me with any more input on not only their ideas, but how to motivate people. If I don’t see something soon though, I’m just going to take all those computers out from down there, and donate them to the residents themselves and let them do with them as they will.

 

Monday, 17h55

Weather – 15* C, Rain, Wind @ 23 km/h, Humidity 94%

Playing – The National (Global)

Mood – Amber : nervous, on edge, uncertain

 

Wow. OMG WOW!! You have to give Mother Nature props for her mercurial temperment.

 

I knew something was coming, what with the winds slowly by certainly strengthening their blowing. I’m on the south side of the building which I live in, facing towards Lake Ontario. From College Street north to at least here, there is only one other building that is higher than four stories, so the wind can move along unobstructed. By 16h40 when I noticed the skies were as dark as they would normally be by around 20h00, and I knew it was time to shut everything up. I was just in time too. Within moments, the heavens unleashed a deluge, with the winds so intense (at times up to 100 km/h) that it was raining sideways. At one point, I could see it forming into a spiral like form, evoking thoughts of a tornado. I called Pamela up, and asked her to pay attention to what was going on, in case she, her mother Tilly and I needed to get to the basement for safety reasons.

A roof on a building has collapsed near Keele and Langstaff as reported as I type this on Global News , trees are down, along with power lines, and flooding. Lightning struck the CN Tower over thirty times.

 

Considering the storm was an hour ago, you would never know it now.

 

Tuesday

Weather : Sunny, but cool

Mood : Jubilant

 

It was wonderful to walk back in to the Davenport Community Center today, and see some familiar faces. Hope it was a similar experience for Pamela, Renee and Mary too.

 

Pamela was not kidding about the mess either. Lot of backlog in the reading section of the Center to get back up on the shelves, plus I need to start making some decisions as to what I’m going to do with the remaining books from the Annexe Residents Associtions Book Faire from last year that are still in storage. We no longer have any more room to put them, and so far, very little interest aside from the regular drop ins, for me to care to hold on to them for much longer. It’s either that, or wait until this fall and unpack them then, sort out what IS staying, and place the remainder into the recycling bins and that will be the end of it.

 

Monday (Again) 14h39

Weather – 16* C, Clear,  Wind : NW @ 14km/h, Humidity: 39%

Playing –

Mood – Dark Blue : Impassioned, delighted, whiff of romance

 

I’ll be quick about this, since I have spent the better part of my morning doing house cleaning, which was in desperate need if I do say so myself, and I do.

 

Shannon, a young lady I knew from back in the day, called me up again from Hamilton, despite my having bailed out on her and her boyfriend Joey this past weekend. I wasn’t in the proper mood or shape to be fit company to go this artsy fartsy function that was taking place at the Mariott hotel on Bloor Street. They have decided to forgive me, in light of my reasons, and are now coming in via GO Transit this afternoon instead to do some pounding of Toronto sidewalks today, to catch some local colour and break the monotony that is Hamilton.

 

16h30

Weather  16°C, Clear, Wind: N at 23 km/h, Humidity: 31%

Playing –

Mood – Gray : Anxious, ill at ease, strained

 

Ugh. Hurrah!! Allergy season has once again begun. I was sure it was when I was talking with Elaina this morning out in the park out front. Surest warning is when I noticed that the  shrubs and tree blossoms were beginning to bloom. Just figured I would have more time to prepare. Chances are I would have noticed this yesterday, had I been more with it. Oh well. At least this year I had my decongestants already purchased and in my kitchen cupboards.

 

I have been trying to reach Shannon and Joey since earlier this afternoon, when I learned that Drew would not be staying over at his friend Sandra’s for the night. That will be happening instead tomorrow, so I have been attempting to reschedule to make all happy.

 

Currently have the computer almost acting normally again. I had to re-install Mozilla’s Firefox browser for some reason, as well as Windows Live Messenger and Set Point, which is a program that works in conjunction with my Logitech cordless keyboard, web-cam and mouse.

 

New software updates from Filehippo would be for Google Desktop version 5.1 http://www.filehippo.com/download_google_desktop_search/, which still hands Microsofts version it’s ass on a platter when it comes to plug-ins that help accent your computer experience. Microsoft has released their April Update to Direct X, which is the software that makes all your multi-media stuff come to life http://www.filehippo.com/download_directx/.

K-Lite Codec Pack version 3.01 is out http://www.filehippo.com/download_klite_codec_pack/ so that you can listen and watch the myriad of formats people seem to be putting their audio and video productions out on. Why is there no unified code for that?

Lastly, there’s Pidgin version 2.0.0 http://www.filehippo.com/download_gaim/. Previously called Gaim, but no reason being given for the new name (in fact, the Pidgin http://www.pidgin.im/ designers cannot even say why exacly themselves) , Pidgin is a multi-service chat program that lets you use only one program to talk with your world wide contacts, instead of having to use them all seperately.

 

 

17h09

Mood Green : Steady, stable, no emotional turmoil

Shannon has just called to cancel. Something has come up on her end, that she can’t talk about at this time. Hope she’ s alright. She didn’t say anything about Joey either.

 

Have to give props to the City of Toronto today for 2 different reasons. The first was the two moments of silence that were done to pay their respects to the T.T.C. worker who was killed last Monday as he finished his shift in a freak accident that injured two others.

The second is for the City finally moving forward on installing video camera in key neighbourhoods, where crime and violence occur almost on a 24 hour basis. Some may decry this as a waste of public monies, citing that if a person wants to kill someone in a public space, cameras wil do little to deter the act, but if the cameras do catch the act, and put this person behind bars so that he or she won’t be able to do so again, they have my vote. Apparently it does as well with Toronto Police Services, since they were able to bring in a murder suspect from a fatal shooting at Kennedy Station last week.

 

Finally, despite the drab years that have defined Washington, D.C. since Dubya too over as President, we finally have a new sex scandal. The fact that it took almost 2 terms shows just how boring a legacy Bush Jr. will leave America.

 

20h10

Playing – Stargate SG1 : Season 10 (CityTV)

Weather – 10°C Clear, Wind: S @ 10 km/h, Humidity: 62%

Mood – Dark Blue : Delighted, impassioned, whiff of romance.

 

Hokay. Pidgin would have been more interesting, if I had been able to remember my old ICQ password. Sure, I supposed I could set up a new one, but I have had that one for over ten years, and I’m partial to it. I also noticed after installation, that there was no Jabber support, which means accessing my Gmail account was not possible. So for now, that’s another program scrapped.

 

Also, I have decided for now, to remove the majority of the HP software that came with my digi-cam and Mom’s scanner. Don’t really need most of them, and they come with far, FAR too many extras for it to be worth the drain on my resources.

 

17h09 Tuesday, May 08

17°C, Clear, Wind: SW at 11 km/h, Humidity: 55%

 

You know, I have to wonder whether my life would be easier if I just did what Howard Hughes pulled and retreated from the world and just stayed inside my apartment. It seems my actions are always screwing people over, one way or another. Mind you, this fantasized act does not include bottling my feces, etc…. Neighbours might complain about the smell eventually.

Today, actually, since Friday really, it’s Pamela, who rescued me from my own stupidity by loaning me some money at a financially precarious time for her, and is now being held hostage by that act of kindness by the silly feuding that make up my family life on the odd occasion.

This one is because of a Fido prepaid phone card I purchased at the Esso station just nearby for Drew, for a grand total of just under $11.20. This has enraged my mother, who controls my finances for the very reason I cannot (self-control is not my forte), who is stymied over why I would do such a thing.

<Sigh>

 

By the way, I wound up reformatting my computer and starting from scratch. I lost my legitimized Microsoft licence number, but since this latest version that Drew downloaded from the .Net has juts about everything, including IE7 and Windows Media Player 11 already installed, what do I care.

 

I’m thinking the problem started when I installed the Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0 software. I have no use for it, and it appears that according to the search I did with Google, that I am not the only novice that experienced the slowdown.

 

18h51

16°C , Mostly Cloudy, Wind: E at 21 km/h, Humidity: 72%

 

Anyone who’s anyone must have by now heard of all these new online social sites, such as MySpace, Multiply and Facebook. I know the media has been piping them, both for good and bad.

Today, I will concentrate on the good sides, like reacquainting old friends from many years gone by.

Facebook’s largest social center is ironically here in Toronto, ON and not some of the larger cities one can find elsewhere as reported recently on CTV.

 

An old “girl-friend” from high school Iris, has been in touch, an old school mate of my sisters as well, and I have located some childhood friends. You need to be safe though, so it is always smart to ask for pertinent details of someone, prior to releasing any personal information.

 

Latest updates to the computer are PC Tools Firewall Plus. I’m getting sick of programs that eat up too much memory, so right now I’m checking out a bunch of new ones.