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[PHOTO] Ten acorns from Barrel Warehouse Park, Waterloo

Ten acorns from Barrel Warehouse Park, Waterloo #toronto #dovercourtvillage #acorns #barrelwarehousepark #acorns #uptownwaterloo #waterloo #kitchenerwaterloo #waterlooregion

Written by Randy McDonald

November 24, 2019 at 12:15 pm

[URBAN NOTE] Fifteen Kitchener-Waterloo items (#waterlooregion)

  • Work on the second stage of Ion expansion, south into Cambridge, will not even start until 2028, and is expected to cost at least $C 1.36 billion. Global News reports.
  • This proposal for regular two-way GO Transit rail connections between Toronto and Kitchener-Waterloo, frankly, is desperately needed. The Record reports.
  • A cyclist faces charges for careless driving leading to a collision with a LRT in Kitchener. CBC reports.
  • A GoFundMe campaign for a woman hit by a train in Kitchener has raised more than $C14 thousand. The Record reports.
  • A school bus driver has been charged for stopping his vehicle dangerously close to a rail crossing in Cambridge. The Record reports.
  • Waterloo Region is a successful testbed for virtual doctor visits. The Record reports.
  • The Charles Street bus terminal in downtown Kitchener is not going to be redeveloped for at least a couple of years. The Record reports.
  • Waterloo Region hopes to create more than 600 affordable new homes, in five developments, over the next decade. CBC reports.
  • The number of single food bank users in Kitchener-Waterloo has doubled over the past five years. CBC reports.
  • Waterloo is spending $C 3 million to renovate and modernize a handsome old Carnegie Library. CBC reports.
  • A pop-up in Kitchener, Vivid Dreams, is charging customers up to $C 20 to use one of a dozen backgrounds for their Instagram photos. CBC reports.</li
  • A Kitchener woman, Heidi Bechtold, has a thriving new dog-related business, Complete K9. The Record reports.
  • The new digital lab at the Kitchener Public Library sounds great! The Record reports.
  • Andrew Coppolino at CBC Kitchener-Waterloo takes a look at some of the different cuisines and restaurants in Waterloo Region featuring noodles, here.
  • Andrew Coppolino at CBC Kitchener-Waterloo looks at the pastel de nata, the Portuguese egg custard, as an emerging commercial snack in Waterloo Region.

[PHOTO] Kitchener-Waterloo plans

I will be having so much fun today.

Thursday plans #toronto #torontocoachterminal #kitchener #kitchenerwaterloo #waterlooregion #greyhound #bus #ticket #travel #tourism

Written by Randy McDonald

November 21, 2019 at 9:45 am

[URBAN NOTE] Seven city links: Brampton, Kitchener, Waterloo, Montréal, Sainte-Marte, Detroit …

  • Sean Marshall considers how recent changes in provincial policy are affecting the Ontario city of Brampton.
  • There is some interest in the city of Kitchener in deeper integration of the Kitchener-Waterloo region, though not necessarily amalgamation. Global News reports.
  • The Waterloo Record notes that Waterloo city council has voted unanimously against amalgamation.
  • Taylor Noakes at CBC Montreal notes that a revived Expos baseball team, whartever its other merits, would not be an economic asset for the city.
  • Sainte-Marthe-sur-le-Lac, unaccountably, was built on a lakebed regardless of the flooding risks. CBC Montreal reports.
  • The Detroit Free Press looks at the impressive former home of Patti Smith in suburban St. Clair Shores.
  • Guardian Cities reports on the upset of residents in Newcastle at a recent claim that their city’s high street is the worst one in the United Kingdom.

[URBAN NOTE] “Water taxi driver charged after boat hits father and son in kayak”

Evelyn Kwong’s Toronto Star article tells a worrisome tale.

It only took a second for Ben Leow to realize that he and his 8-year-old son were about to be mowed over by a water taxi on the Toronto harbour.

On July 19, Leow and his son Aidan had planned to enjoy their first kayak voyage on the Lake. The two paddled off just east of the Billy Bishop Airport near the buoys and were watching the planes take off when, Leow said, a boat came straight at them.

At around 12:30 p.m., a water taxi was travelling through Toronto’s Inner Harbour when it struck the kayak carrying the father and the son, said Const. Craig Brister, spokesperson for Toronto Police.

Luckily, the two got away with minor injuries — a few cuts and bruises — but are still confused as to how the boat, hit them in broad daylight.

“I have a flashback of the boat coming at my head. I had a second to turn around and I just saw the sun being enveloped and we were in darkness,” Leow said.

Written by Randy McDonald

August 8, 2016 at 5:15 pm

[BLOG] Some Tuesday links

  • D-Brief reports on the Amazon River’s hidden reef and on the threat faced by gorillas.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze links to a paper examining the age of terrestrial planets in the solar neighbourhood.
  • The Dragon’s Tales looks at Guatemala-Belize border tensions.
  • The Everyday Sociology Blog notes shortages of affordable housing in the United States.
  • Joe. My. God. reports that Cleveland police are represented by assholes.
  • Marginal Revolution looks at technological innovation in China.
  • The Planetary Society Blog reports from the latest drilling spot of Curiosity on Mars.
  • The Speed River Journal’s Van Waffle shares a photo of a recently excavated corduroy road, two centuries old, in downtown Waterloo.
  • Torontoist reports on Khalsa Day in Toronto.

[LINK] “BlackBerry lays off 200 employees in Waterloo, Ont., and Sunrise, Fla.”

CBC notes the continued decline of BlackBerry.

BlackBerry has confirmed it is laying off 200 employees, in Waterloo, Ont., where the company is headquartered, and at a manufacturing facility in Sunrise, Fla.

The company filed a worker adjustment and retraining notification with the state of Florida on Thursday to lay off 75 manufacturing workers between Feb. 4 and Feb. 26. The other 125 jobs, part of the 200 overall, would be cut from Waterloo.

BlackBerry denied reports in the tech blog Mobile Syrup, which suggested the number of layoffs at BlackBerry’s Waterloo headquarters could be as high as 1,000 people, or 35 per cent of the company’s estimated workforce.

[. . .]

The company has also parted ways with Gary Klassen, creator of BlackBerry Messenger.

“We can confirm that Gary Klassen has left BlackBerry. The company is grateful for his many contributions during his tenure and we wish him the best in his future endeavours,” said BlackBerry in a statement.

Written by Randy McDonald

February 7, 2016 at 3:20 pm

[URBAN NOTE] “Condo buying frenzy in Waterloo as Google moves in”

The Toronto Star hosts Katia Dmitrieva’s Bloomberg article noting how Waterloo’s tech sector is making its real estate attractive to investors.

In a banquet hall in north Toronto, a condominium-sales event is generating the kind of frenzy more often seen on a trading-room floor.

Michael Wekerle, former Bay Street trader, technology investor, Dragons’ Den judge and now real-estate mogul, steps up to a podium in front of about 1,600 people to make his pitch. Waterloo, with its two universities and a burgeoning technology sector that’s attracted companies such as Google Inc. and dozens of startups, is booming, he says.

“It’s a land grab,” Wekerle, 52, dressed in a light grey three-piece suit and trademark sunglasses, tells the rapt crowd last weekend. “There were zero cranes when I first showed up there and there are 15 cranes in the sky now.”

He finishes his speech. Then all hell breaks loose. Prospective real-estate investors surge to the back of the room, submitting paperwork for offers on one or more units as agents in suits shout and gesture to clients, who anxiously pace the aisles. Three hours later, the 250-unit, $85 million District Condos project is sold out and 170 people are added to a waiting list.

The fervent demand for property in Waterloo highlights the city’s coming-of-age as an investment destination: first by technology companies and now real estate firms looking to gain from the city’s metamorphosis. Real estate investors at the event, including families, seasoned individuals and couples, were looking for higher returns than in Toronto, where homes are sold for almost double what they are in Waterloo.

Written by Randy McDonald

January 28, 2016 at 5:16 pm