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2013/09 Moments, September 2013

Moments, September 2013
Ottawa, Ontario; Toronto, Ontario.

Farhat Bakery Meadowlands, Ottawa
Farhat Bakery Meadowlands, Ottawa. Lebanese baker warms up meat pies and zataar in oven at lunchtime for takeout. First time in modest storefront of Farhat Bakery on Meadowlands, high quality for reasonable price. Friend suggested only half the usual spice, but slight burn an hour later suggest I should ask for mild next time. (Ottawa, 1119 Meadowlands) 20130911 1219
Bridesmaids at Burwash Hall Gate House
Bridesmaids at Burwash Hall Gate House. A rainy Saturday at Victoria College, University of Toronto presents a challenge for a photographer trying to capture a wedding day. Maybe 7 bridesmaids in pink. Groom and bride to the left, photographer to the right. Was on campus today for the annual Victoria College Booksale. (Toronto) 20130921 1323
American Embassy, Ottawa
American Embassy, Ottawa. At the western edge of the Byward Market district, the Embassy of the United States of America on Sussex Drive is an imposing concrete building. The skylights at the north end create some visual interest. (Ottawa) 20130925 1826

Chinese postage stamps of Dr. David Lam
Chinese postage stamps of Dr. David Lam. Commemorative postage stamps of Dr. David Lam, in addition to medal, plaque and glass trophy for lifelong service, issued by Chinese Academy of Traditional Chinese Medicine in April. Only one of two TCM practitioners recognized at this level outside of China, Dr. Lam in Canada, and another in the U.S. Dr. Lam declined to go to China to receive his accolades. Retired in Canada, he still teaches and sees legacy patients. (Toronto) 20130928

2013/08 Moments, August 2013

Moments, August 2013
Toronto, Ontario; Ottawa, Ontario; Kingston, Ontario.

Sugar Beach umbrellas and sailboats in Toronto Harbour
Sugar Beach umbrellas and sailboats in Toronto Harbour. At 23 degrees C, a perfect August day to be at Sugar Beach under an umbrella, or on the water in a sailboat on Toronto Harbour. Appreciating comfortable climate after having spent practically all of July in humid temperatures over 30 degrees in China, Vietnam and then Jamaica. Better planning would let me stay home in the summer, and travel to other parts of the world when I’ll appreciate their climate more. (Toronto) 20130807 1823
Shooting Covert Affairs in Toronto
Shooting Covert Affairs in Toronto. Clapperboard said @CovertAffairs, spotted @PiperPerabo in drivers seat of car with mic and grips behind, on The Esplanade, just west of Berkeley Street. Extras on sidewalk, police blocking traffic both directions, but filming stopped to allow TTC bus to pass. Basketball players on court in far background could care less. The city retains some glamour as a media production centre. I’ll have to watch out for the episode where this car shows up. (Toronto) 20130807 1834
Dow’s Lake
Dow’s Lake. Canoeists learning to paddle on Dow’s Lake near central Ottawa. Appreciate the moderate summer temperature on a August weekday. (Ottawa, ON) 20130815 1309
Parliament Hill
Parliament Hill. Evening stroll in Otttawa by Parliament Hill, on the south bank of the Ottawa River. Compared to Toronto, the people in Ottawa are friendlier and seem less stressed. Since I spend so much time outside of Canada, I’m getting cognitive dissonance of dealing day to day with nice people where I don’t have to think so much about how we communicate (Ottawa) 20130815 2005
Kingston Portsmouth Olympic Harbour
Kingston Portsmouth Olympic Harbour. On the route home, by Portsmouth Olympic Harbour, right beside the Kingston Penitentiary, a maximum security prison. Noting the many boats on trailers that anyone could just drive up, hook up, and tow away, without supervision or security. Does the prison next door give thieves any pause to think about potential consequences? (Kingston, Ontario) 20130816 1858
Edward Gardens Fountain
Edward Gardens Fountain. On our 28th anniversary renewal of vows, the limestone lady at the Edward Gardens fountain looks freshly cleaned. DY and I queued for a wedding party to clear, and then recommitted for another year. With my retirement and AHI’s surgery, it’s been a roller-coaster year. After the big family pilgrimage to China and then Vietnam, we’re considering couples travel together. (Don Mills, ON) 20130824 1458

Control room at Bell Lightbox
Control room at Bell Lightbox. Expected to see movies previewing on monitors, but largest screens were cameras watching pedestrians on outside the Bell Lightbox King Street. Signs and programs of the Toronto International Film Festival posted on many walls. Walked around the building, haven’t yet seen a movie in it. (Toronto) 20130831 1654

2011/05 Moments, May 2011

Moments, May 2011
Ottawa, Ontario; Toronto, Ontario.

Parliament Buildings of the Government of Canada, on the Ottawa River. A bright spring morning, with an inspiring view of the houses of parliament in Ottawa
Parliament Buildings of the Government of Canada, on the Ottawa River. A bright spring morning, with an inspiring view of the houses of parliament in Ottawa. From a 26th floor hotel view, the natural splendour of the Canadian urban forest is inspiring (Ottawa, Wednesday) 20110511
Birch bark canoe, one of two, the other a gift to Trudeau, on display at YOW. A birch bark canoe by Patrick Maranda, one of two, the other presented to Pierre Trudeau as a wedding gift in 1971. Now on display opposite gate 17 at Ottawa International Airport, near the waterfall (Ottawa) 20110512
Birch bark canoe, one of two, the other a gift to Trudeau, on display at YOW. A birch bark canoe by Patrick Maranda, one of two, the other presented to Pierre Trudeau as a wedding gift in 1971. Now on display opposite gate 17 at Ottawa International Airport, near the waterfall (Ottawa) 20110512
A string of kites, and a snall tent on the sand at Woodbine Beach
A string of kites, and a snall tent on the sand at Woodbine Beach. Victoria Day marks the unofficial start of summer in Canada. Shorts and sandals at 24 degrees C, cool breeze. 20110523 1800
Evergreen Brickworks from the Governor’s Bridge Lookout
Evergreen Brickworks from the Governor’s Bridge Lookout. First stop on Saturday cultural tour of Toronto with brother’s family from Los Angeles. Kids climbed hill instead of gravel walk, risking muddy clothes for the rest of day (Toronto) 20110528

Summer umbrellas on Gould Street
Summer umbrellas on Gould Street west of Victoria Street into Yonge Street. Ryerson University taking over Gould Street for a pedestrian mall east of Yonge Street, one north of Dundas Street. A permanent change to the streetscape, or a temporary use during construction? (Toronto) 20110531
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