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A sad update about that Corley house

A crew was called in to pour 4 feet of concrete into the basement, covering the washing machine and everything else down there. That’s just to stabilize everything enough to permit removal of upstairs furnishings and appliances.


A renovator’s attempt to lower the basement has proved disastrous. The compromised structure probably cannot be saved.

Will the other half of the semi-detached home go, too? Almost certainly, the shoring-up crew said. Economics, if not engineering, will likely demand a complete teardown and rebuild.

Lower right: A Global TV news team waits to interview one of the affected occupants. The story will be aired tonight, no doubt.

A puzzling sign

I understand Addison’s sign. It is on the building were Addison’s used to be and tells me where it is now.


The Rana Gems sign also tells me where Rana Gems is now but it stands in front of the present location! Moved Here.


Is someone standing at the old Rana Gems location wondering, “Hey man, where did Rana Gems go?” Hey, guy … we put out a sign.

Tap handles on a mailbox


The side wall on Woodfield holds doors to residential space above the shop below. I remember that shop’s life as an attractive plumbing store that featured hard-to-find antique fixtures and claw foot tubs. I took it to be a “legacy” business that preceded the South Asian businesses of what became “Little India“. Changing demographics made it seem out of place, so I was more surprised by how long it stayed than I was when it finally closed.

The sign indicating Addison’s new location is worn. The move happened years ago and the shop has since been the first home of GAS (Gerrard Art Space), then an on-and-off pop-up store and now Debbie Facey’s Vintage Hunter store.

So now you have all of the same information I have. Will you join me in a guess about whose mailbox has tap handles arranged in a decorative cluster? Another guess about where she found the tap handles?

Let’s see if Addison’s Plumbing is still at 41 Wabash Ave. Yes, it is.

Walking in the big white bag


A cold weather advisory made me think of getting some steps indoors, so I ducked into the domed field beside Monarch Park high school. 500 steps around the perimeter. I did 4 laps at varying speeds until boredom set in.

It was bright and sunny outside and not that cold. I’ll keep the dome in mind if the sidewalks get too icy or slushy, but it’s much more interesting to walk outside.

Bumpersticker reminder

A car on a neighbouring street always makes me think,”Hey, me too”.


My sister Joni first introduced me, some time ago, to the songs of this remarkable artist. Eva Cassidy died of cancer in 1996 at the age of 33.

Leave you wanting more? Here’s a little playlist I put together, from archive.org. (Patience, while it loads…)


Blues, folk, jazz, gospel, country … Eva Cassidy’s range was wide. Here’s Chain of Fools, from Youtube where you’ll find more.

And one last link – streaming from archive.org. Go to it … Live at Blues Alley

More to cut and paste … for now


Every new year brings Canadians a wealth of material entering the public domain after 50 years of protection by copyright … until we ratify the Trans Pacific Partnership agreement, hastily signed by the Harper government just before we toppled it. The TPP jacks the copyright protection period up to 70 years.

Will Justin Trudeau use his majority to make Harper’s signature stick? U.S. pressure may be powerful. If parliament does not ratify, we may be harmed in many economic ways. Our interests, freedoms and sovereignty will be weighed against such risks.

Of course, extension of copyright is only one small aspect of the TPP. You might be more concerned about Bovine Growth Hormone getting into Canadian milk. (If so, here’s a petition for you.)

Battles over intellectual property rules are significant, maybe as significant as colonial battles over territory were in the past.

My view is that 50 years is sufficient to allow creators opportunity to profit from their efforts. It is sufficient to allow a return on investment for corporate interests who buy up copyrights, either to suppress them or to profit from them.


Locking up intellectual property behind copyright laws is not wholly beneficial to society. It has a stifling effect upon creativity, restricting use of some ideas to a dominant few. Public domain assets are not something we can give up lightly but here’s a light look at copyright creative chill.

“Stealing Home” by Terry Tucker and Andrew Fazekas was the People’s Choice in a Duke University contest

The U.S. would benefit from following Canada’s 50 year example, rather than imposing its 70 years on everyone, including its own citizens.

The TPP was negotiated in secrecy and shaped by multinationals for their own interests. I believe it now runs to 30 chapters of text. Will we simply skim it and click the “Agree” button?