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By The Numbers

January 23rd, 2015
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20 ICYMI, Team Hastings was reported in Toronto Sun today that they have played together for over 20 years, having formed in 1994. “Our team,” (Julie Hastings) said, breaking into a grin, “has decided if we don’t get to the Scotties, we’ll make it to Senior Canadians.” Their chances are enhanced as they stand at the top of the leaderboard with a 7-0 record.

2 Age of Shannon Kee when Team Hastings formed. Kee is on a winning spree since vice Pam Feldkamp arrived… a tiebreaker is still a possibility.

3 Curlers on teams here who are Curling Club Managers or Assistants: Danielle Inglis; Janet Jesty-Murphy; Julie Hastings. Opportunities for practice abound.

1966 Sherry’s year of birth shows that there is nothing like experience to maintain second place at 6-1.

9-4 Score by Team Romain over Team Middaugh – youthful exuberance can sometimes counteract years of experience, as her team demonstrated in a steely win over veteran Sherry on Rogers. Two big wins over top teams keep them in contention.

3-4 Records – Whichever of Teams Romain, Kee or Grandy runs the table could force a tiebreaker or sneak into Saturday’s playoffs. Friday will prove to be an exciting day for teams down the list from the frontrunners.

1001 A seemingly endless supply of volunteers, almost half the town, are roaming the halls of PCC and streets of Penetang in their black jackets helping us find our way…. Thanks from a curling tourist.

Missing Persons – 2015 Ontario Scotties

January 22nd, 2015
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The buzz at Penetanguishene, no the province, no the nation, no the world….is about Glenn Howard’s pending absence in the Tim Horton’s Brier. But how can that have any substance in the Women’s Ontario Scotties? Well, Glenn’s here. And he commanded a presence at the Lunch yesterday. This is Glenn’s club and he would not miss it I’m sure. Always a joiner and member of the Sports Hall of Fame, Glenn impressed at the OCA lunch, bringing his calm demeanor to an attentive crowd awaiting the sage advice from the master of many provincial championships.
This Scotties may be a tale of who’s not here. The individuals, that is. Team Kee is missing a (gulp) ‘key’ team member and vice, Pam Feldkamp. She arrives Wednesday. Meanwhile, Team Balsdon loses Laura Hickey today, bringing in Super-Sub Hollie Nicol, former World Universiade Silver medal skip. Team Varnes lost Erin Macauley after the regions, but picked up another McAuley and never looked back. Sherry Middaugh’s team has a replacement at lead, Lori Eddy, while Leigh Armstrong waits (with pending baby) on the sideline for an emergency call… to play that is…

Musings of a Curling Tourist – 2015 Ontario Scotties

January 22nd, 2015
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Traffic Signals –Please tell me why I have to stop at every one of the five lights on the way back to the hotel from the Scotties? One of the lights seems to be a left turn advance into one of the many area Tim’s. The only explanation seems to be that Traffic Engineers have a mandate to control the 10-minute weekday rush period, only to adversely impact the weekend tourist… or is this a ploy to get me to stop for a donut?

Mike and Glenn – Penetanguishene Scotties landed two world renowns in the curling world to telecast Penetang Sherry’s game. Glenn once owned the provincial men’s Tankard and Mike is an Olympian and Sportsnet television host. Curiously (and based on behind-the-glass interviews), the television audience waits to see which of the superstars is going to be first to disparage the women’s strategy.

Sherry – The music world has its one named stars – Cher; Madonna; Drake… Well, Penetang is not to be outdone. The media has tracked her down and written and recorded every blond hair flip of the local curling wonder woman. Can she withstand the notoriety and raise her arms in victory on Sunday? Just for the record, there are 9 other skips: Shannon; Megan; Danielle; Allison; Clancy; Jaqueline; Julie; Caitlin; and, Rhonda.

Ontario Curling Playdowns

January 5th, 2015
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Given the result of Region 3, Howard is out of provincial playdowns, perhaps this will be the impetus needed to move OCA to change not only the Tankard but all the other events which have lost relevance.  Only then can we see more enthusiasm from the Ontario contingent of players.  The problem currently:

  • poor venues for zones and regions
  • uneven numbers of teams in zones (and even Scotties Regions in 2015)
  • participation is shrinking (no chance to win, or is it inconvenience of playdowns?)
  • overlapping events, e.g. one event’s zones may conflict with another’s regions.
  • paying a second OCA fee for parachuting to a zone in which not all players are members of the club system.
  • Olympic year impedance to schedules.

996707_10202680598075595_923519407_n Here are some suggestions:

  • Return the defending team (minimum 3 players from the returning team);
  • Three tiers of bonspiels, established from the OCT/WCT from which teams can earn points toward entry. Top 3 teams in the point system get direct entry;
  • Four regional playdowns, not based on club locations, but on player preferences, and all held on the same weekend. Maximum 16 teams in each region. If one region is full, then teams may relocate dependent on their time of entry.  Top two from each region qualify.

By allowing bonspiels to be eligible for points, entries/demand will increase.  This could translate into more spiels and more curlers in Ontario. By having regions on one weekend, there is a fairness of entry.  Assign four quality ice makers to each venue to ensure comparable and good ice. Three tiers of spiels could belogo

  1. WCT event results;
  2. OCT event results, within which the results are dependent on depth of field and numbers; and
  3. Other events including other age groups.  OJCT has already got a system of ranking that works.

Play the provincials at a venue that bids based on the quality of facility and in anticipation of a realistic number of spectators. Calgary club ice and rock

Hottest Sport – NYC curling

January 1st, 2015
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http://nypost.com/2014/12/31/the-hottest-sport-in-nyc-this-winter-curling/

The hottest sport in NYC this winter: curling

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2013

December 31st, 2012
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TOP EIGHT URBAN WISHES AND ANTICIPATIONS FOR YORK IN 2013
1. EMPHASIS ON RECREATION FOR ALL AGES
2. BUILDINGS THAT NOT ONLY MEET LEED STANDARDS BUT THAT DRAMATICALLY INSPIRE
3. PARKS CREATIVELY DESIGNED, APPROPRIATELY LOCATED, FOR ALL DEMOGRAPHICS
4. VILLAGES THAT THRIVE IN A SEA OF BIG BOXES
5. INTENSITY AND FLEXIBILITY IN URBAN DESIGN
6. JUNIOR STAFF WHO ARE ENCOURAGED TO LOOK AT THE WHOLE PICTURE
7. SMART INTERSECTIONS WHOSE LIGHTS ARE RESPONDENT TO APPROACHING VEHICLES
8. TRAILS FOR NON-MOTORIZED TRANSPORTATION CONNECTING NORTH, SOUTH, EAST AND WEST YORK REGION

Happy Holidays

December 12th, 2012
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Our small way of reinforcing the celebration of the holiday season. My modest gift is a powerpoint - click on the following words:  Happy Holidays from York Urbanist Open. Enable Editing. Slide Show. From Beginning.

Trails – Mobility Devices

November 1st, 2012
Trails, Uncategorized

Recent discussion on LinkedIn has prompted me to include this dialogue on Mobility Devices. When can we allow Segways, or golf carts, or health related mobility devices? Here is a link: http://www.ada.gov/regs2010/smallbusiness/smallbusprimer2010.htm#wheelchairs
Advances in technology have given rise to new power-driven devices that are not necessarily designed for people with disabilities, but are being used by some people with disabilities for mobility. The term “other power-driven mobility devices” is used in the revised ADA regulations to refer to any mobility device powered by batteries, fuel, or other engines, whether or not they are designed primarily for use by individuals with mobility disabilities for the purpose of locomotion. Such devices include Segways®, golf cars, and other devices designed to operate in non-pedestrian areas. Public accommodations must allow individuals who use these devices to enter their premises unless the business can demonstrate that the particular type of device cannot be accommodated because of legitimate safety requirements. Such safety requirements must be based on actual risks, not on speculation or stereotypes about a particular class of devices or how they will be operated by individuals using them.
Remember: It is not permissible to ask individuals about their disabilities, when asking about their mobility devices.

See http://yorkurbanist.com/trails/trails-mobility-devices/ for more information and pictures.

Space debris

October 24th, 2012
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Although my work is earthbound, i was amazed at the extent of debris surrounding earth. Starting to look like Saturn.

from http://www.spaceflightnow.com/news/n1210/23breezem/#.UIe_XXOGXLo

The View from the office

October 22nd, 2012
Healthy Communities, Uncategorized

God’s apologies for the coming winter are in the leaves of fall

- my office view