Linking up at Marg at The Intrepid Reader
September 2021 - Toronto ON
2021 - Halton County Radical Railway Museum
We dodged a bullet! But it is a minority win and I am concerned that the conservatives got as many seats as they did.
Next Thursday is the first National Day For Truth and Reconciliation.
September 30, 2021 marks the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. It is a federal statutory holiday. The day honours the lost children and Survivors of residential schools, their families and communities.
Unfortunately only three provinces are recognizing the day, Manitoba, Nova Scotia and PEI.
The latest single from actor, singer and activist Tom Jackson portrays the heartbreaking realities of Canada’s residential school system.
“Lost Souls” is the song of “silenced children.” It highlights the grim reality of what is alleged by the survivors of the Residential School system, and the victim families who have been silenced for generations. The anthem shuffles between the point of view of the children, to that of the government; quietly speaking the story on the verse, then intimately yearning in melody on the chorus. 215 lost souls now have a voice.
Saturday we stayed home, as usual. We had an afternoon at the movies.
Sunday we headed out to the Halton County Radical Railway Museum also called the Streetcar Museum in Milton, about 70 KM from Toronto. They are only open on weekends and only to mid October. It was a magnificent day.
We stopped at an apple stand and got honey crisp apples $14 and then at this stand we got 6 corn on the cob, a basket of cucumbers and the biggest lettuce ever for $11 in all.
Monday was voting day.
John did a Costco run and I caught up on laundry and other chores.
Tuesday John golfed at Turtle Creek.
I went to Bay and Bloor to Eataly to pick up cold cuts and check out the book store.
Wednesday was a complete change of weather for the first day of fall.
It rained most of the day but we didn't get as much as they had forecasted. I had a haircut appointment and then had time to wander until the next shuttle home.
It was interesting to see that the CIBC and TD bank towers were very busy as a lot of people have returned to the office.
I did some errands and then thought I would stop for lunch at the food court.
Today was the first day requiring people to show proof of vaccination for entry into thousands of non-essential venues across the province.
Restaurants, bars, sports venues, gyms, theatres, cinemas and casinos are among the locations where staff must ask patrons to show certification that they received two doses of an approved vaccine at least two weeks before, along with identification that matches their vaccination document.
Still, I was surprised to see the Commerce Court food court blocked off with only two entrances manned with staff to check vaccine certificate and ID before you could sit.
I took a front row seat to watch people's reactions. No one complained, some asked how it was going and everyone had the required documentation. I only saw one person produce a paper vaccine ID.
I had a BEEF BULGOGI bao bun - Ribeye Steak, Pickled Carrot & Daikon, Cucumber, Cilantro with hoisin ginger sauce from Koha Pacific Kitchen, a new to me chain. Delicious, I had tried a bao bun before and had not been keen on it but I will return here.
Since this food court was quite busy, not quite up to 18 months ago, but the busiest I've seen since the pandemic started, I thought I would check another food court in the TD Tower.
This sign was at the entrance.
BUT they had removed any seating. I guess they didn't want to be bothered hiring staff to enforce the rules but it was clearly impacting business. I see there is another Koha here, but closed.
I also checked the Starbucks in TD and it had removed any seating. Chipotle on Front St. had a sign saying vaccine proof would be required to eat in-house.
When I got home I had an email from the AGO Art Gallery of Ontario announcing that you would require proof to dine in their bistro AND also to visit the museum you must be fully vaccinated and provide documentation.
I also read that St. Lawrence Market would no longer have any inside eating.
Thursday was supposed to be a rainy day but by 10 AM the sky was getting blue and the temperature was 16 C or 61 F. I stayed home and got some baking done, it's been a while, but fall is here so I hope to get more done.
Friday John golfed and it was cool!I was going to Yorkville but it was colder than I expected so I just went to Longo's for vegetables.
The Good Liar 2019 was fun, love a good scam and Helen Mirren! Plus Mr. Carson (Jim Carter) from Downton Abbey was in it! Have I mentioned how devastated I am that I have finished the series this week?
City of Lies 2018 It is based on the non-fiction book LAbyrinth by Randall Sullivan, about the investigations by the Los Angeles Police Department of the murders of rappers Tupac Shakur and The Notorious B.I.G.. The film stars Johnny Depp as retired LAPD detective Russell Poole and Forest Whitaker as journalist Jack Jackson.
We enjoyed The Ice Road.
We also started BBC Inside Men It follows the story of an armed robbery at a secure money counting house in Bristol.
We started the series American Rust and am enjoying it.
We watched the Emmys, possibly one of the few times we did. They were entertaining and now we have to add Ted Lasso to our binge list. Hacks may also be added.
I started watching The Grand a series set in Manchester in the 1920s that featured the Bannerman family that owned and ran the hotel, the staff that lived in the basement and occasional guests.
Lunches - leftover kebab with fried egg, steak, tomato sandwiches, leftover chicken divan. Lunch out for Jackie.
Saturday Doner kebabs made with beef, on pita with red onions, tomatoes, hot sauce and tzatziki.
Sunday chicken wings and fries.
Monday Corn on the cob.
Tuesday chicken divan with soda bread - all gluten free.
Wednesday ham Brussels sprouts (Costco) new boiled potatoes
mushroom pasta got lazy after baking so ordered Swiss Chalet.
I baked and updated my black bean avocado brownie recipe.
I also baked chocolate peanut butter cookies.
It was a good baking week as I also made the soda bread.
Friday steak and loaded baked potatoes (cheese, broccoli, sour cream).
I came across this fascinating article in an email from the ROM Royal Ontario Museum. "How Women in India Reclaimed the Protest Power of Ripped Jeans".
I gave up on The Dutch House, I know, I know, people loved it. It started out well but by two thirds I was dying of boredom and couldn't go on. I was "get over it" to these boring characters.
I finished Black Widows, not a great story and I didn't care for any of the sister-wives but did enjoy learning about some Mormon traditions.
I started reading Sleep Well, My Lady which gave me some insights into Ghanian culture and customs.