2017-07-21 Fri

Climate Denial in Toronto

OK, it’s really more on “Trees in Toronto”, but ...

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So there I was minding my own business walking along Gerrard Street West, heading towards Parliament street, when what do I spy but a Tiny Tree in a Huge Island of what looks like soil.

The soil is probably underlaid with a six-inch thick Slab of Concrete on which sits a foot of soil for the small plants, and to hell with the tree. It can look after itself.

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Across the street, that is, adjacent to the sidewalk, is a Park with Huge Trees.

Not quite the seven-storey monsters of Paris, mind you, but a good four or five storeys. And lots of big trees, too.

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Big trees in the parks.

Little and dead trees on the sidewalks.

The next time someone tells you that we can only have small trees in Toronto “because of the climate”, show them photos of trees in parks.

Then remind them that The Latitude of Toronto is about that of Marseilles.

My Kitchen

When I moved in here the Kitchen tap was Leaking. The Building Maintenance has been terrible. When the previous Superintendent came to fix something he left it in a worst state than ever.

So I abandoned the idea of submitting work orders and began Effecting my own Repairs as the need arose.

The kitchen tap deteriorated and unbeknownst to me, began soaking into the Wooden Counter. I became aware of a buckling in the surface due to the chipboard being Water-Logged and dismantled the Kitchen Faucet in the hopes of Repairing or Replacing Seals.

I soon realised I could not, so I ordered new taps and called in the new superintendent. Past experience has taught me not to trust building management to but decent equipment.

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Between 9:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Friday my old kitchen counter was ripped out and a new one put in.

My new kitchen faucet was installed.

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My new tap has a Hose-Fitting so that I can direct the Stream of Water where I will.

As well, it has a Lever Action, so when my hands are filthy, I can use my elbow to begin a stream of water with which to clean my hands.

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The Platform under the sink has been replaced. I will repaint the back wall with some paint I collected from the recycle room of the condominium across the street.

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My new Bathroom tap is in place.

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Unlike the old tap, this has a spigot that extends over the centre of the basin. The old spigot came barely an inch away from the back edge of the basin.

Now I can cup my hands and rinse my face!

Woo-eee!