Wednesday, December 10, 2008

STEEEEEEEERIKE!

Last seen on Tuesday, December 9, 2008 on Rideau Street, Ottawa, Ontario. Current whereabouts unknown.


In its place are several thousand extra vehicles inching their way along Rideau Street, as seen here at 7:30am on Wednesday, December 10, 2008.


Of course, being winter, Ottawa still has its share of lovely views, which are best found whilst on foot. In this case, the view of the Rideau River as seen from the Cummings Bridge, which connects Rideau Street to Montreal Road. 




Monday, December 08, 2008

Grim

Taken from a rest stop on Casablanca Blvd., Grimsby, Ontario on Saturday, December 6, 2008

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Remembrance Day

I don't have a photo to commemorate this special day. Instead, I have a rant. Today is probably the most solemn of days for people who appreciate what we have and how it could have been taken away from us had the tyrants of the past succeeded in overtaking the world through imperialistic domination. This isn't Thanksgiving Day, but it is still a day where we give thanks to those who have sacrificed their lives so that we could live the lives we lead today. (I'll save the definition of "freedom" for those who have stronger views on the subject--suffice to say, we're pretty darn free)

My rant is in the form of a letter which I sent to the operators of an outlet mall in Grove City, Pennsylvania and to Sears Canada. In their wisdom, these two companies decided to have Remembrance Day Sales today, which frankly disgusted me. Now listen, I shop in the U.S., I shop on Sundays, hell, I shop on days that are full-fledged public holidays. I just think that using the image of heroic sacrifice in order to sell stuff that, let's face it, we probably don't really NEED, is crass, tacky and indefensible. Below is a copy of a letter that I sent to both companies (with the names changed where appropriate) to express my feelings.



To whom it may concern,

It is with disappointment and disgust that I write to you regarding an advertisement for your Grove City Outlets' "Remembrance Day" sale.

First off, I would like to point out to you that I am a regular outlet mall shopper, not particularly at Grove City, however I do enjoy travelling to the U.S. to take advantage of sales and stores that aren't available to us in Canada.

My issue is with your company's crass use of "Remembrance Day" in your advertising. Although the day isn't an official public holiday in Canada, it is a day which we hold in the highest regard as a tribute to our fallen soldiers. As millions of American soldiers have, our soldiers went through hell on earth to protect the values that we North Americans hold dear, and I somehow doubt that "GREAT VALUES!" were what they had in mind.

I have no problem with your company advertising to Canadians, I have no problems with you even having a sale this week. I do think that you could have shown a little more respect and tact when it comes to choosing a name for your sale.

Kindest regards



May we never forget.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

The Who






Yeah, they're old. Yeah, Pete can't sing. Yeah, it was another pointless, greatest-hits, let's-make-some-more-dough tour. Yeah, it didn't appear that they knew where they were other than "CANADA!!"

But godDAMN it was good!

Photos taken on Wednesday, October 22, 2008 at Copps Coliseum, Hamilton, Ontario. 

Monday, October 13, 2008

To Victor goes the Spoiled







Photos taken in Victor, New York on Sunday, October 13, 2008

Sunday, October 05, 2008

"....just to check out the late night... record shop..."








And much like the Pavlovian canine referred to in the song which contains this post's title, when I heard that they were turning Sam The Record Man's spinning neon records back on one last time for Nuit Blanche, I was there.




Oh well, I guess I'll always have Belleville.



Video and first four photos taken early in the morning of October 5th, 2008 at Yonge and Gould Streets, Toronto, Ontario. Last photo taken on Saturday, August 2, 2008 at the Quinte Mall, Belleville, Ontario.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Mainly Because of the .... Name?



Well, it's starting. More rebranding in the name of a streamlined corporate identity. This time, it's the Metro chain of supermarkets which, having taken over the former A&P Canada, are now starting to rebrand Dominion, A&P, The Barn, Ultra (which itself was a holdover from the former Miracle Food Mart chain) and Loeb stores under the "Metro" banner.


I've been reading numerous blogs and rants about the sense of this move and of course, I think that the person who came up with this idea is sharing the same frontal "Loeb" as the guy who decided to rename virtually every upper-middle scale department store in the U.S. "Macy's"

Arrogant & Petulant, this move has been seen by some as an attempt by them damn Frenchies to colonize the Ontario grocery landscape. Of course, these people neglect to mention that the biggest of the big, Loblaws (headquartered in Brampton, ONTARIO), has been colonizing Quebec's grocery landscape for years now. Sure, you still see the occasional Provigo around, but for the most part, it's "Loblaws", complete with the defiant "s" at the end (albeit sans apostrophe) across Quebec. Of course, the granddaddy of the Quebec chains, Steinberg (and its "colonial" brand Miracle (Food) Mart) is long gone and largely forgotten by anyone under 40. We also cannot forget the maritimers who brought the name "Sobeys" to us at the expense of Food City and, for the most part, IGA. Breathing down all their necks is the ultimate example of marketing-by-steamroller, Wal-Mart and their not-as-good-as-they'd-like-you-to-think Supercentres. Forget it, Zellers. The lowest price may be the law, but by my book, if you sell crap, I don't care how cheap it is. If I want Giant Tiger or Dollarama, I'll go there, not to a store that's so desperate for a reinvention, I'm actually GRATEFUL that Lord & Trailer got its grubby hands on it. But I digress...

Regardless of origin, how a company can simply toss away a brand which has over 80 years of equity behind it is puzzling. I'm still calling The Source "Radio Shack" (which of course was a forced name change), and The Bay Queen Street store "Simpsons". Whatever the name of the locally Metro-owned full-service supermarket in my neighbourhood is called, most people I know will still call it "expensive". And for that reason, I think I'll stick to No Frills.

Photos taken near Major MacKenzie Drive East and Bayview Avenue, Richmond Hill, Ontario and Eglinton Avenue East and Bayview Avenue, Toronto, Ontario on Friday, September 26, 2008.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

(Rail) Road Trip


Photos taken on Highway 7, Markham; Unionville GO Station (2, 3), somewhere between Mount Joy and Stouffville GO Stations (4), the skies above Lincolnville GO Station (5), Toronto Street, Uxbridge (6), Reach Street, Uxbridge (7), the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Oshawa (8) and off the Main Street bridge over the CN Kingston Subdivision, Toronto, Ontario (9) on Tuesday, September 16, 2008.

Saturday, September 06, 2008

Fargo







Photos taken at the Peach Country Farm Market on Victoria Avenue, Vineland, Ontario on Saturday, August 30, 2008

Sunday, August 31, 2008

Why the long face?





Photos taken at Lakeside Park, St. Catharines, Ontario on Saturday, August 30, 2008

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

More Logo-er


Created on Wednesday, August 27, 2008. (Slow day at work, dontchaknow)

Sunday, August 10, 2008

BLUE SKY!!!!



Now then.... these photos don't really have much artistic value, but are included here to illustrate that out of 8 days on the road, a two-hour pit-stop in downtown Ottawa provided the ONLY 2 hours of sunshine of the entire trip! This is not an exaggeration. Oh wait, sorry..... there was about a half-hour on PEI on Tuesday before the misty rains descended upon us yet again.

Oh well.... at least we weren't camping.

Photos taken in Ottawa, Ontario on Sunday, August 9, 2008

Rigaud Letto




Photos taken at the Rigaud AMT Train Station (the end of the Rigaud Line, wouldn'tchaknow) in (guess where?) Rigaud, Quebec, on Saturday, AUGUST 9th, 2008