“Queen Alexandra’s Birdwing is the largest butterfly in the world, with a wingspan of almost one foot.”
I’ve updated the look of my blog today and I think it’s pretty good. Hopefully you’ll enjoy it as well and find it easy to find and read my writing. Speaking of which, I’ve added some of my writing here: an excerpt of a short story called “Cyber” and an excerpt from my sci-fi novel that is nearly done. The working title for the novel is “Skinjobs” (that may change), and you can read the first chapter. Feel free to leave me some feedback after you’d read them, as long as it’s constructive. If you are mean, then be warned: I have flying monkeys and I’m not afraid to use them!
February’s moon is called the Full Snow Moon or the Full Hunger Moon.
88.1.CKLN on the FM dial in the Toronto area (and worldwide streaming online) needs your support!
This beloved community radio station is in danger of losing it’s broadcast license.
Please do what you can to help: contact the CRTC, sign the petition, tell your local member of parliament (MP) that you support community radio and want CKLN to stay on the air!
Full contact info is onÂ www.CKLN.fm as well as full details of the situation.
Here’s an update I received about electric trains in Toronto. This is a group dedicated to having the proposed new rail link in Toronto be electric trains, not diesel. This is important, as the proposal calls for over 400 trains per day to roar through Toronto!
more info/comments: firstname.lastname@example.org
ATTEND: THE CLEAN TRAIN DEMONSTRATION
We demand that Metrolinx NOT purchase diesel trains for the air-rail link to Pearson Airport.
Wednesday, January 26 at 8:30 a.m.
Central YMCA, 20 Grosvenor St
2 blocks north of College St, west of Yonge St
CALL: 416 205 5807 TO LEAVE A MESSAGE FOR CBC RADIO ON THE ELECTRIFICATION.
VOLUNTEER: send your name to email@example.com to help deliver flyers in your area.
Policy shift on electric trains is a giant step forwardâ€“ and the fight is far from over
We just won an INCREDIBLE victory yesterday in the battle for electric trains and healthy transit. The Air Rail Link is now top priority for electrification, and the Georgetown and Lakeshore routes are being recommended to the Province to become the regional electric rail corridors.
Everyone who is part of the Clean Train Coalition should feel proud at the fact that Metrolinx is now admitting that we have been right all along: Electric Trains are the way to GO!
The Electrification Study that CTC compelled them to undertake will set transit policy across Canada, and will advance the case for healthy and sustainable urban transit. These policy discussions will continue into the future, and CTC will be part as the dialogue continues in days to come.
But today our struggle continues. Their plans still include using diesel trains to launch expanded service for the ARL and GO. They are still negotiating the order for buying Diesel Multiple Unit trains for the Air Rail Link, and say these will be converted sometime after they get running. There are serious concerns about noise as well as air pollution: diesel ARL trains would be much louder than electric trains and they would blast their way through our communities every 15 minutes for 20 hours a day!
Do you trust the promise by Metrolinx, when there is no actual plan for conversion of the ARL diesels once they buy them, when the cost of converting from Diesel to Electric is more than buying electric trains up front, and when the only reason driving this is to meet commitments for a 2 week tourist event that adding more bus and train service to the existing GO schedule could handle as effectively? The Pan Am Games are no excuse for inflicting diesel trains on our communities for decades.
We MUST get them to build it right, from the start!
On January 26th the CTC is holding a demonstration in front of the Central YMCA on 20 Grosvenor Street, starting at 8:30 AM. It is an important opportunity to let the Metrolinx Board of Directors and the Provincial Government that there is a gap between words and deeds. We will not stand by silently while the Provincial Government hopes they can sound good for the next election. Talking electric while buying diesel is not good enough, and we vote for electric trains.
CBC radio is taking calls on the electrification, so please call them! Topics can include why diesel, even tier 4 is bad for our health, why diesel trains to the airport pollute more than cars, how incredibly noisy the â€˜latest, most modernâ€™ diesel trains are since GO put them online last year, why the Pan Am games ‘green and sustainable’ shouldn’t be the excuse for diesel, why does it now take 22 years to do what in 2001 experts said would take 33 months. Tell your friends. Make this the most called item ever on CBC.
Our Next Steps:
PLEASE ATTEND the CTC Demo, January 26th 8:30am at the Central YMCA before the Metrolinx Board Meeting to demand that Metrolinx purchase electric and not diesel trains for the air-rail link to Pearson Airport. Bring a sign with a positive message, like â€œGO ELECTRIC NOW!â€
PLEASE CALL 416 205 5807 to leave a message for CBC radio on the need for electrification.
PLEASE TELL YOUR FRIENDS AND NEIGHBOURS. Delivering flyers locally ensures people in your community get informed and are encouraged to take action. Register at firstname.lastname@example.org to help connect your local area.
The Clean Train Coalition is a non-partisan volunteer group that represents the communities along the rail corridor. We believe that a healthy environment and vibrant neighbourhoods depend on smart investment in public transit infrastructure. Build it once, build it right! For more information please seeÂ www.cleantrain.
Help get the word out – get your neighbours to sign up to
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The first full moon of 2011! The January moon is also known as the Wolf Moon, Old Moon, or the Moon After Yule.
I can easily see why it would be called the Wolf moon, as the blueish moonlight on the glistening snow and ice does bring to mind those creatures who walk by the light of the full moon in wintertime.
Wrapping up my videos from Nuit Blanche 2010 – finally got to this one: Rail of Light
New episode of my video series The Wheatgrass Man just released! See what Tom is up to now!
“trombone chwools” was the code…)
Happy Happy 1-11-11 Â today!