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  1. Story from BBC NEWS:http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/pr/fr/-/2/hi/programmes/world_news_america/7725979.stm Published: 2008/11/13 09:47:01 GMT © BBC MMVIII
  2. La compagnie Black Bull Ressources songe à réduire ou à interrompre complètement la production à la mine de White Point. Pour en lire plus...
  3. First Canadian Place officer tower to receive a facelift 680News staff Toronto | Thursday, September 24th, 2009 7:56 am Toronto - First Canadian Place, Canada's tallest office tower, will be receiving a $100-million makeover. There are currently 45,000 slabs of white marble on the 72-storey home for the Bank of Montreal. But, Brookfield Properties, the building's owner, is going to replace the marble with 7,800 panels of white glass. The National Post reported the property, which opened in 1975, has already seen a refurbishment of some of the marble slabs, but the look has deteriorated. Tom Farley, president and CEO of Brookfield's Canadian commercial operations, told the paper that when the company bought the property in 2005, they knew it was a fixer-upper. If the original builder had used thicker marble, it would have lasted 100 years. Brookfield said it will also renovate the lobby of the tower. The National Post called the renovation another positive signal for the downtown business core, with the recent opening of the Bay-Adelaide Centre and two other office towers opening before the end of the year. ----- Hyrdo-Quebec are you listening??? Please renovate your POS.
  4. Toronto's two solitudes: Poor city beside rich city Nov 20, 2008 04:30 AM Comments on this story (3) David Hulchanski "We heard as well about parents whose struggle to hold down two or three jobs leaves them with no time or energy to parent, of youth being humiliated by the obviousness of their poverty, of the impact of precarious and substandard housing on their ability to study and learn and engage with friends, and about the numerous other daily stresses of living on the margins of a prosperous society." – Review of the Roots of Youth Violence, Vol. 1, p. 31. We learned last week that among the roots of youth violence is the lack of good jobs – jobs that support a family, jobs that support an average lifestyle, jobs that support good quality housing. Though we already knew this, as a society we need to stop moving in the opposite direction. It wasn't too long ago that our language did not include terms like "good jobs," "bad jobs" or "the working poor." How could you work and be poor? Many people today are working more than full-time and are poor. They have no choice but to live in the growing number of very poor neighbourhoods. Money buys choice. Many neighbourhoods are becoming poor in the sense that most of the residents are living in poverty, and poor in the sense that housing, public services and transit access are all inferior relative to the rest of the city. The growing polarization between rich and poor is happening in part because of the loss of average, middle-income jobs. There used to be far fewer concentrations of disadvantage in Toronto. In the early 1970s about two-thirds of the City of Toronto's neighbourhoods (66 per cent) were middle-income – within 20 per cent of the average individual in-come of the metropolitan area. By 2005, the middle income group of neighbourhoods had declined to less than one-third (29 per cent). The trend is the same in the communities around the city's boundaries – the 905 area. The number of middle-income neighbourhoods declined by 25 per cent, from 86 per cent to 61 per cent, during the same period. Now 20 per cent of the neighbourhoods in the 905 area have very low average individual incomes, compared to none in 1970. This income polarization – the decline of the middle group with growth in the two extreme poles – is not only a general trend among Toronto's population, but it also is the basis of where we live. The City of Toronto is now divided into increasingly distinct zones. One zone of tremendous wealth and prosperity, about 20 per cent of the city, is located mainly along the Yonge corridor and stretching east and west along Bloor and Danforth. Average household income was $170,000 in 2005, 82 per cent of the population is white, only 4 per cent are recent immigrants (arriving 2001 to 2006), and only 2 per cent are black. Some of these neighbourhoods are more white and had fewer foreign-born residents in 2005 than in 1995. In contrast, there is a huge zone of concentrated disadvantage. It is still located in part in the traditional inner-city neighbourhoods, but now is also in the inner suburbs, the car-oriented areas built during the 1960s and 1970s. This is 40 per cent of the city, about 1.1 million people. Close to one-third of residents live in poverty (are below the low-income cut-off measure used by the federal government). Only 34 per cent are white, 15 per cent are recent immigrants, and 12 per cent are black. Federal and provincial economic policies, while seemingly abstract and high-level, play themselves out on the ground in our neighbourhoods. Paying a growing segment of the population wages that do not support individuals, let along families, at a basic standard of living and a fundamental level of dignity is not sustainable. The now well-documented rise in income inequality, income polarization and ethnocultural and skin colour segregation are city-destroying trends. They are trends produced by commission and omission, by public and private sector decisions. We need to use our regulatory power for the common good to focus on improving the labour market through measures like a living wage and providing people with a voice in working conditions via a fairer path to unionization. One-sided policy-making is not only generating greater disadvantage, it is destroying the city as a great place to live and work. Nothing is trickling down. The city is increasingly segregating itself as the social distance between rich and poor increases. Immigrants are arriving in a very different economy than they did 30 and 40 years ago. A recent Statistics Canada study concludes, for example, "that the wage gap between newly hired employees and other employees has been widening over the past two decades," the "relative importance of temporary jobs has increased substantially among newly hired employees," and that compared with "the early 1980s, fewer male employees are now covered by a registered pension plan." In short, policies have allowed fewer jobs to pay a living wage with good benefits. This did not happen by accident. It is not only possible but essential that we have an economy with good jobs with at least a minimum living wage for all. We need public policies that support the goals of a just and inclusive society, and we have to ensure that the use of political power benefits the common good. These are key goals of the Good Jobs Coalition and form the agenda for Saturday's Good Jobs Summit. They are essential to reversing the city-destroying trends at work in Toronto today. David Hulchanski is a University of Toronto professor and author of the report The Three Cities within Toronto. This is one of a series of essays created for the Good Jobs Summit, which takes place Nov. 22 in Toronto.
  5. Annulation : UFC + 12M$ de retombées = «no brainer» (Corus Sports)- Vous désirez vendre un événement sportif à Montréal (et non Mawn-Tri-Al)? Adressez-vous à Dana White, il semble en être un expert ! Un invité des plus articulés, Dana White a habilement vendu chacun des arguments en poche pour supporter la tenue de son événement. Si on se fie à monsieur White, l'événement UFC 97 aura bel et bien lieu au Centre Bell le 18 avril prochain, tel que prévu. «Je ne vois tout simplement pas comment l'événement pourrait ne pas avoir lieu tel que prévu originalement. Nous avons entendu parler de toute la controverse avec le Régie des alcools, des courses et des jeux, mais les ventes sont déjà incroyables.» En observant les chiffres présentés par White, force est d'admettre qu'il serait tout à l'honneur du gouvernement du Québec d'appuyer l'événement : - 12 000 billets vendus en pré-vente - 1 million $ en taxes pour ces billets, jusqu'à maintenant - Retombées totales potentielles de 12 millions (argent neuf en majorité) pour le week-end du 18 avril prochain «C'est une décision évidente (no brainer)», a t-il renchéri. Questionné sur sa réaction lorsqu'il a appris que la RACJ désirait mettre un frein aux événements UFC, Dana White a déclaré avoir été tenu en haleine («we were a little bit freaked out»), mais que ce genre de démêlés étaient monnaie courante dans son industrie. Un passage remarqué À propos du dernier passage de la UFC à Montréal en 2008, White a été catégorique. «Tout le monde dans la région de Montréal a ressenti notre passage. Nous avons fait sauter la baraque! (The place was rocking)» Dana White a par ailleurs affirmé que les États-Unis étaient un excellent marché pour les arts martiaux mixtes, mais que le Canada était tout un terreau fertile, notamment parce que George St-Pierre est une vedette de calibre international.
  6. We just need to add Alaska, Guam, Turks & Caicos and the US Virgin Islands :D It be beautiful. If this ever happened. Guess the White House could be in Texas somewhere or something.
  7. snow in old montreal is so beautiful. plus my first winter living downtown yay
  8. Further to my notes that YUL is a high volume low yield market, Lufthansa for summer 2016 has just loaded the high density A340 with only 18 business class seats. The operations will be done by Lufthansa-Jump, the white Star coloured A340s without Lufthansa logo's for labour reasons.
  9. (Courtesy of The Wall Street Jorunal) Hmm... this seems interesting. One of the only reasons I put it in this section seeing Air Canada code shares with Lufthansa so it could be good for some of us who want to try and travel to US for cheaper. Plus I also read that Virgin Atlantic trying to join the Alliance also
  10. Architect Koolhaas sees economic woes blunting excess SEOUL (Reuters Life!) – Architect Rem Koolhaas, renowned for his striking designs and musings on cities, believes the global economic downturn will lead to less ostentatious, more "socially responsible" buildings that better serve the public. The Dutch architect, whose firm designed the gravity-defying CCTV Headquarters in Beijing, Casa de Musica in Portugal and the Seattle Central Library, said more emphasis will now be placed on the efficient use of space during these lean times. "The last 10 years have been noteworthy for the excess in the private sector," Koolhaas told Reuters at the opening of a sleek temporary exhibit hall he and his Office for Metropolitan Architecture designed for fashion house Prada in Seoul. "What we are going to see is a return to the public sector. This is a healthy thing," he said on Wednesday. The Prada Transformer structure, located next to an ancient palace in central Seoul, will open on Saturday with a fashion display. The tetrahedron-shaped steel building, covered in a translucent white skin, is designed to be lifted by cranes and rotated so that it can best use each of its differently designed sides to show movies, host fashion shows or hold art exhibits. Koolhaas said the building provides a bit of lightness -- constructed at a reasonable costs -- that is needed during an economic downturn. Prada would not provide the amount it paid to construct the building. (Editing by Miral Fahmy)
  11. Houston study lauds red light cameras despite uptick in accidents We all know we shouldn't mess with Texas. And Houston, Texans shouldn't mess around with statistics, because the folks running the show are going to come to any conclusions they want no matter what the statistics say. This is the easy part: a study of red light cameras in the city shows that accidents have actually increased at intersections with the cameras. These are the parts that are open to interpretation: most intersections only have one camera looking at one (out of four) directions of traffic, but the accident rate went up for traffic in the other three unmonitored directions; and, in the one monitored direction, "accidents remained relatively flat or showed only a slight increase." What do you make of that? Mayor Bill White and the study authors say the city in general is experiencing a swell in the number of collisions, and claim that collisions at the monitored intersections haven't risen as much as the wider municipal rate. Yet they have no data to back up an increase in citywide collisions, and no year-on-year accident data at intersections (let alone an explanation for the uptick). White said that a 40-percent year-on-year drop in red light citations in the month of October shows the program is working and keeping drivers more safe. Critics say that the program is nothing but a cash register for city government. The study's authors plan to study insurance industry findings to come up with more substantive conclusions. http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/front/6185795.html
  12. Bush offers $17.4B to automakers Ford tells White House it doesn't need bailout loan Last Updated: Friday, December 19, 2008 | 12:14 PM ET CBC News U.S. President George W. Bush pauses during a statement on the auto industry at the White House on Friday in Washington. (Evan Vucci/Associated Press) Calling it the "more responsible option," U.S. President George W. Bush on Friday dipped into the massive financial bailout package to offer $17.4 billion US in short-term loans to automakers. "If we were to allow the free market to take its course now, it would almost certainly lead to disorderly bankruptcy and liquidation for the automakers," he said during a news conference at the White House. "Under ordinary circumstances, I would say this is the price that failed companies must pay. These are not ordinary circumstances." U.S. stocks rose in trading on Friday after the president's announcement. U.S. president-elect Barack Obama praised the announcement. "Today's actions are a necessary step to help avoid a collapse in our auto industry that would have devastating consequences for our economy and workers," he said. "With the short-term assistance provided by this package, the auto companies must bring all their stakeholders together — including labour, dealers, creditors and suppliers — to make the hard choices necessary to achieve long-term viability." TARP loans The loans will come from the $700-billion financial market rescue package approved by Congress in October, the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP). The loans will be handed out in December and January, but will be recalled if the companies are not viable by March 31, 2009. GM CEO Rick Wagoner told reporters in Detroit that he doesn't think the March deadline is impossible. "What we need to do is show we can get that stuff done on the required timeframe, and then on the basis of that we will develop future projections for the company, and I'm highly confident we'll be able to meet that test," he said. The plan requires firms to accept limits on executive compensation and eliminate certain corporate perks, such as company jets. "The automakers and its unions must understand what is at stake and make hard decisions necessary to reform," Bush said. White House officials said Ford has told them it doesn't need the loan, so the money will likely go to General Motors and Chrysler. Chrysler CEO Bob Nardelli thanked the Bush administration for the help, saying it would get the companies through their immediate needs and on the path back to profitability. Ford CEO Alan Mulally said the bailout will help stabilize the industry, even though his company doesn't immediately need cash. "The U.S. auto industry is highly interdependent, and a failure of one of our competitors would have a ripple effect that could jeopardize millions of jobs and further damage the already weakened U.S. economy," Mulally said. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson said Congress should authorize the use of the second $350 billion from TARP. Tapping the fund for the auto industry basically exhausts the first half of the $700-billion total, he said. Collapse would be 'painful blow' Bankruptcy was unlikely to work for the auto industry at this time because the global financial crisis pushed the automakers to the brink of bankruptcy faster than they could have anticipated, Bush said. "They have not made the legal and financial preparations necessary to carry out an orderly bankruptcy proceeding that could lead to a successful restructuring," he said. Consumers, already wary of additional spending, will be more hesitant to buy a Big Three auto if they think their warranties will become worthless, said the president. "Such a collapse would deal a painful blow to hardworking Americans far beyond the auto industry." Bush said the "more responsible option" is to provide short-term loans to give the companies time to either restructure, or set up the legal and financial frameworks necessary to declare bankruptcy. The Senate failed to pass a $14-billion US bailout package to the automakers last week. Earlier this month, Ottawa and the government of Ontario reached a deal to offer money to Canada's auto industry based on a proportion of any package agreed to by U.S. officials. Auto sales have dropped drastically, with carmakers reporting their lowest sales in 26 years. With files from the Associated Press
  13. There was another thread with an old picture of a Citroen DS parked next to the Sun Life building, circa 1971. I forget the thread though. Here's an ad with the same car driving around Montreal! The license plate looks like a 1968 Quebec plate (white on blue). It sure doesn't look like any 1970's plate, and DS/Citroen Canada stopped around 1974... Another one but less memorable city views:
  14. I have so far seen two unmarked and non-American cars in the city with these type of cameras on the hood. I so far spotted it on a black Hyundai Veloster and a white Mazda 7.
  15. I feel a bit nostalgic, last year in December I went to visit my home country for the first time since coming to Montréal. I was shocked the moment I entered the "International" Airport of Damascus, I knew right away I was in a different planet. I thought that my initial shock would pass away, but no, it went from one shock to another. When I left Syria I was 7 years old, and I remember barely anything from there, while being born in Aleppo (second largest city), I lived all my life in a small town (300k) by the name of Al Qamishly on the border with Turkey and near Iraq. That city became slowly invaded by poor and restless Kurds. Everyone was telling me that Damascus was beautiful, modern, etc... well I can tell you that after seeing what Damascus was all about, I was not so thrilled to see the smaller towns and villages. Oh well, here's the tale in pictures of a spoiled Montrealer in Syria: First signs of western influence, laughed my ass off:) It is believed there's something like 4000 mosque in Damascus alone... thats alot of highrises THis is the Parlimant of the Syrian Republic... I took the pic without being noticed by the secret service dudes near me in an unmarked white car:D A pedestrian only street, you can shop all you want My host, Roudain One of the most if not most important shopping streets in Damascus The almighty Ministry of Economy and Trade... aka Mafia ...err Club not Clup Steets in eternal old Damascus: In Montreal we call that a ruelle, but its almost ten time smaller... yes people do live here Notice the black exterior walls, they were white but because of the pollution they became black.... Satelite dishes paradise....... Notice the mountain in the background and the dark area at its bottom... the dark is in reality savage construction done everywhere without any control or restraint... sad, imagine the Mont-Royal like that... Commie blocks Thats inside a restaurant on top of the mountain, sadly its empty because no one goes out in "winter" The patio... Damascus at night from the mountain Day one is over, i will post more in the coming days...
  16. Papiers White Birch et Emploi-Québec investissent dans la formation des travailleurs de l'usine F.F. Soucy afin d'améliorer la productivité de l'entreprise. Pour en lire plus...
  17. http://tmagazine.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/09/18/north-stars/ The Montreal neighborhood of Mile End, long a working-class Jewish enclave (and the namesake of two culty New York delis), has changed considerably in recent years, getting quietly but unmistakably hip, with dozens of restaurants, bars and boutiques now dotting its streets. Librairie Drawn & Quarterly The offshoot of a local publishing house, this shop attracts fans of graphic novels and art books with regular readings and workshops. 211, rue Bernard Ouest; (514) 279-2224; drawnandquarterly.com. Éditions de Robes The owner, Julie Pesant, believes every woman needs a good dress. She stocks mainly her own designs, many in black or white, all on-trend and priced at about $250. She’ll even alter them. 178, rue St.-Viateur Ouest; (514) 271-7676; editionsderobes.com. Royal Phoenix All are welcome at this gay bar, which also serves as an informal clubhouse for members of Montreal’s red-hot roller derby scene (mtlrollerderby.com). Other reasons to go: the music, the warm-weather terrace and the over-the-top poutine, which comes with pulled pork. 5788, boulevard St.-Laurent; (514) 658-1622; royalphoenixbar.com. Thierry Arnold Boulangerie Guillaume Boulangerie Guillaume This artisanal bakery’s bread is often described as the best in the city. Other delicious offerings include the sticky apple-caramel buns, white chocolate brioche and coffee from the local roaster Saint Henri (sainthenri.ca). 17, avenue Fairmount Est; (514) 507-3799; boulangerieguillaume.com. Les Montures A favorite of plugged-in stylists, this small shop specializes in dead stock and vintage eyeglasses and sunglasses. Though big names like Dior are represented, the owner, Nicolas Hamel, values style over pedigree, with a preference for specs from the 1960s and ’70s. 174, rue Bernard Ouest; (514) 507-8282; lesmontures.com. A version of this article appeared in print on 09/23/2012, on page M218 of the NewYork edition with the headline: North Stars.
  18. Malek

    Chicago best of!

    Collection from a photographer in Chicago Myspace profile: http://www.myspace.com/delobbo Some of you may have seen these already but wanted to share for the rest of the class. click any pic for a larger version. I didn't use a tripod for any of these, but I did use ledges or other supporting structures to balance. As noted, many were hand-held (using burst shots). This is handy for instance when, you want to take a night shot in the middle of the street, with cars around. (EXIF for as many shots as I could find and/or applicable.) 6-shot panorama taken from Millenium Park - click for 1920px version EXIF from one of the main shots: Camera Model: Canon EOS 5D Image Date: 2008:08:27 18:51:22 Flash Used: No Focal Length: 24.0mm Exposure Time: 0.100 s (1/10) Aperture: f/2.8 ISO equiv: 125 White Balance: Auto Metering Mode: Matrix Exposure: Manual Exposure Mode: Manual The Bean, single-shot HDR from RAW - click for 1920px version Camera Model: Canon EOS 5D Image Date: 2008:08:27 18:26:29 Flash Used: No Focal Length: 48.0mm Exposure Time: 0.017 s (1/60) Aperture: f/2.8 ISO equiv: 125 White Balance: Auto Metering Mode: Matrix Exposure: Manual Exposure Mode: Manual Looking south down LaSalle Street towards the Board of Trade, Chicago. Single-shot HDR from RAW, hand-held. Camera Model: Canon EOS 5D Image Date: 2008:08:26 19:16:38 Flash Used: No Focal Length: 28.0mm Exposure Time: 0.125 s (1/8) Aperture: f/2.8 ISO equiv: 125 White Balance: Auto Metering Mode: Matrix Exposure: Manual Exposure Mode: Manual 17-shot panorama of Lake Michigan, Grant Park, Chicago Loop, looking south from 39th floor on Randolph Street. Advisable to view large (1920px) Chicago at night. You may recognize some buildings from The Dark Knight.. Camera Model: NIKON D70 Image Date: 2005:07:05 22:30:14 Flash Used: No Focal Length: 18.0mm (35mm equivalent: 27mm) Exposure Time: 0.400 s (1/3) Aperture: f/3.5 White Balance: Auto Metering Mode: Matrix downtown Chicago, by the river and Marina City, IBM building.. b/w conversion. Camera Model: NIKON D70 Image Date: 2005:07:05 22:41:31 Flash Used: No Focal Length: 18.0mm (35mm equivalent: 27mm) Exposure Time: 0.200 s (1/5) Aperture: f/3.5 White Balance: Auto Metering Mode: Matrix looking north from Roosevelt, South Loop Chicago. 3-shot panorama from single-shot RAW HDR. click for 2560px version Railyard north of Roosevelt, Chicago. Single-shot HDR. Camera Model: Canon EOS 5D Image Date: 2008:08:10 22:20:33 Flash Used: No Focal Length: 68.0mm Exposure Time: 0.200 s (1/5) Aperture: f/2.8 ISO equiv: 160 White Balance: Auto Metering Mode: Matrix Exposure: Manual Exposure Mode: Manual Navy Pier single-shot HDR panorama, Chicago. Navy Pier single-shot HDR panorama, Chicago. Made from 2 shots. 18-shot HDR (from single RAW) panorama, looking north from the Adams St bridge on the Chicago river. looking east from South Loop Chicago. 11-shot panorama (no HDR). missed a couple of shots to get a complete pano, I will most likely go back and redo this one - hopefully during more dramatic sky conditions as well. Of note, the white house towards the center of the picture is the Clarke House, which is regarded as the oldest surviving building in Chicago. Looking North down Michigan Avenue from Randolph Street. hand-held Camera Model: Canon EOS 5D Image Date: 2008:08:26 19:01:01 Flash Used: No Focal Length: 70.0mm Exposure Time: 0.050 s (1/20) Aperture: f/2.8 ISO equiv: 125 White Balance: Auto Metering Mode: Matrix Exposure: Manual Exposure Mode: Manual heading to Chicago on 94-West. single-shot HDR Camera Model: Canon EOS 5D Image Date: 2008:06:22 19:55:25 Flash Used: No Focal Length: 51.0mm Exposure Time: 0.067 s (1/15) Aperture: f/2.8 ISO equiv: 200 White Balance: Auto Metering Mode: Matrix Exposure: Manual Exposure Mode: Manual (not HDR) taken during the filming of Batman: The Dark Knight, Chicago Loop 2007. Single-shot HDR, hand-held. What you see in the middle with the spotlights surrounding it is the ramp leading to the lower level of Wacker drive - these are the scenes with the trucks going down/up the ramps and the related chase scenes. Camera Model: Canon EOS 5D Image Date: Thu Aug 23 21:21:06 2007 Focal Length: 73.0mm Exposure Time: 0.386 s (1/3) Aperture: f/4.0 ISO equiv: 100 (not HDR) Camera Model: NIKON D70 Image Date: 2005:07:03 17:54:10 Flash Used: No Focal Length: 18.0mm (35mm equivalent: 27mm) Exposure Time: 0.0031 s (1/320) Aperture: f/9.0 White Balance: Auto Metering Mode: Matrix Stormy night.. 08/23/07.. facing west from Wacker Drive. Behind glass. multiple exposure HDR (3 or 4), the spots at the top are raindrops on the window.. Looking east from Franklin Street at Delaware at 5AM. Single-shot HDR. Camera Model: Canon EOS 5D Image Date: 2008:06:22 04:17:16 Flash Used: No Focal Length: 32.0mm Exposure Time: 0.0050 s (1/200) Aperture: f/2.8 ISO equiv: 200 White Balance: Auto Metering Mode: Matrix Exposure: Manual Exposure Mode: Manual D70, 2005. note: this is one of my earlier HDR's, it is definitely on the "wilder" side.. intentionally. go Cubs! 34-shots, Canon SD550. Camera Model: Canon EOS 5D Image Date: 2008:06:22 04:30:06 Flash Used: No Focal Length: 70.0mm Exposure Time: 0.0031 s (1/320) Aperture: f/2.8 ISO equiv: 200 White Balance: Auto Metering Mode: Matrix Exposure: Manual Exposure Mode: Manual Camera Model: Canon EOS 5D Image Date: 2008:06:22 04:15:41 Flash Used: No Focal Length: 42.0mm Exposure Time: 0.0063 s (1/160) Aperture: f/2.8 ISO equiv: 200 White Balance: Auto Metering Mode: Matrix Exposure: Manual Exposure Mode: Manual multiple exposure HDR, 4 shots Camera Model: NIKON D70 Image Date: 2005:02:15 19:45:00 Flash Used: No Focal Length: 56.0mm (35mm equivalent: 84mm) Exposure Time: 0.050 s (1/20) Aperture: f/4.5 White Balance: Auto Metering Mode: Matrix Camera Model: NIKON D70 Image Date: 2005:08:28 12:28:51 Flash Used: No Focal Length: 22.0mm (35mm equivalent: 33mm) Exposure Time: 0.0031 s (1/320) Aperture: f/9.0 White Balance: Auto Metering Mode: Matrix State of Illinois building, Chicago. 3-shot HDR. Merchandise Mart, Chicago. hand-held Camera Model: NIKON D70 Image Date: 2005:07:05 22:16:28 Flash Used: No Focal Length: 24.0mm (35mm equivalent: 36mm) Exposure Time: 0.200 s (1/5) Aperture: f/3.8 White Balance: Auto Metering Mode: Matrix
  19. This whole Subban-Richards affair raised a lot of discussion in the media about hockey and the culture of hockey acceptance of things outside of the norm. Lol, in typical Canadian fashion, that's how the discussions were framed, since (white) Canadians are not secure enough or comfortable talking about race, even though race is an under-current of the issue. Not saying that Richards is racist, because I don't know that, but as a Black Canadian myself, the whole discussion raised a lot of questions for me about discrimination in hockey. I never played organized hockey (I don't count the 2,3 games I played in high school back in the mid-1990's), so I don't know. All I know is that when I was growing up I was really into hockey and people would tell me "you shouldn't play hockey", "why are you playing hockey", etc...and that was from my black relatives/family. I've never had a white person tell me those things, but remember that this is Canada, so they may be shy to tell you what they really think. What I do know is that most hockey players who speak a certain way similar to Kirk Muller or Jerome Iginla, get labeled as "good guys" by their teammates, coaches, GM's and media types. I put Iginla's name in there because some of these "good guys" have been black. But is there discrimination in hockey? Yes. I think discrimination does exist in hockey, but I wouldn't go as far as to go "Al Sharpton" or "Jesse Jackson" on their ass, because I don't think it's that widespread. I believe it exist, but at what level, I can't say. I view racism, discrimination and prejudices, like the clouds in the sky: Some days there's more clouds than others. Some places there's more clouds than others. But even on a bright day, with a clear blue sky, If you look close enough at the horizon, you'll see clouds. If you think about it, that's true both in reality and in metaphor. Especially here in Canada where (white) Canadians feel uncomfortable openly discussing issues dealing about race. At least in America, even with the KKK, the Republicans of today and the Democrats of yesterday and other forms of historic institutional racism, (white) Americans can still have intelligent discussions on racial issues on CNN or in other political and/or public forums without fear of being labeled a racist. In Canada, people, especially white Canadians, feel strange talking about that. They "don't want to go there." Are they afraid of speaking their mind? At least in the US you know where people stand. If they don't like you, you'll know. But here in Canada, people are so secretive about their racism that I just keep to my cloud analogy. I'm assuming that analogy is true for hockey as well.
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