Michael Kluckner’s New Book: “2050”

November 1, 2016

2050-bookThe second of Michael Kluckner’s graphic novels is to have a launch at:

Book Warehouse, 4118 Main, on 7th November at 7:00pm.

The previous novel took us 50 years into the past, the new one moves us to 2050 in the future. It is “A Post-Apocalyptic Murder Mystery.”  It is not, he promises us, “a dystopian downer.”

Many of you will be familiar with Michael’s luminous watercolours of older houses and neighbourhoods, many of which are used to great effect in his numerous works on heritage and architectural history. These graphic novels offer a more direct approach as a storytelling medium.

Good luck, Michael!

Image: Treeline

November 1, 2016


Changes On The Drive #63

November 1, 2016

I did the walk yesterday morning, in the pouring rain. I looked at the forecast ad decided that one day was going to be as wet as the next so might ad well get it over and done. It wasn’t so bad, I guess.

Starting as usual in the far south of our range, 2240 is still vacant (15 months) and still with the LEASED sign showing.  However, after 25 months vacant, it seems that 2245 will soon be another pay loan operation.

The marijuana dispensary at 2137 Commercial now has a Change of Use Development Permit application on its window. I guess they are one of the ones moving forward under the new regulations.


1850 Commercial, which used to be the MoGo store, is again to be a pay day loan storefront after 8 months vacant.


The former Solaris sun tanning store is still vacant (1 month) though being used this week as a pop-up fireworks outlet.

In Il Mercato, the old Strawberry Bakery space is still vacant (22 months), but the space on Commercial Drive has been taken by a cell phone company.


Across the street, the Libra Room at 1608 Commercial is still shuttered (3 months), as is 1412 (3 months), 1303 (1 month), 1280 (7 months), 1104 (31 months), 952 (2 months), and 902 (18 months); and the former Perogie Store at 1704 Charles (4 months).

1035 Commercial is still vacant (18 months) but Choices doesn’t seem to have made a lot of progress with its expansion.

Finally. Rabbit & Empee is closing their store at 1044 Commercial today.




Previous Changes on the Drive editions.


November 1, 2016



“I have come to regard November as the older, harder man’s October. I appreciate the early darkness and cooler temperatures. It puts my mind in a different place than October. It is a month for a quieter, slightly more subdued celebration of summer’s death as winter tightens its grip.” — Henry Rollins