Night Music: Pachelbel Canon in D Major

January 10, 2020

Crime And a Lack of Confidence

January 10, 2020

I subscribe to a number of neighbourhood email lists, and talk to residents every day, and from this anecdotal evidence alone, it is clear that a wave of break-ins and thefts has swept over parts of Grandview recently. On Venables Street, for example, a number of households in a single block were hit night after night with burglaries and robberies. A man was caught trying to break into my own building last week, thwarted by a neighbour who called the police. It does have locals concerned and talking.

And this local concern seems to fit into a general pattern across the region (shootings in Metro, etc) and indeed the country.  According to a recent Angus Reid report, crime has increased from a low in 2014, ticking up slightly each year since:


Along with that comes a fall in the confidence that Canadians have in the various parts of the justice system:


I don’t offer any opinions on what this all means; just wanted to share the data.


Ice Cream Museum

January 10, 2020

Hard to imagine anything more worthy of a museum than ice cream — and there is one!



Originally established in 2016, the Museum of Ice Cream has had 1.5 million visitors as a pop-up display in LA. San Francisco, Miami, and New York.  Now, at last, it has a permanent home:

“[T]he self-titled ‘experium’ has opened its first permanent space in New York, featuring a three-storey slide, a hall of giant ice cream scoops, and its biggest sprinkle pool to date.”

Thanks to Creative Review for keeping me in this important news loop.