Kleinburg Aims To Retain Charm

A short distance from Vaughan’s super highways, megamalls and the massive roller-coasters (and parking lots) of Canada’s Wonderland sits the historic Village of Kleinburg. In addition to being one of Canada’s wealthiest neighbourhoods (According to Canadian Business magazine, in 2010 the average net worth was $2.5 million), Kleinburg’s … [Read more...]

Omar’s Adventures in Kleinburg

Pick up a July edition of Vaughan Today and you'll be transported to the historic Village of Kleinburg. And take my word for it when I say you won't regret the trip. As mentioned in the first (and until now, only) blog post I've written for Multicom Media, I consider myself an astute observer of Vaughan. I don't actually live in the city (I … [Read more...]

Fun with 1.8

Lately I've been having quite a bit of fun with a new lens I purchased. It's a 35mm 1.8G DX (fixed focal length). It's great for depth of field and shooting in low light. I'm quite pleased with it; the autofocus is fast and it takes lovely sharp images. Here are a handful of shots I took while playing with my new toy. … [Read more...]

Why Did St. Clair Cost So Much?

How does a $65-million project turn into a $106-million project? Ask the mayor or one of the TTC’s critics, and you’ll learn the St. Clair right-of-way is a testament to the TTC’s inability to manage and deliver a project on time and on budget. After all, it is the St. Clair Disaster. Or is it? In a 2010 report commissioned by the TTC … [Read more...]

Toronto’s Lost Transit Dreams

It’s enough to make you want to buy a car. As city council debates whether to put Light Rail Transit on Sheppard Avenue or extend the current subway line, and Queen’s Park ponders when council will make up its mind, Torontonians have been left wondering when — or if — anything will actually get built. Now industry spokespeople are saying it’s … [Read more...]

Best Foot Forward

Paul Kocher is a man who doesn’t like to use his disability as a crutch. In fact, when he lost five of his toes to necrotizing fasciitis, more commonly known as flesh-eating disease, he preferred not to use a crutch at all. To be fair, the 46-year-old father of three briefly walked with a cane upon leaving the hospital, but considering … [Read more...]

Now Listening To: Crystal Castles – Crimewave

I've always wanted somewhere to post music I'm currently listening to that is a little less transient than Facebook; even if no one really cares what I'm listening to, it allows me to document where I was musically and emotionally at that point in time, so it seems like a worthwhile enough endeavour to me. Over the course of this weekend I've … [Read more...]

The Thin Red Line

Can the provincial Liberals keep their stronghold in Toronto? Its most popular sports team may be blue, but for years Toronto was an impenetrable Liberal red fortress, a dependable bulwark that withstood changes in municipal, provincial and federal governments. But the May 2 federal election was a game-changer. The Liberal party was … [Read more...]

Finding Peace In The Village

It’s 8:45 on an August night and the sidewalks of Ahmadiyya Avenue are illuminated with the vibrant colours of women and children in shalwar kameez. The unisex South-Asian cultural garb, traditionally worn in Pakistan, comes in an array of colours, though men generally wear white. While many nearby residents are getting their kids ready for bed, … [Read more...]