New Web Site Section

Category: Stained Glass
Mon, 31 Dec 2007, 11:39

I've taken some of the material on this blog to create a new fixed section of this web site. Check out Stained Glass.

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First Big Snowfall of the Winter

Mon, 17 Dec 2007, 20:29

About 30cm of snow fell on the city this past weekend. Most fell early Sunday morning. I shovelled the driveway at noon on Sunday, and Monday morning I only had a bit more to shovel out. The sun came out and it was a good time for pictures.

snow in december

Driving can be tricky after a snowfall. But the driver of this car really must have wanted his car in the snowbank!

car in snow

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Christmas Lights, 2007

Thu, 13 Dec 2007, 20:00

This time of year, we enjoy driving around to see the Christmas decorations on the houses. Here are some photos from this evenings drive:

photo of Christmas lights photo of Christmas lights

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Goodbye, Guildwood Presbyterian?

Sun, 02 Dec 2007, 20:33

This morning, Torontonians woke up to find 20cm of fresh, wet snow on the ground. We all know what that means. It's time again to call out the military to help shovel!

But in spite of the cold and snow, a hardy group of about 40 to 50 people were out in front of the Guildwood Community Presbyterian Church to protest the church's plan to let Bell Mobility build a cell phone tower on their land.

protesters

I'm not sure if I want a cell phone tower in that spot either. I'm just not a big fan of mobile technology to begin with. But clearly this group is a prime example of NIMBYism. They could have waited until this Tuesday's public consultation meeting. Then, they'll have their chance to hear from all of the interested parties on the issue. But clearly, these people have their minds already made up. What I'd like to know is how many of them enjoy the convenience of mobile technology? Are there any "Crackberries" among them? They complain about the effects of RF radiation on children, but how many of them have given cell phones to their kids? (No kidding - some parents give cell phones to their kids. Do the kids really need to stay connected? Or is it just a status symbol for the parents?)

My point is that people want all the conveniences of modern life, but many aren't willing to support the necessary infrastructure.

protesters

What bothers me about the issue, though, is this: Why did the church feel it necessary to sign a lease with Bell Mobility in the first place? For the past few decades in Canada, church attendance had been steadily falling. This church in particular, must be feeling the pressure. Look at the former Washington United Church on Kingston Road. They recently merged with another United Church and became the Scarborough Bluffs United Church. For the Guildwood Presbyterian Church, the deal with Bell Mobility may well give the church the financial means to stave off a slow death.

The community outrage over the plan must be a great disappointment for the elders of the church. They must now be seeing their plans for financial security slip right out of their hands. They will most likely lose members in this fiasco, especially if they stick to their guns and go ahead with the deal. If they back down, they lose the financial security, as well as possible cancellation penalties. And the community will still have bad feelings about the whole mess. The congregation may well have to disband either way.

Does that mean the community will lose a church at the north-east corner of Guildwood Parkway and Livingston? Not necessarily. Consider that although church attendance as a whole in Canada has been steadily dropping, attendance has been rising in conservative evangelical protestant churches. I'm sure the elders of the Firm Faith Community Church is paying attention. Currently, they meet at Sir Wilfred Laurier Collegiate Institute, just steps away from Guildwood Presbyterian. Perhaps when all the dust clears from this debacle, Firm Faith will have a new home, and Presbyterians living in Guildwood Village will have to travel a bit further on Sunday mornings?

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