My column this week has to do with 2 main concerns I have with the 2012 Doors Open event in Aurora. You can read it here: V12N33P04.pdf Download this file This matter was also the subject of a delegation I made to the Heritage Advisory Committee on June 11th, minutes of that meeting are available here: http://www.town.aurora.on.ca/app/wa/mediaEntry?mediaEntryId=60185 […]Read more "100 Watts : Doors Open, Minds Closed"
The reasoning behind the Harper government’s move to fire most of the digitization staff, and shrink the Library & Archives Canada is incredibly suspect. This was the subject of my column this week, which you can read here: V13N31P04.pdf Download this file The impact at the local library level has been immediate. Library board chairwoman and […]Read more "100 Watts : Austerity Obliterates History"
The above photo was one I snapped at this year’s Arctic Adventure. Q : Do you see what is wrong with it? A : The truck isn’t white. Or at least that’s what a bunch of ass-hats from past council thought as they decided to exert conformity across the town’s fleet of vehicles, deciding on white. I wrote about […]Read more "100 Watts : “We Take Pride Out Of Our Parks”"
My column this week had to do with the connections between free speech to language and literature as brought forward by the late Northrop Frye. You can read it here: V12N27P04.pdf Download this file I recently re-read Frye’s book “The Educated Imagination” which is a collection of 6 lectures Frye did as part of the […]Read more "100 Watts : The Social Imagination"
The picture above is from one of no doubt several “Run for the Earth” charity walks/jogs/runs/marathons and it illustrates nicely how ironic the action is when one considers the cause. This monumental act of stupidity ties in nicely with the theme of my column that ran in The Auroran April 30th. You can read it here: V14N25P04.pdf […]Read more "100 Watts : huh? oh yeah I’ll pick that up later I’m busy saving the Earth now"
Clr. Gallo stated at last week’s council meeting that Aurora’s Arts & Culture scene had been murdered in cold blood as though he was acting out a scene from one of the popular C.S.I. series. The only thing missing in his presentation were a pair of sunglasses he could lower David Caruso style. This was the subject […]Read more "100 Watts : Death comes to town"
My column this week had to do with trees, those that hug them and conversely those that must hate them. You can read it here: V13N19P04.pdf Download this file William Blake, poet and author of the Poison Tree recognized that not all trees are equal. He said it this way: “A fool sees not the […]Read more "100 Watts : If a tree falls in Aurora who makes a sound?"
My column this week is about agreements. Most notably the abysmal one currently between the Town of Aurora and Aurora’s “Cultural” Centre. You can read it here: V12N17P04.pdf Download this file I understand an agreement as being defined as such: the act of agreeing or of coming to a mutual arrangement. the state of being […]Read more "100 Watts : we disagree to agree"
The black bear sighting in Aurora from a couple years ago is now being joined by increased sightings of coyotes. It was the subject of my column this week which you can read here: Last week I was a little taken aback to see the passive response by our M.P.P. with hosting a “public […]Read more "100 Watts : coyotes and politicans and bears, oh my"
The Ontario Heritage Act plays an important role in enabling a municipality to designate the whole or any part of an area as a Heritage Conservation District. This allows City Council to protect and enhance the special character of groups of properties in an area. The character is established by the overall heritage quality of buildings, streets and […]Read more "100 Watts : Respecting Boundaries"
My column this week has to do with my disgust for a recent decision by Aurora’s Heritage Advisory Committee to not only remove the Heritage Delegation from the George T. Browning House, an Aurora landmark, but to actually recommend demolishing it. You can read it here: V12N09P04.pdf Download this file Tearing down the home of one of Aurora’s prolific builders does […]Read more "100 Watts : The George T. Browning House"
F. Scott Fitzgerald’s quote has an unnerving parallel to my column this week has to do with the long time coming, and may never arrive, Aurora Youth Centre. You can read it here: V12N07P04.pdf Download this file Budget discussions for 2011 touched on the subject of a Youth Centre in this April 14th Era Banner […]Read more "100 Watts : “Though the Jazz Age continued it became less and less an affair of youth. The sequel was like a children’s party taken over by the elders.”"
My column this week addressed the recent debacle of the ground-breaking celebration for the Clarington incinerator. You can read it here: V12N05P04.pdf Download this file I commented on this issue in a previous post here: http://christopherwatts.posterous.com/dig-your-own-grave-and-save and after doing some more reading on the subject have some additional concerns. In this Era Banner article York […]Read more "100 Watts : want some truffle salt on that?"
My column this week addressed continued on my previous column’s topic of freedoms. You can read it here: V12N02P04.pdf Download this file Some people should be highly advised to avoid the internet. Among them I would include the hyper sensitive and the humor impared. I would suggest those same people with such delicate sensabilities should […]Read more "100 Watts : solving problems with more freedom instead of less"
My column this week has to do with freedoms. Particularly freedom of the press and freedom of expression both of which have been under attack in our town by a small band of morons intent on silencing criticism outright. You can read it here: V11N51P04.pdf Download this file Corazon Aquino, the first woman to run for […]Read more "100 Watts : Situation Critical"
After learning that the Canadian Air and Space Museum ( http://casmuseum.org/ ) at Downsview was evicted I can’t begin to tell you how outraged I am. My column this week was somewhat of a Public Service Announcement, you can read it here: V11N48P04.pdf Download this file My family enjoyed the anual wings & wheels festival which […]Read more "100 Watts : up in the air"
“The West is not a place, It’s a state of mind.” – J.A. Weil A state of mind that the late Jack A. Weil, founder of Rockmount Ranch Wear has sewn into the fabric of North America, and the subject of my column this week, which can you read here: V11N44P05.pdf Download this file What’s […]Read more "100 Watts : How the West was Worn"
The words of the late great American mythologist Joseph Campbell sum up my column this week which was about the relentless pursuit of perfection. No I’m not referring to the shiny 400hp hybrid prestige car but the constant push to homogenization, to fall into lockstep. You can read it here: V11N42P04.pdf Download this file The […]Read more "100 Watts : “Out of perfection nothing can be made. Every process involves breaking something up.”"
My column this week deals with the issue brought forward by 2 parents regarding a piece of CSA approved playground equipment in town park they believe is dangerous, even life threatening. You can read it here: V11N40P04.pdf Download this file The argument from the 2 parents was outlined in an Era Banner article here:http://www.yorkregion.com/news/article/1042965–playground-sparks-debate They […]Read more "100 Watts : one hump or two?"
My column in this week’s Auroran was about what happens when everything is available, all the time. You can read it here: V11N38P04.pdf Download this file It was influenced by Bill Wyman of Slate piece titled “Lester Bang’s Basment”: http://www.slate.com/id/2291532/pagenum/all/#p2 Anyone who has amassed collections of music, movies and books are now experiencing a new […]Read more "100 Watts : The abundance of culture and the end of rarity"