West40, Toronto Movers Help Clean St Marys of the Virgin Church at 40 Westmoreland

Its a sign of the times that churches are now going condo all over downtown Toronto.  West40 is a loft conversion by Dog Day Developers in what was once St Marys the Virgin Church at 40 Westmoreland Ave.  This stunning example of Neo Gothic architecture stands out as being ultra unique in an age of steel and glass condominium towers. This is living in history.

Toronto movers at West40Architects Asen Vitko and W. A. Langton have combined history,  grand architecture and urban living into this unique project. West40 has been designed with attention to brick detailing, a stunning bold tower and Tudor-arched openings.who was recognized for his attention to brick detailing has clearly demonstrated his flare on this century-old church.

Other key elements include a stunningly bold tower and Tudor-arch openings all of which will be restored to its original glory.

The style was distinguished from the late 19th century Gothic Revival by its reduced scale and more restrained interpretation of design elements associated with early medieval English architecture.

Seventeen one-of-a-kind residences will be carved from the church, each one incorporating the beautiful interior details that include soaring cathedral ceiling with heights up to 21 feet

Toronto movers are clearing out the appliances found in the makeshift worker’s Kitchen as the property gets another overhaul by the sandblasters who are due to arrive

moving fridge, Toronto movers, automatic tailgate on truck

YELP Josephson Opticians is a neighbourhood optical shop ; buy glasses in Toronto

In the 1920s and early 1930s there was reknown Anglican ministers who made St. Mary’s Church popular with the people of the city. The church always had a rich Music Ministry, and was known for some measure of Liturgical Reform.

St Mary’s Parish remains at 130 Bathurst St, Toronto Ont.

Spray foam guys insulate upscale Toronto

What is it like to be a spray foam guy?  There is a good story on Bizcovering magazine with an inside look at life as a spray foam insulation guy in Toronto and the piece used some pictures seen below.  This is Tim, a spray tech, who is also the truck driver and generator operator.  He’s on site to meet me first thing in the morning, opening up the back of the company truck and getting ready to help his teammate, the prime applicator. The prime is the rock star spray foam applicator who has had lots of training in the fine art of insulating residential houses with polyurethane rigid foam insulation. The pictures below shows Rob Campbell’s ride along on Oct 22nd to document a Toronto spray foam insulation company at work insulating a new home construction in a posh Forest Hill neighbourhood.

Opening Sprayfoam truck , day in the life  of spray foam guy

Spray foam insulation is an excellent albeit more expensive choice for home insulation.  The cost is minimum $3 per square foot of wall and roof, and the price varies depending on whether its open cell or closed cell foam being installed. Spray foam comes in two varieties, open-cell and closed-cell composition, and both types have different properties which make them good for one thing or another.. i might explain. Of the two options, closed-cell foam is the better insulator. Once cured, it also becomes a vapor retarder (because the tiny cells are closed moisture cannot enter the foam). but its disadvantage is price and weight.  Its heavy and expensive and sometimes you dont need that much insulation , and sometimes its too much and open cell is better.  Open cell foam has open bubbles Open-cell foam has a lower R-value, and acts as more of an air temperature and acoustic barrier; open cell foam is not an effective vapor barrier. Open cell foam is lighter, less dense and cheaper (because less material is used as it expands larger) and is applied as interior wall home insulation in places where moisture isn’t a variable.

Below Montana Mike puts on a full has-mat suit with respiratory system, boots and gloves, helmet and visor. Its intense.

put on suit for spray foam insulation application, back of truck,

Like any good chemical reaction there are some rather noxious chemicals produced as a bi-product of spray foam reaction between Isocyanates and the Walltite resin, both components are prepared by BASF and detailed on Fuel Ghoul blog about spray foam insulation in Toronto which outlines the process by which a Graco H40 component proportioner heats and pumps both liquids to the sprayer unit whereupon they combine at the nozzle tip of the gun.

mixing spray foam components together on job site with Graco H-40 Plural Component Reactor

The two substances must be hot when they combine to create the best chemical effect, and to make the best R-value rigid foam insulation. In the photo below, the tech tweaks a Graco H-40 Hydraulic Series Plural Component Reactor‘s front panel , adjusting temperature on the 12.0 kW heater in the machine. From residential foam insulation projects to high-volume commercial projects, Graco brand proportioners are a mainstay in the mobile spray foam industry. This rig alone, not including the truck and generator could cost about thirty five thousand dollars and comes with fifty foot of hose, and ten feet of heated whip and a Fusion AP  spray gun applicator.

Graco H-40 Hydraulic Series Plural Component Reactor With 20.4 kW Heater

Spray foam insulation is a bit of phenomenon especially here in Canada partly due to celebrity endorsements the home renovation TV shows that have propelled spokespeople to fame and fortune. These TV personalities have made deals with spray foam insulation manufacturers to endorse the product as being green and environmentally responsible, energy efficient, and 100 % cost effective – all of which is true.

spray foam tech basement wall headers in Forest Hill neighbourhood TorontoAll the same, spray foam insulation has been in the news lately and the people and processes have been called into question by a CBC Marketplace TV news doc that shows ‘how spray foam can go very wrong’ by examining the unlivable homes of unhappy customers.

The History Spray Foam Insulation

Otto Bayerm Germanchemieist who created polyurethane riigid foamWhat we know today as rigid foam insulation was invented in the 1950s by the German scientist Otto Bayer. He was trying to come up with something to replace rubber tires. He was eventually quite successful, but polyurethane wasn’t used to make wheels until the 1970s . Today the wheels under the folding metal steps of modern escalators are made of polyurethane, as are skateboard wheels.

Polyurethane has been around for about sixty years now – it has history stretching back to Germans scientists who pioneered many synthetics before World War II.  They were searching for synthetic textiles, rubber and silk. Twelve years after the war ended, in 1957 Otto Bayer and a German research team made advances with alkyd resins when they modified them with diisocyanates for the first time and made coatings and the first ever rigid foam products.  Today, anyone that has ever taken high school shop class, or refinished furniture, or stained a deck knows something about urethane wood finishes and the hard substance created when it hardens on the brush.

spray foam technician doing basement headers in Toronto Here is the crew starting work insulating the basement of a new home in Forest Hill.  They start at the bottom of the building doing the exterior wall ‘headers’. The team takes over the job site for a few hours each day and they often work lunches and late into the evening to be there when the other contractors are absent.  These guys are very careful not to expose any other tradespeople to the noxious gasses often created during the spray foam application process (I had to wear a breathing mask, visor and cover-alls as I followed the applicator around the basement).

Spray Foam in Toronto

Fuel Ghoul reports that the Canadian Urethane Foam Contractors Association (CUFCA) estimates that spray foam insulation was installed in approx 350,000 homes in Canada last year, a number that has been growing by 33 percent every year over the last decade. Part of the product’s appeal is that, when properly installed, spray foam insulation can reduce heating and cooling costs by up to fifty (50) per cent, according to the Canadian Urethane Foam Contractors Association (CUFCA) and so this really is advanced chemistry at work.

Residential Basement Waterproofing After Summer of 2013 Flood Raises Toronto Real Estate Property Value

On weds Sept 9th 2013, a wet basement calls forth a couple of very experienced ‘Dry Guys’ who tackle the waterproofing project from inside the house!  They make it look easy because they’re very efficient, and full of handy DIY tips and tactics.  These guys are good people and I learned a lot while hanging out with them for an afternoon.  a couple of dry guys do wet basement waterproofing remedyScarborough Jack and Ian Boghagdan know that a good happy house has to have a warm and dry cellar, and they know that a house for sale has to advertise that is has a warm dry basement esp after it flooded in the July 2013 storm of the century.

345 Godsen Ave, wet basement

The Summer of 2013 will probably go down in history as being one of the wettest seasons on record. It rained for weeks at a time and one flash flood in late July dumped an entire month’s worth of rainwater onto the city in one night.  People who have never had a basement flood were suddenly deluged, and one such residential property was the house across the way… just fresh on the Toronto real estate market.

Myself and a nosy neighbor had the pleasure of watching a residential DryShield Waterproofing Solution Corp team tackle the job from inside the house. They were in and out of the space of a week, and they didn’t make a lot of noise about it.

taking out the trash1The first phase of the assignment was to remove the moldy drywall and wet insulation from the summer flood.

Six garbage bags of material were brought outside on the very first day, and a few more the next.  The wall was filled with old newspapers, fiberglass insulation and sawdust as the piece on Dumpdiggers blog illuminates no animals were seen or harmed.

The house is very clean at the moment, as the homeowner has moved out of the domicile on account of the flood.  The torrential rain drowned his prospects of a quick summer sale, but the waterproofing work is also fast and relatively painless. While I watched, the DryGuys went about clearing the wall under which the run-off entered the basement and they began cracking away the concrete under the wall to make an eight inch gully along which they ran a long length of perforated plastic pipe covered in a course silky hose . The trench slops down into a well in which there’s an electric sump pump.

shovel gravel in trench, waterproofing wet basementThe internal gutter remedies wet basement in Toronto story on Fuel Ghoul outlines the building supplies and gives more details alongside original pictures from my Typepad photo hosting account.  There is another story about how frost action cracks Victorian era brick walls on the Distillery District blog.

The wall of the basement is then affixed with a thick plastic membrane that has nipples and runnels to drain away any excess moisture down into the freshly dug gutter at the bottom of the wall.

Here is Scarborough Jack cutting the plastic waterproof membrane with a special blade; this stuff is hard to cut.

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Next it must be nailed to the wall.  Look how Bogdhon has maneuvered the piece to fold it over the joint between the wall and the floor.

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This is literally a ‘dry shield’ that covers the cement wall and forms a barrier between the wood and drywall and wet concrete.

Do you see how it overlaps? And how it ends over top of the eight inch gulley.  Wall panels will cover this trench with a special wainscoting or floorboards trim.

There is a Bizcovering article about waterproofing wet basement from inside the home which also outlines these procedures and has even more original pictures and DIY tips.

Snow Removal Service Uses Beetroot Juice as Natural Deicer

snow removal in Durham region Dan Shephard of The SnowmenDan Shephard operates a successful snow removal service in Durham region and is testing the water (literally) after trying a new natural deicer made from beetroot juice.

Geomelt is made here in Ontario.

Featured in a popular Bizcovering article, Snow Removal Service Uses Beetroot Juice as Natural Deicer, Dan was again chronicled in Fuel Ghoul blog about the green snow removal solution simply because he agreed to help test the beetroot snow melt product.

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Rock salt depositories – rock salt is very toxic substance and is harmful to the ecology of many sensitive freshwater systems. Any reduction in the use of this compound to keep highways safe for drivers is a step in the right direction for the environment.

ImageWhen red beet juice is added to rock salt water it lowers the mixture’s freezing temperature which keeps the cement wet on cold  weather days when the rest of the landscape is frozen solid. By making the salt more effective, contractors can use less.

Dan is among the few professionals selected by researchers to help advance the science by conducting real-world testing as a professional contractor. The GeoMelt product is being tried all across Canada and the US in several climates and ‘test counties’.

Drivers who live in test counties  where highway maintenance crews spray the beet juice compound on the roads should experience fewer delays behind snow plows and salt trucks.  Ideally, the deicer will be so effective that snow plows wont make second runs.

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Beetroot Juice is a Powerful Natural Deicer for Concrete Sidewalks, and Asphalt Roads

Applying a NaCl salt brine and beetroot mixture to paved surfaces will make them safer by melting slippery snow and ice, but the spring runoff should also be much safer for the environment.  Water quality tests will be performed by public and private agencies all winter and spring 2014.

How Does it Work? After a parking lot or street has been treated with beetroot juice and salt mixture, further precipitation should melt on contact with the ‘wet’ surface because the beetroot juice and salt doesnt freeze. .The frozen water particles are excited by the beet juice (and NaCl)  on an Atomic level, and do not freeze solid into ice.    Dan Shephard has committed The Snowmen to trying the beet juice deicer in the upcoming winter season,

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Ornilux Bird Friendly Glass Fosters Bird Friendly Building Trend in Toronto

Do you have many bird friendly building examples in your city or town?  What is it in particular that makes them bird friendly? Please answer in comments. The  trend has other elements like decoys and disruptive lighting and audio discouraging elements.  What do you do ?

Ornilux glass if ornithologically superior glass, birds see spiderwebs over reflection of skyWhen birds strike office tower windows at great speeds, it’s not because they want to get inside these places, or because they’re out of their minds on toxic chemicals, but rather its because they see a reflection of an open sky and believe they have clear passage.   Autopsies on bird carcasses taken from city streets often show perfectly healthy animals that simply cracked open their skulls like egg shells in a high impact collision with a plate glass window.

Ornilux glass is ornithologically superior glass. Bird friendly glass has evolved from innovations in glass making since 2nd century AD. The first stain glass windows for churches appeared in 6th century ad but were very crude and often composed of thinly sliced alabaster. After Rome was sacked by the Goths in 465 AD glass making went into decline for almost 800 years until it was revived in Venice Italy.

Cristallo is a glass which is totally clear (like rock crystal), without the slight yellow or greenish color originating from iron oxide impurities and so it was the first truly reflective glass that even sparkles like a gemstone in certain lighting conditions.  You can understand how blue and red Cristallo could mimic rare gemstones!   This effect is achieved through small additions of manganese oxide – an improvement on pyrolusite recipes.  Often Cristallo has a low lime content which makes it prone to glass corrosion (otherwise known as glass disease).

how Geber made red glass

Persian alchemist, Abu Musa Jabir ibn Hayyan, known simply as “Geber” or Jabir recorded dozens of formulas for the production of glass in specific colors.  Geber was Arabia’s most prolific chemistry writer and thinker at the head of one of the world’s foremost academic intuitions in Persia.

Jabir’s writings describe methods, for evaporation, filtration, sublimation, melting, distillation, calcination and crystallization. At least two treatises attributed to him lay down the basic rules for conducting, recording and verifying experiments.

How to Make Fake Ruby Red Glass

Jabir was also the first to describe the preparation of cinnabar, arsenious oxide, alum, alkalis, antimony, saltpeter, mercury oxide and lead acetate. He also determined that a mixture of sulfuric and nitric acid (aqua regia) would dissolve gold. His acid was key to making red glass.  Cranberry glass is made in craft production rather than in large quantities, due to the high cost of the gold. The gold chloride is made by dissolving gold in a solution of nitric acid and hydrochloric acid (aqua regia). The glass is typically hand blown or molded. The finished, hardened glass is a type of colloid, a solid phase (gold) dispersed inside another solid phase (glass).

Today, most tall buildings in North America have highly reflective windows that trick birds’ vision, and what these creature’ brains perceive as the open sky, is instead a 3/4 inch thick wall of glass.  Dead birds liter the sidewalks in big cities.  Residential sunrooms and conservatories are equally deadly.

There’s discussion about bird friendly building trends on urban Toronto and a similar conversation about the need to recognize bird friendly building practices in Canadian Content environmental science forum and both are designed to raise awareness for the problem of modern glass creating such perfect reflections of the sky, and thereby causing bird strikes which are now, over time, having a drastic negative affect on the population of migratory birds all over the world.

Ornilux is ornithologically superior glass which birds perceive as shifting thick spiderwebs and something to be avoided.  The Arnold Glass co innovation comes at the end of along line of advances in stained glass windows propel glass making technology, but this breakthrough alone is not enough – the architects and engineers have got to want to make change. They have to want to seek out special glass that’s expensive and hard to find.

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What are some known bird friendly buildings in your area? what makes them so special?  What else can we do to raise awareness to help prevent bird strikes?

Stand Up Paddleboarding Tours of the Scarborough Bluffs in Toronto

SUP in Scarborough Bluffs So it turns out that taking Stand Up Paddleboarding tours on Toronto east lake shore at Brimley Marina (Paddleboard Addict) is the very best way to see the Scarborough Bluffs !
The bluffs are timeless. They are full of beautiful wild birds and animals. The bluffs were mentioned in the letters sent back to England by Elizabeth Simcoeoomers, the wife of John Graves Simcoe, the first lieutenant governor of Upper Canada. The bluffs along Lake Ontario shores reminded her of the limestone cliffs in Scarborough, North Yorkshire, England.   In her diary, she wrote, “The shore is extremely bold, and has the appearance of chalk cliffs, but I believe they are only white sand. They appeared so well that we talked of building a summer residence there and calling it Scarborough.

Stand Up Paddleboard Tour on Lake Ontario

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SUP Tours are perhaps the fastest growing water tourism industry in the GTA, but is it sustainable?
The calm waters around the Brimley Marina are perfect for spectators who seek a closeup view of the beautiful Scarborough Bluffs in summertime.
The sensation of walking on water with unobstructed views is unforgettable.
Imagine doing this while getting physically fit in an amazing full body workout.?!

 

Smojoe writes about Taking Stand Up Paddleboard Classes in Toronto and paying only $50 per lesson.

The son of a beekeeper blog describes with elation the exercise of taking stand up paddleboarding lessons in Toronto at the Brimley Marina for the betterment of health and body.

What about this picture of SUP yoga on Zoomers magazine which shows a young woman with terrific balance against a serene empty background

Shakeology Flavoured Conversations with Kymberly Redmond

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Shakeology Girl was born

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interesting talk w @MyMommasHands last night; #shakeology history was made over a steak dinner by a girl pic.twitter.com/p0fh9hmNJM

Sheamus MacLean on Church Fathers, Semipelagianism

Saints killing Dragons, Sheamus MacLean, Hagiography

Last weekend we had a delightful presentation by Sheamus MacLean focusing on Dragons and Saints and how early Churchmen often make their reputations by killing Dragons which I wrote about on WonderCafe.

Sheamus is a passionate theologian as well as an calculating economic performance architect who works with senior management to consult and help close strategically important deals whereby clients achieve more significant financial gains, including increased valuation. But in his spare time Sheamus like to delve deep into the scriptures.

St. Clement is a leading Church Father

The Pope, St Clement, papacy, Vatican, logo, heraldry, emblemThe Fathers of the Christian Church were evangelical churchmen bishops, deacons and even laymen who were passionate about Christ and left writings that help define the church today. By being so literate they helped bring the religion out of its infancy and into its youth. The are the teachers and curators of the scriptures and they lived from 100 to about 750 Ad. Inside these six and a half centuries are many periods of change. First its important to remember that Christianity was illegal in the beginning and the Anti – Nicean Fathers (anti means ‘before’ in this context) who were alive when the apostles were alive, would be considered criminals if they were captured by many agents of Rome or whatever state hosted their work, as it was contrary to the official beliefs and power structures. Indeed, according to a tradition not earlier than the 4th century, Clement was imprisoned under the Emperor Trajan but nonetheless led a ministry among fellow prisoners. He was then executed by being tied to an anchor and thrown into the sea.

St. Clement stands foremost among the Apostolic Fathers who were alive during the time of the apostles; they lived from about 60 – 150 AD and their writings begin to come in the year 95 AD with St Clement’s letter from Rome to Corinth.  Think about how important these people are because they are contemporary to the apostles and knew their minds enough to best translate and proliferate their words and actions. Today St. Clement’s lends its name to many regional Grammer schools and a notable school for girls in Toronto Ontario Canada simply because he is the foremost Church Father.

The Four Marks of being a Church Father

The four marks of being a Church Father are 1) antiquity 2) orthodoxy 3) sanctity and 4) approval.

1) Antiquity , anyone has the property of antiquity if they lived between the age of the apostles and about the middle of the eighth century – the age of the
church fathers is generally considered to close around the time of St John of Damascus who died in 749 AD

2) Orthodoxy – or whether or not they had sound beliefs, in at least as far as belief was defined in their day.  Some early Church Fathers had beliefs which would later be ruled unorthodox. St John Cassian for example who authored Semipelagian discourse contrary to Saint Augustine, taught that man cannot come to God without the grace of God. In Semipelagian thought, therefore, a distinction is made between the beginning of faith and the increase of faith. Semipelagian thought teaches that the latter half – growing in faith – is the work of God, while the beginning of faith is an act of free will, with grace supervening only later. It too was labeled heresy by the Western Church in the Second Council of Orange in 529.  But St John Cassian is still a respected Church Father.

3) Sanctity–  Is the person considered a saint? Most of the church fathers are considered saints, but not all.

4) Approval – people could be considered orthodox but not get the approval of later Churchmen and so be denied the status of being a Church Father.

Next came the Apologists and they were named such because they defended the Church from those who would see it reduced in influence other religious. Hopefully Sheamus MacLean will return, a few Sundays from now, and give us more understanding of them.

 

 

Summary of 2012 Miss Teen Canada World Blog Network of Sixty Four Regional Delegates

In four months between January and April 2012 last year each of the sixty four 2012 Miss Teen Canada World Regional Delegates was issued her own regional blog domain, username and password on the Miss Teen Canada Blog Network.

 

Each contestant took the time to read the How To Blog instruction manual and probably wrote a half dozen test posts and did practice posting pictures and links before handcrafting her first introductory post. You can read all of the blogger’s first posts below.

Here are the first introductions and ABOUT ME style content bytes that the 2012 Miss Teen Canada World contenders put on their regional blogs,

http://missteencalgary.com/hello-from-kirsten-collins-2012-miss-teen-calgary-world/

http://missteensouthcalgary.com/my-biography/

http://missteenalberta.com/hello-from-miss-teen-alberta-world-2012-lindsay-fraughton-2/

http://missteenedmonton.com/hi-im-angie-mellen-miss-teen-edmonton-2012/

http://missteeneastcentralalberta.com/hello-from-stacey-cox-miss-teen-east-central-alberta-world-2012/

http://missteenokotoks.com/hello-from-miss-teen-okotoks-world-2012-justine-orban/

http://missteenstalbert.com/chloe-fulton-miss-teen-st-albert-world-2012/

http://missteenstrathconacounty.com/hello-from-kelsey-bryant-miss-teen-strathcona-county-world-2012/

http://missteencentralalberta.com/502/

http://missteenreddeer.com/hello-from-gina-omilon-miss-teen-red-deer-world-2012/

http://missteensouthernalberta.com/hello-from-hailey-kloot-2012-miss-teen-southern-alberta/

http://missteenwestcalgary.com/hello-from-miss-teen-west-calgary-2012/

http://missteenprincegeorge.com/hello-world/

http://missteensouthwesternbritishcolumbia.com/crystal_li/

http://missteennorthernbritishcolumbia.com/the-beginning/

http://missteenvancouver.com/nadia-afshar-miss-teen-vancouver-world-2012/

http://missteencomoxvalley.com/hello-world/

http://missteenokanagan.com/sarah-nieberle-miss-teen-okanagan-world-2012/

http://missteensouthernbritishcolumbia.com/millie-rong-miss-teen-southern-british-columbia/

http://missteenbritishcolumbia.ca/hello-from-nicole-miss-teen-british-columbia-world/

http://missteenvictoria.com/brandi-anderson-miss-teen-victoria-world-2012/

http://missteencoquitlam.com/hello-from-katarina-lulic-2012-miss-teen-coquitlam-world/

http://missteennewwestminster.com/31/

http://missteenburnaby.com/cecilia-ferreira-miss-teen-burnaby-world-2012/

http://missteenwinnipeg.com/a-new-chapter/

http://missteenmanitoba.com/hello-from-courtney-mandock-miss-teen-manitoba-world-2012/

http://missteencentralmanitoba.com/hello-from-rilee-lloyd-miss-teen-central-manitoba-world-2012/

http://missteensouthernmanitoba.com/hello-from-devon-shewchuk-2012-miss-teen-southern-manitoba-world/

http://missteensouthernavalon.com/hello-from-hayleigh-mcgrath-miss-teen-southern-avalon-world-2012/

http://missteennorthernavalon.com/courtney-jones-2012-miss-teen-northern-avalon-world/

http://missteennovascotia.com/hello-from-kelley-penney-miss-teen-nova-scotia-world-2012/

http://missteenkingtownship.com/shelby-lynn-prioriello-2012-miss-teen-king-township-world/

http://missteenontario.ca/hello-from-sacha-stewart-2012-miss-teen-ontario-world/

http://missteenthunderbay.com/hello-everyone-i-am-sabrina-felice-miss-teen-thunder-bay-world/

http://missteeneasternontario.com/hello-from-hillary-macmillan-miss-teen-eastern-ontario-world-2012-2/

http://missteensudbury.com/hello-from-desiree-mathias-miss-teen-sudbury-world-2012/

http://missteenkirklandlake.com/hello-from-darian-allison-miss-teen-kirkland-lake-world-2012/

http://missteenkapuskasing.com/hello-from-janick-chartrand-miss-teen-kapuskasing-world-2012/

http://missteengta.com/christina-logan-miss-teen-gta-world-2012/

http://missteenbarrie.com/hello-from-danielle-hawthorne-2012-miss-teen-barrie-world/

http://missteenottawa.com/hello-from-leigh-mundy-miss-teen-ottawa-world-2012/

http://missteensouthwesternontario.com/danielle-cocchetto-2012-miss-teen-southwestern-ontario-world/

http://missteenpeterboroughcounty.com/hello-from-jessie-potvin-2012-miss-teen-peterborough-county-world/

http://missteensimcoecounty.com/hi-from-lolah-gifford-miss-teen-simcoe-county-world-2012/

http://missteennorthontario.com/hello-from-nichelle-thomson-miss-teen-north-ontario-world-2012/

http://missteensdgcounties.com/kelly-ouderkirk-miss-teen-sdg-county-world-2012/

http://missteenmarkham.com/hello-from-jordy-arsenault-kivell-miss-teen-markham-world-2012/

http://missteenyorkregion.com/what-you-should-know-about-me/

http://missteensouthernontario.com/hello-from-francesca-mcfadden-miss-teen-southern-ontario-world-2012/

http://missteenbrampton.com/hello-from-simrat-sandhu-miss-teen-brampton-world-2012/

http://missteendurhamregion.com/what-do-you-want-to-know/

http://missteen-quebec.com/hello-from-megha-sandhu-miss-teen-quebec-2012/

http://missteenmontreal.com/miss-teen-montreal-world-and-miss-teen-famas-2011-all-in-one/

http://missteenwesternsaskatchewan.com/hello-from-nikita-kahpeaysewat-miss-teen-western-saskatchewan-world-2012/

http://missteensouthernsaskatchewan.com/hello-again-from-miss-teen-southern-saskatchewan-brittany-orsted/

http://missteencentraleastsaskatchewan.com/hello-from-natahni-paquachan-2012-miss-teen-central-east-saskatchewan/

http://missteennortheastsaskatchewan.com/hello-from-elaine-vallier-miss-teen-north-east-saskatchewan-world-2012/

http://missteeneasternsaskatchewan.com/hello-from-jamie-newberg-miss-teen-eastern-saskatchewan-world-2012/

http://missteensaskatoon.com/hello-from-danica-cox-miss-teen-saskatoon-world-2012/

http://missteensouthcentralsaskatchewan.com/jasmine-gemmell-miss-teen-south-central-saskatchewan-world-2012/

http://missteensouthwesternsaskatchewan.com/hello-from-dakota-cooke-miss-teen-southwestern-saskatchewan-world-2012/

http://missteencentralsaskatchewanworld.com/your-name-2011-miss-teen-your-location-world/

http://missteensaskatchewan.com/hello-from-savanagh-walker-miss-teen-saskatchewan-world-2012/

Dr Archer was Moderator on Mentor Night

There was a reputable Toronto Dentist and Zack Werner

A handcrafted 2012 Miss Teen Canada World Mentor Night Squidoo lens explains all of the subtleties of the program and details that participants and what was expected of the bloggers on this occasion

To Help Urban Fitness Events Make Leaders in Toronto

As time goes by, I tend to venture out too far ahead of myself until all my new ideas seem unrealistic.  So it helps to take a day off and travel around and clear my head.  On such occasions I pursue my hobbies, and my passion for history and my love of finding rare antiques and collectibles (while digging in old dumps, or rummaging through cluttered antique shops) are my primary escape mechanisms.  As the author of Dumpdiggers antiques blog I often get invited to speak on camera or contribute some ideas to the nature and evolution of collecting antiques on the web.

Rob Campbell getting interviewed for TV showSo I ventured outside my apartment on Monday March 12 2012; I left my 565 sq ft condominium apartment in The Distillery District of downtown Toronto, which is literally a glass box. This is the place where I spend most of time , a prison of my own making. Some days the only things I produce are original thoughts, and I’m always working on improving the packaging.

digging and finding treasure in Toronto

Dumpdiggers blogger Rob Campbell discusses what makes an old thing into an antique, and what makes an antique thing worth buying. Antiques as an investment = a terrible idea.

To my great satisfaction, my capacity for clever notions has not diminished over the years, and other people are now starting to take notice and listen to my ideas.  Some of them are veteran TV producers.

Here I am getting interviewed for a television show;  truth be told its an audition, and if I get the part it could be good fun.  The guy running the camera is a big TV star himself,  and he was coaching me and that always helps.

After that bold performance, which honestly I hope I never see, I had a Chester Chicken dinner from the Crossways Mall at Dundas St and Bloor which I ordered to go.

Urban Warrior Race on 8th Sept 2012, is Toronto Half Marathon with Obstacles

So I ate that boney fried Chester Chicken at my next stop, and the smell must have certainly impacted the generic aroma of the otherwise sterile offices of DEVAN atmospheric marketing in west Toronto.

At approx 12:45 pm I met Joshua Turnbridge and Cathy Muffolini on the third floor of 1345 St Clair Ave W.  These folks are part of the organization that’s managing and promoting this year’s annual Urban Warrior run Toronto , which is a unique extreme fitness competition that will take place on Saturday, September 8th, 2012

Toronto, half marathon, urban fitness, competition, runUrban Warrior is a sporting event focused on challenging individuals of all fitness levels to perform under ‘abstract’ conditions. This years’ race involves climbing, jumping, sprinting and crawling will bring on hard sweat, athletic camaraderie, bursts of laughter and a few tears!  This is premium leadership development with its own risks and rewards.

One attractive reward is the Warrior After Party! All participants will gain free access with their race VPN security system passes, along with one free beer ticket.

Josh Turnbull, Rob Campbell, Cathy Muffolini, Urban Warrior, obstacle course, fitness event, competition race in TorontoIts a fun teaching people what they really want to learn and I look forward to working with these people on making this unique project a huge success. My passion for antiques has helped me over the tipping point and I’m really findable in that niche – these people, like everyone else on planet Earth, can do the same things with the same tools.

Would you like to sponsor this urban fitness event? please get in touch, @roberrific