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Trailblazing judge George Ethelbert Carter embodied ethics - The Globe and Mail
JOHN LORINC
SPECIAL TO THE GLOBE AND MAIL

become not only one of Toronto’s first black lawyers, but also this country’s first Canadian-born black judge. A member of the Order of Ontario and a Queen’s Counsel, he died in Toronto on June 7 at the age of 96.

Justice Carter loomed large among black lawyers and judges, and also in Canada’s legal profession generally, observes Toronto criminal lawyer Selwyn Pieters. “He exuded the ethical principles and professionalism lawyers strive to live by. He was a role model and a trailblazer.”
African_Canadians  John_Lorinc  judges  lawyers  obituaries  trailblazers 
june 2018 by jerryking
Pam McConnell 1946-2017: A true public servant
JULY 10, 2017 | Spacing Toronto | BY JOHN LORINC

Pam McConnell was a former teacher turned school trustee who had moved from the Toronto Board of Education to council in 1994, representing Ward 7 following a narrow victory. In office, she made it her mission to correct some of the failures of social planning that had rendered St. James Town such a challenging place to live. As she’d point out in interviews, families living high up in those apartment blocks had no backyards and needed local amenities, especially a fully equipped community centre......her stick-with-it-ness was legendary. McConnell’s fingerprints are all over the east half of the Toronto Centre riding, from the demolition of the eastern tail of the Gardiner Expressway to the waterfront projects that have sprouted between Yonge and Cherry.
Former mayor David Miller asked her to chair the Toronto Police Services Board, a job that has produced many perils for the women who’ve served previously in that post......McConnell was absolutely the best person for that position, not least because she knew, from her constituents, all about the social geography of low-income communities.
Indeed, I’d say her signature accomplishment was pushing the City and Toronto Community Housing to produce a “social development plan” (SDP) for the redeveloped Regent Park. ..... McConnell is most visibly associated with her advocacy of the new Regent Park pool and central park. But I’d say the plan may well be her signature achievement. It forced City officials to fully confront the reality that the low-income communities which stand in the path of speculative redevelopment pressure are so much more than two-dimensional collections of crime and socio-economic statistics housed in deteriorating buildings.

See also https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2017/07/12/pam-mcconnell-left-a-huge-legacy-to-toronto-and-a-big-legacy-project-for-her-council-colleagues-keenan.html
redevelopments  public_servants  city_councillors  women  Toronto  obituaries  tributes  John_Lorinc  St._James_Town  sticktoitiveness  Regent_Park  revitalization  social_geography  Corktown  Distillery_District  social_justice  city_builders  Yonge_Street 
july 2017 by jerryking
RIM co-founder Jim Balsillie put Franklin ship hunt in motion - The Globe and Mail
JOHN LORINC
Special to The Globe and Mail
Published Friday, Sep. 12 2014

The risk of having another country locate the vessels “was an enormous concern. We needed to be the nation that finds them,” Mr. Balsillie recalled Wednesday of that initial eye-opening journey in an interview with The Globe and Mail.

Upon his return, the Research In Motion co-founder began to work behind the scenes to ensure that a Canadian search team would make that discovery – a five-year project that culminated with this week’s find....Through the Arctic Research Foundation, a charity he helped establish with veteran Arctic expert Martin Bergmann, Mr. Balsillie put up funds to buy a dedicated search vessel and state-of-the-art search equipment. (Mr. Bergmann died in a plane crash in 2011.) Mr. Balsillie and other foundation officials also pressed news organizations to pay more attention to the search efforts.

Most crucially, Mr. Balsillie used his contacts with the Prime Minister’s Office to persuade Ottawa to commit additional naval and coast guard ships capable of travelling longer distances, as well as technical support from hydrographic and satellite-mapping scientists. “Let’s just be professional and take a systematic approach,” he told top officials in the Conservative government. ... his view of the mission goes far beyond the curiosity value of locating a missing shipwreck.

He said that he has long seen “parallel narratives” between the way the British viewed the Arctic in the mid-19th century and the issues facing the region today. Then and now, scientific, commercial and geopolitical questions hover over the fate of the Arctic, which has been deeply affected by global warming, receding sea ice and the race to tap new energy resources on the ocean floor. “It’s remarkably similar,” observed Mr. Balsillie, whose interest in global governance issues led him to begin thinking about the Arctic in 2007.

Echoing Prime Minister Stephen Harper, he also sees the Franklin find as a “nation-building” exercise, something he feels is lacking in the country these days, apart from projects such as Own the Podium.

“I don’t think we do enough of it.”
John_Lorinc  Jim_Balsillie  expeditions  Franklin_expedition  Artic  sovereignty  history  nation_building  philanthropy  national_identity  exploration  Canadian  systematic_approaches 
september 2014 by jerryking
Chris Spence's teachable moment
JOHN LORINC

Special to The Globe and Mail

Published Friday, Jan. 18 2013,
Chris_Spence  John_Lorinc  plagiarism  resignations  TDSB  teachable_moments 
january 2013 by jerryking
The people behind Canada's most promising tech start-ups
Mar. 29 2012 | The Globe and Mail | Dawn Calleja, John Lorinc and Remy Scalza
digital_media  start_ups  John_Lorinc  disruption  Polar_Mobile 
august 2012 by jerryking
THE ALCHEMISTS
March 30, 2012 | globeadvisor.com: | John Lorinc.
We Canadians devour ever more resources and produce ever-growing mountains of waste. Luckily, innovative manufacturers are showing there's gold in that garbage
John_Lorinc  recycling  start_ups  environment  waste 
august 2012 by jerryking
Meet the man who shaped 20th-century Toronto - The Globe and Mail
JOHN LORINC
From Saturday's Globe and Mail
Published Friday, May. 18, 2012

Rowland Caldwell Harris – who began a 33-year term as works commissioner a century ago this week – left his civic fingerprints all over Toronto, building hundreds of kilometres of sidewalks, sewers, paved roads, streetcar tracks, public baths and washrooms, landmark bridges and even the precursor plans to the GO commuter rail network.

“The significance of Harris a hundred years later is that we’re still living fundamentally in the city he imagined,” observes Dalhousie architecture professor Steven Mannell, who studies his career and has advised city officials on an extensive rehabilitation of the R.C. Harris Water Treatment Plant, due to be finished next year.

Mr. Harris famously added a second deck to the Prince Edward Viaduct in anticipation of a subway line that wasn’t built for decades. What’s less well known is that Mr. Harris was a photo buff who, in 1930, presided over the city’s first planning exercise – a process that led to construction of congestion-easing arterials such as Dundas Street East and the parkway extension of Mount Pleasant through Rosedale and up towards St. Clair.
John_Lorinc  Toronto  trailblazers  R.C._Harris  architecture  wastewater-treatment  infrastructure  municipalities  urban  urban_planning  landmarks  bridges  foresight  imagination  TTC  '30s  city_builders 
may 2012 by jerryking
U of T contributes to New York's push for academic excellence
john lorinc
From Friday's Globe and Mail
Published Thursday, Oct. 27, 2011

The University of Toronto has joined a team of international schools to make a bid to build a $450-million urban sciences campus in Brooklyn, N.Y.

The deal includes a promise of city-owned land and $100-million in seed capital. It is part of an ambitious plan by New York’s Mayor Michael Bloomberg to develop a world-class engineering and research commercialization facility. ...Mr. Bloomberg, with his trademark alacrity, wants shovels in the ground by 2013, when he leaves office. “The sense of urgency comes directly form the mayor,” said Seth Pinsky, president of New York’s economic development agency. “We have a limited window of opportunity.”

The radical economic development scheme, considered by many to be the mayor’s legacy project, is expected to generate $6-billion in spin-off investment and create 30,000 creative-class jobs in coming decades.

Mr. Pinsky describes the strategy as “an Erie Canal moment,” a reference to a controversial 1820s decision by a state governor to build an upstate shipping channel. The investment that drove vast wealth into the port of New York....“It may be the single most transformative investment of the Bloomberg administration,” said Richard Florida, director of the Martin Prosperity Initiative at the University of Toronto. “I only wish more cities would think that way.”

With large Canadian universities stuffed to capacity and some provinces considering new campuses, New York’s experiment is a game-changing wealth-generating strategy and ups the ante for big cities like Toronto and Vancouver, said Dr. Florida. “If you see a place like New York moving in this direction, you’ve just seen your biggest competitor take a big step ahead.”
uToronto  Colleges_&_Universities  New_York_City  Michael_Bloomberg  John_Lorinc  urgency  transformational  Erie_Canal  windows_of_opportunity  Richard_Florida  upstate  game_changers  economic_development  wealth_creation  cities  creative_class  the_single_most_important  Martin_Prosperity_Institute 
october 2011 by jerryking
"Advertising on video screens in high schools worries critics."
13 Oct. 2009 | Globe & Mail | : by John Lorinc. A plan to
install digital information screens in Toronto high schools is stirring
concerns about whether the school board is poised to sell advertising to
a captive audience of students.

The Toronto District School Board has asked prospective vendors to
submit proposals for a "digital signage" pilot project that includes a
"self-funded solution ... with an opportunity to generate revenue."

The 48-page request for proposals indicates that the supplier of video
signs would have the right to sell space on them to cover equipment and
operating costs. The request, which was posted on a public-sector
tendering website for two weeks in late September, states that if a
pilot in a handful of downtown Toronto schools is successful, the
project could be rolled out in high schools across the city, reaching
thousands of teens.
John_Lorinc  advertising  TDSB  digital_signage  pilot_programs 
june 2011 by jerryking
A sporting chance
April 30, 2010| Glove Advisor | John Lorinc
How can Canadian manufacturers survive in a ruthlessly low-cost world?
The sports industry shows that a high-quality niche is not just
defendable-it's exportable

John Lorinc
John_Lorinc  manufacturers  sports  kayaking  bicycles  mountaineering  sportswear  hockey  high-quality 
april 2011 by jerryking
Reed Hastings The Netflix CEO brings video streaming to Canada, shaking up the cable industry
Sep 25, 2010 | The Globe and Mail. pg. F.2 | John Lorinc.
Having upended the video-rental industry (Blockbuster, following years
of decline, filed for bankruptcy in the U.S. this week), Netflix moved
into streaming in 2007. This shift puts the $1.7-billion-a-year (U.S.)
firm in direct competition with the cable and satellite sector, with its
video-on-demand offerings. Consumers can stream Netflix's huge library
of movies and TV shows through their game consoles or computers.
VoD  ProQuest  Netflix  Reed_Hastings  Canada  John_Lorinc  web_video  streaming  CATV  Rogers_Media  Shaw  Blockbuster  bankruptcies 
september 2010 by jerryking
Toronto's worst intersection?
Jun. 14, 2010 | The Globe and Mail | John Lorinc.
Toronto  John_Lorinc  bicycles  traffic_congestion 
june 2010 by jerryking
globeandmail.com: How Romanian-Canadians make the grade
April 5, 2008 | Globe & Mail | article by John Lorinc,
special to the Globe& Mail, profiling a Romanian Canadian family and
their attitude towards educations. Also, a listing of language groups
and their respective drop out rates from Toronto public schools.
education  Romanian  schools  John_Lorinc  school_districts  achievement_gaps  TDSB  dropouts 
january 2009 by jerryking

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