Posts Tagged ‘human’

No Us? What a Concept!

February 9, 2008

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Espresso is one of the Four Mugs (and a Crock) who routinely disrupts my day by making me think about something that’s not on my ‘To Do’ list? Don’t these people know that my day’s too full already?

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Mayor’s Honour List – 2008

January 1, 2008

“The Mayor of London’s annual Honours List began in 1976 with recognition of contributions to the Arts. Since 1989, additional categories such as the Environment and Physically Challenged have provided tribute to the diversity of philanthropic work taking place in The Forest City.”

Jonathan Sher identifies 8 people who have apparently been named to this year’s list (‘Inspiring Londoners honoured‘; London Free Press; 2008/01/01). According to the article, they are:

CATEGORY RECIPIENT RECOMMENDER
Arts Dr. Margaret Whitby London Arts Council
Diversity and
Race Relations
Michelle Edwards LDRRAC
Environment Thom McClenaghan ACE
Heritage Stephen Harding LACH
Housing Jeff Schlemmer LHAC
Humanitarianism Henri Boyd LDRRAC
Person with
Disabilities
Dr. Cathy Chovaz AAC
Safety and
Crime Prevention
??? CSCP
Sports Todd Sargeant London Sports Council

sshhhI’ve been unable to confirm the list, since there’s no mention of it anyplace on the city website where I would expect such information to appear, even as late as 11:00 am today. No mention on the Media Releases page… the Honours List link on the Mayor’s Office page still shows last year’s recipients… the Honours List Archive page doesn’t list the new additions… nothing on the Living in the City page… and to top it all off, the New Website Info page still hasn’t been updated since June.

So much for London’s ‘accessible’ City Hall )-:

I can’t wait to find out why there doesn’t appear to be a recipient in the Safety & Crime Prevention category. That absence should also tell you something about the city that we live in.

Accessible Parking Violators

December 9, 2007

It’s a pretty sad commentary about the nature of some people, but it’s the time of year when there’s a marked increase in the number vehicles unlawfully parked in Accessible Parking spaces.

On-street metered parking is free in London for those who display a disabled parking permit (for the maximum time permitted on that meter), and the City also permits free parking in City Municipal parking lots (two hours max).

74(c). No person shall use or permit the use of a current original identifying marker furnished by the Ministry of Transportation except the disabled person to whom the current original identifying marker is furnished; or a person transporting such disabled person.” (City of London; Traffic & Parking By-law)

27(2). A person who contravenes…is guilty of an offence and on conviction is liable to a fine of not less than $300 and not more than $5,000.” (GovOnt; Highway Traffic Act)

Links:
MOT: Accessible Parking Permits
2007/12/14 – LFP: Disabled parking crackdown…

Human Population

December 8, 2007

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Although the rate of global human population increase has almost halved since it’s 1963 peak, it’s still a serious concern. Currently, our species continues to increase by almost 204,000 every day.

At the same time, global life expectancy has risen from 46 years (in 1950) to 65 years (in 2005), and even higher in developed countries.

As 3rd-world countries progress economically, limited resources will become more depleted. But worse than that, the ability of the environment to withstand the stress of our consumption may well reach a breaking point.

Click HERE to watch David Bleja‘s great learning simulation.

Other Links:
AMP: How much human life can planet Earth sustain?

Human Nature = ZAP!

November 21, 2007

An XKCD sketch.
The Difference

Our Environmental Arrogance

October 27, 2007

cougar campingHuman population is now +6 billion, and may double within this century. All over the world, other life forms are becoming extinct because of human encroachment. As developers push farther and farther out of the city limits and swallow up wild animal habitat, should we really be surprised by cougar attacks on pets, or vehicle collissions with deer?

deer crossing signIn today’s paper (“Deer runs amok in London furniture store“; Joe Belanger; London Free Press), we’re told that deer are “a menace to drivers.” Well, I beg to differ. It seems to me that we’re the menace, and it’s unlikely that we’ll be able to curb our selfishness before Mother Nature decides to do it for us.

Links:
2007/11/20 – LFP: List of cougar sightings growing