It’s Fun to Stay at the YMCBC

This shouldn’t be shocking to anybody familiar with the state and age of the buildings on the corner of South Park and Sackville Street, but word from the YMCA Board of Directors and Management team is that they are in planning stages for a new downtown complex alongside CBC/Radio Canada. This is in the early stages and includes about two years of market research, site reviewing and consultation. In what appears to be just the beginning of “a long and multi faceted process”:

Today, we are in the preliminary stages of clearly understanding the potential development opportunities on the joint parcel of land and the implications for a new YMCA. To this end, the YMCA and CBC/Radio Canada will be submitting a joint development application to HRM at the end of January 2009.

There is no need to panic just yet about temporary closures, because the Halifax Regional Municipality still has to hear and approve such a development (up to 18 months away) plus involving the development community and most likely countless consultations. This appears to include South Park YMCA building (built in 1951), the CBC Radio Building and the adjouning parking lots.

Why is The YMCA collaborating with the CBC/Radio Canada?

In addition to being neighbours with joint properties that may have greater potential as one piece of land, The YMCA and CBC share a common mission and mandate to serve the whole community for public good. This shared purpose heightens the potential positive outcome for this community if a collaborative development could take place.

I couldn’t see much talk about this joint venture online, but it looks like $1,642.57 was spent on meetings involving Michel Saint-Cyr, President, Real Estate Division and meetings with CBC Regional Director Andrew Cochran, the YMCA, Halifax Films and Port Authority last August.

Halifax “being fair to everybody” by eliminating bus passes for the blind

According to the CBC, Halifax will stop giving free bus passes to CNIB to distribute to blind riders this summer.

“It’s not something we like to have to take away from one group,” said Lori Patterson, spokeswoman for Metro Transit. “But the fact [is] that we’re not able to offer it to many groups.

“We’re trying to be fair to everybody, and this is what we have to do.”

This blogger explains that some of the “freebies” blind people are entitled to ensure that the blind have Access to Information (free talking books or devices to play the audio).

Blind people are not permitted to drive, therefore the free transit pass was introduced as a means of protecting the right to access employment, education etc.

If HRM was concerned with promoting fairness for people with disabilities, wouldn’t providing free service for more people with disabilities make sense?

Reason #109 to Avoid the Bridge Terminal

15 Arrested in Dartmouth in Dispute Over How Long It Takes to Cook Microwave Popcorn

Update Local Mensa members comment on story:

What are we supposed to do with these wannabee gangsters/criminals? How about one-night in Compton to teach them a real lesson, one which hopefully they don’t return from.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Compton,_California

Thank god for wikipedia!

and again, genius from my new favourite CBC commentator, clamdigger from Shediac, NB:

Get rid of the young offenders act and start sending theese punks to boot camp and if they scew up the secound time send them to afghanstan.OUT OF SIGHT OUT OF MINE.

clamdigger is a huge fan of the sending criminals to afghanstan (sic):

perfect sentence for cowards like these people.SHIP them t to afghanistan.Bet they won’t feell so tough over there on the front lines

clamdigger has never met a sentence he couldn’t mutilate.

Horrible Human Being Coming to Halifax

Gene Simmons of Gene Simmons Toyota and the band KISS is packing his Axe bass and coming to Halifax.

“We’ll do a handful of shows to keep in the game (next) summer, maybe 10 (dates), some Canadian shows. I know Halifax is one, but before you get out there and start the baseball season, they hold exhibition games, that’s what we’re doing. ’Cause once we go out, it’s going to be for a year and a half,” Simmons said.

Simmons has recently set out to revitalize the Canadian music industry with his label Simmons Records.

“We’re going to provide the kind of caring record company the likes of which hasn’t been seen since Motown, where the head knucklehead — that’s going to be me — is involved in every facet of your life,” he said.

I’m going to burn him a CD of Halifax bands he should consider for his label. Any suggestions? Who is the Gene Simmons of Halifax?

For inspiration, check out this interview Simmons did with Terry Gross on Fresh Air.

Dal Prof Weighs in on CNNs “Holograms”

A hologram expert and professor of theoretical physics at Dalhousie sets the record straight on the hologram-like images used in CNN’s election coverage in this CBC article:

The CNN anchors were not really speaking to three-dimensional projected images, but rather empty space, Kreuzer said. The images were simply added to what viewers saw on their screens at home, in much the same way computer-generated special effects are added to movies.

Kreuzer said the images were tomograms, which are images that are captured from all sides, reconstructed by computers, then displayed on screen.

Holograms, on the other hand, are projected into space.

Will.I.Am was unavailable for comment.