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From our December 3, 2013 issue
Paper coffee cups should be a thing of the past
The comfy atmosphere in Starbucks and their delicious selection of teas and coffees is a treat. Unfortunately, any enjoyment disappears when I wander in and glance at the tables.
On each visit, much to my dismay, there is generally at most only a single person out of a full house drinking their beverage from a ceramic cup. Absolutely everyone else is sipping from paper or plastic cups. Incomprehensible!
How in this time of easy access to the internet, movies, talk shows and so on, can so many in this well-educated, very privileged part of the city display such blatant disregard for the environment?
For those who do BYOC or choose ceramic, bravo! To those staff who don’t have to be asked two or three times for ceramic, thank you! To coffee shops and cafés that promote ceramic, you are appreciated!
Paper or plastic cup people … if you can’t be bothered making a choice that, though it may seem miniscule, will in fact make a positive difference, then perhaps you might think about sipping a hot liquid that has been sitting in a liner of polyethylene plastic. Surely it doesn’t taste better; certainly it won’t do anything positive for your health.
Bah Humbug to the Beach Village
Imagine my surprise and anger, having lived in the Beach for 40 years, when I nearly tripped over a faint etching in the sidewalk proclaiming “The Beach Village - Walk It, Shop It, Live It.”
A phone call to the BIA gave me scant information, but I did learn that an advertising company hired by the BIA held focus groups consisting of business owners and residents to vote on a new name.
The etchings will wear off soon, but not soon enough for me. Were these people not aware that a plebiscite was held about 15 years ago to decide whether the Beach was to be The Beach or The Beaches? There was a big hoopla over that decision, and it was forever written ‘in stone’ on the street signs.
What on Earth was the BIA thinking that they could just arbitrarily change the area’s name to Beach Village? Wouldn’t the money have been better spent in advertising the shops, or the time spent speaking to the city about having free parking on Sundays? The parking problem is a huge deterrent to shoppers.
Those faintly etched signs in the sidewalk will be covered in snow soon, but the smoke coming out of my nostrils would be enough to melt it.
Bravo to the Parks Department
Many Thanks from all of us in the community to whoever designed and planted the floral gardens in Kew Gardens and surrounding area this year – we have never seen it look so lovely. It has been a pleasure to walk along Queen Street and through the park.
Alan and Beryl Woods