HOPE FOR A BRUTAL WINTER because, if current forecasts hold, we may be facing low water in the spring, about a foot lower than in recent years.
Moreover the water-level news from the big-lakes upstream isn't great. Throughout most of 2008 water levels on Lake Superior were rebounding towards normal. Now that gap appears to be widening again.
Downstream from Lake Superior, Lakes Michigan and Huron are still a full 15-inches below normal levels.
LAFARGE LOSES APPEAL, which clears the way for a Environmental Review Tribunal hearing on burning tires at its cement plant in Bath.
So what does Lafarge plan to do? Rather than finally facing serious environmental scrutiny, and stepping-up to years of is own rhetoric, apparently Lafarge is scrapping its plans.
How whacked is that?
K7 TURNS THREE this week.
Here's a big Thank You to some of the folks who've helped along the way with great photos, information, insight, scoops, concerns and corrections.
The 2-page PDF explains how to find the 3 wooden steamer hulls with a shore-dive off KPH.
Related to local diving is the upcoming Talk on the War of 1812 Wrecks. Jonathan Moore, a well-known author on the topic and member of Parks Canada's Underwater Archaeology Service, will be speaking at the Marine Museum in Kingston on Sunday, November 30th at 2 pm to launch his new book on "Shipwrecks from the War of 1812 at Kingston: A Look Beneath the Waves".
THE GROYNE IS A DONE-DEAL, apparently.
Public consultation, Kingston-style: 1) Quickly conjure a single plan with no options, 2) pretend to listen to input, then 3) execute the plan.
Name a recent Kingston waterfront development that didn't follow this pattern, or this pattern minus step-2.
A NEW FORMAT FOR CORK is announced today.
According to the press release, CORK 2009 will play-out ike this:
This is great news on a number of levels.
For example, for the first time in many years, there is no overlap between CORK events and the obnoxious 1000 Islands Kingston Poker Run, currently scheduled for August 7-8 2009.
Another plus: better segmenting the events means better cohesion amongst participants. Youth and young sailors together; high-performance sailors together; and keelboat with international-class dinghies all together. This makes planning the all-important social packages more straightforward.
Another plus: dates for the Keelboats and international-class dinghies -- generally older adult sailors -- dovetail with the 2009 Kingston Blues Festival.
Another plus: CORK 2009 spans just 12-days of competition, compared to 18-days for CORK 2008. This will be much easier on the volunteer-base, so better regattas for all-concerned are likely to result.
Any downsides? It's hard to quibble with any of this.
Also booked for 2009 so far: cats!
THE 2015 PAN-AM GAMES BID goes to Toronto's City Council today.
If (Toronto) council endorses the bid, a more detailed report is expected in February that will help lay out a venue plan and a detailed look at the financial, social, economic and infrastructure implications of the 2015 games. A formal bid must be submitted to the Pan American Sports Organization by April.
So KEDCO is running out of time to get the Sailing event for Kingston.
Here's the 6-page City of Toronto Staff Report on the matter.
The (Toronto) City Manager recommends that (Toronto) City Council:
1. Endorse the City of Toronto's role as the host city and participant in a bid to be submitted by the Bid Corporation to host the 2015 Pan American/ParaPan American Games in Toronto and communities in the Greater Golden Horseshoe region.
It's not looking good.