Friday, September 27, 2013

4 Alarm Fire Destroys Etobicoke Warehouse

This was one of those fires that started small, then just when you thought they had it, it turned into a barn burner. 

A produce warehouse totally destroyed. A long standing Toronto business brought to its knees. It started in a truck parked under the shipping dock canopy. Then it spread into the roof and quickly got out of hand. 

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Cootes Paradise

I've taken a real liking to Cootes Paradise, part of the Royal Botanical Gardens here in Hamilton. I can't say enough about this place. 

I go walking there a couple of mornings every week, as a substitute for the treadmill at the YMCA. I'm trying to become a little lighter and healthier, and the beauty of Captain Cootes Trail is making it easy to enjoy nature while getting sone excersize.  

Monday, September 2, 2013

Quiet Sunday

Not even an hour into my shift and right around the corner from where I was sitting, a young boy was shot and killed on Weston Rd. 

Then it was off to Markham for a huge house fire. A man was trapped in the basement for over 30 minutes while the rest of the house was a raging inferno. Unbelievably he was on the phone with his family outside at the time. Fire crews, working through a language barrier (Chinese), eventually were able to rescue the man out of the basement. 

Many people in Markham speak very little English. It is the home to many Chinese immigrants. I'm sure this guy will be wanting to learn the basics. At least how to say "I'm trapped inside this burning building."  

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Nature Walk in Cootes Paradise Sept 1st 2013

Went for a great nature walk today with Filipe Lameira at Cootes Paradise. I brought the coffees and we met at 7am. Just a great morning away from all the crime and stuff I am usually taking photos of. 

Thanks Filipe Lameira for introducing me to Geocaching. It's like treasure hunt with your phone and the GPS. You use an app to put you close to a hidden treasure then narrow in on it with good old fashion searching. 

We found a large ammo box with tons of trinkets in it. It had been found many times before. Each person notes the date they found it and if they left or took anything in a small notebook inside. 

Phil tells me they can sometimes be as small as a film canister and really hard to find. 

I find this fascinating and could really get hooked on the chase/hunt aspect of it. 

It's just the same reason I love my job and searching for news or photos out on a nature trail. 

Our box had all sorts of things inside it. We took nothing but left something for the next person to find. 
Geocaching. Find an app for your phone and give it a try.