Stargazing is a wonderful and peaceful pastime that anyone can enjoy. From planets to star clusters, galaxies to nebulae, the night sky is a treasure chest of celestial delights. Although astronomy and star gazing are traditionally done in the dark countryside, our glorious moon can be enjoyed from the city as well.

The moon was created about 50,000 years after the earth formed 4.5 billion years ago. After the sun was created fine dust particles began sticking together, creating larger sand sized pieces. The “snowball” effect continued as more stuff clung together and built up to rock, boulder and small…

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When Justin Trudeau entered his first conference with Canada’s provincial premiers as the nation’s Prime Minister it would have been a reassuring encounter.  Fresh off his October 2015 federal election victory Trudeau was greeted by politicians who viewed the world through a shared prism.  Domestically and internationally Justin Trudeau was a walking selfie promotion.

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Recently Premier Doug Ford was seen on TV participating in a round table discussion with stakeholders and the striking feature of it was how relaxed he was with the format and how clearly he articulated government policy without resorting to notes. That performance is in sharp contrast to his podium speaking style which is forced and unnatural and frankly, hard to take in. Hopefully his communication staff will look for opportunities to stage more of the former and less of the latter.

Then there is the issue of how to articulate policies which in many cases, frankly, consist of reducing funding to various programs. Ford’s government was elected in part because many Ontarians came to the conclusion that the spending programs of the Wynne government, especially the flurry of promises made before the last election, were unsustainable. So strong was the desire for change that voters took a leap of faith on a candidate who was either not well known to people outside Southern Ontario, or to those who…

Once the upcoming judicial inquiry into the Red Hill paving issue is unleashed it will take on a life of its own and who knows where that may lead. The terms of reference are broad enough to allow the judge to go down every rabbit hole around established practices at Hamilton City Hall. That could include how staff reports are written including whether anyone on council gets a chance to weigh in on, or even modify staff reports before they go to council as a whole.  Does every report by a consultant on any topic automatically go to council or is it a grey area? Another area is agenda review–a process whereby the standing committee chairs meet with staff to determine what goes before a committee. Some former members of council have suggested to the Bay Observer that “agenda review” sometimes results in agenda manipulation with items sometimes disappearing altogether. Not on the list of 24 question that have formed the terms of reference for the inquiry, but worth exploring, is how did $13…

As of press time Avengers: Endgame’ had broken all records for first weekend movie box office grosses by raking in more than $1.2 Billion worldwide. Captain Marvel also pulled in more than a Billion dollars but not on the first weekend. If you looked at the top 10 grossing movies so far this year all but one are either of the superhero genre, Sci-fi  or animated features.

Last year was the best year ever for the film industry as the studios earned a record-setting $41 Billion. Every one of last year’s top 10 grossing movies was a comic book hero film. I’m old enough to remember when we got our first TV that the pundits at that time were predicting the demise of the movie industry. Instead, for more than a decade, the movie industry has been fuelled by super-hero, Sci-fi and fantasy films, and the audience seems to not be able to get enough of endless sequels and prequels. There once was a time when a prequel or sequel was a way of milking…

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The Broadway jukebox musical with a Canadian connection is playing an encore engagement at the Princess of WalesTheatre in Toronto. The show stars Canadian Chilina Kennedy who has owned the title role for over 1,000 performnces on the Great White Way, and headlined a touring company playing Toronto in the summer of 2017. Kennedy says, ”I love this show and I think audiences will be blown away by both the music and the powerful story.”

Prior to her “Beautiful” commitment, Kennedy was cast as Mary Magdalene in the 2012 “Jesus Christ Superstar” Broadway revival. A veteran of the Stratford and Shaw Festivals, Kennedy has served three years at each facility. She was last seen in Hamilton in the 2014 Theatre Aquarius production of “Mary Poppins.” The multi-talented singer/songwriter has a busy life, as performer, wife, and mother.

In “Beautiful,” Chilina guides us through King’s life, from timid 16-year-old girl to superstar playing Carnegie Hall. The curtain rises and falls on that concert triumph, her story sandwiched in between.

The show references King’s top hits “Will You Love Me Tomorrow,” “Up on the Roof,” and “It’s Too Late,” composed with her husband/writing partner, Gerry Goffin. Another chart-topper, “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling.” was written by their longtime friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann. The book artfully describes the emergence of American pop in the 1960s, when the two couples toiled with fellow songwriters shopping their wares to hard-nosed music publishers and record producers. It wasn’t easy.

Theatrically, the show…

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