Posts Tagged ‘galt’

Cruise Night – a love affair with curves

Saturday, July 7th, 2012

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20120704_CRC338120120704_CRC337820120704_CRC3439I can’t quite put my finger on what it is that I like about photographing the cruise nights in Galt on Wednesday nights. You can see previous posts here and here. On previous occasions it has been the colours I’ve noticed most, but this week it was all about the curves. There were several Corvettes from the mid-sixties present this week and if ever there was a car with great curves, it’s a pre-1980 Vette!

I was surprised at the number of folks who showed up because it was very hot and sweaty that night – even at 8pm. Lots of people milling about makes it difficult to get wide shots and even the closeups are sometimes ruined by a reflection of bystanders. I have found, though, that you can only really appreciate the curves when you get really close. From ten feet away a ’68 Vette is just a beautiful car but at ten inches it’s a beautiful curve contained within another curve.

The wednesday night cruise nights have rekindled my love affair with cars. Twenty years ago, though, it was about horsepower and cubic inches. I have now discovered the art of automotive – and you have to get up close to see it.

You can see the full set of cruise night photos, including the 18 from this week, in this set on Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/carmichaels/sets/72157629764006232/

A New School in the Neighbourhood

Friday, January 14th, 2011

Having kids changes your life. Duh. Just a few years ago, the building of a new school (and all of the bureaucratic wrangling that goes with that) was a mildly interesting civic event to someone like me who has an interest in local politics. Now, as our second child prepares for kindergarten in the fall (just as our oldest is leaving) the prospect of a new school in the neighbourhood has ramifications that will profoundly impact our family’s daily life.

My wife sits on the ‘School Council‘ at our kids’ school. The new school planned for southeast Galt (the part of Cambridge that I live in) and the boundary implication were mentioned at a recent meeting. This isn’t news but I hadn’t thought about it for a while and I was curious how the existing school boundaries would be affected.

A quick Google search brought me to the Waterloo Region District School Board’s Accommodation Review for southeast Galt elementary schools. There is a LOT of information here, and I will admit that I have not read it all. I did, however, spend a little time poring over the maps provided in Appendices C&D. (I love maps)

Appendix C: JK-6 boundaries:

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Appendix D: 7-8 boundaries:

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There are a couple of weird things I noticed:

  • our kids will go to the new school for 7-8 even though Stewart Ave is closer. This is even more problematic for us since we’ll have kids going in two directions (Chalmers and Glenview to the west and ‘NewSchool’ to the east even though Stewart Ave is situated between Chalmers and Glenview.
  • kids who live on Dudhope (a block away from Stewart Ave) will now be bussed the 1.9 kilometres to ‘New School’?
  • Based on my reading of the busing rules (here), it would seem that our kids will be bussed to ‘NewSchool’ (1.85 kms) when they could easily walk to Stewart Ave. (1.1 km). It’s ridiculous to bus kids within city limits when there’s a school within walking distance!

I realize that these are pretty complex things to figure out (especially with the Jr/Sr split) but I will maintain my position from my trustee campaign last fall that if we had smaller schools in more neighbourhoods we could probably eliminate all intra-city busing.

If you live in southeast Galt – or even if you don’t – what do you think of the plan for the new school? Leave a comment below…

Meeting Called to Discuss Coworking Space in Galt

Friday, December 11th, 2009

Yesterday’s blog post sparked quite the conversation on Twitter last night! I thought we should try to capitalize on the momentum and get a bunch of people in a room to brainstorm, so I called the first meeting of the Galt Coworking Group.

We will meet Monday, December 21st at 8:30pm at the Golden Kiwi pub on Dickson St.
RSVP here: http://guestlistapp.com/events/11064

Everyone is welcome to come and offer your $0.02 on this idea.

Update: There is a public working document for fleshing out the principles of what we are trying to accomplish. Read and edit it here: http://colincarmichael.ca/galtcoworkdoc