Articles by Jon Lamont

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Where Hollywood gets its cop cars. Hint? Ontario

When people think of police cars, they immediately think of flashing lights, high speed-chases, and uniformed police officers catching bad guys. This is what police cruisers are meant to do, but what happens when the car has too much mileage, or isn’t worth fixing? When law enforcement vehicles are put out for retirement, they often find second careers. They turn into someone else’s private car, or maybe even turn up as a prop in a blockbuster movie.

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An end to Apple’s arrogance

The iPad announcement was full of subtle jabs at Microsoft and the copious number of aging PCs in the world. There’s an irony in all of this: Apple was championing the discarding of old PCs for shiny new iPads, when minutes before they told the world how eco-friendly they were. Wouldn’t a truly eco-friendly company celebrate that large number of old PCs that are still being used, instead of being thrown away?

Scraping the bottom of the channel

Every summer, PortsToronto spends 12 weeks dredging, digging up slime and muck from the bottom of the Keating Channel, where the Don River takes a 90-degree turn before spilling out into Lake Ontario. Sometimes even vehicles appear, including a Porsche and a Ford, says one hoisting engineer.

Interesting ice rinks for the best skating in the city

The small Evergreen Brick Works Skating Rink is a tucked away gem based in one of the old Don Valley Brick Works buildings. Featuring a rich history, rustic charm, and lovely gardens, the unique space is among the best ice rinks in Toronto worth visiting this winter.

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Navy vet recalls the gifts and sacrifices of war

William Lines remembers that the Second World War changed his life … for the better. “I got a wife out of it,” he said with a smile. “I met her in Montreal. I wouldn’t have met her if I hadn’t been stationed there.” Lines added that he also received a valuable education during the war and that led to employment with Bell Canada after the war.