Durham Region Transit meets with the Accessibility Advisory Committees

Durham Region Transit has booked a meeting to discuss transit with members of the AACs from Durham municipalities and the Council on Aging Committee as requested for Wednesday June 13 from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at Regional Headquarters in the Lower Level Conference Room.

From the City of Oshawa, the following Councilors sit on the Durham Region Transit Commission:

  • Commissioner Aker
  • Commissioner Carter
  • Commissioner Henry
  • Commissioner McQuaid-England
  • Commissioner John Neal
  • Commissioner Pidwerbecki
  • Commissioner Sanders

(You can simply email all Councilors by: council@oshawa.ca

Every Municipality in Durham, as well other municipalities have an Accessibility Advisory Committee (AAC), made up of volunteer local residents who advises and assists their city/town’s agencies, boards, commissions, committees and City Council in developing and facilitating strategies and actions toward developing and maintaining a barrier free community with a goal to improving the quality of life for those with disabilities.

Each AAC has a work plan of activities they perform. Here is a link to the Oshawa Accessibility Advisory Committee (OAAC) Work Plan 2018-2019.

For more information about the OAAC’s mandane, work plan, meetings, making a delegation request and submitting a correspondence click here.

Although this discussion involves solely the AACs of Durham Region, I wanted to submit a Correspondence (letter) to the next OAAC meeting about accessibility and customer service while commuting with DRT. I asked the Downtown Oshawa Facebook group about there accessibility issues with DRT. With ‘The Wisdom of the Crowd’ – I hope my letter to the OAAC contributes to some of the ideas they will discuss.

Here is a list of key points I will address in my letter to the OAAC:

  • They need to start earlier and run till at least 3am for people who work or attend bars downtown. At least select routes. Especially on Sundays. Perhaps a Special Community Bus.
  • Drivers should request that parents with children over 3 to fold their child’s stroller, so commuters with walkers and canes don’t have to stumble to the back and risk falling.
  • At each DRT bus shelter, there should be a system map and schedule for each route to help commuters navigate.
  • Driver’s need more training in customer service, such as: being more vigilant about observing customers with mobility issues hurrying to the bus, instead of closing the door on them because the driver is frantic about keeping on schedule, waiting until people are seated before slamming the gas pedal, letting on persons with scooters and walkers first, and asking passengers respectively to move from priority seating to allow seat for person with disability.

Final Thought

I believe the Durham Region Transit drivers do there best to deliver good service. Its not fair to scapegoat the drivers for sometime poor service. Its a high demanding job and emotionally draining depending on the drivers schedule and route.  I believe that passengers need to understand DRT Drivers are human beings, nobody is perfect, and it be radical to exercise some decorum and being a good samaritan, so everyone enjoys public transit.

Panel Series of Oshawa Cultural Branding: Success Stories

Thursday, May 3, 2018
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Arts Resource Centre

A panel series of local Oshawa professionals working in the arts, culture and heritage field who know their brand and have successfully used it to develop their own artistic pursuits and/or strengthen organizations.

Moderated by Dr. Tess Pierce, Associate Professor, Faculty of Social Science and Humanities, UOIT

Panel Series includes:

Dani Crosby 
Illustrator, Fine Artist and Educator

On success: “I gathered around me other great critical thinkers.” – Dani Crosby

 

Jacob Hamayda
The Moustache Club

“I don’t look at myself as a leader in the community, I look at myself as a supporter and a facilitator.” – Jacob Hamayda

 

Mary Krohnert
LivingRoom Community Art Studio and Actor

 

Jeremy Smith
Driftwood Theatre

Photo by Derek Giberson

A Sailor of The Soul: Navigating Inside The Matrix

We live in a social world (unless we flip the switch to make it private) it is generally public. The social world is formed by culture and language, and typically how society identifies itself and in contrast to other societies. This is pluralism: “a condition or system in which two or more states, groups, principles, sources of authority, etc., coexist.” All the happenings of the social world is operating in a communication system.

From a bird’s eye view, we all are integrated in a communication system – which has many channels, influences and narratives sharpening the world view: the way we perceive it and what role do we play in it. It is truly a matrix. Everything is connected. What happens in Timbuktoo – still happened even though you at home watching a TV program and eating tomato soup with crackers.

I fantasize about living: heaven on earth. And I know to accomplish that goal – I have to take radical action rather than just dream about it. It’ll be a process of transformation that will take “fighting the good fight with the love that consumes.”

Firstly, I will have to know thyself, and since reality is just a 3D hologram  – my body is the expression of my soul,  in other words: how you can identify me (knock-knock);

Secondly, energetic information is everywhere (all things living and non-living), such as – even that piece of crumbled up receipt paper in your trash basket has an energetic imprint (because somebody’s thought action with help from a machine manifested that roll of receipt paper into being and whatever the situation that lead to producing that receipt gave that ordinary piece of paper some additional character (and I don’t think the receipt in the trash basket is taking it personally – c’est la vie);

Thirdly, with perfect foreknowledge or intuition, I chose or gravitated to who I need to interact with, align with: sharing a common purpose and limitation, and those–and only those–people (soul friends) would be part of the conversation and soul group to manifest ‘heaven on earth’, or at least aware of its existence.

Within this social world, this entire communication system has been, not coincidentally, invented to ensure everyone who needs to be involved can be involved. Understanding that all systems are build on rules and codes, sometimes things are hidden in plain sight. Much like by following The Laws of Attraction allows for opportunities to connect to good situations. Ohhh to be a sailor of the soul. Navigating the Matrix is not easy, but I just have to be my ‘highly sensitive magnificent weirdo’ self, working towards heaven on earth as part of my lifestyle and just ask for what I want- because how else will it  be known….”abracadabra”, “presto!.”

SHWACITY & Other Stories Vol.1 Issue 1

I wanted to create a community newspaper or a downtown Oshawa fanzine. I created a draft and proposed the collaborative project with downtown businesses who like to sponsor this fanzine as an experiment for a creative collaboration project. Everyone was enthusiastic about it and I worked tirelessly to gather content and produce this fanzine on my own. I would love to do another fanzine. Keep on the look out… 🙂

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Together We Dance

Together We Dance: A Dance Showcase Celebrating International Dance Day

Sunday, April 29 from 1-3pm at Memorial Park

Memorial Park

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On a chilly sunny Sunday afternoon, I attended Together We Dance, an event in honour of International Dance Day. Appearing on stage were dancers from across Oshawa to display the diversity and excellence of Dance. This event aim to bring together dancers and advocate for the art of dance and movement and highlight the medium’s creative, expressive and technical capacities.

Participating artists include:

Anishinaabe Knowledge Keepers – Kim Wheatley and Alexandria Bipatnath
Kim & Alex will demonstrate Women’s Traditional and Fancy Shawl dancing which are typical Pow Wow dance styles seen across North America.

They are Ojibway from Shawanaga First Nation and dance to honour all of Creation. The Traditional Regalia they wear represents a visual narrative of their beliefs, relationships, ceremonial practices & customs that honour the past present and future.

City of Oshawa Dance Programs
The City of Oshawa offers a range of dance programs for all ages. Classes include Ballet, Hip Hop, Salsa, Zumba and much more.

Dance Performance:

Hip Hop – Try Everything by Shakira from Zootopia
Ballet – Part of Your World – Little Mermaid

Chandrasegara Dance Academy – Tamil Cultural and Academic Society of Durham (TCASD)
Chandrasegara Dance Academy – Tamil Cultural and Academic Society of Durham (TCASD) Tamil Cultural and Academic Society of Durham (TCASD) is a registered non- profit and non-political organization operating in the Durham Region since 2008. The primary focus of this organization is to provide youth and young children opportunities to engage in activities that will improve their knowledge about rich Tamil culture and traditions at the same note educate other communities about our culture, excel in academic endeavours and involve in community events.

Dance Performance: “Pushpanjali”

Pushpanjali literally means folded hands full of flowers. It is an offering of flowers to the Gods and is the first dance in a Bharatha Natyam performance. It is the salutation to the lord of dance Nataraja, the Guru, the musicians and the audience. We will also see Kanapathi Vanakkam and Amuthe Thamil to begin today’s event on an auspicious note.

Kalavriksha Dance Centre trained by Neeraja Ramani
Students of Kalavriksha Dance Centre trained by Neeraja Ramani will be presenting Indian dance, Bharatanatyam. Bharatanatyam is a classical Indian dance form. This dance form has intricate footwork, elaborate expressions and hand gestures that tell stories and convey emotions, with lyrical music that is composed of melodies and rhythmic patterns.

Dance Performance: “Alamelu Manga”

This dance is about a teenager who is dancing by herself while her friends & Lord Vishnu watch her. Choreographed by Leela Samson.

Loreley Youth Dancers
Loreley Youth Dancers grew from its humble beginnings in 1970 teaching traditional German dances. They are known throughout the Region for both their traditional German and jazz performances.

Dance Performance: Loreley Youth Dancers Junior and Senior groups will be performing Maypole and Polka dances.

Maxwell Heights Secondary School
Maxwell Heights Secondary School Dance program prides itself on teaching students so much more than dance moves! It’s about commitment, dedication, reliability and pushing yourself to be the BEST version of you.

Dance Performances:

“The Boys of MDC”- all boys hip hop group
“Beauty in Colour”- Fernando Jimenez and Ceci Mohammed
“Goodbyes”- Miles Clarke and Kiara Smith
“Duke”- all boys jazz/theatre dance

Riddim Fitness Inc.
Riddim Fitness Inc. provides instruction in Traditional & Modern Caribbean Dance Styles. Teaching the foundations of Caribbean History and keeping the Culture alive through dance & education!

Dance Performance:

The Senior dancers will be dancing to “Iskaba”
The Junior & Intermediate dancers will be dancing to the song “Kingston Drummers”,
The Senior dancers will be dancing to the song “Sweet for Days”
All dancers will dance to the song “One Island”

The Bisland Dance Centre Inc
The Bisland Dance Centre Inc is conveniently located just North East of the Oshawa Centre at 360 King Street West, BDC has students from all over the Durham region who train in our beautiful facility and are a part of the BDC family. We are so excited to have the opportunity to bring the joy of dance into your child’s life by teaching them how to really dance!

Dance Performance:

8 dancers performing a jazz piece called “Dancing On The Ceiling”
18 dancers performing a hip hop routine called “Warning: Incoming Game”

The Humming Bird Dancers of Club Carib of Oshawa Inc
The Humming Bird Dancers of Club Carib of Oshawa Inc are a group of children ranging from age 3-18 who all share a similar passion, dance. Their choreographer, Martin Scott Pascall, teaches them various dances consisting of Jazz, Latin, Folk, Spiritual, African, Hip-Hop and Calypso.

Dance Performance:

“D’ Journey” – Folk/Spiritual
“Soca Rock” – Calypso/Soca

The Odessa Ukrainian Dancers
The Odessa Ukrainian Dancers comprised of a group of energetic high-school students, has flourished for more than three generations at St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Oshawa, Ontario.

Their repertoire includes dances from the Central, Hutzul, Transcarpathian, Bukovinian and Polissian regions. Odessa strives to retain the beauty and true spirit of Ukrainian dance by focusing on traditional choreography with authentic costuming.

The Odessa Ukrainian Dancers have performed at Canada’s National Ukrainian Festival in Dauphin Manitoba, Ukrainian Independence Day celebrations, Canada Day celebrations, Fiesta, Kingston Ukrainian Festival, and for the Ukrainian Ambassador to Canada.

Dance Performance: The Loreley Youth Dancers Junior and Senior groups

Groups will perform a Polka and a Maypole dance more specifically:Choboty, Zaporozhetz, and Poltava Polka.

Oshawa Senior Citizen Centre – Line 4 Dance Level
Oshawa Senior Citizen Centre – Line 4 Dance Level is led by Donna Davidson at the John Street location, group members learn steps to a variety of dances. Level 4 dancers are very experienced as they have completed all previous levels to join the group!

Dance Performances:

The Twist
Maria Magdalana
When You Wish Upon A Star

Sunday FunDay and A Week of Birthday

This Sunday, concluded my 37th birthday-week-long marathon. My Mom, Dad and I drove to Colburg, to visit my sister Rose-bud and Darrell. It was some good famJAM. We ate Dominoes pizza, bread bites, chicken balls, and wings. I had a caramel and crumbles birthday cake.  Rose and Darrell got me a funny bday card and Blue Jay tickets. I  did some channel surfing of the Blue Jay vs. Yankees game and Pittsburg and Philly game 6 game. it was a good time.

on my ride home, with the folks, i asked if  they could drive me downtown Oshawa. I want to attend the cocoa and joe cafe open mic, as well slurp some tomato basil soap. there was homemade quishe available, but i was determined to slurp tomato basil soup. the open mic was grand. ukegirl performed, as well local musicians. i sang karaoke: cranberries – ode to my family, and queensrchye – silent lucidity {probably a typo}.

my evening downtown ended at stags head. i shared some fellowship with friends and Oshawa arts/culture/ creative economy to renew downtown Oshawa  discussion. with a buddy. i had a stellar tedley tea.

at home, i stressed a bit configuring the wireless network  from  my mom’s hp officejet printer to her laptop. long story short, mission accomplished. “YAY!”

Fellowship for Intentional Community

A Burning Soul

I desire to live in an intentional community, where everyone is happy, creating, healthy and free; and I feel that most of us forgotten how to live in peace, because we got caught up in the earthly dramas, and life is just a grind here.

Whatever the situation or obligations may seems to be, I don’t worry,… Somehow i know there is more to life than knowing anxiety and money, anxiety and sex, struggling to survive; and i know something is coming, a renaissance, that will bring a new age of enlightenment again.

It is a journey, pathways and processes of taking the Big Picture from the 5th dimension and incorporating it into 3rd dimensional world; it is a difficult process. There is always opposition in the earthly life, because people are stuck at a suffering level. Unhappy people trying to convince you of their grim world they believe in. Where there is resistance and negative projections living behind the veil. Life is difficult because that is what they attract. I don’t take the opinions of others personally. Life is lessons and trials. We all make preferences and We Live-Learn-Grow.

We choose to be here at this amazing time. Some of us indigos, starseeds and rainbow children. We all have a purpose in this life, a mission of integrating the spirit with “physicalness”, ideas and innovation, to bring about conscious awareness to create heaven on earth.

Again, it’s not easy, there will be always opposition in this earthly life. This happens to be The Dark side of The Light Chasers. Our resistance is our shadow or our self limiting beliefs and negative projections into our environment. Everything created or experienced comes from a thought action, hence “Thoughts create Reality.”

Here we are now, in Oshawa, a city culturally fragmented and resists to be whole. Living here I feel like we all want to be free creatively, yet how do we get there? It will take letting go baggage, discovering our true-selves from the memories and knowledge from looking within, coming together and grounding with Nature. We cannot externalize our power, but own it, be self determine. Be our greatest version.

It will take us awhile, for we match what we resonate with; and be on this path for the long run. Co-creating this dream together, a  New Bohemia and Combine Generation. It’s The Greatest Show in The Universe.And we’re all apart of it!

 

2017 culture summit at the arts resource centre

schedule of events

6pm – culture meet-up (green room)

6:30pm – welcome ceremony led by rick bourque, traditional knowledge keeper

7pm – introductions
remarks from major john henry and deputy mayor/councilor bob champman
-city update on culture counts: arts, culture, and heritage plan by catherine richards
cultural leadership council(clc) update by derek giberson, chair of clc

7:30pm – bringing history to life: the oshawa museum’s scenes from the cemetary
-presentation by oshawa bmuseum and council rick kerr with live performance by actor glenn rabjohn portraying rev. robert thornton

7:40pm – crown lands
-psych blues-rock duo playing 3 of their hit songs

7:50pm – examining/experience/explore history: the challenge of designing an Escape room based on history of camp x
– presentation by durham college about the mad xscape room

8pm – sindanai (rumination)
– a tamil poem translated to dance by neeraja ramani

8:10pm – mobilizing the museum: changes at the canadian automotive museum
-presentation by the canadian automotive museum

8:20pm – beauty by colour
-a dance curated and performed by maxwell heights secondary school

8:30pm – closing ceremony by rick bourque

Spevcial thanks: cultural summit working group (mc derek giberson), carla sinclair, and lisa terech), durham shoestring performers for stage lighting support, and recreation and cultural services department staff.

 

2017 culture update
achievement & highlights (there were many listed, these are a couple notable ones)

  • 6600 attended peony festival
  • 1900 attended concert in the park
  • 4 new community led events in memorial npark
  • cultural leadership council: 2 professional development workshop, 4 culture meet ups

next culture meetup

First Ever Public Art Task Force!

The City of Oshawa has created a “First Ever Public Art Task Force!” aka a “feedback loop” for the arts community to perhaps influence policy for striving artists, creative businesses and “community wealth” projects in Oshawa. I wish this great group the BEST; a lot of imagination and passion in these members; and making culture count in Oshawa is an extraordinary task. Bless Up!
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First Ever Public Art Task Force!

The City of Oshawa is pleased to announce the City’s first Public Art Task Force.

The Public Art Task Force will help support the Public Art Policy and support the City’s Recreation & Culture Services staff on activities including assisting with the development of a city-wide Public Art Strategy, advising on new public art projects and priorities, reviewing public art donations and making recommendations on juried public art competitions.

The Public Art Task Force is comprised of representatives from stakeholder organizations and groups (e.g. The Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Durham College, Oshawa Art Association, Cultural Leadership Council) and individual community members who were selected following a public call for applications.

The members of the Public Art Task Force members are:
• Linda Jansma – representing The Robert McLaughlin Gallery
• Sean McQuay – representing Durham College
• Mary Gartlan – representing the Oshawa Art Association
• Will McGuirk – representing the Cultural Leadership Council
• Dani Crosby – Individual Member
• Alyssia Nelson – Individual Member

Live – Learn – Grow

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