Junction Triangle

Junction Triangle Pedestrian Bridge


The Wallace Avenue pedestrian bridge was built around 1907 and it connects the neighbourhood to Dundas Street West. You can check out this photo taken in 1916 from the City of Toronto Archives.

Vaccinium erythrocarpum

Cranberries in a pot

Vaccinium erythrocarpum or Cranberry

In North America, Native Americans were the first to use cranberries as food. Native Americans used cranberries in a variety of foods, especially for pemmican, wound medicine and dye. Calling the red berries Sassamanash, natives may have introduced cranberries to starving English settlers in Massachusetts who incorporated the berries into traditional Thanksgiving feasts. American Revolutionary War veteran Henry Hall is credited as first to farm cranberries in the Cape Cod town of Dennis around 1816. In the 1820s cranberries were shipped to Europe. Cranberries became popular for wild harvesting in the Nordic countries and Russia. In Scotland, the berries were originally wild-harvested but with the loss of suitable habitat, the plants have become so scarce that this is no longer done.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Photo taken at Wong’s private kitchen.

Location Data on iPhone and iPad


The news yesterday about the iPhone and the 3G iPad logging the user(s) minute-by-minute location data had created quite a stir. Two computer programmers had discovered that Apple’s devices are tracking your every move. They have even created an app iPhone Tracker that can display a map showing the exact locations drawn from the data stored on the device.

my recent locations

This, of course, has created quite a panic in some paranoid people thinking the Big Brother is watching your every move. Apple is spying. The government is spying on everyone too!

To be fair, the location data is stored on the user’s iPhone or 3G iPad until the device is synced to a computer. The data then gets copied onto the hard drive. Until these two programmers came up with the app, the data is mighty difficult for laymen to access unless you are a Unix geek.

Law enforcement officials are already getting access to this type of info from mobile phone companies for investigation purposes. Collecting this type of data is not illegal but the question that should be asked is how Apple and other tech companies intend to use it, if at all.

For the time being, in order to protect the iPhone location data on your computer, you can encrypt the iPhone backups next time you sync up.