Saturday, September 01, 2007

World Health Organization's ranking of health care systems

Canadians and Americans might be disappointed in where they rank,

1 France
2 Italy
3 San Marino
4 Andorra
5 Malta
6 Singapore
7 Spain
8 Oman
9 Austria
10 Japan
11 Norway
12 Portugal
13 Monaco
14 Greece
15 Iceland
16 Luxembourg
17 Netherlands
18 United Kingdom
19 Ireland
20 Switzerland
21 Belgium
22 Colombia
23 Sweden
24 Cyprus
25 Germany
26 Saudi Arabia
27 United Arab Emirates
28 Israel
29 Morocco
30 Canada
31 Finland
32 Australia
33 Chile
34 Denmark
35 Dominica
36 Costa Rica
37 United States of America
38 Slovenia
39 Cuba
40 Brunei
41 New Zealand
42 Bahrain
43 Croatia
44 Qatar
45 Kuwait
46 Barbados
47 Thailand
48 Czech Republic
49 Malaysia
50 Poland
51 Dominican Republic
52 Tunisia
53 Jamaica
54 Venezuela
55 Albania
56 Seychelles
57 Paraguay
58 South Korea
59 Senegal
60 Philippines
61 Mexico
62 Slovakia
63 Egypt
64 Kazakhstan
65 Uruguay
66 Hungary
67 Trinidad and Tobago
68 Saint Lucia
69 Belize
70 Turkey
71 Nicaragua
72 Belarus
73 Lithuania
74 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
75 Argentina
76 Sri Lanka
77 Estonia
78 Guatemala
79 Ukraine
80 Solomon Islands
81 Algeria
82 Palau
83 Jordan
84 Mauritius
85 Grenada
86 Antigua and Barbuda
87 Libya
88 Bangladesh
89 Macedonia
90 Bosnia-Herzegovina
91 Lebanon
92 Indonesia
93 Iran
94 Bahamas
95 Panama
96 Fiji
97 Benin
98 Nauru
99 Romania
100 Saint Kitts and Nevis

Miss S.C. Teen USA's Geography Pop Quiz

18-year old Lauren Caitlin Upton offers you the chance to show how smart YOU are! Get the right answers to 7 questions and let your expert geographic knowledge impress even the toughest judge.

Everybody laughed at her, but now People magazine has this seven question 'Miss S.C. Teen USA's Geography Pop Quiz' on their website. She's turning this 'mishap' into a way of earning some money. Seems she's not so dumb after all.

If Larry Craig were gaaaaay, that’d be OK....

Larry Craig Reenactment

Picked this up from Bluedaze and when you see it you will wonder why was he arrested and why would he possibly plead guilty. The dialogue in the reenactment come from the actual police report. So what do you think?

And check out the poll on the sidebar.

Friday, August 31, 2007

Enjoy the long weekend!

I haven't posted a photo of Jessica Biel's butt in a while so here you go...

Google Me

I tried googling "Canada, eh?" and this blog is the 8th hit out of 410,000.

When I tried "49th Parallel", the blog was the 26th and 28th hit out of 247,000.
I'm shocked I even register with the omnipotent Google.

Don Valley to be Closed by Bomb Disposal Squad

It looks like police have caught the person behind the letter bombs mailed this month. The suspect Adel Arnaout, 37, is a landed immigrant from Lebanon, but police do not believe the crime is motivated by religion or politics.

Police have seized three bombs, found in the trunk of a silver sedan at an Esso gas station on Overlea Blvd., just west of Thorncliffe Park Dr. They will transport the bombs sometime after 11:30 a.m. from the scene to the Leslie Street Spit where they will be detonated.

Arnaoult has been charged with:
- Three counts of attempted murder;
- Three counts of intending to cause explosion;
- One count of possessing explosives for unlawful purposes.

Bomb being moved to Leslie Street Spit.

Hezbollah is Trying To Muzzle Human Rights Watch

Human Rights Watch canceled a news conference planned for Thursday, August 30, 2007 in Beirut, citing reports by Hezbollah-controlled media about planned demonstrations to prevent the scheduled event at the Crowne Plaza hotel, and the hotel’s decision to disallow the news conference.

Human Rights Watch had called the news conference to release “Civilians Under Assault: Hezbollah's Rocket Attacks on Israel in the 2006 War,” a new 128-page report criticizing Hezbollah for its conduct during the 2006 war with Israel, in particular Hezbollah’s practice of deliberately and indiscriminately firing rockets toward Israeli civilian areas.

On September 6, Human Rights Watch is releasing in Jerusalem a report critical of Israel’s conduct in its attacks on Lebanon, a comprehensive follow-up to a report released during the war, titled “Fatal Strikes: Israel's Indiscriminate Attacks Against Civilians in Lebanon”.

OMG, More Children Driving

Drunk parents need to find designated drivers other than their children!!

A father who was too drunk to drive had his 11-year-old son get behind the wheel of his pickup and drive them home.

Police stopped the boy late Tuesday after he was seen driving the 1992 Chevy truck the wrong way on a one-way street.The boy's father was too drunk to drive and had told the child to drive them home.

The father pleaded no contest to charges of reckless endangerment and contributing to the delinquency of a minor in connection with the incident. He was ordered to spend 15 days in jail and to take parenting classes. Though after at least 11 years as parent, likely a little too late.

The boy wasn't charged.

Daniel Sylvester is Appealing

Alicia Ross' killer is appealing his conviction largely because he didn't get the light sentence he had been angling for. In July, Sylvester was sentenced to life in prison with no eligibility of parole for 16 years.

Grounds for the appeal are:
- the judge erred in allowing the Crown to introduce evidence of his sexual conduct after Ross was killed (masturbating by the side of the highway)
- the sentence was "harsh and excessive in light of the mitigating circumstances" ( he surrendered to and cooperated with police when they had no reason to arrest him)
- the judge failed to correct Crown prosecutor Kelly Wright's submission that one cannot intend or mean to cause bodily harm, and at the same time lose self-control
- the judge erred in refusing the defence request for a mistrial

Sometimes are judicial system is just a bloody waste of money.

Lawn Nazi Responds

Bill Blake, Scarborough District manager for Municipal Licensing and Standards has responded to the many angry calls and emails from homeowners about the razing of a natural garden in his district. I know readers of this blog were equally outraged.

Blake states that the city is not waging war against natural gardens and is naturalizing some city parks. He indicated that Ms. Dale's garden was not properly maintained. There was a dead raccoon in her garden that created quite a stench which she acknowledges.

He said Dale received two notices before the city took action, the second one delivered by registered mail.

He said the second letter advised Dale that if she didn't remedy the situation, the city would do it for her.

The letter also explained that she could apply for a natural lawn exemption, and had she done so, all action against her would have been stopped.

So there you have it. The other side's story.

UPDATE: A little more than a week after the native plant garden in her front yard was razed by Toronto bylaw officers, Deborah Dale says she has received letters from the city warning her backyard might be next.

Thursday, August 30, 2007

That tattoo I would expect on a drunken sailor

Woman Sets New Standard for Child Neglect

A woman is in jail for allegedly allowing her five-year-old child to drive a car. Neighbors were able to prevent the situation from turning into a tragedy over the weekend.

A neighbour saw a toddler at the wheel and another toddler on the console. She said, 'Ma'am, are you letting your toddler drive?' The woman answered, 'Yes. He's a good driver.'"

Holly Schnobrich, 24, of Lafayette was also a passenger in the car. She's now in jail, charged with two counts of neglect of a dependent and one count of public intoxication. She is the mother of the five-year-old boy driving the car. Her three-year-old was also in the car.

He was on his knees saying he was driving mommy's car and having trouble reaching the pedal.

Prosecutors and witnesses believe this isn't the first time Schnobrich has let the five-year-old drive. Her arrest comes just four days into probation after pleading guilty to DUI.

Well at least she understands the concept of a designated driver. Now she has to start using a licensed driver.

Jenna has located a caterer for the wedding

Annie Hall in 2007

...wearing one of her a signature bizarre outfits.

Faith in Humanity

Found on Queen Street West in Toronto.

click on image to enlargen

MD Admits Scamming OHIP for $750,000

A Toronto family doctor, John Kitakufe, admitted yesterday to pumping more than 130,000 prescription sedatives into the black market and defrauding Ontario's health care system of more than $750,000.

Dr. Kitakufe, a Canadian landed immigrant, who was convicted of similar offences in Illinois nearly 20 years ago. After 13 years here, Kitakufe was extradited to the U.S. in 1999 and served 14 months of an 18-month term for his fraud conviction.

He was charged with conspiracy to defraud the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, defrauding the ministry and conspiracy to traffic in the narcotic-based painkiller OxyContin.

Incredibly, he is still listed as "active" on the College of Physicians and Surgeons website, although he lost the right to prescribe narcotic drugs. The College has not indicated that they plan to lift his license because insurance fraud isn't a big deal with the College. None of his patients were actually harmed and College doesn't seem that concerned about addicts in the street.

Fortunately he won't be practicing medicine while in prison.

Bathroom Sex/Larry Craig FAQs

After pleading guilty to a charge of misdemeanor disorderly conduct, Senator Craig paid $575 in fines and fees and was sentenced to a year of probation. But since then, he has said he regrets his guilty plea and that his actions were "misconstrued"—he merely has a "wide stance" when using the toilet.

This incident raises all sorts of questions about cruising signals, congressional privilege, and the logistics of bathroom sex. But I found a site that answers some of these questions.

You won't see me tapping my foot in a public washroom.

And please check out the poll on the sidebar.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Police Release Video of Suspect

They were originally calling him a 'person of interest', but he now appears to be more than that. And the vehicle he was driving wasn't your usual van or automobile. He was operating a moped or a motorbike. Police also don't have a motive and no other information has been released about the victim, Jason Pellicore.

Police are hoping video surveillance will allow them to hone in on the man. But they're not hopeful it will show his face. He was apparently wearing a helmet with a full cover down over his visage.
UPDATE: People interviewed at the Fitness Club indicated that he used to talk about the Bandido bike gang although he was not a member of the club but a "friend." If this is true it might explain the "hit".
FURTHER UPDATE: The Star suggests through "underworld" sources that Pellicore had gotten jnto the bad books of a former Hells Angels who had accused him of taking his girlfriend. Pellicore had also talked about reviving the Bandidos biker gang north of Toronto. Pellicore was also facing mortgage-fraud and weapons offences in Peel Region. Not such a nice guy as earlier reported.

Teacher not hot for Web video

A North Carolina teacher has become the unwilling star of a steamy Internet video shot at a fifth-grade graduation ceremony.

The 3 1/2-minute amateur video features close-ups of teacher Keri McIntyre's face and behind set to the Van Halen classic Hot for Teacher.

Good Morning America Weekend Edition interviewed McIntyre who was furious saw it on YouTube. She found out about the video when a former student teacher called to say it was posted on YouTube. She then demanded the site pull the clip, but about 200,000 people had already viewed.

After YouTube took the clip off its site, the video popped up on the social networking site MySpace.

With the YouTube video and appearance on TV, McIntyre has become an instant celebrity. However, it seems she is shy and reticent, and wants nothing more than for this story to disappear. Since she doesn't want to milk this she will disappear from our consciousness in no time.

Rehab or Jesus for Senator Larry Craig?

The Larry Craig scandal has been, if nothing else, educational. Most of us are learning for the first time that public restrooms are a major hangout for gay men looking for a quickie and that there’s a secret signaling code. That’s a good thing, since it’s apparently illegal to send this code in Minneapolis and elsewhere. And why are so many conservative politicians gay?

So what will Senator Craig do next. Fill out my poll on the sidebar.

MJ is 49 today and as crazy as ever

...not sure how old Bubble is.

Leona Helmsley is a Bitch in the After Life Too

The will has been made public and Leona Helmsley left her white Maltese, named Trouble, a $12 million trust fund. She also left millions for her brother, Alvin Rosenthal, who was named to care for Trouble in her absence, as well as two of four grandchildren – so long as they visit their father's grave site once each calendar year.

Otherwise, she wrote, neither will get a penny of the $5 million she left for each.

Helmsley left nothing to two of Jay Panzirer's other children – Craig and Meegan Panzirer – for "reasons that are known to them," she wrote.

What kind of person leaves millions to a dog and nothing to her grandchildren?

And it it possible to marry a dog?

Miss Teen USA 2007 - South Carolina on Today show

Caitlin Upton gets a chance to answer that famous question again on the Today show. She actually sounds pretty with it for an 18 year old. I have listened to her answer on the Miss Teen USA show several times and all I can say is she really froze up.

The Big Mac Turns 40

The Big Mac was thought up in 1967 by Jim Delligatti, who owned a McDonald’s store near Pittsburgh. The sandwich sold for 45 cents. Today, the burger costs about $2.75.

McDonald's estimates 550 million Big Macs are sold each year in the U.S. alone. A standard Big Mac contains 540 calories, 29 grams of fat, 10 grams of saturated fat, 1,040 milligrams of sodium and 45 grams of carbohydrates.

So how many people do they kill in each year?

Please Somebody Stop This Woman

Can't anything be done to stop Britney Spears from further embarrassing herself and her poor kids. Sometime soon they will be able to surf the Internet and see pictures like this. Perhaps they have already seen them in supermarket tabloids (oh yeah, Britney doesn't go grocery shopping).

Can't she be charged? Perhaps locked away for her own good? Maybe make her wear a burqa? Seems she is alright with covering her head with wigs, hats and other shmatas. But doesn't seem to be able to cover her ass and cooch.

Man Gunned Down at Richmond Hill Fitness Club

Police say a 34-year-old man was shot four times at around 9:30 a.m. as he exited his vehicle at Complete Fitness located at Newkirk Avenue and Elgin Mills Road in Richmond Hill.

Police are searching for someone seen driving a small motorcycle or moped in the area at the time of the shooting. It certainly sounds like a hit. The indentity of the dead man has not been released.
UPDATE: Police have released the name of the victim. He is Jason Pellicore of King Township. Police have said that the person on the motorcycle may be a witness.

Bush is bringing democracy to these people?

Fighting erupted Tuesday between rival Shiite militias in Karbala during a religious festival, claiming 51 lives and forcing officials to abort the celebrations and order up to 1 million Shiite pilgrims to leave the southern city.

Security officials said Mahdi Army gunmen loyal to radical cleric Muqtada al-Sadr fired on guards around two shrines protected by the Badr Brigade, the armed wing of the Supreme Islamic Iraqi Council.

Residents of Karbala contacted by telephone said snipers were firing on Iraqi security forces from rooftops. Explosions and the rattle of automatic weapons fire could be heard during telephone calls to reporters in the city 50 miles south of Baghdad.

In addition to the deaths, security officials said at least 247 people were wounded, including women and children.

Our holidays are much tamer for the most part though one of nephews overturned a table once at a family dinner.

Anyway happy Shabaniyah Festival!!

Meet Mrs. Mike Modano

Mike Modano got married last week to Willa Ford from Dancing with the Stars. I predict they will make some very good looking babies. Back in May she did an interview with ESPN where she trashed the Dallas Stars for taking away Mike's captaincy.
Way to stand up for your man Willa!!

I Hate Crocs!

I have a place where I can share my contempt for Crocs with others like me.

Someone has created a blog called I HATE CROCS DOT COM. There are links to other sites including a Facebook group.

Interestingly, Croc Fans Dot Com has run into legal trouble and had to change their domain name. Crocs, Inc. sent them a cease-and-desist and demanded that they transfer the domain name over to them. Funny, they shut down a group of supporters. I think they can now be found atLittle Rubber Shoes Dot Com. They spent two years building the website and got royally screwed by Crocs which is why don't wasted your time creating sites supporting Corporate America. They will not thank you!

By the way Crocs announced this week that their stupid clientele would soon be able to buy shirts, shorts and skirts containing its trademark resin. Oh boy. More ugly clothes on the street.

Two Men Arrested for Drunk Driving in the Same Car

Nothing like teamwork. Two men in Wisconsin were arrested for operating the same vehicle while intoxicated. Harvey J. Miller, 43, who has no legs, was steering the 1985 Chevrolet truck from the driver's seat while Edwin H. Marzinske, 55, operated the brake and gas pedals. Police pulled them over and Miller admitted he was too drunk to drive but argued he wasn't operating the vehicle because he couldn't push the pedals. Miller was issued a citation for a third drunk driving offense, while Marzinske was cited for a second. Both men were also cited for operating after revocation.

The list of bizarre driving incidents goes on and on and on. No wonder it's so scary driving out there.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Harper Continues to be Stalled in the Polls

Canadians continue to have mixed feelings about Stephen Harper even as they grow more comfortable with the direction he is taking their county. A new survey conducted in mid-August for The Globe and Mail and CTV by The Strategic Counsel suggests the Conservatives and the Liberals remain in a popularity deadlock with each party being named as the first choice of 33 per cent of respondents.

People don't seem to care much for the Prime Minister. It's probably a combination of his personality and policies. He is viewed as cold, stiff and controlling. He appears to close to President Bush is cannot be a good thing. He is also on the wrong side of a couple of issues - Afghanistan, Kyoto and medical wait times. It's difficult to say if this can be turned around. He may just have to take a chance and just call an election.

John Tory is Being Silly Again

Ontario Conservative Party leader John Tory says that, if elected, he would save $1.5 billion in annual spending without imposing any cuts in services. That makes a lot of sense. If Tory was to be compared to former Premier Mike Harris then he should continue to make absurd promises. Or better yet, Premier McGuinty's no new taxes promise.

Whats he going to do turn up the thermostats at Queens Park in the summer to save money. Too late - it's already being done. Did he run Rogers Cable this way?

How Danny DeVito Agrees to do 3rd Season of "It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia"

Danny DeVito & The Contract

Norman Bates is Alive!

I always thought the movie Psycho was creepy so the real thing has to be pretty disturbing.

Anyway, it seems a guy in Germany left his dead mother seated in her favorite armchair at their shared home for two years because he could not face organizing a funeral. The woman died of natural causes in the chair in July 2005 at the age of 92.

Neighbors recently alerted police about the corpse. The man told police he could not bear to move his mother and said he never again entered the room where she was seated.

City Destroys Natural Garden

A Toronto biologist who spent 12 years growing a natural garden on her front property is demanding compensation after the city chopped it all down. Complaints from neighbours were fueled by their belief that the garden was made up of weeds.

This was six days after she gave a city-sponsored seminar on growing natural gardens filled with native species. The city says it will add $200 to her cover the cost of cutting down her garden. She is looking to recover $10,000 which she claims is the cost of all the plants.

See the before and after pictures above and below.

See you in court maybe.

Foam Turns Sidney Beach into Cappaccino Coast

Foam swallowed an entire beach and half the nearby buildings, including the local lifeguards' centre, in a freak display of nature at Yamba in New South Wales, Australia.

It stretched for 30 miles out into the Pacific in a phenomenon not seen at the beach for more than three decades. Scientists explain that the foam is created by impurities in the ocean, such as salts, chemicals, dead plants, decomposed fish and excretions from seaweed.

All are churned up together by powerful currents which cause the water to form bubbles. These bubbles stick to each other as they are carried below the surface by the current towards the shore. As a wave starts to form on the surface, the motion of the water causes the bubbles to swirl upwards and, massed together, they become foam. The foam "surfs" towards shore until the wave "crashes", tossing the foam into the air.

Pictures of the Lunar Eclipse from Toronto

Monday, August 27, 2007

For My Wife

...who never checks out this blog.

Pee Wee Herman is 55??

I understand Pee Wee will be returning to TV and will have a possible recurring role as “a traveling homeopathic antidepressant representative/salesman" Pushing Daisies is a new ABC Fantasy, comedy, romance show airing this fall.

Michael Vick Has Found Jesus

At least I give him credit for writing his own apology rather than have a spinmeister write one. He spoke from the heart but I still find it hard to swallow. The only reason he is admitting responsibility is because he had no other choice. His entire case was falling on his head, as all his so called buddies were lining up to testify against him. He had no choice but to reach a plea agreement so spare me the accepting responsibility lecture.

Oklahoma Fans Tries to Rip Texan Fan's Balls Off

An Oklahoma City man has been charged with aggravated assault and battery, accused of causing extensive damage to another man's genetalia just because he wore a University of Texas shirt into a local bar.

Brian Thomas said Allen Beckett, whom he had never met, called him "everything under the sun” for wearing a Longhorns T-shirt into the bar. Thomas said he decided he'd had enough after about 20 minutes of Beckett's abuse so he went to the bar to pay his tab. When he turned around, he said Beckett grabbed his crotch and refused to let go.

Boys will be boys.


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Train Wreck is Under Investigation

L.A. County Department of Children and Family Services is reportedly conducting an investigation into possible child abuse coming from Britney Spears. An unscheduled hearing went down this morning with Kevin Federline's and Britney Spears' lawyers.

Meanwhile, the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals rapped up its investigation into Britney Spears' dog, and has decided Britney did nothing wrong ... well, at least when it comes to her dog. The dog did fracture his leg -- but does have a cast. The incident occurred when someone (no word on who) stepped on the dog's leg while walking into a closet.

Look out for this train wreck! She destroys everything in her path!

Really like this Nike ad

Academics Conclude Jessica Alba Has the Perfect Wiggle

According to the mathematicians at Cambridge University, Jessica Alba with her perfect proportions has the ultimate sexy strut.

The academics found that it is the ratio between hips and waist that puts the sway into a woman’s walk - and the nearer that ratio is to 0.7, the better. This ratio provides the body with the right torso strength to produce a more angular swing and bounce to the hips during the walking motion.

Therefore, a woman with a 25in waist and 36in hips would have just the right proportions to carry off a sexy swagger as she walks.

Don't you just love science!


It looks like the two most recent shoe fashion disasters got it on and had babies - Uggs and Crocs.

Evidently, the two have mated, spawning this vile demon bastard footwear spotted recently in Houston. Where it is 100 degrees.

Hamas Rips Off Lion King

After killing off its Mickey Mouse-lookalike, Hamas has turned to another Disneyesque character — televising a cartoon with a "Lion King" wannabe to portray the Islamic group's victory in the Gaza Strip over the Fatah movement.

The cartoon depicts Fatah members as sneaky rats, brandishing guns and being showered with U.S. dollars, while Hamas is portrayed as a confident, calm lion that resembles Simba from the The Lion King. The five-minute cartoon, titled "A message to the criminal gangs in the occupied West Bank." You can see the cartoon here.

Lunar Eclipse

If you're able to get up really early tomorrow morning, you may be able to see the moon go copper red during a totak lunar eclipse. The big event will occur in Toronto - before sunrise, in fact, at 4:51 EDT. It will reach full eclipse stage an hour later. In about 90 minutes, the moon will change from its grey-white colour to a coppery red.

Women Killed by Falling Tree

A large, rotted willow tree fell and killed an elderly woman and injured 4 other people who was attending a garden party on the weekend. The homeowner had no clue that the tree was rotted.

The owner did not know the age of the tree, although he said it was there when he moved into the house on Ledge Rd., near McCowan and Kingston Rds. 59 years ago.

Homeowners, take a closer look at your trees.

Ultra-Orthodox Jews Torch Crematorium

Two years ago, the "Aley Shalehet" crematorium opened in Israel. The only one in the country. This got Orthodox Jews buring mad, so to speak, since cremation is forbidden under Jewish religious law. The crematorium location has been kept secret to prevent ultra-Orthodox extremists from showing up and damaging the facility. Potential customers have only been provided with a contact telephone number.

Last week the location was revealed in a religious newspaper and literally within hours the place was set on fire. Firefighters indicated there were signs of forced entry and arson.

Anti-war protesters march in Kennebunkport

Even though President Bush wasn't in town, hundreds of anti-war protesters including Cindy Sheehan marched by the Bush family compound on a scorching, muggy Saturday.

The last protester was Mike Oren, a self-described "peace walker" who has been on the road for years in the name of peace. As the others left, Oren plopped himself down in the middle of the street in front of the line of police, the sun shining off his shirtless torso and his large "peace walker" tattoo across his shoulders; and he flashed the officers a peace sign.
What a lovely sight!

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Miss Teen South Carolina Sounds Soooo Dumb

If you actually can make any sense of this response please fill me in.

In case you are wondering, Miss Colorado won.

Highway 401 to be Renamed to Honour Fallen Soldiers

The section of Highway 401 between Trenton and Toronto will be renamed The Highway of Heroes in honour of Canada’s fallen soldiers. Crowds have been gathering on overpasses along this route to pay tribute to the fallen as they are driven from CFB Trenton to Toronto. The new designation joins a list of names for the 401, which includes The King's Highway No. 401, The Macdonald-Cartier Freeway, and The Leslie M. Frost Thruway (which was approved but never enacted).

Royal Alexandra Theatre Turns 100

The Royal Alexandra Theatre, celebrates its 100th birthday today.

To mark the event, the Mirvishes oganized a free open house during which you can go on a self-guided backstage tour, eat free grub at the BBQ in front of the theatre (weather permitting), or catch a tribute performance from the original members of the 1969 Canadian cast of Hair. (No word on whether they'll get naked onstage again.)

Official dedication ceremonies are at 2:00 p.m., when the theatre will be presented with a pretty plaque from Heritage Toronto, and a time capsule will be sealed and placed within the Royal Alex, to be opened in another 100 years.

The Mirvishes have also launched an amazing website with a searchable database containing every production ever mounted at the Royal Alex (numbering in the thousands). You can also read up on the history of the theatre and what the Entertainment District was like in 1907, when it was shimmering with vaudeville and burlesque houses.