OTR Links 01/27/2021


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Mapping it


My learning today started early in the morning. When I was done, it was filed under the category of “Why am I just learning about this now?”

In my defense, the answer is “because you’ve never had a need to do it until now.” But now that I know about it, I’ll never forget and I’ll blog about it to reinforce my learning.

It started when I read this story

This Mississauga neighbourhood has one of the highest COVID-19 percent positivity rates in Ontario

It comes from the Mississauga | insauga.com online news service.

I feel badly for those people who live, work, and learn in that neighbourhood. After all, your little town or neighbourhood should be safe to live in.

Embedded in the article is a chart of a lot of areas within the province ranked from highest to lowest in terms of highest percentage positivity of COVID. I was using a small screen so had to pinch out to see the content. Other than the name of the community, the first three letters of the postal code really meant little to me.

Then, I ran into three areas in Windsor and Essex County that would be part of our Health Unit. The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit | Local, relevant, and timely public health information. (wechu.org)

But just where are these neighbourhoods? I made a mental note that I should check the Canada Post website because they’ll have that mapped out by postal code. Then, another visual from the article clicked in. Sure, they might have use Canada Post if they had to … instead they used Google Maps and a screen capture.

Could it be that easy?

And, it was.

The three areas around here have the first three characters in their Postal Code.

  • N8T
  • N8R
  • N8H

None of these clicked. When I worked in Windsor, my Postal Code started with N9A.

Where are they? It really was as simple as entering the three characters into a Google Maps search.

N8T

If I zoom in, it completes the picture for me as the schools in the area pop up.
William G. Davis, W.J. Langlois, and Coronation.

N8R

Here, there’s Eastwood, H.J. Lassaline, Parkview, L.A. Desmarais, and Forest Glade.

N8H

And, in the Leamington area, there’s Cardinal Carter, Leamington DSS, Saint-Michel, Queen Elizabeth, Margaret D. Bennie, Mill Street, and St. Louis. Interestingly, Gore Hill which does have an N8H address wasn’t inside the boundaries on the map. Ditto for the South Shore Christian School.

I looked for a second opinion on Bing Maps and indeed the first three letters of the Postal Code were mapped nicely. Apple Maps recognized the Postal Code but just dropped a pin and didn’t map out the area.

So, why am I just learning this now? Like I said above, I never had the need before. A couple more brain cells and blog space just expanded a bit to make room for this new learning!

Did you know this? Am I just late to the party?

OTR Links 01/26/2021


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Old school


It was actually through a Kingsville Facebook group that I found out about this:

Leamington Secures Surplus School Lands

The old Leamington District Seconday School has been replaced by a new building and Mill Street Public School has since been closed as well. Kudos to the city for acquiring the lands with the goal being

to encourage the development of attainable and affordable housing in Leamington 

My first reaction, since the dollar value wasn’t quoted, was that it should be one of those $1 deals since the general public would have bought the land and built the buildings years ago and maintained them. I have no idea what the sale was worth; perhaps it will be publically disclosed at some point.

I have fond memories of both schools; as a consultant I visited all the schools in the district when I could. Both of these looked nice from the street but LDSS in particular showed its wear and tear once you got inside. In the spring of the year, it could get pretty hot and humid.

At one point, the district had indicated that they had the oldest inventory of buildings in the province and was working towards modernizing things. There have been a few buildings from both the Public Board and the Catholic Board that have been acquired by others as a result of their closure. Sometimes it’s as a result of a new building going up and other times, it’s a decline in enrollment.

The former St. Bernard Catholic School in town, for example, is in the process of becoming a community hub for seniors. The price tag for it was made public.

Watching the transformation, and it’s still ongoing, has been interesting. Whenever anyone buys a new house or building, there’s always that transition point where you put a new coat of paint on things. That’s just for looks and an attempt for the new owners to put their own personal stamp on things. In this case, there’s been some major work happening to the building

But what else is done? What sort of serious repairs are needed? In these days of COVID, a big concern becomes one of ventilation. I think that we’ve all read the recommendations of leaving classroom windows open this winter to keep the air moving.

I can’t imagine any new owner finding that to be an acceptable solution. So, the question in my mind is “why is it suitable for a school to do so?”

There should be a strong message to the Ministry of Education here that buildings need to be modern or modernized. That includes heating, cooling, and ventilation.

OTR Links 01/25/2021


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