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    and of course, my wife and children!

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  1. Herman Cain, GOP presidential candidate in 2012 and former CEO of Godfather's Pizza, has died of COVID-19 at age 74: https://www.cnn.com/2020/07/30/politics/herman-cain-dies-coronavirus/index.html
  2. Fleetwood Mac co-founder Peter Green has passed away at the age of 73: https://www.itv.com/news/2020-07-25/fleetwood-mac-co-founder-peter-green-dies-aged-73
  3. The Magic School Bus author Joanna Cole has died at age 75: https://www.npr.org/2020/07/15/891586790/the-magic-school-bus-series-author-joanna-cole-has-died
  4. I found this photo of 9632 in its original livery on Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/southerncalifornian/281151612 However, I have no idea who took the photo or when it was taken.
  5. Um, no. New Brunswick is Canada's only officially bilingual province, with its Official Languages Act (SNB 2002, c O-0.5). Ontario has no official language, but the French Language Services Act (R.S.O. 1990, c. F.32) ensures that provincial government services are offered in French in 26 designated areas across the province with significant numbers of Franco-Ontarian residents, including Toronto. However, it does not define either English or French as "official". French is Quebec's only official language, as defined in its Charter of the French Language (CQLR c C-11), commonly known as "Bill 101".
  6. BBC News: Andy Byford to be commissioner of Transport for London
  7. CTV Toronto: Former TTC boss Andy Byford to take over as London’s transport commissioner
  8. According to the same website, it will also be the end of paper transfers and day passes. The STS are actually issuing three smart cards: La vermeilleuse, which is a personalised Multi card, with a monthly pass or electronic wallet; La pratico rechargeable, transferable and valid for up to ten rides; La pratico 24 h, a transferable cardboard day pass. The vermeilleuse PME and rechargeable pratico card offer electronic transfers for up to 90 minutes after being tapped. https://www.sts.qc.ca/123-La-vermeilleuse.html https://www.sts.qc.ca/265-La-pratico.html
  9. Fred Willard, the prolific and beloved comic actor and master of the mockumentary genre who stood out in ensemble comedies like Best in Show, For Your Consideration and This Is Spinal Tap, died Friday at the age of 86. https://www.rollingstone.com/movies/movie-news/fred-willard-best-in-show-actor-dead-obit-1000942/
  10. I was on the TTC website today and I just noticed that the system map link on the "TTC Schedules and Maps" page is for the May 2016 map. I've indicated the link and the date I took the screenshot: The system map on the "TTC Maps" is for the current February 2020 map.
  11. Comedian Jerry Stiller has died at age 92: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/11/obituaries/jerry-stiller-seinfeld-dead.html
  12. Someone at the City of Ottawa has a sense of humour (from 106.1 CHEZ Facebook page):
  13. Actually, it's a Ford Marmon-Herrington 8MB. They only appear to have been built in 1948, and they carried either Marmon-Herrington or Ford branding:
  14. Here is an interior photo of the Astral XL, taken by William Luke. According to the caption, only twelve of these coaches were built.
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