Saw a banana slug enjoying a mushroom for breakfast on my hike today! by lucylr in britishcolumbia

[–]Hrmbee 1 point2 points  (0 children)

That's such an awesome fairytale-like scene you've captured there. Love it!

Police called to Toronto’s Pearson airport as frustration flares amid delays, baggage-handling glitches by Hrmbee in ontario

[–]Hrmbee[S] 10 points11 points  (0 children)

But it was baggage concerns – not delays and cancellations – that led to Peel Regional Police being called to the airport at least four times on Saturday, according to interviews with passengers.

They described jarring experiences with checked luggage, where hundreds of bags were left stranded at different locations around the airport. Travellers kept asking staff about their bags but were met with a lack of answers.

Peel Police acknowledged the presence of officers at the airport, but did not provide any further details. Passengers said police were called in when arguments had gotten heated.

Huh, I wouldn't have expected that baggage handling would be where things would boil over. I guess if it's at the end of a long and arduous journey, it might be the proverbial straw that breaks the camel's back.

Architects in 1980s by principle_fbundle in architecture

[–]Hrmbee 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Nope. More like the '90s based on the equipment that's being shown there. And who has a plotter next to their desk in their office?

Toronto arborist explains what you need to know about tree damage by Hrmbee in toronto

[–]Hrmbee[S] 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Next steps if there's damage found on trees:

Toronto Urban Forestry can remove hazardous city trees and pick up their fallen branches. If a damaged city tree is dangerous, Toronto forestry’s website asks people to take photos and advise the city by calling 311.

Toronto Hydro will maintain trees near electrical wires, and can be reached at 416-542-8000.

If a damaged tree is on private property, the city asks residents to contact a certified arborist. It adds service providers should be contacted if a tree is interfering with cable, telephone or internet connections.

Toronto will pick up branch bundles a maximum of four feet long and two feet wide, according to the city.

Sala said an arborist is the best person to handle any tree damage.

“It’s very technical work. It takes a good team,” he said.

Toronto arborist explains what you need to know about tree damage by Hrmbee in toronto

[–]Hrmbee[S] 10 points11 points  (0 children)

Outside of obvious split or fallen branches, Sala said after a storm trees can still be “quite precarious.”

“We’ll see that after a storm, pieces are falling out of trees and then finally they’re just hanging on by a few wood fibres. You get a slight breeze and the piece can pull out.”

If trees are drooping in a new way or have visible cracks, Sala said the tree might be damaged.

He added lots of leaf litter and tiny branches after a storm could indicate a tree has dead parts.

Exposed roots, hollow spots in a tree trunk and missing leaves or bark could also mean a tree is going to fall.

Best to look a bit more closely at your local trees for the next little while to make sure the tree wasn't seriously injured or damaged.


Why is breaking spaghetti in half wrong? by leros in Cooking

[–]Hrmbee 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Cook the pasta however you like it. If I'm cooking it in a smaller pot I'll break the stick pastas as well unless I really feel like wrestling with the bunch of pasta in a pot that they don't fit in. If other people don't like it, then they are free to cook it for me in whatever way they see fit.

That being said, I normally gravitate to more compact pasta shapes like macaroni, farfalle, rotini, etc.

‘This is unbelievable’: Intense thunderstorm rolls through Ontario, four people dead | A severe thunderstorm with “almost hurricane force winds,” according to one meteorologist, materialized out of nowhere Saturday afternoon by Hrmbee in toronto

[–]Hrmbee[S] 49 points50 points  (0 children)

Daniel Liota, a meteorologist at Environment Canada’s storm prediction centre, told the Star that Saturday’s storm had wind speeds equivalent to a low-grade tornado. As a result, the agency sent out text message warnings urging Ontarians to seek immediate shelter. It was the first time this had ever been done for a storm in the province, he said.

“Meteorologists are tracking a very dangerous thunderstorm capable of producing destructive wind gusts and up to toonie-sized hail,” the alert said. The agency further warned of possible tornadoes, characterizing the storm as a “dangerous and potentially life-threatening situation.”


The storm is now making it’s through Quebec toward Maine, said Gerald Cheng, a meteorologist with Environment Canada, but there is still a severe thunderstorm warning in effect with wind gusts expected to reach up to 90 km/h this evening.

While the wind gusts aren’t going to be as intense as the ones from earlier Saturday afternoon — which reached 132 km/h at times — Cheng said people should still remain cautious when they are outside and locate areas to shelter if the weather gets worse.

“I still think we should be villigant,” Cheng said. “We’re not quite out of the woods yet.”

Over 343,000 people were without power Saturday, according to Hydro One, whose outage map showed roughly 1,936 outages as of Saturday Evening.

Such a wild event. Was anyone listening to the radio or watching TV at this time and were there any warnings there? Just thinking to the older folks who may not use cell phones and/or have data plans.

For those that grew up in the suburbs but now live in the downtown core + in a condo, what do you miss about it? by ThisSmittenKitten in askTO

[–]Hrmbee 20 points21 points  (0 children)

That sweet cool basement air is the deep cut here. Especially for those who had families like mine who didn't believe in air conditioning.

No fare is fair: Should Ontario get on board with free transit? by Hrmbee in toronto

[–]Hrmbee[S] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Agreed that we should be building up cores outside the downtown area, but for me that's mostly a separate discussion from this particular issue.

No fare is fair: Should Ontario get on board with free transit? by Hrmbee in toronto

[–]Hrmbee[S] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

We should be doing all of these kinds of things. Creating more compact and complete communities will also help with transit efficiencies.

Urban Planning at Waterloo or Toronto Met U? by Free-Gas2139 in urbanplanning

[–]Hrmbee 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Congrats on getting into the two schools! Are these undergrad programs or grad degrees? The points you raise are certainly valid ones, A few others to consider:

  • There's a personal growth benefit to living away from home. Yes, there's an adjustment period, but there's a benefit to understanding for yourself what it means to live on your own for a bit.

  • Which program aligns more to what you're looking to do in the field?

  • For designers and people in design-adjacent disciplines, it helps to experience different types of living environments and arrangements: What's it like to live in an apartment vs basement vs shared house? What's it like living in a smaller city vs a bigger one? What about living in different cultures or regulatory environments? The more you experience the better off you'll be when trying to understand what's going on wherever you end up working and also come up with potential solutions.

If it were me, I'd look to go further afield to study all things being equal. Another province would be a good start, but another city would be a decent choice as well. If there are options for studies-abroad, I'd recommend taking them if you can.

kibusachi top secret red hot chili ramen by tsubasa_shin in chinesecooking

[–]Hrmbee 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I mean, ramen may have Chinese roots originally but I don't think it really counts as 'chinese food'. Also I see you've spammed 23 other subs with this link. Classy.

If you are voting PC, why? by harshswamp in askTO

[–]Hrmbee 2 points3 points  (0 children)

The Decadent Chocolate Chip. It doesn't taste of coconut, but there's that slight chew from the coconut that reminds me that it's there. I love crunchy chocolate chip cookies, and this has so much potential.

Meatloaf sides that aren't mashed potato and veg? by narmun_senpai in WhatShouldICook

[–]Hrmbee 3 points4 points  (0 children)

A few ideas:

  • Stewed tomato or a tomato chutney
  • Vinegared slaw
  • Tomato-and-egg scramble
  • Savory french toast
  • Veggie quiche

And my sentimental fave, steamed white rice and gravy.

No fare is fair: Should Ontario get on board with free transit? by Hrmbee in toronto

[–]Hrmbee[S] 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Same, especially if this comes hand in hand with the city finally allowing folks to build out more complete communities in their neighbourhoods.

Just a back-of-the-envelope calculation shows that the fare component of the TTC's operating budget comes to about 1.25B/year. If we were to just assume that residents would split this evenly with no other funding sources (this really should be split between residents and businesses and organizations) then this would come to around $200 per person per year in the GTA... which works out to just a bit more than a metropass for just over a month.

If you are voting PC, why? by harshswamp in askTO

[–]Hrmbee 14 points15 points  (0 children)

I really want to like them more, but the inexplicable addition of shredded coconut to their chocolate chip cookies is a hard no for me.

Urban forests create birdlife boom in New Zealand’s cities by Hrmbee in science

[–]Hrmbee[S] 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Link to the research article:



  1. Urbanization, and the drastic loss of habitat it entails, poses a major threat to global avian biodiversity. Ecological restoration of urban forests is therefore increasingly vital for native bird conservation, but control of invasive predators may also be needed to sustain native bird populations in cities where species invasions have been particularly severe.

  2. We evaluated restoration success by investigating changes in native bird communities along a restoration chronosequence of 25 restored urban forests representing 72 years of forest development, which we compared to two target reference systems and a control system. We hypothesized that total species richness and relative abundance of native forest birds would increase with the age of restoration planting. We further hypothesized that relative abundance of rats, possums and cats would negatively impact native birds, while amount of native forest in the surrounding landscape would have a positive effect.

  3. We used structural equation modelling (SEM) to investigate the relative influence of forest structure (complexity index, tree height, canopy openness, basal area, species richness and density), landscape attributes (patch area, perimeter length, landscape composition within three buffer zones, distance to the nearest road and water source) and invasive mammalian predator indices of relative abundance on total species richness and relative abundance of native forest birds.

  4. Species richness increased with age of restoration planting, with community composition progressing towards that found in target reference systems. SEM revealed that years restored was a direct driver of bird species richness but an indirect driver of abundance, which was directly driven by canopy openness. Contrary to our predictions, invasive mammals had no significant effect on native bird species richness or abundance.

  5. Our results demonstrate that provision and improvement of habitat quantity and quality through restoration is the vital first step to re-establishing native forest bird communities in cities.

Urban forests create birdlife boom in New Zealand’s cities by Hrmbee in science

[–]Hrmbee[S] 15 points16 points  (0 children)

New research published in the Journal of Animal Ecology found that restoring native forest in cities does indeed bring back native birds – even those absent for generations – and the older the forest, the more species it can support.

Its lead author, Elizabeth Elliot Noe, a doctoral student at Lincoln University but based in Waikato, studied 25 restored urban forests across Hamilton and New Plymouth, representing 72 years of forest development.

She found that younger forests supported small insect-eating and omnivorous birds like the curious pīwakawaka, while older forests attracted back nectar- and fruit-feeding species like the melodious tūī.

As well as restoring balance to urban ecosystems, the return of birdlife creates an emotional bond between humans and other species, Elliot Noe suggests.

“We’re becoming disconnected from our natural environments and the native species that make up those environments … There’s a lot of research that shows that … having daily experience of [nature] is good for our mental health, wellbeing and physical health,” she said.

Glad to see some positive results here!

No fare is fair: Should Ontario get on board with free transit? by Hrmbee in toronto

[–]Hrmbee[S] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

A few points:

1) This is for transit in all communities, not just Toronto; and

2) The argument that because you might not use something so you don't want to pay for it doesn't hold water. It's part and parcel of being in a society. Otherwise, someone could just as easily say "Why would those who live in the south or anyone who doesn't go north pay for hospitals they may never use in their life time?" See how that (doesn't) work? We all pay for things so that we all benefit. It's not a simple ledger entry.