transgender toilet issue

I happened upon one of these signs in a Vancouver swimming pool lobby.


It looked exactly like a Starbucks one person washroom.

No need for the text. Better would be this sign.


Anyone should be able to go to the toilet any time. This kind of washroom is the solution.

The transgender toilet issue is STUPID. People passionate about this debate should get a life. Don’t you have higher priorities?

Elevation Place in Canmore

Kelly Mock gave me a tour. He’s got a yearly family membership. Fantastic.

Elevation Place opened in April of 2013 as Canmore’s new recreation facility. Construction of the facility began in 2012 to replace the Canmore Recreation Centre (the community’s old facility). The facility offers an 8-lane 25m lap pool, a world class climbing wall developed by Walltopia, two cardio rooms, a strength room, and a host of fitness programs. Elevation Place also houses the community’s library and a local art gallery.


Elevation Place
Elevation climbling wall

running the river in Edmonton

As a Calgarian, I’m pretty much genetically predisposed to dislike Edmonton, our rival city.

But the North Saskatchewan River in Edmonton is gorgeous.

You jog along between the river and the Highlands Golf Club. I recall playing there in 1989.

Then it’s up and over the pedestrian High Level Bridge.


Edmonton does suck. But – I must admit – the North Saskatchewan River valley parks system is pretty awesome.

fitness Copacabana

There are 10 hostels near Copacabana. I stayed at two of them over 5 nights.


Like most urban beaches, Copacabana has a busy fitness culture. I cycled or ran the promenade every day.


At regular intervals are Exercise Stations.

beach fitness station

Those photos were taken in typical sunny weather. I got some terrible weather. The beach near deserted.

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One section is fenced off. I assume something will be happening here in conjunction with the Olympics. (The Beach Volleyball venue is Copacabana Stadium.)


Copacabana Beach plays host to millions of revellers during the annual New Year’s Eve celebrations and, in most years, has been the official venue of the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup. …

On December 31, 1994, the New Year’s Eve celebrations featured a Rod Stewart concert with an attendance of 3.5 million, making it the largest concert crowd ever. …