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Rideau Street

Rideau Street is a major street in downtown Ottawa, Ontario and one of Ottawa's oldest and most famous streets running from Wellington Street in the west to Montreal Road in the east where it connects to the Vanier district. Rideau Street is home to the Château Laurier, the CF Rideau Centre and the Government Conference Centre. Along with Wellington Street and Sussex Drive it was among the first streets in Ottawa to be host to businesses; the Plaza Bridge by the Rideau Canal is at its westmost point and the Cummings Bridge is at its eastmost point. For many years, Rideau Street was one of Ottawa's primary retail thoroughfares, containing department stores such as Freimans, Ogilvy's, Caplan's and Metropolitan. In November 1979 mayor Marion Dewar examined a plan to create what became the'Rideau Street Bus Mall.' Sidewalks from Sussex to Dalhousie were enclosed in a continuous glass-and-steel structure. The heated mall was expected to allow pedestrians to shop in comfort year-round. However, the structure had an unanticipated downside, in that it attracted large numbers of homeless and late-night drinkers.

Many establishments along the affected stretch of Rideau Street failed as a result. The decision was made to tear the shelters down, in the end the cost for dismantling them was as much as the $6.5 million incurred in their construction. Although the local department stores are gone, Rideau Street still features The Bay department store, the Rideau Centre shopping mall, the street is adjacent to shops of the Byward Market; the street had been designated Highway 17B before the Ontario government discontinued it in 1998. To the north of Rideau, east of King Edward Avenue is the traditional Lower Town district of Ottawa, a residential area which in the past was predominantly Francophone, but now has one of Ottawa's largest immigrant populations, notably including many Francophone Africans and Somalis. North of Rideau and west of King Edward is the commercial Byward Market area. To the south of Rideau Street is the Sandy Hill neighbourhood, with its mix of embassies, older houses, low- and high-rise apartment buildings, student housing.

The portion of the street between Nicholas Street and King Edward Avenue is designated as part of Canada's National Highway System, as part of an interconnecting route between Highway 417 and Quebec Autoroute 5 in Gatineau. A section of Rideau Street was closed to all traffic from June 8 to July 2, 2016 after it collapsed in the vicinity of excavations being made for the Rideau station of the Confederation Line; that year on October 2, a much smaller sinkhole opened in the same area as the June 8 sinkhole. Due to the sinkholes, Rideau Street was closed to regular traffic from Sussex to Dalhousie until further notice. Only buses, construction vehicles, delivery vehicles were permitted. 2014 sinkhole Rideau Street Chapel Sussex Drive Wallis House Wellington Street

Germain Racing

Germain Racing is an American professional stock car racing team that competes in the NASCAR Cup Series. It is owned by Bob Germain, whose family owns many car dealerships across the United States as Germain Motor Company; the team fields the No. 13 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE full-time for Ty Dillon. The team fielded the No. 03, No. 9, No. 30, No. 62 and No. 77 Toyota Tundras in the Camping World Truck Series and the No. 7 and No. 15 Toyota Camry in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. The team had been affiliated with Arnold Motorsports, a former Cup Series team, until the 2005 season as Germain-Arnold Racing. After fielding Toyotas for most of its history, the team fielded Ford Fusions in 2012 and 2013. In 2014, the team switched to Chevrolet, ending a two-year partnership with Ford, formed a technical alliance with Richard Childress Racing. Max Papis Germain entered into Sprint Cup racing through a technical alliance with Michael Waltrip Racing beginning with two races during the 2008 season, with MWR supplying Toyota Camrys and technical support for Germain and driver Max Papis.

Papis had driven for MWR vice president Cal Wells in the CART series. In 2009, Germain Racing attempted to run a limited schedule in the Sprint Cup Series with Papis driving the No. 13 with sponsor GEICO. The team qualified for 15 races in 21 attempts. Germain planned to run full-time in 2010, but it was required to start and park some events due to its limited sponsorship from GEICO and lack of additional sponsorship. In the first event of the 2010 season, Papis qualified for the Daytona 500, where he was involved in an early wreck before finishing 40th due to engine woes. After Watkins Glen, the team announced that Papis would be replaced and reassigned to the Camping World Truck Series. Max Papis ran the following week Michigan in a start and park effort, the following week Casey Mears took over as the full-time driver at Bristol in another start and park effort. Papis ran 17 races with 10 DNFs and 5 DNQs. Mears finished out the 2010 season starting and parking in some events. Casey Mears For 2011, Germain Racing announced that Mears would take over the ride full-time for the 2011 season.

Mears and the team missed no other events. The team finished 32nd in owners points. On January 6, 2012, Germain Racing announced that Mears would return as the driver of the No. 13 GEICO Ford Fusion. GEICO is signed with the team through 2014. Mears crashed out, he finished 29th in points. The team had a rebound year in 2013 with 1 Top 10 at 7 Top 15s. Mears improved to 24th in the standings, his best finish in the points since 2009. GEICO plans to sponsor the team full season next year as well. In 2014, Germain formed a partnership with Richard Childress Racing to field Chevrolets. Mears had driven for RCR in 2009; the team started the new season off with a top-10 when Mears finished 10th in the 2014 Daytona 500. Mears recorded fourteen top-20s and three top-10s during the season, finished 26th in driver points, although on a much more competitive landscape than the 24th place in 2013. Mears began 2015 with a 6th-place finish in the Daytona 500, it was the team's 4th consecutive top-10 finish at Daytona.

In 2016, it was announced that Ty Dillon would replace Mears in the No. 13 starting in 2017. Mears found a ride by driving part-time with Biagi-DenBeste Racing in the 98 GEICO Military car. Ty Dillon On November 28, 2016, Ty Dillon was named the new driver for the No. 13 car for the 2017 season. In the 2017 offseason, Twisted Tea came onboard for four races, the first time Germain had two sponsors on the same car in a year. After running solidly in 2017, Dillon's best runs included Dover where he was fourth on a late restart only to be taken out by his teammate by alliance Ryan Newman, he led late in the 2017 Coke Zero 400 where he got shuffled and finished 16th. Dillon's 2018 season was mediocre at most, with sixth place at the 2018 Coke Zero Sugar 400 being his highest finish. Dillon started his 2019 season with a sixth-place finish at the 2019 Daytona 500, he scored his first stage win at the spring Bristol race. On August 26, 2019, crew chief Matt Borland was indefinitely suspended for violating NASCAR's Substance Abuse Policy.

Germain Racing confirmed that Justin Alexander, who serves as crew chief for the part-time No. 21 Xfinity Series car for Richard Childress Racing, served as interim crew chief beginning at Darlington and until Borland's suspension was lifted. On September 24, NASCAR reinstated Borland; the No. 60 Toyota Camry debuted in 2011 with Todd Bodine driving and received sponsorship from Tire Kingdom for the Daytona 500. Bodine and team did not qualify for the event. For the rest of 2011, Landon Cassill and Mike Skinner ran the car with sponsorship from Big Red as a start and park ride to gain enough funds for the No. 13 to race on weekends that GEICO is not the sponsor. From Atlanta No. 60 has switched to Chevrolet. In October 2011, Germain Racing parked the No. 60 ride for the remainder of the season after running 20 races, but never finishing better than 38th. The team's second car returned as the No. 27 for the 2019 Daytona 500 with Casey Mears as the driver. As a result of an accident on lap 104, Mears finished 40th in the race.

Germain debuted in the Nationwide Series in 2007 with the No. 03 Germain Toyota Camry with Todd Bodine driving. He finished in the top-ten in his first two attempts, ran three more races after that; the car did not run again until 2008. Michael Annett made the next attempt at the season-ending race at H

Sylvia Toh

Sylvia Toh Paik Choo is a Singaporean newspaper columnist and humour writer. Toh was born in Penang to a Hokkien-speaking family, she is the author of Eh Goondu! and Lagi Goondu!, the first two books on Singlish. She was the first to put a punctuation to Singlish. Written with good humour, the books can be considered as social history. Toh has been compared to Mark Twain, she wrote for The New Paper before moving to fashion website Superadrianme. Eh Goondu! ISBN 9971711680 The Pick of Paik Choo ISBN 997165122X Friendship, Hatred, Love ISBN 9971651335 Lagi Goondu! ISBN 9971652242 The Original Singapore Sling Book ISBN 9813002026 On the Buses ISBN 9813002077 The Hosomes! The Complete Eh, Goondu! ISBN 9789814328456 Books by Sylvia Toh at Amazon.com Toh, Sylvia Paik Choo. "Sylvia Toh Paik Choo for President. Hey, why not?". The New Paper. Archived from the original on 26 March 2011. Retrieved 2010-01-21