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St. John Riverview Hospital

St. John Detroit Riverview Hospital was a hospital controlled by the St. John Health System, it was located on Jefferson Avenue near Belle Isle. Prior to the hospital's 2007 closure, 30,000 patients used the emergency department each year. In April 2007, the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute announced plans to buy the Riverview hospital facility; the institute planned to move all of its clinical operations to the Riverview facility within 18 months and cancel existing plans to build a 122-person cancer hospital in the Detroit Medical Center. The St. John Riverview Hospital was unprofitable for the hospital system; the healthcare system planned to close the hospital by the end of June 2007. Clergy and medical leaders and the union representing the workers protested the proposed closure, arguing that the closure would cause hundreds of people to lose their jobs and hinder healthcare access for thousands of area residents. In May 2007 officials from the hospital area union leaders, area religious leaders were scheduled to meet officials from the Detroit City Council to discuss what would happen if the hospital closed.

That year, the St. John Riverview Hospital closed; the emergency room services remained open as the health provider reviewed plans for the campus. In 2009 Oakland University announced plans to install a health care worker training center at St. John Riverview. In 2011 the St. John Providence Health System sold the Riverview Hospital and the St. John Senior Community Center in Detroit, to DRSN, an investment group. St. John Detroit Riverview Hospital

Tawny-shouldered blackbird

The tawny-shouldered blackbird is a species of bird in the family Icteridae. It is found in Haiti, it is a vagrant in the United States. Measuring 20 cm long, this social species is black save for the namesake brown-orange patch at the shoulder; the patch may not be visible. Two subspecies are described: A. h. humeralis –: nominate, found in Cuba and northwestern Haiti A. h. scopulus – Garrido, 1970: found on Cayo Cantiles They breed from April to August, laying 3–4 greenish-white eggs spotted with brown in a cup-shaped nest, lined with soft materials and placed in a tree. Tawny-shouldered blackbirds eat insects, nectar and small lizards, its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical dry shrubland and degraded former forest. BirdLife species factsheet for Agelaius humeralis "Agelaius humeralis". Avibase. "Tawny-shouldered blackbird media". Internet Bird Collection. Tawny-shouldered blackbird photo gallery at VIREO Tawny-shouldered blackbird species account at Neotropical Birds Audio recordings of Tawny-shouldered blackbird on Xeno-canto

Said O'Reilly to McNab

Said O'Reilly to McNab is a 1937 British comedy film directed by William Beaudine and starring Will Mahoney, Will Fyffe and Ellis Drake. It was made at Islington Studios by Gainsborough Pictures; the film's sets were designed by the art director Alex Vetchinsky. Leslie Arliss and Marriott Edgar wrote the screenplay. American confidence trickster Timothy O'Reilly has to flee New York with the law after him for his dubious business activities, he goes with his loyal, quick-thinking secretary across the Atlantic to Scotland where his son Terence is living. He finds Terence is in love with the daughter of a tight-fisted local businessman; the two engage in a certain amount of rivalry while O'Reilly tries to find a way to refresh his financial fortune and get McNab's permission for their children to marry. These include a game of golf at which both try to cheat and a miracle new dieting pill, in fact just a caramel sweet. Will Mahoney as Colonel Timothy O'Reilly Will Fyffe as Malcolm McNab Ellis Drake as Mrs McNab Jean Winstanley as Mary McNab James Carney as Terence O'Reilly Sandy McDougal as Jock McKay Marianne Davis as Sophie Lillian Urquhart as Maggie Percy Parsons as Mr Dunkel Robert Gall as Jock Mc Nab Marshall, Wendy L. William Beaudine: from silents to television.

Scarecrow Press, 2005. Wood, Linda. British Films, 1927-1939. British Film Institute, 1986. Said O'Reilly to McNab on IMDb

Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America

The Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America was a region-level dialogue with the stated purpose of providing greater cooperation on security and economic issues. The Partnership was founded in Waco, Texas, on March 23, 2005, by Prime Minister of Canada Paul Martin, President of Mexico Vicente Fox, U. S. President George W. Bush, it was the second of such regional-level agreements involving the United States following the 1997 Partnership for Prosperity and Security in the Caribbean. Since August 2009 it is no longer an active initiative of any of the original dialogue partners, it has been superseded by the annual North American Leaders' Summit, an event, established as part of SPP. The initial SPP Working Groups were the Manufactured Goods and Sectoral and Regional Competitiveness Working Group, E-Commerce & ICT Working Group, Energy Working Group, Transportation Working Group, Food & Agriculture Working Group, Environment Working Group, Financial Services Working Group, Business Facilitation Working Group, Movement of Goods Working Group and Immigration.

These working groups were tasked with implementing the SPP as initiated by the North American Heads of Government and 30 CEOs of the largest corporations from each respective country on March 23, 2005. They were to consult with stakeholders. A 24-month agenda was established to serve as a time line milestone to have the initial framework developed; the stated goals of the SPP were cooperation and information sharing, improving productivity, reducing the costs of trade, enhancing the joint stewardship of the environment, facilitating agricultural trade while creating a safer and more reliable food supply, protecting people from disease. North American Facilitation of Transportation, Reduced Congestion & Security was a three-phase pilot project designed to focus on business processes and information as freight is transported from buyers to sellers; the project was intended to create a partnership between businesses and local and federal governments while claiming to foster cooperation among the same entities.

On 26 February 2008, Canada's Minister of Finance Jim Flaherty, announced his government's 2008 budget, which included "$29 million over two years to meet priorities under the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America". The North American Competitiveness Council was an official tri-national working group of the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America, it was created at the second summit of the SPP in Cancún, Quintana Roo, Mexico, in March 2006. Composed of 30 corporate representatives from some of North America's largest companies, the North American Competitiveness Council has been mandated to set priorities for the SPP and to act as a stable driver of the integration process through changes in government in all three countries; as part of SPP, an annual trilateral summit was held between the leaders of the three countries. Following the cancellation of the SPP initiative in 2009, the summits continued as the North American Leaders' Summit. March 23, 2005 - Baylor University, Texas, United StatesA video of the Waco SPP Trilateral Summit News Conference is available online.

March 31, 2006 - Cancún, Quintana Roo, MexicoMeeting between Mexican President Fox, Canadian Prime Minister Harper, U. S. President Bush. A U. S. White House press release regarding the Cancun SPP Trilateral Summit is available online. August 20–21, 2007 - Montebello, CanadaThe United States and Mexico had a major trilateral summit meeting regarding SPP at the Château Montebello in Montebello, Quebec; this conference was described as a public relations event with the purpose of promoting the SPP among investors and to reassure the public about the consequences of the plan. The summit is noteworthy because a short 5:23 video uploaded to YouTube led to the eventual police admission of the use of undercover officers disguised as protesters at the summit. Critics charged that the undercover officers were agents provocateurs sent to disrupt the protest by inciting violence. "This circumstance is unique because it was among the first occurrences in Canada where user-generated footage uploaded to video-sharing site YouTube elicited an official police response offered in defence of police tactics"April 21–22, 2008 - New Orleans, United StatesIn his 2008 State of the Union address, President George W. Bush announced that a summit on the SPP would be held from April 21–22, 2008, in New Orleans, Louisiana.

According to the White House, the summit focused on improving the SPP initiatives and on discussing "hemispheric and global issues of importance to North America". August 9–10, 2009 - Guadalajara, Mexico In 2006, CNN anchor Lou Dobbs argued that the SPP was part of a plan to merge the United States and Mexico into a North American Union similar to the European Union. At the time, Dobbs claimed that U. S. President Bush, who left office on January 20, 2009, was to have bypassed Congress and create a union based on a Texas highway corridor; the Council of Canadians claimed that the SPP extended the controversial "no fly list" of the United States, made Canadian water a communal resource, forced Canada and Mexico to adopt the United States' security policies—one of which would allow foreign military forces to neglect sovereignty in the case of a "civil emergency". It touched on the issue of Albertan tar sands expansion to five times its current size. On May 10, 2007, Conservative MP Leon Benoit, chair of the Canadian House of Commons Standing Committee on International Trade, prevented University of Alberta professor Gordon Laxer from testifying that SPP would leave Canad

Ontario Heritage Act

The Ontario Heritage Act, first enacted on March 5, 1975, allows municipalities and the provincial government to designate individual properties and districts in the Province of Ontario, Canada, as being of cultural heritage value or interest. Once a property has been designated under Part IV of the Act, a property owner must apply to the local municipality for a permit to undertake alterations to any of the identified heritage elements of the property or to demolish any buildings or structures on the property. Part V of the Act allows for the designation of heritage conservation districts; until 2005, a designation of a property under the Act allowed a municipality to delay, but not prevent, the demolition of a heritage property. Heritage advocates were critical of the 180-day "cooling off" period provided for under the legislation, intended to allow time for municipalities and landowners to negotiate an appropriate level of heritage preservation, but simply resulted in the landowner "waiting out the clock" and demolishing the heritage building once the protection of the Ontario Heritage Act had expired.

In 2005, the provincial government enacted changes to strengthen the Act. Under the amended legislation, a landowner, refused a demolition permit under the Act no longer has an automatic right to demolish a designated building once the cooling off period has expired. Instead, the landowner has the option to appeal the permit refusal to the Conservation Review Board for individual properties or the Ontario Municipal Board for properties within a Heritage Conservation District and the appropriate board would make the final decision on whether or not a demolition permit is issued. Where the OMB refuses to issue a permit, the landowner would have no choice but to preserve the heritage building; the amended legislation contains provisions which enable municipalities to enact by-laws to require owners of designated buildings to maintain the structures and their heritage elements. Such by-laws are intended to prevent "demolition by neglect", although the collapse of Walnut Hall in Toronto demonstrates that such buildings are still at risk.

Heritage designation is not universally welcomed. Because it imposes restrictions, or at least delay, on alteration or demolition of protected properties, some owners and would-be developers feel their property rights are compromised.. There is concern that the restrictions will make it more difficult to sell and/or develop affected properties, with a negative impact on market values. Ottawa: As part of the city’s heritage inventory project, the city is reviewing properties in Old Ottawa East and Old Ottawa South and placing those considered to have “cultural heritage value” on a registry. Owners will be required to give 60 days notice to the city before demolishing a listed property. Rockcliffe Park: The entire village, now part of the City of Ottawa, became a Heritage Conservation District in 2016; the objective is not just conservation of individual buildings but of the park-like qualities of the area as a whole. This means that lot sizes, spacings between houses, streetscapes are protected.

There is a current appeal by a home-owner, a developer. Pending the outcome of a September 2017 hearing before the Ontario Municipal Board, City of Ottawa policy is to continue to apply the Heritage Conservation Plan. Experience with the new provisions of the Act has been mixed. Municipalities, who were given greater authority with the amendments, have, in some cases, used the authority to prevent or delay development proposals, with questionable intent. In one case a golf course was designated when the local Council received a proposal to develop it for housing. Another flashpoint has been proposals to develop or alter church properties; the government of Ontario has published a guideline that provides a context for the inherent conflict between religious beliefs and the civil authority over religious property, enabled by the Act. The "Guide to Conserving Heritage Places of Worship in Ontario Communities" is part of the Ontario Heritage Toolkit; the Guide provides an understanding of how religious and heritage preservation goals can be balanced.

Properties under federal jurisdiction are problematic. Various federal private member's bills attempt to restrict demolition of historic properties, but all are narrow in scope and provide no protection against demolition by neglect. Archaeology in Ontario List of designated heritage properties in Ottawa Ontario Heritage Trust the Ontario Heritage Foundation Archaeology in Ontario Ontario Heritage Act Canadian Register of Historic Places, search for sites designated under the Ontario Heritage Act Ontario Heritage Toolkit List of designated heritage properties in Toronto