MaRS (Medical and Related Sciences) occupies a full block on the edge of TORONTO’s medical Discovery District. This not-for-profit corporation, founded in 2000, commercializes publicly funded medical research in a private-public partnership. The centre of the complex is a wing of the old Toronto General Hospital.
A modern office and laboratory complex, now occupied, will eventually be connected to a new 20 storey tower, due for completion in 2013. More than 2300 people work in the buildings, and it’s conveniently close to Queen’s Park and several major hospitals. http://www.marsdd.com
When it comes to walkin’, no one can beat MATT GREEN, a former civil engineer and native Virginian. He has already walked across the United States, from Rockaway Beach NY to Rockaway Beach, Oregon. Now he’s tackling the Big Apple. Over the next two years MATT plans to walk every public street, park and bridge in all five boroughs – around 8,000 miles – before he’s done. His spectacular picture blog, complete with maps, videos and commentary, can be found at http://www.imjustwalkin.com He updates the blog almost every day.
We all love Manhattan, but MATT will take you deep into Queens, Brooklyn, the Bronx and Staten Island too. “At its core, my walk is an oxymoron: an exhaustive journey through an inexhaustible city.” – MATT GREEN
Opened in 1939, the old clapboard Terminal Building at Billy Bishop Island Airport is temporarily moved for the construction of a new passenger tunnel. This is the last surviving terminal in the TORONTO area from the early days of flight. It’s now a heritage site. The tunnel is expected to open in 2014.
There are over 10,000 pipe bands in the world, and TORONTO has one of the finest. The Toronto Police Pipe Band, founded in 1912, is reputedly up in the Top 30. Its members are primarily from the Greater Toronto Area, but some live as far away as Montreal, Ottawa, New England and Michigan.
A premier grade, or “grade one” band, a less-experienced “grade three” band and an overall “public service” band all come together to form the superb Toronto Police Pipe Band. <PHOTOS – 1) The first Toronto Police Pipe Band, 1912 2) Marching in the Santa Claus Parade, 2011 3) Fergus Highland Games, 2001 4) Recording a CD at Toronto’s El Mocambo nightclub>