In the 1970’s, some determined individuals brought into being two LGBTQ institutions which (through thick and thin) survive to this day. GLAD DAY BOOKSHOP, founded in 1970, almost went under, but was rescued by CEO Michael Erickson and others in the community. Through four decades, GLAD DAY has fought against censorship of gay and lesbian books, magazines, and videos. A mail order/info website – http://www.gladdaybookshop.com – has been launched. GLAD DAY is the oldest, continuously operating LGBTQ bookshop in the world.
Founded in 1973, the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives (CLGA) has become the second-largest LGBT archive in the world. After years of operating in tiny, cramped offices, the Archive moved to 34 Isabella Street in September of 2009. The heritage building constructed in 1858, contains a reading room, art gallery, and a rentable meeting room for other community groups. HOURS – Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings, 7:30-10 pm; Subway stop – BLOOR, and walk south to Isabella Street http://www.clga.ca
Over a dozen of these rattlers were born in the TORONTO Zoo. This is probably the best place to see one. They’re shy and endangered reptiles, and as such, it’s illegal to harass, harm or kill this snake.
I’ve seen these in VANCOUVER, and now TORONTO has them too. A brilliant idea from our city’s Water Department – portable drinking fountains making the rounds of public parks in 90 degree weather. As well, print material is available on preserving our water supply, and protecting the environment. Well done!
The TORONTO AMBASSADOR PROGRAM has been operating for several years now, and is becoming increasingly popular. Volunteer greeters number about 100. Book in advance, and one of them will introduce you to our city, show off our architecture, shopping precincts, theatres, gallery districts, restaurants, neighbourhoods, and a lot more. Best of all – it’s free. No tips.Our greeters love their city and it shows. They are proud, passionate volunteers who have dedicated their spare time to show you the best of Toronto. It’s their way of saying: “thanks for visiting us!”For information, and to book a tour: https://wx.toronto.ca/inter/city/tap.nsf/VisAppl?OpenForm . . . . . This organization has ongoing programs in many parts of the world. The list is regularly expanding. Some member cities: Saigon, Shanghai, New York, Chicago, Houston, Zagreb, Marseilles, Paris, Melbourne, Buenos Aires and Madrid. Check the website for more information: http://www.globalgreeternetwork.info/