Nellie, 4 weeks old and 309 pounds, brings African Lion Safari’s elephant herd up to 12

After a 21-month pregnancy, little NELLIE, daughter of Natasha and Johnson, arrived in Canada on August 2, 2013.  She is the first naturally-born Canadian elephant, and joins the rest of the herd on 81 hectares of grassland and forest at African Lion Safari, roughly an hour west of TORONTO via Highway 401.  The Safari elephants go swimming twice daily, in between 18 hours of eating.  For directions, check the website:



TIFF1For two weeks in September/2013, TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival) screened over 300 films, and 150 world premiere features; hosted thousands of the world’s most prominent filmmakers, actors, producers and business people.  The Festival has grown to rival all other film festivals worldwide – with the exception of Cannes.  For Torontonians and visitors alike, TIFF plays a leading role in their Fall Season.CAMERON BAILEY, Artistic Director, Toronto International Film Festival:Are we too big?  No, because big works in TORONTO.  As Torontonians, we’re used to being Canada’s biggest target for mockery.  We’d miss that if it ever stopped.  More seriously, in TORONTO size affords diversity.  By global standards we’re not a huge city but we’re big enough to accommodate some of the world’s largest immigrant communities from China, India, Italy, Jamaica, Tibet and many other locales.  There are 140 languages and dialects spoken daily in TORONTO.  There is one of the world’s largest Pride parades.  That’s what big gets you.  The city is big enough to host over eighty (80) film festivals each year.  As the biggest of those festivals, we’ve chosen to use our size to bring what we consider the world’s best films and most exciting guests to town.  For eleven days, we want a vibrant, limitless swirl of cinema, a plunge into an intoxicating ocean.  We want it big, because size matters.”  <PHOTO BELOW – Reuters>