When CBC’s Barbara Frum met with Nelson Mandela in his garden – February/1990

FRUM1 In February 1990 (3 days after his release from prison), NELSON MANDELA sat down for an interview with the CBC’s BARBARA FRUM in his back garden.  TONY BURMAN was the senior producer.  Nelson Mandela (1918-2013); Barbara Frum died from leukemia in 1992; Tony Burman, former head of Al Jazeera English and CBC News, teaches journalism at Ryerson University.


Barbara Frum’s son, DAVID, sent this image of the Eiffel Tower illuminated in the colours of South Africa’s flag two days ago via Twitter.

Remembering Nelson Mandela: a difficult but heroic life, and a difficult death

South African president NELSON MANDELA visited Canada three times (1990, 1998 and 2001).  In the photos below Mr. Mandela addressed 40,000 young people at TORONTO’s SkyDome in 1998.  And on Saturday, November 17/2001, President Mandela and his wife Graca Machel attended a renaming ceremony for Nelson Mandela Park Public School, also in TORONTO.  Mr. Mandela is an Honourary Canadian Citizen.  In 1998 he became the first foreign leader awarded the Order of Canada, our nation’s highest honour.  <Canadian Press photos>

South African President Nelson Mandela a

“It is only now, the following morning, that South Africans are waking up to and hearing that he is no longer with us. It is the only news story of any significance this morning with prepared tributes dominating every radio and television channel across the country.Outside his home in one of Johannesburg’s northern suburbs, people are gathering – joggers on their early morning runs are bringing flowers, children on their way to school with their parents are bringing cards and in some cases just a single rose. People from across the entire, very wide spectrum of South African society are there – the wealthy, the poor, the old, the very young, black, white, brown and everything in between. In so many ways, South Africa remains a deeply divided country, but today we are united in our respect and admiration for this one man, without whom, many of us may not have been here.I have no doubt that every detail of the state funeral was planned many months, or maybe even many years ago. The date has not yet been announced, but one can be sure that it is going to be a major event.  Anyway, I thought you might be interested in my spontaneous comments on what it is like in South Africa on this special morning.” – ROBIN KNOX-GRANT, Johannesburg

When it comes to ‘gingerbread’ St. Felix House, 25 Augusta Avenue, has it all!

One of TORONTO’s most beautiful ‘gingerbread’ houses, St. Felix House, can be found at 25 Augusta Avenue, south of Alexandra Park.  It was purchased by the Sisters of St. Felix of Cantalice in 1937, and remained a convent until 2011.  Now this building and an adjoining one provide both childcare and housing for vulnerable women – website: http://www.stfelixcentre.ca

<ROOFTOP PHOTO – Jay Shuster/The Grid>

The Art Gallery of Ontario acquires the Malcolmson Collection of Photography

The Malcolmson Collection, a grouping of 268 vintage photographic works by 110 significant 19th and 20th century artists, will soon be part of the AGO’s photography archive.  The Collection, created by Ann and Harry Malcolmson, is regarded as one of the most important historical photography assemblages in private hands in Canada.  <PHOTOS BELOW – the Malcolmsons by Christopher Wahl for Toronto Life magazine>

“Ann and I are thrilled,” said Harry Malcolmson. “Thanks to the AGO’s intervention, the Collection will not be dispersed and will be publicly available for generations to come.”  Home to more than 80,000 works of art, the Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas Street West, is among the most distinguished art museums in North America.