AFTER THE WORLDPRIDE PARADE, ‘RAINBOW FAIRIES’ DID THEIR WORK AT JARVIS & WELLESLEY, 7:48PM

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BRIAN GABLE’S EDITORIAL CARTOONS IN THE GLOBE & MAIL BRIGHTEN UP THE DARKEST DAYS

He seldom – if ever – fails to hit the proverbial nail on the head. The Globe and Mail’s editorial cartoonist BRIAN GABLE was born in Saskatoon, studied fine art at the University of Saskatchewan, then education at the University of Toronto. After teaching for a while, he freelanced as a cartoonist in Brockville and Regina, then became the editorial cartoonist for the Globe – Canada’s national and most prestigious newspaper – in 1987.<ABOVE – Mayor Rob Ford chased by the media – FIRST ROBINS OF SPRING, editorial cartoon by BRIAN GABLE, Globe and Mail, June 28/2014>

CASA LOMA HOSTS LARGEST NORTH AMERICAN SAME-SEX WEDDING – JUNE 26/2014

WEDDING5Here’s one for the record books. Yesterday TORONTO played host to a mass wedding of 115 same-sex couples at CASA LOMA, once Sir Henry Mill Pellatt’s palatial home, now a museum, overlooking the city. It was an international and inter-religious affair, presided over by a priest, a rabbi, a Sikh, a Muslim, a Buddhist, a secularist and a First Nations representative.

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THE TORONTO STAR GIVES ONE MILLION VINTAGE PHOTOGRAPHS TO THE TORONTO PUBLIC LIBRARY

The TORONTO Star, Canada’s largest circulation daily newspaper, is donating one million vintage news photographs to the Toronto Public Library. This invaluable collection spans the years 1900 to 1999, and will be made available to students, researchers and ordinary citizens.  Chief Librarian JANE PYPER: “This photo archive is believed to be the only complete archive of Canadian news photographs spanning the entire 20th century. We are proud that we can now make this freely available at the library.”The TORONTO Public Library is the country’s largest library system. Its extensive collection includes historical manuscripts, photographs, works of art, a children’s book collection and a science fiction collection.<PHOTOS – 1) The Beatles, Hot Stove Lounge in Maple Leaf Gardens, August/1966; 2) a winter afternoon in Toronto, 1940’s; 3) Queen Elizabeth II and Prime Minister Pierre Elliot Trudeau, Ottawa, 1977/photographer Jeff Goode>

TORONTO CONDO & LOFT BUYERS SHOULD GET TO KNOW THESE TWO VERY USEFUL WEBSITES

CONDOS1   TORONTO is awash in condos and lofts of all kinds, in almost every neighbourhood. It’s bewildering out there, but there’s bottom-line help available from two innovative, easy-to-use websites – http://www.condos.ca & http://www.mrloft.ca

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Realtor CARL LANGSCHMIDT and his two partners are shaking up the TORONTO real estate industry and giving buyers and investors the vital information they need. Says Langschmidt: “With this site, there’s no pulling the wool over peoples’ eyes in terms of what the real (values) are. There’s not going to be any way to hide from the facts.”  The team is getting the facts by buying critical land registry information that gives the exact square-foot measurements of more than 275,000 condo units across the Greater Toronto Area, as well as their maintenance fees, rules and restrictions.

Toronto Star Business Reporter SUSAN PIGG writes “they then had an analytics team painstakingly map out that information, building by building, and have cross-referenced it with MLS sold and other data to create a very clear picture of each building, going as far back as a decade.”