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

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HOW FAR WE’VE COME: TORONTO’S FIRST GAY PRIDE PICNIC, 1971 & PRIDE MARCH AND PICNIC, 1972

CLGA1        A salute to the brave souls who set off for TORONTO’s first Gay Picnic 43 years ago on Sunday, August 1/1971. It was held at HANLAN’S POINT on Toronto Islands, site of our present-day clothing optional beach.

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The first Gay Pride Week in TORONTO took place in 1972. There was a small march downtown, followed by the second annual Gay Picnic on WARD’S ISLAND, August 20/1972.

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PHOTO BELOW – Gay Pride Weekend in TORONTO, June/2013

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ARCHIVAL IMAGES – CLGA, the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives, 2nd largest in the world, 34 Isabella Street, 416-777-2755, http://www.clga.ca

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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

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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.”

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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.

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<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.

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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.”

Plans are in the works to create a list of “best developers” and which buildings are wise investments based on their rates of return.

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