TORONTO has always been a major railroading town – and still is, although much of the trackage these days can be found in distant suburbs. The Railway Heritage Centre and Museum, well worth a visit, is proving popular with folks of all ages. The park itself – dotted with rolling stock – is free.
The star of ‘Camera Atomica’ at the Art Gallery of Ontario is this acid-green antique chandelier – one of 31 – created by Japanese-Australian artists Ken and Julia Yonetani to commemorate the Fukushima nuclear disaster. Representing Canada’s nuclear program, it’s the centrepiece of a large exhibit of photographs, installations and objects from the Atomic Age. Until November 15/2015. <PHOTO – Jennifer Roberts/Globe and Mail>
With studios in the King Edward Hotel and transmitters in Bowmanville, CKGW was the radio voice of the Gooderham and Worts Distillery. It was on-air in the 1920’s and 30’s, coinciding with the US Prohibition era. <PHOTOS – City of Toronto Archives>
WYCHWOOD PARK was founded as a private artists colony by painter Marmaduke Matthews (his ‘Autumn Still Life/1888′ below) and businessman Alexander Jardin. It exists intact to this day. Mr. Matthews’ home, Wychwood, #6 (BELOW), still stands, beside another 60 houses built around a small pond, which is actually a dammed up Taddle Creek. http://www.lostrivers.ca
WYCHWOOD PARK is our only neighbourhood with a warning sign for quicksand and one of the few still lit by TORONTO’S old streetlamps. Some of the houses have spectacular downtown views. The village combines rusticity and exclusivity; house prices here run into the millions. Adjacent are the Wychwood Car Barns.
TORONTO has thousands of squirrels, but I doubt “worthiness” has ever crossed their minds. Our black squirrels are interested in much more than acorns. They chew on wires, sharpen their teeth on window frames, perform acrobatics, inspect garbage cans, tease cats, destroy gardens, and generally make themselves at home.
Who was JOEL WEEKS, and why was a city park named after him? He was an 8-year-old charismatic youngster who drowned in a Riverside sewer pipe in 1982. Formerly this area was known as Don Mount, a public housing project, with few places for children to play. During a game of hide-and-seek, Joel crawled through a 9-inch opening into a sanitary sewer, and that’s where firefighters found him four hours later. This park was named in his memory.
The CN Tower, TORONTO’s principal icon, played its role on opening night of the Pan American Games. As the celebration began world-champion sprinter DONOVAN BAILEY jumped off the Tower and parachuted down onto the stadium roof (shades of Her Majesty dropping into the London Olympics). As he was lowered inside, torch in hand, the crowd went wild.
Two hours later, following a brilliant performance by Montreal’s Cirque du Soleil, came the lighting of the giant Pan Am Torch outside. That was the cue for the CN Tower to put on a short, but brilliant, light and fireworks show. Even the cranky Toronto Sun was impressed.