COLOURFUL IMAGES FROM OUR COLOURFUL PAST – CITY OF TORONTO ARCHIVES

LOSTTORONTO1        <TOPS restaurant & tavern next door to the Biltmore 4-features Cinema>

LOSTTORONTO2<GERRARD STREET VILLAGE, between Yonge and Bay – demolished>

LOSTTORONTO9<THE ODEON CARLTON, with its giant pipe organ, 20 Carlton Street – demolished; peeking over the top right CBC ‘s free-standing television tower – demolished >

LOSTTORONTO5<1937>

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<PCC – Presidents’ Conference Committee red streetcars and a yellow track grinder>

LOSTTORONTO3<MILKMAN and his faithful steed, Toronto, 1900>

LOSTTORONTO8<Sam the Record Man, Yonge Street at Gould – replaced by Ryerson’s Student Learning Centre>

LOSTTORONTO12<The Better Way was the subway, and it still is, poster ca1960’s>

LOSTTORONTO6<Boating on Centre Island>  PHOTOS – City of Toronto Archives & Vintage Toronto – https://www.facebook.com/VintageToronto/photos

TORONTO AND MONTREAL ARE IN 1ST & 2ND PLACE ON THE ECONOMIST’S 2015 LIVEABILITY INDEX

ECONOMIST3 According to The Economist Intelligence Unit in 2015 these were the 10 most liveable cities in the world:
1. TORONTO
2. MONTREAL
3. Stockholm
4. Amsterdam
5. San Francisco
6. Melbourne
7. Zurich
8. Washington DC
9. Sydney
10. Chicago

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<‘Blue Fog’, TORONTO at night, Giulio Calisse photographer>  To make it onto the Top 10 List a city must score on digital security, health security, infrastructure and personal safety.  It must have healthy business and environmental rankings, a manageable cost-of-living, good numbers on the democracy index and global food security.  After all this was taken into consideration, TORONTO came out on top followed by MONTREAL.

ECONOMIST2<PHOTO ABOVE – Montreal from Mount Royal>

BROOKLYN IS RACING WITH TORONTO TO BECOME THE ‘RACCOON CAPITAL OF NORTH AMERICA’

RACCOONS3This winter TORONTO’s raccoons are fatter than ever. Temperatures have gone way up and hibernation has become a non-starter for these cute, noisy, garbage-loving creatures of the night.

RACCOONS1    BROOKLYN, New York has long been another favourite raccoon haunt. Brooklynites are realizing they can’t get rid of them without breaking the law.  They’ve moved in and they’re here to stay.

RACCOONS5A couple of choice New York City-type quotations above and below from Wendy Hooker, a South Park homeowner. Ms. Hooker first spotted a raccoon 11 years ago while brushing her teeth.

RACCOONS6Now – as in Toronto – the Common Raccoon has joined Brooklyn’s trendy urban scene.

RACCOONS2“Let’s eat!”

LUKE ANDERSON’S ‘BETTER IDEA’ MAKES TORONTO MORE ACCESSIBLE TO THOUSANDS

ramps1It’s a simple idea: build colourful temporary wheelchair ramps for neighbourhood shops, put a StopGap sign in the window indicating that a ramp is onsite – and going to the store has suddenly become easier.  More and more of them are beginning to appear around town.  <ABOVE – Michael Hopkins, Logan Anderson, Laura Norvak, Luke Anderson>

ramps4The ramps are made of lightweight plywood with a nonslip finish, custom constructed to fit doorways, painted red, yellow, green, blue, white or black, StopGap window sign included.  Many of the materials have been donated, and the builders are volunteers.

ramps2-1  Business has noticeably increased in shops equipped with these ramps.  People can now get into them.  For details – http://www.stopgap.ca OR lukewanders@gmail.com

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TORONTO HOLDS THE #7 SPOT ON THE NEW YORK TIMES’ “52 BEST PLACES TO VISIT IN 2016” LIST

Toronto_by_neomDAVID SHAFTEL writes: “TORONTO is remaking itself as Canada’s premier city, quietly slipping out of the shadow of Montreal and Vancouver. Last year, the Queens Quay on Lake Ontario reopened, part of the largest continuing urban revitalization project in North America.  The Junction a former industrial area, has emerged as Toronto’s most stylish neighborhood for its bars, live music and coffee shops. The city is becoming easier to visit: a train now whisks travelers downtown from the airport in 25 minutes, and Air Canada offers extended stopovers for connecting passengers. TORONTO has long been known for its cultural diversity and continues to draw major artistic and sporting events, including the Toronto International Film Festival each September, and the 2016 N.B.A. All-Star game, to be held outside the United States for the first time.”

NYTIMES1You’ll find the complete list at http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2016/01/07/travel/places-to-visit.html?_r=0

TORONTO EXPORTED 6-BILLION ‘HALLS’ COUGH DROPS TO THE U.S. LAST YEAR

DIDYOUKNOW2In 2015 several billion Halls Cough Drops rolled out of a plant at 40 Bertrand Avenue on SCARBOROUGH’s Golden Mile, and most crossed the border into the U.S. of A.  Does Donald J. Trump know about this?

DIDYOUKNOW1Another TORONTO factoid – Using the same tools and techniques as Formula One teams, TORONTO-based Cervélo builds what’s been called the world’s fastest and lightest bikes. At the 2008 Olympics, athletes riding Cervélo bikes won 10 medals, while in 2008 Carl OS Sastre rode a Cervélo bike to win Le Tour de France.

GREAT NEWS FROM TORONTO’S ZOO – JUNO THE POLAR BEAR CUB IS GAINING WEIGHT

JUNO1 After surviving a near-death experience JUNO the polar bear cub is now feeding six times a day and gaining weight. Her fuzzy white coat is becoming thicker and she now weighs 2.8 kilograms. For a time there it was questionable whether or not she’d survive (her brother had passed away), but thanks to excellent care in the Zoo’s Wildlife Health Centre the tiny bear is doing very well indeed.

JUNO2TORONTO ZOO is collaborating with other accredited zoos to research and understand Polar Bear reproductive biology. For more information and to help support the project go to http://development.torontozoo.com/products/1019481-help-support-polar-bear-conservation.aspx

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As well, the twin panda cubs at the Z00 are now 12 weeks old and thriving.  Pictured above – one of the cubs enjoying a good yawn.

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26 STOREYS ABOVE THE FINANCIAL DISTRICT SOMEONE’S BUILT TORONTO’S NEWEST ICE RINK

RINK2 A hockey rink has popped up on top of a downtown skyscraper. Speculation is the fully-equipped ice rink is part of Molson Brewery’s ‘Anything For Hockey’ campaign. It’s capturing the attention of hockey-mad Torontonians near the EY Tower construction at 120 Adelaide Street West.  From ground level – it’s hidden.

RINK1<PHOTOS – Dave Abell/Post Media Network>