COLUMNIST EDWARD KEENAN TOSSES A ‘TRANSIT STINK BOMB’ INTO THE OUTER SUBURBS

KEENAN5Broadcaster and newspaper columnist EDWARD KEENAN is known for telling it like it is. In a March 8 column he’s concerned that York Region (i.e. the 905 outer ring of suburban towns, cities and sprawl) is lobbying the federal government for cash to extend TORONTO’s subway (largely paid for by city taxpayers) to Richmond Hill “a neighbouring city up there in the northlands”.  The column – ‘No room for Vaughan in Toronto transit’ – opens with a vivid description of the 905 City of VAUGHAN . . .

KEENAN3With that out of the way, the main concern of Mr. Keenan is that folks in Richmond Hill will get first choice of seats and standing room on TTC trains heading south to TORONTO. By the time the trains reach the city limits, the good burghers waiting there (who are paying for the system) will have to squeeze themselves aboard.  To make a long story short, Mr. Keenan and the good burghers don’t think it’s fair to extend their subway further into the ‘burbs.  That’s putting it mildly.

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REMEMBERING GUERILLA – TORONTO’S ALTERNATIVE CULTURE WEEKLY, 1970-73

In the seventies, GUERILLA ruled the roost when it came to TORONTO’s pinko, lefty, granola-eating, counterculture, pot-smoking community.  The biweekly paper, launched on June 5, 1970, provided much needed info on how to survive in the city as a “hippie”.  If you happened to be a newly arrived Vietnam War deserter or draft dodger, GUERILLA was your contact lifeline.  The paper survived for three years.

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FISHEYE PHOTO – Guerilla people, 201 Queen Street East, http://www.onthebookshelves.com/guerilla.htm  . . . Salty journalism was a Guerilla specialty.  Below, a description of Yonge Street in the early seventies:

yonge51“Yonge Street lies spread-eagled in the middle of Toronto; leering at you through colour photographs of droopy-breasted go-go girls stuck on curtained bar windows and psychedelic posters of sullen naked women on book store doors; winking at you through thousands of neon-front electric eyes; calling you through sex-hard rock tunes roaring from crowded record stores . . . “

LOSTTORONTO1“There’s no escaping her (not if you’re a red-blooded all-Canadian stud); if she doesn’t get you one way, she’ll get you another.  She’s the meanest, sexiest, trickiest, smilingest, stubbornest hooker in town, Yonge Street.  She’ll promise you your wildest fantasy, wipe out a week’s wages in one evening, give you absolutely nothing in return, and do it so well that when it’s all over you’re left standing on the cold, hard sidewalk counting the hours till next pay day and another chance at her, Yonge Street.”

TORONTO & VANCOUVER, THE ‘HOUSING MARKET SISTERS’, KEEP RIGHT ON BOOMING

REALESTATE4For VANCOUVERITES a hot housing market is nothing new. But TORONTO, Canada’s largest city and the country’s prime growth centre, is rapidly catching up. New records are being set month-after-month in the GTA (Greater Toronto Area) with no sign of a slowdown.  The low Canadian dollar and immigrant/foreign investment would no doubt account for some of this. John Pasalis, a TORONTO real estate broker, told the Toronto Star that “sales are off the charts. The market is insanely competitive (with buyers 10 and 20 deep lining up). The positive thing is it’s actually home buyers rather than speculators or flippers.”

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