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It’s always sad when a movie theatre is torn down. These happy gathering places are oftentimes the heart and soul of a community, and when it’s a beauty like The Humber doubly so.
<BLACK & WHITE PHOTOS – The Humber when it opened in 1949>
Opened in 1949 as an Odeon, it was shut down in 2003 and then re-opened in 2011. Four cinemas (two downstairs) were created out of the original two, but the integrity of the building was maintained. This historic cinema (which reminds me of the old downtown Carlton) could soon disappear and be replaced by a 14-storey mixed-use building. There might be a theatre inside, and then again there might not.
TORONTO has at least 10 intact, fully functioning neighbourhood cinemas – many of them survivors from the Golden Age. It appears that The Humber won‘t be joining that club.
Osgoode Hall’s 50-year-old crabapple trees are standing in this year for High Park’s hundreds of cherry trees. Here, in the heart of downtown, you can wander the grounds without hordes of people trying to snap instagram pictures as they do in the Park. A bonus – Osgoode Hall is open to visitors and it’s next door to TORONTO’s new Peace Garden.
“The buds start to appear in April, and they’re usually in peak bloom by the first week of May,” says ANNE LAW, an on-staff horticulturalist at the Law Society of Upper Canada.
“The flower petals fall at the same time, leaving a thick carpet of pink along the lawn and the sidewalk,” says Law. “But the effort it takes to clean up is worth it. The flowers are just so beautiful.” – from the Spring/2016 issue of Precedent Magazine
Osgoode Hall, built in 1829, is next door to New City Hall on Queen Street West at University Avenue. The Queen streetcar stops outside the gate.
TORONTO’s Central Waterfront continues to sprout man-made monoliths as the city expands southward.
Erected in 1917, the Toronto Harbour Commission Building once perched on the edge of a pier. That’s it in 1919 in the lower right corner. <City of Toronto Archives>
In 2016 infill has left the 6-storey structure on dry land, surrounded fore and aft by new skyscrapers, the Harbourfront Centre, three theatres, Queens Quay, the Power Plant contemporary art gallery, shops, a streetcar line and a cycling/walking trail.
PHOTO ABOVE – Steven Evans – http://www.stevenevansphotography.com/
Fate can be unkind. MORLEY SAFER, who had just retired at 84 this week after a distinguished broadcasting career, has died. According to the news his final words were “it’s been a wonderful ride.”
TORONTO-born, educated at Harbord Collegiate and the University of Western Ontario, MORLEY SAFER began his journalism career as a newspaper reporter, moved on to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) as a correspondent and producer, and in 1964 was hired by CBS News as a foreign correspondent based in London.
In 1970 Safer joined the on-camera ’60 Minutes’ crew. He’s been with the program ever since, retiring this week at 84, after completing 919 documentaries.