TRINITY COLLEGE CHAPEL CEILING, UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO, HARBORD STREET

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IT’S A TOUGH YEAR FOR CHERRY BLOSSOMS, BUT OSGOODE HALL’S CRABAPPLES ARE IN FULL BLOOM

OSGOODEHALL1Osgoode 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.

OSGOODEHALL2“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

OSGOODEHALL4Osgoode 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.

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PHOTOGRAPHER STEVEN EVANS TAKES IN QUEENS QUAY – “IT’S A WHOLE NEW CITY DOWN THERE”

WATERFRONT2TORONTO’s Central Waterfront continues to sprout man-made monoliths as the city expands southward.  PHOTO ABOVE – Steven Evans – http://www.stevenevansphotography.com/

WATERFRONT1Erected 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>

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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.

TOUGH, FUNNY, INTREPID, CURIOUS, COURAGEOUS & CANADIAN – MORLEY SAFER OF ’60 MINUTES’ IS DEAD

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.”

MORLEY SAFER1  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.

MORLEYSAFER3In 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.

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