‘DOMINION MODERN’, CANADA’S TOP 20TH CENTURY ARCHITECTURE/DESIGN ARCHIVE IS IN TORONTO

Founded in 2003 as a non-profit organization, DOMINION MODERN set about collecting, cataloguing, preserving and promoting Canadian architecture, design and engineering, with an emphasis on 20th century modernism.  Supported by individuals, business and volunteer labour, the archive has grown an impressive collection of objects and photography.  It has published a number of books (available online), runs a website and blog, has mounted some superb exhibitions, and is now assembling an oral history project with architects, engineers and designers.

dominionmodern5dominionmodern1dominionmodern4dominionmodern2<PHOTOS ABOVE – 1) Ontario Place , waterfront theme park, 1971-2011; 2) PO-MO lobby, 151 Yonge Street, WZMH Architects; 3) Google Canada’s headquarters, 111 Richmond Street West, a redesigned Peter Dickinson building erected in 1954; 4) Don Mills aerial, Canada’s first planned suburban community.

dominionmodern7dominionmodern3dominionmodern6<PHOTOS ABOVE – 1) Anshei Minsk Synagogue, Kensington Market, traditional and modern; 2) detail, Polish Combatants Building, 1973, 206 Beverley Street, architect – Wieslaw Wodkiewicz; 3) O’Keefe Centre (now the Sony Centre), architect Peter Dickinson, 1960  If you’d like to DONATE (money, objects, photography, etc) you can do so on the website.   WEBSITE – http://www.dominionmodern.ca/  TO ORDER BOOKS – http://dominionmodern.ca/order/DOMINION MODERN BLOG – http://dominionmodern.tumblr.com

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TORONTO’S PEARSON INT’L IS ON TRACK TO BECOME AN “ELITE” INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT BY 2020

   pearson1As TORONTO continues to grow and prosper, so does its airport. PEARSON INTERNATIONAL is having quite the year – 9.6-million people passed through in July and August alone.  Traffic has grown by 6% in each of the past two years.  The airport’s record in 2015 was 41-million passengers in total.

pearson6Canada’s position in the Great Circle Route flight path, and growth in the use of larger wide-bodied planes such as the Boeing 787 and Airbus A-380 have helped boost Pearson’s standing among international airlines. Right now there are direct flights from TORONTO to nearly 70% of the economies of the world.

pearson6Pearson is Air Canada’s main hub and the second largest airport in North America serving international travellers – behind only JFK in NEW YORK. Air Canada has increased its marketing effort in the United States to encourage Americans to fly to international destinations through TORONTO, Vancouver, Montreal and Calgary.pearson4

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SOME TORONTO SHORT STORIES – THE WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 5-12/2016

ALL-GENDERWASHROOMS1The future has arrived.  School boards around the Greater TORONTO Area are introducing all-gender toilets to high schools this fall.  In the Durham Region elementary and secondary schools already have at least one.  The City of TORONTO and York Region are phasing them in.

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There’s been yet another birth at TORONTO ZOO: After a 13-month gestation period, Alice, the Zoo’s 20-year-old Bactrian camel has a new son – name not yet announced. According to the Zoo, the first 30 days are critical for camel calves, but so far this one is doing well.  Bactrian camels are native to the deserts of Central Asia.

PRESTO1Linking cycle-share stations with public transport is a key METROLINX priority. To that end, BIKE SHARE is offering PRESTO card owners a hefty discount on new memberships. Transit riders who use a Presto card will get 50% off if they sign up for a new one-year Bike Share membership, which normally costs $90. 40% off next year, 30% in year three, and so on.

BIKESHARE1BIKE SHARE TORONTO now has 4,778 yearly members, up from 3,885 last July. This summer METROLINX funded a $6-million expansion of the service, adding 120 new stations and 1,000 new bicycles to the network, more than doubling is size.

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TORONTO overtakes VANCOUVER as home sales here in August hit a record. The Toronto Real Estate Board (TREB) said its members had 9,813 sales in August, a 23.5% increase from the same month last year. The average price for homes sold, regardless of type of property, was $710,410, an increase of 17.7%. Detached homes in the City of TORONTO proper cost on average $1.2 million, up 18.3%.

AT LAST THE RATHER BORING TORONTO POLICE CARS ARE GETTING A SMART MAKEOVER

policecars1“Sooner rather than later” both patrol cars and stealth cruisers will have a new look. The bodies of patrol cars will no longer be white, but they’ll still be easily identifiable as police cars. “People need to know that it’s a police car when they see one,” spokesman MARK PUGASH told Newstalk1010.  ‘Stealth’ cruisers will be darker than the patrol cars with near-invisible markings. The transformation of the entire fleet of 1,500 will happen in the near future. <PHOTO – The Policefreak/YouTube>

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OSSINGTON SOUTH IS THE GO-TO AVENUE FOR DRINKING, DINING AND ‘HIP’ FASHION

Like many TORONTO commercial strips Ossington Avenue South is a mix of auto repair shops, a cigar manufacturer, Vietnamese restaurants, taverns, a fish monger, and some of our city’s latest and greatest restaurants and bars – as well as a number of fashionable clothing shops, many of them new to the neighbourhood.

There are also a few art galleries, the Lower Ossington Theatre, Bohmer’s famous ice cream store, and Ossington’s laneway murals – the most spectacular in town. Unspoiled Victorian architecture dominates the leafy side streets.

ON ITS WAY – A NEW HOME FOR THE MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART IN THE JUNCTION

In 2017 the Museum of Contemporary Art will occupy several floors in TORONTO’s Automotive Building. Built in 1920, the Sterling Road icon had a long history making aluminium, sheet-casting and auto parts. In 2005 it was designated a heritage site and then shortly thereafter, closed. It’s the tallest structure for several kilometres around.  A remnant of the industrial past, the Auto Building will soon be our city’s art centre of the future.

WITH GREAT POWER COMES GREAT RESPONSIBILITY – LIKE REMEMBERING YOUR PIN NUMBER

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In its 22nd year FAN EXPO CANADA™ attracted over 130,000 people – including SPIDERMAN – this past weekend. The multi-million dollar extravaganza featured over 1000 exhibitors, a multitude of costumed guests and sprawled over both the North and South buildings of the Metro TORONTO Convention Centre. Until next year . . . PHOTO ABOVE by Steven Evans – http://www.stevenevansphotography.com