TORONTO SHORT STORIES – OCTOBER 7-17/2016

wellingtonhouse1This slim condo which will soon rise behind a heritage building on Wellington Street West.  Plans are to set Wellington House well back from the street and feature the historic, red-brick house up front.  The project is a collaboration between Lamb Development, architectsAlliance and Goldsmith Borgal and Company Architects.

neon10A neat idea from the Downtown Yonge Business Improvement Association – collect and restore some of TORONTO’s iconic neon signs and display them along the O’Keefe Laneway.  The laneway runs south of Dundas Street, parallel to Yonge.

briangable10Globe and Mail cartoonist BRIAN GABLE interprets America’s dilemma.mississauga1TORONTO home prices continue to soar, but the suburbs are now in the game. In the 3rd quarter of 2016 Brampton, Milton and Mississauga outpaced growth in the city according to a new Royal LePage survey. Home-price growth in all but three of 11 GTA municipalities passed growth in the city itself, with the biggest spurt in OSHAWA.

whitelion1One of four white lion cubs born in 2015 at TORONTO Zoo. The cubs Gus, Oliver, Hank and Harrison continue to look more and more like their dad, Fintan every day. Visit them in the African Savanna from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm daily.

thomson2THOMSON REUTERS is adding 400 jobs in TORONTO focusing on cognitive computing. The company currently employs about 1200 people here. Its CEO will relocate to TORONTO from New York City in the coming weeks.  Thomson, a Canadian company, acquired REUTERS, one of the world’s largest news organizations in 2007.

pandacubs1

TORONTO Zoo’s panda cubs celebrated their first birthday on October 13.

sickkids10TORONTO’s Hospital For Sick Children (aka SickKids), the world’s second largest hospital-based paediatric research centre, is getting lots of attention for its new $2-million fund-raising campaign.  ‘VS’ depicts hospital patients, past and present, kicking, punching and battling adversaries like cancer, liver failure and cystic fibrosis.

The campaign is on social media, billboards and streetcars, and on television. The commercial’s daring take on what it means to be sick will, no doubt, make some people uncomfortable, but that’s the point.

canada1CANADA has been ranked #2 on the FORBES list of ‘the most reputable countries in the world’. Each year, The Reputation Institute ranks nations and companies in various categories, using reams of survey data and its own proprietary RepTrak Pulse scoring system. The results for 2016 are based on 48,000 responses from people in 0-8 countries.

Canada’s Rep Trak Pulse Score – 77.82. Who’s in first place? SWEDEN.

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