GREATER TORONTO AREA PRODUCES $450,000US SUPERCAR &THERE’S A WAITING LIST

gt1The Ford Motor Company in MARKHAM has just premiered the first roadworthy GT supercar. It rolled off the assembly line on Friday. Designed by Americans and built in Canada, plans are to eventually make one a day or 250 per year.  At the moment, production is about two a week until the builder, Multimatic Inc., finds another 20 employees and learns how to assemble the vehicle more quickly.  About 3,000 of the 6,000 parts in the car were supplied by Multimatic, a private automotive engineering, parts manufacturer and racing car company. A thousand buyers have already signed up for the GT and there’s a lineup waiting.

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SINCE 1951, CANADA LIFE’S WEATHER BEACON HAS BEEN PART OF TORONTO’S SKYLINE

weatherbeacon1<PHOTO – Richard Lautens/Toronto Star>  You know you’re in TORONTO when you see the beacon light atop the Stalinistic Canada Life building on University Avenue. Forecast information is updated four times daily, seven days a week, thanks to Environment Canada.

weatherbeacon2What do the lights mean? Green (clear); Red (cloudy); Flashing Red (rain); Flashing White (snow). Lights on the tower struts – Up (warmer); Down (cooler); Steady (no change)  More than 1,000 incandescent bulbs once illuminated the beacon, but these have now been replaced by energy-saving LEDs.

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CITY COUNCIL VOTES 30-1 TO TAME TORONTO’S WILD-WEST DOWNTOWN DEVELOPMENT

kings-west1City Council has voted to protect 303 potentially significant buildings downtown. Demolition of designated buildings within the King-Spadina neighbourhood can now be rejected by city staff.  Councillor Joe Cressy who tabled the motion said “we’re at risk of losing the city’s heritage. (This motion) stops the wild-west practice of demolishing buildings that have heritage value which we have not yet designated.”

richmond7In 1996, only 945 people lived in this then-industrial area. Today 19,000 live here, and with new development that number of residents and employees is expected to rise to 50,000.  Developers can appeal to the quasi-judicial, non-elected Ontario Municipal Board.

mammolititory1<Left Councillor Mammoliti & right Mayor John ToryThe final council vote was 30 to 1 in favour. Who cast the one dissenting vote? Councillor GIORGIO MAMMOLIT1 (Ward 7 – York West), still smarting after a dressing-down by Mayor JOHN TORY two days earlier.  To see the smackdown the usually cool Mayor Tory delivered to Mammoliti go to http://torontoist.com/2016/12/watch-john-tory-deliver-a-satisfying-smackdown-to-giorgio-mammoliti/

TORONTO SHORT STORIES – DECEMBER 1-10, 2016

sonycentre1Newly installed sculptures at the SONY CENTRE for the PERFORMING ARTS, 1 Front Street East

eatoncentre2The tallest Christmas tree in town – if not the country – is at the Eaton Centre.  It stands 108 feet.

purpleonion2They’re at the gates! Site of YORKVILLE’s Purple Onion Coffee House in the 1960’s (Yorkville Ave. @ Avenue Road) is being eyed by a developer who wants to erect a 30-storey condo tower. “There couldn’t be anything more alarming,” said MARY MACDONALD, a planner and manager of heritage preservation services for the city.  For details go to http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/developer-wants-to-build-on-yorkville-heritage-site-1.3884437

deloitteA striking work of art in the lobby of the new Deloitte building on King Street West at Yonge.  Actually it’s one of two giant mosaics created by artist MICAH LEXIER.  1.6-million separate ceramic sticks were made by 30 people over several months, and then painstakingly assembled.  “The challenge was to make a (piece) that could be seen by driving by, but that would also work up-close.”  – the artist.  It certainly does all of the above.

AT THE AGO – ‘SMALL WONDERS’ – 60+ TINY MICRO BOXWOOD CARVINGS

ago3The Art Gallery of Ontario, Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum and the Met Cloisters in New York worked together to assemble an exhibit of 60 rare boxwood carvings. These were made in Northern Europe during the early 1500’s and represent a substantial portion of the world’s inventory.

Palm-sized and without provenance or artist credits the carvings are 600-year-old fascinators. Several are in the Thomson Collection at the AGO.

ago2<Netherlands, Prayer Bead (David and Goliath), 1500-30; boxwood with metal fittings. The Thomson Collection, Art Gallery of Ontario. Photo – Craig Boyko/Ian Lefebvre, AGO>

ago1<South Netherlandish, Rosary, 1509-26, 472mm x 57mm, Devonshire Collection, Chatsworth. Photo – Craig Boyko/Ian Lefebvre, AGO>

THE WORLD’S OLDEST LGBTQ BOOKSHOP MOVES INTO FAB NEW PREMISES & YES, THERE IS A BAR

gladday3The world’s oldest LGBTQ bookshop – GLAD DAY – has settled in to 2,000 square feet of prime floor space at 499 Church Street. There’s plenty of room here for readings, performances, a cafe, bar and an outdoor patio – all at street level.

gladday6Founded in 1970, GLAD DAY has continuously fought against censorship of gay and lesbian books, magazines and videos. It almost went under at least once before, but now has a bright, new future in the heart of TORONTO’s Church/Wellesley Village.

gladday5gladday4WEBSITE – http://www.gladdaybookshop.com

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