TORONTO SHORT STORIES – APRIL 29 TO MAY 6/2017

The TORONTO skyline in the late 1960’sMark Blinch/Reuters

TORONTO skyline as it was in February/2017 and it keeps on growing – by Razz/urbantoronto.ca

TORONTO, MONTREAL & everything in between was drenched by continuous downpours this week. Lake Ontario rose higher than it’s been in 3 decades.  There were fears the Don River <PHOTO ABOVE> would overflow its banks.  Didn’t happen.

What are the 23-year-olds up to these days? This one climbed a construction crane in the middle of the night, sat down on the hook and waited to be rescued. Firefighter ROB WONFOR risked his life by climbing the tower in two difficult hours, descending the crane’s cabling (!) and bringing MARISA LAZO safely back to earth where police were waiting.  <PHOTO ABOVE – Tyler Anderson/National Post>

<Editorial cartoon by Brian Gable/Globe and Mail – ‘Three Amigos’>

President Trump – “The president of Mexico called me, who I have a very good relationship with. And also the prime minister of Canada, who I also have a very good relationship. I like both of these gentlemen very much. They called me.

“And they said ‘rather than terminating NAFTA could you please negotiate.‘ I like them very much. I respect their countries very much. Their relationship is very special. I said I would hold on the termination. Let’s see if we can make a fair deal.”

We love you, NEW YORK CITY, but the “rhetoric” coming out of Donald Trump’s White House is turning us off. His diatribe against Canada’s dairy & softwood lumber industries and NAFTA aren’t helping matters. Predictions are that The Big Apple will see 300,000 fewer foreign tourists in 2017, and 17,000 of those will be Canadians.

Fred Dixon, CEO of NYC’s official tourism organization says “We recognize there are challenges at the border . . . We want to remind everyone that New York City is welcoming and that we are a diverse and safe city, a sanctuary city like TORONTO, and we value the same things.”

SIDNEY CROSBY, Canada’s hockey hero was out of action. suffering his 4th concussion.

The Masonic Temple on Yonge Street at Davenport Road will become The Concert Hall on June 23, hosting some shows for the Toronto Jazz Festival. Opened in 1918, the building has a capacity of 1,500. Frank Sinatra once played there, as did David Bowie, Led Zeppelin, and R. E. M. among many others. It was a ballroom in the 1930’s, then in the 1960’s it became a rock palace, and eventually comedian Mike Bullard’s studio for his late-night television show. The CTV network operated the venue from the late 1990’s until 2013.

No word yet on what happens after the Jazz Festival ends on July 2.

The Canadian/American musical ‘ Come From Away’, set in Gander, Newfoundland and now on Broadway, was nominated for 7 Tony Awards including BEST MUSICAL!

Prince Philip announced that he’ll be semi-retiring from public life in August.

For the first time in history, there are as many seniors as young people in this country, and they’re living longer than ever before. This phenomenon will have ripple effects on everything from the cost of benefits to the age of retirement as Canada tries to find its footing in the new age of aging. – TORONTO STAR, May 2/2017

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