Greeters offer free walking tours of vibrant TORONTO neighbourhoods and districts by volunteers who love their city and enjoy meeting people. Fill in the form, tell us when you’ll be visiting, and the neighbourhood or theme that interests you. Give one week’s notice to make the match, set aside two to four hours, and let the tour begin!
As a long-time Greeter it was a pleasure to show these four young people from Germany around this spring. <PHOTO – Matthias, Katja, myself, Patrick and Julia> The Greeter website – http://www1.toronto.ca/wps/portal/contentonly?vgnextoid=e14d3a2f287c1410VgnVCM10000071d60f89RCRD
“When will this spiral of ever-increasing property prices end? Most of HONG KONG’s youth can’t afford to rent, much less to buy their own apartments. Almost every person I speak with, who is under 35, lives at home with their parents . . . resignation abounds, a feeling of powerlessness to change the status quo.” <PHOTO ABOVE – Ross Winter>
“HONG KONG is the only place I know of when one moves, it’s always into a smaller space because the rent has become unaffordable. What’s next? 100-square-foot apartments for HK$5,000,000? I am sure the developers are working to make this happen.” – Michael Wolf
<PHOTO ABOVE – World Record: parking space in Hong Kong sold for $HK5.18-million (US$664,200 or CAD$881,195). The space is on the first floor of a luxury apartment complex near the harbourfront. Hong Kong Free Press>
<The Gladstone’s tower rises above the railway underpass in Parkdale – City of Toronto Archives> The Gladstone was built opposite the long-gone Parkdale Railroad Station. In the early days it was a luxurious hostelry, serving railway passengers and visitors to the nearby Canadian National Exhibition. The owner, Susanna Robinson, a widow, lived there with her thirteen children. In later years, the Gladstone became a bit of a flophouse, until it was rescued by the Tippin and Zeidler families about 15 years ago.
The Gladstone is now managed by Christina Zeidler, whose goal has been making the hotel fit into the surrounding community. To that end, hotel employees found new homes for longterm residents, especially those who were elderly and most at risk. Then all 37 rooms were re-designed by TORONTO artists, and a year ‘round program of art, special events and music was put into place. The Gladstone is an important part of our city’s cultural landscape.
TORONTO’s ash trees, which make up 8.5% of the city’s tree canopy, are under attack from the Emerald Ash Borer beetle (EAB). Once the EAB is on an ash tree, its larvae use the tree as a feeding ground and restricts the tree’s nutrient flow, killing it within a few years. Natural Resources Canada is breeding Tetrastichus planipennisi, a species of wasp native to China, to act as a predator of the beetle. Female wasps, once released, fly to the beetle-infested trees and lay their eggs on EAB larvae. Once they hatch, the wasp larvae will eat the EAB larvae and use their eggs as a home. While the entire city of TORONTO is considered infested, there are still other cities like Winnipeg, Halifax, and Vancouver, that are anticipating the arrival of the EAB. <IMAGE – Tess King/The Varsity> Read the entire article at http://thevarsity.ca/2017/04/03/torontos-forests-fight-back/
Mayor JOHN TORY (L) met with Mayor RAHM EMANUEL (R) while visiting CHICAGO this week. Both of them are united in their efforts to oppose Donald Trump’s proposal to cut federal cash to the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. Funds from the initiative are used to fight algae blooms, pollution and invasive species. “We don’t want to go backwards on that and (cutting $300 million) would take us backwards (on cross-border efforts)”, said Mayor Tory.
Mayor Emanuel has announced that CHICAGO will adopt the Paris climate-change guidelines no matter what Donald Trump has in mind. Toronto, Montreal and Chicago – three amigos – plan to do more work on a joint position and sign a resolution in Montreal later this month. Crain’s Chicago Business – http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20170608/BLOGS02/170609878/toronto-mayor-john-tory-has-some-advice-for-rahm-emanuel
<Scarborough Beach, 1915> TORONTO archival photos have taken on a new life in a series of paintings by artist HANNA KOSTANSKI. Using Acrylics she’s painstakingly reanimated these old black and white’s. ‘A Vibrant Past: Toronto in the 20th Century’ will be on display in August at the Urban Gallery, 401 Richmond Street West. Opening reception – August 3.
<Bay Street at Adelaide, 1940’s> HANNA KOSTANSKI lives in HAMILTON and works in TORONTO. She’s a 2007 graduate of OCAD University. Her work can be found in private and public collections, as well as several law offices, hotels and a hospital.
<Bloor Street West, 1958> . . . http://www.hannakostanski.com
<Yonge and Dundas, 1978>
You’d never guess it was there, but four storeys above busy Church Street at Gould, the Ryerson University Urban Farm (RUF) is turning out thousands of pounds of fresh, organic and local produce. The farm is a student-run initiative to grow fresh food atop the George Vari Engineering & Computing Centre in the middle of the concrete jungle.
RUF produces an amazing 10,000 pounds of produce annually, and distributes it among Ryerson Eats, the Gould Street Farmers’ Market and a Community Supported Agriculture Program. On the ground level the Ryerson campus also hosts a food forest, flower farm, two rain gardens (under development) and a pollinator plant garden.All of this is within a 15-minute walk of downtown’s epicentre.