ADVICE TO THE WHITE HOUSE FROM TORONTO’S MARK TOWHEY ON CONTROLLING THE UNCONTROLLABLE

Who is MARK TOWHEY? He was Chief of Staff to notorious TORONTO Mayor Rob Ford and author of ‘Mayor Rob Ford: Uncontrollable’ published by Skyhorse Publishing in 2015. He was summarily fired in 2013.

<Mayor Ford and President Trump in TORONTO>. In a Buzzfeed article Mr. Towhey offers 13 pieces of advice to General JOHN KELLY, the U.S. president’s new Chief of Staff.  1 – Don’t try to change Donald Trump. He doesn’t fit the mold; 2 – Never doubt his mandate; 3 – Focus on the objective; 4 – Create a two-year game plan; 5 – Break the siege; 6 – Protect your staff; 7 – Etiquette matters; 8 – Trust your instincts; 9 – Give Trump answers, not options; 10 – Trust somebody; 11 – Plan your exit; 12 – Keep your resume up to date; 13 – Don’t break the law.

MARK TOWHEY on ROB FORD: “He routinely got into trouble for speaking his mind — was eccentric and unpredictable. The establishment and the mainstream media warred openly against him. He became a regular punchline on late night talk shows. He was the world’s most notorious mayor.”  The Buzzfeed article – https://www.buzzfeed.com/marktowhey/managing-the-unmanageable?utm_term=.tjxAD5qw7#.iqDYEX5Oq

PHILOSOPHER’S WALK TRACES THE ROUTE OF TADDLE CREEK IN THE HEART OF DOWNTOWN

TADDLE CREEK was buried during the Industrial Age, but it left behind a scenic ravine-like footpath running from Bloor Street West to the University of TORONTO. This has been named Philosopher’s Walk.

The Creek still flows underground, but above ground the path is bounded by the Royal Ontario Museum, the Royal Conservatory of Music <PHOTO ABOVE> Koerner Concert Hall, Trinity College, the Faculty of Music at the Edward Johnson Building, and the just completed Jackman Law Building.

Faculty of Music, theatre, Edward Johnson Building

Trinity College, University of Toronto

Philosopher’s Walk Amphitheatre

Fourteen trees are planted nearby in memory of 14 women slain in Montreal on December 6, 1989. Memorial created by ‘Women Who Won’t Forget’.

Lamps at the Bloor Street entrance commemorate the 1901 visit of the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and York (later crowned King George V and Queen Mary). This was a project undertaken by the Imperial Order Daughters of the Empire.

THE ART GALLERY OF ONTARIO BRINGS BACK THE SIXTIES WHEN ROCK WAS YOUNG

As one of several new exhibits, the AGO is showing a room full of posters from the Donald Muller/Ross Scott Collection. Above – Joan Baez and Bob Dylan – East Coast Tour, March-April/1965′ – is one of the earliest in the collection. It’s by Eric Von Schmidt (1931-2007), a musician, father of folk revival, and credited with discovering Bob Dylan and fostering the career of Joan Baez.

Above – ‘The Doors, August 8, Electric Circus, NYC, 1969′ – was made for a concert that never happened. At a 1969 concert in MIAMI, Jim Morrison was charged with indecent exposure and accused of trying to start a riot. He was arrested and fined $500.  <PHOTOS – Ross Winter>

BLACK CREEK PIONEER VILLAGE WILL BE REACHABLE BY SUBWAY IN LATE 2017 OR EARLY 2018

It’s been a long time coming, but soon subway trains will be on their way to one of Canada’s finest heritage villages. Surrounded by development, Black Creek Pioneer Village is a living tribute to the TORONTO Region’s roots, with architecture dating as far back as the 1790’s.

On-site there are 40 buildings considered to be amongst the oldest in TORONTO and its surroundings.  Inside several of them, interpreters and artisans in period costume describe life as it was lived in pioneer Canada.

BLACK CREEK PIONEER VILLAGE is open daily from May 1 to December 23.  It’s located in TORONTO’s north-west end, at 1000 Murray Ross Parkway near the intersection of Jane Street and Steeles Avenue.  GETTING THERE BY PUBLIC TRANSPORT – subway to FINCH STATION, then take the Steeles bus #60 westbound; or from JANE SUBWAY STATION use the Jane bus #35.

<PHOTOS ABOVE – the new Black Creek Pioneer Village subway station, designed by Will Alsop –  TTC and Jack Landau/UrbanToronto>. The Village website – https://blackcreek.ca