THE TORONTO ZOO IS NOW HOME TO (AT LEAST) SIX NEW ARCTIC WOLF PUPS

For the first time in 15 years a litter of six Arctic wolf pups have cautiously emerged from their den to see the world. They’ll only come out for short periods of time “until 8 to 12 weeks after they were born,” said Zoo spokesperson AMANDA CHAMBERS.

They’re protected by their mother, DORA. A second wolf, named AUNT VERA, is allowed to babysit the litter, while the father, IMIQ, patrols the perimeter of the den.

From the Zoo – a YouTube video of a weary Dora and her pups –
https://www.youtube.com/embed/_d_AERv50Uc

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DENMARK’S ‘HIPPIES’ ARE BRINGING IN THE CROWDS TO CHRISTIANIA – COPENHAGEN’S FREETOWN

<PHOTO – Jan Grarup for the New York Times>

Hundreds of thousands of tourists have visited counterculture world – aka CHRISTIANIA – a unique community built among lakes and trees in central Copenhagen. Its houses are assembled from discarded bits and pieces of other houses.

The city government is all for this brightly painted neighbourhood because it shows that Denmark’s capital isn’t so conservative and gray after all – unlike the exteriors shown in the television series ‘Borgen’. In fact, Copenhagen is a very tolerant city and Christiania has become its centrepiece.

TORONTO ROADS ARE SELDOM ENNOBLED BY POETRY – THE WEST END’S STERLING RD. IS AN EXCEPTION

‘A Love Letter to Sterling Road’, a fast-becoming go-to destination in the West End. The poem was written by ERIC MUTRIE and the photo above is by NAOMI FINLAY.

A new home is exciting –
Especially when it’s ours.
We packed up all our iMacs
We loaded several cars.

From factory to funhouse,
Our new building’s got some history.
A century’s worth of stories –
Some remain a complex mystery.

<PHOTO – the Brothers Dressler, blogTO>

We admire next doors’ designers
As though they’re famous wrestlers.
Our concierge desk is custom-made
By the one and only Dresslers.

To the south is MOCA’s reno
Of a 1919 tower.
Among the art it’s soon to welcome:
Abstract depictions of a flower?

The smell of Kit Kats is in the air
The smell of change is, too.

We’re joined in line for veal parms
By The Drake’s construction crew.

A ‘nabe of new arrivals,
but also gems quite old.
Sterling may be the colour of silver,
But to us it’s solid gold.

So raise a pint of Henderson’s
To all that’s brewing on the street.

To neighbours here and coming soon,
Whom we just can’t wait to meet!”

Published in 2017 by Designlines, TORONTO’s ultimate guide to design – https://designlinesmagazine.com/sterling-road/

THIS 1928 BUICK – USED EXTENSIVELY BY ROYALTY – WAS MADE IN OSHAWA, ONTARIO

<1928 model year McLaughlin-Buick 496 Tourer>

The Greater Toronto Area (GTA) is, and has long been, a major automobile manufacturing region.  From 1876, OSHAWA was home to the McLaughlin Carriage Company, which produced  more than 25,000 carriages a year.  By 1915, under the presidency of “Colonel” Sam McLaughlin, the company was turning out roughly one horseless carriage every ten minutes.

The McLaughlin-Buick 496 Tourer (ABOVE) was one of only two built for a royal visit to Canada.  Custom-built McLaughlin-Buicks, designed and detailed with elegance in mind, were used extensively by the Prince of Wales (later King Edward VIII), his brother the Duke of York (later King George VI) and shipped from province to province by train.  Somehow they ended up in the United Kingdom.

BLOOMBERG BUSINESS WEEK HEADLINE – “TORONTO MAKES NEW YORK LOOK CHEAP”. WHAAAT?

According to BLOOMBERG, TORONTO is the world’s fifth most unaffordable housing market relative to income.

“There are a handful of cities that make New York housing look cheap by comparison. Among them: Hong Kong, London, Miami, Los Angeles, Sydney and TORONTO. Home prices in Canada’s biggest metropolis have soared almost 60% in the last five years and are up another 3% already this year.”

TORONTO’s residential property market ranks as the fifth most unaffordable relative to income, according to consultant DEMOGRAPHIA.