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 –
<1928 model year McLaughlin-Buick 496 Tourer>. 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.
The R.C. Harris Water Treatment Plant in the East End produces 950-million litres of drinking water every day.
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.
The Residences are housed in a former 1970’s-era Brutalist hotel, not far from the University of TORONTO, OCAD University, George Brown College and Ryerson University in or near downtown. The precast concrete building now provides beds for 620 and several communal spaces – a gymnasium and cafe among them. <PHOTO ABOVE – Lisa Logan/Contactdesign.com>
Knightstone Capital Management enlisted TORONTO-based Diamond Schmitt Architects to “establish a dialogue with the previous architectural character of the building,” says Bryan Chartier, DSAI’s director of interior design.
Coming this summer – a brightly coloured mural by Spanish street artist OKUDA, on a blank eastern Parkside wall, facing traffic-heavy Jarvis Street at Carlton. The project is a partnership between STEPS (a public art-funding charity), the City of TORONTO’s StreetART program, and Parkside’s property owners. The city will provide $50,000 as part of its Graffiti Management Plan.
For OKUDA’s biography and more examples of his work go to http://www.streetartbio.com/about-okuda-biography
Housed in the state-of-the-art Lillian H. Smith library at 239 College Street, the Merril Collection of Science Fiction, Speculation and Fantasy, is made up of 72,000 items. A gift to our city from Judith Josephine Grossman (1923-1997), pen-name Judith Merril, this archive is one of the planet’s finest popular culture collections. Its focus is science fiction fantasy, speculative fiction, magic realism, experimental writing, parapsychology, UFO’s, etc.
“Judith Merril was not only a vital member of the literary community, but a vital person in the largest sense of the word. She lived her times and places thoroughly and enriched us all.” <MARGARET ATWOOD>. A founding resident of TORONTO’s Rochdale College, television broadcaster; magazine, book and short story writer; anthologist, activist – Judith Merril was all of these and much more.
American-born, she became a Canadian citizen in 1976, and spent 40 years writing about and researching science fiction and the paranormal. A book on the life and times of Judith Merril – “Better To Have Loved . . . ” – is available on Amazon.