CANADIANS TELL AMERICANS HOW TO HAVE SEX IN A CANOE – NEW YORK TIMES MAGAZINE

“All the news that’s fit to print” covers a lot of territory in the New York Times. This week some tips on making love in a canoe made it into their Magazine on July 29th.

JAMES RAFFIN, former executive director of the Canadian Canoe Museumhttp://www.canoemuseum.ca – came up with directions in point form . . .
– to avoid capsizing, bodies should stay low in the hull
– centre of gravity is most important
– stow your paddles, handle ends down, behind the stern seat
– take out the removable centre thwart, if there is one, in the event of a flip
– let your hips roll with the canoe
– keep some body parts visible above the gunwale
– a canoe with nobody in it raises alarm
– only remove your life jacket if you’re a capable swimmer
– black flies and mosquitos are most active around twilight

The Museum was The Peterborough Examiner’s newsmaker of the year for 2017 after successfully convincing the federal, provincial and city governments to donate millions to help erect a new $65-million building.  The new museum is expected to open in 2021.

GORDON LIGHTFOOT, a Canadian “icon”, donated a few canoes – including the yellow one that inspired his song ‘Canary Yellow Canoe’.

There are 600 canoes in the collection – 100 on display at a time.

Prime Minister Pierre Elliot Trudeau (Justin’s father) loved canoeing – especially in the Far North.

THE DETAILS – Article by MALIA WOLLAN, New York Times Magazine; photos by CLIFFORD SKARSTED, Peterborough Examiner; The Canadian Canoe Museum, 910 Monaghan Road, PETERBOROUGH, 85 miles (135 kilometers) from TORONTO. 

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NOW A PARKING LOT – SOON TO BE A 46-STOREY, ENVIRONMENT-FRIENDLY TOWER, 160 FRONT ST. W.

Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture, CHICAGO-based, has unveiled plans for the latest in a string of towers proposed for TORONTO.

The 160 Front Street skyscraper is designed to withstand the strong winds and snowstorms experienced in this city, where cold air masses meet the warmer water in Lake Ontario.

“The building’s form was sculpted in response to extensive environmental analysis,” said a statement from AS+GG. It’s “tailored for business”, and incorporates 1.2 million square feet (111,483 square metres) of leasable office space.

Occupants will have access to a green roof, and several other “inlets” up the sides of the structure. A six-storey masonry heritage building next door will be integrated into the tower. 160 Front Street is slated to commence construction in 2019.

The firm’s founders are behind the Burj Khalifa in Dubai – and its apparent successor: the Jeddah Tower now under construction in Saudi Arabia.

<Images are by Adrian Smith Gordon + Gill Architecture.>

A TYPICAL PROGRESSIVE CONSERVATIVE GOVERNMENT – WASTING PILES OF MONEY & ATTACKING TORONTO

<“IT’S GOOD TO BE THE KING . . . NEXT!”, editorial cartoon by GRAEME MACKAY, Hamilton Spectator>

Premier DOUG FORD plans to slash nearly half of all TORONTO city council seats before the municipal election on October 22nd. That would mean going from 47 councillors to about 25. Ward boundaries would then match federal and provincial ridings.

Ford is also cancelling regional chair elections in Peel, Niagara and York regions.  A dozen councillors support Mr. Ford’s plan.

<‘SURPRISE!’, editorial cartoon by DAVID PARKINS, Globe and Mail, July 30th/2018>

<“IT WAS THE LOGICAL NEXT STEP.”, editorial cartoon by THEO MOUDAKIS, Toronto Star, July 31/2018>

CANADA’s federal government says it will do whatever it can to protect TORONTO from the “vindictive and destructive” actions taken by Doug Ford and his administration. ADAM VAUGHAN , Liberal Member of Parliament and Parliamentary Secretary for Urban Affairs, says Ford is plunging TORONTO into chaos at a time when it needs stability the most.

Vaughan said the proposal is “reckless, irresponsible” and tosses TORONTO into a political storm when it needs leadership on critical files such as asylum seekers, gangs & guns, transit & housing. Vaughan went on to say Ford is taking these actions because “he doesn’t like Toronto” and accused him of “breaking” the city.

<PHOTO – Adam Vaughan/The Canadian Press>

HOW WE’VE CHANGED – BERCZY PARK AND THE FLAT IRON BUILDING – AUGUST 14/1975 & 2018

Looking east across a parking lot to the Flat Iron Building; Canadian Stage theatres on the right, 1975.

<BERCY PARK, 2018>

<FLAT IRON mural as it is in 2018>

<More parking, Wellington Street, the King Edward Hotel and St. James’ Cathedral, 1975>

<BERCZY PARK fountain and Wellington Street high-rises, 2018; archival photos City of Toronto Archives/Sidewalk Labs>

RYERSON’S CITY BUILDING INSTITUTE LOOKS AT TORONTO STREETS AND FINDS SOME GREAT ONES

What makes a street a great one? The Institute’s report says “they all play a key role in making the surrounding neighborhood a great place to live, work and visit.”

The Five Great TORONTO Streets considered all have visionary street redesigns from the last decade and they work. They support the city’s VISION ZERO plan (making streets safe for bicycles, cars and pedestrians) and their design could potentially save lives.

<MARKET STREET – for people and patios>

<QUEENS QUAY WEST – a street for all uses>

<ST. CLAIR AVENUE WEST – a streetcar neighbourhood>

<RONCESVALLES AVENUE – place-making at its best>

<HARBORD STREET – bike lanes for safer mobility and village improvement>

<PHOTO COLLAGE – Star Metro Toronto, July/2018>

Ryerson identifies Bloor, King, downtown Yonge, and The Golden Mile as ones to watch in the future. Current pilots and projects could make a dramatic impact on all of them.

For more information on the Ryerson Building Institute go to https://www.citybuildinginstitute.ca/2018/07/18/torontos-great-streets/?mc_cid=524f9b8de0&mc_eid=36a8285488

BLAYNE LASTMAN, SON OF FORMER MAYOR MEL, HAS 2ND THOUGHTS ABOUT RUNNING FOR MAYOR

You do the Hokey Pokey
and you turn yourself around
That what it’s all about.
<Former Mayor MEL LASTMAN (l) and his son, BLAYNE>

MR. LASTMAN is planning to put his support behind current mayor JOHN TORY in the upcoming municipal election on October 22/2018.

PAINTINGS, ADVERTISING & SKETCHES OF EARLY TORONTO ARE PROTECTED IN THE CITY’S ARCHIVE

<ABOVE – St. Lawrence Market South, 1895>  These images are part of a vast collection of visuals stored in the City of TORONTO Archives. Accessible, thanks to the Archives themselves and Sidewalk Labs, they date back to the mid and late 1800’s, when the city was just beginning to find its way.

<GUINANE’S MONSTER SHOE STORE, 214 Yonge Street, ca1880, advertising card>

<WILLIAM LYON MACKENZIE HOUSE, York Street, north of Richmond West, ca1888; artist Frederic Victor Poole; painted in 1912>

William Lyon MacKenzie (1795-1861) was a journalist, Mayor of TORONTO, and leader of the 1837 Upper Canada Rebellion. After escaping to the United States for a while, he returned to Canada from exile and became an elected member of the Legislative Assembly of the Province of Canada from 1851-58. His town house on Bond Street is now a museum.

<CRISPIN’S TAVERN, Richmond at York Street, attributed to Owen Staples (1866-1949)>

<SHERBOURNE STREET BREWERY, artist Owen Staples, painted in ca1900>

<GEORGE TATTLE HOUSE, St. Clair Avenue between Avenue Road & Poplar Plains Road, by Joseph Thomas Ralph (1831-1916)>

<NORTHERN RAILROAD STATION, Front Street, west of Spadina Avenue, date unknown>

<DEMOLISHING A WATER TOWER, St. George’s Reservoir, Dundas Street West near Huron St., 1882>

<HEINZMAN & COMPANY PIANOS, 117 King Street West, advertising card, ca1880>

30,000+ historic photos are now on-line thanks to Sidewalk Labs & the City of TORONTO Archives. An invaluable research facility, the OLD TORONTO website is very easy to use. You’ll find it at https://oldtoronto.sidewalklabs.com/