CLAUDE CORMIER IS THE MAN BEHIND BERCZY PARK’S REDESIGN & MUCH-LOVED DOG FOUNTAIN

He’s one of Canada’s best-known landscape architects, and his work can be found across Ontario, Quebec, and recently Chicago and Houston. A graduate of the University of TORONTO, Guelph and Harvard universities, Claude Cormier now has 50 different projects under way, including another TORONTO creation featuring 20 cast-iron cats. It will be part of a massive redevelopment on Front Street West at Spadina Avenue called The Well<PHOTO ABOVE> Smiley, is named for a blind golden retriever that worked in the St. John’s Ambulance therapy dog program in TORONTO.

‘The Secret to a Great Urban Space’ is a fascinating story by JASON McBRIDE <@jasonmcbride68>; photos by JAIME HOGGE at http://www.jaimehogge.com in the University of Toronto Magazine. It’s well worth taking the time to read about this Canadian landscape architect’s methods and philosophy.

As for the dog fountain – “We did our research and found dogs everywhere in art history,” Cormier says. “It goes back 5,000 years!”  You’ll find the complete story here –
https://magazine.utoronto.ca/people/alumni-donors/the-secret-to-great-urban-space-claude-cormier-landscape-architecture/

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PREMIER DOUG FORD CALLS TORONTO ”THE BUBBLE”, AND TO MY WAY OF THINKING HE’S SPOT-ON

I’m sure the premier’s comment was meant to garner approval and votes in a speech he recently made before a Rural Ontario Municipal (ROMA) conference. DOUG FORD compared residents of TORONTO “the bubble”, with Ontario’s “real people” in other parts of the province.

TORONTO is indeed ‘the bubble’ for Ontario and – for that matter, the country itself. It’s the financial centre, economic engine, largest city, transit hub, technology centre, a multicultural nirvana, top television & movie-making production centre, with a few million taxpaying residents, four daily newspapers, two airports, four universities, five concert halls, pro hockey, baseball and basketball teams, two opera companies, at least five major hospitals, Canada’s largest zoo, second largest art gallery . . . and a premier who seems to wish he was mayor.

“Ford lives in the “bubble”, his daughter sells cannabis oil in the “bubble”, almost 3 million of us live in the “bubble”. There is only one person I wish didn’t live in this “bubble” with me and that’s Doug Ford!” – HEATHER CORRIVEAU, retired art teacher

<Our TORONTO is not called The Big Smoke for nothing.>

“ATLANTIC CANADA’S FOOD GUIDE” BY CARTOONIST MICHAEL DE ADDER, HALIFAX HERALD, NOVA SCOTIA

Fish and chips, shrimp, jigg’s dinner, oysters, donairs with sauce on the side, cod tongues, fried pepperoni, poutine rapee, fried clams, salmon, lobster, tomalley, Digby scallops, rappie pie, apple pie, seal flipper pie, partridgeberry pie, toutons, molasses, strawberries, dulse, blueberry grunt, mustard pickles, bakeapples, cranberries, apples, potatoes, luskinikn (aka four cent bread) . . . and beer.

MICHAEL DE ADDER – “So I couldn’t fit everything on here – i.e. fishcakes, bologna, fish and brewis, timbits . . . etc.”

Meanwhile, the new Canada Food Guide’s cover shows an image of a plate, half of it covered with fruits and vegetables. The other half is divided into whole grains and “proteins,” a new category that contains meat, dairy and plant-based foods such as chickpeas and tofu.  The online Canada Food Guide from the Government of Canada – https://food-guide.canada.ca/en/

WHAT IS AN ‘ALBERTA CLIPPER’? TORONTO IS ABOUT TO FIND OUT

An ALBERTA CLIPPER is a fast-moving winter storm originating in the lee of the Canadian Rockies. It brings snow, high winds and cold temperatures typically to the Northeastern United States, the Upper Midwest, the Great Lakes and the central provinces of Canada.

<PHOTO – Springbank Mechanical>  These storms are named after 19th century sailing ships known as “clippers” because of their speed. Clippers are usually dispatched from ALBERTA.

<PHOTO – @streetsoftdot . . . @tylersjourney . . . “Streetcars on Spadina Avenue”>

TORONTO-BASED ‘RAINBOW RAILROAD’ CONFIRMS CHECHNYA IS AGAIN ATTACKING ITS LGBTQI PEOPLE

What is the Rainbow Railroad? It’s a Canadian charitable organization, founded in 2006, based in TORONTO, that helps LGBTQI individuals escape persecution in their homelands.  In 71 countries, queer and trans people face criminal charges under colonial-era anti-gay laws that can result in life sentences. In eight countries, the death penalty can be applied. LGBTQI people are outed in the media, attacked by mob violence, sexually assaulted, or rounded up in state-sanctioned crackdowns by police.

From KIMAHLI POWELL, Executive Director – “Two people are dead and at least 40 have been detained in what appears to be a second wave of a state-sponsored crackdown on LGBTQI people in Chechnya“Since the reports first surfaced two weeks ago, we’ve been connecting with our partners on the ground, such as Russia’s LGBT Network . . . Those who’ve managed to escape (from Chechnya) are still experiencing serious trauma as a result of the humiliation, torture and abuse that they faced there,” Powell says.

Over 1,200 people have asked for help in 2018. To date, Rainbow Railroad has assisted more than 600 individuals’ escape to safe countries.  Several of them now live in TORONTO. For up-to-date information go to https://www.rainbowrailroad.com/