CANADA & TORONTO HAVE ENJOYED A PRETTY GOOD SLICE OF PIE IN 2019 – TORONTO SAVVY’S LIST

<FOR MORE INFORMATION ON ANY OF THESE STORIES, JUST ENTER KEY WORDS & THEY’LL APPEAR> JANUARY – The University of Toronto is planning a new tower on St. George Street.JANUARY – A gay conductor from Montreal, Yannick Nézet-Séguin is now the music director of NYC’s Metropolitan Opera.JANUARY – Zayell Johnston’s ‘crazy notion was to walk 9,000 kilometres (5,600 miles) across Canada.JANUARY – An Alberta Clipper comes to town – it’s a really big snow storm.JANUARY – Toronto-based ‘Rainbow Railroad’ confirmed that Chechnya is attacking its LGBTQI people yet again.JANUARY – Premier Doug Ford compared residents in Toronto’s ‘bubble’ to Ontario’s “real people” in other parts of the province, while trolling for votes.FEBRUARY – The fast-paced 2019 Academy Awards telecast proved that a host isn’t necessarily needed.FEBRUARY – NETFLIX has arrived in the Portlands, renting studio space and planning a production hub.FEBRUARY – Toronto Public Library’s ‘Dial-a-Story is on the line 24 hours a day. Call 416-395-5400.FEBRUARY – Toronto shows interest in buying the giant Hearn Generating Station from a private developer.MARCH – The University of Toronto received a $100-million gift for A.I. and emerging technologies. Donors – Gerald Schwartz and Heather Reisman, co-owners of Indigo, a Canadian bookstore chain.MARCH – Toronto’s largest retrofit is Union Station, and when it’s finally finished will be Canada’s largest transportation hub.MARCH – Quebec’s new government (la CAQ) has banned religious symbols in a move to secularize.MARCH – Toronto will honour Terry Fox, athlete and Canadian hero, with a waterfront installation in 2020.MARCH – A Micro Pop-Up Museum opened at Yonge/Dundas Square, above Shoppers Drug Mart, celebrating Yonge Street nightlife in the’50’s and ’60’s.MARCH – Holder of two Michelin stars, sushi chef Masaki Saito is leaving New York City and opening a new restaurant in Toronto’s Yorkville.APRIL – Organized by ‘Don’t Mess With The Don’, hundreds of volunteers spent a Saturday picking trash in the Don Valley. APRIL – Every little bit helps.  A cartoon Prime Minister Justin Trudeau appears on ‘The Simpsons’.APRIL – Prince Edward Island, birthplace of Confederation, home of Ann of Green Gables, elected enough Green Party members to form the province’s Official Opposition.APRIL – One of Canada’s oldest cinemas, dating back to 1911, re-opened at 1035 Gerrard St. East.APRIL – Boarded up for over 100 years, Massey Hall’s stained glass windows, all 93 of them, will soon be reinstalled.APRIL – Notre Dame de Paris burned and the world mourned Paris’s loss. The enormous stained glass windows, sculptural decorations, the organ and altar (all were saved), the roof, the spire (destroyed).APRIL – ’Stackt’, Canada’s largest shipping container market, opened where Bathurst meets Front Street.APRIL – Dream Weaver Premier Doug Ford announced a $28.5-billion transit ‘phantasmagoria’. Some of it may actually get built.MAY – Bad news in Movieland – the beautiful  Humber Cinema was demolished to make way for a 12-storey condo building.MAY – After closing 13 years ago, the Paradise Cinema re-opened following major surgery.MAY – An 85-storey condo tower will soon occupy the block at Gerrard and Yonge Streets. The project is now under way.MAY – Architect I.M. Pei, renowned for his precision geometry and designer of the CIBC tower in Toronto, died at the age of 102.MAY – Doug Ford and his Progressive Conservative government are sinking in a Campaign Research Poll.MAY – From Principal Dancer to Artistic Director, Karen Kain marked 50 years with the National Ballet of Canada.MAY – Another African Penguin, one of the world’s most endangered species, arrives at the Toronto Zoo.JUNE – High winds and waves submerged parts of the Toronto Islands into Lake Ontario.JUNE – The Fairmont Royal York Hotel, celebrated its 90th birthday.JUNE – Perfect weather and the Pride Parade brought enormous crowds out to celebrate.JUNE – June 17th was a day of thanks to the Toronto Raptors, this year’s NBA champions.JUNE – Matilda, the shy penguin, made her debut at the Toronto Zoo.JUNE – University of Toronto’s ‘Boundless Campaign’ raised $2.641-billion from more than 100,000 alumni, soaring past its goal of $2-billion.JUNE – The new College Park and Barbara Ann Scott wintertime ice trail opened.JUNE – The ingenious Dutch created a floating dairy farm in suburban Rotterdam.JULY – Torontosavvy reported on the specialized Newfoundland Buick, a hot seller in 1956 in St. John’s.JULY – The Donkey Sanctuary of Canada, a peaceful refuge for retired donkeys, isn’t far from Toronto.JULY – In Halton County, there’s a full-sized electric operating railway and a vintage transit museum.JULY – The largest collection of Caribbean photography – 3,500 images – was acquired by the Art Gallery of Ontario.AUGUST – The last two workhorses on Queen Street – aka the articulated light rail streetcars (ALRVs) – were retired on Labour Day.AUGUST – The Royal Ontario Museum livened up Bloor St. West with a new plaza.AUGUST – ’Plum Blossom From The Bitter Cold’ – history of Chinese Canadians exhibit at the Toronto Public Library’s TD Gallery.AUGUST – A self-guided touring book about suburban Scarborough was released by the city, and it’s free.AUGUST – A unique state-of-the-art Wildlife Health Centre opened at the Toronto Zoo.AUGUST – Amtrak, the American passenger railroad, is seriously proposing a Toronto to Chicago service on its Wolverine Line.AUGUST – Author Lee Shimano published a book about the Canadian National Exhibition.AUGUST – The 22 kilometre Waterfront Trail no longer has a missing link. The gap has been closed.SEPTEMBER – The Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce is reshaping Toronto’s skyline with its CIBC Square.SEPTEMBER – 103 construction cranes are at work in Toronto – more than any other North American city.SEPTEMBER – Toronto welcomes immigrants who have first rate tech backgrounds, according to OZY, a US media company.SEPTEMBER – Fred Herzog, one of the best when it came to photographing a Canadian city, died on September 9/2019 at the age of 88.SEPTEMBER – Fred Knapp’s Roller Boat was the strangest craft ever launched in Toronto.SEPTEMBER – Toronto is rebuilding itself with scaffoldings, demolitions, and traffic jams city-wide.OCTOBER – A Canadian Impressionist art exhibition toured European cities. OCTOBER – After a 14-year, $128-million reno, St. Michael’s Cathedral is resplendent once again.OCTOBER – Mayor Anne Hidalgo of Paris is conducting a war on cars and taxis – and winning.OCTOBER – Little Canada, ‘Our Home and Miniature Land’ is a new attraction coming to #10 Dundas St. East.OCTOBER – Toronto is now ranked as the second biggest housing bubble in the world – UBS, Swiss Investment Banking Co.NOVEMBER Toronto’s Shelter Bus is a repurposed coach optimized to provide a safe and comfortable place for the homeless to sleep, shower and eat overnight.NOVEMBER – US News Top 20 – For the second year in a row Canada ranks #1 in the world for being a good place to live.NOVEMBER – A Picasso portrait of DORA MAAR, signed and dated June 13, 1941, titled ‘Femme au Chapeau’ – sold in Toronto for $6.8-million at the Heffel fall auction.NOVEMBER – Toronto street artist birdO brought more colour and life to Yonge and St. Clair with a 10-storey mural in his signature surrealist style.NOVEMBER – Another in a series of guide books published by the city – this one is about North York and it’s free.NOVEMBER – As of 2018 Toronto had a deficit of 9,100 rental units, compared to 6,800 units in Montreal, and 3,800 units in Vancouver.NOVEMBER – Toronto is the fastest growing urban region in Europe or North America. It adds 100,000 to 125,000 people annually.NOVEMBER – Some stylish millennials have taken a liking to anti-Baby-Boomer clothing.DECEMBER – CJRT-FM celebrates its 70th year – first as an educational radio station, and now Toronto’s Jazz-FM. It’s been broadcasting since November 1, 1949.DECEMBER – For over a century Simpson’s and Hudson’s Bay have celebrated Christmas and the Holidays with animated windows.  This year’s is totally different.DECEMBER – The federal and provincial governments are granting $1.4-billion to supplement rental housing, which could help 300,000 low-income Canadians. Toronto Community Housing will benefit certainly. . . . and thanks for checking out torontosavvy.  Much appreciated.

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  1. Hi Dave –
    This is terrific. Thank you.
    And, happy holidays and all the very best to you in 2020!
    – David

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