<PHOTO – Richard Lautens/Toronto Star> You know you’re in TORONTO when you see the beacon light atop the Stalinistic Canada Life Building on University Avenue. Forecast information is updated four times daily, seven days a week, thanks to Environment Canada. What do the lights mean? Green (clear); Red (cloudy); Flashing Red (rain); Flashing White (snow). Lights on the tower struts – Up (warmer); Down (cooler); Steady (no change)More than 1,000 incandescent bulbs once illuminated the beacon, but these have now been replaced by energy-saving LEDs.The fifteen-storey Canada Life Building, University Avenue at Queen St. West, remains one of TORONTO’s largest office buildings.
<The above photo has become an international hit – definitely in the Netherlands. Fox cubs are shown venturing out from their den under the boardwalk along Lake Ontario. Photo – Carlos Osorio/Reuters><Spotted in Northumberland County – a black bear; photo by Dave Thomson, Castleton><A coyote in the city. Photo – Dave @TuckerWasHere><A Canadian Beaver in Toronto’s High Park><And our every-day raccoons, squirrels, skunks, and numerous kinds of birds.>These days you can hear them singing well before the sun comes up.<ABOVE – editorial cartoon by BRIAN GABLE, Globe and Mail, Toronto>
<Some of my favourite pictures seem to have rain involved.>
<The background, with the red arrows, is a blown up news photograph; the arrows indicate where a cropping should occur; the foreground – parked cars and two Globe employees on their way in.>
Richard Deacon, a London sculptor who does extraordinary things with extraordinary things. There’s a huge Deacon sculpture in our city, near Lake Ontario, at the corner of Queen’s Quay East and Yonge Street. Says Mr. Deacon: “I learned how to do technical drawing for public commissions like ‘Between the Eyes’, 1990 for Queen’s Quay in Toronto, but computing has changed all that. Now you can make a model, scan it, and produce the sculpture in a factory.”