<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Down (cooler); Steady (no change)More than 1,000 incandescent bulbs once illuminated the beacon, but these have now been replaced by energy-saving LEDs.The fifteen-storey Canada Life Building, University Avenue at Queen St. West, remains one of TORONTO’s largest office buildings.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.”
Native Newfoundlander, TOM POWER, is now a runner. He spoke about this to Gayle MacDonald of the Globe and Mail. “It’s a shock to my family and friends, but I’ve started running. I’m doing it out of sheer anxiety about my immune system. The life of a radio host isn’t the healthiest. We sit all the time, and I love chips. I run in the bike lane, facing away so I can see if bikes are coming and jump back if need be. I’ve been seeing alleys and streets around my neighborhood that I’ve never seen before, all because I want to be respectful and stay away from people.” <PHOTO – Toronto Star>
This unusual boat measured 125 by 25 feet. There was an opening at each end where people could board. The inside remained stationary, while the outer casing, equipped with small paddle-like projections, revolved around it. This allowed the ship to roll sideways along the surface of the water like a rolling pin.<PHOTO ABOVE – the inventor of the Roller Boat, FRED KNAPP>In 1897, while a large crowd was watching, the ship demonstrated a top speed of 5 miles per hour in TORONTO Bay. The idea was dropped because the vessel was too slow and very expensive. <PHOTO above – City of Toronto Archives; WATERCOLOUR below by THOMAS HARRISON WILKINSON, 1847-1949>