THE NORWAY MAPLE VERSUS THE SUGAR MAPLE – THERE’S A DIFFERENCE

Little did we know when a Norway Maple seedling began to grow into a gigantic tree. It’s a beauty, but has been hollowed out three times at considerable cost. We also have two more Norways in the front of our house. They were planted by the city, and have also been cut back. I spend half the summer sweeping up seedlings.North America’s Sugar Maple is another story.  It has pride of place on Canada’s bank notes, and the Canadian flag. The Sugar Maple has three wide lobes (or main points), each with a few irregular wavy teeth, plus two one-point lobes near the stem. The Norway Maple’s leaves have seven lobes.<PHOTOS ABOVE – Canadian Military Family Magazine>

SPEED DEMONS BEWARE – TORONTO IS ON YOUR TAIL, ARMED WITH PHOTO RADAR, FROM JUNE 29TH

We had photo radar once, but then Progressive Conservative premier, Mike Harris, cancelled it, saying it was a cash grab. Well folks, it’s back tomorrow (Monday, June 29) at 50 locations around TORONTO. The cameras will capture an image of speeding vehicles, and the owners will get a ticket in the mail. Anyone driving over 49km/hour will be hit with a whopping fine of $718.Indirectly, the coronavirus can be thanked for this. The virus cleared traffic off TORONTO’s major streets and boulevards – which seemed to be an open invitation to drive as fast as you can. Do it this coming week, and the city will reach deep into your wallet. It’s about time.

GIBRALTAR POINT’S LIGHTHOUSE IS ONE OF TORONTO’S OLDEST BUILDINGS; PHOTO BY BRYAN BLENKIN

Built in 1808 when only 400 people lived in the Town of York (now TORONTO) this fully functional lighthouse remains on the Toronto Islands. It’s the second oldest lighthouse in Canada after Sambro Island in Halifax. It’s said that in 1815 the lighthouse keeper was murdered in the tower by soldiers from Fort York, and that his ghost still haunts the building. All that’s really known is that he disappeared on January 2, 1815. His body was never found.

JUNE MAY BE PRIDE MONTH, BUT THERE’LL BE NO PARADE THIS YEAR THANKS TO COVID-19

When it comes to Pride Parades TORONTO has produced dillies year-after-year. But as the song says “you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone”. And this year it’s gone.  The annual parade, which attracts hundreds of thousands every year was set to be held on June 28th.  Not this year. BUT WE’RE NOT ALONE –  Pride parades have been cancelled in Chicago, Edmonton, Vancouver, Kamloops, Washington DC, Auckland, Boston, Wellington, and New York City – among others.