DEBORAH FLINT (that’s her on the right), born in Hamilton, Ontario, took the prize after running The Los Angeles International Airport after four years. When Ms. Flint took the reins in Toronto, she was faced with Pearson, along with the Pandemic, and Canada’s air travelers who’d been thrown into crisis. More than two years later she found herself leading the Airport, clogged terminals and passengers stuck on parked planes and parked luggage as in 112,000 passengers forced to wait before they were allowed off. Vancouver and Montreal had it bad, but Toronto was much more so. Because a busy summer was arriving, Ms. Flint had little time to fix the problems. But she said: “I always say the airport is the front door and the curb appeal reflects the capabilities and ambitions of a country . . . This is so important we reflect the best of Canada – a modern, innovative, capable country that welcomes business and travelers, tourists and immigrants.” So far she’s been doing it, and Pearson is achieving!
Corktown is an older residential neighbourhood in Downtown Toronto, The neighbourhood is South of Shuter Street, and North of the Gardiner Expressway; East of Parliament Street, and West of The Don River to the East. Thanks to Wikipedia for these directions, named for the Immigrants from Cork, Ireland, who settled here in the 19th century after fleeing The Irish Famine. Ross took along his camera and we checked out everything from Victorian houses to serious construction, trucks and a tunnel. Toronto’s Corktown made a great afternoon for both of us.
We’re very proud of The Toronto Zoo. It is open to the public every day of the year except Christmas, December 25th. It’s divided into seven zoogeographic regions: Indo-Malaya, Africa, Americas, Tundra Trek, Australasia, Eurasia, and the Canadian Domain – recorded by Wikipedia. Zoo Events Calendar – Baboon · Cheetah · Lions · Flamingos Peacock, owl, bald eagle, and aviaries · Kids’ favourite Zoo animals, Moose & A Kangaroo Walk Through. The Toronto Zoo’s one-of-a-kind tours will take you behind-the-scenes to experience some amazing animals and habitats up close! Book A Wild Encounter. <Check the Zoo’s website – (https://www.torontozoo.com/welcomeback#Hours) to confirm before your visit!***Last admission is an hour before closing.>
That’s the North Market under construction. The photo above was taken by friends George Pyron and Jo Lamberton. The redevelopment of the North Market building will improve the utility of the Complex for vendors, visitors and shoppers. The St. Lawrence Market North will be situated north of Front Street East, and iwill be bounded by the magnificent St. Lawrence Hall to the north, which is pictured below.
The picture below was taken in Toronto’s Woodbine Park during a Busker Fest, before the Pandemic happened, when many of us would be locking down. It’s a fine shot with both adults and children, and you can see in the distance one strip of Toronto’s high-rise skyline.
From Mitchell Cohen, President and CEO, The Daniels Corporation. Mr. Cohen wrote “It was a landmark moment in the history of our city, celebrating the spirit of community at the heart of the Regent Park revitalization. It was also a day to honour the late Councillor, Pam McConnell, who envisioned and nurtured the revitalization, and residents of the community – and took action to bring their dreams to life.” The new Pavilion will be a place to learn with and from city-builders around the world. Private-sector partners brought enormous resources and expertise to the table. Post-secondary institutions have demonstrated the impact of being “on the ground.” The City of Toronto has embraced a public/private partnership model, enabling innovation and creativity across all sectors. <To learn more about The Pavilion visit worldurbanpavilion.org.>
From The Canadian Press —- CINEXPLEX INC. reported a first-quarter loss of $42-2 million, as its revenue soared up with customers returning to movie theatres. CEO Ellis Jacob put it this way: “Operating restrictions have now been completely lifted across theatres. And customers are returning. They’re seeing positive results and momentum across business lines. Revenue totaled $228-7 million, up from $41-4 million in the first three months of 2021.” I’d say that’s an amazing improvement!
We’ve waited a long time for Michelin, the French company, known for its famous Three-Star rankings. Dining out in Toronto will soon be joining up with the Michelin guide books in 30 countries around the world. It’s the first time for Canada. The travel guides were created in 1899 by the French tire company and cleverly planned to promote more demand for cars. According to admired chefs a One-Star rating is a high honour. Around the world, just 136 restaurants hold elusive Three-Star ratings. They’re not easy to come by.
According to Ann Hui, National Food Reporter for The Globe and Mail wrote “Federal Tourism Minister Randy Boissonnault and Toronto’s Mayor John Tory, will be among many others expected at Tuesday’s announcement, the sources said.”