The Fortress of Louisbourg was established by French colonialists in 1713 on Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia. <Photo above by The Weather Network> A major shipping port, with a town population of several thousand, the Fortress was dismantled by the British in 1760, and named a National Historic Site in 1920. During Prime Minister Pierre Elliot Trudeau’s time in office funds were provided to renovate the Fortress, and since then it’s become one of the province’s top tourist destinations.Unfortunately Nova Scotia is now facing a threat from rising sea levels due to climate change. Powerful waves have stripped wood from the site’s exterior and flooding is occurring more frequently. In November/2018, a large storm surge coupled with a high tide breached the Quay Wall. That’s the possible challenge Nova Scotia has today. <Photo above by Ian Harte/Parks Canada>.
Scampering down a hill on a sunny afternoon, through a gate and the Beach was their’s.BRYAN had this to say: “It took about 40 minutes of hiking to go one way. So beautiful and peaceful, like we were walking alongside an ocean.” Said ALAN – “Best of all . . . there were no other people.” <PHOTOS by Bryan Blenkin, May/2021>
City Council has approved YongeTOmorrow and a monumental transformation of our city’s main street from College to Queen will be taking place. Over the next four years two lanes of traffic will disappear, replaced by bikes, sidewalk patios, planters, street vendors and pedestrians. <photo above – City of Toronto>Local condo dwellers will no doubt enjoy the brand new Yonge. The city expects downtown Toronto to double its population in the next 20 years. <Rendering City of Toronto>From Spacing Magazine – “This proposal is largely triggered by the fact that one of Toronto’s oldest watermains, located underneath this part of Yonge Street, requires urgent renewal. Since the street will be torn up and put back together, there is a ‘build back better’ opportunity that will not come for another generation. This is a no-brainer that should have no opposition.” So there’s a good reason for doing it and City Council has approved 21 to 5 – first time in more than 100 years.
You won’t see this $500-million sports, media and entertainment venue at Toronto’s Exhibition Place until its’ opening in 2025. Location – four acres on the north side of Lake Shore Boulevard, across from the lands of Ontario Place. Besides providing a future meeting place for sports, media and entertainment, the project is expected to host over 200 events a year, primarily music and entertainment, but also conventions, corporate occasions, tournaments, product launches, award shows – and lots more. The big numbers – $500-million stadium; 7,000 seat hall; 400-room hotel – President of Overactive Media – CHRIS OVERHOLT, who launched The Air Canada Centre, one of Toronto’s biggest venues.
These images have been collected over 10 years of ‘torontosavvy’. Some are recognizable, and others are just imaginative. Altogether this photo group shows off Toronto, a city in colour. <F.Y.I. – this is a Cabbagetown sparrow begging for a muffin . . . photo by George Pyron>
About two years ago NETFLIX set up a Toronto production hub, leasing studio spaces along the waterfront. The company recognized this city’s many talents, partners, international festivals and production crews, some of which also applies to Vancouver. In its forthcoming corporate office, Netflix expects 10 to 15 employees will be based in Toronto. First priority is hiring the Content Executive in June, who will work directly with creators, deciding on ideas for films and series.Other jobs will be posted in the careers section of the Netflix website.Toronto’s Mayor JOHN TORY said “a new Canadian office will call Toronto home! Our pitch: We’re a film friendly city that celebrates the screen industry. Quality and our talent pool diversity is unmatched. Our production and post-production industry is robust and expanding.”
Canadian artist Jesse Colin Jackson, based in Los Angeles, has been photographing tower block neighbourhoods since 2006. His “Radiant City” project, is focused on Toronto’s aging tower blocks and their significance. As they’re being revitalized Jackson’s work revealed the size and complexities these buildings embody. Oftentimes they’re home to incoming immigrants – essential housing for at least a quarter of this city’s population. The location of much of Toronto’s urban poverty, would be products of planning ideologies gone awry, locations of past glory, current dynamism and future potential. Jesse Colin Jackson has previously taught at the University of Toronto and OCAD University, also in Toronto – as well as the Department of Art at the University of California, Irvine. <Photo above – #1) – The Buckingham, 714 + 716 The West Mall> #2) – 3151 Bridletown Circle;#3) – 190 Exbury Road & 2269 Jane Street;#4) – Leaside Towers, 85 + 96 Thorncliffe Park Drive; #5) – Riverside Apartments, 2737 + 2757 Kipling Avenue