EARLIEST KNOWN PHOTOS OF TORONTO TAKEN FROM THE ROSSIN HOUSE HOTEL IN 1856 OR 1857

<Osgoode Hall is in the upper left corner>. This five-part panorama is from the City of Toronto Archives.> <Photogaphers – Armstrong, Beere and Hime. It’s possible that these pictures were intended to accompany TORONTO’s submission to the Colonial Office to promote its selection as capital of the Province of Canada.>In the end, Queen Victoria chose OTTAWA to be Canada’s capital.<The developing city from York Street to Bay Street along King Street West.>

THINGS TO DO IF YOU’RE SELF-QUARANTINED – 20 IDEAS FROM THE GLOBE AND MAIL & THE NY TIMES

  1.  Edit the acres of pictures stashed in your computer; and trim the bookmarks.
    2.  Plan an album of photos, cards, clippings, stuff you’ve lived, places you’ve gone.
    3.  Write some memory pieces about the family, or even total strangers.
    4.  Take a daily walk and increase your speed.
    5.  Put together a workout regime with make-do ‘equipment’6.  Meditate or do deep breathing before getting up or going to bed.
    7.  Find blogs that you like; write to the bloggers; they’ll answer no doubt.
    8.  Build a blog of your own.
    9.  Enjoy bird song and quirky dogs.
    10.  Look in the mirror and give yourself a smile.11.  Establish a daily routine. Saturday and Sunday could be special.
    12.  Shower, shave and get dressed every day.
    13.  Create a dedicated place where you can work at home.
    14.  improve your French and/or English.
    15.  Avoid burying yourself in pandemic radio/tv news.16,  Chat with friends and loved ones by phone, on Skype, Facetime or in print.
    17,  Use the internet to visit the world’s finest galleries, museums and artists.
    18.  Learn what you can about plants and gardens – indoors, outdoors, on the balcony.
    19.  Make a pile of stuff to be shredded or donated.
    20.  Take a mid-day nap. You’ll have earned it.SYMBOLS – Clipart Library – http://clipart-library.com/clipart/8cEb5A4Mi.htm

THE DIFFERENCE A PANDEMIC MAKES – LONDON FINDS ITSELF EERILY EMPTY AND SO DOES TORONTO

One of the most vital cities in the world, LONDON, is in lockdown. As in TORONTO,, everybody has been told to stay at home and go out only for specific, essential reasons. These photos were taken around the U. K. capital by PA MEDIA and shown by BBC News.<ABOVE – The National Gallery and Trafalgar Square, March 24/2020><ABOVE – the Millennium Bridge and St. Paul’s Cathedral, March 25/2020><ABOVE – Waterloo Station, March 25/2020><Buckingham Palace, March 24/2020><Night time in TORONTO’s downtown core; photo – James Anok . . . . @ThetaState><TORONTO; photo – Reddit>

WANT TO BE OCCUPIED DURING THE PANDEMIC ? – SET YOURSELF UP WITH A BLOG

I’ve been doing this blog – torontosavvy – for ten years now, and have been enjoying it immensely. Should you be self-quarantined and housebound, there’s no better way to occupy yourself than posting a daily, weekly or monthly writeup, with or without photos, while at the same time building up an audience.I’ve found WORDPRESS to be easy to use, and inexpensive. It seems you can also make money from it – although I’ve never tried.Start a blog and it will sure keep you busy.  I begin working on it most mornings, with a cup of coffee. It makes you think, do research and take pictures.  For me, it’s a satisfying way to start the day.To find out more just type in ‘WORDPRESS’ on your computer, and you’ll be under way.

SOME DOWNTOWN RESIDENTS ARE COMMUNICATING WITH EACH OTHER ON ‘NEXT DOOR DIGEST’

It’s a great idea and it’s catching on. For several months now downtowners have been chatting back and forth about what’s going on in their neighbourhoods. One idea in this time of self-quarantining, is taking pictures of pets and showing them. <ABOVE – ALFIE><ABOVE – LEOPOLD><ABOVE – FRANKIE, whose owner writes “He’s patient at home, but a bit bored.”><ABOVE – WAFFLES, whose owner writes: “She’s enjoying everyone being home. Trained the whole house to get up and give her a cookie, no matter what room they’re in.”>   For more information and to join up with the neighbours check out ‘NEXT DOOR  DIGEST’ – https://ca.nextdoor.com/

LONG HAUL TRUCKERS ARE UNSUNG HEROES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE CANADA/UNITED STATES BORDER

In this COVID-19 pandemic, long haul truck drivers are depended upon to deliver the goods – feeding millions on both sides of the 5,500-mile US/Canada border. <PHOTO ABOVE – Richard Buchan, Canadian Press> American trucker DARRELL WOOLSEY, 52, sums up the challenge he and fellow drivers face.“I live in something smaller than a jail cell all the time. I hear other people complaining, and I’m like, get over it. There’s lots of us living like this, all the time, coronavirus or not.” He adds “It’s in the middle of the night that things feel a little more ‘Mad Maxy’,”On the Canadian side of the border it’s much the same, with the often exception of this country’s long, uninhabited and under serviced stretches of highway. There’s a reason Canada is nicknamed ‘Big Lonely’. No doubt many truckers would certainly understand that.  <BELOW – Queen Elizabeth Way, Globe and Mail photo>

GETTING RESTLESS IN QUARANTINE? CBC & TORONTO PUBLIC LIBRARY HAVE COME TO THE RESCUE

All you need is a computer to unlock a cache of documentaries, comedy, television series like ‘Kim’s Convenience’, ‘Coroner’, and ‘Schitts Creek’ along with the CBC News Network. It’s all available on CBC-GEM, and it doesn’t cost a dime. Type in GEM and see what happens.Another great service, thanks to TORONTO Public Library, and KANOPY is a collection of classic feature films and documentaries. To access this you’ll need a Library Card. My first experience with Kanopy was excellent and it delivered exactly what I wanted. Being a ‘Luddite’ when it comes to computers, that was a pleasant surprise.  Kanopy is also available through library systems in OTTAWA, WINNIPEG, CALGARY & the FRASER VALLEY.  There’s unlimited access to Kanopy Kids (which includes ‘Sesame Street’ & ‘Arthur’).