CANADIANS, ON AVERAGE, ARE LIVING 82 YEARS; THE SWISS 83.6; AMERICANS 78.6 – F.Y.I.

Number of Doctors Per Capita
NORWAY – 4.8
CANADA – 2.7
USA – 2.6S
Suicide Rates per 100,000 people – Commonwealth Fund
USA – 13.9
CANADA – 11.8
UNITED KINGDOM – 7.3
In CANADA more than 570,000 student visas were issued in 2018, 75% more than in 2014
In CANADA the medium age was 30 (1982); today it is 41 (2020) People over 75 in the United States hold 1.3 times the amount of boomer wealth; more than twice that of Gen Xers; and 23 times that of millennials. Real estate equity counts for much of this, which no doubt is somewhat similar in CANADA – Forbes Magazine.

KEITA MORIMOTO’S PAINTINGS ON THE INTERPLAY OF LIGHT IN WEST-END TORONTO AS THE SUN SETS

The Nicholas Metivier Gallery, Richmond Street East at Jarvis, will be showing new work by the Japanese artist of our city, when the sun sets and the lights are turned on.The exhibit features ‘Garden of Light’, an eight by eighteen-foot triptych – looking east from downtown TORONTO.<Keita Morimoto, ‘Night Gazers’, 2019, courtesy of Nicholas Metivier Gallery><Keita Morimoto, ‘Portal’, 2019, courtesy of Nicholas Metivier Gallery><Keita Morimoto, ‘Homecoming’, 2019, courtesy of Nicholas Metivier Gallery><Keita Morimoto, ‘Past and Future’, 2019, courtesy of Nicholas Metivier Gallery><The paintings are showing until February 29/2020 at the NICOLAS METIVIER GALLERY, 190 Richmond Street East, Downtown Toronto>

POLITICOS SHOULDN’T RUN PUBLIC TRANSIT; PROOF OF THAT – THE GOV. OF NEW YORK VS ANDY BYFORD

ANDY BYFORD, who did an outstanding job as CEO of the TORONTO Transit Commission (TTC) moved to the U.S. two years ago and took over the broken MTA in New York City. As head of the subway and buses, he made a real effort to turn around a transit system in crisis. And he was succeeding. Then he ran into New York State Governor, Andrew M. Cuomo.
Just like Toronto’s Doug Ford, Mr. Cuomo believes he has the know-how to run one of the world’s largest public transit systems, and he made this clear to Mr. Byford. although the two men seldom spoke to each other.Then the distance between them widened. The outcome – Andy quit several times in the past, but two weeks ago he signed off for good.
Read the story by JIM DWYER of the squabble between Byford and Cuomo (does he ever run the state?), in the February 3rd New York Times at this address – https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/03/nyregion/cuomo-andy-byford-mta.html?smid=nytcore-ios-share
“ANDY, we need you up here. C’mon back!”

TWO MATCHING HOMES IN TORONTO’S GREEKTOWN – ONE TO LIVE IN; THE OTHER COULD BE FOR RENT

Architects Peter McNeil and Clarissa Nam, the co-founders of COMN Architects, have created this solution for their own housing needs on a tight budget. “In the City of Toronto, single-family detached homes have become out of reach for many, and intensification efforts have come mainly in the form of high-rise condominiums,” they observed.“There is a lack of medium density, ground-related housing options, often referred to as the missing middle.” <PHOTOS – Doublespace Photography>

THE MANULIFE CENTRE ON BLOOR STREET WEST @ BAY HAS BECOME A CITY WITHIN A CITY

It’s all there if you can afford the rent. This mixed-use complex on a prime piece of land in the downtown core connects with the subway, as well as eight cinemas, a very large book shop, an LCBO liquor store, a super market, a gym, the new Eataly food emporium, Bay/Bloor Radio, Birks jewelers, and a bank amongst other things.<PHOTO ABOVE – Manulife apartments by Vic Pahwa/flickr>The building also connects with a sparkling new underground tunnel system, lined with shops of all descriptions, including upscale Holt Renfrew.The Manulife Centre was built in the 1970’s. It was designed by the TORONTO architecture firm Lifford and Lawrie, and is now in the process of being updated.<PHOTO – view from the top of the Manulife Centre>