BRYAN & ALAN HIKED A LITTLE-KNOWN BEACH, EAST OF THE R.C. HARRIS WATER PLANT

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>

TORONTO ISN’T A CITY DULL & GRAY – IT’S A CITY OF COLOUR, & BRIGHTENS UP OUR DAY

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>

LOOKING BACK AT 1970’S, 80’S & 90’S. ARCHIVED PHOTOS OF ‘OLD TORONTO’ – INFO BELOW

#1 – Interior of the Air Canada Centre. #2 – Clarence Square, looking north, almost as it is today. #3 – View of Scadding House and Eaton’s Warehouse in Trinity Square, July 16, 1974. #4 – Interchange of the Don Valley Parkway and the Gardiner Expressway. #5 – Simcoe Street looking north to King and St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church. #6 – Aerial – Church Street at Richmond, looking north-east, 1993. <Photos – City of Toronto Archives>

TORONTO TAKES A RELAXED APPROACH WHEN IT COMES TO URBAN WILDLIFE – RACCOONS FOR INSTANCE

We have them all – coyotes, squirrels, rats, mice, chipmunks, skunks, foxes, groundhogs, muskrats, stray dogs, bats, beaver, possums, and #1 on the list – a lot of raccoons. In fact Toronto and Brooklyn, New York are the raccoon capitals of North America. They can pick latches, ride the subway now-and-then, invade attics in 10 minutes, browse back yards and gardens, climb trees, open the green food bins, establish themselves on rooftops and so on. They’re in charge and they know it. Toronto’s raccoons are fatter than ever. Temperatures have gone up and hibernation has become a non-starter for these cute, noisy, garbage-loving creatures of the night.  <Photo Above – a raccoon who lives at the Toronto Zoo.>