PASSING SOME TIME IN LOCKDOWN – PHOTOS OF ‘OLD TORONTO’ FROM THE CITY ARCHIVES

< #1 A wrecked automobile flipped over a fence and into a ditch, Dupont Street>

<#2 – Two skaters heading for University of Toronto’s Varsity Stadium, 1910><#3 A drum majorette in Varsity Stadium, ca1940-50>

<#4 – Construction of Western Hospital, Bathurst St. above Dundas, ca1920>

<#5 Mrs. Joslyn Rogers and her Studebaker, December 5/1930>

<#6 – The Cayuga, in service from 1907-1960, leaving Toronto through the Eastern Gap, 1918>

PHOTO #7 – NOV. 15/2020 – INTERIOR OF NOTRE DAME DE QUEBEC CATHEDRAL, QUEBEC CITY

The Cathedral-Basilica of Notre-Dame de Québec, Quebec City is the primatial church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Quebec. It is the oldest church in Canada and was the first Canadian church to be elevated to the rank of minor basilica, by Pope Pius IX in 1874.  The building dates back from 1633-1647.

PHOTO #7 – NOV. 15/2020 – ST. JOHN’S ANGLICAN IS ANOTHER CHURCH WITH A LONG HISTORY

St. John’s, Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, is the second oldest remaining Protestant church in present-day Canada – opening in 1754.  Early on November 1/2001, this church suffered significant damage by fire. It was restored and re-dedicated June 12, 2005. The oldest Anglican Church is St. Paul’s in downtown Halifax, Nova Scotia, opening in 1750. It was designed by controversial architect JAMES GIBBS, who also was the architect of St. Martin-in-the-Fields on Trafalgar Square in London.

PHOTO #9 – NOV. 13/2020 – SLAIGHT FAMILY FDN. GIVES $10,000,000 TO MASSEY HALL REBUILD

JOHN ALLAN SLAIGHT is a well-known Canadian broadcasting rock-and-roll pioneer. Along with owning Toronto’s CHUM radio, he was president of Global Television, president of Slaight Communications, president and CEO of Standard Broadcasting, Canada’s largest privately owned multi-media company. Without a doubt, he was a radio and television success.The Slaight Family Foundation has donated $10-million to the rehabilitation of MASSEY HALL, Canada’s oldest concert hall – on Shuter Street in TORONTO. GARY SLAIGHT, President and CEO of Slaight Communications said “Our family is pleased to know that our father’s legacy will be celebrated in this storied hall where so much musical history has been made and that our donation will have a powerful impact on the future of music in Canada.” . . . Massey Hall’s Auditorium and Stage will be named in Allan’s honour.<ABOVE – the former CHUM radio headquarters on Yonge Street, before moving further downtown.  1050 CHUM was ‘where it was at’.>

OTTAWA’S MASSIVE ‘CANADIAN WAR MUSEUM’ IS WORTH A LENGTHY VISIT

Located at 1 Vimy Place in LeBreton Flats, the Canadian War Museum will take at least a day to visit. It’s stocked with Canada’s vast collection of military history.Among the exhibits – models for Canada’s Vimy Ridge Monument in France. 2,500 pieces of war art, audio-visual displays, naval guns, multiple tanks, motorcycles and aircraft. Within the Museum’s walls – the Military History Research Centre and a collection of about 500,000 artifacts, including uniforms, medals, weapons, military vehicles and artillery.  The original CWM was founded in 1880; the new one opened in May/2005. Architects – Raymond Moriyama and Teshima.

A FULL PAGE IN ‘THE NY TIMES’ ANNOUNCED A $250-MILLION GIFT FROM THE TEMERTY FOUNDATION

James and Louise Temerty have given the largest single gift in Canadian history to the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Medicine. For more than a century, U of T Medicine, along with its partner hospitals have led the world in advancing human health and health care through groundbreaking discovery and innovation. The Faculty is ranked number one in Canada and among the best in the world. The Temerty Faculty of Medicine will feature a Centre for A.I. Research and education in medicine, burseries for needy students, more funding for hospital partners, and a new building on the University’s St. George Campus in downtown TORONTO. The goal – to capitalize on the U of T’s strengths and support ideas that will help people improve their health, well-being, and live longer.

WHEN IT COMES TO MEDICINE, THE UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO HAS AN IMPRESSIVE RECORD

  1. – Discovery of INSULIN
    2. – First electronic heart PACEMAKER
    3. – Discovery of STEM CELLS
    4. – First single-lung TRANSPLANT
    5. – T-CELL receptor gene
    6. – Discovery of genes responsible for the early onset of ALZHEIMERS
    <PHOTO ABOVE – St. George Campus, University of Toronto, in the foreground; Downtown Toronto in the background.>

TORONTONIANS WERE THEATRE-GOERS IN 1912 – THREE THEATRE PAINTINGS BY FREDERICK VICTOR POOLE

<FREDERICK VICTOR POOLE seems to have painted every significant building in TORONTO. These three begin with DEERING’S THEATRE, Front Street East at Scott Street, 1912><THEATRE ST. PATRICK’S STREET, north of Pullan Place, 1912 ><THEATRE ROYAL, King Street West, east of York Street, 1912.  All of these paintings are from The Baldwin Collection of Art, Toronto Public Library.>