RICHARD LONGLEY in NOW Magazine – “The job is done. The Doctor’s Parkette, dedicated to honour the medical history of HARBORD VILLAGE, whose stars included Dr. Norman Bethune & Dr. Henry Morgentaler (and other prominent doctors who lived in the area, along with its hospitals) transformed this once-squalid corner.”A design competition announced by the Harbord Village Residents’ Association in 2011 to revitalize the site produced 27 entries from eight countries. A panel of professionals judged them and residents voted for their favourites. (In 2018 – 7 years later – the Doctors’ Parkette became reality). <PHOTOS – PMA Lanscape Architects Limited>
<MATILDA, THE SHY PENGUIN)<MATILDA SIDLES UP TO THE COLONY>
Surrounded on all sides by high rise office buildings and condominiums, the new COLLEGE PARK provides plenty of breathing and sitting-out space for downtown office workers and the thousands who live there.The city’s Forestry and Recreation Division supervised the project which includes planning and design work from RAW Design, the MBTW Group/Watchorn Architect and Project for Public Spaces (PPS).
Canada’s 1948 Olympic gold medalist in women’s singles figure skating BARBARA ANN SCOTT (1928-2012) would be pleased to know that TORONTO and developers Canderel Stoneridge have agreed to rebuild both the skating rink and ice trail.You’ll find COLLEGE PARK at 420 Yonge Street in a district that’s undergoing some big changes. There’s no better place to sit and contemplate.
According to a press release, the African Penguin is one of the most endangered penguin species in the world, The population in the wild has dropped by more than 97% over the past century.
The birds are threatened by food shortages due to climate change and over-fishing, disease, predators, and oil spills, Recent estimates suggest there could be as few as 25,000 breeding pairs left in the wild, the zoo said.
The City has approved a $5-million loan, making way for “Lumina Experience”, an after hours light show. The “immersive illuminations and interactive displays” will be accessible on walking tours that last about an hour.The show will be produced by the MOMENT FACTORY, a multimedia company based in MONTREAL, which has created similar projects in Canada and around the world – Old Fort Henry in Kingston, Ontario; Singapore Zoo; and Whistler Resort in British Columbia to name three.
The photos above are from Moment Factory’s light exhibits that were installed in other parts of the world. Each one is different.
The TORONTO ZOO has decided on a name for its new zebra foal. Born on February 13, 2019, the little guy is now called OBI – replacing ‘Baby Stripes’. The name is in keeping with the Star Wars-inspired names of his siblings, LEIA and REY . . . 7,500 members of the public voted on a name.
This is the third foal TORI, a Grevy’s Zebra, has delivered at TORONTO Zoo. Leia arrived in January 2014 and Rey in July 2016. All three were sired by Jake, an 11-year-old male. An endangered species, these animals are threatened by loss of habitat, competition for resources with domestic livestock; poaching for meat & medicinal purposes; disease and drought.
TORONTO is home to thousands of black & gray SQUIRRELS. By burying seeds and nuts, they’e an important part of the city’s ecosystem. Their hard work promotes germination and forest renewal.
The MASSASSAUGA RATTLESNAKE is an endangered species. Over a dozen have been born at the Zoo. They’re shy reptiles, and it’s illegal to harass, harm or kill one.
Owls in the Greater TORONTO Area – Great Horned, Eastern Screech, Barred, Northern Saw Whet, Great Grey & occasional/seasonal, the Snowy Owl.
Elsa, the ARCTIC FOX, 1.5-years-old, came to TORONTO from Parc Safari. She’s joined others in the Tundra Trek.
Breathing in the Northland, a member of the Zoo’s POLAR BEAR family.
And one new-resident of Ontario, an AFRICAN PENGUIN, a participant in the Zoo’s Species Survival Plan. Seventeen new chicks were born here, since the species arrived in 2011.
It’s easy to get to TORONTO ZOO – by car, from downtown, take the 401 Eastbound to Exit 389, Meadowvale Road. Follow the Zoo signs to 361A Old Finch Avenue. Large parking lot.
By TTC bus, take the subway (Sheppard Line) to DON MILLS STATION. Bus #85 leaves from there, and will drop you in front of the Zoo entrance about 45 minutes later. Along the way, you’ll pass through suburban Don Mills and Scarborough.
The Leslie Street Spit, TORONTO’s ‘artificial-natural’ habitat, extends 5 kilometres into Lake Ontario at the foot of Leslie Street.
The Spit was created largely from construction excavations, and is now home to numerous wild animals, birds and butterflies, as well as weekend joggers, cyclists and hikers.
<PHOTO ABOVE – constructing the Spit, 1990 to 1994, City of Toronto Archives>
TOMMY THOMPSON PARK is on the man-made peninsula, and contains some of the largest existing natural habitat on the TORONTO waterfront. Wildlife, especially birds, flourish in the park, making it one of the best nature-watching areas in the GTA.
<PHOTO – view of the city from the park, January 16/2019>
The Park contains 10 kilometres of accessible paved trail.
<PHOTO – Toronto at night from Tommy Thompson Park>
For detailed information on The Spit, Tommy Thompson Park & other parks in the region (including opening times and photographs) go to – https://trca.ca/parks/tommy-thompson-park/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI3oOh852J4AIVR57ACh1vowCuEAAYASAAEgL_yvD_BwE