SUM UP TORONTO IN SIX WORDS – A BRILLIANT IDEA FROM GENNA BUCK AT METRO NEWS

Tagged ‘The Six’ by DRAKE because of its 416 area code, TORONTO was summed up in six words by readers of Metro News this past week. Each submission tells us something about T.O. and what it’s like to live here.

haiku5SIX-WORD STORY WINNER
“Thunder not bombs. Life in TORONTO.” – Gall Biceroglu

haiku2RUNNER-UP
“Condo explosion: Thousands feared too poor.” – Tom Legge

haiku4THIRD PLACE
“What’s that smell on subway?” – Charles Shao

haiku3HONOURABLE MENTION
“Lived across the hall. Met online.” – Karen Elkin

haiku6GREAT SUBMISSION
“Last winter raccoons stole my bike.” – Larry Kline

haiku7-copyGREAT SUBMISSION
“Centre of the (Canadian) universe: confirmed!” – Marcia Docherty

haiku9GREAT SUBMISSION
“Nailed Mirvish audition. Thanked. Too old.” – Jill Leger

haiku8GREAT SUBMISSION
“Two seasons: winter, construction. Winter cometh.” – Gail Biceroglu

haiku11GREAT SUBMISSION
“Yonge train surfaces. We too awaken.” – Gideon Forman

haiku10<The SIX itself>

SOME TORONTO SHORT STORIES – SEPT. 12-19/2016

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At the Toronto International Film Festival’s ‘Midnight Madness’ series ‘RAW’, a new film by Julia Ducournau, was too much for a couple of patrons who passed out during the screening. Paramedics and an ambulance were called to the Ryerson Theatre.  Storyline capsule – a vegetarian turns herself into a blood-thirsty cannibal.

hmcs_ville_de_quebec_-_10-sep-2016HMCS Ville de Quebec docked at TORONTO’s Sugar Beach for a couple of days, and then went on to Brockville and Quebec City.  The ship is a Halifax-class frigate – backbone of the Canadian naval fleet and capable of a full range of missions around the world, from humanitarian assistance and disaster relief to deterrence and combat operations.

queensquay1<QUEENS QUAY, 1946 – Royal York Hotel on the left, and Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, then the tallest building in town at 34 storeys, on the right – PHOTO Vintage Toronto>

SOME TORONTO SHORT STORIES – THE WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 5-12/2016

ALL-GENDERWASHROOMS1The future has arrived.  School boards around the Greater TORONTO Area are introducing all-gender toilets to high schools this fall.  In the Durham Region elementary and secondary schools already have at least one.  The City of TORONTO and York Region are phasing them in.

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There’s been yet another birth at TORONTO ZOO: After a 13-month gestation period, Alice, the Zoo’s 20-year-old Bactrian camel has a new son – name not yet announced. According to the Zoo, the first 30 days are critical for camel calves, but so far this one is doing well.  Bactrian camels are native to the deserts of Central Asia.

PRESTO1Linking cycle-share stations with public transport is a key METROLINX priority. To that end, BIKE SHARE is offering PRESTO card owners a hefty discount on new memberships. Transit riders who use a Presto card will get 50% off if they sign up for a new one-year Bike Share membership, which normally costs $90. 40% off next year, 30% in year three, and so on.

BIKESHARE1BIKE SHARE TORONTO now has 4,778 yearly members, up from 3,885 last July. This summer METROLINX funded a $6-million expansion of the service, adding 120 new stations and 1,000 new bicycles to the network, more than doubling is size.

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TORONTO overtakes VANCOUVER as home sales here in August hit a record. The Toronto Real Estate Board (TREB) said its members had 9,813 sales in August, a 23.5% increase from the same month last year. The average price for homes sold, regardless of type of property, was $710,410, an increase of 17.7%. Detached homes in the City of TORONTO proper cost on average $1.2 million, up 18.3%.

A WEEK OF TORONTO SHORT STORIES – AUGUST 26 – SEPTEMBER 1/2016

POORHOUSE2POORHOUSE1It’s harder to afford a home in TORONTO than at any point in the last 25 years, according to a Royal Bank of Canada study released this week.  A lack of supply and overwhelming demand is driving the surge.” – Toronto Metro

ARTTREASURE1Art Nouveau stylized maple leaves created by GUSTAV HAHN in 1893 have been uncovered in the ceiling of the Ontario legislative assembly in TORONTO. Hidden from view for more than a century, the four-panel mural was protected by layers of horse hair, canvas and white paint. The orange and green maple leaves look as fresh as if Hahn had painted them last week. <PHOTO – Toronto Star/Metro>   The German-born Hahn, who died in 1962 at the age of 96, was an important early TORONTO muralist whose work can be found in many churches and public buildings, including Old City Hall and Spadina House.

AUCKLAND1AUCKLAND, New Zealand <PHOTO ABOVE> has overtaken TORONTO to become the world’s top destination for luxury housing, according to a survey by Christie’s International Real Estate.

ZEBRA2REY, an endangered Grevy’s Zebra is another new baby born at the TORONTO Zoo this summer. Wasting no time, the little one was on its feet 10 minutes after arriving, and is now developing a “strong and confident” personality.

PROPELLER1PROPELLER, 30 Abell Street, 20 years old and artist-run, is open again after a month of renovation.  Abell Street is a block west of The Theatre Centre/south of the Drake Hotel.

BBC1 NewYorkTimesLogoThe New York Times & the BBC Announce Plans To Expand To Canada.
The BBC will open a news bureau in TORONTO and launch a Canadian edition of its news website.  The New York Times is recruiting journalists in both Australia and Canada, and laying the groundwork for local newsrooms.

HARPER1Former Prime Minister STEPHEN HARPER has given up his seat in Parliament and resigned from public life.  During his second term – a marjority government – he’ll be remembered for disregarding the financial needs of Ontario, the undignified treatment of our premier, under-funding infrastructure, public transit, social housing, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, towns and cities, shutting down Parliament twice, reluctantly accepting the possibility of global warming, and generally acting like ‘the king of Canada’.