‘BETWEEN THE EYES’ BY RICHARD DEACON, IS ON TORONTO’S WATERFRONT. YOU CAN’T MISS IT.

Richard Deacon, a London sculptor who does extraordinary things with extraordinary things.  There’s a huge Deacon sculpture in our city, near Lake Ontario, at the corner of Queen’s Quay East and Yonge Street.   Says Mr. Deacon: “I learned how to do technical drawing for public commissions like ‘Between the Eyes’, 1990 for Queen’s Quay in Toronto, but computing has changed all that.  Now you can make a model, scan it, and produce the sculpture in a factory.”

TOM POWER, HOST OF CBC RADIO’S ‘Q’ PROGRAM HAS TAKEN UP RUNNING AND SEEMS TO LIKE IT

Native Newfoundlander, TOM POWER, is now a runner. He spoke about this to Gayle MacDonald of the Globe and Mail. “It’s a shock to my family and friends, but I’ve started running. I’m doing it out of sheer anxiety about my immune system. The life of a radio host isn’t the healthiest. We sit all the time, and I love chips. I run in the bike lane, facing away so I can see if bikes are coming and jump back if need be. I’ve been seeing alleys and streets around my neighborhood that I’ve never seen before, all because I want to be respectful and stay away from people.” <PHOTO – Toronto Star>

SOME DOWNTOWN RESIDENTS ARE COMMUNICATING WITH EACH OTHER ON ‘NEXT DOOR DIGEST’

It’s a great idea and it’s catching on. For several months now downtowners have been chatting back and forth about what’s going on in their neighbourhoods. One idea in this time of self-quarantining, is taking pictures of pets and showing them. <ABOVE – ALFIE><ABOVE – LEOPOLD><ABOVE – FRANKIE, whose owner writes “He’s patient at home, but a bit bored.”><ABOVE – WAFFLES, whose owner writes: “She’s enjoying everyone being home. Trained the whole house to get up and give her a cookie, no matter what room they’re in.”>   For more information and to join up with the neighbours check out ‘NEXT DOOR  DIGEST’ – https://ca.nextdoor.com/

AFTER ONLY TWO DAYS OF WARM WEATHER THE BIRDS ARE BACK, SINGING & SEARCHING FOR PARTNERS

Unfortunately in a city like TORONTO many birds are doomed, crashing into windows or being murdered by cats. ACOPIAN BIRDSAVERS, an American company, has come to their rescue.Jeff Acopian’s solution: “Birds were hitting our windows and dying,” he said. “And we didn’t like it.”  An engineer by profession and a naturalist at heart, he came up with Birdsavers, a fixture that involved dangling pieces of parachute cord in front of windows to keep birds from flying into them. It works, and “it’s not objectionable at all. You can reduce collisions without making your house look ridiculous.”Window collisions kill hundreds of millions of birds every year across Canada and the United States.Cats do the rest. Joanna Eckles of the Audubon Society says these numbers can be greatly reduced simply by putting up a visual barrier outside the windows, held in place by velcro. “This isn’t something that has to happen. This is preventable.”<ABOVE – a Do It Yourself version of Acopian Birdsavers. On the left three vertical hanging cords from an aluminum support strip. On the right, 3 cords hanging from a ‘support parachute cord’ suspended from small aluminum tabs. The horizontal support structures are attached to the house with velcro.>For more information, and other solutions on making your own ACOPIAN BIRDSAVERS go to this address – https://www.birdsavers.com/make-your-own/