FRONT PAGE, TORONTO STAR – PRIME MINISTER JUSTIN TRUDEAU REMAINS WITH A MINORITY GOVERNMENT

Canadian voters handed the leader an outcome that nearly mirrored the resulting of the 2019 election. This reflected ambivalence toward the Prime Minister who triggered a snap election during the pandemic. Now he’ll return to Ottawa without a majority.

THERE MAY SOON BE ANOTHER MAYORAL ELECTION ON MONDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2022

By the sound of it, our Mayor John Tory, incumbent since December 1, 2014, will be involved in another mayoral election, scheduled for Monday, October 24, 2022. Candidate registrations for the Office of Mayor officially opens on Monday, May 2, 2022.  Deadline for candidate nominations is Friday, August 19 at 2:00 pm. So this could mean Mr. Tory might take part in the election, or maybe he’d go back into full-time broadcasting. John Tory can definitely do either, but hasn’t been clear in interviews over this past year.For sure, Toronto’s ‘Rumour Mill’ will be spinning.  <Photo above – Mayor Tory on his first day in office at City Hall, December 1, 2014>

KENSINGTON MRKT. IS AN EAST VILLAGE, VENICE BOARDWALK AND WOODSTOCK ROLLED INTO ONE

Kensington Market is a National Historic Site and the locals fight hard to keep it that way. There are no big box stores. The multicultural neighbourhood occupies a large tract of land from College Street to the north, Spadina on the east, Dundas on the south and Bathurst Street to the west. The area is filled with food stores of every kind, a variety of upscale & downscale restaurants, nightclubs, coffee bars, vintage clothing shops, synagogues, and re-jigged architecture of every description.

ANNE HIDALGO, MAYOR OF PARIS, IS RE-ARRANGING A FEW THINGS IN HER CITY

The Mayor’s plan is to make central Paris car-empty as much as possible. Not surprisingly the population within the city centre, for the most part, agrees with this. The suburbs and rural districts however are objecting. Suburbanites need their cars, often daily, to get to work. Mayor Hidalgo is slapping on a speed limit in most parts of the city, dropping allowable speeds to 30-kilometres-per- hour. Already she’s planning to fill the streets with bicycle riders, and eliminate parking spots. Last year cars were banned from the Rue de Rivoli, which passes the Louvre and crosses the city centre. The Seine River has gone from a motorway to a waterside park  TORONTO motorists have been complaining lately about bikes, major streets under renovation, cones all over the place, traffic jams, and reckless driving. Mayor Hidalgo is working on a different platform, battering down the gates and getting on with it, wherever. <Excerpts from Eric Reguly, The Globe and Mail,  and below – JBAUTISSIER/PANORAMIC>

FOR A CITY THAT ONCE OUTLAWED PATIOS – WE’RE OVERWHELMED WITH THEM NOW

Many neighbourhood streets are lined on both sides with outdoor patios. Some are identified by flowers, green plants, works of art, and plain old cones. Many downtown streets are narrow to begin with, and patios take over from buses, trucks, and cars. Drivers and parkers are being challenged. Restaurants and bars are open and thriving. Patios are taking over. It’s a different world.  <Photos above – #1 – Parliament Street; #2 – Church Street; #3 – Cabbagetown’s Amelia Street>.

HONEST ED’S BARGAIN STORE, LANDMARK & FUN PALACE’, WILL BE A NEW MIRVISH “VILLAGE” SOON

The established older building was knocked down a few years ago, and now its replacement is rising, and should be finished within a year or so. The Mirvish Village Park is being developed by the Westbank Corporation who bought the site in 2013. Now they’re making use of the space. Emphasis is on outdoor greenery, along with mix-used residential buildings, boutique shops, restaurants. food entrepreneurs, live music and artisans. The outdoor area will accommodate perks like bird-friendly gardens, shade trees, outdoor seating space, and a children’s water feature. It’s to be expected with such a massive production many details still have to be worked out and assembled.