THE LOEW’S SIGN REMINDS ME OF WORKING A FEW NIGHTS WEEKLY AFTER CLASS & FOR THE MOVIES.

As a  school usher I remember being certain that visitors managed to find a convenient place to sit down and behave themselves. One of the youngsters got very sick and I brought in the cleanup brigade. I remember several movies that played in Loew’s – “Hush, Hush Sweet Charlotte”, “Days of Wine and Roses”, “Teacher’s Pet” starring Doris Day and “Gypsy”, a famous musical. I haven’t forgotten any of them. They’ve all become classics, and they were all at LOEW’S once upon a time.

FOREGROUND – A CONDOMINIUM GOING UP . . . . BACKGROUND – YORKVILLE’S PUBLIC LIBRARY.

The Yorkville Public Library Branch, a classical building with pediment on the right in the Background, opened in 1907 as a philanthropic venture of Andrew Carnegie and is one of the hundreds of Carnegie libraries built across North America in the early part of the century. The Yorkville branch is the oldest library in Toronto and an official Heritage Site. <PHOTO BY ROSS WINTER>

SOME GREAT NEWS FOR AIRCRAFT TRAVELLERS IN THE FUTURE – FOR TORONTO’S IN’TL PEARSON AIRPORT

From The Globe and Mail – There’ll be a temporary suspension of COVID-19 bottlenecks for travellers as the federal government announced it will stop mandating random testing of fully vaccinated travellers.The suspension will be in place until July 1, when the random testing will resume outside of airports.

The changes are the latest attempt by the government to ease the bottlenecks at airports, especially Toronto’s Pearson, that leads to hours-long waits, missed connections and cancelled flights. Ottawa has hired more security screening officers and is installing more customs kiosks.

 

Toronto, Canada – August 24, 2018: A plane is landing at Pearson International.

EAST CHINATOWN IS A NEIGHBOURHOOD LOCATED IN OR NEAR TORONTO’S RIVERDALE

EAST CHINATOWN is one of several Chinatowns in and around the city. It was formed during the early 1970’s and is centered on Gerrard Street East between Broadview Avenue and Carlaw Avenue. East Chinatown is smaller than the one running along Dundas Street West and Spadina Avenue. But it’s always a hub of activity and a great source for cheaper dim sum, pho, fresh vegetables and an assortment of Chinese baked treats.

THE 2021 ROYAL AGRICULTURAL WINTER FAIR WON’T TAKE PLACE IN PERSON THIS YEAR. IT WILL IN 2022.

The 2021 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair will not take place in person this year. Instead the organization is looking forward to welcoming guests to its 100th anniversary celebration in 2022. The Royal’s Board of Directors made the decision to cancel the 2021 in favour of returning to an education focused online experience this year — in NOVEMBER 2022, The Royal will mark its 100th Anniversary then. Plans are to make it bigger and stronger than ever, and looking forward to celebrating with one-and-all. “As uncertainty surrounds COVID-19 it became clear we weren’t going to be able to host The Royal in its traditional way,” stated Charlie Johnstone, Chief Executive Officer at The Royal. But don’t forget NOVEMBER 2022!

AFTER SOLID TRAINING A YOUNG LAD MIGHT WELL BECOME AN AIRLINE PILOT. I KNOW ONE WHO DID.

How lucky I’ve been to have such a long-time, best friend, JAN ANDREA. We’ve known each other for decades and still regularly communicate. Jan told me “I was seven at the time the above photo was taken – we were living in Curaçao.”  We became good friends, and much later he set off working as a KLM Airline Pilot based in Amsterdam, flying internationally. Jan had never flown to Toronto, but when he came over here for the first time I gave him a detailed tour and after that we began more-than-once connecting to Amsterdam, and he took a liking to Toronto and then Montreal, back and forth. I got to know the Dutch quite well and Jan’s partner, HenkVos, who found his English improving all along the way.  Jan was already quite fluent in EnglishRoss and I took both of them on a tour around Nova Scotia and Halifax, over to Prince Edward Island, and then later we managed to explore the Netherlands. Just for fun a highlight for me was Christmas and New Year’s Eve in Holland.  Fire works were everywhere. I asked Jan if I could use his photograph. He said “Of course you can. All going well over there?”, And I said “Thanks again for the photo! We’ll talk one way or another real soon.”

THE SUN WAS SHINING WHEN ROSS WINTER AND I DECIDED TO EXPLORE TORONTO’S UNDERPASS PARK


Underpass Park transformed derelict, unused space beneath a series of overpasses into a unique community park. The area is located under and around the Eastern Avenue, Richmond and Adelaide overpasses. It’s the most extensive park ever built under a Canadian overpass, and the first ever in Toronto. “torontosavvy” presented the early version of The Park, but it was quite different then from the one we saw yesterday. New murals and painted figures have changed from 2012 – many are for children, and there are several others for adults. Around the edge are spectacular high-rise buildings, which turn the area into another city altogether. Get yourself to River Street and head South. Once you reach the West Donland, you’re there. You’ll find the Park is laden with greenery, sculptures, city bus service, dogs everywhere, kids playing – all having a great time.

HUMMING BIRDS ARE NOT EASY TO HAVE A PHOTO TAKEN – BUT BRYAN BLENKIN MANAGED TO DO IT

I’ve tried many times to take photos of HummingBirds, but failed always. They came close, but in a split second they were flying away. One attempt was in Arizona and another in Mexico City, but I missed them both. These little birds with long, slender bills are native to the Americas.  With about 360 species they occur from Alaska to Tierra del Fuego, but the vast majority of the species are found in the tropics. Many have brightly coloured, glittery feathers. Often the males are more colorful than the females. They’re named for the humming sound made by the  rapid beating of their wings. < From Wikipedia.>

Obituary of Brian John Elston (1949-2022)

I’d known Brian for many years at TVOntario,and since both of our retirements we’ve re-shaped and enjoyed our new lives.  Brian always wanted to be remembered as a lover of family, dogs, and his homestead. As for me, I’ve assembled a 12-year-old Blog, along with our Cabbagetown house, garden and photography selling business. Brian is survived by his wife Suzanne (neé Womersley), sons Matthew (Kathleen), Peter (Tessa), and daughter Sarah (Scott); grandsons Parker and baby James, and four-legged friends Layla and Zoë. His parents C. John (Jack) Elston and Elsie (neé Oke). With the help of his Dad Jack, he built a one-tube radio as a child. And spent endless hours in his room on Concession Street listening to legendary Wolfman Jack as he howled throughout the night. Whereas my late nights were spent listening to a.m. radio stations from The US and Canada. Today I’m a fan of The Radio Garden.Brian’s happiest times were spent at home. If he wasn’t cutting the grass, tilling the garden, or fussing with some technology or other, he was walking the dogs or floating in the pool, weather permitting. At day’s end, he liked nothing better than sharing a drink with Suzanne on the deck, his retrievers on either side of him, and he’d watch the sun go down over the fields that once were farmed by his grandfather. He told his beloved wife Suzanne, the day before he died as they walked the snowy field around their home, that his life was perfect. Brian, you couldn’t do better than that. I’ll always remember you at TVOntario, and the time you were interested in my grandmother’s 1946 radio, which I happened to have partly on my Blog. “Bless you, Brian.”