HER MAJESTY ENJOYED A RARE OUTING, AND DONALD TRUMP CONDUCTED A THOUGHTFUL ZOOM

QUEEN ELIZABETH II visited Porton Down on Thursday, October 15/2020, and surprisingly she wasn’t wearing a mask. I’m certain everyone in that room was checked for the virus before Her Majesty entered. Front Page – THE DAILY MAIL, October 16/2020.Donald Trump zoomed thoughtfully with his base . . . . editorial cartoon by AISLIN (aka Terry Mosher), The Gazette, MONTREAL, October 16/2020.

‘THE ONE’ IS THE NAME, AND IT ’S OCCUPYING ONE OF THE BEST LOCATIONS IN DOWNTOWN TORONTO

‘THE ONE’ is a skyscraper under construction, which will turn out to be the tallest building in Canada.Designed by the U.K.’s Foster + Partners, with developer Sam Muzrahi, the building will rise 1,014 feet (85 storeys), and occupy a large piece of prime real estate.The total cost for the property is reputed to be about $1-billion, and as of September/2020 75% of the apartments have already been sold.The first 18 storeys will include restaurants, event spaces, two major retailers and a luxury Hyatt hotel under the Andaz brand. The retail portion is scheduled to open in 2020. The residential section will have a total of 416 units. Four penthouses will be included, along with four storeys of parking underground. The structure will connect with the Bloor-Yonge subway station and the underground walkway system – a smaller version of TORONTO’s PATH network.<ABOVE – a rendering of how this building will dominate the Bloor-Yonge intersection.>

NEW YORK CITY – A MAGNET FOR ARTISTS, ACTORS, DANCERS (CREATORS ALL) – IS STRUGGLING

Before the pandemic, the city boasted 280,000 jobs in the fine and performing arts. Between April and July 153,000 of those jobs disappeared, as well as for costume designers, lighting technicians and musicians. The industry supported about 97,000 jobs across the city, and overall contributed $14.7-billion annually. Broadway is already into seven months of shutdown, the longest in its history.PETRINA BROMLEY, a Newfoundlander who plays a Newfoundlander in Broadway’s ‘Come From Away’ musical said “We can never go back to before.” She grabbed her two terriers, and fled to St. John’s, Newfoundland’s capital city. There she will have public-funded health care, and is now teaching, working in television and spending her retirement savings. Ms. Bromley told The New York Times – “Newfoundland has felt really safe because there’s no community spread (of the virus). It feels almost normal, except everybody is wearing masks.” <PHOTO – Darryl Murphy, CBC>

F.Y.I. – TORONTO’S MOST COMMON BUMBLE BEE – THE RUSTY-PATCHED – HAS BECOME RARE

For Your Information – As recently as 30 years ago, the rusty-patched bumble bee was one of the most common in TORONTO. In the past 15 years, it has become exceedingly rare and is listed as endangered in Ontario and Canada. Suspected causes of the species’ decline include climate change, pesticide use, spread of disease and loss of habitat. The rusty-patched bumble bee was once an important pollinator of wildflowers. – Chris Darling, senior curator, Entomology, Royal Ontario Museum, TORONTO.

Photo: Susan Day/UW–Madison, Wisconsin Arboretum – Rusty-Patched Bumble Bee

THE PUMPKIN IS A NORTH AMERICAN NATIVE, DATING BACK AS EARLY AS 7,500 TO 5,000 B.C.

Pumpkin patches can be found all over Canada and the United States. They’re very versatile when it comes to pies and other desserts; some grow into amazing sizes, with the largest up to a ton; raw pumpkins provide food energy – an excellent source when eaten daily; and on Hallowe’en they’re in entertainment mode. The kids love them, and so do TORONTO’s black squirrels, who tear them apart and chew them up.