<Laura Muntz, ‘The Pink Dress’, 1897, oil on canvas, private collection, Toronto> The National Gallery’s Senior Curator, KATERINA ATANASSOVA, said: “To me, this period is the most important period in the history of Canadian art.”<ABOVE – Clarence Gagnon, ‘Old Houses’, Baie-Saint-Paul, 1912, oil on canvas, private collection, Toronto> Ms. Atanassaova said the Canadian style of Impressionism is different because of our northern climate. The light of Canada differs from the light one would find in a warm Mediterranean climate. Also, Canadian artists often had to work very quickly, because their fingers were in danger of freezing if they didn’t.<ABOVE – Helen McNicoll, ‘Sunny September’, 1913, oil on canvas, private collection, Toronto> For the record – more than a thousand attended on opening night. ‘Canadian Impressionism’ will be on display in Munich until November 19th. Then it moves on to Lausanne, Switzerland, and from there to Montpellier, France. In the fall of 2020 the tour will come to an end at home base in Ottawa – then we’ll get to see it.
Without question he’s one of the most famous Canadians ever. MILES GILBERT “TIM” HORTON (1930-74) was born in Cochrane, Ontario and played 22 seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the TORONTO Maple Leafs, New York Rangers, Pittsburgh Penguins and Buffalo Sabres.<PHOTO ABOVE – the first restaurant to bear Tim Horton’s name opened in NORTH BAY, Ontario, It sold hamburgers instead of doughnuts.> Today there are around 4,800 Tim Hortons coffee houses in Canada and the United States – more than 80 in Buffalo alone. There’s at least one outlet in almost every Canadian village, town and city, as well as in every rest stop along Ontario’s 401 Highway.The first TIM HORTONS doughnut shop opened in HAMILTON, Ontario in 1964. A plaque marks its former location, and not surprisingly there’s a new Tim’s on-site.Outlets in the Phlippines, Thailand, the United Kingdom, Spain and China are in planning or building stages. The idea is to increase the number of outlets to over 40,000 worldwide. Tim’s is now under the wing of an American company, but its headquarters remain in Ontario.At 4 a.m. on February 21, 1974 Horton, who was speeding to BUFFALO from TORONTO on the Queen Elizabeth Way, lost control of his sportscar, hit a concrete culvert, was thrown onto the road, and arrived dead at a local hospital, At the time of his death there were about 50 restaurants open or in development. <PHOTO ABOVE – Hockey Hall of Fame, TORONTO>
<“I hope he won’t be TOO involved in the federal election . . . “, editorial cartoon by THEO MOUDAKIS, Toronto Star, June12/2019>Friday, JUNE 14th/2019, marks one year since DOUG FORD was elected premier of ONTARIO. Since that fateful day, Ford and his Progressive Conservative government have been very busy indeed. SEE BELOW . . .
ON THE ENVIRONMENT
> Cancelled Cap & Trade; plans to take federal government to court
> Cut 700+ green energy projects
> Shut down White Pines Wind Project
> Slashed 50% of flood management funds in time for serious province-wide flooding
> Eliminated funds for the 50 Million Tree Program; resurrected by federal Liberal government
> Axed the Green Ontario Fund
> Cancelled the opening of new overdose prevention sites
> Revoked current and future funding for the College of Midwives
> Slashed the number of paramedic service providers from 59 to 10
> Proposed ending OHIP’s medical emergency coverage for Ontario travelers abroad
> Scrapped funding for supervised drug-use sites (two in Toronto, one in Ottawa)EDUCATION
> Rolled back sex-ed curriculum
> Removed $100-million budget for school repairs
> Cancelled Ontario’s first French-language university
> Dropped funding assistance for college/university students by $300-million plus
> Removed free tuition for low-income students
> Scrapped over $300-million for three satellite university campuses
> Increased class sizes, potentially resulting in over 3,400 lost teaching jobs
> Scrapped the Ontario College of Trades
> Cut Toronto City Council by 50%; city has taken the province to court
> Planned to cut funds to repair social housing
> Told municipalities and school boards to find 4% in “efficiencies” to servicesARTS, CULTURE & TOURISM
> Retroactively slashed $5-million from the Ontario Arts Council
> Cancelled the Indigenous Culture Fund
> Dropped grants for the Ontario Music Fund by more than 50%
> Reduced funding to regional tourism organizations by $17.5-million
> Announced termination of Beer Store contract, jeopardizing 7,000 jobs
> Beer Store threatens multi-million dollar law suits
> Cut $9.5-million (25%) from Tourism Toronto; $3.4 million from Ottawa
> Cut $1-billion from social services across the board
> Scrapped Basic Income Pilot Project
> Cancelled dollar increase to the minimum wage
> Cut Workplace Safety Insurance Board payments to injured workers by 30%
> Severed library services funding by 50%
> Ended the Roundtable on Violence Against Women
> Slashed $84.5-million funding for children/at-risk youth & children’s aid societies
> Cut $15-million from the Ontario Trillium Foundation
> Cut funding to MaRS Discovery District (scientific research)
> Cut funding to two artificial intelligence institutes by $24-million
> Cancelled a technology accelerators program of $9.5-million, college-based applied research projects worth $6.7-million; $5-million in funding to the Institute for Quantum Computing; $1.5-million in funding to the Lazaridis Institute, and $750,000 for bioindustrial innovation.
> Pared $5-million in funding for stem cell research. AND THAT’S NOT ALL.LIST FROM Canada’s National Observer – https://www.nationalobserver.com/2019/06/07/news/heres-everything-doug-ford-government-cut-its-first-year-office<“My calendar is cleared, Andrew. I’ll be backing you up all the way to election day, my friend.“, editorial cartoon by GRAEME MACKAY, Hamilton Sptectator, June/2019>
ONTARIO, you voted this guy and his Progressive Conservatives in, and now a year later you’re not so keen. Too bad – Ford’s term will be up in 2022. He’s just getting started.
THE NUMBERS – Progressive Conservatives (PC’s) 34%; Liberals 32%; New Democrats 25%. DOUG FORD’s Approval Rating sank from 63% to 37%.
The Campaign Research poll was conducted between last Tuesday and Friday using a panel of 1,830 Ontario voters and has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.3 percentage points.
<WILLIAM DENISON, former mayor, TORONTO Public Library photo> DUNCAN FREMLIN, Broker, RE/MAX Hallmark Realty Ltd. – “From 1967 to 1972, WILLIAM DENISON was Mayor of TORONTO. During his time in office, swaths of (Victorian) Cabbagetown were bulldozed in favour of the St. James Town high rises, and if (Denison) had his way, the rest of the neighbourhood would soon follow. “In March/1978, City Council approved a sweeping expansion of St. James Town South, along Ontario, Bleecker & Wellesley Streets to Carlton.” Then-mayor JOHN SEWELL disapproved.
<JOHN SEWELL, Mayor of TORONTO 1978-1980> “Under JOHN SEWELL’s leadership, this project was, fortunately, stopped. Mr. Sewell (who was not above lying down in front of demolition equipment) and his associates saved what is now – a unique and precious neighbourhood.” – Parliament Street News, April/2019
You don’t want to mess with one of these. Two friends, traveling home from a restaurant north of their cottage, wrote “fortunately we saw the moose way in the distance being chased by a dog. It ran a long way on the road, then turned around and ran back past us, and then finally into the bush. Worse still – we were in the red Prius! Talk about waving a flag at a bull!” – BRYAN BLENKIN (driver) ALAN ROWE (photographer)