NEW PUBLIC ART HAS APPEARED IN THE LAW COURTS NEIGHBOURHOOD, WEST OF CITY HALL

AND FOR THOSE WHO CAN’T READ UPSIDE-DOWN . . .“THE RULE OF LAW IS A REFLECTION OF US ALL” – photos BRYAN BLENKIN

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TORONTO ISLANDS ARE STILL OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, BUT WATER LEVELS ARE RISING – AGAIN

Thanks to the Parks Department & the TORONTO Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) the city’s favourite holiday retreat remains open, but Hanlan’s Point, Olympic Island and Snake Island are inaccessible. “We’re definitely more prepared this time,” says Warren Hoselton, island park supervisor. “The TRCA supplies us with modelling to show the lowest spots. We know which areas are going to be affected.”For the record – the DOUG FORD’s P.C. government has cut flood-management funding by 50%. The Ministry of Natural Resources is faced with a difficult task.

TRINITY ST. PAUL’S, 427 BLOOR ST. W., IS A UNITED CHURCH, COMMUNITY CENTRE & CONCERT HALL

RICHARD LONGLEY IN ‘NOW’ MAGAZINE – “(Faced with a shrinking congregation) Trinity St. Paul’s church has made room for 483 tenants, who rent for periods ranging from one hour to year ‘round. They include Greenpeace, Montessori Day Care, Middle Eastern Language School, a base for Tafelmusik, the Toronto Consort, Middle Eastern Language School, International Socialists and the Common Good, etc. It’s a jewel in TORONTO’s halo.” <PHOTO ABOVE – Eric Parker>

U OF T’S DOWNTOWN CAMPUS TO GET N. AMERICA’S TALLEST MASS TIMBER & CONCRETE HYBRID BLDG.

A 14-storey academic tower will be built above the Goldring Centre for High Performance Sport on the University of TORONTO’s St. George Campus. The tower will house the Rotman Executive Programs, and parts of the Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy and the Faculty of Kinesiology & Physical Education. <RENDERING – Patkau Architects/MJMA Architects>

FOREIGN STUDENT ENROLMENT IS NOW THE GREATEST SOURCE OF UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO REVENUE

Today, money from international students makes up 30% — $928.61 million — of the university’s revenue, above the 25% and 24 per cent that provincial government grants & domestic tuition provide respectively.Since 2007, the university’s operating budget has increased by 89%, corresponding with the rapid rise in the international student population. International students have become U of T’s only consistently growing source of revenue.CHINESE international students made up about 65% of the international undergraduate student population in 2018. With diplomatic tensions ongoing between Canada & China, the credit rating agency MOODY’s warned of a devastating financial impact on the university’s cash flow – if CHINESE students are pulled out of Ontario universities. – The Varsity, University of TORONTO

THE DOCTORS’ PARKETTE @ BRUNSWICK & COLLEGE STREETS, HONOURS MEDICAL HISTORY

RICHARD LONGLEY in NOW Magazine – “The job is done. The Doctor’s Parkette, dedicated to honour the medical history of HARBORD VILLAGE, whose stars included Dr. Norman Bethune & Dr. Henry Morgentaler (and other prominent doctors who lived in the area, along with its hospitals) transformed this once-squalid corner.”A design competition announced by the Harbord Village Residents’ Association in 2011 to revitalize the site produced 27 entries from eight countries. A panel of professionals judged them and residents voted for their favourites. (In 2018 – 7 years later – the Doctors’ Parkette became reality). <PHOTOS – PMA Lanscape Architects Limited>