We couldn’t have asked for much more. Canadians live in the globe’s best country all-in-all, overtaking Switzerland, which held onto the title from 2017. Presented by US News and World Report, the BAV Group, and the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, 79 nations and 76 credits, the 2021 ranking considered economics, military presence, education and overall quality of life. As well, they took into account how the countries were perceived. Japan, Germany, Switzerland, and Australia did well. The United States came in sixth place. Iraq made last place at #78. Canada ranked first in Quality of Life and Social Purpose, not corrupt and respects property rights; sixth place for Entrepreneurship, third for most business-friendly countries, and third in Agility.
TORONTO TAKES A RELAXED APPROACH WHEN IT COMES TO URBAN WILDLIFE – RACCOONS FOR INSTANCE
We have them all – coyotes, squirrels, rats, mice, chipmunks, skunks, foxes, groundhogs, muskrats, stray dogs, bats, beaver, possums, and #1 on the list – a lot of raccoons. In fact Toronto and Brooklyn, New York are the raccoon capitals of North America. They can pick latches, ride the subway now-and-then, invade attics in 10 minutes, browse back yards and gardens, climb trees, open the green food bins, establish themselves on rooftops and so on. They’re in charge and they know it. Toronto’s raccoons are fatter than ever. Temperatures have gone up and hibernation has become a non-starter for these cute, noisy, garbage-loving creatures of the night. <Photo Above – a raccoon who lives at the Toronto Zoo.>
The photo above was taken from one of Toronto’s popular locations for photographers. That’s Riverdale Park East in the foreground. Spring has officially arrived and soon brown will turn to green.
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The Imperial could seat about 3,000 movie-goers, and then it was sub-divided. In the 1960’s while a Ryerson student, I had the privilege of a job there in uniform – which meant a lot of standing and holding a flashlight. After a while I moved on to Loew’s, a block or so south. Same job, similar uniform. There I watched ‘Gypsy’ 27 times, ‘Whatever Happened to Baby Jane’, ‘Hush, Hush Sweet Charlotte’, the Doris Day movies with Rock Hudson, and several other musicals and dramas over and over again. That’s the life of an usher.