Archive for the ‘Toronto’ Category
I took this photo of the Canada Life Building, looking west from the other side of University Avenue, late on Monday. The quality of the light interacting with the stonework was such that I couldn’t resist.
blogTO’s Chris Bateman reports on a 1967 set of predictions by The Globe and Mail about Toronto in 2067, two centuries after Canada’s formation. Frankly, this future sounds terribly dystopian.
“North American cities may face nuclear demolition or cultural collapse,” John Burchard, dean of the school of humanities and social studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, ominously warned at the start of the story. “If, however, they escape both, they might become beautiful.”
“Toronto will be totally urbanized by 2067,” reporter Betty Lee wrote. “The majority of urban-orientated Torontonians will prefer the inbuilt efficiency of the mile-high apartment building or the 20-mile long, continuous metro building of fused apartments, factories, roads, universities, hospitals, and shopping facilities.”
(Lee seems to have been talking about Metro Centre, the later aborted plan to redevelop a large swath of abandoned downtown railway lands that gave rise to the CN Tower.)
“About a million persons will choose to live in pre-packaged, one-family dwelling units,” many of them located in 100-floor towers near the water front.
In 2067, buildings, all built on stilts for reasons for some reason, sit among landscaped lawns and parks, she writes. Downtown is home to a “three-harbor hydrofoil” port and air terminal, but most people get around via “electrically powered hovercraft,” which are stored in skyscraper garages. (That classic sci-fi invention the people tube makes an appearance, but only for inter-city travel.)
I thought this news was a joke when I heard it, but no, it’s got multiple citations. The Toronto Star‘s Daniel Dale reported that disgraced Canadian sprinter Ben Johnson and a minor actor from the television show Trailer Park Boys are
Rob Ford, known internationally for his illegal drug use, emerged from his office on Tuesday afternoon to announce a new member of his campaign team: disgraced former sprinter Ben Johnson, known internationally for his illicit steroid use.
Johnson was stripped of the gold medal he had won for Canada at the 1988 Olympics with the help of a banned substance. He received a lifetime ban from competition after a second failed test in 1993.
Ford is seeking the redemption never granted to Johnson. Asked about Johnson’s past, he returned to his familiar refrain about forgiving errors.
“You know what? I support Ben 100 per cent,” Ford said. “We’ve all made mistakes in life. I’ve supported him from day one. And that’s the bottom line.”
[. . .]
Joining them was Sam Tarasco, an actor from Trailer Park Boys, a Canadian television comedy about petty criminals.
Ford referred to him as “Cave,” short for “caveman,” an insult used on the show to describe his character, Sam Losco, who lost a trailer park election after he was drugged before a campaign speech.
Johnson and Tarasco are the first prominent people to sign on to Ford’s team, other than brother and campaign manager Doug Ford. Rob Ford said they would be joining him at events.
I took this photograph of the intersection of Church and Maitland late on the 21st of March, arguably the first warm day this year. Located in the Church and Wellesley just one block south of the intersection that gives the gaybourhood its name, the Church and Maitland intersection arguably has. Most of the gay bars in the Village is concentrated in its immediate area, for instance.