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[PHOTO] Looking up from the Market Level at The Three Watchmen

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777 Bay Street, a thirty-story tower attached to the main building of College Park in 1984, may be architecturally unadventurous. Its atrium does serve as a wonderful display area for Haida artist Robert Davidson‘s The Three Watchmen, the glass and mirrors of the atrium interior contrasting nicely with the carved wood.

Looking up from the Market Level #toronto #collegepark #777bay #atrium #mirror #glass #totempole #architecture #design

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Written by Randy McDonald

December 14, 2017 at 11:30 am

[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links: CLRV streetcars, TTC, King Street, Church and Wellesley, Trump

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  • Edward Keenan bids farewell to the CLRV streetcars of the TTC, over at the Toronto Star.
  • Ainslie Cruickshank notes data suggesting just under 58% of TTC users are women, over at the Toronto Star.
  • John Rieti notes that the King Street pilot project, prioritizing mass transit downtown, does seem to have led to improvements in timing, over at CBC.
  • Muriel Draaisma notes the tentative acknowledgement, by Toronto police, of missteps in relating to Church and Wellesley and LGBTQ people following a series of disappearances and deaths, over at CBC.
  • Toronto Life tells the story of Sarah Phillips, a Canadian expatriate who moved to Toronto’s Seaton Village with her family following the election of Trump.

[PHOTO] Twenty-four more photos of Ripley’s Aquarium

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This is the third and final photo post from Ripley’s Aquarium, following Monday and Tuesday.

The last portion of the tour through Ripley’s was, for me, perhaps the most memorable. The clownfish, the lionfish, the cute cuttlefish (look hard!), the scarlet cleaner shrimp manicure and the bamboo shark petting, the complex life support technology, the glowing jellyfish—all stood out. Even the goldfish in their neat clean tanks inside the entry were worthy of attention, and memory.

Clownfish (1) #toronto #ripleysaquarium #aquarium #fish #clownfish #latergram

Clownfish (2) #toronto #ripleysaquarium #aquarium #fish #clownfish #latergram

Lionfish (2) #toronto #ripleysaquarium #aquarium #fish #lionfish #latergram

Lionfish (3) #toronto #ripleysaquarium #aquarium #fish #lionfish #latergram

Electric eel (1) #toronto #ripleysaquarium #aquarium #fish #eel #electriceel #latergram

Electric eel (2) #toronto #ripleysaquarium #aquarium #fish #eel #electriceel #latergram

Cuttlefish (1) #toronto #ripleysaquarium #aquarium #cuttlefish #cephalopod #camouflage #latergram

Cuttlefish (3) #toronto #ripleysaquarium #aquarium #cuttlefish #cephalopod #camouflage #latergram

Hiding #toronto #ripleysaquarium #aquarium #fish #green #latergram

Scarlet cleaner shrimp (1) #toronto #ripleysaquarium #aquarium #shrimp #scarletcleanershrimp #latergram

Scarlet cleaner shrimp (2) #toronto #ripleysaquarium #aquarium #shrimp #scarletcleanershrimp #manicure #latergram

Quiet glitter #toronto #ripleysaquarium #aquarium #fish #latergram

Stingrays (1)#toronto #ripleysaquarium #aquarium #rays #stingray #latergram

Stingrays (3) #toronto #ripleysaquarium #aquarium #rays #stingray #latergram

Jellyfish (2) #toronto #ripleysaquarium #aquarium #jellyfish #latergram

Jellyfish (4) #toronto #ripleysaquarium #aquarium #jellyfish #latergram

Life support (1) #toronto #ripleysaquarium #aquarium #lifesupport #latergram

Life support (4) #toronto #ripleysaquarium #aquarium #lifesupport #latergram

Bamboo shark (2) #toronto #ripleysaquarium #aquarium #fish #shark #bambooshark #latergram

Bamboo shark (3) #toronto #ripleysaquarium #aquarium #fish #shark #bambooshark #latergram

Black stingray #toronto #ripleysaquarium #aquarium #fish #black #stingray #rays #latergram

Across the lagoon surface #toronto #ripleysaquarium #aquarium #lagoon #latergram

Goldfish (2) #toronto #ripleysaquarium #aquarium #tank #goldfish #koi #latergram

Goldfish (4) #toronto #ripleysaquarium #aquarium #tank #goldfish #koi #latergram

Written by Randy McDonald

December 13, 2017 at 9:15 am

[NEWS] Four links on animals: Beluga DNA, the dolphin of Tiji, the language of crows, pandas

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  • The DNA of the beluga whale has been sequenced for the first time, using the DNA of belugas recently dead at the Vancouver Aquarium. Global News reports.
  • Japanese fishers responsible for the brutal slaughter of dolphins in a cove in Taiji, so red that it makes the water red, claim they do not feel guilty. (Why try to hide the slaughter, then?) The Guardian reports.
  • Vanessa Hrvatin, at the National Post, notes an effort by researchers at the University of Washington Bothnell to try to decipher the language of crows. What are they saying?
  • MacLean’s wonders if there is cause to be concerned for the welfare of Canada’s pandas, now in residence in the Toronto Zoo and scheduled for a move next year to the Calgary Zoo. Is that place safe?

[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links: TTC and Uber, Eliot’s, Sidewalk Labs, Lia Denbok, Michael Redhill

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[PHOTO] Twenty-one more photos of Ripley’s Aquarium

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This is the second post in my Ripley’s Aquarium photo series, continuing from yesterday‘s. One more will come tomorrow.

RIpley’s Aquarium has a lot of species, and some interesting viewing facilities. I was particularly taken by the tank that stretches above the viewers’ path, letting us see fish from below. (The horseshoe crabs were also cute.)

The rest will come tomorrow, starting with the lionfish and cuttlefish.

Swimming #toronto #ripleysaquarium #aquarium #fish #latergram

From beneath (2) #toronto #ripleysaquarium #aquarium #fish #latergram

From beneath (3) #toronto #ripleysaquarium #aquarium #fish #latergram

Blue with shark #toronto #ripleysaquarium #aquarium #fish #blue #shark #latergram

Small and yellow #toronto #ripleysaquarium #aquarium #fish #yellow #latergram

Against the reef #toronto #ripleysaquarium #aquarium #fish #yellow #latergram

Shark from below #toronto #ripleysaquarium #aquarium #fish #shark #latergram

Shark! #toronto #ripleysaquarium #aquarium #fish #shark #latergram

Sharks at rest #toronto #ripleysaquarium #aquarium #fish #shark #latergram

Sawfish (1) #toronto #ripleysaquarium #aquarium #fish #shark #sawfish #carpentershark #latergram

Sawfish rostrum and shark #toronto #ripleysaquarium #aquarium #fish #shark #sawfish #carpentershark #rorstrum #latergram

Fish, shark and ray #toronto #ripleysaquarium #aquarium #fish #shark #sawfish #ray #latergram

Fish and rays #toronto #ripleysaquarium #aquarium #fish #ray #latergram

Rostrum #toronto #ripleysaquarium #aquarium #fish #sawfish #rostrum #latergram

Shark above #toronto #ripleysaquarium #aquarium #fish #shark #latergram

School behind glass #toronto #ripleysaquarium #aquarium #fish #schooloffish #latergram

As if on a reef #toronto #ripleysaquarium #aquarium #fish #coralreef #latergram

Horseshoe crabs (1) #toronto #ripleysaquarium #aquarium #horseshoecrabs #crabs #crustacean  #latergram

Horseshoe crabs (2) #toronto #ripleysaquarium #aquarium #horseshoecrabs #crabs #crustacean  #latergram

Horseshoe crabs (3) #toronto #ripleysaquarium #aquarium #horseshoecrabs #crabs #crustacean  #latergram

Horseshoe crabs (4) #toronto #ripleysaquarium #aquarium #horseshoecrabs #crabs #crustacean  #latergram

Written by Randy McDonald

December 12, 2017 at 4:30 pm

[URBAN NOTE] Four notes on three Church and Wellesley dead: Tess Richey, Larry Arnold, Harley Walker

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    Security cameras have picked up an image of the murdered Tess Richey with an unknown male. Recognize him? Global News has it.

  • CBC reports on the murder in the village of Larry Arnold in 1994. Has Toronto police learned anything in the intervening two decades?
  • Back in 2007, James Dubro wrote in Daily Xtra about the conviction of the murderer of Cabbagetown resident Harley Walker. I’d met Walker before; he was a nice guy, with neat stories from his CBC years. Certainly he deserved much better.
  • In the page of now-defunct fab magazine, Paul Bellini remembered his long-time friend Harley Walker.

Written by Randy McDonald

December 11, 2017 at 11:30 pm