Archive for the ‘Toronto’ Category
The Church of Scientology’s downtown Toronto location on Yonge just south of Bloor, where I had some readings performed on me on the streetSeptember 2004 and where I witnessed Anonymous protests in February 2008, has today come up in the news for back taxes. The Toronto Star‘s Stephen Spencer Davis reports.
The Church of Scientology of Toronto, which owns 696 Yonge St., owes more than $61,000 in property taxes and penalties for 2014, out of a total of just under $112,000. The organization made only partial payments of its 2014 property taxes, according to Supervisor of Collections Stephen Franceschini.
It also owes $57,348.15 in taxes and penalties on the interim 2015 property tax bill, according to Franceschini.
Property owners receive an interim tax bill near the beginning of each year, and typically a final bill in May. Payments on the 2015 interim bill were due March 2, April 1 and May 1, according to the city’s website.
“We have contacted the local Church in Toronto and they intend to get this paid forthwith,” Scientology spokesperson Linda Wieland said in an email.
The news comes as the organization says it still plans to convert the Yonge St. building into one of Scientology’s “Ideal Orgs,” which it first announced in early 2013. Scientology describes these facilities as “cathedrals” in desirable locations, “intended to meet increasing demand worldwide for Scientology services and initiatives.”
I have been wanting for some months to visit the Toronto neighbourhood of Swansea, a Toronto neighbourhood east of the Humber River and south of Bloor Street West that has gained some fame as where Lucy Maud Montgomery spent the last seven years of her life.
Toronto Plaques let me know of a parkette created in memory of her.
Near here, on Riverside Drive, in the house she called “Journey’s End,” L.M Montgomery, O.B.E., author of “Anne of Green Gables,” lived from 1935 until her death in 1942. She was born in Prince Edward Island on November 30, 1874. She became a teacher and also worked briefly as a reporter for the Halifax “Echo.” While working in this area (then the Village of Swansea) she wrote the last of her 22 novels – Anne of Windy Poplars (1936), Jane of Lantern Hill (1937) and Anne of Ingleside (1939). Her books, translated into many languages, are read the world over.
On the first day of my Victoria Day long weekend, I headed down to Toronto’s Trinity Bellwoods Park down by Queen Street West to take in the greenery and the sun. It was a lovely, lovely day. There were even plenty of cherry blossoms still on the trees.
Two Sundays ago, I went on a minor photo spree along Queen Street West as I walked to the theatre to see Age of Ultron. It was the right time to do so, in the hour of so of golden light before sunset.
This handsome condo complex on the southwest corner of Spadina and Queen Street West shone in the sun.
There was something pathetic about this tree stump, last of a tree that was more of a steam than a solid trunk.
The sidewalk space in front of an entire storefront was filled with similarly precarious objects.
This brick building glowed.
Facing south on John Street, the CN Tower continued to rise high.
The Financial District rises, looking east on Adelaide at John.
At Adelaide and John, for that matter, the towers rose high.