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[PHOTO] Six photos of Scadding Cabin, Exhibition Place

Scadding Cabin, a log cabin named after the English immigrant John Scadding who built it in 1794 that happens to be the oldest known surviving house in Toronto, was the final stop on the Ghost Walk held at Exhibition Place. It was a good stop, between the dim of evening outside and the candles inside.

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Written by Randy McDonald

May 22, 2017 at 6:00 pm

[PHOTO] Twelve photos from a Ghost Walk at Exhibition Place, Toronto (#explaceto)

The Jane’s Walk that took me through Exhibition Place‘s spaces, places like the General Services Building and the Horse Palace with their own reputations of odd happenings, was rather evocative. Kevin Connor’s Toronto Sun article goes into more detail about some of the stories that are told about this place by the lake.

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Written by Randy McDonald

May 21, 2017 at 12:56 pm

[URBAN NOTE] “Is the Exhibition Place’s Hotel X back on track?”

The Toronto Star‘s Ellen Brait reports on the latest in the struggle to build a hotel at Toronto’s Exhibition Place, between environmental concerns with the site and the financial concerns of the builders.

The construction of Exhibition Place’s Hotel X has been long, complicated, and riddled with problems. But those involved say they’re back on track.

“May is the target date. We’re making pretty good progress,” Owen Whelan, president of McKay-Cocker, the construction manager for the project, said. “I would say at this point we’re full speed ahead.”

But a number of liens still remain in place against the property. Liens are typically placed against properties as a means to keep a right of possession until a debt is paid.

Government records show five companies certified liens between Oct. 2016 and Dec. 2016 that are still in place. They range from around $89,000 up to $32-million. Multiplex Construction Canada Limited, the former construction manager of the project, took out the largest lien, at $32,573,260, on Oct. 19, 2016 and filed a second one for $17,618,739 on Nov. 28, 2016.

Jeffrey Burke, president of Lift All Crane Service Ltd., one of the companies with a lien against the property, said after Multiplex Construction Canada left the project, they left many companies “in the position where we had to put a lien on the project to ensure we were going to get paid.”

Written by Randy McDonald

February 15, 2017 at 6:00 pm

[URBAN NOTE] On the troubles with Hotel X at Exhibition Place

The Toronto Star‘s Alex Ballingall reports on the latest problems at Exhibition Place.

The already-delayed construction of a “cutting edge” resort at Exhibition Place was halted last month when the company that was building the complex placed a $32-million lien against the city-owned property, the Star has learned.

In an Oct. 25 email to the Board of Governors of Exhibition Place, which includes five city councillors, Chief Executive Officer Dianne Young said she had informed the city’s legal department of the situation at the Hotel X, a project near the iconic Princes’ Gate that has been discussed since as early as 1999.

Young wrote that one week earlier—in mid October—Multiplex Construction Canada “suspended work on the Hotel X site” and took out liens against the property. Young said the owner of the Hotel X development subsequently hired a new builder “because of this action and the inability to move the project forward.”

Exhibition Place is a publicly-owned area that is run by a city-appointed board of governors, which can lease properties for business ventures with municipal approval. The Hotel X project was given the green light in December 2009, and was originally slated for completion in May 2015, according to a board report.

Government records show Multiplex certified a lien against the Hotel X property on Oct. 19 that is worth $32,573,260. Six more contractors took out liens in the following days, ranging from just over $20,000 to almost $5 million. Liens are typically placed against properties as a means to keep a right of possession until a debt is paid.

Written by Randy McDonald

November 17, 2016 at 6:30 pm

[PHOTO] Princes’ Gates, final day of the CNE

Princes' Gates, final day of the CNE #toronto #cne #theex #princesgates #latergram

Written by Randy McDonald

October 4, 2016 at 9:30 am

[PHOTO] Let’s go to the Ex (via the Princes’ Gates)!

Let's go to the Ex! #toronto #cne #theex #princesgate

This is surely one of the most imposing entryways in Toronto.

Written by Randy McDonald

September 6, 2016 at 1:07 am

[PHOTO] Eight Star Trek photos from the Canadian National Exhibition, Toronto

I’ve just come back from my visit to the Canadian National Exhibition on its final day of operation. As those of you who were following my Instagram account know, I saw quite a few different things today. I made the decision to enter the Ex through the Princes’ Gates oN Strachan Avenue because that entrance was closest to Star Trek: “50 Artists. 50 Years.”, an exhibition of fan art.

It was not hard to find it.

Captains #toronto #cne #theex #startrek #archer #kirk #picard #locutus

Leonard Nimoy’s photographic work “Hand in Vulcan Gesture” featured prominently in the front of the exhibit.

"Hand in Vulcan Gesture" by Leonard Nimoy #toronto #cne #theex #spock #vulcan #leonardnimoy

I liked Joe Corroney’s Starfleet recruiting poster.

"It's Your Galaxy Too!" By Joe Corroney #startrek #joecorroney #toronto #cne #theex #vulcan #andorian #orion

Mick Cassidy’s “Risk Is Our Business” made good use of the conventions of the comic book.

"Risk Is Our Business" by Mick Cassidy #startrek #toronto #cne #theex #mickcassidy

Many of these works had a sense of humour to them.

"They're Dead, Jim" #toronto #cne #theex #startrek #annamariajung #capellans #horta #vaal #spores #nomad #tribbles #gorn #kelvans #ruk

"The Bridge", by Glen Brogan #toronto #cne #theex #startrek

I did a selfie in front of a painting of the TNG cast, making it a temporary profile picture on Facebook. Cutting off Pulaski was not intentional!

TNG Selfie #toronto #cne #theex #startrek #tng #me #selfie

Outside the exhibit, in the main hall of Exhibition Place, my attention was caught by this tribute in sculpted sand to the TOS crew.

Star Trek in sand #toronto #cne #theex #startrek #kirk #spock #mccoy #sand #sculpture

Written by Randy McDonald

September 5, 2016 at 8:30 pm