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[URBAN NOTE] Five links about cities: tennis, CFL, twin towns, coworking, space company towns

  • Joshua Clipperton writes, here at CTV News, about how tennis like the Rogers Cup is much more popular in Montréal than in Toronto for a variety of reasons.
  • The CFL’s Montreal Alouettes and Toronto Argonauts are set to play another exhibition game in Moncton, as Touchdown Atlantic tries to gather support for an Atlantic Canadian franchise.
  • Guardian Cities considers, with interviews, how Brexit might impact the town twinning that united British communities with those of wider Europe.
  • Guardian Cities notes how churches and other houses of worship are starting to market themselves as spaces for coworking.
  • I think it entirely possible that space settlements may end up evoking the company towns of Earth. Slate has it.

[ISL] Five #PEI links: Bathygnathus borealis, real estate, CFL, bridge fees, politics

  • On Prince Edward Island, footprints of the ancient pre-dinosaur predator Bathygnathus borealis have been found. Global News reports.
  • VICE notes how the extreme shortage of rental housing on PEI is placing heavy pressure on the vulnerable.
  • Out of Maritime solidarity, Charlottetown supports the bid of Halifax to finally host a CFL football team. Global News reports.
  • CBC Prince Edward Island reports on a recent poll suggesting Islanders would overwhelmingly like the fees associated with crossing the fixed link to be radically reduced to abolished altogether.
  • Prince Edward Island is again preparing to hold a referendum on electoral reform, shifting from first-past-the-post to proportional representation. Global News reports.

[PHOTO] The Black Bull Tavern on Don Cherry, December 2012

The Black Bull Tavern on Don Cherry, December 2012

Walking past the Black Bull Tavern (298 Queen Street West) late last month with a friend, I was curious to see this sign. What did it mean?

It turns out that the bar’s own, former CFL player Bobby Taylor, was quite upset with Don Cherry over statements he made about injured players.

On Nov. 30, 2013, Don Cherry took to the airwaves on CBC’s Hockey Night In Canada – wearing what appeared to be a shabby chic down comforter as a jacket – and blasted the former NHL players who are suing the League for the way its handled concussions through the years.

“It’s a money grab,” said Cherry, calling the lawsuit ridiculous. “I feel sorry for the guys, but it’s a money grab.”

Bobby Taylor had heard enough. The owner of Black Bull Tavern on Queen Street West in Toronto doesn’t have the bully pulpit that Cherry does; what he does have is a street sign, which he turned into a billboard calling out Cherry’s comments.

The one side reads: “HNIC Don Cherry ‘money grab’ throws hockey players under the bus.”

The other side lists the names of Derek Boogaard, Wade Belak and Rick Rypien, former enforcers who all died in the Summer of 2011.

Good for Taylor.

Written by Randy McDonald

January 15, 2014 at 6:29 pm

[URBAN NOTE] “The history of the Grey Cup in Toronto”

The weekend that the Toronto Argonauts won the Canadian Football League’s Grey Cup playing here in Toronto, blogTO’s Aaron Reis summarized the local history of that tournament.

The first Grey Cup, then called the Dominion Football Championship, was played at Rosedale Field, a pitch with temporary grand-stands in what is now Rosedale Park. Sharing the majority of its ancestry with rugby, the first major Canadian Football offshoot occurred in 1903 when the Ontario Rugby Football Union adopted the rules that U of T coach Thrift Burnside (legendary name) brought from the United States.

From there it was only a few short years before the Dominion Football Championship was established, fought between ‘Rugby Football’ clubs from Toronto, Ottawa, Hamilton, Montreal and Peterborough.

In 1909 Governor General Albert Grey (who by his British noble title is also called ‘Earl Grey’) announced the sponsorship of a trophy for the league. The first final played for this cup was an all-Toronto affair between U of T’s Varsity Blues and the Parkdale Canoe Club ‘Paddlers’. The final score was 26-6 for the Blues, and although both the cup and Earl Grey were missing from the field (the story goes that Grey forgot to order the cup in time), one hundred years of Canadian football history had been set in motion.

Since then, the Grey Cup has been held in Toronto a total of 45 more times. The next 26 finals in Toronto were held at Varsity Stadium. During the early years on Bloor, cross-town rivalries were tense, with the Blues and the Argos squaring off in 3 different finals from 1911-1920 (the Blues coming out on top 2-1).

It would still be a number of years before the Argos were the city’s unequivocally supported football team. More competition came from the east end, where the Balmy Beach Beachers (say that five times fast) had a successful run in the late 1920’s, going on to win the Cup in 1927 and 1930. In the mid 1930’s the Argo’s established a winning routine, with back to back victories in 1937 and 1938 (including such thrilling final scores as 4-3).

Written by Randy McDonald

November 27, 2012 at 2:58 am