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[URBAN NOTE] Six links about change and construction and architecture and ports in the GTA

  • Brynn Aguilar in the Toronto Star reports on York Region police’s warning locals against climbing construction cranes.
  • Alex Bozikovic notes in The Globe and Mail that the nice new Albion library, in Rexdale, looks a lot like Kew Gardens’ in Queens.
  • Alex Bozikovic, also in The Globe and Mail, argues Toronto must determine what it wants for Davisville Junior Public School. Will it stay, or go?
  • blogTO notes that laneway housing will soon be made that much easier to provide in the City of Toronto.
  • CBC reports on an ambitious new plan to redevelop a vast commercial space on the southeast of Dundas and Bloor, in north Roncesvalles.
  • John McLeod in NOW Toronto is critical of the latest real estate moves of a relatively unaccountable PortsToronto.
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[PHOTO] Three photos taken along the eastern shore of the Humber River at night

Walking up the paths on the eastern shore of the Humber River in full spring flood at night, from Magwood Park up to Home Smith and the great bridge that takes Dundas Street West over, you can get a sense of the immensity of the natural world. Even in a carefully maintained Toronto, nature retains its force.

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Written by Randy McDonald

May 26, 2017 at 3:49 pm

[PHOTO] Thirteen photos of Ossington between Queen and Dundas

The Jane’s Walk tour of the Ossington strip north from Queen to Dundas took us past many sites, from street art to trendy bars to hip charchuteries to, even, intersections I once lived near, with the Portuguese and Vietnamese legacies of this neighbourhood still apparent at places.

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Written by Randy McDonald

May 18, 2017 at 8:45 am

[PHOTO] Green leaves turned golden, Dundas West

Green leaves turned golden #toronto #dundaswest #dundasstreetwest #trees #leaves #green #golden

I took the long way home last evening, taking the subway west of my stop as far as Dundas West and then walking east to home. On my way, still on Dundas West, I came across this tree, with fresh green leaves turned golden by the ambient light. Taking a photograph of this was an obligation for me.

Written by Randy McDonald

May 16, 2017 at 1:48 pm

[URBAN NOTE] “Protesters outside Masjid Toronto call for ban on Islam as Muslims pray inside”

Torontoist’s Andrea Houston and the Ryersonian’s post were just two links noting a protest Thursday by anti-Muslim activists outside of a mosque downtown on Dundas Street West. One thing that the social media coverage of the event highlighted, which was nice, was that random passersby confronted the activists on the street.

More than a dozen people gathered outside a mosque in the heart of downtown Toronto with loudspeakers and banners in hand, shouting slogans about banning Islam as Muslims gathered to pray inside.

The protest happened Friday outside Masjid Toronto on Dundas Street West near University Avenue.

The shouting was so loud that Tera Goldblatt, who works on the 21st floor in a nearby building, said she could hear it from inside her office.

When she came down to see what was going on, she said, she saw some 15 people screaming, some blocking the path of those trying to enter the mosque.

“The response from the people who were trying to get inside was very sort of ‘Oh well, they’re entitled to their opinion’ and ‘Oh well, I guess that’s just part of life,'” Goldblatt said.

Written by Randy McDonald

February 19, 2017 at 3:30 pm

[URBAN NOTE] “Fanfare for Hugh’s Room fundraiser upsets unpaid staff”

CBC News’ Stephanie Matteis reports on the employees of beleaguered Toronto music venue Hugh’s Room, upset that while their employers will benefit from a fundraiser their back wages are likely to be left unpaid. Surely they, too, deserve something from the music community?

The fanfare about a potential reopening of Hugh’s pub and entertainment lounge, better known as “Hugh’s Room” has many music lovers excited. But it’s upsetting some former staff members, who are still owed wages from the music venue.

The bar closed at the beginning of January, with owner Richard Carson facing insurmountable but undisclosed debt. Supporters have since stepped in to rebrand it as a not-for-profit entity through fundraising.

A GoFundMe campaign started Jan. 27 and has already raised more than $55,000 — more than a third of its goal.

Meanwhile, many who made about $12 an hour are left without compensation they’re owed.

Lisa Fullerton called Hugh’s Room “family,” which is partly why it felt like such a blow to her and others to feel “strung along” about being paid outstanding wages.

The single mom was a cook at the Dundas Street West establishment. She worked there on and off starting in 2010 and had cheques bounce twice in the last half year.

Written by Randy McDonald

February 15, 2017 at 5:45 pm

[PHOTO] BMO, 2895 Dundas Street West

BMO, 2895 Dundas Street West

Written by Randy McDonald

January 29, 2017 at 12:30 pm