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[PHOTO] Towards the Earlscourt war memorial, Prospect Cemetery

Towards the Earlscourt war memorial #toronto #earlscourt #corsoitalia #prospectcemetery #firstworldwar #ww1 #memorial #inmemoriam

Written by Randy McDonald

August 30, 2020 at 5:45 pm

[PHOTO] “Jesus Saves”, take 2

"Jesus Saves", take 2 #toronto #christianity #stclairave #stclairwest #earlscourt #jesus #faithimpactministry #spring #latergram

This is the second time that I have taken a photo of the “Jesus Saves” sign at Faith Impact Ministries on 1780 St. Clair Avenue West; the first take is here. The starkness, of the sign as much as the message, is eye-catching. What, I wonder, will it look like come lush warm green summer?

Written by Randy McDonald

April 19, 2020 at 11:29 pm

[PHOTO] Six photos from a weekend evening walk in midtown Toronto

ABC Lumber #toronto #abclumber #abandoned #westonroad #thejunction #latergram

Looking south down the tracks towards the Crossways #toronto #rogersroad #rail #skyline #thecrossways #latergram

Two Canada geese, returned #toronto #rogersroad #birds #spring #canadagoose #latergram

1600 Keele Street #toronto #silverthorn #1600keelestreet #solaracondo #patio #red #blue #yellow #latergram

East into Sadra Park #toronto #earlscourt #sadrapark #evening #parks #latergram

Looking west, St. Clair at Dufferin #toronto #stclairave #stclairwest #dufferinstreet #intersection #evening #sky #latergram

[PHOTO] “Jesus Saves”, St. Clair Avenue West

"Jesus Saves" #toronto #stclairavenue #earlscourt #cross #jesus #faithimpactministry #sunday #fall #autumn

Written by Randy McDonald

November 24, 2019 at 7:30 pm

[URBAN NOTE] Seven Toronto notes

  • Matt Gurney wonders if the losses of votes for the Conservatives in the Greater Toronto Area will doom Andrew Scheer, over at the National Post.
  • Jamie Bradburn took a look at the opening of the Ontario Science Centre, here.
  • Spacing shares an argument for density transition zones in Toronto, here.
  • The Village Idiot Pub in Toronto, across Dundas from the AGO, will rebrand itself the Village Genius. Global News reports.
  • Queen and Coxwell will soon host some new affordable housing. Global News reports.
  • The closure of a flea market on Old Weston road, a year after a tragic shooting, is a shame. The Toronto Star
  • I am going to see at least some of the works in this year’s Toronto Biennial. NOW Toronto reports.

[PHOTO] St. Clair/Silverthorne Branch Library at night

The St. Clair/Silverthorn branch of the Toronto Public Library, on St. Clair Avenue in Earlscourt, looks great after its completed renovation.

St. Clair/Silverthorne Branch Library at night #toronto #torontopubliclibrary #stclairsilverthorn #earlscourt #library #architecture #latergram

Written by Randy McDonald

October 20, 2019 at 1:30 pm

[PHOTO] Seven photos from a winter afternoon’s walk in Carleton Village and Earlscourt

After running some errands in the late afternoon I found myself wandering through the west-end neighbourhoods of Carleton Village and Earlscourt, wandering north up Symington Avenue to Davenport Road and then heading east. It was a warm afternoon, barely below freezing point, and the clean white snow was falling down lightly.

Looking south on an afternoon winter, Symington at Kingsley #toronto #carletonvillage #symingtonave #kingsleyavenue #winter #white

Pylons rising in snow, Davenport and Caledonia #toronto #carletonvillage #davenportroad #caledoniaroad #pylon #white #winter #snow

Pylons near, towers far, Davenport and Caledonia #toronto #carletonvillage #davenportroad #caledoniaroad #pylon #condos #towers #white #winter #snow

Entering Earlscourt Park #toronto #earlscourtpark #davenportroad #caledoniaroad #white #winter #snow//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js

Streetscape, Lansdowne north of Davenport #toronto #earlscourt #davenportroad #lansdowneave #white #winter #snow

South, Lansdowne at Davenport, towards 730 St. Clarens #toronto #earlscourt #davenportroad #lansdowneave #730stclarens #white #winter #snow

47A Lansdowne bus southbound, Lansdowne at Davenport #toronto #earlscourt #davenportroad #lansdowneave #47lansdowne #ttc #buses #white #winter #snow

Written by Randy McDonald

March 2, 2019 at 9:30 pm

[PHOTO] Looking back on the dead of Earlscourt, Toronto

In memory of the dead of Earlscourt, Toronto

Back in August of 2017, while walking through Toronto’s Prospect Cemetery, I took this photo of this cenotaph. Prospect Cemetery extends as far south as St. Clair Avenue, touching Earlscourt, and back a century ago when this neighbourhood was a newly-annexed municipality on the northwest fringes of the City of Toronto, Earlscourt was a new community home to many recent British immigrants. These people volunteered by the thousands to serve on the Western Front, and died in the hundreds. The Archives of Ontario feature a collection of letters taken from one such family, on the Gray family who had immigrated from Kent a year before the war began, seeing one son live and another die.

After the First World War, this memorial was built in Prospect Cemetery, Earlscourt’s local cemetery, in honour of the neighbourhood’s dead. Future king Edward VIII lent his presence to the ceremonies surrounding of this cenotaph in 1919. I can only imagine the sheer amount of psychic trauma that must have been around in this one community, just a few minutes’ walk north and west of my home, for this monument to come about, only coming to surface on occasions like this. I can barely imagine the extent of the grief across Canada and the wider world. Almost all memory of this vast grief, all lived memory at least, is gone. I wonder, looking at these mute monuments, if we might be the better–the less troubled, at least–for that void.

Written by Randy McDonald

November 11, 2018 at 11:11 am

[PHOTO] In memory of the dead of Earlscourt, Toronto

In memory of the dead of Earlscourt, Toronto

Toronto’s Prospect Cemetery extends as far south as St. Clair Avenue, touching Earlscourt. Back when this neighbourhood was a newly-annexed municipality on the northwest fringes of the City of Toronto, Earlscourt was a new community, home to many recent British immigrants. These people volunteered by the thousands to serve on the Western Front, and died in the hundreds. After the First World War, this memorial was built in Prospect Cemetery, Earlscourt’s local cemetery, in honour of the neighbourhood’s dead. Future king Edward VIII lent his presence to the ceremonies surrounding of this cenotaph in 1919.

Written by Randy McDonald

August 7, 2017 at 5:00 pm