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[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links: the Toronto Public Library, Hanlan’s, parks, and Montréal laneways

  • blogTO notes that the Toronto Reference Library will be holding a huge sale again next week.
  • Inside Toronto profiles Sephora Hussein, new collection head of the Merril Collection.
  • Michael Lyons writes about the importance of the newly-reopened Hanlan’s beach on the Toronto Islands.
  • Jake Tobin Garrett argues at Torontoist for the importance of the proposed Rail Deck Park.
  • Emily Macrae argues at Torontoist there is much Toronto can learn from the green–literally–laneways of Montréal.

[URBAN NOTE] Six Toronto links, from rising CityPlace, to queer issues, to Tibetan food in Parkdale

  • In The Globe and Mail, Marcus Gee looks at how the new high-rise CityPlace district, on the waterfront, is becoming a neighbourhood.
  • Steve Munro celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Spadina streetcar, here and here.
  • Justin Ling at Vice reports on the new disappearances of queer men in Toronto that have left the community on edge.
  • At the Toronto Star, Ben Spurr notes that the bike route at Bathurst and Adelaide, overcrowded, is going to be improved.
  • Aeryn Pfaff describes at Torontoist the historic and continuing important of Hanlan’s beach for the queer community of Toronto.
  • Tenzin Nawang Tekan describes the importance of the mono for Tibetans and Tibetan-Canadians, starting in Parkdale.

[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links, from Lego TTC to private nude beaches to University Avenue

  • Global News reports on Jackson’s Burger, driven from Yonge Street by high rent.
  • blogTO shares this man’s collection of TTC vehicles done in Lego. It is truly impressive.
  • Steve Munro reports on the cost of renovating the Bloor-Danforth subway.
  • The Toronto Star reports on the private nudist swimming resorts in the GTA. There are no legal public nude beaches without Hanlan’s.
  • The Globe and Mail‘s Dave Leblanc reports on the embattled traffic islands of University Avenue.

[PHOTO] My six favourite photos from the Toronto Islands, 24 August 2016

I may revisit my tour of the Toronto Islands at greater length tomorrow. I’m very pleased with most of the photos I took. For now, here are six of my favourites, each an image that I think can support a story of some length.







Written by Randy McDonald

August 26, 2016 at 10:45 am

[URBAN NOTE] “Clothing-optional policy at Hanlan’s beach displays Toronto’s tolerance”

The Globe and Mail‘s Marcus Gee writes in favour of allowing the unclothed to use Hanlan’s Point nude beach. I support this, but I wish something could be done about the gawkers.

Big cities survive through small compromises. When people of different backgrounds, needs and habits are thrown together in a common space, it takes lots of give and take.

The “clothing optional” beach on Toronto Islands is a nice example of urban compromise in the flesh. Bathers can go naked without committing some kind of infraction. Those who prefer to keep their bathing suits on can use the beach, too. It’s a civilized compact that has held since 2002 when city council approved the mixed system for Hanlan’s Point.

But now there’s trouble on the beach. Some beach regulars say it is being taken over by gawkers and other clothed intruders, spoiling the experience. A homemade sign that went up warned: “Beyond this point you should be nude.” A woman who visited the beach with her male friend said a couple of men approached and encouraged them to disrobe before continuing.

That violated the spirit of this special place. The nudists don’t own the beach. It’s a public space and visitors should have the right to wear what they want. “It’s about freedom of choice,” said Lisa Rutherford, 47, a reinsurance broker who was visiting Hanlan’s on Thursday to sunbathe topless but opts not to disrobe further.

On a hot and sunny afternoon, the live-and-let-live approach seemed to be working. A group of men in bathing suits and sunglasses soaked up the sun. A naked woman helped a man in a bathing suit launch an inflatable raft. Older men with deep all-over sun tans walked back and forth along the water’s edge. A family – the woman naked, the man wearing his bathing suit, their young boys taking their suits on and off as they pleased – sprawled on beach towels as their small dog yapped and ran in circles.

Written by Randy McDonald

August 3, 2016 at 9:30 pm

[PHOTO] To Hanlan’s Point, 30 July 2016

On Saturday, I went to Hanlan’s Point Beach with a friend. It was the first time I’d gone there this year, but the beach was as beautiful as ever.

One thing: In the morning, there are plenty of seabirds and insects around. The seagulls I liked, the insects less so.

Another thing: Remember sunscreen. I forgot, and believe me, this is visible.

Boarding #Toronto #Torontoislands #ferry

Looking back #Toronto #Torontoislands #jacklaytonferryterminal #westinharbourcastle

Ferry arrival #Toronto #Torontoislands #jacklaytonferryterminal #ferry

The Ned Hanlan #toronto #torontoislands #skyline #hanlanspoint #boats #nedhanlan

Liberty Village beyond Billy Bishop #toronto #torontoislands #skyline #hanlanspoint #libertyvillage #billybishopairport

Statue of Ned Hanlan #toronto #torontoislands #skyline #hanlanspoint #nedhanlan #statue

"Please walk on the grass" #Toronto #Torontoislands #parksandrec

The skyline beyond #toronto #torontoislands #skyline #hanlanspoint #skyline

Boardwalk to the beach #toronto #torontoislands #skyline #hanlanspoint #beach #boardwalk

Local star, G2V #toronto #torontoislands #earth #sun #yellowdwarf #mainsequence

Feet-first in Lake Ontario #Toronto #Torontoislands #hanlanspoint #lakeontario

Seagull against the surf #toronto #torontoislands #skyline #hanlanspoint #beach #seagull #birds #waves

Grey seagull #toronto #torontoislands #skyline #hanlanspoint #grey #seagull #birds #waves

Looking towards Ontario Place #toronto #torontoislands #skyline #hanlanspoint #beach #ontarioplace

Red and grey sand, 2 #toronto #torontoislands #skyline #hanlanspoint #beach #sand #red #grey

Southern end of the beach #toronto #torontoislands #skyline #hanlanspoint #beach

By the lagoon #toronto #torontoislands #skyline #hanlanspoint

Pre-boarding #toronto #torontoislands #skyline #hanlanspoint

Written by Randy McDonald

July 31, 2016 at 11:46 pm

[OBSCURA] “The diving horse at Hanlan’s Point”

The diving horse at Hanlan's Point

Some days ago, Facebook’s algorithms recycled Derek Flack’s 2014 blogTO post noting that this photo is the most popular one at the City of Toronto Archives’ Flickr site.

In it, a white horse is plunging head first into the still water off Hanlan’s Point. In a second it will crash below the surface, swim to the top, and do it all over again a short time later.

The horse in the picture was named either King or Queen and was one of a pair owned by J.W. Gorman, a travelling American entertainer who appeared at amusement parks in Boston, New York, and other parts of New England, as well as Toronto.

At the time these photos were taken, Hanlan’s Point was home to a popular amusement park that featured a wooden roller coaster, merry-go-round, athletic field, and water shows. The diving horses, a popular form of entertainment, would walk up a ramp to the top of the diving platform and either jump or be dropped through a trap door.

It’s not clear whether the horses enjoyed performing the stunt but it’s hard to imagine the show maintaining its allure if the animals had to be poked and prodded to the top of the ramp (though that does appear to have been an issue in later years in the U.S.) They clearly weren’t injured by the fall, either – King and Queen performed several times a day.

Then, there were 6,500 views. As of this posting, there are 10,965.

Written by Randy McDonald

March 16, 2016 at 5:02 pm