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The Toronto Star‘s Ellen Brait describes an unusual mirage, an manifestation of Toronto in the skies above Buffalo one hot summer day in August 1894.
Buffalo residents were treated to an unusual sight on Aug. 16, 1894: a detailed image of Toronto hovering over Lake Ontario.
Or rather, “a city in the air,” according to a November 1894 Arizona Republic newspaper article.
For about an hour during the mid-morning, Toronto, its harbor, and the Island to the south of the city were visible to those on the ground in Buffalo. Normally Toronto is only visible to those high up over Buffalo.
“A close examination of the map showed that the mirage did not cause the slightest distortion, the gradual rise of the city from the water being rendered perfectly,” said an August 1894 edition of Scientific American magazine.
Despite being approximately 93 km away, witnesses on that fateful day could see a few ships, and for the first 10 minutes, even count downtown church spires.
blogTO’s Derek Flack takes a look at some hidden spaces on the TTC network, starting with infamous Lower Bay station.
Lower Bay Station (or, as the TTC refers to it, Bay Lower) is surely the best known of Toronto’s hidden underground spaces. The ghost subway station was in service briefly in 1966 when the TTC tried its interlining system, which turned the city’s two subway routes into three.
One platform serviced the Bloor-Danforth Route, while the other was a stop on the Danforth-University-Yonge Route. The experiment failed for a number of reasons, and the lower platform was promptly decommissioned.
It now serves as an area for training exercises and film shoots, though it has also been opened to the public for events like Nuit Blanche in the past.
Lower Bay isn’t the only ghost station on the TTC, though. Underneath Queen Station, there’s the shell of a streetcar subway station that would likely have taken the name City Hall, but is now typically referred to as Lower Queen or Queen Lower.
It was partially built in anticipation of Queen Street transit line that was never built.
CBC News’ Greg Ross and Laura Fraser cover this light news item from North York.
A pack of furry, pint-sized grinches have stolen the Christmas spirit from Mel Lastman Square.
The trees and the skaters are still there, but they’re no longer bathed in the glow of the season — something Coun. John Filion blames on some particularly crafty squirrels.
The squirrels have been chewing through the wires holding up lights that normally decorate the North York park’s trees, he says.
“I believe it totally has to do with one or more squirrels who perhaps don’t like Christmas.
It first started two years ago. At first just a few strands went dark, but it soon turned into a virtual blackout. Last season, the city brought in a cherry picker to replace the extinguished lights.
But Filion says it proved no match for the wee scrooges.
“Less than two days, and they were not working.”