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[BLOG] Some Thursday links

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  • D-Brief notes that the opioid epidemic seems to be hitting baby boomers and millennials worst, of all major American demographics.
  • Hornet Stories shares one timetable for new DC films following Justice League.
  • Joe. My. God. notes a case brought by a Romanian before the European Court of Justice regarding citizenship rights for his American spouse. This could have broad implications for the recognition of same-sex couples across the EU, not just its member-states.
  • Language Hat reports on a journalist’s search for a village in India where Sanskrit, ancient liturgical language of Hinduism, remains the vernacular.
  • The Map Room Blog links to a review of an intriuging new book, Nowherelands, looking at ephemeral countries in the 1840-1975 era.
  • The NYR Daily looks at the textile art of Anni Albers.
  • The Planetary Society Blog explores the navigational skills of the Polynesians, and their reflection in Moana.
  • Roads and Kingdoms reports on the widespread jubilation in Zimbabwe following the overthrow of Mugabe.
  • Rocky Planet notes that Öræfajökull, the largest volcano in Iceland if a hidden one, has been showing worrying signs of potential eruption.
  • Drew Rowsome reports on House Guests, an art installation that has taken over an entire house at Dundas and Ossington.
  • Starts With A Bang’s Ethan Siegel looks at the story of how the quantum property of spin was discovered.
  • Window on Eurasia suggests new Russian policies largely excluding non-Russian languages from education are causing significant problems, even ethnic conflict.
  • Arnold Zwicky considers music as a trigger of emotional memory, generally and in his own life.
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[PHOTO] Reddening maple in evening light, Dupont at Ossington

Reddening maple in evening light #toronto #dupontstreet #ossingtonave #dovercourtvillage #mapleleaf #tree #red #fall #autumn #evening

Written by Randy McDonald

October 10, 2017 at 1:58 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] Six photo albums from the Jane’s Walk weekend in Toronto, 2017 (#janeswalkto)

Last evening, I kept my computer busy by uploading the more than two hundred photos I had taken last weekend, during Jane’s Walk in Toronto. At one point, I had planned to take eight, but reality and fatigue intervened so as to limit me to six, five on Saturday the 5th and one on Sunday the 6th.

  • My first was “St. Lawrence Market: Role of Public Markets in Placemaking”, led by Samantha Wiles. Wiles ably took her group around St. Lawrence Market, past the archeological excavations to the market’s north, around its perimeter, and to the south, introducing us to the market’s very long history at the heart of Toronto. Photos are here.
  • In the afternoon, I followed urbanist Richard Longley in his “Harbord Village east side: architecture old, new, diverse, domestic, insitutional, sacred, profane”, taking a large contingent through a rapidly changing neighbourhood south of the Annex. I was particularly taken by the abundance of creative graffiti in the back alleys, especially on Croft Street. Photos are here.
  • Later in the afteroon, I followed Brian Sharwood and Melinda Medley, the bloggers behind OssingtonVillage.com, on a short but information-packed stroll north in Indie Ossington, from Ossington at Queen on the CAMH grounds up to Dundas Street. Photos are here.
  • In the evening, I went down to Exhibition Place for the Ghost Walk led there by Steve Collie. As night fell, Collie took dozens of people on a stroll through some of the locales where ghost sightings have been claimed, from the stacks of the centre’s archives to the barracks where soldiers sent off to war spent their last moments in Canada. The behind-the-scenes perspective it offered of Exhibition Place was a big plus. Photos are here.
  • Late at night, at 11 o’clock, I joined the Nightwalking & Secret Staircases: Baby Point walk led by Oona Fraser. My photo album includes my pre-walk, east from Old Mill station and up Jane Street to the Baby Point Gates. Walking through the wooded parks along Humber River, up and down the stairs, underneath the luminous sky, was magic.
  • Sunday afternoon, after joining a visiting Taiwanese friend for lunch and then doing some independent walking south on Roncesvalles and east on Queen Street West to Dufferin, I joined “Here’s the Thing: A Creative Writing Walk (Part 2 / Downtown)” at Dufferin Station. Led by Denise Pinto and Shari Kasman, this was a guided walk, the participants being given (and providing) prompts at different moments on the walk to write different things. I enjoyed this late afternoon walk, a lot. My output tended more towards prose poetry than fiction, but it was fun regardless.
  • I’m not sure what I’ll do with all of these photos. I doubt I’ll post most of them to this blog, to Tumblr or Instagram. They remain on Flickr nonetheless, ready for you to peruse. (I also have uploaded them all to Facebook, too, so those of you who follow me there can see them there, too.)

    [BLOG] Some Sunday links

    • blogTO notes the growing concentration of chain stores on lower Ossington.
    • The Broadside Blog’s Caitlin Kelly describes her luck in interviewing a New York City firefighter.
    • Citizen Science Salon reports on a citizen science game intended to fight against Alzheimer’s.
    • Language Hat starts from a report about unsold Welsh-language Scrabble games to talk about the wider position of the Welsh language.
    • Lawyers, Guns and Money shares the astounding news leaked about Donald Trump’s billion-dollar losses.
    • Marginal Revolution links to a psychology paper examining the perception of atheists as narcissistic.
    • Towleroad reports on the informative reality television series of the United States’ gay ambassador to Denmark.
    • Window on Eurasia notes how Russia’s war in Aleppo echoes past conflicts in Chechnya and Afghanistan, and examines the position of Russia’s border regions.

    [VIDEO] 63 Ossington, from Ossington Station south to King

    Saturday evening, as evening shaded into night, I rode the 63 Ossington bus south from Ossington Station to King Street. The bus took me past Bloor, past the Ossington strip between College and Dundas (roughly), and down to the new condo neighbourhood of Liberty Village.

    Written by Randy McDonald

    May 2, 2016 at 6:00 am

    Posted in Toronto, Video

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    [PHOTO] Still abandoned on Bloorcourt

    Still vacant, a decade later #toronto #bloorcourt #abandoned #bloorstreetwest #ossington

    In June 2015, I posted a photo taken during the day of this abandoned building on Bloor just west of Ossington. It’s still abandoned, for what reason I cannot imagine. Surely it would make more sense for this building, or at least its lot, to be occupied and actively used given its location.

    Written by Randy McDonald

    March 21, 2016 at 9:38 am