Metrolinx walked away from partnership with Mimico developer (April 10, 2015 CBC article)

An April 10, 2015 CBC article is entitled: “First-of-its-kind condo deal has been mired in financial troubles: Metrolinx walked away from partnership with developer.” The opening paragraphs read: “Shovels are in the ground for a new west-end development that was heralded as the first condominium project to be linked to a Toronto GO station. “It […]

Rome in January: Travel report from David Godley of Long Branch (Toronto not New Jersey)

David Godley of Long Branch (Toronto not New Jersey) has written the following travel report. If you click on the link in the previous sentence, you will encounter many other texts that David has written. Click on the images to enlarge them; click again to enlarge them further David Godley writes: Rome in January The […]

Significance of the late 1880s for New Toronto and the First Nations of western Canada

In a previous post, I’ve noted that by July 1, 1895, a radial railway extended all the way from Toronto to Etobicoke Creek in what is now south Etobicoke. The arrival of the railway had a significant impact on the population growth of Long Branch, New Toronto, and Mimico. The human story of the area began about 10,000 […]

New Toronto – Then and Now – Jane’s Walk starting at 1:30 pm at Assembly Hall, Saturday, May 2, 2015

We begin at the Assembly Hall at 1 Colonel Samuel Smith Drive at the foot of Kipling Ave. at Lake Shore Blvd West. We travel along the north side of Lake Shore to Fifth Street, passing the old Goodyear Plant along the way. From there we travel north to Birmingham St., stopping at the old […]

A well-organized Sledgehammer Ceremony was staged on April 6, 2015 at the Small Arms Building in Mississauga

I’ve been writing about the Small Arms Building at 1352 Lakeshore Road East, located at the foot of Dixie Road, for some years. Occasionally it’s called the Small Arms building and at other times it’s the Small Arms Building. I’ve switched to using the second of these spellings. Either spelling works fine. I like to be […]

Versions One and Two of Janet’s great post at our portal to the history of Cartierville School

At a previous post, we’ve shared some posts from Janet regarding Cartierville School. In order to bring attention to the post, and to have both versions of her post in one place, I’ve written the post that you are now reading. After Janet had sent her first post, she sent a second one because it […]

How to avoid death by lightning – April 3, 2015 New York Times article

It’s almost never a bolt out of the blue An April 3, 2015 New York Times article is entitled: “How to Avoid Death by Lightning.” The opening paragraph reads: “For most of the last 15 years, Michael Utley has been passing out refrigerator magnets that say ‘When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors!’ If he could go […]

Elmer Lach died at 97

Graeme Decarie shares the following story: Elmer Lach died at 97. Elmer Lach, centre for perhaps the greatest line in NHL history with Toe Blake for left wing and the rocket for right wing. I remember the day I met him, and actually had a conversation. I was twelve years old, and a caddy at […]

1960s-era documentary films by the Maysles brothers and The Meaning of Human Existence (2014)

This post is concerned with 1960s-era films by Albert and David Maysles. The post also appears as an update to an earlier post entitled: The Meaning of Human Existence (2014) I’m posting the update as a separate item in order to bring attention to it. I’ve also edited the original update and added links. In […]