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News highlights

Once or twice a week I send out news highlights to my email distribution list, which I set up as part of the Parkview School story, before I set up the Preserved Stories website. The news highlights, in turn, are based on my online Newsletter category. I set up the newsletter – a format that […]


28 Daisy Avenue designation request from City of Toronto Staff accepted unanimously by Etobicoke York Community Council

At the Etobicoke York Community Council meeting on Feb. 26, 2013, following deputations from Denise Harris, Heritage Officer with the Etobicoke Heritage Society and Madeleine McDowell, Chair of the Humber Heritage Committee, the designation recommendation for 28 Daisy Avenue was unanimously accepted by the Community Council. This is good news for the community. We owe thanks […]


1909 postcard on the radials through Long Branch (Jane Fairburn); 1909 Middle Road Bridge (Dave Cook)

Along the Shore (2013) Jane Fairburn, author of Along the Shore, focusing on the waterfront communities of Toronto, has posted a vintage postcard on the radials through Long Branch on the Along the Shore Facebook page. Here’s the text accompanying the photo, on Jane Fairburn’s Facebook page: “In the late nineteenth century, as the middle […]


Closing of Mr. Christie’s Bakery

Update A July 7, 2016 post is entitled: On July 12, 2016 Toronto City Council Agenda: Investigation Report Regarding Conduct of Ward 6 Councillor Mark Grimes [End of update]   I learned about the closing of the Mr. Christie’s Bakery when I read an email message from a person who’s on the email distribution list […]


Built form and storytelling

Below is an outline of topics for a brief talk at Centennial College, July 27, 2012 for Professor Patrick Michalak’s class. The title for the talk is from an essay with the same title from What we see: Advancing the observations of Jane Jacobs (2010), available on loan from the Toronto Public Library. I much […]