It is entirely unexpected that a proposal for a downtown casino would become such a watershed issue for Toronto. When first proposed last year, it was seen as a divisive issue, and best thinking was that the vote on city council would be close, perhaps dividing the downtown councillors from those representing the suburbs. The No Casino Toronto group was seen as insular and ineffective.
There are many ways in which the GTA is making great strides toward becoming a world-class sustainable city. In the past year alone, we’ve seen many initiatives to create more green space, ban environmentally hazardous products and practices and generally make our city a healthier place to live.
Each spring, they migrate back to the well-treed ’hoods of North Toronto, flitting from property to property in a fecund frenzy. You can stand there, quietly watching, certain there’s but one obsession on their minds: Nesting. These are the house hornies, the drivers of GTA real estate.
For our Comedy Issue, we interviewed seven of the city’s top comedians. Today, we present Mark McKinney, the man who brought us characters such as the Head Crusher, the Chicken Lady and more. Here, McKinney dishes on his Kids in the Hall and Saturday Night Life days, and what he’s been up to since.
Maureen Sirois walks down Eglinton Avenue on a sunny Saturday afternoon, past the clothing shops, butcher and bakery to her own store next to the Eglinton Grand theatre, pointing out the changes she hopes to see in the neighbourhood. That the city’s Toronto Parking Authority (TPA) is eyeing the Green P lot in behind that stretch for redevelopment is a sign of what’s to come.
Robertson Davies Park, located on Avenue Road north of Dupont Street, is surrounded by single-family homes and old, towering trees. It may soon have a new neighbour: a nine-storey condo at 289 Avenue Rd., which has some residents apprehensive. Pam MacDonald, president of the Rathnelly Area Residents Association, is unhappy with the proposal.
The power of books can be underestimated when someone has always had them at their disposal. But when Forest Hill mother Anna Rosner was studying native education and learned how many children on Aboriginal reserves did not have access to books, she felt compelled to make a difference.
It’s hard to believe, but spring is on its way! There are a lot of exciting spring events on the horizon. The success of the city’s Community Environment Days toward helping divert waste from landfills is impressive and growing.