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York Square: To Preserve or Not

York Square: To Preserve or Not

York Square Designated and at Risk, Public Consultation Meeting January 22 +read

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Stollery's Defacement

Catherine Nasmith
Jan 18, 2015
Photo taken by Adam Birrell, Sunday January 18, 2015
Photo taken by Adam Birrell, Sunday January 18, 2015
Stollery's is not listed or designated so there is nothing to prevent the owner going in, getting a demolition permit and defacing the building to destroy its heritage value. A demolition permit was issued on Friday. A few years back a similar attach was made at 7 Austin Terrace, and stopped by the ... +read

York Square: To Preserve or Not

Catherine Nasmith
Jan 15, 2015
Historic View of York Square, Published around the world
Historic View of York Square, Published around the world
“I had one night to enjoy the moment.” said Linda Lewis. On Tuesday a notice arrived saying that the bylaw designating York Square, at the corner of Yorkville and Avenue Road, had been passed by Toronto City Council. On Wednesday, Linda received a second notice that the application for... +read

Proposed De La Salle Development: Could Ruin View of Significant Cultural Landscape View

Michael Vaughan
Jan 14, 2015
Google View of De La Salle playing fields
Google View of De La Salle playing fields
De La Salle College on Avenue Rd. south of St. Clair wants money. Rather than raise it in the normal way, it wants to build a 45 ft.high housing development going down Avenue Rd. from the foot of the escarpment and turning east along Oaklands. It would wall off the face of the escarpment, the playin... +read

Order of Canada for Christina Cameron and John G. Cavity

Heritage Canada The National Trust
Jan 06, 2015
Ottawa, ON – January 6, 2015 – The National Trust congratulates cultural heritage conservation experts Dr. Christina Cameron and Mr. John G. McAvity on their recent appointments to the Order of Canada, one of the country’s highest civilian honours. Dr. Cameron was appointed to the... +read

Globe and Mail: Silver Dollar and Waverly Hotel

Placing a Value on the Silver Dollar

Brad Wheeler
Jan 24, 2015

If a penny saved is a penny earned, surely it is worth it to save a Dollar. On Jan. 13, the modest Silver Dollar Room, a cement growth in the shadow of the Hotel Waverly, was deemed by city council as being of cultural heritage value or interest. The preservation status has to do with the musical t... +read

Globe and Mail: Stollery's and York Square

Stollerys is going. But Toronto should do more to save its heritage

Alex Bozikovic
Jan 24, 2015

  When workers are smashing up a building on a Sunday morning, it suggests some kind of skulduggery. But last weekend at Yonge and Bloor, the rules largely weren’t being broken; The crew attacking the façade of the Stollery’s building at 1 Bloor West had a demolition permit.... +read

Toronto Star: Drawings of all 99 Toronto Libraries

Local artist Daniel Rotsztain draws all 99 Toronto libraries

Tara Deschamps
Jan 23, 2015

 While most people shuffle through a period of unemployment doling out resumes, one Toronto man decided to spend it travelling to each of the city’s 99 public libraries. From the end of August to October, 25-year-old artist and geographer Daniel Rotsztain boarded buses, trains, streetcar... +read

Globe and Mail: Granatstein Opinion on Kingston's Marine Museum of the Great Lakes

Why is Ottawa sinking Kingstons Marine Museum?

J. L. Granatstein
Jan 19, 2015

Historian J.L. Granatstein is the author of Who Killed Canadian History? and many other books on Canadian political and military history. Kingston, Ontario, was Sir John A. Macdonald’s home town, and Prime Minister Stephen Harper was there for the Grand Old Man’s 200th birthday last wee... +read

CBC Radio: Nasmith Interview over Stollery's

Heritage Building?

Catherine Nasmith
Jan 19, 2015

Interview with Catherine Nasmith regarding the weekend demolition of Stollery's at Yonge and Bloor in Toronto... +read

Toronto Star: Detroit on the Rise

Surprising  no, astonishing  Detroit revival taking root

David Olive
Jan 19, 2015

Returning home by helicopter one day in 1967, Bill Ford, a scion of the Ford auto dynasty, looked down and saw that huge swaths of Detroit were ablaze in one of the worst race riots in U.S. history. He turned to his father, Henry Ford II, then CEO of Ford Motor Co., and said: “My God, it&rsquo... +read

Toronto Star: Demolition of Stollery's Over the Weekend

Demolition work begins on Stollerys before heritage designation decided

Sadiya Ansari
Jan 19, 2015
Taken Sunday
Taken Sunday
A part of Toronto’s history started to come down piece by piece this weekend, just days after Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam took steps to have the 114-year-old Stollerys building designated a heritage site. “I was really appalled to see such a sudden attempt by new owners to get rid of th... +read

Toronto Star: Stollery's At Yonge and Bloor to be Redeveloped

Mizrahi Developments buys Stollerys at Yonge and Bloor

Ashante Infantry
Jan 18, 2015

  Just two years after breaking ground on his first condo building, independent luxury developer Sam Mizrahi has vaulted in the big leagues, nabbing the Stollerys store and adjacent lands on the southwest corner of Yonge and Bloor streets. The purchase sets the stage for a residential-retail ... +read

Toronto Star: Roughing it in the Muskoka Bush-1870's style

Discovering Harriet King: descendants of pioneer settler find their roots

Katie Daubs
Jan 18, 2015

It sounds like the premise of a 19th-century reality show: a British lady accustomed to servants, tea and whiling away the hours with embroidery is plunked into the Muskoka bush in 1871, where she lives in a cabin missing a door, fights an endless plague of mosquitoes and chases cows from the cabbag... +read

Blog TO: Bloor Street Viaduct

The birth of the Bloor Viaduct

Derek Flack, forwarded by Richard Longley
Jan 16, 2015

It wouldn't be a stretch to put the Bloor Viaduct — or, more officially the Prince Edward viaduct — on a top 10 list of Toronto landmarks. Opened in fall of 1918, the bridge system is actually composed of two structures: the one that spans the Don Valley and the smaller western section t... +read

Ottawa Citizen: Shirley Blumberg objects to Location of Ottawa Memorial

Jury member goes public with criticism of victims of communism memorial site

Don Butler
Jan 15, 2015

A prominent architect who was part of the jury that recommended the winning design for a major new Ottawa memorial to victims of communism says she has a “massive problem” with the chosen site and doubts the memorial can be built for anything close to its $5.5-million estimated cost. Sh... +read

Toronto Star: Magna Carta Coming to Canada

As part of the Magna Cartas 800th anniversary celebrations


Jan 15, 2015
Magna Carta, Coming to Fort York Visitor Centre
Magna Carta, Coming to Fort York Visitor Centre
From June until the end of 2015, the “Great Charter” and its companion document, England’s Charter of the Forest, will be on exhibit in four Canadian cities. Dating back to 1217, two years after King John put his seal on the original Magna Carta, the Charter of the Forest was inte... +read

Ontario Heritage Trust Video: Michael Bliss on James Collip, co-discover of Insulin


Jan 14, 2015
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Ontario Heritage Trust Video: Jack Granatstein on John McCrae


Jan 14, 2015
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Gravenhurst Banner: Bala Falls -Wahta Chief Concerned about Huntsville Conflict of Interest

Wahta requests councillors step back from Bala Falls

Roland Cilliers
Jan 09, 2015

In a letter addressed to Huntsville Mayor Scott Aitchison, Chief Phillip Franks of the Wahta Mohawks requests that the town’s representatives step back from the Bala Falls project and allow the issue to be dealt with by the Muskoka Lakes municipality and those neutral to the process. The lette... +read

Toronto Star: Keeping Toronto's Heritage

Building an inheritance into a legacy

Alex Newman Living
Jan 07, 2015

On the quest for downtown land, condo developers usually find themselves tripping over heritage buildings, says Andrew DeGasperis, CEO of Aspen Ridge Development. Almost every developer has had to deal with heritage at one time or another. One of the challenges, DeGasperis explains, is determining ... +read

Globe and Mail: Canada 2017?

Ad costs for Canadas 150 birthday party rising but no plans in sight

Stephanie Levitz
Jan 07, 2015
  Talk about an expensive birthday party invitation. Recently released federal spending figures show advertising promoting Canada’s 150th birthday — two years from now — has cost nearly $12 million, so far. That’s $5 million more than the government had said last fall... +read

Windsor Star: Urban Design Preservation in Windsor

The city of Windsor, Ont., has proclaimed a piece of curb historic


Jan 06, 2015

A retired couple, tired of being unable to find a parking spot in their burgeoning Olde Walkerville neighbourhood, want to cut a driveway into a curb at their home. But Windsor’s heritage planner has recommended against it, saying it would “destroy” a portion of an increasingly rar... +read

Events
Play. Endure. Inspire. Ontario's sport heritage launch event
Tuesday, February 17, 2015
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Riverdale Historical Society February Event
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
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