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1. You Tube: Save the Bala Falls Video
2. Globe and Mail:Death of Architect Dan Hanganu
3. Niagara at Large: Thorold Wins Prince of Wales Prize
4. Now Magazine: TD Centre
5. Honeycat Productions: Welland celebrates its Heritage sites with a new film

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1. You Tube: Save the Bala Falls Video
Save the Bala Falls

Kathleen Wynne Bala is Calling

Protest on Labour Day Weekend
Construction equipment blocking access to Purks Place, a local small business

In spite of a dozen years of protest and expression of well researched and credible concerns, the power plant in Bala has begun construction. All the trees have been cleared, and the town looks like a war zone. This video asks a lot of very good questions that just haven't been answered. Remediation plans show a portage re-instated which is to be applauded, but there are questions about turbulence and undertows caused by the plant which may make the portage, and former fishing and boating areas unusuable. There are also questions about potential flooding during construction. 

The Wynne government has stonewalled this group for over a decade. It is hard to understand why. Bala deserves some answers. 

Here Minister Kathryn McGarry responds to question from Norm Miller, the MPP for Muskoka. I am a fan of McGarry, a former ACO President, but do find the answer that the plant has to be built in order to take measurements for safety measures,  that the proponent, not the government is responsible for safet rather cart before horse, and?



2. Globe and Mail:Death of Architect Dan Hanganu

Architect Dan Hanganu was a rule-breaking creator of Quebec landmarks

Courtesy of Dan Hanganu Architects


Few architects have enriched the country with such distinctive exuberance as Dan Hanganu. The Romanian-born, Montreal-based architect, who died on Oct. 5 at the age of 78, led the life of the proverbial successful immigrant, seizing Canadian opportunities and adopting the country's essential values while letting the culture of his homeland inform his work. His landmark projects are almost all in Quebec, but they have generated strong international acclaim.
Deeply influenced by his early life and training in Romania, Mr. Hanganu sought a counterpoint to what he saw as the formulaic rigidity of conventional modern architecture. This ethos would drive the design of his 1992 breakout project, Montreal's Pointe-à-Callière archeology museum, designed in consortium with Provencher Roy. A limestone-clad triangular building with a jogged cylindrical prow, it literally reveals the city's history by showcasing actual archeological remnants embedded in the lower floor, with exhibition and educational spaces on the upper floors.



3. Niagara at Large: Thorold Wins Prince of Wales Prize
Pamela Minns

City of Thorold wins national recognition with prestigious Prince of Wales Prize for Municipal Heritage Leadership


Niagara, Ontario – In the world of HERITAGE, the Prince of Wales Prize is the Academy Award – it is the Oscar of all awards, and for 2017 the City of Thorold has been given this honour.

The revitalization of downtown Thorold has received national attention and has been a project done in partnership with local heritage advocates like Pamela Minns, local businesses, Thorold’s city council and the provincial and federal governments.

It is delivered through the National Trust for Canada, and we have been informed that “the independent awards jury was unanimous in its decision to honour Thorold for its long standing commitment to heritage policies and programs that help preserve and celebrate its rich industrial history”.  

Prince Charles himself reviewed and endorsed the jury’s recommendation, and wrote the congratulatory message which was read at the Awards event at National Trust’s annual conference held in Ottawa this year – October 11th – 14th, 2017.  A number of additional awards were presented to various people from all over our country for their contributions to Canada’s heritage.

Plaque for the historic Beaverdams Church citizens in the Thorold area are working hard to save as part of our region’s early community heritage

Established in 1999 under the generous patronage of His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales, this Prize honours a municipal government for ”exemplary commitment to the preservation of heritage, identity and sense of place within its boundaries”. This award re-defines a community;  in Thorold it has permanently moved us from our reputation as an “industrial town”, to a heritage destination.



4. Now Magazine: TD Centre
Richard Longley

TD Centre fallout

When Ontario Premier John Robarts cut the ribbon at the formal opening on May 13, 1968 of the Toronto-Dominion Centre’s two black towers, the timing was fortuitous. Less than six weeks earlier, humanoids of an imagined future made first contact with a mysterious black monolith in the premiere of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey.

In Don Mills, construction of Raymond Moriyama’s Ontario Science Centre would not be completed until 1969, and Eb Zeidler’s Ontario Place, the city’s most Expo-like structure, not until 1971. But downtown, where the only high buildings were Commerce Court and the Royal York Hotel, the two colossal structures of 56 and 46 storeys completed in 1967, in black-painted steel and bronze-tinted glass, rose like arrivals from another world over the city’s core.

What caused this marvel?

When the Dominion Bank and the Bank of Toronto merged in 1955, it was determined that a new Toronto-Dominion bank would replace the majestic Beaux-Arts Bank of Toronto. Where it needed only seven storeys of floor space, TD would build a total of 102, convinced that where it built, it would grow and others would come.

Developer William Zeckendorf proposed the largest concrete building in the British Commonwealth. Toronto-Dominion president Allen Lambert rejected it and turned instead to Fairview, the real estate arm of realtor and whisky magnate Sam Bronfman’s Cemp Investments. Bronfman had a daughter, Phyllis Lambert (no relation to Allen) who shared Allen’s passion for architecture.

She had made her mark on Canadian architecture years earlier as “she who shall be obeyed” after a letter she wrote to her father regarding the Seagram Building he was about to build in New York. Its design appalled her.

“You must put up a building which expresses the best of the society in which you live, and at the same time your hopes for the betterment of this society. You have a great responsibility and your building is not only for the people of your companies, it is much more for all people, in New York and the rest of the world.”

The first design was abandoned, and German modernist Mies van der Rohe would be commissioned for the Seagram Building. The result was a triumph that would be repeated in Toronto, when Phyllis persuaded Allen Lambert – without much difficulty – to select van der Rohe to design the Toronto-Dominion Centre.


5. Honeycat Productions: Welland celebrates its Heritage sites with a new film
Diana Williamson

Welland's 27 Designated Properties celebrated on film

The Welland Heritage Advisory Committee commissioned a film to celebrate the owners of the 27 "designated heritage" properties.

A gala presentation was held at City Hall on Thursday, Sept 28, with the mayor Frank Campion and other dignitaries in attendance.

The Welland Heritage Advisory Planning Committee consists of: Rose Dzugan, Nora Reid, Diane Zakraysek, Bridget Krajnak, Penny Morningstar and intern Andrew Thorpe.

It was produced by Diana Williamson of Honeycat Productions who specializes in heritage properties.