Archive for November, 2018

Why does the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan invest in major Chicago roads and not roads in Toronto.


Photo, Chicago Skyway Bridge being repaired by Beier Engineering.

The Skyway sure looks like the Gardiner Expressway, why these pensions, and the city cannot structure a public private partnership needs to be questions, after all Hospitials in the province have been built with  public private partnerships.

The Chicago Skyway  operated by the group SCC has been owned by a consortium of Canadian pension funds (Borealis Infrastructure, Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan, and CPP Investment Board) since February 2016.[22]

Toronto Firefighters use a Pompier Ladder, a incredibly dangerous rescue ladder.

As buildings were built in greater height, the ladder became a necessary tool for window rescues and scaling above the reach of ground ladders.  The ladder, shaped like a question mark, is driven hook first into the window above the firefighter.  The hook is pulled into the sill.  Then the firefighter climbs to the window, straddles the sill, raises the ladder to the next floor and repeats the process until he reaches his destination. 1924

Old Sweet Potato being converted to a restaurant with more than 30 seats.

2995 Dundas St West, most recently sweet potato grocery store and prior to that the high value discount store is becoming a restaurant. Work has been ongoing from mid July of 2018.

George Stephenson's plans for the world's first locomotive-driven passenger railway found!

John Page discovered the notebook by chance while looking for another document in the archive’s deeds room in April this year. It includes Stephenson’s redesign and buddet for the Stockton and Darlington Railway, nhich opened in 1825, encl was signed by G Stephenson at Killingworth Colliery on 18 January 1822. The notebook, which shows Stephenson’s survey of George Overton’s original plans for the line and recommendations, has now none on rlisnlm at the National Railway Museum in York. John Page said: “Because it is a historical document it would never have been loaned out or requested as it didn’t impact the running of the railway, so, since the 1950s, it has sat on a shelf unnoticed amongst hundreds of other packets. “| was looking for a deed for one of our internal colleagues and, purely out of curiosity, decided to look through the packets, and there it was, and what a thrill it was to find.” Sir Peter Hendy CBE, chair of Network Rail, added: “George Stephenson’s original survey of the Stockton and Darlington Railway ushered in the railway age, not only in Britain, but around the world. Network Rail is delighted and proud to have found this astonishing artefact, and very pleased to have it displayed by our friends at the National Railway Museum.”• text from, Rail Engineer 169 2018

What they made, Chapman Double Ball Bearing Co.



Chapman Double Ball Bearing Co. of Canada, Limited 339-351 Sorauren Ave., Toronto,

Image from the Deer Class at Toronto’s Native Centre Today, image show hung deer

Image from the Deer Class at Toronto’s Native Centre Today, image shows hung deer. About 200 people were present for the class on preparing a deer for the multiple uses one can be used for.

TTC Yard at King St West in Parkdale construction.

The benefit of having appoiments at St Joe’s Health Centre in the Morning

Canada’s Grand Cannabis Experiment Has Set Scientists Free Says, nytimes



Summary of article full article here

As the first G-7 nation to slacken cannabis laws, Canada has bolted to the front lines of the plant’s methodical scrutiny and investigation. Research multiplied again in 2014, when commercial growers got clearance to supply mail-order medical marijuana to Canadian patients, commodification that simultaneously energized corporate interests.

Canada’s brand-new legislation, the Cannabis Act, replaces a restrictive system that treated researchers like would-be drug dealers. It’s funding 14 new studies and has set aside millions more for research grants that could ask questions like, Will a pregnant mother using cannabis harm her baby’s development? The country has become “the de facto source of research-grade cannabis around the world,” contends Philippe Lucas, who is the head of research for the Canadian producer Tilray, which has completed exports to 10 countries.

Canada’s grand experiment has already been a catalyst for smarter science in the United States, where its federal prohibition has choked research. Although 33 states have relaxed their marijuana laws, only one facility in Mississippi is federally licensed to supply dried cannabis, and its product is often derided by researchers as lackluster.

Enter Tilray, which, in a rare first this September, was approved by the Drug Enforcement Administration to supply cannabis extract from Canada to a California neurologist who’s developing a treatment for tremors in the elderly. The metrics could enable jurisdictions worldwide to devise policy reforms and public health programs that minimize legalization’s potentially negative impacts.

The scholarship on cannabis will finally advance now that a developed, Western society has welcomed back an ancient drug plant, says Jonathan Page, a Vancouver-based plant biologist and a leader of the cannabis genome project. Therapeutic marijuana application dates back thousands of years, according to archaeological and historical records

29th Annual Mistletoe Magic, John B. Aird Gallery, Dec 13th

29th Annual Mistletoe Magic

A holiday art fundraiser

On View: December 6 – 13, 2018

Gala Fundraising Night: Thursday, December 13, 6 – 9 p.m.

The John B. Aird Gallery is pleased to announce the details of its annual fundraising gala Mistletoe Magic, which will take place on Thursday, December 13, from 6 – 9 p.m.

This highly anticipated event brings together over 150 works of art from more than 100 contemporary artists across the province.


The John B. Aird Gallery is delighted to present its 29th edition of Mistletoe Magic, a silent art auction fundraiser. This popular event raises much needed funds for the Aird Gallery’s year-round programming (12-13 exhibitions per year) and to increase the visibility of the gallery, the participating artists and organizations, while remaining free of charge to the public.

This highly anticipated event brings together over 150 works of art from more than 100 contemporary artists across the province. In addition, the gallery is delighted to feature three renowned artist at this year’s fundraiser: Tony Vander Voet, OSA (posthumous), Andrew Harwood and Chris Ironside.

Leading up to the December 13 event, visitors will have a week, beginning Thursday, December 6, to visit the gallery to preview and even place an advanced bid for this year’s outstanding collection of affordable Canadian art.

Poignantly, Mistletoe Magic 2018 will mark the final edition of this popular annual silent art auction before the Aird vacates its space as part of the upcoming Macdonald Block reconstruction project.  Critically, the funds raised will support the Aird’s search for a new home over the next several years.


The Gala Fundraising night is open and free to all, from 6 – 9 p.m. on Thursday December 13, where the final frenzy of bidding will take place! The winning bidders will be able to take home their outstanding artworks at the end of the evening. The event includes lots of nibbles and a cash bar.


TONY VANDER VOET (posthumous) was an artist, scientist, teacher, leader, public servant (Ontario), world traveler and photographer. He embraced his life and adventure. Born in Holland and immigrated to Canada with his family when he was five years old, Tony was always drawn to the arts. He was primarily a self-taught artist and studied drawing, painting and printmaking with a number of renowned Canadian artists at both the Haliburton School of the Arts and at the Toronto School of Art. His works can be found in the Government of Ontario Collection and private collections in Canada, Germany, Chile and Mexico. Tony applied his organizational abilities to several arts organizations as President, Colour and Form Society and Ontario Society of Artists; Treasurer, John B. Aird Gallery and board of Pastel Artist of Canada and Headwaters Arts. His work “Inspired by the Glacier” won first prize, International Juried Online Exhibition, Society of Canadian Artists, just before his death. He passed away on April 22, 2018.

ANDREW HARWOOD is a Toronto-based artist who works in a variety of media, currently painting. His most recent solo exhibition, “While I Was Away” 2017, at No Foundation, Toronto concentrated on the relationships between interior design, nature and painting. Harwood has had exhibitions in Miami, Los Angles, The Museum of Canadian Contemporary Art, Toronto and the Tom Thomson Memorial Gallery, Owen Sound. His works are in the collections of the TD Bank, Bank of Montreal, University of Guelph, Queen’s University, University of Manitoba, Centennial College, Sheridan College, The Gay and Lesbian Museum of Art, New York and in private collections in Canada, The United States and Europe. He opened one of the first galleries, Zsa Zsa, in what is now called the West Queen West Art and Design District in Toronto. He is a co-founding member of the Toronto Alternative Art Fair International, 2004 – _06, co-organizing and co-curating exhibitions, lectures and special music events for TAAFI held at the Drake and Gladstone Hotels. He was the former President, BOD A Space Gallery and Treasurer, BOD member Gallery TPW.

CHRIS IRONSIDE received his MFA from York University and BA from the University of Guelph. His drawings and photographs have been exhibited throughout North America. His work has been featured in the Globe and Mail, C Magazine and Headmaster Magazine, and exhibited at Daniel Faria Gallery, the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives and the Gladstone Hotel (Toronto), Four-Eleven Gallery (Provincetown) and with ClampArt at the Art on Paper Fair (New York). His recent body of work, “Loving For the Fame”, was exhibited at Angell Gallery this past October and he will have his first solo public gallery exhibition in the fall of 2019 at the Art Gallery of Peterborough. He has formerly taught in the School of Fine Art and Music at The University of Guelph and currently teaches in the Faculty of Fine Arts at York University.


Our Mission: The Aird is a generous, safe contemporary art exhibition space where visual culture can be shared and explored by an audience as diverse as its makers.

The John B. Aird Gallery opened in 1985. It was named in honour of the 23rd Lieutenant Governor of Ontario to recognize his support for the visual arts in the province and in Canada. Governed by a board Directors, the Gallery’s mandate is to create awareness and promote the enjoyment of works of art by professional contemporary artists.

The Aird is one of the few remaining public art galleries in Toronto. Operating for over 30 years as a non-profit and registered charity, we connect people to ideas – where contemporary art is presented, discussed and enjoyed. We are a space where visual culture is shared to inspire, where communities connect with each other, and where artists are supported throughout their career lifespan.


John B. Aird Gallery | Galerie John B. Aird

900 Bay Street, The Macdonald Block, TO, ON, M7A 1C2

A Canadian Registered Charity: 85850 5191 RR000