Archive for March, 2020

Government of Canada Recognizes the National Historic Importance of Northrop Frye


Northrop Frye was a literary theorist, critic, educator, and one of the most respected Canadian intellectual figures in the second half of the 20th century. Frye argued for a systematic approach to literature, which examined the underlying myths and symbols that inform all of English literature. Frye’s work in literary theory and criticism challenged existing critical paradigms and had a significant international influence in the field.

Today, the Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations and Member of Parliament for Toronto—St. Paul’s, commemorated the importance of Northrop Frye as a person of national historic significance. A special ceremony was held at Emmanuel College of Victoria University in the University of Toronto with members of the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada, faculty, students, and residents of the City of Toronto. The announcement was made on behalf of the Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, the Honourable Catherine McKenna.

Born in Sherbrooke, Quebec in 1912, Frye was a quiet, studious child who grew up in Moncton, New Brunswick with his father, a hardware salesman, and his mother, a firm Methodist who encouraged his love of reading. In 1929, Frye began studying English and Philosophy at Victoria College of Victoria University in the University of Toronto. He received his Bachelor of Arts in 1933 and then followed the theological course at Emmanuel College and was ordained in the United Church of Canada in 1936. After further education that included a Master’s degree in English literature from Oxford University, Frye returned to Victoria College where he spent the rest of his career, eventually becoming chair of the English department in 1952, principal of Victoria College (1959-67), and then chancellor of Victoria University (1978-91).

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Laneway house, black two story East Toronto.



Laneway house example from Pape Ave, Gerrard St. area.

Postponed til 2021 Junction 9th Annual Summer Solstice Festival


All text the Junction BIA, Dear Junction Community and Vendors,

We understand that many of you have concerns about The Junction 9th Annual Summer Solstice Festival amid the global pandemic caused by COVID-19. It is with heavy hearts that The Junction BIA is announcing The Summer Solstice Festival will be postponed until 2021.

This was not an easy decision to make. We understand how much our vendors and the community look forward to and rely on The Summer Solstice Festival each year. However, we do not know when government-mandated social-distancing will end and it would not be responsible for us to promote a large-scale social gathering at this time. We all must take a proactive approach to uphold social-distancing to stop the spread of this virus. The safety of our members, vendors, suppliers, artists, and the general public is our #1 priority.

To our vendors, we will keep you informed about opportunities at our future events and hope that you will join us! We will be in touch over the coming week with more information regarding a full refund of vendor space fees.

To the rest of the Junction community, please continue to support our wonderful and unique small businesses. Many still provide gifts cards, delivery, and takeout options to serve your needs!

Thank you for your patience and understanding during these challenging times.  We commend our courageous members & vendors providing essential services. Be safe and stay well.

~The Junction BIA Board of Management & Staff

The other, mostly unknown founder of High Park.



The  northeast corner of Yonge Street, was a  four-storey,
brick building, the firm  “Readout Bros.” This was. Business of Percival Ridout, a large hardware and iron working factory and store, operated with his brother Joseph. The city acquired Mr Ridouts 173 acre parcel to the east of Mr Howards, High Park land.

Nearby the business of A. & S. Nordheimer’s music store, open in 1844, another concern with a connection to the Junction.

The Northrop Frye monument at U of T



Below the text of monument above.

Park People webinar series explores creative ways Canada’s city park departments can partner with community groups, nonprofits

Clearing land near the Don River for the cities storm water/portlands park project.

Park People webinar series explores creative ways Canada’s city park departments can partner with community groups, nonprofits and other agencies to activate the power of parks in cities across Canada.

Park professionals, city staff, funders and members of the parks community will gain practical insights rooted in leading-edge examples of partnerships that have succeeded in creatively bringing city parks and public spaces to life.
Learn moreThis free webinar series is part of Park People’s professional services. Visit our website to learn more about our city park experts, and the wonderful work they do putting people at the centre of parks and public spaces.

Leading Trends in City Park Partnerships

Wednesday, April 15 at 1:00 pm EST


Discover a wide range of partnership models used in city parks across Canada and explore the differences between Canadian and American park partnership models.

Rooted in Park People’s Canadian City Parks Report and a decade of work on park governance, we will share the latest opportunities and challenges emerging in Canada’s park partnerships.

Speakers:  Dave Harvey: Park People Founder and Executive Director Jake Tobin Garrett: Park People Policy and Planning Manager Register

Riverdale Park East.


What to Know Before Entering Into Park Partnerships

Thursday, May 7 at 1:00 pm EST

This webinar will highlight what successful park partnerships look like and the best practices to achieve great partnership outcomes.

Rooted in Park People’s extensive research and consulting on partnerships in city parks across Canada, this webinar will help you understand how to create the right partnership for your park and how to cultivate long term partnerships rooted in openness, accountability and public engagement.

Speakers:  Dave Harvey: Park People Founder and Executive Director Natalie Brown: Park People National Program Manager



Bridgepoint Health – Don Jail historical photo which changes highlighted.

May Robinson Apartments, West Lodge. Original construction photo.

Built in 1959, owned and managed by Toronto Community Housing. West Lodge, the former estate of Walter O’Hara. the first low-rent highrise in the city for the aged, giving more than 400 people of limited means a place to live.


When Vine Ave recycling issues were fought in Toronto Council on a dozen occasions, 1943

  1. The famous “Vine Avenue” issue.
    fought in committee  and council
    a dozen occasions. was moved
    farther toward decision.Council
    sustained recommendations of the
    property committee rejecting an
    application of the Consolidated Bottle Company Limited to conduct a second-hand business, bottles only,
    at 50-80 Vine Ave.
    It backed another recommenda-
    tion that bill be introduced to
    prohibit use of lands or erection or
    of buildings on Vine Ave. for
    junk shops or yards, second-band
    shops or yards. or foundries.
    The net result is that the bottle
    concern may continue operation of
    its bottle salvage plant in the rear
    of 27-67 Vine Ave., but may not use
    its new yard at 50-80 Vine Ave., nor
    acquire other premises for that pur-
    pose on the street.


March 23 1943 Toronto Daily Star