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Most common dog and cat names in Toronto

Names for  DOGs Licenced From January 01, 2017 To December 31, 2017( latest year data is available for)

CHARLIE 728 dogs were given this name 

BELLA 558 dogs were given this name 

MAX 519 dogs were given this name 

MOLLY 444 dogs were given this name 

BUDDY 424 dogs were given this name 

BAILEY 396 dogs were given this name 

COCO 395 dogs were given this name 

MAGGIE 394 dogs were given this name 

Names for  CATs Licenced From January 01, 2017 To December 31, 2017


CHARLIE 165 cats were given this name 

MOLLY 142 cats were given this name 

BELLA 133 cats were given this name 

MAX 131 cats were given this name 

LUNA 125 cats were given this name 

TIGER 123 cats were given this name 

SMOKEY 121 cats were given this name 

LUCY 119 cats were given this name 

SHADOW 107 cats were given this name 

How much trade each day happens between the US and Canada during a normal day.

Non Covid-19 Canada and the U.S. trade is more than 1,389,440.00 Canadian Dollars or 1 million dollars a minute.

Daily that is 1.44 billion Canadian dollars or 1,031,616.00 United  States Dollars per day.






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St Lawerence Market North new building site moves ahead a bit with tower crane

The foundation for the tower crane is poured.


Junction Area 1965 finding of the cities urban renewal study

Dundas-Keele area The Junction

Ground Floor

55  Number of business types.

156 Number of establishments.

6.0  Percentage Vacant

3.6 Percentage Deteriorated


Upper  Floor

15 Number of business types.

29 Number of establishments.


ActiveTO Quiet street Covid -19 sets Part of High Park Ave to local traffic only.

High  Park  Ave. (Bloor St. W. to Annette St.).

AccessQuiet Streets are for local vehicles only. All others should avoid using the street and plan a different route.Drive slowly – Drivers should be aware and expect to see pedestrians and cyclists on Quiet Streets.Parking – People who normally park their car on the street will still be able to park and travel as they normally would.Emergency vehicle access will be maintained at all timesNearby TTC routes should not be impacted by Quiet StreetsRoutine city services, such as garbage and recycling pickup, will continue on Quiet Streets as they normally would.

Quiet Streets are shared space to allow local residents to maintain physical distancing within their communities through the installation of signage and temporary barricades to encourage slow, local vehicle access only. They do not invite people to congregate or host social gatherings on the street.

Signs and temporary barricades will be placed on neighbourhood streets to allow local car traffic only and open up space for people who walk, run, use wheelchairs and bike. Over 50 km of streets have been planned for the initial roll-out of the program across the City.

Street Trolley Bakery Signage reps a long tradition in the Junction.

Street Trolley Bakery has always had a gaggle of hand written signs adorning the front of the shop. Truly engaging and luring.

Tesla Return to Work playbook, a good start for any business from Covid-19

Click image to download PDF . accessed May 11 2020

Testa, Our Return to Work playbook details the comprehensive safety measures we have introduced to ensure employee safety.


full statement about the report below.

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Purple Onion Steakhouse & Grill Has a great window feel with pull in info.


With menu display and specials prominently displayed, along with food images, Purple Onion Steakhouse & Grill windows provide an easy decision to go inside and enjoy the good fare this restaurant serves.


well worth going to.


The Conversations article on Googles Quayside development withdrawal.


a bit of the articles text, full, article here


It is hard to exaggerate the extent to which the entire Quayside development was not just a mess, but an obvious mess. This was a multi-billion-dollar deal between a land-development agency with no previous experience with foundational smart-city issues like data and intellectual property and a tech company created in 2015, with no track record in urban development.

Read more: Federal leaders should face tough questions about Toronto’s smart-city project

Built on data and secrecy

Smart cities are built on data, yet Waterfront Toronto and Sidewalk Labs proved extremely reluctant to even discuss data governance issues almost a year into their partnership. This, even though Sidewalk Labs’ main, if not only, competitive advantage is that it is an affiliate of Google, the world’s pre-eminent data company.

And when it came time to produce a plan, Sidewalk Labs instead delivered an orgy of mandate-exceeding ideas thrown together in a glossy, four-volume, 1,500-page sales brochure.

Gay Gardens is inspired by Carl Linnaeus, Online Exhibition/Art Book CALL FOR ENTRY Deadline: May 25, 2020 Launch Date: June 25, 2020




Gay Gardens

Online Exhibition/Art Book
Deadline: May 25, 2020

Launch Date: June 25, 2020


How to Enter:

UPLOAD ENTRY MATERIALS via the JOTFORM on our website submission page: 300 DPI jpegs no larger than 1.5 MB with proper naming: last name, first name, title, size (hxw), date, price. Example: Smith, John, “My Beautiful Tulips”, needlepoint, 30cm x 20cm, 2018, $350.


ENTRY FEE: The non-refundable entry fee of $50 is to be paid when you submit your jpegs. Pay via on-line banking using INTERAC E-Transfer to This fee covers entry of up to two works per artist and helps our not-for-profit gallery create an online exhibition/art book and to continue delivering diverse and excellent exhibitions.


DEADLINE: Midnight Monday May 25, 2020. Selected artists will be notified by May 31, 2020. Aird will facilitate online sales and asks for a 30% donation to the gallery. The artist and buyer will coordinate shipping.


Aird Gallery will host a fabulous closing event on Friday July 17, 2020 in our virtual garden, or if possible in our actual garden at 906 Queen Street West, Toronto. Entry Details found here:


Be part of our ‘book.’ All accepted artworks will be published online (+print) to showcase and share (forever) the
love within you in our gay garden.

Entry fee: $50.00 fee covers entry of up to 2 works per artist and helps our not-for-profit gallery create an online exhibition/art book.

Entry Details found here: About the Online Exhibition/Art Book:
Can a garden be gay ? Can a flower be lesbian ?
Can a tree be LGBTQ2IPA ?

Gay Gardens is inspired by Carl Linnaeus, a Swedish scientist, who published Systema Naturae in 1735. The book describes his method of naming and classifying plants based on their sexual organs and sexual actions. Society was shocked and embarrassed by the botanical orgies happening in their back yards. A woman has sex with six different men, in the lily flower’s arrangement of pistils and stamens. The virtuous canna is monogamous with one husband and one wife. Ferns and mosses keep their sex organs hidden and their marriages too.


Aird Gallery wants your submissions for our upcoming online art exhibition. Send us up to 3 jpegs of your work, old or new. We encourage contents such as: botany, sexuality, wilderness, gender, flowers, orientation, landscapes, transitions, gardening, the birds and the bees, and other representations. We encourage mediums such as: drawing, quilting, painting, pyrography, needlepoint, photography, ceramic, weaving, printmaking, beading, sculpture, video, performance, and etc. Our jury of gay garden experts, Jowenne Herrera and curator Patrick DeCoste, will select their favorites to be included in our online exhibition/art book which will go on view June 25, 2020.

1. Andrea Wulf, The Brother Gardeners, Botany, Empire, and the Birth of an Obsession. (London: Windmill Books, 2009). 2. Call for entry image: Ladies Morning Dress, Louis de Carmontelle, 1771, colour engraving

Jowenne Carpo Herrera is a visual artist and designer who works with various media integrating painting, drawing, illustration, photography and typography. Many of his works depict subjects drawn from nature and daily urban landscapes – experimenting with the dualities and tensions between identities, societies and idealisms. He thrives in the diversity of thought – inspired by the many things he sees, feels and experiences everyday. He is a Registered Graphic Designer of Ontario (RGD) and Certification Portfolio Evaluator for the association. He owns ABAKADA design + communication, and for over 20 years has been delivering creative design solutions across public, private and not for profit sectors – specializing in brand development, editorial design and graphic illustration. He served as John B. Aird Gallery Chair/President and Director in Toronto for over 10 years. In his spare time, he abandons the digital world and gardens, cooks and runs a lot.

Patrick DeCoste is an award-winning Toronto-based visual artist who studied fine arts at Mount Allison University. He has exhibited extensively in Toronto, as well as New York City and beyond. The Globe and Mail calls him ‘a young old master’ and Los Angeles writer Chris Kraus in C-Magazine describes his painting as ‘heroic and musty, strange and disturbing’. He was awarded a Chalmers Arts Fellowship in 2011.


Through his art he explores Indigenous histories and his Nova Scotia Métis roots. In 2014, he received the President’s Award for Outstanding Achievement in Graduate Studies from OCADU, where he completed an Interdisciplinary MFA. His recent exhibitions include solo exhibitions at Galerie Youn, Montreal 2014; Station Gallery, Whitby 2015. This past year DeCoste was awarded grants from The Canada Council for the Arts for the production of new works, from The Ontario Arts Council’s Aboriginal Artists in Schools program and from the Toronto Arts Council for his 13 Moons and A Canoe exhibit. When not in the city, Patrick spends time at his studio on Georgian Bay, near Lafontaine, canoeing with his dog Luca, and making art in the forest.