Storage facility transformed into banquet hall

Things are all ready to go for tonight’s  Leaside 100 Gala dinner to be held in the All Canadian Storage Facility on Laird Drive. The building has been transformed into a series of venues for the reception, dining and dancing. Inset left, MCs Dave Sparrow and Deb McGrath polish up a couple of routines and right, a 1928 Durant sedan which was manufactured at  the company’s plant on Wicksteed Ave. Guests may have their pictures taken with this great old vehicle and we will guess that after a couple of glasses of fine wine there will be lots of hamming it up on the running board. We’re thinking. The long banquet room is fully fixed up with screens so no one will miss anything that happens on stage. Prime Minister Harper will join other dignitaries at about 6.45 to kick off the evening.  Previous post two down.  (Saturday, April 27, 2013) 

Marking 200th anniversary of the Battle of York

Many streets will be temporarily closed downtown today as a parade winds its way from Queen’s Park to Fort York to mark the 200th Anniversary of the Battle of York. This morning troops performed a “dynamic military display” on the south lawn of Queen’s Park followed by the presentation of a new regimental colour by His Royal Highness Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh, to the 3rd Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment. The Prince has been colonel-in-chief — an honorary title often given to members of the Royal Family — of the regiment since 1953. Regimental colours are like a ceremonial flag that historically provided a rallying point for soldiers on a battlefield. A 21-gun salute will be part of the ceremony. Details of the closures.   Story of  the Battle of York.

Sorel Etrog works mark Davisville Ave. landscape

225 Davisville

The Art Gallery of Ontario opens a retrospective on the work of sculptor Sorel Etrog  today. His near-lifetime of creating works in bronze and other metals around Toronto will be particularly familiar to those who live and work in the Davisville Ave and Balliol Street neighborhood between Yonge St. and Mt. Pleasant Rd. His work became a kind of signature for the Greewin developments in that area when principals of the company commissioned a number of pieces in the 1960s. Etrog will be 80 this year and the career-spanning exhibition at the AGO will cast the artist in a new light in his adopted hometown of fifty-four years. It will include his archetypal sculptures as well as drawings, paintings, book works and prints from the AGO’s collection and private collections. One of the highlights, and one of Etrog’s pivotal works, will be his rarely seen film, Spiral. This meditation on the human condition, from birth to death, will be a catalyst for renewed reflection on the accomplishments of one of Canada’s most diverse and challenging artists. Art Gallery of Ontario site

Prime Minister will attend Leaside 100 Gala

Playing for Leaside

Prime Minister Stephen Harper will attend the Leaside 100 Gala Saturday night in the community where he grew up.  Mr. Harper will jet into Toronto in time to take part in opening remarks along with Premier Wynne and John Carmichael,  the member for Don Valley West.  It was generally not known whether the prime minister would make an appearance at the gala, but the notice was posted on Mr. Harper’s website Friday evening. The gala is an ambitious buffet dinner being held in the All Canadian Self-Storage Facility at 1 Laird Drive, a location which is right across the street from the Leaside Arena where he played as a kid. The event is sold out. It will offer celebrants a chance to immerse themselves in the history of the town and enjoy such things as a Champagne/Martini reception with hors d’oeuvres, some vintage 1913 dancing, and a photo-op with a Leaside-built 1928 Durant automobile. There will be a gourmet dinner catered by Grilltime from just up the street on Laird Drive. Music will be provided by the Toronto All Star Big Band and Celebrity MCs are David Sparrow and Deb McGrath.

Brian Burke sues 18 unknown online writers

Mr. Burke has been a sensation on the Internet among a handful of people claiming he fathered a child with a female sports reporter last summer. He says the slurs are false and is taking meausres to sue the so far unidentified sources. Brian Burke was fired last year as general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs  CBC

Opposition says it will kill budget if it raises taxes

If the premier is listening to the NDP and PCers at Queen’s Park she will back off on the array of taxes she has discussed to finance the construction of subways. Both the Conservatives and New Democrats have said they won’t support any effort by the minority Liberal government to raise taxes on people to pay for public transit. The budget comes down next Thursday and Ms. Wynne was trying to win votes outside Toronto this day by promising a $100 million fund to build roads and bridges in rural and northern Ontario.

Xococava in Delisle Court will close Friday, May 17

It’s noted in the Post Magazine that the chocolate shop known as Xococava in the Delisle Court will close on May 17, 2013. The owner, Chris McDonald, who is also the owner of  Cava restaurant, told the Post that he has “other projects in the works.”  A wine store will be taking Xococava’s place in the Delisle Court.

Layers of Leaside Historical Walk this Saturday

The first of two walking tours guided by Jane Pitfield and Geoff Kettel gets going at 1.30  this Sunday, April 28, 2013, outside the library at 165 McRae Drive. This the official Layers of Leaside Historical Walking Tour and takes in points of interest in a two hour walk. Next Saturday, May 4 at 1.30 to 3.30 is the Layers of Thorncliffe Park Historical Walking Tour also guided by Jane and Geoff. It begins at Jenner Jean-Marie Community Centre/Thorncliffe Library, 48 Thorncliffe Park Drive 

Champagne to mark opening of LCBO store

There was a champagne toast to the new LCBO at Bayview Ave. and Millwood Road Friday morning before regular customers were allowed to come in. A party of about 150 officials and business contacts gathered at the store about 9 a.m.. and then, as the clerks said, everyone was “kicked out”” so the place could start to do some business.

Afternoon purse snatch near Eglinton and Hanna

Toronto Police Service report: A 36 year old female reports that on Wednesday, April 24, 2013 at approximately 1630 hours (4.30 pm) she was in the area of Eglinton Avenue East and Bayview Avenue when she was approached from behind by an unknown male suspect. The suspect pushed the victim and pulled her purse from her right shoulder. The suspect fled the scene northbound on Hanna Road. No injuries were sustained by the victim. Police are requesting the assistance of the public in identifying the following described person in connection with this offence. Description of Suspect: Male, 25 to 35 years, medium build. 

Scary tale of Ottawa’s failure to deport Raed Jaser

The hair raising details on the failure of Canada to deport Raed Jaser, 35, have been revealed in a CBC report which is shown on video at the link below. From his fraudulent arrival at age 15 in 1993 with his family, through criminal acts of fraud. and deportation orders, Jaser’s case is a textbook example of this country as a soft haven for anyone who showed up at the airport claiming refugee status. CBC

How will we pay for the Emerald City of Transit?

An epic showdown appears likely between the forces of Mayor Ford and  the “Taxes for the TTC”  elements of council after a key Ford supporter, Gary Crawford (Ward 36) has flip-flopped on the application of such levies. Premier Wynne is waiting to slap them on. Gas, sales, business — all kinds of taxes to help us build that Emerald City of Transit we are to believe is out there somewhere. At least that’s how it sounds when the Premier gets going. The other day she was fretting that a “working mother” couldn’t zoom across the GTA in just a few minutes to get to her job. That would be nice. But you get the feeling the premier was talking about zip lines. For his part, the mayor wants to float the subway dream by opening a gigantic casino. That already unpopular idea got  another  trashing today, this time from the Catholic Church. The archbishop, Cardinal Thomas Collins, warned of the “grievous suffering” caused by gambling. He may well be right and the sad lineups at the OLG  ticket stands sometimes give a glimpse of that.  As to transit, of course we need it. But how costly must it be? The transit debate is too much like an election campaign. Many people seem to be staking their political success on sending Toronto to Transit Glory, no matter what it costs.