Monsters located along newly re-opened Lower Don Trail

Joanna Lavoie of the Beach Mirror has written about stone sculptures along the Lower Don Trail in a meadow north of the Bloor Viaduct. Access to these works has become easier and safer with the re-opening today of the Lower Don Trail by Mayor Tory and Councillors Wong-Tam and McMahon, who each represent parts of the valley at this point. As reported by Ms Lavoie. the large-scale figures depict gargoyles that adorn buildings in downtown Toronto. The display carries a dramatic name: Monsters for Beauty, Permanence and Individuality. They are by acclaimed Omaskêko Cree artist Duane Linklater. There is more here as well as a video but the proprietary player seems a bit rocky.

Friends, colleagues honour Arnold Chan at service Saturday

Arnold Chan, the Liberal MP for Scarborough-Agincourt, was remembered for his compassion and dedication to politics at a church service in Toronto on Saturday at Bloor Street United Church. Chan died last week of cancer at the age of 50. Then, in Cininnati, and elsewhere in the US, municpalities are discovering alarming failures in their 9-1-1 call systems. Below that, a bureaucratic mix up has seen the failure of the City of Missisauga to approve new temporary classrooms for some children. Finally, a story on some of the new toys on their way for Christmas. The Beat Bugs are coming.

Uncomfortable workplace caused by Stouffville mayor’s loo

The montage of political rivals (and others) plastered all over the walls of the washroom of the Mayor of Stouffville is surely one of oddest ethics investigations recorded. In the end, Integrity Commissioner Suzanne Craig has said that Mayor Justin Altmann should apologize and accept a one-month docking of his salary. Why? The filter of modern human relations has found that creepy thing known as an uncomfortable workplace in his worship’s loo. But did it also hint at animus toward people as well. One picture had the words “you’re dead” written under it. The mayor says he was only trying to visualize things at City Hall. The commissioner accepts that but adds Mr. Altmann should have known better. There is an amazing absence of much other detail and in the age of the iPhone stunningly, zero pictures. CBC

Harry meets public, Melania before Invictus opening night

Harvest Fair on Mt. Pleasant lively, fun-filled food day

The Mt. Pleasant Village BIA’s Harvest Fair played out under sunny skies and very warm temperatures Saturday. Many hats and sun umbrellas were in evidence as good-sized crowds enjoyed the fun, food and music.

Harry at CAMH meets with kids, thrills staff and friends

Prince Harry visited CAMH downtown Saturday morning. The Invictus Games are on today and all next week with the opening ceremony Saturday at ACC

Heat warning issued for Saturday by Environment Canada

A heat warning for Saturday has been issued by Environment Canada. Hot and humid conditions are expected this weekend and into early next week. Mostly sunny skies this weekend will allow humidex values to approach forty both today and Sunday. These unseasonably warm temperatures and high humidex values will likely persist into early next week.


Canadian Press says a ticket purchased in the Prairies claimed Friday night’s $60 million Lotto Max jackpot. There were also 15 Maxmillion prizes of $1 million each up for grabs and three of them were won by ticket holders in Quebec, Ontario and the Prairies.

2 teens badly hurt as van with 7 aboard hits tree in west end

Six youths between 18 and 16 were injured, two gravely, when their van went off the road in an open parkland part of Toronto near St. Clair Ave. W  and Weston Rd. The vehicle hit a tree after going into a ditch near the intersection of Rockcliffe Blvd. and Woolner Ave/Terry Dr. A seventh teen in the van was unhurt, police said. This occurred before 1 a.m. and tweeted comments from witnesses at the scene suggest there had been speeding.

Harvest Fair at Mt. Pleasant Village BIA begins at 10 a.m.

This lovely Saturday holds many things to do including the Mt. Pleasant Village BIA Harvest Fair underway at 10 a.m. To the right, Leaside Junior Wildcats got off on the right foot last night at Preston Memorial Gardens by beating the Cambridge Rivulettes 1-0. It was a dandy with the Cats winning at 3.48 of overtime on a goal by Sarah Brooks assisted by Marlo Campbell. Mid left,  a reminder that the Leaside Blood Clinic at Northlea School will be back Wednesday, October 4. It’s in you to give. Finally, he sees the little sparrow at East York Town Centre. Leasider Rudy Limeback tweeted this shot (which we’ve magnified) of the birds who keep you company in the food court of the Overlea Blvd shopping mall.

Driver dead when vehicle runs into school bus, catches fire

A driver has died in flaming head-on collision between a car and a school bus in Oshawa on Simcoe St. between Coates Rd. and Raglan Rd. Friday. Police say the bus driver and all the students are relatively unscathed by the incident. No names have been released.

Honour-system seed banks at TPL branches for gardeners

Audra Brown of City News reports on a little known seed perpetuating program available at 21 Toronto Public Library branches. The public may take the seeds and are honour bound to replace them from their own garden growth. It seems to be focussed on vegetables but that isn’t said so maybe horticulturists can inquire as well.