Subways redux

The Star reports that the TTC has the go-ahead for the Spadina Line extension. Here is the preferred alignment. Those of you who have been up in that neck of the woods, does it seem to make sense, or are we just making a larger white elephant?

The fall of old cinemas, part 2

The Danforth Music Hall has a huge banner out front promoting a Christmas pantomime beginning in December, 2007. Seriously. I thought it was left over from this past Christmas, until I looked more closely. Starting the Christmas kitsch season at Hallowe’en is bad enough, but this is ridiculous. Can’t they wait until March?

The fall of old cinemas

…literally. Apparently, the marquee of the shuttered Revue Cinema on Roncesvalles collapsed under the weight of snow. More in this Torontoist posting.

A Renaissance Romance

This Valentine’s Day story will be of particularly interest to a couple of Mock Turtlers: I didn’t have to look too far, though, and what I found was a story that spanned generations and included an unlikely saviour, an opposites-attract symbiosis, and an embrace that dominates one of the city’s most prominent intersections.

Spacing Magazine

Possibly old news to some of the better informed members of the blog, but I only heard about Spacing yesterday.  Who knew that Toronto was big enough to support a magazine just about the use of public space in the city?  I will have to search out a copy.

You can run, but you can’t hide

Suburban couple wastes some energy by pre-heating car in driveway, oddly leaving toddler strapped in car seat in not-yet-toasty minivan: She was gone a mere 10 seconds, she says, but when she stepped outside the van was backing out of the driveway, with her blond, blue-eyed toddler inside. (All the more poignant somehow when it’scontinue reading

I don’t mind sorting, but…

…this is a real PITA. I count myself as one of the more anal-retentively environmentally friendly person I know. I derive secret pleasure from sorting my recyclables. I use flushable cat litter. I reuse paper towels and plastic wrap whenever I can. And I don’t mind returning empty bottles for recycling, deposit or no deposit.continue reading