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  • The cold war siren system Toronto never used - Spacing Toronto
    organization with just three full time staff The Toronto and York Civilian Defence Committee which relied on roughly 3 500 trained volunteers had an annual budget of 16 000 in 1954 roughly 8 percent of the amount allotted for the same purpose in Vancouver A lack of equipment was also a problem Without a control centre a communications centre or a warning system the civilian defence officials if an attack came today would have at their disposal in addition to telephones some 700 to 800 taxis equipped with two way radio the Globe and Mail reported These would be effective only if their control centres remained in operation Starved for money and staff Toronto s civilian defence officials frankly admit they would be caught cold unless there was plenty of advance warning of an attack the story continued ominously Ottawa asked Toronto to return its unused sirens later in 1954 and that appeared to spur the city into action A report suggested the 30 units could be installed for just 20 each but still nothing was done by 1956 Toronto complained the electric sirens were too quiet especially in the winter when people added storm protection to their homes and susceptible to failure in the event of a power outage Advertisement for the Mobil Directo brand sirens that were installed across Toronto Library and Archives Canada A new batch arrived courtesy of the federal government later that year though they weren t the American made Thunderbolt model the City of Toronto wanted The first 25 additional units arrived in Toronto in the Fall of 1956 and were installed along with those held in storage around the end of the year The first pubic test took place on December 7 1956 when a siren mounted on top of a building at Yonge and Richmond wailed to life It was audible up to six miles away in some parts of the city but almost impossible to hear on nearby Court St proving the suspicions of civil defence officials Tall downtown buildings threatened to deflect the important warning sound away from its intended target and so many were installed on 15 metre poles where rooftops were unavailable or too expensive to lease Despite progress Toronto s system of air raid sirens was still incomplete in 1958 and remained untested into 1960 Under the jurisdiction of the army the first full scale test was conducted in December of that year According to the results up to a quarter of the city was unable to hear it partly due to several electrical malfunctions The air raid system was controlled through the telephone network using special system developed by Bell Called the Bell and Lights System it consisted of a central control unit based on a modified handset The dial is like any ordinary telephone dial but it has a colour code in place of letters and numbers The Globe and Mail reported in 1952 Dialling of yellow transmits a confidential alert or warning that an

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  • The story of Jackie Burroughs, a Yorkville laundromat, and two of the biggest drug-addled bands of the 1960s - Spacing Toronto
    went electric mixing a bit of folk with garage rocking R B Every once in a while a harmonica player would sit in with them too His name was John Sebastian and he just happened to have the best drugs in the Village They spent most of their time living together in a room at the ramshackle Albert Hotel jamming and baking illegal brownies 3 The Mugwumps were kind of great but they might have been a bit ahead of their time This was after all a year before Bob Dylan went electric and even he got booed by folk purists for doing it The Mugwumps never really broke through and sort of just stopped playing Their bills piled up soon it looked like they might get kicked out of the hotel But on that Hootenanny USA tour Yanovsky and Doherty had befriended yet another band The Journeymen And now that group s guitarist and vocalist a guy by the name of John Phillips had just moved from California to the Village with his ex model wife Michelle They d met a couple of years earlier when he was 25 and married with kids and she was 16 They were starting a new band The New Journeymen and their first gig was just a few days away opening for Bill Cosby and they needed another vocalist When they asked Doherty to it he had to stay up all weekend downing pharmaceuticals while he frantically learned the songs But he did it And the show went well The Mugwumps had enough money to pay their rent and it looked like The New Journeymen were off to a pretty good start 4 The night The New Journeymen dropped acid for the first time there was a knock at the door Michelle Phillips was the one who answered it at the very same moment the drugs kicked in She found Doherty s friend Cass Elliot from The Mugwumps standing on the other side of the door My life went from black and white to Technicolor she once said about that moment There was Cass this big big girl wearing a pink Angora sweater little white go go boots and the longest false eyelashes you can imagine The four of them Denny Doherty Cass Elliot John and Michelle Phillips all bonded that night during their first LSD trip and after a blindfolded Michelle threw a dart at a map they all ended up living together in a tent on a beach in the Virgin Islands Oh sure it must have been awkward at times Cass had a crush on Denny Doherty who was having an affair with Michelle Phillips while John wrote jealous songs about it and refused to let Cass into the band or at least he refused for a while until one day she got knocked unconscious by a falling pipe and woke up with a higher vocal range By the time they ran out of money and the Governor finally kicked

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  • Jane Jacobs, Quebec sovereigntist - Spacing Montreal
    i think she actually published this book BEFORE the 1st referendum as there s no mention of the results Oh to be swept up in a time of political optimism when even my anglo immigrant dad voted in favour of sovereignty I wonder how much things have changed economically since 1980 though and whether some of her arguments still stand On the other hand our federal government is the best reason for sovereign governance that I ve experienced yet norm 5 years ago Jean Naimard I think you are a case of emotions influencing what you see as logical At the time of confederation the French trust in the state that you refer to later on was why there was such blind trust in the church a wholly French Roman Catholic one that was very directly involved in politics To suggest that this was imposed by English Canada is simply false The big government is why I cannot have a family doctor in Quebec while other provinces do the cost of that public service is so burdensome that we cannot afford things like quality health care and our taxes are so high The small government out West is an example of why they have such poor social services What is great in a very logical fashion about Canada is that as a combined country each of the many sides influence each other Quebec s pressured not to become another France with strikes and a generally unhappy workforce while the West has to provide more social services than the U S The most logical of all arguments in favour of a whole country however is that we as Canadians and or Quebecers are not alone in the world Canada as a result of all these varied parts has enormous respect and influence relative to our size Quebecers benefit like all Canadians in having a chance to be a part of this greater influence Quebec alone would just be another little Nationalist country with no real influence in the world The part you wrote about manufacturing is simply ignorant to any facts Have you been to Toronto The manufacturing industry is several times greater than that of Montreal and still growing Quebec s manufacturing has constantly been suffering from high taxes and the only reason high technology is still here is that our taxes go to subsidize them hello Bombardier Apparently Quebec prefers Bombardier to doctors Is this an example of good big government employees will not quit on you and become your competition so you can safely train them for higher productivity only to jump ship and turn against you You are saying very directly that French people are better people than English people The idea of Canada is that we re all equal French English Chinese whoever You ve very openly shown how Quebec if independent would treat non French as lower class With the problems of racism already very bad in this province for nationalism to be instituted at all government levels would be the end of the progressive development of Quebec that s been ongoing since the last referendum COOL FAT MICHAEL 1999 JERSEY SHORE 5 years ago Wonderful article I like the first commenter was and will soon again be a transplant to Montreal Cognizant that the input of an American on the sovereignty debate is liable to be less than appreciated I usually keep my mouth shut My experience discussing the issue has been telling Speak to an anglophone Quebecker about it and there is usually a visceral gut reaction Few anglophones seem willing to argue individual points much less discuss the logistics of sovereign Quebec Fair enough Jacobs argues national identity is emotional However in speaking with francophones federalist or not their positions seemed more measured and more malleable than those of anglophones In fact for such an emotional issue most seemed remarkably pragmatic Their positions suggested that sovereignty is not a simple issue a yes no question but a means to an end This end which I believe is more or less agreed upon among francophones is a strong centralized autonomous Quebec I think the anglophone federalist contingent checked out a long time ago The Gazette made a bit of a fuss about a recent opinion poll that suggested allegedly that separatism was dead The only thing that is dead is the idea of Quebec as just another province On some level everyone seems to accept that Quebec s general trajectory leads towards increasing independence It s one thing to take a pragmatic federalist position and weigh the tangible benefits of confederation against the economic repercussions of separation it s another thing to take an ostrich like position and deny Quebec s unique identity and needs Regardless the oddest trend I note is the tendency of recent anglophone transplants to support sovereignty Like me Is it a result of us fetishizing Quebec and its culture Maybe But I suspect that as the old guard of Westmount and the West Island fades into irrelevance you ll find an anglophone population who increasingly identify more with Quebec than with Canada Bonne St Jean James B 5 years ago This article is not in my opinion the type of article to be published on Spacing When I read spacing I m looking for analyses of urban planning transport and how we relate to inhabited space surely not an analysis governance and administration be it written by Jane Jacobs or not Nationalism is so passé can we please get on with more pressing matters Devin Alfaro 5 years ago Alannah Thanks for mentioning that you may be right The content of the book was definitely prepared before the referendum in 1979 I thought I read someplace that the book actually came out after but I can actual find a source for that so I could have made that up Norm In her book Jacobs addresses and debunks the question of size Canada does punch above its weight on

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/montreal/2010/06/24/jane-jacobs-quebec-sovereigntist/ (2015-11-15)
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  • LORINC: How to invest with Crosstown's found money - Spacing Toronto
    more than Queen s Park would have spent with a traditional procurement strategy As the report notes More realistic budgets would enable Infrastructure Ontario to better assess the reasonableness of bids during the tender process A generous interpretation then might be that the province has responded positively to the AG s critique first by developing better estimates about how much the project should cost and then by negotiating a more realistic design build finance maintain deal for the Crosstown In other words real dollars not spent Before I explore the question of what to do with those savings it s worth pointing out that these cost reductions will impact the province s annual operating outlays Maintenance expenditures represent a combination of capital and operating costs major equipment replacement on the one hand cleaning and minor repairs on the other And while I haven t read the contract my guess is that the consortium and IO Metrolinx expect that those expenses will grow over time due to wear and tear on the system and the life expectancy for specific elements All that said the 2 billion does create new space in the province s long term fiscal plan should such a document exist which seems a bit dubious In my mind that space should be explicitly dedicated to supporting transit in Toronto After all once the Liberals indicated the government s intention to underwrite own and operate the Crosstown over the long term it was acknowledging a long term financial responsibility for that asset If those liabilities are now lower than previously thought the savings should not be absorbed into general revenue or diverted to one of Metrolinx s next phase projects most of which are in the 905 For the purposes of this discussion I will take the government at its word and assume it has earmarked funds to build the Sheppard East and Finch West LRTs and make the promised contributions to the Scarborough subway and Smart Track Rather let s have a conversation about that 2 billion From where I sit a number of options present themselves Using the annual saving to subsidize the TTC s operating shortfall a transfer introduced by Bill Davis in the 1970s rescinded by the Harris Tories in 1996 and never re instated by the Liberals Dedicating those savings to either building or operating the Scarborough subway which the Liberals worked so hard to engineer and which will almost certainly cost more than the current estimates Borrowing now against that 2 billion i e the annual savings pay off the loan and using the proceeds to build the Queen s Quay East LRT Borrowing now against the 2 billion and using the proceeds to kick start the eastern half of the Downtown Relief Line The most important point is that the debate occurs By trumpeting the 2 billion the Liberals sought credit for being diligent with public dollars But that s the sound of one hand clapping They must now engage with Toronto

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/toronto/2015/11/09/lorinc-invest-crosstowns-found-money/ (2015-11-15)
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  • Welcome to your private nuclear fallout shelter - Spacing Toronto
    provided easy to understand step by step instructions for how to build a bunker from readily available supplies that wouldn t cost more than 500 to assemble Should a nuclear war occur the risk of radioactive fallout will be very widespread and will endanger many of us in our homes even though a long way from the bomb explosion wrote Diefenbaker in the foreword The shelter described in this booklet although not affording protection against the blast of a nuclear explosion or the fires that may result will provide good protection against the more widespread radiation danger The 35 page booklet also explained when and how the shelter should be used how to choose a site and what materials to use timber concrete blocks and mortar It also detailed life in the shelter how to deal with the radioactive dust that might blow inside how to avoid burning down the shelter down by not cooking with gasoline and how to defecate into bags Your only communication with the outside world once you are in the shelter will be by radio the text warns It is important that you check the reception in the shelter when you install it 250 000 copies were distributed during the first print run Fallout shelter at Queen s Park Crescent and College St Toronto 1960 Archives of Ontario C 5 2 2 47 3 An example of the country s official fallout shelter design was built at Queen s Park near the corner of University and College It took member s of the Emergency Measures Organization 70 to 80 hours to erect it out of the prescribed wood and concrete blocks and almost immediately it became a focal point for vandalism and protest Ernest Tate a 26 year old stationary engineer painted Ban the Bomb in brown paint across the south side of the shelter in July 1960 He was fined 50 but remained unapologetic in court saying he d just as soon do it again I think we re being pushed into this idea of a shelter which is not adequate for a nuclear war There is no protection in a nuclear war W G Dean a lecturer and member of the University of Toronto s Committee on Nuclear Disarmament told the Globe and Mail later in the Tate story A month later the Combined University Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament protested at the shelter on the 15th anniversary of the Hiroshima bomb Later 50 high school students carrying signs that read moles we are not civil defence is civil deceit and the only defence is peace picketed Queen s Park Despite the protests Prime Minister Diefenbaker said each and all of us should build a shelter He took his own advice too A fallout shelter was built at 24 Sussex Drive by a government architect and a member of the Emergency Measures Organization Toronto Mayor Nathan Phillips also built a shelter in the basement of his Oriole Parkway home a move that was met

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  • An illustrated history of baseball in Toronto - Spacing Toronto
    early decades of the 1900s children and adults still played on countless local teams in countless leagues some professionally some just for fun some with their co workers from offices and factories and in countless pick up games in the city s parks streets empty lots and backyards Just like they do today They played at Christie Pits which we still called Willowvale Park back then Christie Pits 1922 via the Toronto Archives Christie Pits 1920 via the Toronto Archives Christie Pits 1920 via the Toronto Archives They played at Riverdale Park on the banks of the Don River not far from where Sunlight Park once stood Riverdale Park 1930ish via the Toronto Archives Riverdale Park 1914 via the Toronto Archives Riverdale Park 1915 via the Toronto Archives They played beside the ferry docks at Bayside Park which we call Harbour Square Park now Bayside Park 1923 via the Toronto Archives And at the Perth Avenue Playground in what we now call the Junction Triangle Perth Avenue Playground 1915 via the Toronto Archives Perth Avenue Playground 1915 via the Toronto Archives They played on Deforest Road in Swansea Deforest Road 1900 via the Toronto Public Library And in High Park High Park 1922 via the Toronto Archives High Park 1933 via the Toronto Archives And at Sunnyside too Sunnyside 1924 via the Toronto Archives And it wasn t just men and boys anymore Back in baseball s earliest days girls weren t supposed to play Physical activity was seen as dangerous and inappropriate for women But times had changed Now Toronto s women and girls were picking up bats and balls forming their own teams and their own leagues drawing their own big crowds 1924ish via the Toronto Archives 1918 via the Toronto Archives The East Riverdale East Juvenile Baseball Champions 1923 via the Toronto Archives Even Miss Toronto got in on the action In 1937 the winner of the beauty pageant was a teenaged softball pitcher from the Beaches The night Billie Hallam won a police escort raced her from the pageant to a ball game at Kew Gardens and then back to a banquet at the Royal York T here is nothing like exercise and sport she told the press to make a girl a real lady The next time she returned to the mound a crowd of ten thousand people was there to see her pitch the most ever for a game at Kew Gardens At one point she even did a photo shoot wearing her uniform Billie Hallam 1937 via the Toronto Archives Billie Hallam 1937 via the Toronto Archives That very same year Hanlan s Point Stadium was demolished But by then the Toronto Maple Leafs were already long gone They had a new home Maple Leaf Stadium was the city s biggest ballpark yet with more than 20 000 seats it was bigger than the biggest Minor League stadiums are today It was designed in the 1920s by the architects at Chapman Oxley the same firm responsible for many other 1920s lake shore icons the Palais Royale the Sunnyside Bathing Pavilion and the Princes Gates It took a hundred and fifty construction workers and fifty teams of horses to build it But the entire thing went up in just one off season with the crews working right to the very last minute This photo was taken just a few weeks before the stadium opened in 1926 Maple Leaf Stadium March 6 1926 via the Toronto Archives And this one was taken three days before the first game Maple Leaf Stadium April 26 1926 via the Toronto Archives Maple Leaf Stadium under construction 1926 via Baseball s back in town by Louis Cauz Maple Leaf Stadium ready to open 1926 via Baseball s back in town by Louis Cauz The elegant Maple Leaf Stadium would stand at the foot of Bathurst Street for the next forty years it was the last home the Leafs would ever know They won six more championships in that building And they welcomed even more future Hall of Famers onto their rosters players like the slugger Ralph Kiner and the pitcher Carl Hubbell who once famously struck out five future Hall of Famers in a row at an All Star Game starting with Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig One of Toronto s second basemen Sparky Anderson became the manager of the team in the 1960s it was the first gig in a managing career that would land him in the Hall of Fame too Meanwhile some of the biggest giants in baseball history came by for a visit Branch Rickey threw out the first pitch when the stadium first opened Major League Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis had stopped by too Ty Cobb got the very last hit of his career in an exhibition game against Toronto at Maple Leaf Stadium in 1928 Opening Day in particular was a party Players had paraded through the streets of Toronto before their first home game of every season since all the way back in the 1800s And the tradition continued at Maple Leaf Stadium In 1960 for instance the players met fans at the King Edward Hotel the night before Then on the afternoon of the game they paraded up Bay Street from the lake to Old City Hall They rode in convertibles joined by four bands baton twirlers and colour guards Mayor Nathan Phillips was there waiting to meet them He declared it to be Baseball Day in Toronto Then everyone headed over to the stadium Jim Hunt wrote about it for the Toronto Daily Star Opening day is the most wonderful of the year Fans who may not go to another game will be there School kids who have buried a grandmother for the past five seasons will have another funeral tomorrow And spring will have arrived Officially it came on March 21 but for a baseball fan it isn t spring until the ump bawls Play ball at Maple Leaf

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  • In These Stores - Spacing Magazine
    Books Queen Street 883 Queen St W Toronto ON M6J 1G5 Type Books 503 Danforth Toronto ON M4K 1P5 University of Toronto Bookstore 214 College St Toronto ON M5T3A1 Ontario Chapters Indigos 695 Westney Road South Ajax ON L1S 6M9 Regency Variety 151 14800 YongeSt Aurora ON L4G 1N0 Woody s Smoke Shop 6 King St W Cobourg ON K9A 2L9 Bookshelf The 41 Quebec St Guelph ON N1H 2T1 Mixed Media 154 James St N Hamilton ON L8R 2K7 Novel Idea 156 Princess St Kingston ON K7L 1B1 University of Western Ontario Rm 267 University Community Centre London ON N6A 3K7 Book Store York University The 4700 Keele St North York ON M3J 1P3 Bookers 172 Lakeshore Rd E Oakville ON L6J 1H6 Britton s 846 Bank St Ottawa ON K1S 3W1 Britton s Westboro 352 Richmond Road Ottawa ON K2A 0E8 Byward Market News Inc 8 Byward Market St Ottawa ON K1N 7A1 Glebe Smoke Shop 844 Bank St Ottawa ON K1S 3W1 Globe Mags and Cigars 57 William St Ottawa ON K1N 6Z9 Mags Fags Inc 254 Elgin St Ottawa ON K2P 1L9 Mags Plus 420 Rideau St Ottawa ON K1N 5Z1 Much Magazines 9737 Yonge St Richmond Hill ON L4C 8S7 Christopher s Smoke Shop 26 James St St Catherines ON L2R 5B8 Words Worth Books 100 King St S Waterloo ON N2J1P5 Ray Kim s Super Convenience 352 Ouellette Avenue Windsor ON N9A 1A6 Alberta Daily Globe News 1004 17TH Avenue SW Calgary AB T2T0A5 With The Times 1504 11 St S W Calgary AB T2R 1G9 Hub Cigar Newsstand 8118 Gateway Boulevard N W Edmonton AB T6E 4B1 Rutherford Corner U of A Bookstore 1 500 10230 Jasper Ave Edmonton AB T5J 4P2 Club Cigar 301 5th Street South Lethbridge AB T1J 2B4 British

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  • Spacing's Guide to Toronto Events: Nov. 15-21 - Spacing Toronto
    Cost Free Pre register Link Event Website Toronto Food Policy Council Champions Meeting Where Metro Hall Map When 2 00 5 00pm What Toronto Food Policy Council hosts a special meeting at Metro Hall for all Food Champions and supporters Cost Free Link Event Website FRIDAY National Housing Day in Toronto Where Church of the Holy Trinity 10 Trinity Square When 11 00pm 3 40pm What A march and then a community performance March meets at 11 00am at 361 University Ave Cost Free Link Event Website Clicks Bricks 2 0 Where 301 Adelaide St West Map When 8 00 10 30am What Rethinking urban form to match rapidly evolving e retail business models Cost Registration dependent Link Website SATURDAY Cycling in Fall and Winter Where Lillian H Smith Library Map When 11 00am What A cycling workshop Cost Free pre register Email steo culturelink ca SAVE THE DATE UPCOMING EVENTS Sprawl Brawl Agriculture v Housing Where Innis Town Hall 2 Sussex Ave When Nov 24 2015 What A night of discussion and debate on the best use for farm land Link Website Laneway Confessions Where Church of the Holy Trinity Toronto When Nov 26 2015 What The second annual laneway summit Link Website Changing Lanes Blueprints for A New Road Order Where Isabel Bader Theatre When Dec 1 2015 What Forum with city builders Jennifer Keesmaat and Janette Sadik Khan Link Website Vision Zero Where Gladstone Hotel When Dec 3 2015 What A discussion on the Swedish no loss of life is acceptable mentality towards road safety Link Website Do you have an event you want us to share Email events spacing ca Subscribe to Mag Share Post Tweet Post Buy Merch andise Related Posts Urbanist s Guide to Toronto Events Oct 11 17 Spacing s Guide to Toronto

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