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  • The fall of Sir Henry Pellatt, king of Casa Loma - Spacing Toronto
    and specially laid to provide good grip for hooves The stalls were made of mahogany Writer Denison notes that each of Pellatt s horses had its name displayed in eighteen carat gold letters The bill 250 000 or about 5 5 million in today s money The equine quarters were ostentatious but the main house was positively absurd Designed by E J Lennox the architect who designed Old City Hall the blueprint for the largest private residence in Canada called for 98 rooms 30 bathrooms three bowling alleys an indoor swimming pool and rifle range It was to have its own internal telephone system and built in vacuum system for cleaning The halls were floored with solid mahogany and bear skin rugs The 10 000 book library had the Pellatt family coat of arms carved into the ceiling the doors from the dining room to the conservatory were made of solid bronze and cost 10 000 215 000 in 2015 each Henry s study contained a replica of Napoleon s desk and had two secret passages one leading to the basement vault another to the second floor In total the project cost Pellatt about 3 5 million about 75 million in today s money The 10 000 book Casa Loma library Work stopped on Casa Loma at the outbreak of the first world war but it was finished enough to allow the owners to move in and start entertaining Henry and Mary s frequent parties were legendary and attended by prominent Toronto worthies such as the Eatons Trouble began to surface as the first world war drew to a close Pellatt s business debts were mounting and land he had bought in the Cedarvale area had failed increase in value By 1923 less than 10 years after moving into Casa Loma Pellatt owed 1 7 million 24 2 million 2015 to the Home Bank which went bankrupt that year amid financial irregularities The property tax alone on the mansion was 1 000 a month Fuel costs were 15 000 a year and the total annual cost of servicing the property was 22 000 313 000 in 2015 With the couple s cash flow drying up Lady Pellatt died of a heart attack in April 1924 A short time later Henry cut his loses and allowed the City of Toronto to seize his dream home for backed taxes The contents he decided to auction off in an effort to cover his debts Paintings go under the hammer at the Casa Loma auction The collection of luxury items valued at 1 5 million was snapped up for roughly 250 000 The 75 000 pipe organ that once graced the property fetched just 40 although the auctioneer did serenade the crowd with a rendition of Auld Lang Syne Countless works of art went for a song as did bolts of fabric Chesterfields arm chairs Chippendale furniture It is a sale that breaks my heart Pellatt told the Toronto Star The process is something

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/toronto/2015/06/24/fall-sir-henry-pellatt-king-casa-loma/ (2015-11-16)
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  • Shedding light on public transit and invisible disabilities - Spacing Toronto
    less obvious is that Georgina lives with Autism Spectrum Disorder and experiences Myoclonic Seizures due to epilepsy In spite of her challenges Georgina like many others living with disabilities enjoys a full life Her schedule is filled with urban excursions swimming and personal appointments In some ways the main challenge faced by Georgina and her family isn t the fact that she lives with invisible disabilities it s the difficulty getting her around Georgina requires one to one care and will never be able to travel on transit alone As a result Georgina s mother left a promising career to work within the home providing care for Georgina and her two other sisters The family lives on Georgina s father s income so accessible transportation is imperative for mitigating sky high child care costs accessing quality health care and ensuring that all three children are provided with enriched experiences In spite of this the family s request for an accessible public transit service for people living with disabilities was denied Twice The rationale for these denials was that Georgina is able to navigate stairs What was not properly considered is the fact that when Georgina experiences seizures she must be immediately moved into a sitting position on the platform or transit vehicle floor and then wait out thirty to one hundred little jerks and ticks By the time the seizure passes Georgina and her mother or support worker have travelled four or so stops beyond their destination On other days frantic rush hour crowds and the train s roaring approach cause Georgina considerable distress due to autism Sometimes these experiences are so upsetting that Georgina becomes inconsolable and plans are thwarted Other children commuting with invisible disabilities face similar challenges A Toronto Star article features Farida Peters a mother who has resorted to wearing a sign on her back which reads My son is 5 years old and has autism Please be patient with us Thank you Each day she and her son Deckard take one bus and two trains to his behavioural therapy The sign is intended to offset negative passenger responses Deckard has been scolded shoved and criticized for not making eye contact by complete strangers In addition to children a growing number of adults with invisible disabilities encounter challenges while on transit Jason Bosher a Vancouver resident who lives with rheumatoid arthritis and spinal injuries unpacks his experience of travelling on public transit in pain He speaks about the difficulties of disclosing his condition running the risk of asking a fellow commuter with an invisible disability to give up their seat and being targeted by belligerent passengers who doubt him based on his appearance Another commuter who describes herself as a brightly coloured Goth echoes Jason s concerns in a simply shot video through a series of surprising and heart breaking incidents Thanks to people living with invisible disabilities speaking out campaigns like this one led by the Rick Hansen Foundation and progressive transit systems like Metro

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/toronto/2015/09/10/shedding-light-public-transit-invisible-disabilities/ (2015-11-16)
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  • Weighing In: Fat Discrimination on Public Transit - Spacing Toronto
    the rest of us rude Canadians given that our French roots have robbed us of any moral clarity Perhaps the bigger issue here pun very much intended is that many in society are seeking acceptance for fat people the vast majority of whom suffer from poor self control more than anything rather than forcing them to take some responsibility by oh I dunno dieting and exercising the weight away We don t treat smokers or drug abusers in the same way so why do lard laden people suddenly deserve a pass The fact that 6 million Canadians out of a total population of 33 million qualify as obese is pretty damn alarming Think of the long term health care costs associated with supporting these land whales not to mention the cost of reinforcing sidewalks installing larger seats in buses or maintaining snack bars in ServiceOntario locations These are all issues that will weigh heavily on future budgetary allotments more puns All this to say if you don t want people to gawk put down the fork start exercising and take care of yourself rather than feeling offended by the judgmental stares of others I ll let you in on a secret as to why we stare it s because we re amazed to see the lack of self respect some people have to the point where they resemble someone that clearly lost control one too many times in the buffet line qatzelok 3 months ago I feel no animosity towards people who are obese However I do get a sinking feeling when I see a lot of obesity in suburbia Not because I am judging any individual person What I am judging is a society that puts people in suburban boxes to get fat in the same way that it puts poultry and other livestock into boxes to get fat The suburban livestock ranching of humans in suburbs that often don t even have sidewalks or closely spaced human activities is pretty horrifying Is Tim Hortons really all we have to live for in this country Rachael Rickards 3 months ago Hmmm I ve seen it done I ve watched people snicker or roll their eyes when a large passenger comes on board I just can t imagine how stressful that would be every time I had to get in a street car or an airplane I had a friend who I travelled with who had to use an extended seat belt She was mortified to have to use it But as the article states more and more people are in fact needing it This is a conversation that could be talked about for hours being obese in the city is not and I believe will never be accepted even though the city is getting bigger as I type this Rachael Rickards Richard 3 months ago qatzelok We ll thank you not to refer to the Soylent company s suburban prospect employees as poultry Jacqie 3 months ago I just have to wonder what makes people feel so great treating someone else like garbage It is pretty disgusting that people are so narcissistic that they can project their own loathsome ideals of worth onto another human being It makes me incredibly sad that their self esteem is so insufficient that they have to drag the rest of society with them I m fat and you can laugh at me But the plague in this city isn t us it s the self righteous egotistical people who love nothing other than themselves These traits destroy communities and all you end up with is a cold city nobody gives a shit about Welp 3 months ago I have no doubt that larger people especially women face unacceptable behaviour words actions looks whatever from others in public On transit this must be especially difficult considering it is a confined space from which it is essentially impossible to escape others mistreatment I can t say that I ve ever seen anyone being openly mocked or derided for their weight in the manner described in this post but eyerolling and the like happens quite a bit No one cares if a skinny person eats grapes on the subway but god help us all if a chubby person dares to open a bag of chips It ll take three stops to gather up all the eyeballs that ll roll right outta the busybodys heads It also happens to people who appear different in all kinds of ways gender non confirming appearance tattoos carrying more parcels than deemed appropriate even outside of rush hour whatever People just relish judging others and assuming they know exactly what the story is even when they have zero information Witness the bull above about self control putting down the fork etc I didn t understand so called microagressions until I needed to use a cane for several months due to a back injury that messed up my sciatic nerve As a young looking man who appears otherwise healthy I kept getting the stinkiest of stink eye from middle aged folks especially women for some reason in public places grocery stores walking down the street transit etc for no apparent reason This had never happened before Then I finally understood that they were eyeing my cane then me and then their brains were fried by disjunctre between a young person with an old man cane As they judged me why I have no idea maybe I must have done something stupid or was clearly faking it or maybe they assumed I was a leech on disability it was showing plain as day on their faces Most didn t seem to realize it When this happens to you five our six times each time you commute the effect adds up It doesn t matter they re just strangers but it really begins to affect your view of humanity We should all have compassion for one another or at least keep our negative tendencies

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/toronto/2015/08/11/weighing-fat-discrimination-public-transit/ (2015-11-16)
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  • REMINDER: Waterfront T-Shirt Design Contest closes on Wednesday - Spacing Toronto
    2015 By Spacing WHAT Spacing Store presents Iconic Waterfront T Shirt Design Contest DEADLINE Wednesday May 27th COST Free PRIZES 750 for each winning design total of 5 winners to be selected SPONSOR Waterfront Toronto THE CHALLENGE The Spacing Store and Waterfront Toronto have teamed up to challenge Canadian illustrators and graphic designers to create their own original t shirt design that celebrates Toronto s waterfront For over a decade Waterfront Toronto has been transforming the spaces along the lake shore This contest is an opportunity for artists and graphic designers to express their affection for the city s unique and evolving waterfront The t shirt designs can focus on a number any number of areas and places along our shoreline such as HTO Park Sugar Beach Queens Quay Sherbourne Common Music Garden Spadina Simcoe and Rees WaveDecks Canada Malting Plant silos the ferry boats or ferry terminal the Sundial Folly sculpture Martin Goodman Trail The Islands or Centreville Natural spaces like the mouth of the Don River Scarborough Bluffs or Leslie Spit and places such as The Beaches Sunnyside Pavilion and the Humber Bay bridge The five winning designs selected will be sold in the Spacing Store 401 Richmond St W with part of the proceeds going to local advocacy group Park People To see the rules FAQ and technical requirements please visit the contest s web page Subscribe to Mag Share Post Tweet Post Buy Merch andise Related Posts CONTEST Toronto waterfront t shirt design challenge Winning designs from Waterfront t shirt contest revealed Complete Streets Photo Contest The TORONTO sign How life imitates graphic design Tweet More posts by Spacing Search Advertisement Spacing Magazine fall 2015 Order issue Subscribe In these stores Popular Posts The cold war siren system Toronto never used Spacing s Guide to Toronto

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/toronto/2015/05/25/reminder-waterfront-t-shirt-design-contest-closes-wednesday/ (2015-11-16)
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  • CONTEST: Toronto waterfront t-shirt design challenge - Spacing Toronto
    Spacing WHAT Spacing Store presents Iconic Waterfront T Shirt Design Contest DEADLINE Wednesday May 27th COST Free PRIZES 750 for each winning design total of 5 winners to be selected SPONSOR Waterfront Toronto THE CHALLENGE The Spacing Store and Waterfront Toronto have teamed up to challenge Canadian illustrators and graphic designers to create their own original t shirt design that celebrates Toronto s waterfront For over a decade Waterfront Toronto has been transforming the spaces along the lake shore This contest is an opportunity for artists and graphic designers to express their affection for the city s unique and evolving waterfront The t shirt designs can focus on a number any number of areas and places along our shoreline such as HTO Park Sugar Beach Queens Quay Sherbourne Common Music Garden Spadina Simcoe and Rees WaveDecks Canada Malting Plant silos the ferry boats or ferry terminal the Sundial Folly sculpture Martin Goodman Trail The Islands or Centreville Natural spaces like the mouth of the Don River Scarborough Bluffs or Leslie Spit and places such as The Beaches Sunnyside Pavilion and the Humber Bay bridge The five winning designs selected will be sold in the Spacing Store 401 Richmond St W with part of the proceeds going to local advocacy group Park People To see all the rules FAQ and technical requirements please visit the contest s web page Subscribe to Mag Share Post Tweet Post Buy Merch andise Related Posts REMINDER Waterfront T Shirt Design Contest closes on Wednesday Winning designs from Waterfront t shirt contest revealed Complete Streets Photo Contest The TORONTO sign How life imitates graphic design Tweet More posts by Spacing Search Advertisement Spacing Magazine fall 2015 Order issue Subscribe In these stores Popular Posts The cold war siren system Toronto never used Spacing s Guide to

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/toronto/2015/05/04/contest-toronto-waterfront-t-shirt-design-challenge/ (2015-11-16)
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  • LORINC: I'm feeling crabby about the Ferry Terminal competition - Spacing Toronto
    some small part I suspect to the island s privileged and vocal community It may also owe to a glaringly obvious flaw in the idea and if you know what that is I d be happy to hear it Instead of a real discussion about the park how people access it and what they find once they ve arrived we ll get a big expensive over designed mess which can t dramatically change the way we access the islands But it has a pool Steve Munro 8 months ago Joshua An Eastern Gap bridge has severe challenges First off this gap is wider than the Western Gap and any bridge must be high enough for full size ships to clear through it to the eastern harbour That s not a trivial footbridge and probably it would have some interesting accessibility challenges Second Cherry Beach isn t exactly the easiest place to reach It would force people who now simply walk from Union Station or Queens Quay station to take a bus LRT the 3 4km trip down to the new bridge Third the attractions on the Island are not concentrated at Ward s because this is the residential community That s not Nimbyism just the simple fact that people would have to trudge a few km back west to the main part of the islands Finally just imagine the joy of trying to return home from the island via the new bridge in any kind of bad weather All that extra mileage would not endear you to people who just want to reach the mainland by a direct route Barry Lipton 8 months ago There is another cart before horse or dock before boats situation All the proposals contemplate the continuation of the Victorian designed old boats or new boats based on the same design The most time in the ferry trip is loading and unloading the two level end loading ferries are very inefficient at loading and unloading passengers Anyone who has ridden the ferries in BC will recall that the boats load from the length of the side The big problem with the ferries on busy summer weekends is the time it takes to get on a ferry Even if they get 1300 passengers ferries if they are end loaders they will still have the logistical problems of the present ferries If there could be a design that would allow simultaneous loading and unloading of passengers the capacity of the system would be increased substantially The kind of dock and flow of passengers would be totally different from any of the designs presented So please get an efficient boat design first because if the docks are built for end loaders They will NEVER be retrofitted for more efficient boats Raj 8 months ago I tried looking through the proposals but couldn t stomach it These designers live on a different planet than the rest of us All five proposals look like more like EPCOT Center in Disneyland than a ferry ferry terminal to me Joshua Hind 8 months ago Steve Thanks for the reply At 300 350m and with a requirement to clear large lakers there s no doubt a bridge across the Eastern Channel is neither simple nor optimal and probably not cheap But isn t it the only game in town if we want to have a conversation about how to get people to island other than by ferry Accepting that we might need to debate the need for alternatives before discussing the alternatives themselves Above Barry makes a good point about pairing an update to the ferries with an update to the terminal All the fancy modifications to the terminal won t do anything to make the narrow gangway to the Centre Island ferry any wider Terminal side choke points are maybe relieved dockside choke points remain If there are no viable alternatives for transporting people to the island then evaluation of the efficiency of the ferry itself ought to go hand in hand with the design of the terminal What s clearest to me as I walk past the design submissions every day is that Waterfront TO wants a great park first and a slightly improved ferry terminal second which really shouldn t come as a surprise The islands problems aren t WTO s problem neither is improving citizens experience on the ferry Once people step on the boat they re in the hands of Toronto s Parks Forestry and Recreation department who hasn t the mandate or the cash to improve the islands much beyond their current state The park centric submissions fulfill WTO s mandate while allowing the city to pretend like they re improving the island experience scottd 8 months ago Dead on I cant see the terminal for the add ons Dylan 8 months ago Thank you for the part of the rant about the misuse of Photoshop in architectural proposals One of my bugbears Part of any architectural proposal review process should be an analysis of how people will actually use space as opposed to how random images of happy pedestrians are plunked down Moaz Ahmad 8 months ago Glad to know that KPMB understands that the Ferry Terminal is a ferry terminal and not a destination park There are parks nearby if people want parks but the real destination is the island and the journey is part of the experience The focus should be on making the journey pleasant instead of attempting to distract people from the unpleasantness of the wait As for a physical connection to the Island we now have in the the form of the pedestrian tunnel The challenge is in finding a way to get access around the airport perhaps another tunnel or depressed area under a runway to let people cross Butrealistically the majority of people are going to use the ferry to get to the island now and in the future Cheers Moaz Josh 8 months ago I think you re just

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/toronto/2015/03/23/lorinc-im-feeling-crabby-ferry-terminal-competition/ (2015-11-16)
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  • EVENT: A Walk With "Born to Walk" author Dan Rubinstein - Spacing Toronto
    s a brief description of the book The humble act of putting one foot in front of the other transcends age geography culture and class and is one of the most economical and environmentally responsible modes of transit Yet with our modern fixation on speed this healthy pedestrian activity has been largely left behind At a personal and professional crossroads writer editor and obsessive walker Dan Rubinstein travelled throughout the U S U K and Canada to walk with people who saw the act not only as a form of transportation and recreation but also as a path to a better world There are no magic bullet solutions to modern epidemics like obesity anxiety alienation and climate change But what if there is a simple way to take a step in the right direction Combining fascinating reportage eye opening research and Rubinstein s own discoveries Born to Walk explores how far this ancient habit can take us how much repair is within range and guarantees that you ll never again take walking for granted Dan is also the author of the article in the most recent issue of Spacing Walk the Beat Police are rediscovering the transformative power of neighbourhood foot patrols Dan will lead us through his childhood community of Ledbury Park talking about neighbourhood transformation about walking as a child and an adult and exploring some of the themes of his book Saturday April 18 2 00 4 30 pm Start at Ledbury Park Ledbury Street Free Click here for detailed information and to RSVP Subscribe to Mag Share Post Tweet Post Buy Merch andise Related Posts REID Laneways as shared spaces The slow and deadly evolution of Toronto s crosswalks Blending public and private space at Winchester Park REID To press or not to press a guide

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  • What the Spadina subway overrun means for Scarborough, pt. 2 - Spacing Toronto
    sceptics Option 3 would be less expensive than any of the other options even though we do not know what SmartTrack will cost because all the other options include the subway which by itself is more expensive than all the LRT lines combined Sorensen and Hess have written the report that city staff should have presented to council and the public in 2013 The current political regimes at City Hall and Queen s Park should take note these academics are offering a solution for the financially catastrophic mess that is the proposed Scarborough subway a mess that will utterly eclipse the Spadina subway s financial woes and bankrupt the city This time our political leaders must not look away from the evidence photo by Danielle Scott Subscribe to Mag Share Post Tweet Post Buy Merch andise Related Posts The Scarborough Subway and Smart Track are about to collide LORINC Spend Brampton LRT money on Queen s Quay East What the Spadina subway overrun means for Scarborough pt 1 Forgotten TTC architecture a reminder of nixed transit plans Tweet More posts by John Lorinc 12 comments Neither the author nor Spacing necessarily agrees with posted comments Spacing reserves the right to edit or delete comments entirely See our Comment Policy transit 8 months ago It s so sad before Rob Ford sank Transit City Scarborough was set to have the most impressive and connected rail network outside of the downtown core Now it s getting stuck with an anemic 3 stops and so many are cheering about it Cameron 8 months ago This makes quite clear the value of a transit network over focusing on single lines or extensions Scarborough can benefit far more from having its own network and I hope this helps move that conversation forward in the future For those curious here s the status of the three lines originally described as proposed 1 Sheppard East LRT proposed in 2006 as part of Transit City approved and fully funded by province construction and overruns and at least partial operating costs construction began in 2009 was to open in 2013 but delayed by Premier McGuinty and Mayor Ford Currently planned to restart construction in 2017 and open in 2020 2021 2 Eglinton Malvern LRT proposed in 2006 as part of Transit City but considered lower priority so was never approved or funded Only proposed line subway or LRT to serve southern Scarborough 3 Scarborough LRT approved and fully funded by province from Kennedy Stn to Sheppard and Progress phase 2 north of Sheppard not funded Was originally planned to be complete by this year s PanAm Games but delayed for provincial budget reasons then cancelled by city council and province in 2013 for more expensive shorter subway extension The subway extension will open later and raise city taxes significantly but is more popular at this time Cancellation will cost the city a minimum of 75 million dollars in sunk costs To learn more about the specific LRT routes you can read the original environmental assessments EA s at the CodeRedTO site http coderedto com resources Dylan Reid 8 months ago It should be noted that in Option 3 above the one calculated to have the most benefits there is no longer a direct transit connection between Scarborough Centre and the Bloor Danforth subway Instead riders would have an additional transfer at SmartTrack stations before they got to the subway So the LRT option that was originally planned and has most been discussed as an alternative to the subway extension i e a direct replacement of the current Scarborough RT is not in any of these options because part of it directly overlaps with SmartTrack s route Bob Brent 8 months ago John I m reminded of Apple s legal appeal of US Federal Court Judge Denise Coté s eBook antitrust ruling against Apple Cote who has a history of pre judging such trials and then reshaping the legal justifications to fit the foregone conclusion Read more and see the cartoon mocking the Judge here http www macnn com articles 15 03 10 company complains that antitrust monitor overreaches abuses position ixzz3U5Eo6umm The Doctor 8 months ago It s fine none of this stuff is getting built anyway SmartTrack or the Stubway We re just going to waste millions on studies then in 3 5 years we ll re elect Rob Ford or Doug Ford or Randy Ford or Mikey Ford it doesn t really matter and everything will get ripped up again and we ll burn another 85mil for Metrolinx spent time and council will bicker and the people of Scarborough North York and Etobicoke will get exactly what they deserve nothing for sending these incompetent losers to represent them hamish 8 months ago This is excellent work as seems to be the Sorensen and Hess examination of minor details like the overall benefits to costs But both the province and the majority of the Council which I now at times call Clowncil from being in the Chamber and enduring this Extension approval debate seem quite disdainful of mere facts of excess and benefits Sigh But in the Layton style of being propositional I ve been urging a busway to start on the Gatineau Hydro corridor which slices through most of Scarborough to offer diagonal speed and complementing the geographical constraints of the Lake and could be done quickly if it was mostly all surface Connecting up to the City core could be done by either ensuring space for a busway on the Don Valley Excessway or linkages via Thorncliffe to St Clair Ave E It could thus also begin to be a real Relief Line and be done far far faster than many other things The disadvantage of using clean buses for transit is that it doesn t provide nearly the same degree of work for machines and men and doesn t use up as much Niagara Escarpment But we get to squeeze the billions and have faster

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