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  • Storymobile is telling Canada's Main Street stories from Mimico to the Maritimes - Spacing Toronto
    Storymobile in Windsor Ontario A stop in Pasadena Newfoundland last summer Exploring downtown waterfronts in Saint John New Brunswick Led by arts and media company FIXT POINT the Tale of a Town has so far had stints in towns and cities in Ontario PEI Nova Scotia Newfoundland and have just begun a stay in Ottawa The Canada wide quest will culminate in a multi platform celebration of the country s main street culture alongside Canada s 150th anniversary in 2017 As part of the Toronto Public Library s Artists in the Library program the Tale s team of radio artists have been recording interviews with Mimico s business owners and residents and posting the best of their collection of local lore and personal histories online An independent town since 1911 Mimico was merged back into Etobicoke in 1967 amalgamating with the rest of Metropolitan Toronto in 1998 Despite amalgamation Mimico still feels like small town surrounded by Toronto Image courtesy of John Chuckman http chuckmanothercollectionvolume2 blogspot ca Mimico s lakeside Westpoint Motor hotel stands alongside mid century low rise apartment buildings On the western shores of Humber Bay Lakeshore Avenue West winds through a not yet complete condo neighbourhood before crossing over Mimico Creek and turning southwest to become one of Mimico s main streets Serviced by the 501 streetcar the area is defined by small shops diners grocery stores single family homes and mid rise 1950s apartment buildings that line the waterfront The area has a seaside vibe the mid century apartment buildings feel like a part of Miami Beach that has yet to be ritzed up Ask any town a question and you re bound to get an earful With it s own distinct history it s no surprise that the stories from Mimico are plentiful eclectic and quirky There s the one about the barber who was too drunk to cut mustaches straight or the time when Santa Clause made a surprise helicopter appearance at the Pickin Chicken And of course there s the classic ghost story that will make you think twice about walking past the library after dark As the winter comes the Storymobile is getting ready to move on from Mimico where they ve been stationed since early October To celebrate the end of their residency a Tale of a Town has collaborated with Sean Frey to create an interactive installation in the Mimico Centennial Library transforming it into a city of books books that you can listen to The audio installation will launch as part of a community celebration at the library on December 13 th here s the Facebook event and will stay up until December 20th Daniel Rotsztain is the Urban Geographer Check out his website or say hello on Twitter Subscribe to Mag Share Post Tweet Post Buy Merch andise Related Posts Exploring downtown Centreville in the winter A ghost town in more ways than one The Canadian stop on the London Underground The two worlds of my Etobicoke Remembering

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/toronto/2014/12/09/storymobile-telling-canadas-main-street-stories-mimico-maritimes/ (2015-11-16)
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  • MESLIN: The myth of the five-week election - Spacing Toronto
    takes about ten months And let me point out again that provincial and federal parties can knock on your door anytime with glossy materials or mail endless amounts of materials any day If we reduce the municipal election period that would mean that new political challengers have even less time to raise money and spend money Even though they are already currently faced with the shortest campaigning period it would become even shorter All the while the incumbent councillors are metaphorically knocking on our doors with glossy pictures of themselves and or mailing promotional materials to our homes paid for by taxpayers Knowing this it shouldn t come as a surprise to find out who is actually pushing for shorter campaign periods It s the Association of Municipalities of Ontario AMO the same folks who also successfully pushed to change our municipal council terms from three years to four AMO represents elected City Councillors and Mayors all across Ontario so it makes sense that they would like to see fewer elections and shorter campaign periods But it s our job as citizens to make sure that we re informed about these proposals and the facts that lurk behind over simplified sound bites While you may not see it the political machines that drive election campaigns are churning each and every day Provincial and federal campaigns begin years before election day and elected councillors get to communicate with potential voters for four solid years before the next election is held The only candidates in Canada who are currently restricted from raising money and campaigning before the election period are municipal candidates in non partisan elections So when you hear someone say I t only takes 28 days to elect a new provincial government why do we need ten months to choose a new Council tell them they ve got it backwards photo by Richard Hsu Subscribe to Mag Share Post Tweet Post Buy Merch andise Related Posts LORINC John Tory and the need for an activist mayor LORINC Spend Brampton LRT money on Queen s Quay East LORINC Why this Canadian election is like no other MESLIN Connecting the Dots Exposing the influence of lobbyists at City Hall Tweet More posts by Dave Meslin 4 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 Michael Sims 1 year ago Largely correct wrong only here Municipal candidates aren t allowed to fundraise until the election period starts ten months before election day So if I want to run for city councillor in 2018 I need to wait three years before I can raise a single penny or spend a penny This is not correct Municipal candidates can spend as much money as they like self promoting before the election period They just don t get any contribution refund for doing so unlike money raised and spent during the election period If Dave Meslin wants to spend

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/toronto/2014/11/05/meslin-myth-five-week-election/ (2015-11-16)
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  • Meet Bertie the Brain, the world's first arcade game, built in Toronto - Spacing Toronto
    top he fondly recalls Fellow student Walter Kohn the Austrian born soon to be theoretical physicist and Nobel Prize winner with whom Kates had shared a textbook was second I thought when I got out of the camp I would like to be a medical doctor he says Until then he would have to go back to cutting wood sewing socks and repairing fishing nets unless he could find a full time job It was the fall of 1941 Unable to return to England and be reunited with his family the ocean crossing was too risky Kates was offered work with Imperial Optical in Toronto based on his experience with lenses in Yorkshire There he rose to prominence in the precision department the part of the company that made war ordnance like gun sights and prisms for periscopes It gave me ideas he recalls A successful product pitch resulted in a job in the research lab at Rogers Majestic working on radar tubes in a building opposite Tip Top Tailors on Lake Shore Blvd When the division was sold to Phillips at the end of the war Kates returned to his studies at the University of Toronto where he was convinced to join the school s fledgling computing centre At U of T he and a group of engineers developed one of the world s first working computers the 12 bit University of Toronto Electronic Computer UTEC At the same time Kates was busily developing a miniature vacuum tube of his own design which he called the Additron with help from friends at Rogers Majestic Bertie the Brain was built to show off the potential of the little Additron tubes On the UTEC we were actually playing games so I said Look we can build a game playing machine Practically everybody knows tic tac toe I thought it would make a nice exhibit I was going back and forth to Phillips developing this Bertie the Brain at the same time working at the university on the computer and at the same time working on my PhD I was doing three things at a time I m known as a multi processor he laughs Built in Leaside and installed at the CNE s Electrical Building in the summer of 1950 Bertie was notoriously hard to beat Kates sat with the machine in his spare time turning down the difficulty for children and cranking it up for adults watching his invention make strategic decisions in mere fractions of a second It was a marvel It was a much bigger success than we thought he says There was always people surrounding it lining up to play Comedian and USO favourite Danny Kaye famous in the 1940s for the movies The Kid from Brooklyn and The Secret Life of Walter Mitty took on Bertie in front of a LIFE magazine photographer He won eventually after the difficulty was reduced several times In the photograph Kaye is standing with his hands clasped with glee as

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/toronto/2014/08/13/meet-bertie-brain-worlds-first-arcade-game-built-toronto/ (2015-11-16)
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  • NXT City Prize: Lisa Baroldi and inclusivity in cities - Spacing Toronto
    development What public space improvements would you like to see in Edmonton For Edmonton to become an Indigenous inclusive city we need to shift from the consultation paradigm to co creation of the city via urban design governance economic development land use and culture and heritage I d like to see us re imagine the city to push ourselves to think boldly and to genuinely link the realities of the past and present and the future through more than just stories We can do this in the urban landscape with architecture design space placemaking art It s starting to happen here already and the potential is being revealed with every urban intervention every master plan every conversation we have Expect some big things coming out of Edmonton in the next decade Fingers crossed What sorts of places are solid examples of public space improvement in other cities around the world Everywhere I travel I aim to connect with guides who can peel away the layers of their cities I also chat with people everyone I try to find out where locals perceive the public spaces to be who is there how they are used what the design elements do or don t do to foster gathering and interactions So I learn a lot I think a successful public space is constantly in the process of becoming and changing It s alive Some of my current public space crushes are Libraries are the ultimate public gathering space if you see them as a public space I m a big supporter of most library improvements I m a huge fan of the Seattle Public Library the Bibliotheque Nationale of Paris and the Biblioteca delle Oblate in Florence it has courtyards with views of the duomo Sense of community and diversity are wonderful at libraries The Place George Pompidou with its funky fountains street performers and cafes spilling into streets attracting all kinds of people I was there this summer urban picnicking with a friend We interacted with skateboarding teens elderly couples tourists taking selfies families chilling It was fabulous mix of local and global people Seville s Metropol Parasol the mushroom is the largest wooden structure in the world It is part of the Redevelopment of Plaza de la Encarnacion meant to reanimate an area that was once a vibrant market and hub in the community I ve never been but it s on my list for 2016 and I hope it did what it was intended to do and more Edmonton successes in my opinion are the Shaw Conference Centre vegetable terraces and Medicine Wheel garden overlooking the river valley as well as Churchill Square in the summer time with its moveable furniture games and entertainment A friend of mine is working on revamping the public space in front of the Vancouver Art Gallery The North Plaza I m excited to see what it turns out to be Your advice to emerging leaders as it relates to public space Hmmmm Just

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/toronto/2014/07/29/nxt-city-prize-lisa-baroldi-inclusivity-cities/ (2015-11-16)
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  • Nxt City Prize, Author at Spacing Toronto
    CITY PRIZE is all about vision to reimagine Toronto s public spaces and inject a sense of energy dynamism and reflexivity Read More Urban Design NXT City Prize Rob Spanier and mixed use buildings The NXT CITY PRIZE is all about vision to reimagine Toronto s public spaces and inject a sense of energy dynamism and reflexivity Read More Urban Design NXT City Prize Transforming streets with Calvin Brook The NXT CITY PRIZE is all about vision to reimagine Toronto s public spaces and inject a sense of energy dynamism and reflexivity Read More Urban Design NXT City Prize Sheldon Levy and transforming spaces The NXT CITY PRIZE is all about vision to reimagine Toronto s public spaces and inject a sense of energy dynamism and reflexivity Read More Urban Design NXT CITY PRIZE Brent Toderian on improving public spaces The NXT CITY PRIZE is all about vision to reimagine Toronto s public spaces and inject a sense of energy dynamism and reflexivity Read More Urban Design NXT City Prize Bob Lehman and urban structure The NXT CITY PRIZE is all about vision to reimagine Toronto s public spaces and inject a sense of energy dynamism and reflexivity Read More Urban Design NXT City Prize Joe Lobko and architecture in the non profit sector The NXT CITY PRIZE is all about vision to reimagine Toronto s public spaces and inject a sense of energy dynamism and reflexivity Read More Urban Design NXT City Prize Ken Greenberg on linking green spaces The NXT CITY PRIZE is all about vision to reimagine Toronto s public spaces and inject a sense of energy dynamism and reflexivity Read More Urban Design NXT City Prize Adil Dhalla creates happiness The NXT CITY PRIZE is all about vision to reimagine Toronto s public spaces and inject

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/toronto/author/nxtcityprize/ (2015-11-16)
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  • MESLIN: If a billboard falls in a forest… Part 1 - Spacing Toronto
    property reps to discuss the conformity of the signs as new information has come forth Therefore we are on standby pending the outcome of the meeting Fiona October 23 2006 Subject Re Fwd Re Request for update re 25 Burnside Ave Hi Fiona That s one heck of a long meeting you re having Any update on the situation dave October 23 2006 Subject Re Request for update re 25 Burnside Ave Hi All This matter is still under investigation based on new information Until the investigation is complete we are unable to discuss the specifics Elizabeth Glibbery Manager Municipal Licensing and Standards And that was it I never heard anything else What was the new information Was a permit suddenly found Did their lawyers threaten the city I never found out This year I ve decided to follow up and I ll be posting updates here on Spacing Toronto My first step was to meet with Ted Van Vliet Manager of the city s Sign Bylaw Unit Ted s a great guy and I ve worked with him before He believes in the public process and sees his role as being an impartial facilitator of dialogue between all relevant players industry citizens and City Council He seeks pragmatic compromise between all stakeholders I asked him about the billboards in the forest He said he had found the property file and that city staff had concluded in 2006 that the billboards could not be removed because of new information I asked him what the new information was He said he didn t know and that it might be very difficult to find out He explained that once lawyers get involved some information becomes confidential I suggested to Ted that the public deserved to know why the billboards were still there since they have a significant impact on public space Even if some information is confidential surely there s a way of communicating how or why the decision was made I also pointed out that the process as he described it ie decisions being made based on secret information opened the door to corruption After all the new information could have been a suitcase with 10K in it Ted agreed that the city should be obligated to explain in some way why the billboards are still there He suggested that I file a Freedom of Information request I protested again Why should a citizen have to file an FOI to get basic information that should already be publicly available FOIs take time and money and the results can be slow and incomplete He agreed again Ted said he would ask his colleagues for more information and would get an answer to me as soon as possible Based on my earlier dealings with the city on this issue I was worried that as soon as possible might turn into months or years I asked him what he thought was a reasonable time period to get the information He said two weeks I

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/toronto/2014/06/19/if-a-billboard-falls-in-a-forest_1/ (2015-11-16)
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  • EVENT: Education & Justice in Toronto - Spacing Toronto
    of the Justice in Toronto lecture series takes place tomorrow at 230 College Street This free evening lecture will explore Education Justice in Toronto Featured speakers include the Executive Director of People for Education Annie Kidder and Professor George Dei from the Department of Humanities Social Sciences and Social Justice Education at U of T s Ontario Institute for Studies in Education WHEN Thursday April 24 6 30 8 30pm WHERE 230 College Street Room 103 RSVP via eventbrite The Justice in Toronto Lecture Series aims to address sources of injustice in Toronto and propose ways to make the city more just Each lecture pairs a local advocate with an academic For more information visit the event s eventbrite page Subscribe to Mag Share Post Tweet Post Buy Merch andise Related Posts Spacing presents transit wayfinding events in Mississauga Toronto on Tuesday Wednesday EVENT Connecting The Dots of transit wayfinding in the GTHA Spacing s Guide to Toronto Events Nov 8 14 Spacing s Guide to Toronto Events Oct 18 24 Tweet More posts by Dale Duncan Search Advertisement Spacing Magazine fall 2015 Order issue Subscribe In these stores Popular Posts The cold war siren system Toronto never used Spacing

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/toronto/2014/04/23/event-education-justice-toronto/ (2015-11-16)
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  • La Ville Reine — The French underground is all around us in Toronto - Spacing Toronto
    Related Posts Storymobile is telling Canada s Main Street stories from Mimico to the Maritimes The Canadian stop on the London Underground How Toronto learned to love the patio Richard Andrew Sharum Q A picturing downtowns Tweet More posts by Daniel Rotsztain 14 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 Danièle Caloz 2 years ago Bonjour Monsieur Rotsztain Félicitations pour votre article Pourriez vous me donner votre adresse courriel pour que je puisse vous mettre sur notre liste de personnes à contacter pour la Société d Histoire de Toronto Nous avons un beau programme de visites guidées dans la ville ainsi que de conférence sur son histoire C est dommage que vous n en ayez pas parlé Danièle Caloz Damien Lachance 2 years ago Great article By the way the correct word for corner store in Québécois French is dépanneur Merci Gilles Marchildon 2 years ago Bravo et Merci This article and recognition of Toronto s francophone community is welcome and overdue Did you know that in 2015 Ontario will be celebrating 400 years of French presence While the City of Toronto has over 53 000 francophones there are actually 125 000 of us in the GTA There are a range of groups and organizations offering services and events en français I encourage readers to check out the website of Toronto s francophone organization http www acfo toronto com Luisance Solaire 2 years ago Btavo pour cet article Toutefois we should say Rue du Collège not Rue de Collège Daniel Rotsztain 2 years ago Thanks Luisance I changed the post to reflect this new found grammar knowledge zefred 2 years ago Hello Daniel and thank you for this great article about the French roots of our beautiful city I am going to be a French stereotype here but I find it sad that in an article on the subject of French one of the only words in the featured language is wrongly spelt TWICE especially when the right spelling is right there above the text in the picture Think of it as if you were an English speaker living in Paris and seeing the only word in English in an article about anglophones in the city misspelt convenniance stor It s Dépanneur with only one P and two Ns coming from the verb Dépanner which apparently doesn t exist in English and means to help by fixing a problem and is usually applied to cars that broke down on the road or to people with needs hence the parallel with convenience Apart from this little mishap I really enjoyed reading you Zefred Daniel Rotsztain 2 years ago Thanks Zefred I have corrected the spelling I apologize for my critical error and appreciate you letting me know Of all the spelling mistakes Len Senater 2 years ago Hi I m Len the owner of The Dépanneur Coupla things first off thanks for the

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/toronto/2014/04/10/frenchto/ (2015-11-16)
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