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The approach to North Rustico Beach, facing the Gulf of St. Lawrence, could not be better designed.

Towards North Rustico beach (1) #pei #princeedwardisland #northrustico #rustico #beach #latergram


Towards North Rustico beach (2) #pei #princeedwardisland #northrustico #rustico #beach #gulfofstlawrence #peinationalpark #latergram


Towards North Rustico beach (3) #pei #princeedwardisland #northrustico #rustico #beach #gulfofstlawrence #peinationalpark #latergram
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  • These Forest Hill homeowners' claim that renovating neighbours stole their intellectual property seem silly to me. The Toronto Star reports.

  • Shawn Micallef notes that the traditional architecture style of Toronto is of one pastiche or another. Maybe modernism especially?

  • Toronto Life shares photos of a beautiful waterfront home in the Beaches, one I have passed by frequently. Only $6 million!

  • Ellen Scheinberg of Spacing tells how detective work tracked down the house that was subject of Lawren Harris' "Toronto House".

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  • blogTO argues East Chinatown, at Broadview and Gerrard, is an up-and-coming neighbourhood.

  • East-end Toronto, from Leslieville to points east, definitely is up-and-coming. The Globe and Mail reports.

  • It looks like the Kirby GO Station was approved for political reasons, not because of actual local need. The Toronto Star reports.

  • Steve Munro notes that, on the 23rd, the TTC Overhead Shop will have an open house explaining the streetcars' pantograph.

  • In July, Torontoist looked at Toronto architect Eden Smith, connected to the Arts and Crafts Movement in Canada.

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Panorama, Woodbine Beach


My Nexus 5's Photos app stitched together this panorama of Toronto's Woodbine Beach out of individual photos I had taken during last week's photo expedition to the Beaches. It did not do a bad job at all, I think, possible wonkiness in the west aside.
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I had not been to the Beaches in evening before, but I wish I had. Starting my walk at the iconic Leuty Lifeguard Station and continuing west, I saw the Kew and Woodbine beaches emptied, clear sight-lines uninterrupted by crowds of beachgoers. The effects of flooding are noticeable, especially in the west of Woodbine Beach where the water has infiltrated to form a little bay, but not longer overpowering.

Leuty Lifeguard Station by evening #toronto #beaches #kewbeach #leutylifeguardstation #lakeontario #evening


Looking west #toronto #woodbinebeach #kewbeach #beaches #lakeontario #evening


Looking out #toronto #woodbinebeach #kewbeach #beaches #lakeontario #evening #latergram


In time of flood #toronto #woodbinebeach #kewbeach #beaches #lakeontario #evening #latergram


Stony shore #toronto #woodbinebeach #kewbeach #beaches #lakeontario #evening #latergram


Looking east #toronto #woodbinebeach #kewbeach #beaches #lakeontario #evening #latergram


Warning by rocks #toronto #woodbinebeach #beaches #lakeontario #evening #latergram


Evening by the boardwalk #toronto #woodbinebeach #beaches #lakeontario #evening #boardwalk #latergram


No lifeguard #toronto #woodbinebeach #beaches #lakeontario #evening #latergram


Looking south #toronto #woodbinebeach #beaches #lakeontario #boardwalk #evening #latergram


Last ones #toronto #woodbinebeach #beaches #lakeontario #boardwalk #evening #latergram


Seagull #toronto #woodbinebeach #beaches #lakeontario #birds #seagull #evening #latergram


Low tide, high tide #toronto #woodbinebeach #beaches #lakeontario #birds #seagull #evening #latergram


Infiltration #toronto #woodbinebeach #beaches #lakeontario #birds #seagull #flooding #evening #latergram


Looking back #toronto #woodbinebeach #beaches #lakeontario #flooding #evening #latergram


Me #toronto #woodbinebeach #beaches #lakeontario #me #selfie #evening #latergram
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Toronto's Kew Gardens, in the Beaches with Queen Street East to the north and Lake Ontario to the south, is a lovely park in summer, dense with greenery and people.

Yoga in the park #toronto #beaches #kewgardens #parks #yoga #latergrams


Looking at the baseball diamond #toronto #beaches #kewgardens #parks #baseball #latergram


Back #toronto #beaches #kewgardens #parks #yoga #latergram


At play #toronto #beaches #kewgardens #parks #baseball #dog #latergram


Urban forest #toronto #beaches #kewgardens #parks #trees #latergram


Tennis greens #toronto #beaches #kewgardens #parks #tennis #latergram
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The Ivan Forrest Gardens, its southern boundary delimited by Queen Street East, is a lovely little garden made out of the southern end of the Glen Stewart Ravine. The pond with waterfall is a nice touch.

Into the Ivan Forrest Gardens #toronto #parks #ravine #beaches #ivanforrestgardens

Waterfall and pond #toronto #parks #ravine #beaches #ivanforrestgardens  #waterfall #pond

Winding path #toronto #parks #ravine #beaches #ivanforrestgardens  #waterfall #pond #path

Towards Queen #toronto #parks #ravine #beaches #ivanforrestgardens  #path #queenstreet #queenstreeteast
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On this trip to The Beaches, I had decided to not only look out at Lake Ontario. These stunning homes are gorgeous: I am sure that these houses, facing Balmy Beach and Lake Ontario just west of the R.C. Harris Water Treatment Plant, have prices well in excess of a million dollars. What can be said but that the views, and the location, would be worth it?

Beachfront (1) #toronto #beaches #kewbeach #beach #latergram


Beachfront (2) #toronto #beaches #kewbeach #beach #latergram


Beachfront (3) #toronto #beaches #kewbeach #beach #latergram


Beachfront (4) #toronto #beaches #kewbeach #beach #latergram
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  • blogTO notes that the Toronto Reference Library will be holding a huge sale again next week.

  • Inside Toronto profiles Sephora Hussein, new collection head of the Merril Collection.

  • Michael Lyons writes about the importance of the newly-reopened Hanlan's beach on the Toronto Islands.

  • Jake Tobin Garrett argues at Torontoist for the importance of the proposed Rail Deck Park.

  • Emily Macrae argues at Torontoist there is much Toronto can learn from the green--literally--laneways of Montréal.

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  • Liisa Ladouceur's NOW Toronto review of the Rage and Rapture tour's stop in Toronto get it entire. Brilliant concert.

  • Emma Teitel in the Toronto Star is quite right to note that residents of the Beach complaining about unsightly commerce are so missing the point.

  • Global News reports that mosquitos which test positive for West Nile virus have been found on the flooded Toronto Islands.

  • The Toronto Islands will reopen Monday, on the first of the month, the City of Toronto announced.

  • Canada Post promises that its drivers will stop blocking bike lanes with their vehicles.

  • Metro Toronto describes how ESL learners in west-end Toronto are learning English via their concerns with affordable housing.

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  • John Michael McGrath argues at TVO that leaving Toronto for Ontario cities with cheaper housing misses the issue of jobs. For starters.

  • Michelle McQuigge looks at how the CNIB is helping make Yonge and St. Clair accessible to the blind.

  • In The Globe and Mail, Erik Heinrich looks at how a mid-rise office tower at 1133 Yonge Street is being transformed into condos.

  • The Toronto Star reports that the condo/hotel tower at 325 Bay Street no longer bears the name of Trump. Toronto is free!

  • The end of the Palace Arms rooming house at King and Strachan, Christian Controneo notes at Torontoist, must be seen as terrible for the people who live there.
  • blogTO notes that E. Coli levels on mainland Toronto beaches make them unsafe for swimmers. No lake water this year!

  • blogTO notes that Montréal architect Claude Cormier, designer of HTO and Berczy, will next do a cat-themed park.

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  • Global News reports on Jackson's Burger, driven from Yonge Street by high rent.

  • blogTO shares this man's collection of TTC vehicles done in Lego. It is truly impressive.

  • Steve Munro reports on the cost of renovating the Bloor-Danforth subway.

  • The Toronto Star reports on the private nudist swimming resorts in the GTA. There are no legal public nude beaches without Hanlan's.

  • The Globe and Mail's Dave Leblanc <a href="https://www.theglobeandmail.com/real-estate/toronto/neglected-islands-along-torontos-university-avenue-deserveattention/article35663168/?cmpid=rss1'><U>reports</u></a> on the embattled traffic islands of University Avenue.</li> </ul>
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  • Roads and Kingdoms shares Dave Hazzan's reflections on the yougurt-type (but non-yogurt) Icelandic foodstuff skyr.

  • VICE reports on the scene from Glasgow after the launch of the city Tim Horton's in Scotland.

  • Bloomberg features Javiera Quiroga's take on the migration of Chilean vintners south ahead of climate change.

  • VICE notes that climate change will wreck the favourite coastline locations of surfers.

  • Dave Rothery describes at The Conversation how protecting against space probes' environmental contamination challenges exploration.

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Toronto's HTO Park looks welcoming from a distance, and indeed it must be comfortable to be perched under the park's umbrellas on the sand. Get too close to the water, though, and you will find that Lake Ontario's flood has reached this beach, too. The seagulls seemed happy, granted.

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  • The Globe and Mail describes how the flooding of Lake Ontario is starting to impact buildings built near the waterfront on the mainland, like some of Toronto's new condos.

  • All of Toronto's beaches will be, CBC reports, at least partly closed on account of the flooding.

  • Lucas Powers' photo essay at CBC tracks the impact of flooding on the Toronto Islands.

  • Steve Munro continues his study of buses on Queen Street, noting that the frequency of buses needs to be increased to keep pace with streetcars.

  • Edward Keenan argues in the Toronto Star that Michael Ford's call for a study for Queen Street transit will reveal that streetcars are the better way.

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  • USA Today provides an American perspective on the increased risk of flooding from Lake Ontario, in upstate New York.

  • Global News notes that the Toronto Islands are now effectively off-limits to visitors until the end of July.

  • Toronto Life shared Daniel Williams' stunning photos of the flooded Toronto Islands.

  • Inside Toronto notes that many people are still going far too close to the unstable Scarborough Bluffs.

  • The Toronto Star noted that the marina at Bluffers' Park is facing flooding.


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Green Lawn, Kew Gardens Tennis Club


Just metres from the cold waters of Lake Ontario, the fields of the Kew Gardens Tennis Club were greening already on the 24th of February.
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Friday afternoon, I visited Woodbine Beach for the latest iteration of Winter Stations. I found myself paying as much attention to the beach. On that day of what I suppose is now late spring, the foggy sky melded with the cold Lake Ontario waters and the moist sandy. The horizons were endless.

On Woodbine Beach (1)


On Woodbine Beach (2)


On Woodbine Beach (3)


On Woodbine Beach (4)


On Woodbine Beach (5)
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  • At Antipope, Charlie Stross wonders--among other things--what the Trump Administration is getting done behind its public scandals.

  • blogTO notes a protest in Toronto aiming to get the HBC to drop Ivanka Trump's line of fashion.

  • Dangerous Minds reflects on a Talking Heads video compilation from the 1980s.

  • Lawyers, Guns and Money reflects on a murderous attack against Indian immigrants in Kansas.

  • The LRB Blog looks at "post-Internet art".

  • Lovesick Cyborg notes an attack by a suicide robot against a Saudi warship.

  • Strange Maps links to a map of corruption reports in France.

  • Torontoist reports on Winter Stations.

  • Understanding Society engages in a sociological examination of American polarization, tracing it to divides in race and income.

  • The Volokh Conspiracy notes the many good reasons behind the reluctance of cities around the world to host the Olympics.

  • Window on Eurasia notes that where the Ingush have mourned their deportation under Stalin the unfree Chechens have not, reports that Latvians report their willingness to fight for their country, looks at what the spouses of the presidents of post-Soviet states are doing, and notes the widespread opposition in Belarus to paying a tax on "vagrancy."

  • Arnold Zwicky looks at the linguistic markers of the British class system.

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