Thoughts from Kyiv 

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Contributed by Professor Mychailo Wynnyckyj in Kyiv. He and his family are in hiding, writing and fighting from a safe(r) house outside Kyiv – Yesterday’s bombing of the maternity hospital in Mariupol was a turning point. Too many emotions. Too much evil. So much determination. This has to be the last time! My wife and I […]

Walter Huston 1884 – 1950

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Academy Award-winning Actor – Contributed by www.cabbagetownpeople.ca. Walter Huston was born in Toronto where his father was a building contractor. He attended Wellesley, Ryerson and Lansdowne Schools, and Winchester Public School in Cabbagetown. He later studied engineering, but he gave it up and chose acting as a career. He made his stage debut in Toronto in 1902. […]

September Edition – Parliament Street News

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I think it every edition and but I mean it this time. This is one of the best issues ever.  Thanks to all of our advertisers. They are committed to maintaining their visibility in the community. We appreciate the support, and it allows us to keep publishing and delivering via Canada Post to over 2500 […]

Allan Gardens Conservatory

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Contributed by Ed Drass in communications at Gallery Arcturus, A not-for-profit art museum on Gerrard Street East. You can reach Ed @ info@arcturus.ca  – This series is supposed to offer “Gentle” Treasure Hunts. Alas, our next stop may be a shock. If you head westward to the re-opened Allan Gardens Conservatory, prepare for surprises. First of all, […]

Romanesque Revival ON Winchester St

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There is a lot written about the dance theatre on Winchester Street. Many of us have been there for events, community meetings and taken our kids to dance classes. However, there is remarkably little about the building to be found on the web. As part of our new style, we will pick a location and […]

War vs Covid

Contributed by Duncan Fremlin. For the first time in our lives, death has not so quietly infiltrated our day-to-day consciousness.   The daily news feed has become routine – “4724 new infections,  29 deaths”.   The alarming part is, it’s actually happening to people we know. In the five years of the second war, which was fought […]

Some Cabbagetown Favourites

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Cabbagetown’s an excellent place for walks that take in an array of architecture with countless special homes and fascinating details! Presenting a few of our favourites! Let’s talk about clinker bricks.  An excellent example of recycling, you can see them deep inside Cabbagetown’s Riverdale Farm, at what is now called the Residence, built in 1902 […]

First Parliament

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Some interesting developments on The First Parliament site is located in downtown Toronto at the intersection of Front and Parliament Streets. It is a full city block, bounded on the west by Berkeley Street and on the south by Parliament Square Park. The First Parliament site is almost as large as Nathan Phillips Square.   […]

Anderson Ruffin Abbott 1837 – 1913

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Contributed by Cabbagetownpeople.ca. Abbott was Canada’s first black doctor graduating from the University of Toronto in 1861 at age 23.   Although born in Toronto into a wealthy family, he travelled to the United States to work as one of only eight black surgeons in the Union Army during the Civil War. Because of segregation […]