Dr. John G.C. Adams is regarded as the father of public health dentistry in Canada. His Methodist faith inspired him to become Canada's first resident dental missionary. He funded and operated the first free dental hospital on the continent in 1872, primarily treating poverty-stricken children and their mothers. Toronto's Hospital for Sick Children opened three years later and, in 1883, Dr. Adams became its first dentist of record.
In the building here, Dr. Adams operated Christ's Mission Hall and Dental Institute from 1897 until 1899 when the city closed it, for nonpayment of taxes. A champion of preventive dental health through education, Dr. Adams advocated for dental checkups in public schools and free dental treatment for underprivileged children. His recommendations were finally realized in 1911 with the beginning of the dental checkups in Toronto schools. Canada's first publicly funded free dental clinic opened two years later.
Plaque is at corner of Bay and Elm in front of this building where he had his practice.
US Open means John will be glued to the TV. But we did do a run to Humber Nurseries, Ontario's largest garden centre and one we frequented a lot when we had gardens.
This photo doesn't do justice to the size.
We wanted some house plants and some plants for the balcony.
I went to College Park to Dollarama for some plant pots and other odds and ends.
I also popped into Winners' for some picture frames and a couple of t-shirts for John.
The Royal York Hotel was looking very majestic.
We had P.F. Chang's Asian chicken lettuce wraps for dinner and I made the peanut dipping sauce but it didn't work as well with the wraps.
And what a sunset we had!
I went out later than usual with a plan that changed when we got stuck in traffic. The Blue Jays played at 12:30 and the stadium was emptying out. It was mainly school kids, school is almost over so the school boards are using up their outing money. The area was clogged with school buses. The police had Bremner closed and Blue Jay Way was closed to southbound cars. Police were in attendance but not bothering to direct traffic so chaos abounded. Pet peeve in the city these days are inconsiderate drivers blocking crosswalks.
A twenty minute ride became an hour.
Dinner was carbonara but this time I bought the pancetta (spicy) from the deli counter and it was much better than the packaged stuff.
A glorious day as my BFF and I headed to the AGO by way of City Hall as it was Indigenous Day and the Toronto sign had a medicine wheel to celebrate.
This couple had just tied the knot at City Hall and were having their pictures taken.
To the AGO for lunch. Chicken pot pie which was delicious.
This summer the AGO celebrates the power of Inuit art by bringing together two extraordinary artists – Kenojuak Ashevak and her nephew Timootee (Tim) Pitsiulak – in our major exhibition of the season. Ashevak and Pitsiulak represent two generations of Inuit artists who have challenged viewers to respond to their art and the Inuit world view in new ways. The exhibition will be the first time Inuit art is showcased in the AGO’s largest exhibition space, the Sam & Ayala Zacks Pavilion, and will be Pitsiulak’s first major gallery retrospective. The exhibition will feature key art works and sketches by each artist, enabling visitors to appreciate the strength of drawing as an expression of Inuit cultural heritage that engages everyday life at its deepest level.
The Royal Ontario Museum, ROM, has a ticketed exhibit on spiders! Ticketed, as in "not included with the entrance fee".
Not a fan of them at all! And if there is a web, you can be sure I will walk into it.
Yup, that's me.
But we need to have lunch first, again at the Museum Tavern where we ate last week. And I scored my letter Y for this week's Roundup!
We placed our orders and got our wine when the bartender asked if we liked Manhattans, yes, we replied. He says, I may have something for you.
Spiders are one of the most remarkable animals on the planet! They spin webs, dance, swim, and even grow back lost limbs. Come face-to-face with nearly 400 live and preserved amazing arachnids in Spiders: Fear and Fascination. Entangle yourself in the world of spiders with the ROM Spider Lab, challenge a Peacock spider to a dance-off, explore a recreated spider cave, and experience a web of hands-on interactives, incredible augmented reality, and more!
A fun interactive.
John, trying to step on spiders.
Another interactive, this time, I am standing in front of a screen and the spiders are finding my silhouette and walking all over me!