Tuesday, September 28, 2021
Barker Fairley Lane - Barker Fairley (May 21,1887 – October 11, 1986) lived on Willcocks Street. Born in Yorkshire, he came to Canada in 1910, and in 1915 became a professor at U of T. He was a writer, poet & professor of German studies — one of the foremost scholars of German literature of the century. He also created the university newspaper. He painted portraits and landscapes, and was a friend of the Group of Seven. Barker Fairley received an order of Canada in 1978, and died in his 100th year. Margaret Fairley Park at the south-west corner of Brunswick and Ulster Streets, is named after Barker Fairley’s wife.
St. Francis Table St. Francis Table is a restaurant for the poor with over 1.2 million meals served to the hungry.
Half of the patrons are post-psychiatric patients who are unable to work due to their illness. Many of them spend most of their meager income on accommodation. About one quarter of the patrons are senior citizens who come for nourishment and companionship. They also provide meals to single parents, refugees, the unemployed, transients, ex-convicts and people living in the streets, parks and alleys.
In keeping with the Franciscan heritage, no one is turned away without the offer of a meal. They request a small donation of one dollar which is to help them retain their sense of dignity.
Dr. Clovis John Brooks was the founder of the John Brooks Foundation, one of the first non-profit organizations of its kind in Toronto that looked to the improvement of disadvantaged inner city children. For this and for many other causes in which he had campaigned tirelessly, Dr. Brooks was awarded the Order of Canada, the Order of Ontario, the Order of Distinction from Jamaica, the Medal for Good Citizenship and an honorary doctorate degree from Queens University. John lived on Glenholme Avenue in Regal Heights and passed away in 2008.
Emily Murphy. Nellie McClung. Henrietta Muir Edwards. Louise McKinney. Irene Parlby. Five Alberta women drawn together by the tides of history and a shared idealism.
Each was a true leader in her own right: one a police magistrate, another a legal expert who founded the National Council for Women. Three served as Members of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta — among the first female elected officials in the entire British Empire. And they did all this before they were even fully defined as persons under Canadian and British law.
Separately, these five women were champions of the rights and welfare of women and children. They worked hard and courageously in the face of the prejudices and resistance of the day. Together, they formed an unstoppable force that changed the world for women in Canada and in all Commonwealth countries.
Monday, September 27, 2021
July 2021 - Toronto ON
Newly repainted Queen St. West - not sure who the artist is. It may also be One Day Creates and Watson.
In 2018/2019 it a purple and black abstract painting by onedaycreates and mostlyletters (aka Jesse Watson). The Taco Bell is now
an A&W Wendy's (thank you Elizabeth!).
Moose Deer Point First Nation
First Nations Affiliation: Shawnee, Lakota, Potawatomi, Ojibway and Algonquin.
Cote is a Sundancer, Pipe Carrier and Sweat Ceremony leader recognized by Elder Vern Harper and Floyd Looks for Buffalo Hand. Cote received his Indigenous name Noodjmowin (The Healer) in 1979 from Joe Couture and was made a member of the Falseface Society at the Seneca longhouse in 1992.
A graduate of OCAD University’s Interdisciplinary Art Media and Design Masters program in 2015, Cote has been exploring new ways to imbue sculpture and painting through oral traditions of storytelling and with traditional spiritual perspectives.
The Thirteen Moons is a measure of natural time and marks times of Ceremony and harvest.
1 Spirit moon
2 Bear moon
3 Sugar moon
4 Sucker moon
5 Flower moon
6 Strawberry moon
7 Raspberry moon
8 Thimbleberry moon
9 Corn moon
10 Falling Leaves moon
12 Little Spirit moon
13 Big Spirit moon
There is also a Petro Form here that represents the Medicine Wheel and connections to the Star Knowledge.
Sunday, September 26, 2021
Saturday, September 25, 2021
September 30, 2021 marks the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. It is a federal statutory holiday. The day honours the lost children and Survivors of residential schools, their families and communities.
Unfortunately only three provinces are recognizing the day, Manitoba, Nova Scotia and PEI.
Restaurants, bars, sports venues, gyms, theatres, cinemas and casinos are among the locations where staff must ask patrons to show certification that they received two doses of an approved vaccine at least two weeks before, along with identification that matches their vaccination document.
I was cleaning out photos in my archives and was stunned to find that we had another Jaume Plensa sculpture from a 2013 trip to Calgary!!
This sculpture called Wonderland is at the base of Calgary's tallest tower, The Bow. The wire mesh piece stands 39 feet high and resembles a young girl's head. (It was actually inspired by a real girl in Spain.) Interestingly, the sculpture has two entrances so that visitors can walk inside of it. “My vision for Wonderland is to inspire everyone who experiences the sculpture: I believe the architecture of our bodies is the palace for our dreams,” said Plensa.
Antibes French Riviera Nomade
Bordeaux France Sanna
Barcelona Spain Carmela
Chicago Crown Fountain
Friday, September 24, 2021
Welcome to The Weekend Roundup...hosted by Tom The Back Roads Traveler
1. Starts with "M"
2. A Favorite
3. METAL- chosen by Tom