The Globe and Mail Published Tuesday, Apr. 29 2014, 1:00 PM EDT Surplus Toronto street signs ? some of them autographed by the city?s notorious Mayor Rob Ford ? went on auction this week. Early bids on the 105 decommissioned Toronto street signs have produced a few surprises, not to mention some lessons on the city?s political and spiritual geography. All bid prices are as of Tuesday morning. Queen Street rules: Four of the top 12 bids are for Queen Street, with Queen Street East consistently outpacing Queen Street West. The top-priced bid on Tuesday was $555 for a Queen Street East sign autographed by Mayor Rob Ford. The Ford Effect: Mayor Ford autographed 16 of the 105 signs available. The early evidence is that the mayor?s autograph adds value ? or subtracts, depending on the location. Those looking for a piece of Queen Street East put a premium on the mayor?s penmanship, with the autographed version at $555 versus $425 unadorned. Travel to Queen Street West, however, and the same sign is valued more highly without the autograph ($345) than with ($330). Perhaps those seeking a memento of Queen West?s vanished pre-hipster glory days are less enamoured of the mayor? Bay Street undervalued? For a street that?s synonymous with money, Bay Street signs appear to be going cheap. The autographed version is bid at $365, with unsigned versions at $325 and $290. Then again, the auction lasts for 60 days, so the smart money may be in derivatives. Here
$99 -- ‘Kurios’ by Cirque du Soleil w/Popcorn, Soda and Gift* By Anna Heinemann Exclusively for Travelzoo subscribers, the new Cirque du Soleil big top show "Kurios - Cabinet of Curiosities" is offering a complimentary popcorn, soda, candy and souvenir gift (package valued at $31) with the purchase of seats to select August and September performances in Toronto. Price Level 2 tickets are $99-$105 and Price Level 1 tickets are $120 for the following performances under the Grand Chapiteau at The Port Lands: Friday, Aug. 29 at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 31 at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 3 at 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 4 at 8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 7 at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 10 at 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 11 at 8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 14 at 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18 at 8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 21 at 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 25 at 8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 28 at 5 p.m. Child tickets (ages 2-12) are also available at these performances for $10 less than the prices listed. The high prices are for the Friday and Sunday performances. Drawing inspiration from technological innovations of the late 19th century, the show delves into a world of curiosity and mystery. Inside the curio cabinet of an ambitious inventor, the visible becomes invisible, perspectives are transformed and the world is literally turned upside down. Book by May 11. How to book Click here to book online at Cirque du Soleil Select date from the calendar. Enter quantity then select seating section from the seating chart.
Beach Mirror By Joanna Lavoie April 24 2014 While spring may be the ideal time to clean your home and/or yard, it?s also a perfect occasion to give the community a good scrubbing by taking part in one of dozens of local clean-up events, set to take place throughout Riverdale, Leslieville and the Beach this weekend and in the weeks to come. Over in Riverside, the Riverside Green Initiative (RGI), a grassroots community group made up of people who live, work and play in the Riverside area, with the support of the Riverside Business Improvement Area will be hosting a community clean-up event of the new Joel Weeks Park and the surrounding area on Saturday, April 26 from 10 a.m. to noon. Those interested in taking part should meet at 50 Mathilda St., which is located at the north end of Joel Weeks Park. Participants should bring garden gloves, a rake and/or a broom and dress accordingly. The Riverside Green Initiative was formed in early 2012 with the goal of doing outreach, education and community-building around green initiatives, specifically guiding the development of a new community garden space in the redeveloped Joel Weeks Park, which is located north of Queen Street East and west of Broadview Avenue. While community gardening is the core focus of the group, current and future activities include seasonal neighbourhood clean-ups, workshops on nutrition, container gardening, a farmers? market and other complimentary green community initiatives in partnership with Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation, the Toronto Community
By Andrew Hudson • April 15, 2014 • Beach Metro Community News From heads to shoulders, knees and toes, kindergarteners can count on a lot of learning. And in Beach-area schools, teachers will soon be counting many more kindergarten classes, as 12 public and Catholic schools are scheduled to add full-day kindergarten this September. “We’re excited,” says Rita Gallippi, principal at Adam Beck Junior Public School, where construction crews are busy adding two new kindergarten classrooms on the school’s north side, and renovating a third one inside. Next fall, Adam Beck will have three English and two French full-day kindergarten classes. An early parent survey shows Adam Beck will likely partner with a third-party daycare for before- and after-school care as well, which usually runs from about 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. For the children, who will turn four or five by December, Gallippi said the all-day program is a fun, engaging way to get ready for Grade 1. Parents have lots of questions, but generally, Gallippi said they are excited, too. “They know they can go off to work and their children will have a full-day program, plus before- and after-care if they choose it,” she said. The coming school year is the last part of a four-year roll-out of full-day kindergarten across Ontario. Only a handful of Beach schools made the switch to full-day in the first three years, since most of the schools had to build extra classes or retrofit old ones to get ready. Crescent
By Andrew Hudson • April 15, 2014Beach Metro Community News Why did the opossum cross Wineva Avenue? Rick Wyszynski didn’t ask, but he did snap a photo of the one that slowly crossed his street a few weeks ago. Beach Metro News reader Rick Wyszynski caught a photo of this brave – or oblivious – opossum heading north on Wineva Avenue.PHOTO: Rick Wyszynsk Wyszynski said it was the first opossum he has seen in the Beach after 30 years here. “It didn’t look like the usual raccoon, so I slowed down,” said Wyszynski, who was driving on Wineva at about 9 a.m. “It was moving so slowly, I thought it was hurt at first. But I think it may have just woken up, I don’t know.” In nearby Birch Cliff, three more residents said they have recently had opossums under their porches, according to the Birch Cliff News. Nathalie Karvonen, the executive director of Toronto Wildlife Centre, said it’s hard to pinpoint what year opossums first moved north to Toronto, but sightings go back at least as far as the 1980s. “We’ve been open for 21 years, and from our perspective, without doing a scientific survey, I could say that their numbers have been slowly increasing across Toronto,” she said. Karvonen said Toronto Wildlife Centre receives more than 100 sick or injured opossums each year. “Mother opossums tend to have 10, 12, 14 babies at a time,” she said, noting that they sometimes receive a whole pouch of young
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