That time when the CN Tower had a clown on stilts... The CN Tower has memorably provided stout entertainment to Toronto and its visitors for almost four decades, but sadly history has not been kind to its original kid-friendly mascot, a humble, balloon animal wielding clown on stilts who went by the name of Diego.

Those of you who know me well know I can't handle stilts.especially creepy clowns on stilts!

Toronto's substantial stockpile of decommissioned street signs could be up for grabs in just a few weeks if a new report gets the green light. The public works and infrastructure committee will consider a recommendation next week that calls on the city to allow the sale of disused road markers for $30, depending on the size, on a first-come-first-served basis...

This is what 1000 retired Toronto street signs look like

Toronto In Context (From Outer Space). Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield (he's from Milton, just outside Toronto) took another great photo of our city while he was up there in outer space today doing his thing as the current Commander of the International Space Station. This photograph shows almost all of the Great Lakes, so I figured I'd throw a few labels on it and put our metropolis in context from an angle you don't usually get to see...

"Unusual perspective of the Great Lakes. Chris Hadfield from the International Space Station.

The Great Toronto Fire of 1904 destroyed a massive parcel of downtown Toronto, with damage estimated around $10 million (that’s in 1904 dollars!). Remarkably, no casualties were reported as a direct result of the conflagration (One labourer, John Croft, was killed during the post-disaster demolition work). Check out this gallery of amazing photos —and video!—from the conflagration that swept through our fair city...

Goad’s Atlas of the City of Toronto: Fire Insurance Maps from the Victorian Era: The Great Toronto Fires of 1895

The new Fort York Visitor Centre - a marvellous addition to the city's cultural heritage.

photos and description of the Fort York Visitor Centre in Toronto, Ontario

Fire at Broadview and Gerrard Destroys Century-old Corner Building

There's really no such thing as a history of Chinatown in Toronto. Instead, there's a history of chinatowns, and not just in the areas that many pe.

In the late summer of 1930 the people of Toronto saw something over the city not many could claim to have seen before. Humming like a giant insect, the dirigible R100 - an airship almost as long as Union Station - circled over the heads of thousands. Work stopped, traffic ground to a halt, and rooftops were packed as everyone strained to glimpse the pride of Great Britain...

In the late summer of 1930 the people of Toronto saw something over the city not many could claim to have seen before. Humming like a giant insect,.

Tech manager and 73-year-old historian team up to make Fort York’s mapping legacy available to the public.   "...a thoroughly 21st-century collaboration, which seeks to make the fort’s rich, but largely paper-based, mapping legacy readily available to the citizen historians who trawl the Web.  Their recently launched website, fortyorkmaps.blogspot.ca, has almost 60 pages of maps of the fort and the properties situated on the surrounding military reserves, later known as “the liberties.”

Mapping Fort York’s legacy with 21st-century tools

Tech manager and historian team up to make Fort York’s mapping legacy available to the public

Liona Boyd — The Toronto Song! Cheese or Magic? A defense of Boyd's treacly tune.

Liona Boyd — The Toronto Song! Cheese or Magic? A defense of Boyd's treacly tune.


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