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Conan Tours Toronto with Scott Thompson

Conan LiveIn February of 2004, Conan O'Brien brought Late Night to Toronto. I know because I was there.

While in Toronto, he had Scott Thompson from Kids in the Hall fame give him a tour.


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Miss Toronto 1937, Billie Hallam

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The History of the City of Toronto

The History of the City of TorontoThis was the conference opening video from TEDxToronto 2013.


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TTC Cell Service Map

TTC Cell Service MapWhen I was a kid, the frustration when riding the subway was that I couldn't get the radio on my Sony Walkman. There was no signal.

Today that frustration has morphed into the sad fact we can't get a cell signal on the subway in Toronto. Most of my life has been spent on the Bloor line which, as you'll see in the handy TTC cell service map below, has very few mobile-friendly pockets.

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The Toronto Sports Team Venn Diagram

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Humber River Inukshuk Man Caught in the Act

picturesWay back in 2007, I wrote about the inukshuks that appeared in the Humber River in Etienne Brule Park. I've seen them every summer since, but I've never caught the gentleman who builds them in the act, until now.

Here's the Humber River Inukshuk Man doing his thing. This is like seeing Snuffleupagus!

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The Beginning of the End for Honest Ed's

The Beginning of the End for Honest Ed'sHonest Ed's discount store is up for sale. The Bloor and Bathurst property is likely worth a small fortune and with Walmarts and Targets popping up everywhere, this is the beginning of the end of Honest Ed's.

When Ed Mirvish passed away in 2007, I shared my memories of the place. Here's what I wrote about Honest Ed's.

Honest Ed Mirvish passed away earlier today, and that's got me thinking about the man and what he meant to this city. His annual Christmas turkey giveaway is legendary and Mirvish Productions has brought a great deal of theatre to Toronto, but I'm going to focus on more personal memories of Ed.

My mom often told me stories about going to Honest Eds with her mother. It was always a big event and these trips were highlights of my mom's childhood, as money was tight and bargains were to be had. My grandmother, who was born the same year as Ed, led these Honest Eds expeditions and she would glow when she spoke of Ed Mirvish.

If there was a big event to celebrate, my grandmother would invite the entire family to Old Ed's Warehouse at King Street West and Duncan Street. Old Ed's Warehouse, in her opinion, was the place to go. It's since closed, but I have memories of getting dressed up to go to Old Ed's Warehouse for an English cut of roast beef, rolls, kosher dill pickles, mashed potatoes, Yorkshire pudding and canned peas, not exactly a kid's ideal meal.

For years I attended a school near Bathurst and Bloor for one day a week. We'd take the subway to Bathurst and I'd see those lights and signs which always brought a smile to my face. I didn't personally shop at Honest Eds, but I liked knowing I could go there and score a 99¢ tee shirt if I needed one.

Honest Ed was a Toronto institution who gave us Honest Ed's and Mirvish Productions, but I'll always remember him for the stories he gave my grandmother and mom. He will be missed.

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The Pan Am Path

The Pan Am PathToronto city council votes Tuesday to approve $1.9-million to support the Pan Am Path. The Pan Am Path is an ambitious bike route that would connect over 80km of trails across Toronto.

Starting at the Claireville Reservoir in the west end of the city, the Pan Am Path follows the Humber River down to the waterfront, traversing the Martin Goodman Trail to the Don River where it continues North before transferring to the Hydro Corridor in the East end of the city. The trail follows the corridor to Highland Creek where it ends at the shore of Lake Ontario, just a few minutes south of Rouge Park.

Here's the map of the Pan Am Path, which would be ready by the 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games.

I hope we build this path. We deserve it.

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Flood Aftermath in West Deane Park

Flood Aftermath in West Deane ParkI sometimes bike a path that goes through West Deane Park. I have no idea what it's called, but it starts near Eglinton and Martin Grove and loops back at Kipling and Burnhamthorpe. It very well may be named West Deane Park.

It's a good lunchtime trail in that I can do it in less than 30 minutes, but two days after The Rainfall, it was more like an obstacle course. Parts of the trail are under a foot of water, other parts are blocked by fallen trees. It was actually a lot of fun.

Flood Aftermath in West Deane Park

Flood Aftermath in West Deane Park

Flood Aftermath in West Deane Park

Flood Aftermath in West Deane Park

Flood Aftermath in West Deane Park

Flood Aftermath in West Deane Park

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Flood Aftermath in Etienne Brulé Park

Flood Aftermath in Etienne Brulé ParkI just took a walk along the Humber River in Etienne Brulé Park. I've walked this park since I was a toddler and never in my life have I seen the river so high. I've seen the park overwhelmed by glaciers, but I've never seen this.

Flood Aftermath in Etienne Brulé Park

Flood Aftermath in Etienne Brulé Park

Flood Aftermath in Etienne Brulé Park

The day after, this city is retaining a whole lotta water!

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