Author Archives: Jack Gibney

Our Shared Paths

We share paths that are thousands of years old, used by the Wendat (Huron), Haudenosaunee [pronunciation] (Iroquois), Ojibway (Mississauga), French and British. Marked on the following map in grey are the trails and gathering places of these earlier people. Dotted … Continue reading

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Birthday’s For Canada, Parkdale Toronto and First Nations.

We are celebrating Toronto’s birthday today, remembering other important dates and the Parkdale BIA has a present for you. 1. Canada turns 150 this year. More on this soon. 2. Parkdale turned 138 this year and the Parkdale BIA has … Continue reading

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Built, Cultural and Streetscape Heritage At Risk, 35 Liberty Street

There is a grand Victorian head office, hidden under stucco, on Liberty St between Atlantic and Jefferson. It needs people who understand that the stucco can be removed. There is architectural beauty, cultural heritage and a live-work artists’ incubator under … Continue reading

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Parkdale at 138. How Democracy Grew

As we commemorate Parkdale’s 138th birthday I include First Nations contributions to our joint history. 1. Our first participatory democracy: everyone has a vote on every decision. 2. Achieving responsible government: elected representatives make decisions for us. 3. Parkdale had … Continue reading

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421 Roncesvalles Ave Needs Heritage Designation

Development is at the northern gates of Roncesvalles Village. We are concerned. Sunnyside Historical Society presentation to the Toronto Preservation Board Jan 26, 2017. Result: The Board passed the motion. Next Councillor Gord Perks will take it to Toronto City … Continue reading

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The Drake Hotel Plays the Heritage Destruction Game.

The City’s Heritage Preservation Services Recommended Designation. But the Drake, the Councillor and FGDMA had other plans. This article reflects the opinion of the author only and is not written jointly with the Sunnyside Historical Society. How to Play the … Continue reading

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One HCD for WQW Wanted By LayPeople and Experts Alike

The Sunnyside Historical Society and an ever growing number of community organizations, experts and individuals want one HCD for all West Queen West, Roncesvalles to Bathurst. Survey finished. Thank you. On Dec 13, 2016 the  Sunnyside Historical Society made a … Continue reading

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