Tuesday, February 26, 2008
there are a slew of interesting websites about this...check out the official Canadian site or this library's Banned Book Challenge (their banned book list is in the right-hand column as a pdf).
Monday, February 25, 2008
Sunday, February 24, 2008
there are competitions galore--from the silly (hairy-leg contest, anyone?) to the serious (snow-sculpting--these are photos of my favourite entry, by the Sundogs team). And all kinds of short sled dog races.
but i'm leaving my room with a view at the Edgewater to head home...
Saturday, February 23, 2008
and dress their dogs up in garter belts...
"Every self-respecting lady has to have one this time of year," said one dog owner. this dog looked unconvinced.
Friday, February 22, 2008
we paused for a campfire picnic on the edge of the island in the middle of the lake...this is Ranger, rolling in the snow to cool off (it's only -4 in the sun today, so the huskies are a little warm). the sound of the sled runners and the dogs' running feet on the snow is magical...
Thursday, February 21, 2008
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Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Monday, February 18, 2008
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Friday, February 15, 2008
Thursday, February 14, 2008
one of Mackey's dogs, looking forward to a well-deserved break. while from on high, a local husky kept an eye on goings-on on Front street...yes, he really is on the roof.
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
by the sounds of it, the Yukon Quest had a harsh starting weekend--exceedingly low temperatures, nasty winds--so by Monday night, six mushers had left the race. a hard decision to make, but usually a wise one, especially since the Yukon River has frozen in a wild series of formations this year, making the current part of the trail extra-challenging. i'm really looking forward to getting to the Quest checkpoint in Dawson, to catch up on conditions & see the teams coming in.
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
Monday, February 11, 2008
Tonight's talk had fascinating guests--ex-mayor Barbara Hall, Spacing editor Matthew Blackett, columnist Christopher Hume, & real estate tycoon-in-the-making Brad J. Lamb (you've seen him: the ad with his head on a lamb's body that was plastered all over the garbage bins last year).
i was curious about the idea that a city could be lost, and i was looking forward to exploring that idea. but Moderator Matt Galloway of CBC didn't really focus the conversation, or push anyone's buttons. what is Toronto's relationship to its heritage? who knows...based on the conversation tonight, we're still swamped by petty bickering about whether tall buildings belong, whether anyone should tear anything down, ever, and whether politicians know anything.
i'm going to focus instead on the best line of the night--Matthew Blackett's comment: "The City needs to have some chutzpah."
i think the city of Toronto has chutzpah...it just gets bogged down in anxiety. maybe it's all the slush.
Wednesday, February 06, 2008
there was beer, and there were a lot of televisions. so once we got the sound turned up, we had constant confusing coverage of how the primaries were going, with predictions, frenzied analysis, and harrassed journalists trying to get the channel changed from CNN. just before we left, this guy made an appearance: the rather dark photo is Toronto Mayor David Miller talking to the chair of Toronto's Democrats Abroad. i hadn't realized he's a dual citizen...but i should have known the Mayor was a closet American: he's a thousand times friendlier than the Canadian politicians i’ve met.
Saturday, February 02, 2008
i often walk past one of the strangest buildings in town...the Ontario College of Art & Design by Will Alsop. i like it...and i like it even more now that i've read this little snippet culled from the Torontoist blog... from The New Yorker, October 2007:
...the neighbors in the apartment block objected to losing their park views and the college was eager to avoid confrontation. Alsop met with the neighbors and someone suggested lifting the addition into the air to allow views under it. “I don’t want to sound like some Communist here, but ordinary people do have some good ideas,” he told me recently. “Architects left on their own can’t break away from their preconceived notions.”here it is as i usually walk past, with the CN Tower in the background (though the photo is a little grey--blame yesterday's weather)