The new glass roof rises from the yard of old steel and concrete
Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Monday, April 25, 2016
Paul Godfrey, Ben and Jessica Mulroney, Erica Godfrey and husband Noah
Telus presents the project and Baycrest President Dr William Reichman was joined by Vice-Chairman of the Baycrest Board Paul Godfrey, host of etalk and project co-chair Ben Mulroney and Mayor John Tory at City Hall for the announcement of the Brain Project. Other leaders of the project include Jessica Mulroney, Sandra Ainsley, Clara Halpern, Anda Kubis and Ann Priftis. Due to the crummy weather, the unveiling of the sculpture "My Heart Knows You" by artist Gary Taxali, a graduate of OCAD University, which was presented within the members lounge adjacent to the Toronto City Council Chambers. Gary's work has been shown in the Andy Warhol Museum, the Contemporary Art Museum in Rome as well as the Whitney Museum of American Art.
Unveiling "My Heart Knows You" in the Council Chambers Members Lounge
Sponsors include Amaya Inc: "Amaya is happy to support the The Brain Project and to advance public awareness of important issues surrounding mental health and awareness," said David Baazov, Amaya Chairman and CEO. "Poker is a mind sport and a form of entertainment which heavily encompasses strategic thought, helping to keep the brain healthy and active. Many of the poker world's top players find a healthy diet means a healthy mind, and a healthy mind means better results."
Baycrest President Dr William Reichman
The large brains are the brainchild of Baycrest Foundation Board member Erica Godfrey and husband Noah, who drew their inspiration from other public art installations, including the Faberge Big Egg Hunt in New York and the Heart in San Francisco. Like the Big Egg Hunt, the brains will be exhibited before being auctioned off to raise money for the Baycrest Foundation.
The progress of the Brain Project began with artist submissions, selections by the team of curators, production of the artwork, public display and voting for the top five projects and finally the brains are auctioned.
Baycrest notes the following. "It makes sense for everyone – all of us – to pay attention to brain health. When dementia strips a person of their abilities and memories, it’s a devastating loss for the person affected and their loved ones. Whether you’re young, middle-aged or older, you can make changes now and potentially reduce your risk. At Baycrest, brain health has been our focus for many decades. Funds raised by The Brain Project will help our important work to change the future of aging and help people realize their optimum cognitive well-being for a lifetime." A staggering statistic suggests that the number of people suffering with dementia is expected to double by 2030.
Sunday, April 24, 2016
Tew Falls is the taller one. 41m high instead of Niagara Falls Horseshoe Falls of 52mfalls in winter in my previous post here.
Looking towards Hamilton
Two large platforms provide views of Tew Falls
New fences line the top of bank and the stairs to the valley floor are closed now: "We hope that you enjoy your visit to one of the most beautiful natural areas in Ontario. We ask that all visitors to conservation areas respect the rules, stay on trails and do not climb or otherwise bypass fencing, for their own safety and the environmental health of the areas. Keep well back from the edge of the gorge and escarpment areas, at least a body length. Adults should keep children and pets well away from these areas. Please note that the stairs to the bottom of Webster Falls is closed at this time, due to safety and ecological reasons."
Thursday, April 21, 2016
Tema Conter Memorial Trust was established 15 years ago to support emergency services and military personnel - they "aim to help these men and women when they need it most." In response to the large amount of PTSD-related suicide Tema Conter created the Heroes are Human Resiliency PTSD Awareness Tour which will begin a cross-country tour of 48 cities, leaving Newfoundland May 2nd, travel coast to coast and end in Toronto July 22, 2016. The tour will be launched April 25, 2016 in Toronto with a preview of the educational event at Fines Ford Lincoln Sales (10 Simona Drive) between 11am and 1pm. Bob Fines, owner of the dealership will also provide the tour vehicles.
This is the second tour they have undertaken, the first in 2014 and now the 2016 tour to provide more information and build on the success of the earlier tour and the passage of Bill 163. Tour sponsors include the OPP Association, the Mental Health Commission of Canada, CUPE 905, Wounded Warriors Canada, the friends and family of Cpl Ken Baker, the Humber College Health Sciences as well as the Saskatchewan Government and the General Employees Union.
“These men and women see tragic events every day,” said Vince Savoia, founder and executive director of the Trust. “They witness human suffering up close and it sometimes becomes very difficult to cope with the aftermath. Smells, sounds and reliving witnessed events create lasting painful memories that sometimes haunt these men and women for life”.
"Toronto, Ontario - We would like to congratulate Honourable Kevin Flynn, Minister of Labour, Honourable Yasir Naqvi, Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services and MPP Cheri Di Novo, Parkdale/High Park for their tireless work in advancing this historic bill.
This legislation will authorize the Ministry of Labour to request and publish PTSD prevention plans from employers. It is our hope that these plans will require organizations to develop a comprehensive mental health wellness strategy, which include the enhancement of mental health awareness and stigma reduction, mitigation, intervention, accommodation and back-to-work policies and procedures.
We applaud this legislation, but we must remember that first responders may suffer from a variety of mental health issues, including, but not limited to cumulative stress, vicarious trauma, and compassion fatigue. These stressors can be as debilitating as post-traumatic stress disorder. Currently, these stressors are not recognized in this legislation. We hope, that with time, these additional stressors will be recognized and included in future amendments."
Downtown Toronto Hooters Bikini Contest is Wednesday, May 11, 2016. "It doesn't seem like it outside but it's bikini season at Hooters again! Come join us for our annual bikini contest and cheer for your favourite girl. Get your tickets now before they run out. Call us or ask your Hooters girl for more details!"
See previous contest photos here and here.
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Tuesday, April 19, 2016
Jayce Sallows, Scotiabank's Ben Thompson and Suzy Lake
"At Scotiabank, we have witnessed, first hand, the powerful way that photography helps people connect with a moment in time. In 2010, we co-created the Scotiabank Photography Award, with Edward Burtynsky, to strengthen our commitment to the arts and to celebrate the creative vision and accomplishments of some of our country’s most gifted photographers," said Barbara Mason, Group Head and Chief Human Resources Officer at Scotiabank. "The finalists for this Award are artists who strive to invent, influence and redefine art in enduring ways." Ben Thompson, the Scotiabank branch manager of Small Business, announced the finalists and noted the artists' outstanding contribution to Canadian contemporary art and photography.
Suzy and Jayce stand at the window as their photos are projected onto the Scotiabank wall across the street
The winner will be announced at the Ryerson Image Centre on May 3, 2016 and will receive $50,000, an internationally distributed book and an exhibition at the 2017 Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival. The remaining finalists will recieve cash prizes of $10,000. Last year's winner - Angela Grauerholz, will have a solo primary exhibition at the 2016 CONTACT which will run from May 4 to August 21, 2016.
Sunday, April 17, 2016
While the night started at 5:30pm, the runway fashion shows didn't start until after 7:30pm, until then they kept us in the hallway. After what seemed like forever, they finally let us into the hall of fashion,unfortunately they didn't have enough chairs for the people with tickets. Once the parades of fashions began, it finally became worth the wait.