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Willowbank Launches Stone Conservation Field School at Sainte-Marie among the Hurons National Historic Sit

Nancy Oakley
Feb 23, 2017

Queenston / Midland, Ontario, Canada ? February 23, 2017Willowbank is pleased to announce it will run a three-week field school at Sainte-Marie Among The Hurons in Midland, Ontario, from June 10 to June 30 2017. Recognized as one of the first sites of contact between the Wendat peoples and settlers,... +read

Extending Protection for Built Heritage in Toronto

Geoff Kettel
Feb 07, 2017
BMO Bank site following demolition photo by Linda McCarthy
BMO Bank site following demolition photo by Linda McCarthy
The tragic demolition of the BMO Bank building in North Toronto was followed by intense media interest and public outrage. But it also led City Council to waste no time in passing a Motion calling for changes to Ontario legislation in order to speed up the listing and designation process. It happens... +read

Follow Built Heritage News on Twitter and Facebook

Catherine Nasmith
Jan 31, 2017
Subscribers may notice that Built Heritage News has been published less frequently, but in between I regularly post to the ACO Facebook Page, as well as Built Heritage News Facebook and Twitter streams. Recently a Facebook Post reached 20,000 people, quite a reach. You may want to follow: ... +read

BuzzFeed: 205 Yonge, Former Heritage Toronto HQ on Auction Block

Historic downtown Toronto bank listed for $1

Josh Sherman
Feb 23, 2017
The former Bank of Toronto (left) at 205 Yonge Street as it appeared circa 1975.
The former Bank of Toronto (left) at 205 Yonge Street as it appeared circa 1975.
A century-old vacant Toronto bank designed by the architect behind local landmarks Old City Hall and Casa Loma is on the market for a loonie. For past 15 years, the E.J. Lennox-designed structure at 205 Yonge Street has stood vacant. That could soon change if the seller’s plan to offload the ... +read

Globe and Mail: Canada's Buildings - Investment Portfolio or City Fabric

Europes richest families snap up Canadian commercial real estate

Andrew Willis, forwarded by Robert Allsopp
Feb 22, 2017

Europe’s wealthiest families have discovered Canadian commercial real estate as a safe haven investment, snapping up landmark properties in Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal over the past year, in part because of concerns about the European Union’s uncertain future. Foreign buyers purchas... +read

Unikkaat Films: Producer of the Angry Inuk


Feb 16, 2017

I saw this film a few weeks ago, it may be a bit difficult to find, but worth the hunt. It tells the story of the seal hunt and first nations, as well as how Inuit are tied to an international economy. Hunting seals is not a subsistence activity, but a critical part of the modern inuit economy. Ever... +read

Summer Beaver First Nations: Nibinamik


Feb 16, 2017

First Nations settlement 500 km. north of Thunder Bay, a group who settled here 40 years ago for reasons of religious freedom. This First Nation is in the news this week because of the tragic loss of the artist, Moses Beaver.        ... +read

NOW: Toronto's Post-Industrial Buildings - Why we can't afford to lose them

Toronto's new industrial revolution: why old buildings need new ideas

Richard Longley
Feb 16, 2017

If she were writing The Death And Life Of Great American Cities today, Jane Jacobs might include 401 Richmond as an example of new ways of working that are transforming Toronto's former factories into sites of post-industrial innovation. It's a brilliant experiment born out of the real estate crisis... +read

acotoronto.ca: ACO Toronto Publications Available For Free in Resources

Catherine Nasmith
Feb 16, 2017
Cover of Book on Eden Smith
Cover of Book on Eden Smith
On ACO Toronto's website there are several publications that have been out of print since the 1980's available for free download. They include, Howard Chapman's book on Alfred Chapman Architect, Carolyn Neal's book on Eden Smith Architect, Doug Brown's book on Eden Smith, Edna Hudson's book on Belle... +read

CBC.ca Public Consultation re: Chateau Laurier Extension Con

City of Ottawa launches consultation on much-maligned Château Laurier expansion


Feb 14, 2017

Hotel owner Larco Investments looking for approval of controversial hotel expansion City staff told council's planning committee that public pushback, combined with both national and local interest in the hotel, which opened in 1912 and was declared a national historic site in 1980, were factors in... +read

Globe and Mail:Davisville Junior School-Why we are losing Ontario Schools

School's Out

Alex Bozikovic
Feb 11, 2017
Fred Lum, Globe and Mail image
Fred Lum, Globe and Mail image
The roof leaks. The classrooms are too small. A renovation would be tricky and expensive. But Davisville P.S. is an architectural treasure, writes Alex Bozikovic, and the school board’s decision to tear it down is a bad sign for Toronto’s heritage A spaceship landed on Millwood Road. Th... +read

cbc.ca-Protecting Kensington Market Neighbourhood

Toronto's Kensington Market one step closer to becoming heritage site

Shanifa Nasser, Nick Boisvert
Feb 10, 2017

How do you preserve a neighbourhood that's unique but ever-changing? That's the question the city will be tackling over the next year as it moves one step closer to designating Kensington Market a heritage site. Community members met Thursday night with city officials for the last in a series of c... +read

Globe and Mail: Business Case for Heritage in Edmonton

The business case for heritage building preservation

SHARON CROWTHER
Feb 09, 2017

Heritage advocates in Edmonton are making the case that building preservation can not only beautify the city but make economic sense. A new report commissioned by the Edmonton Historical Board says heritage properties in the city provide significant long-term return on investments for buyers and ge... +read

Toronto Star- On Façadism and Signism in Toronto

The Honest Eds sign will be saved. Or part of it anyway.

Edward Keenan
Feb 09, 2017

  Just as news was circulating that the thousands of light bulbs which are such a familiar part of Bloor Street West — they are among the most familiar, photographed and filmed artifacts in Toronto — might likely be headed for landfill, David Mirvish announced he plans to take th... +read

First Story Toronto: An App and a Blog on Toronto Indigenous History

First Story Toronto: Exploring the Aboriginal History of Toronto


Feb 03, 2017

App launched in 2012 explores aboriginal sites in Toronto. This organization offers tours, lots of writing and public events to share Toronto's First Nations history. ... +read

CBC.ca-Massive Catholic Burial Ground under School Yard

Graves discovered beneath downtown elementary school mean no expansion

Michael Smee
Feb 02, 2017

Thousands could be buried beneath old St. Paul Catholic School on Sackville Street   The future of a downtown elementary school that was built over hundreds — possibly thousands — of buried bodies was on the agenda at a special meeting of the Toronto Catholic District School Board... +read

BlogTO: End of Tax Subsidy for Empty Shops in Toronto

Toronto just did something that will give empty storefronts new life

Amy Grief
Jan 31, 2017
Boarded up Shops on Yonge Street, waiting for redevelopment
Boarded up Shops on Yonge Street, waiting for redevelopment
There are lots of storefronts sitting empty in Toronto, including many in the downtown core - just take a walk along Queen Street, east of Spadina and see for yourself. Since the early 2000s, the city's been handing out property tax rebates to those who own vacant commercial and industrial pro... +read

Cbc.ca - Debate over Gore Buildings at Hamilton Planning Committee

City councillors approve the demolition of a strip of historic Gore buildings

Samantha Craggs
Jan 31, 2017
Existing, Suffering Demolition by Neglect
Existing, Suffering Demolition by Neglect
Despite outcry from local heritage advocates, Hamilton city councillors have voted to let a developer demolish a strip of buildings in the city's historic Gore area and retain the facades of two of them. City council's planning committee voted 6-3 to allow Hughson Business Space Corporation to demo... +read

CBC.ca-Analysis of why Toronto is Losing its Older Building Stock

Why are beloved Toronto buildings torn down

Lauren Pelley
Jan 31, 2017
A recent dramatic loss, Stollery's at Yonge and Bloor
A recent dramatic loss, Stollery's at Yonge and Bloor
  Earlier this month, the unexpected teardown of a midtown Bank of Montreal building — a 110-year-old, beaux arts-style neighbourhood fixture — was met with outcry from heritage preservation supporters. It's the most recent example of a piece of Toronto's architectural history bei... +read

CBC.ca-Another race between Wrecker's Ball and Heritage Preservation in Toronto

Tenants fighting to save 140-year-old home being demolished 'piecemeal'

Alexandra Sienkiewicz
Jan 31, 2017
1973 Photo of 15 Glen Morris Street.
1973 Photo of 15 Glen Morris Street.
A tiny little gingerbread house, snuggled amongst multi-storey concrete buildings stands out — even if you didn't know the home at 15 Glen Morris St. was more than 140 years old. But you may not be able to see it for much longer. The tenants living in the South Annex home say they've receive... +read

Raise the Hammer: History of Gore Park in Hamilton

Say Goodbye to the Gore

Shannon Kyles
Jan 31, 2017
View of Gore Park-Victorian Era
View of Gore Park-Victorian Era
My friend Susan Schneider, an artist, used to have a painting studio in the room above the cigar store at King and James. That was in the 1960s and early '70s. Looking out over Gore Park, we spent hours comparing the light and the ambience, and the buildings, to paintings by Vuillard, Bonnard and J.... +read

Globe and Mail: Kent Monkman-Shame and Prejudice

Kent Monkman: A trickster with a cause crashes Canadas 150th birthday party

Robert Everett Green
Jan 30, 2017
Painting Entitled Daddies
Painting Entitled Daddies
In Kent Monkman’s studio in west Toronto, there’s a large painting based on Robert Harris’s famous group portrait of the Fathers of Confederation. The delegates at the Charlottetown constitutional meetings of 1864 stand or sit in their accustomed places, but in the foreground, a nu... +read

Waterloo Region Record: Cambridge Gaslight Proposal Height issues

Gaslight District project raises height and heritage concerns

Anam Latif
Jan 30, 2017

CAMBRIDGE — How tall is too tall? A proposal to build two apartment towers at the site of the Southworks Outlet Mall drew an odd mix of excitement and concern in Cambridge on Tuesday night. On one hand, Cambridge is eager to see a huge downtown investment, known as the Gaslight District, to ... +read

Globe and Mail: Stealth Demolitions in Toronto

Toronto developers accused of carrying out stealth demolitions amid heritage-designation backlog

Jill Mahoney
Jan 30, 2017

Linda McCarthy thought she had plenty of time to finish an application to protect a stately old bank building in North Toronto. But after the developer that owns the site quietly obtained a demolition permit, she soon found herself standing on the sidewalk crying as she gazed at a pile of rubble. &... +read

Grassy Narrows First Nation

Grassy Narrows First Nation


Jan 30, 2017

Another nation very much in the news these days, Grassy Narrows who have been fighting, more successfully recently, against mercury poisoning in their water supply. This website seems to be under development but has a useful history, plus some links to current news reports.... +read

Fisher River Cree Nation Website

History/Contact

Fisher River Cree Nation
Jan 30, 2017
Fisher River Cree First Nation
Fisher River Cree First Nation
I am including this link to Fisher River Cree Nation as part of the BHN Canada 150 links to First Nations across Canada. This one is included because this is where the artist Kent Monkman has roots. Monkman's interview on his current Canada 150 Exhibition, Shame and Prejudice is above.  ... +read

CBC Radio: Kent Monkman Interview Unreserved

Kent Monkman's Shame and Prejudice

Kent Moneyman
Jan 30, 2017

Interview with artist Kent Monkman about his show Shame and Prejudice on til March 4 at U of T's Art Galery, 15 Kings College Circle (University College). I saw this show over the weekend and LOVED IT. If you do only one thing about Canada 150 this year, see this show. It will be touring the countr... +read

Toronto Star: The Importance of Everyday Old Buildings

City

Christopher Hume
Jan 30, 2017
955 Queen Street, former Chocolate Factory, now Lofts
955 Queen Street, former Chocolate Factory, now Lofts
Older buildings — especially the ground-floor retail space — adapt easily to a neighbourhood’s changing needs; newer creations, not so much, writes Christopher Hume. Even the newest city needs a supply of old buildings. In Toronto, which seems to remake itself every few years, tha... +read

CBC.ca: Heritage advocate calls for return to historic bridge-building style

Bowstring bridges were once common in Wellington County

Max Leighton
Jan 04, 2017
A bowstring bridge once spanned the Grand River in Fergus in the same place that the current St. David Street bridge does today. (Wellington County Museum and Archives)
A bowstring bridge once spanned the Grand River in Fergus in the same place that the current St. David Street bridge does today. (Wellington County Museum and Archives)
A Fergus man is urging the Township of Centre Wellington to consider local history as it makes plans to new bridge redevelopment project. The township plans to rebuild the aging St. David Street bridge in downtown Fergus beginning in 2018. In its place, Dave Beynon, a local writer and heritage advo... +read

National Trust Website: How to support Private Members Bill

Voice Your Support - Federal Incentives for the Rehabilitation of Canada's Historic Places Voice Your Support Federal Incentives for the Rehabilitation of Canada

National Trust for Canada
Dec 15, 2016

Voice Your Support Federal Incentives for the Rehabilitation of Canada’s Historic Places On December 1, 2006, a private members bill to create tax credits for historic places was tabled in the House of Commons. Bill C-323 – An Act to Amend the Income Tax Act (Rehabilitation of Historic... +read

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