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New CCT Postcards, Hot Off the Presses!

Hey everyone, here’s the latest from the Canadian Culture Thing postcard line…

CCT0115 - This photo was provided by the possessor of the alleged “Crack Video” that shows Toronto Mayor Rob Ford smoking crack in early 2013. Other than three corroborating reported viewings by twoToronto Star reporters and one from Gawker, the video has not yet surfaced. Though this photo is not taken from the video, it was allegedly taken during another “Ford crack run” and has become the symbolic image of the video
CCT0115 – This photo was provided by the possessor of the alleged “Crack Video” that shows Toronto Mayor Rob Ford smoking crack in early 2013. Other than three corroborating reported viewings by twoToronto Star reporters and one from Gawker, the video has not yet surfaced. Though this photo is not taken from the video, it was allegedly taken during another “Ford crack run” and has become the symbolic image of the video
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CCT0116 – Cover of “Sport Fishing in British Columbia” booklet 1953. / Couverture de livret “pêche de sport en B.C.” 1953.
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CCT0117 – Concert poster for the Beatles at Maple Leaf Gardens on August 17, 1966. Having performed in Canada in 1964 and 1965, this would be their last concert in Canada. / Concertez l’affiche pour le Beatles aux jardins de feuille d’érable le 17 août 1966. L’exécution au Canada en 1964 et 1965, ceci serait leur dernier concert au Canada.
CCT0118 - Former Prime Minister Jean Chrétien moves an anti-poverty protester out of his way in Hull, Quebec on Feb. 15, 1996. The Prime Minister’s chokehold became known as the Shawinigan Handshake after his home town. / L'ancien premier ministre Jean Chrétien déplace un protestataire combattant la pauvreté hors de sa voie dans la coque, Québec le 15 février 1996. Le chokehold du premier ministre est devenu notoire comme prise de contact de Shawinigan après sa ville natale.
CCT0118 – Former Prime Minister Jean Chrétien moves an anti-poverty protester out of his way in Hull, Quebec on Feb. 15, 1996. The Prime Minister’s chokehold became known as the Shawinigan Handshake after his home town. / L’ancien premier ministre Jean Chrétien déplace un protestataire combattant la pauvreté hors de sa voie dans la coque, Québec le 15 février 1996. Le chokehold du premier ministre est devenu notoire comme prise de contact de Shawinigan après sa ville natale.
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CCT0119 – Northwest Mounties #2 comic book cover 1948.
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CCT0120 – Animated Map of Canada c1953.
CCT0121 - The official Canadian Ensign Flag with the British Union Jack flag...and a beaver. c1934. / L'indicateur Canadien officiel d'insigne avec l'indicateur britannique d'Union Jack… et un castor. c1934.
CCT0121 – The official Canadian Ensign Flag with the British Union Jack flag…and a beaver. c1934. / L’indicateur Canadien officiel d’insigne avec l’indicateur britannique d’Union Jack… et un castor. c1934.
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Cover of Girls’ Friend Library  Featuring The Shamed Wife, a compelling Novel of Canadian Life and Love. No. 387 May 4, 1933.
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CCT0123 – Cover of Dominion of Canada Animated Atlas c1920. Newfoundland would not join Canada until 1949. / La couverture du dominion du Canada a animé l’atlas c1920. Newfoundland ne joindrait pas le Canada jusqu’en 1949.
CCT0124 - Looking east along College Street toward Spadina Avenue, Toronto, Ontario c1908. / Regard est le long de la rue d'université vers l'avenue de Spadina Toronto, Ontario c1908.
CCT0124 – Looking east along College Street toward Spadina Avenue, Toronto, Ontario c1908. / Regard est le long de la rue d’université vers l’avenue de Spadina Toronto, Ontario c1908.
CCT0125 - Looking south down Yonge Street toward Shuter Street Toronto, Ontario c1915. / Regard de la rue de Yonge de sud vers le bas vers la rue Toronto de Shuter, Ontario c1915.
CCT0125 – Looking south down Yonge Street toward Shuter Street Toronto, Ontario c1915. / Regard de la rue de Yonge de sud vers le bas vers la rue Toronto de Shuter, Ontario c1915.
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CCT0126 – Looking east along Queen Street West toward at Macdonell Street Toronto, Ontario c1900. / Regarder est le long de la rue de la Reine occidentale vers la rue de Macdonell Toronto,Ontario c1900.
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Looking northwest toward College Street Baptist Church (built 1889) at College Street and Palmerston Boulevard (formerly Muter Street) Toronto, Ontario c1909. / Regarder du nord-ouest vers l’église baptiste de rue College (construite 1889) la rue College et le boulevard de Palmerston (autrefois rue de Muter) Toronto,Ontario c1909.
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Large Letter Ottawa Postcard c1930

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CCT’s Now and Then in Parkdale, Toronto

Here’s a photo I took this week of a great building on the north east corner of Queen Street West at Macdonell Avenue in Parkdale.

CCT-Toronto-Queen-Macdonell-2013 And here is the same corner from circa 1900. This photograph of the intersection of Queen Street West and Macdonell shows the above 1880’s building with it’s dome still intact.

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Canadians Are So Nice

Recently, I witnessed a true example of Canadian patience and diplomacy. I don’t know much about Councillor Josh Matlow but I sure know this: he knows how to keep it together. In a debate with the current Toronto Super-Mayor Rob “Subway” Ford over a subway extension, Ford argued staunchly that subways were way better than LRTs. As the debate progressed, Councillor Matlow began an investigation into whether Ford even knew what an LRT was.

Using his best Columbo skills, he managed to discover nothing. Because his mic was turned off and, like a noble manatee, Ford managed to swim back and forth away from the question. Ford did vaguely utter that an LRT was a Streetcar line like the St.Clair right-of-way. But while he never once acknowledged that he didn’t actually know what an LRT was, he did prove one thing:  Josh Matlow could keep his cool and refrained from running across the room and choke Rob “Bike Lane” Ford!

When the dust cleared, city council voted 28 – 16 in favour of the subway extension. I am confident that Doug Ford has explained to little brother what an LRT is by now so now he will be able to answer Josh Matlow confidently that and LRT is not like St.Clair, it is like Queen Street.

Here are some situations where politicians could have used some of Councillor Josh Matlow’s reserve.

Indian Parliament…

…And Jordan…

…And while this one in the States might not involve politicians, it’s still over a very important issue – Maple Syrup…

 

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Happy 146th Birthday Canada!

146 years ago, after some really crazy make-up sex, the French and English gave birth to a nation of the future.

Canada, you really are aging well. You don’t look a day over 126.

Canadian Culture Thing postcard CCT0073.
Animated Map of Canada – Canadian Culture Thing postcard CCT0073.
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Toronto is Cracking Up

Mayor Rob Ford is finding that the top job at city hall isn’t all it’s cracked up to be!

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Temporary Toronto Mayor Rob Ford poses for Miami police for impromptu photo-op Feb. 15, 1999.

Blurred vision…Everything goes fuzzy…It’s a Rob Ford Flashback!

On February 15th, 1999 Rob Ford was out for a little Valentines Day partying in Miami, Florida. Because Mr. Ford believes that laws are only suggestions, he squeezed in behind the steering wheel.  Today, we all know how much Rob Ford likes to multi-task while driving and on this particular occasion he decided to drive while also being completely stoned and drunk. Ford in his reefer madness drew the attention of Miami Police as he drove north on N.E. 3rd Ave without any lights. When a Miami Police officer pulled Ford’s Ford over, Rob appeared nervous stepped out of the vehicle, threw his hands in the air and shouted, “Go ahead, take me to jail!”

Rob Ford became belligerent, taking his money out of his pocket and threw it on the ground. It would seem that Ford was lucky that he didn’t get charged with attempting to bribe a law enforcement officer. As the investigation continued Police say Rob Ford acted nervous and the officer could clearly smell alcohol on his his breath and noted that his eyes were bloodshot. Rob failed his drunk test.

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The officer then performed a search and lo and behold, Mr. Ford had himself a fat (as well as flat and whimpering) joint in his back pocket. Rob Ford had his request fulfilled and he was taken to jail.

Flash-forward to the mayoral race of 2010…

Rob dirty little secret found it’s way into the light, as scandalous behaviour on the public record does during an election. During the election Rob Ford held a press conference where he told reporters, “I had completely forgotten about it until you mentioned it right now. You think I’m BS-ing you, but I’m not. It completely, totally slipped my mind.” It seemed like a ridiculous explanation, but remember he was really high and drunk at the time. He added that, “the reason I forgot about the marijuana charge…is because that same evening, I was charged with failing to give a breath sample.” Rob Ford was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Ford posted a $1,500 bail and then pleaded no contest. He paid a $664.75 fine, was barred from driving in the State of Florida and was ordered to complete 50 hours of community service which was served by volunteering with the Toronto Express, the private summer football team he had been coaching since 1997 anyway. No one seemed to know anything about the public service including his brother Doug.

Remember kids: This could be you…and then a year and a half later you could be a city councillor.

Flash-forward to 2013…

Whether it’s being charged with assault after a hockey game when he was 18 or being charged with assault and uttering death threats after his wife phoned the police in 2008, being caught on tape urging a sick man to score painkillers on the street, claiming that gays and needle users are likely to get AIDS, that the “Orientals” are “taking over” and that although his heart bleeds when cyclists are killed, that “it’s their own fault at the end of the day” (especially on Jarvis Street, right Mayor Ford?), what a ride it’s been! We must remember how Ford describes himself: “I am not perfect. I have never claimed to be perfect.”

That imperfection is why a claim of Rob Ford being a crack-user is believable. We need our leaders to be held to a high standard, we deserve that. We need leaders who face challenges and strive to overcome them, not be so weak and to show our world-class city to be run by a buffoon like Rob Ford. What does that say about us? It says that we don’t demand a great leader. It says that we’re satisfied with a drunk-driving leader, a cell-phone talking while driving leader, a road-raging while driving leader, a death-threat uttering leader, a homophobic leader, a racist leader, a move-me-to-the-top-of-the-list-and-fix-the-roads-near-my-dad’s-party kind of leader, an anti-cyclist leader a leader who commits conflict of interest and nothing happens to him and a leader who prioritizes a football team he coaches ahead of running the city.

It doesn’t matter if he used, uses or even deals crack. It really doesn’t. We don’t need more to base our decision. What we need, what we deserve is a leader who is sculpted out of bronze instead butter.

Here’s what’s being said about us internationally…

 

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