Paving the Beach: Does it Really Make Sense?

February 7, 2016

Hi everyone, In the early part of the twentieth century, the Township of Scarborough was blessed with myriad areas along the shore where people could get into the lake and swim. Between Fallingbrook and Kennedy Roads alone, three supervised areas existed, beginning in 1928 (“Parks in Scarborough Remembered”, Scarborough Historical Notes and Comments). Now all […]

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Decision Time for the Scarborough Shore: What Kind of Waterfront Do We Deserve?

February 3, 2016

Recently, the primary focus of Toronto’s waterfront development has been on the transformation taking place in the downtown harbour and its oft perceived errant cousin to the west, Humber Bay. Few recognize that another transformation of no less magnitude is about to begin on the eastern shore in the Scarborough Bluffs, where the land rises […]

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A Word or Two About the City of Light

November 23, 2015

The timeless resiliency of the French people has been laid bare this week, as they stare down the terror visited upon them in the streets of Paris. But “la Ville Lumière” is no stranger to violence — another dark chapter came during the Nazi Germany occupation of the city during the Second World War. As […]

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Tearing Down the Gardiner: It’s About a Leap of Faith That’s Worth Taking

June 10, 2015

Love it or hate it, it’s decision time on the fate of the eastern portion of Toronto’s concrete leviathan, the Gardiner Expressway. Built in the mid-1950s at the height of North America’s love affair with the car, the often reviled and strangely endearing serpentine creature conceived along the shore of Lake Ontario remains an iconic […]

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On the Verge of Spring

March 9, 2015

Greetings one and all, With the welcome sun now penetrating through layers of hard-packed snow and ice, winter will soon be a distant memory — I thought you might enjoy one more look back at the wonderland that was, “along the shore”.

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Along the Shore Featured in Open Book: Ontario

December 5, 2014

Hi everyone, Just wanted to let you know about Open Book: Ontario. The site promotes all things literary in the province and is a great resource for readers and writers. It has recently launched a new project — Open Book Explorer, in which Along the Shore has been featured. The Explorer is an online, interactive […]

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Along the Shore — The Agenda, June 30, 2014

July 21, 2014

Hi folks, My interview about Along the Shore, and current issues facing the Toronto waterfront kicked off the summer season of The Agenda on June 30, 2014. You can view my 25 minute talk here: https://tvo.org/video/programs/the-agenda-with-steve-paikin/jane-fairburn-our-waterfront-heritage  

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Prince Edward County — Revisited

April 10, 2014

My first memories of Prince Edward County are those of a small child, circa 1970. My Dad was a teacher in the days before a university education was a strict requirement of the craft, so every summer when school ended, he put a brave face on, and in search of that coveted B.A., packed up […]

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A Glimpse of the Past Imagined

January 18, 2014

Happy New Year everyone. You can read Grace Westcott’s review of Along the Shore that appears in the Literary Review of Canada (January/February 2014) here: http://janefairburn.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/LRC-Westcott-Jan-Feb-2014.pdf Photo credit: James O’Shaughnessy © 2014

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Toronto Board of Health Takes a Stand Against Island Airport Expansion

December 21, 2013

I’m still trying to get my head around Philip Preville’s (Toronto Life) and Richard Florida’s (Toronto Star) enthusiastic endorsement of jets at the island airport, especially in light of the Toronto Board of Health’s unanimous recommendation that City Council reject the expansion plans and the introduction of jet engines. Nowhere is the Board of Health’s […]

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