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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No Jets panel discussion last night

December 10, 2013

Hi folks, Thanks to everyone who made it out to the No Jets panel discussion last night. I was inspired by the audience, and my fellow panelists, who all came together to say that jets on Toronto Island are simply Not On. With Toronto’s Board of Health voting unanimously yesterday to recommend that city council reject […]

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High-level Panel Discussion on the Prospect of Jets at the Island Airport

December 9, 2013

High-level Panel Discussion on the Prospect of Jets at the Island Airport and the Future of the Toronto Waterfront When: December 9, 2013, 7 p.m. Where: OISE Auditorium, 252 Bloor Street West, Toronto, Room G162 I will be part of the above-noted panel that includes former mayor David Crombie, renowned architect Jack Diamond, and former […]

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