They want it.

September 9, 2010

This video is why Toronto is awesome and I love it. There’s an awful lot of hating on Toronto that happens on the Internet (and I imagine also probably off it, or what the kids are calling ‘In Real Life,’) so, don’t worry, you don’t have to go to the trouble of disagreeing with me in the comments about the fact that Toronto Is Super Awesome. I feel like the war is won here: you can’t argue with a city that makes these kinds of ads. Nor should you. (Argue, that is. Nor should you argue with a city that makes these kinds of ads. We’re clear?)

Protip: The City of Toronto official version of this same video left out the ‘pretty blonde lady’ comment. Which is too bad, I think, but also so conscientious that it’s adorable. Oh Toronto, I could just pinch your cheeks.


Canadian Looting Fail

June 29, 2010

This happened during the Toronto G20 so-called “riots” this past weekend. Pretty sure it’s at Yonge & College, right in the centre of downtown Toronto. The only way this could be better is if the thief said “Sorry” after being wrestled to the curb.

Although, frankly, given the hellswamp that is Bell Canada customer service (I was on the phone with them for FIVE HOURS last week), I kind of wish it was a better company who was getting their little products returned by gentle Toronto vigilante wrestlers.

Thanks to Rebecca for Facebooking this.

Earthquake in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

June 23, 2010

Epicentre near Ottawa (just above centre on this map)

Ontario experienced an earthquake today at around 1:42 pm. My house (downtown Toronto, near College and Spadina) just shook for about 10 seconds.

I won’t lie, at first I thought my neighbours were indulging in a particularly vigorous bout of afternoon delight, but then I realized could feel and hear the whole house shaking, not to mention my own intestines. And my cats looked like their little eyes were gonna bug out. Woulda had to be a pretty mighty performance from Mr. Neighbour. So, earthquake. CRAZY!

More crazy? I decided blogging and twittering about it was more important than leaving the house.

This post got 1400 pageviews in under 10 minutes- clearly y’all felt it too.

UPDATE: I did some research for you!

The Canadian quake we just had affected Southern Ontario, parts of Quebec, and parts of New York State and Michigan. The epicentre seems to have been near Ottawa.

It registered about a 5.5 on the Richter scale, which ranks it as “moderate”. According to Wikipedia, this means it would be capable of causing major damage to poorly constructed buildings over small regions, but would cause only slight damage, if any, to well-designed buildings.

For comparison, the Nagasaki atom bomb caused a 5.0 quake (plus a buttload of radiation fallout and etc), and this year’s Haitian quake was a 7.0, which is fifty times stronger than what just totally made my guts crawl into my throat. (Here’s the Wikipedia page on the Richter scale).


Inside, crouch under a table or in a corner- away from exterior walls and windows. Cover your head with your arms. Wait.
Outside, go to open ground and hang out. Stay away from trees, buildings, streetlights, and electrical wires.
In a car, pull over and stay in the car. Try not to stop under overpasses, wires, buildings, trees, or utility poles.
Drink a stiff scotch, if available.

Lower Bay Station

May 21, 2010

See Lower Bay Station, the creepy hidden TTC stop, this weekend! You’ve seen it in movies; now see it through a moving window!

“Switch replacement repairs are expected to take place for three days during the 2010 Victoria Day long weekend (May 22 – 24) between Bay and St. George stations. As a result, Bay station will be closed, and trains will bypass to Museum station via the interlining tracks. As a result, riders will be able to see Lower Bay Station through the train windows as they ride between Bloor-Yonge and Museum stations. The last time subway trains were diverted to Museum station for structural repairs in the tunnel was in 2007.”

Thanks to Hig for the tip.

Toronto Tornado

August 21, 2009

Tornado touchdowns were confirmed in Ontario during an insane storm late this afternoon (August 20 2009). I was shooting in a basement studio so I missed it, but I found this clip on YouTube. This is in Woodbridge (northwest Toronto, not too far from Islington & Steeles).
Here’s an article in the Globe– thanks to my mom for the tip.
Also, GAH.

Here’s a fantastic collection of Toronto tornado and storm photos and lots of videos on BlogTO.

CN Tower ZAP

August 10, 2009

It’s been raining a lot this summer. Luckily the CN Tower is a big lightning rod that gets hit 50-75 times a year, so that’s ok. But I’m tired of being hit on the head by raindrops the size of nuts.

YouTube’s related videostream turns up this gem, too. Apparently, and I never thought about this before, but turns out planes get hit by lightning pretty often, which usually sheets over the surface of the plane and dissipates without harming anything. Wowsers.
(You can skip the first 30 secs of this vid, it’s just suspense for the big WHACK at 0:38)

Toronto garbage strike time-lapse.

August 3, 2009

toronto garbage strike

Christopher Drost, a photographer for the Torontoist blog, made a 3-minute time-lapse video of a city trashcan during the garbage strike. It’s interesting how boring the time-lapse is, and how clean things stayed despite there having been no municipal trash collection for 32 days. Yay Torontonians. It was surprisingly civil around here, at least from my vantage point in Little Italy.

(Also, this is my second post about a time-lapse video made by a dude named Chris in two days.)