Monday, August 21, 2017


August 2017 - Toronto ON

Front St.


August 2017 - Toronto ON

Tuesday Treasures

Pictorial Tuesday   Tom hosts Tuesday's Treasures.

August 2017 - Toronto ON

I thought this sculpture merited its own post.

Just south of Front St. on Navy Wharf Court is the Chinese Railroad Workers Memorial.

You could easily see this as part of my walk last week which also included a historical walk along King St. which includes more links to this walk.
Also in the area are these sculptures.

The Workers Memorial was funded by the Foundation to Commemorate the Chinese Railroad Workers in Canada, led by James Pon. In 2004, Pon told the Toronto Star his father had to pay a $500 head tax to bring him to Canada in 1922, and it took 17 years to pay off the debt. The Workers Memorial, including the trestle arch and sandstone blocks carved to represent the Canadian Rockies, was built in 1989 and designed by prominent Toronto artist Eldon Garnet. The bronze figures were cast by Francis LeBouthillier.

This scene would have been common across the country as workers built the Canadian Pacific railway from coast to coast in the 1800s.

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Estimates of how many Chinese workers died building the railroad vary widely.
The memorial puts the number at over 4,000.Workers died in landslides, cave-ins, from disease, drowning, and explosions. Blasting tunnels through the mountains of B.C. made it the most dangerous, time-consuming, and deadly section of the railroad. Around 15,000 Chinese workers were brought in between 1880 and 1885 to work on the railroad in B.C., mostly from southern provinces including Guangdong, and paid around half of what other workers made ($1 a day to the $2–$2.50 other labourers got). They faced racism from many in B.C., partly because workers were concerned that Chinese immigrants were willing to work for less, and discrimination from their supervisors on the railroad, who paid them little, forced them to buy supplies from the company store, gave them the most dangerous jobs, and gave them little access to healthcare.

This man stands high on top, directing the log with just a rope, pulling it up to build the next tie on a railroad.

Another man reaches up towards the large wooden log—big enough to crush him—and braces himself against the trestle.

Even those who survived building the railroad often couldn’t afford to return to China or bring their families to Canada. They were left without jobs in hostile territory. The railroad workers memorial notes that it also memorializes these men, saying, “With no means of going back to China when their labour was no longer needed, thousands drifted in near destitution along the completed track. All of them remained nameless in the history of Canada.”

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Foto Tunes

Tom the backroads traveller hosts this weekly meme. 

August 2017 - Toronto ON

The Rogers Centre, originally named SkyDome, is a multi-purpose stadium situated just southwest of the CN Tower. Opened in 1989 on the former Railway Lands, it is home to the Toronto Blue Jays of Major League Baseball (MLB).

The venue was noted for being the first stadium to have a fully retractable motorized roof, as well as for the 348-room hotel attached to it, with 70 rooms overlooking the field.

But I really wanted to highlight these sculptures!

The Audience – by Michael Snow is a collection of larger than life depictions of fans located above the northeast and northwest entrances. Painted gold, the sculptures show fans in various acts of celebration.

John St. entrance

Waver, Pointer, Oh No, V for Victory, Camera Man, Nose Thumber, Man and Boy

Peter St. entrance

Binoculars, Lady Pointer,  Ear Wagger, Clapper, Fatso, Thumbs Down, Muscle Man

Take Me Out to the Ball Game

Monday Mural

I'm linking up at Monday Mural hosted by Oakland Daily Photo.

August 2017 - Toronto ON

We went to Underpass Park this week and got some beauties. I will break this into 3 posts.

Part 1
Part 2

Underpass Park, located under and around the Eastern Avenue, Richmond and Adelaide overpasses, is the most extensive park ever built under an overpass in Canada, and the first ever in Toronto.

Constructed in two phases, the first completed sections of the park are between St. Lawrence Street and Bayview Avenue. The second phase of the park, on the west side of St. Lawrence Street, opened in 2015.

Birdo and Elicser made an appearance!

Good Random Fun

August 2017 - Burlington ON

Who knew what randomness you could find at the Royal Botanical Gardens?

Linking up:
The Good The Random The Fun