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    Yes, you are, as long as you don't obscure its visibility from the public roadway, or impede its use by building the fence too close to it (usually about 2' clearance.)
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    Roads: Missing Links in the Road Network

    One interesting disconnected street that often gets missed is Lansdowne Av. The segment that is most familiar was constructed by the old City of Toronto between Queen and St. Clair. The laying out of Prospect Cemetery between St. Clair and Eglinton put an end to an immediate northward...
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    TTC: Flexity Streetcars Testing & Delivery (Bombardier)

    The world did, in fact, come to an end for many unfortunate individuals who made contact with the front end of the "new" streetcars. The "skirts" were an attempt to deflect victims away from the vehicle. Unfortunately, it was found that if a victim was shoved forward onto the tracks by the...
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    Toronto Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport | ?m | ?s | Ports Toronto | Arup

    As a pilot, I'm curious about your statement that Pearson has "shorter paths today than before". A quick look at the Toronto terminal area aeronautical charts that I've saved over the years shows no changes in Pearson's control zone or waypoints. Large aircraft require stabilized (straight)...
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    Miscellany Toronto Photographs: Then and Now

    #6 Fire Hall was one of three that were closed in 1935 during the depression. (#16 on Richmond E., at the back of the Lombard Hall and #21 on Ford St. in West Toronto were the other two). The decision was purely economic, and City Council wanted to cut even more, including the Wanless Av...
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    Evocative Images of Lost Toronto

    Wow, thanks for digging up the photo of the post-1841 hall with the hose tower. A very rare view, indeed. The tower looks to be constructed of wood. I'm not surprised that it didn't last as long as the rest of the hall. No matter what photo I've seen of the post-1841 hall, it never seemed to...
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    Evocative Images of Lost Toronto

    Have you been able to find evidence that the Bay and Temperence firehall was constructed with a hose tower? I've done a lot of research on Toronto firehalls and have never seen a photograph of Bay & Temperence with a tower. The hall that was built in 1841 (to replace the ad hoc sheds put into...
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    Street Signs

    What city was the white on blue sign made for? I believe there may have been some in the Ottawa area that were that colour. As for Forest Hill, the City of Toronto continued to replace signs inside the old Forest Hill boundaries with white on green signs after annexation in 1967. They could be...
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    More Lost Toronto in colour

    "Period" dining rooms seemed to be all the rage in the 1960s. A lot of the postcards from that era feature really over-the-top dining room decor.
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    Toronto Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport | ?m | ?s | Ports Toronto | Arup

    Yes, the only commercial runway (night lighting, IFR, etc.) at CYTZ is 3988'. The runway lengths specified are for max weight, though. You could lower the length requirements by lowering the weight of the aircraft (less passengers, fuel etc.). I believe they run the Q400s at reduced weight in...
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    Moss Park Armoury

    There are dozens of armouries located in prominent urban locations throughout Canada. They primarily house reserve units. The CF maintains these locations as an important means of recruiting reservists from the local communities. One main drawing card for many reservists is being able to train...
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    Travel Agent - Yes or No

    We do travel a lot and do the vast majority of bookings ourselves, online. The only time we find it easier to use a travel agent is when there are no english-language websites for the services we want to use. We also found that making bookings on Eurorail from Canada is almost impossible without...
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    Miscellany Toronto Photographs: Then and Now

    If memory serves, the old City of Toronto had very restrictive by-laws in regards to gas station hours. This would have been the first gas station outside of the city limits when heading north on Yonge, and would have probably seen a lot of business during hours that the city stations were...
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    dairy farm in Toronto in the 1990s

    A farm operated on the east side of Bankfield Dr, in the hollow just north of the Albion Rd curve into the 1990's, I believe. I remember articles about it in the local community newspapers at the time as being the last farm in Etobicoke. I'm pretty sure it shut down around 15-20 years ago. Don't...
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    Street Signs

    My guess would be a one-off East York sign. East York didn't usually put street signs on centre medians, but may have felt a need to do so in this instance due to the speed of the traffic on Bayview. The work order may have said "make it a bit oversized", resulting in some freehanding at the...
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    Toronto Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport | ?m | ?s | Ports Toronto | Arup

    I've often wondered why the TTC hasn't endeavored to provide a better service to the foot of Bathurst (or whatever you want to call it.) The westbound streetcar doesn't even stop at the Bathurst intersection. You have to get off at Dan Leckie Way and hoof it the rest of the way with your...
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    Streetcar Accident

    I'm glad to hear that, and , from the way you described it originally, am not surprised. For those suggesting not filing a claim: a collision with a municipal vehicle or municipal property requires the attendance of the police to the scene, by law. Your insurance info will have to be surrendered...
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    Streetcar Accident

    I would have to argue that the lines that the TTC set down on streetcar curves aren't "lanes" but guides to advise other motorists exactly where the streetcar will protrude as it makes its turn. These guides often protrude away form and into the space of the official lane markings. While it...
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    Street Signs

    It's not a standard city sign. I wonder if it was added privately. It might not even be that old. (Something to give an historic building that "distressed" look, as they say in the antique world.
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    Toronto Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport | ?m | ?s | Ports Toronto | Arup

    Every little bit helps, but since the maximum take off weight runway length for the Q400s is published as being 4600', it would be logical to strive for that length in any extension. (Presently 3988'). As well, you'd have to extend the taxiway to the end as well to negate the need for...