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Monthly Archive: December Hist

Discovering Hidden Treasures in the heart of Toronto

Posted: June 13, 2012 - 09:27 , by admin
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Getting to and from work and home can be hectic.  Most of us use TTC or drive, and in doing so we miss much of what cyclists or pedestrians see clearly every day.  Did you know, for example, that a herd of “bunny dogs” romp on the boulevard at Wellington and John?  Or that Glenn Gould is amongst us, and invites us to join him on a bench to watch the world go by?  Where is Toronto’s newest wonder, created in China from 22 tons of stainless steel, and what message does it convey??

Canada – the 51st State?

Posted: June 6, 2012 - 11:04 , by Patti McCabe
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How would you describe the relationship between Canada and our closest ally and neighbour? Child/Mother? Sibling rivalry? Victim/Bully? Worshippers/Idol? Friends? Enemies? Frenemies?

Some would argue that in everything but name we are effectively the 51st State with a puppet Prime Minister whose strings are pulled by a puppet master President, while others would counter by saying that our countries share a very close and mutually respected bond that allows for tree trade, cross border shopping, and a wealth of partnerships.

The ABCs of Rosedale

Posted: May 8, 2012 - 11:15 , by admin
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By Regina Virgo, ROMWalk Volunteer

Did you know that South Rosedale is a Heritage Conservation District (HCD)? It is protected because its buildings are considered to be historically or culturally significant and require special care and attention to ensure that they are conserved. The application for the HCD designation was due, in part, to the loss of a number ofRosedalehomes to demolition or unsympathetic alterations.

Every building in South Rosedalehas been evaluated and given a rating.

A Historic Defense of Toronto’s Morals

Posted: April 30, 2012 - 09:02 , by admin
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Submitted by Virginia Van Vliet, Volunteer with ROM Walks

How could this building – the Spadina Gardens Apartments – ruin the morals of Toronto?

A view of a traditional historic apartment building in Toronto.

ROM History Wars – Heavyweights Battle Over Canadian Identity

Posted: March 9, 2012 - 12:13 , by David McKay

It was another full house in Samuel Hall/Currelly Gallery on the Wednesday evening March 7 as the ROM History Wars debate centred on the place of French language, culture and people in Canadian society and governance. As the format allows a straw poll of hands up in the air, the measure of the audience was taken at the beginning of the debate and after to see if our speakers had moved anyone on their views of a bilingual Canada.  The results of both votes showed a significant number of people who were and remained undecided.  Not surprising when considering such a complex issue.

Building Blocks of the ROM

Posted: March 5, 2012 - 10:52 , by admin

Submitted by Vincent Vertolli, Assistant Curator Geology

Detail of Rotunda doors displaying wooden doors, relief and stained glass

Curator Justin Jennings fills us in on ROMtravel Maya journey

Posted: February 2, 2012 - 14:25 , by admin
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Submitted by Justin Jennings, Curator, Department of World Cultures.  Follow his Maya adventures  with ROMTravel.

Chichicastenango - a mouthful for the non Maya speaker, but one of the most beautiful towns in the highlands of Guatemala.

Old Collection, New Research

Posted: January 30, 2012 - 10:49 , by admin
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Dr. Chen Shen, Vice President, Senior Curator, Bishop White Chair of East Asian Archaeology at the ROM gives a preview of his presentation, Peking Man Revisited: A Who’s Who of Human Evolution at the upcoming ROM Research Colloquium this Friday, February 3 in the Signy and Cléophée Eaton Theatre. This full day of 15-minute presentations by ROM researchers is free and open to the public.

Battling over Healthcare

Posted: January 27, 2012 - 10:56 , by admin
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Submitted by Conrad Biernacki, ROM Programs Manager