Monday morning, time to reconnect the ol' football-shaped phone and get back in the game. In the news: Annaleise Carr completes her swim, the film studios at Eastern Avenue may be film studios once more, Centreville is up for renewal, and Adam Vaughan on being Adam Vaughan.
Watch out, really young long-distance swimmers, there’s a new really young long-distance swimmer in town. On Sunday night, 14-year-old Annaleise Carr arrived on the shores of Marilyn Bell Park after completing a 27-hour swim across Lake Ontario. The teen is now the youngest person to have made the swim. And she did it all to raise money for a camp for kids with cancer. What did you do this weekend? Eat a whole bag of Sweet Chili Heat Doritos? We thought so.
Looks like the old film studios at 629 Eastern Avenue are gearing up to go back into the production business. You may remember 629 Eastern Avenue from such makeshift detention centres as: the G20 makeshift detention centre. But that dark history is all in the past now, says everyone except SmartCentres, who owns the property. A spokeswoman from the developer was a bit cagey on the details, but according to the guy who used to run the Eastern Avenue film studios before they were shut down, production could be back up and running soon.
The contract for Centreville, the children’s theme park on the Toronto Islands, is up for renewal and open to bidders. This is the first time since the park opened in 1967 that anyone other than the current operators have had a chance at the license. But fear not, fans of children’s amusement parks, no matter who gets the contract, the land will have to be used for a children’s amusement park, Centreville or no Centreville. And it looks like that’ll be “no Centreville” if the current operators don’t get their license renewed; they’ve vowed to take the more than 30 rides and attractions with them when they go. So get ready to potentially say “so long” to the good ol’ days when children’s amusement meant sitting in an inner tube with an outboard motor in your hands.
And if you ever wondered why Adam Vaughan (Ward 20, Trinity-Spadina) is so good at getting his quotes in the news, the Star has your answers. Apparently Vaughan is a big fan of those books of quotes and of staying true to himself. A killer combo for success if ever we’ve heard one.