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Extra, Extra: Trees on University, No Ford Nation, and Spacemen Advocating for Earth Hour

Every weekday’s end, we collect just about everything you ought to care about or ought not to miss.

  • There was a time, before University Avenue was all about office buildings and hospitals, when the street was flanked by rows of glorious chestnut trees. While we are grateful to have cutting-edge medical facilities close at hand, it would certainly also be nice to be able to stroll down a grand, tree-lined, Charles Dickens–approved avenue.
  • Are you planning to observe Earth Hour, which kicks off at 8:30 p.m. this coming Saturday? If not, perhaps messages from Canadian luminaries like William Shatner and Chris Hadfield will change your mind.
  • Look out, Ford Nation. You have a new challenger. No, not one of the other candidates for mayor—something called “No Ford Nation,” which bills itself as a campaign and runs a slick website that features some Rob Ford fact-checking, some animated Rob Ford videos, and a couple of images you can use on your Facebook page (and presumably on any magnets you might make).
  • And finally, here’s someone elegantly and effectively photo-bombing Doug Ford.

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  • rich1299

    It is a beautiful looking University Ave with all those trees but it didn’t have a grassy strip down the middle, it was two different roads, one private for the U of T and the other public road right beside it. Its why its the widest road in Toronto. Though perhaps the two streets had been turned into one by the time Queen’s Park was built, I’m unsure about date they were made one road.

    • Kivi Shapiro

      Where can we learn more about this? It’s not widely known.