By Jennifer Pagliaro City Hall Bureau Emily Mathieu Affordable Housing Reporter Thu., May 17, 2018 Edna Rose is exhausted. The great-grandmother is piling everything she owns into cardboard boxes while a large white moving truck parks outside next to her beloved garden where decades ago she planted peach and nectarine trees, then later flowers in honour of family. A cast-iron skillet she brought with her from Jamaica almost 40 years ago and a worn metal pot good for making rice and peas for a crowd go into a box. So does a bottle of white wine from her son’s wedding — never opened in the house of a God-fearing Mormon — and many framed photos of her “great-grands.” The 76-year-old then takes a step up a wobbly ladder near the ground-floor window to pull down lacy drapes that have yellowed in the sun. “I am climbing Jacob’s Ladder,” Rose says as she inches her way to the top. Article Continued … [Read more...] about This great-grandmother was forced from her home of 31 years. Hers is the face of a broken public housing system
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By Brendan Kennedy Investigative Reporter Sun., May 6, 2018 In the early hours of Friday afternoon’s wind storm, Ramona Omidvar got a frantic call from her 9-year-old daughter, Nylah, who was at home with her sister and a caregiver while her mother was still at work. “She said, ‘Mommy, I’m scared of the wind. It’s too windy.’ I said ‘Nylah, you’re overreacting. Everything’s fine.’” Everything was fine until about an hour later, when the wind rapped even harder against the windows, and then Nylah heard a loud crash. “I thought it was an earthquake,” she said. The girl ran outside with her little sister and saw the towering silver maple tree from their neighbour’s front yard had fallen onto their house. “It was very scary.” Two days later, the tree is still leaning precariously against the roof of their house on Howland Ave. in the Annex, while Omidvar’s family … [Read more...] about Annex family still waiting for fallen tree to be removed from house after Friday’s wind storm
caption A magnolia tree blossoms on the South Lawn. source Jason Reed/Reuters The White House grounds were on full display in their springtime glory as President Donald Trump hosted his first state visit last week, complete with a tree planting (and disappearance). But there’s much more to the 18 acres enclosed by the White House fences that the public doesn’t get to see. Aside from special events like the Easter Egg Roll and the national Christmas tree lighting, the gardens are only officially open to visitors two weekends a year. See inside the sprawling White House grounds: The White House grounds are part backyard and front yard for a first family, part staging area for official events. caption The White House is surrounded on its north and south sides by Lafayette Park and the South Lawn. source Google Maps screenshot Source: White House They’re actually a National Park. The grounds are part of President’s … [Read more...] about Inside the White House’s sprawling secret grounds, which include a hidden garden
World French President Emmanuel Macron celebrated the special relationship between the United States and France during his state visit to Washington last week by planting a tree with President Donald Trump on the grounds of the White House. 30 Apr 2018 04:50AM Bookmark WASHINGTON: French President Emmanuel Macron celebrated the special relationship between the United States and France during his state visit to Washington last week by planting a tree with President Donald Trump on the grounds of the White House.Now the oak sapling is gone - at least temporarily.White House photographers noticed the tree was gone days after it had been planted. Mystery ensued.In fact, the tree, from Belleau Wood in France where almost 2,000 American soldiers died in a World War One battle, had been dug up not long after it was planted. It was put in quarantine, according to U.S. and French officials. The problem: Parasites on the tree could spread to others on the White House property."It was … [Read more...] about Macron and Trump planted tree at the White House. Why it is now missing
A bow tie is a natty addition to the fashion ensemble of the well-dressed man.But while dressing up a tree stump with a bow tie may add a festive air to seasonal celebrations, it does not hide the fact that the overdressed stump sticks out like a sore thumb, even at a holiday party.Now that the joyous season is thankfully behind us, it’s time to take down decorations and deal with the mid-winter gloom that inevitably overtakes the post-Christmas days of January.In the vicinity of shops and restaurants on Danforth Ave., there seems to be no urgency to shed the Christmas decorations, particularly the bows wrapped around street trees and even lifeless stumps in large concrete planters.Ellen Schwartzel sent us a note saying several dead trees in concrete planters near the Greenwood and Coxwell TTC subway stations were sawed off after they withered and died, but have yet to be removed. … [Read more...] about Bow-tied dead tree stumps are overdressed for Danforth Ave.