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A Saturday walk about with friends

a group of people walking over the raised pedestrian bridge between the Eaton Centre and the Bay, 4 women, one man and a boy

Looking at people.  Ordinary people.  Going about their summer lives.

man with beard and moustache, one a bike that is stopped in front of a red and white TTC bus, man wearing a blue baseball cap with red Air Canada maple leaf logo on it

young Asian woman under a black umbrella, standing in a TTC bus shelter, reflections off her umbrella of other people, plus a stella artois beer ad

man in an apple store, orange T-shirt, leaning on the counter, with headphones on, looking closely at the screen of a laptop, other men in the store too

a young woman with bright yellow hair tied back in a short ponytail, tattoo covering most of her arms and upper part of body that is visible , wearing sleeveless black top, walking past Cheese Magic shop in Kensington market, Toronto

two people, one is a woman holding a coffee cup from Jimmys Coffee, she is laughing. The other is black, hair tied back, pink long sleeved shirt and sleeveless jean jacket, scowling,

a tanned older man in sleeveless black shirt leans against metal railing at the Eaton Centre, mannequins in a store window behind him, womens' sporting wear

a man sits with his son on the floor of the Eaton Centre, next to the glass railing. reflections from the railing make it look like there are two boys

looking into the window of a women's wear store, two dresses, on mannequins, each holding a handbag. a red dress and a dress with big red flowers, a red head woman is standing beside the mannequins

people walking across pedestrian bridge between the Eaton Centre and the Bay, one woman has long light pink hair and is wearing jeans with many rips and holes in the front,

a couple sitting in a restaurant, across from each other, in the window, window is open, drinks on the table .  Woman has glass of white wine, man has something orange

a woman standa against an exterior wall, beside a tottoo place. The word tattoo is in large yellow letters beside her, her hair is multicoloured, she is wearing a short dress, knee bent with one foot against the wall, phone in hand, black jacket over her shoulders

three people sitting on a concrete bench outdoors at Yonge Dundas Square. An older woman with teal long sleeeved shirt and light blue hat, a man in a white t-shirt with black moustache, with a woman leaning against his shoulder with her eyes closed

a couple standing facing each other, talking to each other,

an older woman carrying a pale purple umbrella, and a handbag with pictures of cats on it, a blouse with orange flowers on it

mother and son posing for picture, Asian, boy is lying on the ground between his mother's feet

bald black man with black sunglasses is taking a selfie while holding a large ice cream cone

a young man holds a sign that says hug me we need it

black man with blue t-shirt holds a blue bubble maker and he is making bubbles as he walks down the street

young woman in sunglasses poses in front of a fountain

couple, one is smoking, man in yellowish orange shirt, standing by a chinese restaurant, pictures of the food on the wall behind them.

Thousands of people (50,000?), men, women and children, rallied at Queens Park and then marched down University Avenue past the American Embassy this afternoon.  This was the Womens March in Toronto, a march in response to Donald Trump’s inauguration as President of the United States.  It coincided with similar events in Washington, most major cities in North America, and other cities around the world.  The Toronto marchers ended their walk at Nathan Phillips Square.  It was a peaceful, positive event.

a young woman holds up a large pink sign that says open hearts make open minds. Womens March, toronto

a sign at Womens March in Toronto that says The true revolutionary is guided by great feelings of love,

It was also a family event.  There were a lot of kids walking with their parents (or being pushed in strollers).  Many of the kids had made their own signs to carry.

 

a young boy in a blue hat carries a placard that he's made that says Noooooo and has a picture of Donald Trump with a black Darth Vader mask on.

There were also many people that came as groups, whether as groups of friends or groups united in a cause.

a group of women carrying a banner that has been made of many crocheted granny squares and the words we can't keep up. womens march in Toronto, waiting at Queens Park for the march to begin.

There were a few signs using the “We The People” designs by Shepard Fairey.

a man holds a sign up in the air, above the heads of out protesters at the Womens March, a Shepard Fairey design of a woman in stars and stripes American flag head scarf withthe words "We the People"

Womens March, toronto - a group of people leaning over the edge of the upper level at Nathan Phillips, holding their placards and signs over the concrete. Two of the women are wearing white T-shirts on which they've drawn black outlines of breasts.

a young girl in a purple jacket is sitting on the branch of a tree. Her sign is strung over the branch and it says Teach me to see injustice teach me to act. People in the Womens March, toronto are walking past her in the background.

Donald Trump swings happily on a wrecking ball.

protest march and rally at Queens Park, large crowd of people with signs and pink hats. A man has a cutout of a naked Donald Trump swinging on a large wrecking ball.

I march for equality and peace.
I’d rather have a queen than a trump.

In front of the building at QUeens Park, a large group of people has congregated for Womens March, toronto . One woman holds a sign that says I march for equality and peace. Another woman has a flag draped over her back with says I'd rather have a queen than a trump

Womens March, Toronto, a young girl in a grey hat holds a white sign that says I may be small but my voice is loud.

There were lots of references to nasty women!

a boy holds up a sign that says Son of a Nasty Woman, #whyimarch, Womens March, toronto

Many people wore pink hats.  These mysterious two took it a step further, pink balaclavas.

two people wearing pink hats pulled down over their faces with three holes cut in it, two for eyes and one for mouth. At a protest rally against Donald Trump

a young woman amidst a crowd of others walking in the Womens March in Toronto, holding a large pink sign that syas what the fuck

a group holds a white banner as they walk in the Womens March, the banner says A woman's place is in the struggle.

Womens March, toronto - a woman holds a large pink sign up over her head that reads In yer guts you know he's nuts. She's walking with many other people

4 women pose for a picture, two are holding up a banner that says Catholic Network for WOmens Equality. Womens March, toronto . Lots of other eople, men, women and children, walking with them,

Love not fear, and a pink hard hat too!

a young girl carried a brightly painted sign that says Love not fear. She is walking with her mother in the Womens March on University Ave. She is also wearing a pink hard hat.

A person is up in a tree, looking over a crowd of people at Queens Park, Womens March, toronto

a white dog has a sign on its side that says Bitches Against Trump

Three black women, one with a head scarf on, hold a sign that says Don't silence women of colour, part of a crowd at Womens March, toronto

Womens March, toronto - a man holds up a sign that is a play on the evolution of man meme, as they walk upright they come to a figure of Donald Trump. The last man in the evolution chain turns around and says Go back, we fucked up.

Womens March, Toronto, a woman with a red sign saying This is my resting march face, hams it up for the camera

a man holds a sign that says Fight like a girl. and a woman beside him the march holds a sign that says complacency breeds inequality.

Free Melania | #freemelania

two boys watch protesters at the Womens March, toronto . One of the boys holds a sign that says Free Melania.

a young girl in pink holds a sign that says love love love. Womens March, toronto

a woman stands in a crowd at NathanPhillips Square, Womens March, toronto - she is holding a sign that says Keep your hands off our cuntstiutional rights.

girls are strong

a young girl holds a sign that says girls are strong. She's written it herself on cardboard.

Women have rights and we’re gonna use them!  … with rainbows.

a girl in pink is holding a sign that says WOmen have rights and we're gonna use them. She is shouting as she marches, Womens March, toronto . There are other kids with her

A loud hear us roar!

a woman stands beside the base of one of the statues at QUeens Park, she is holding a large pink sign with big colourful writing that says hear us roar. Womens March, toronto

camera man stands on a high level of ground along with some large black speakers. The heads of some women can be seen , all wearing pink hats for the Womens March

two women smile for the camera as they walk past. Both are wearing red heart shaped glasses.

Donald Trump was at the march too, even if only in effigy.

a person holds an effigy of Donald Trump on a stick up in the air diring the Womens March down University Ave.,

On University Ave., WOmens March, a woman holds a sign that is a merger of two symbols - female and solidarity. Lots of other men and women are around,

a young girl in pink sits on top of the War Memorial at QUeens Park, the parliament buildings are behind her.

a woman holds a sign up above her head. It says My husband wanted to be here but he is doing the laundry

The march stopped for a few minutes when it reached Queen Street.  There was much traffic confusion and chaos (and honking of horns) at the intersection of Queen and University until the police closed all traffic on Queen Street.

intersection of Queen and University, people standing on the sidewalk looking at the Womens March as it stops on University. Policemen trying to direct traffic on Queen as they prepare to close Queen Street for the march

Orange? No. I’m peach.   Great play on words.

a woman is holding a sign at the Womens March, toronto . Donald Trump's head is shaped like a peach and the words say Im peach.

kids walking together in Womens March, toronto hold signs that they have made on cardboard.

Make America gay again!!

A woman holds up a sign that says Make America Gay again. Lots of other people around her at Queens Park at the start of the Womens March, toronto

a woman walking in the Womens March, toronto holds up a read sign that says Make Empathy great again. Lots of other men and women walking in the same picture.

And that’s only part of the crowd at Nathan Phillips Square!

Taken from the upper level at Nathan Phillips Square, overlooking the square which is full of people attending Womens March, toronto . In the foreground are a couple of people who are also on the upper level.

a woman holds a sign that says patriarchy is for dicks

a woman holds up a red sign that says March like a girl, Womens March, toronto

Womens March, toronto - the head of the march goes past Osgoode Hall on QUeen Street. A woman with a megaphone is leading the chants and singing. A large group with a banner that says Womens March is the first group in the walk

standing behind the barricades by the stage at Nathan Phillips Square, a large group of people at the Womens March, toronto . Many signs and many people. and a reporter with a camera.

“Babies against Trump.  We don’t like it when people call Trump a baby – we act better than him.”

a man carries a baby in front of him, with a yellow sign that says Babies against trump, marching in the Womens March in Toronto with other men and women.

a group of people wearing black and holding red carnations is holding a large black coffin on their shoulders. Written on the coffin is the word patriarchy. The death of patriarchy.

a group of people with signs and placards in a crowd at Nathan Phillips Square. Womens March, toronto

Women’s rights are human rights.

two women stand on the sidewalk, one is drinking coffee and wearing a pink hat. The other is holding a sign that says womens rights are human rights in pink letters ona background of black and white photos.

an older womaloosely woven pink hat with wide brim, and a pink top, holds a sign at a march

Womens March, Toronto - women smiling and posing for the camera, wearing pink pussy hats

 

#whyImarch | #womensmarch | #nastywoman | #lovetrumpshate | #noh8

Sculptures by Ken Lum.

I was walking up Bay Street yesterday when I stopped.  Out of the corner of my eye I had caught a glimpse of a sculpture that I had never seen before.  It is ‘Two Children of Toronto’ by Ken Lum, 2013.

Two children, a boy and a girl, sit opposite each other, some distance between them.

two children of toronto, a sculpture by Ken Lum, two children seated on pedestals, about 25 feet apart, along the side of a walkay, with a concrete building beside them. The children are looking towards each other

What you can’t see in the above picture is that there are words in bronze mounted on the wall.  The words say: “Across time and space, two children of Toronto meet”.  The two kids are looking towards each but not each other.

sculpture, Two Children of Toronto by Ken Lum in a downtownwalkway with a concrete bulding beside it, girl's face

below: Both children are wearing clothes from bygone days.

sculpture, Two Children of Toronto by Ken Lum in a downtownwalkway with a concrete bulding beside it, looking towards the girl, with Bay Street and Canadian Tire store behind

below: But the boy’s clothes are more Chinese looking.

sculpture, Two Children of Toronto by Ken Lum in a downtownwalkway with a concrete bulding beside it, a boy is seated on a concrete pedestal.

After my walk the other day, I started researching Ken Lum.  I discovered that he has another sculpture nearby, and fortuitously, it was one that I took some pictures of back in December.  It is “Peace Through Valour” located at the NW corner of City Hall property.  Winston Churchill is standing close by.

a sculpture called Peace Through valour by Ken Lum, outside on a snowy day. A square piece with a soldier standing guard at each corner. On top of the flat squsre is a model of a town in square blocks (no details on the buildings).

It commemorates the 93,000 Canadians who fought in the Italian campaign of WW2 and was dedicated in June 2016.   A Canadian soldier stands vigil at each corner of the memorial.  The top of the 7 foot x 7 foot square is a topographical map of Ortona, a town in Italy that was a scene of a battle at Christmas time in 1943.  Ortona is on the Adriatic coast and its streets were narrow which made it difficult for Allied forces to liberate the town from Nazi Germany.

two soldiers stand vigil at the corners of a memorial, sculptures,

Money for the sculpture was donated by the Italian-Canadian community.

two soldiers stand vigil at the corners of a memorial, sculptures,

Canstruction is a non-profit competition where teams create sculptures of canned and packaged food that is then donated to food banks.  The event is held in many cities around the world including Toronto.  Since its inception in 1992, Canstruction has contributed more than 17.5 million pounds of food to food programs globally.

Planning for the 17th annual Toronto Canstruction began in January.  The “build night” where the teams come together to build the sculptures was held on the 16th of May at the Toronto Dominion Centre.  The sculptures are now in the many lobbies of the TD Centre buildings and they will remain on view until the 21st of May.  At that time they will be “decanstructed”.

A sample of this year’s entries:

below: A winning emoji, ‘EmojiCAN’ built by GM BluePlan Engineering Ltd.  Emojis, the little symbols popularized by social media, understood by everyone no matter what language they speak.

made of canned food, a large yellow circle meant to look like an emoji, winking with it's tongue out. It's about 5 feet high.

below: ‘Let’s End Hunger by All Measures’ by Walsh Canada. “Food Banks Canada estimates that in 2015 852,137 Canadians turned to food banks each month for food. The need for food banks spiked in 2009 and has hovered at record levels ever since.”

a large measuring tape (round and yellow) made of tin cans full of food to be donated.

below: A lovebot made of cans by Cecconi Simone Ltd.

A large 3D lovebot, about 6 feet tall, made of canned food stands in the lobby of the TD centre, it's an entry in the Canstruction event. Two men in suits are looking at it.

below: A close up of part of ‘Hungerbling’ by Hatch.  It features Drake and comes with lyrics.

You used to call me on my cell phone
Late night when you need my food
Call me on my cell phone
Late night when you need my food
And I know when that hunger bling
That can only mean one thing
I know when that hunger bling
That can only mean one thing”

 

made of cans, part of an entry for Canstruction 2016, pinkish cans of Heinz Disney , with a paper cut of a man's face. Simple body made of wrapped food.

below: ‘CANadian MAyPoLE’ by Candevcon Limited.  “We often dance around the issue of hunger, but this time the children have the formula to fight it.”

models of children made with packaged food. A girl is made with orange enfamil containers, bowl of noodles for head, tubes with orange packaging as a skirt, and cyclindrical packages of cookies as arms

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below: Close up of ‘Perspectives on Hunger and Heroes’ by ARUP.  A tribute to the late David Bowie since “hunger has many faces”.

part of a large 3D design made of canned food in white, blue and pink with a few black details.

Sackville Street, just south of Dundas, is right in the midst of the Regent Park renewal project.  It is also the site of two murals.  First, there is bright and colourful mural which is painted on the side of a new apartment building.

mural painted by Shalak Attack and Bruno Smoky in Regent park Toronto, showing a brightly coloured woman;s face, with a flower in her hair and her body (from the shoulders up) made of buildings in a jumble as well as a blue owl (large bird) in flight, passing in front of the sun that is represented by circles of orange and red radiating out from the bright yellow center. A green hand is reaching up towards the sun

A man with a dog an a leash is walking by a mural of a brightly coloured woman;s face, with a flower in her hair and her body (from the shoulders up) made of buildings in a jumble. Painted by Shalak Attack in Regent Park

close up of a mural by Shalak Attack and Bruno Smoky of a blue owl (large bird) in flight, passing in front of the sun that is represented by circles of orange and red radiating out from the bright yellow center. A green hand is reaching up towards the sun

The other mural is a painting by elicser on hoardings around a building under construction.

a long mural by elicser painted on hoardings around a building under construction. People flying past in the mural

below: With the ubiquitous Timmie’s cup on the ground.

the end of a mural, a man is sideways, arm above his head, painted on a mural, a large orange concrete block is in front of the wall, an empty Tim Hortons cup (Timmies cup) is on the ground.
part of a mural of flying people by elicser, a woman in a light purple dress and head scarf as well s a boy in beige Tshirt and blue shorts

Two people painted flying sideways on a mural, a brown man with no shirt on and a much smaller person below him with a yellow T-shirt. An orange concrete block is on the sidewalk in front of the mural along with an orange and white traffic cone

people flying sideways on a mural by elicser, including a girl in a pink dress

people flying sideways on a mural by elicser, including a woman in a blue dress and a man with a red hat.

flying people mural by elicser

the words Regent Park are written in pink paint on a light blue background, painted on wooden hoardings around a construction site.

Jesus in the City parade 
They walked north from Queens Park to Bloor, south on Yonge, and then back across College to Queens Park and they walked with exuberance and joy.

A young black man is holding a banner in a parade. He is looking upwards. Other people around him are also holding banners. The banners are gold and each one has the name of a book of the bible on it.

Many people holding a long banner at the start of a parade. The banner says Jesus in the city. This is the name of the parade.

below: The man who played Jesus was very good
The cold hard pavement couldn’t have been easy on his body.

Four men are reenacting Jesus being taken by the Romans for crucifixion. A man is on the ground while the Roman soldiers whip and beat him. A cross is lying on the ground too. A group of upset women onlookers (part of the acting) follow behind. Part of the Jesus in the city parade.

A group dressed in red t-shirts blowing horns

Four women wearing long ruffled skirts in white, red and yellow, swishing their skirts side to side as they walk in a parade

Two women in blue t-shirts are holding a banner in a parade. Others are walking with them. The banner says Jesus Christ in large red letters. There are smaller words in blue below that are a verse from Matthew that starts with Come to me all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest. The group is from the Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministry

Three girls riding on a float in the Jesus in the CIty parade.

A man wearing a t-shirt that says Jesus in the City Celebration on the back. He is holding a young girl who is wearing a jacket with a hood that has little ears on it.

A woman poses with a red, yellow and green striped flag as she walks in a parade

A black man is wearing a yellow sign around his neck. It says Sing aloud unto God our strength make a joyful noise unto the God of Jacob.

Three young women pose with a heart that they have made out of two long skinny balloons.

A group of young people are walking in a parade. Some are waving to the camera. One girl is holding a banner with just the word Jesus on it.

Two young black women on a float in a parade. One has her arms outstretched wide as she sings along with some music. Under them is a sign that says Jesus is the Rock.

Some women are waving large coloured flags. A purple flag, and a green flag are the ones in the foreground.

some people wearing white robes and large gold angel wings are walking in a parade. Three of them are holding signs. The first signs says Jesus Saves. The second sign says Jesus is the only way to heaven. The third sign says Avoid hell repent trust Jesus today.

An older black woman with a very big smile is holding a sign that says Jesus is the Savior of the world. She is walking in the Jesus in the City parade in Toronto.

Kids dressed up in colourful costumes and walking in a parade

A group of people, mostly young and mostly Asian, are walking in a parade. One is holding a sign that says Jesus loves you. Another person is holding a sign that says Jesus is Savior.

A line of Japanese women in kimonos are carrying large open fans above the heads. The fans have big pink flowers on them as well as a pink feathery border.

An Asian man driving a truck waves to the camera.

Two boys are holding a brown banner that says Jesus is holy, love, rightousness. A group of Asian people are walking with them in a parade.

That backs of 4 young women. THey are all wearing sweaters and yellow sashes. The sashes have Korean or maybe Chinese lettering on them as well as a red cross.

Two women in a car. The driver is making a smiley face. The women in the backseat is holding a sign out the window that says

A woman is holding a shiny turquoise fabric sign with the word jehovah on it. #jitc2015

Protest, rally and march
from Queens Park to Allan Gardens,
5 July 2015

jobs, justice and climate action protest march - the lead banner of the march.  It says Jobs, Justice and the Climate. It is red with white letters and is almost the full width of the street.  A few drummers and dancers are in front of the banner.  Many people with signs and flags are behind the banner.
jobs, justice and climate action protest march -  a man is making large bubbles that float towards the  front of the parade.

below:  A protester prepares to carry a large effigy of Kathleen Wynne, leader of the provincial Liberal party, with the help of some colleagues.

A couple of people are helping a woman prepare to wear a large effigy.  A very large head of a woman wearing dark rimmed glasses.

below: David Suzuki being interviewed by CTV.

David Suzuki is being interviewed by a man from CTV.  A few people are standing behind.

Three young women are making signs to carry in the protest march.  Two are in green T-shirts.  One of the signs says '73 North Americans own the same as 1/2 the continent.'  Jobs, Justice and Climate protest rally and march.

A person wearing a sign that says 'Another photographer marching for #jobsjusticeclimate on his back.

At a protest rally, two women are posing for a picture.  One has a large cut out around her face that makes her face look like a large yellow flower

a groupd of young people standing beside a large yellow banner that says 'Youth marching for Climate Justice' at a protest rally in front of the Ontario parliament buildings.

below: The base of Sir John A. Macdonald’s statue provides a step up for photographers
(It looks like only some of them wanted to take my picture!)

Many photographers are standing on the base of a statue while they wait for a protest march to begin in Toronto at Queens Park

Two people with protest signs on their backs.  One says 'Act like you live here' and the second says 'Stop Debating, Start acting'

A group of people at a protest rally.  Somone is holding up a sign with a picture of Stephen Harper neck deep in water with the words, 'What climate change blub blub blub'

At the jobs, justice and climate action protest rally, a man wearing a hat that looks like an owl head.  He's carrying a sign that says 'Give a hoot'
  below:  ‘Protect Turtle Island’ signs waiting for the march to begin.  North America is referred to as Turtle Island by many Native tribes, Native rights activists, and environmental groups.

A large parachute shaped piece of fabric in bright orange and white lies flat on the ground.  In it are three signs waiting for people to begin marching in the jobs, justice and climate change march.  The signs say 'Protect Turtle Island'

A group of people holding a large red banner that says 'Canadian Unitarians for social justice'

Three women at a protest rally.

A young girl in a bright red Tshirt runs in front of some protesters, one of whom is holding a sign that says Hope.

At the jobs, justice and climate action protest rally, four people hold a banner that says 'TTC riders, a voice for ttc riders' and it has a picture of a street car on it as well.

below:  $15 now refers to raising the minimum wage to $15/hour

jobs, justice and climate action protest march -  a man is holding a sign that says $15 Now.  It is white with red letters.  It stands out because most of the signs around him are all bright red.

jobs, justice and climate action protest march -  a group of people at Queens Park, the back of the statue of Sir John A. Macdonald can be seen.  One woman is holding a sign that says Jobs Justice Climate.  Another person holds up a picture of Pope Francis.  They are all getting ready to march down University Ave.

below: After the rally at Queens Park, protesters marched south on University Ave.
and then east on Dundas St.

policemen on bikes block the street as they direct a march through city streets

jobs, justice and climate action protest march - some of the people marching, a white haired man is holding an orange flag that says Socialistworld.net  Some people are walking their bikes.

A man is walking in a protest march while holding one end of a banner.  He is wearing a large yellow chicken head and a T shirt that says 'this is what a vegan looks like'

two women are walking in the jobs, justice and climate action march in Toronto and both are carrying signs.  One has a large peace symbol and the words 'vegan for life' and the the other sign says 'animal agriculture is responsible for 91 percent of amazon rainforest destruction

A number of women in a protest march, each is holding a different coloured sign and each has a different letter - together they spell 'yes we can'.  Each women is also wearing a coloured box that matches the colour of her sign and each box represents a differ aspect of social policy such as gender equality, primary education, poverty eradication, healthcare,

A diverse group of people walk in a protest march in Toronto

A man in a red shirt pumps his fist in the air as he walks in a protest march

A man is holding up a protest sign with Prime Minister Stephen Harper's head on three monkeys along with the worsd, Hear no science, speak no science, see no science.

Marchers on the jobs, justice and climate action protest march who are carrying a large orange banner that says We have solutions.

 

Two middle aged men walking a in protest.  One of them has a sign that says 'radicalized by Harper'

A large number of people walking in a protest march carrying signs and banners

A man wearing a green party T-shirt is carry a large sign that says 'carbon tax yes'.  There are other green party supporters with him as they walk in a protest march in Toronto

jobs, justice and climate action protest march on University Ave showing many people walking.  Two are holding large white signs with orange letters.  One says Let hope prevail.  The other says There is no Planet B.

jobs, justice and climate action protest march  - a young woman in a head scarf holds a red and white sign, the woman behind her is wearing a floppy hat and there is a sign that says Be Brave in large capital letters above her head.