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First...Fools rush in where angels fear to tread...The street is habitated by horizontalness...By destroying that horizontal orientation to put in completely the opposite gestalt of verticalness, completely changes the face of the street...Where a valley exists, you are choosing to put a mountain...But what if Nature deigned a valley? What unNatural things will come of forcing a scape onto an unreceptive plane? Shall we unbalance the female line further by superimposing yet another example of the male erection? Are we still stuck in the domination of the phallus as model for a city? When will the feminine have a chance to show its form ? Because this is really the answer...We have Middle Eastern misogynistic monies funding a male chauvinist takeover of Toronto, realised in old style thrust condo high rise slabs sticking into our skyscape, as they are juxtaposed in our minds with recent destruction of low rise gentle historical grandmother architecture...Shall our feminine structures be forced to wear veils now too, be relegated to darkness, be continually raped in their youth, be beaten for existing, for being valley-like in their female-ness ? Shall North American Canadian women be subjugated by money accepted in ridiculous desperation by idiotic political officials who were too stupid to just say no, as they bend over themselves while the monster is let out of its cage to roam? Is anyone going to protest? Or just calmly watch as our churches & synagogues become mosques for harems of multiple wives & children? As polygamous despots bloat as they feed on our raw country?
(More things that happen when zoning density is too high in a neighbourhood, thus forcing people & dogs to crowd together into parks)...(Oh , & do condo units ever rebuild parks the way they are supposed to? Take a look at Davenport road & Scollard street , right at Yonge street- they tore down the trees & the grass & the whole park first, built their lousy cheapo condos, & got their money, but still haven't put the park back- so the people & the pigeons & the dogs have NOWHERE to go but illegal areas where owners have to sneak like criminals...)
Joseph got knocked over by a golden retriever who was trying to hump anything in the park...It might have been funny but he screwed up his knee & we had to go wash the wound & get polysporin & large bandages & then later beer & pizza & chocolate...So...we need more green parks, dogs need obedience school, dogwalkers need better training, owner should send us 50 bucks for costs + apology...will it happen? Nah...(& the city planner who approved the zoning density increases should be shot , then strung up by his toes, hung upside down, & be forced to be peed upon by all the dogs in the area who have no green parks to pee in anymore...)
If you don't speak up about zoning density amendments in your Toronto neighbourhood, this is what your street view is going to look like...
I am going to explain one room that is within the studio at 32 Davenport road...Each room has a different story & reason, but one in particular requires explanation...To begin, I must explain a scientific fact...I bought a machine called an Aerogarden last winter...Essentially it is a hydroponic garden with powerful lightbulbs that stay on for 16 hours at a time then turn off on a timer...Hydroponic means the plants feed on water with added nutrient chips that you drop in every two weeks...Essentially a completely controlled environment...Except for one thing, I had a tiny draft coming in from one window, that blew lightly on one side of the garden...I didn't realise this until I discovered that the seeds on that side didn't make it past first sprouting...That tiny bit of wind killed off one whole side of my planting...Despite the artificial sun, the controlled nutrient, the constant water, the wind killed my plants...
Now, back to the room in the studio...The room is actually a small office, that was once merely a small library or den...No windows, tightly wrapped in walls, it feels a bit closed in...Now, go to Robarts library & get a book out & go up to one of the floors where the students read...Yes, there are windows here, but they don't open...You may feel that same closed in feeling...
But why? Why has the architect created this sealed in feeling? Two important reasons, both related...Wind kills things...People & books...2 big reasons...The tightly wrapped walls are to protect the university students & the books they borrow to read while in the library...Mr. Moriyama knows Canada very well, & he sure knows about wind...His buildings tend to be warm, embracing environments, I might say womb if he were a woman...Well sealed, insulated, protected from wind...Yes, stark on the outside, because a stark outside is easier to build, better sealed, one solid piece is less likely to rupture & can be filled easily...
Think a little deeper about why an architect has done something in your local climate before you are so quick to judge...I was told by the business manager that she felt claustrophobic in her tiny office...What she didn't say was that she felt warm & snug & safe & protected & insular...What she should have said instead of insulting her own boss...Here is a working woman wearing impractical high heeled shoes to work with beige pantyhose- you know the type- freezing cold in the winter, can't walk a mile because of her shoes, fashion over functionality, quick to judge where experts would pause to speak...
As it happens, the other female employees were similarily dressed in ridiculous streetwalker-cum-secretarial outfits, very hard to tell the difference except for possibly these girls were better fed- & I wondered, who exactly was making the decisions in this architectural firm, with the old guard preparing for the younger guard to take over? It appears to me, that during the flux of shift between old man & young sons, the mice were playing around & wreaking havoc...So, these morons didn't think the Moriyama Teshima studio was worth heritage designation? because they wanted a bigger office? They couldn't even walk the length of a bigger office in their stilettos & their sluttiness-slash-workplace attire...
When I asked about heritage designation the answer I was given was why wasn't it designated already? Like these things happen automatically...??? So, a 2-year-new lower echelon employee was calling the shots? A Canadian? Nope...An Austrian married to an Algerian...gee golly no wonder they didn't give a shit about Moriyama's architecture...I would have thought they'd never heard of him except they work there...
C'mon Jason & Ajon (the sons), wake up!!! Your house is being raided & you are asleep...Are you really going to let strangers tear down your legacy? Are you going to bow down & cower? Are you still children or are you not men?
FROM THE CITY OF TORONTO, CITY PLANNERS & MUNICIPAL BOARDS & COUNCILLORS...
1)WE WOULD LIKE RESTITUTION FOR DAMAGES THAT HAVE OCCURRED DUE TO ZONING DENSITY BYLAW AMENDMENTS...(DEATHS, ACCIDENTS, PET CASUALTIES)...
2)WE WOULD LIKE AN AMENDMENT THAT SAYS A BYLAW AMENDMENT REQUIRES SUPPORT TO MOVE FORWARD, RATHER THAN OBJECTIONS NOT TO...(VOTING FOR A PROPOSAL, NOT AGAINST...)LACK OF OBJECTION DOES NOT MEAN SUPPORT...
Notice how the Moriyama & Teshima studio at 32 Davenport road follows the guidelines for Feng Shui...(see link)...http://www.joeyyap.com/highlight/discoverfengshui_episode11.asp
More on Feng Shui...
Do you own a dog & live in the Yorkville-Bloor-Rosedale area? Then you should pay attention...Those big white signs with black print saying a zoning density bylaw amendment has been proposed for this location are talking to you! What this means is that if you OBJECT to that property being turned into a more dense high rise then you should CALL the number on the sign and voice your objection...Why should you object? Because Ramsden Park at the moment is the only legal park you can take your dog to pee or poo in the area...& now Ramsden Park has become too crowded because of zoning density amendments already approved, & now accidents are happening...Accidents? Yes...Dog injuries, people conflicts with dogs, big dogs bullying small dogs, people to people conflicts...SPEAK UP NOW or forever be relegated to sneaking around to illegal green locations hoping you won't get caught...
How to detect a lie, video...Are condo developers lying to you, about price, units sold, funding, motivation, ethics???
A fire at Chapman's ice cream factory? An explosion right beside a Jewish cemetery? Is it just me, or is it obvious to everyone else too, that terrorism has reached the Canadian shores? What worries me most is the stuff I am seeing in hospitals & related to bio-terrorism...If visiting doctors are terrorist sympathists, then we have to re-evaluate our immigration policies, & stop giving free entry to those who merely have more university degrees...Degrees are dangerous if you are letting in the enemy...In the meantime, if you are sick, get a second opinion, & then a third...It seems to me that right now people are going to hospitals & coming out sicker than they were when they entered...Really...
So...we had coupons for McDonald's...We went to the one on Bloor right across from the Royal Ontario Museum...You know, the one with the fantastic atrium windows & the triple decker shape? We had delicious Angus burgers, an upscale thing, with french fries & diet cokes...We sat on the top floor, near the huge slanted windows, with the sun shining through, with the new Museum framed like a diamond in a setting, & all was right with the world...I said, " I think this is the nicest restaurant in the area..." & I meant it...Those huge windows reminded me of those in Moriyama's studio, & I wondered how many other notable pieces of architecture were subtly influenced by 32 Davenport road...At under 10 dollars for two (the coupons), this was the highlight of my day (until later when we went to see Barbet puppies)...As we left, one of those ugly white & black signs stated that this building was being proposed for destruction & zoning density bylaw amendment, blah blah blah...Gee, are they just picking the best places in Toronto to destroy?
Of course, if you just leave the Moriyama Teshima studio at 32 Davenport road & the 100 year old schoolhouse & homes, you already have vertical gardens- the walls are all covered with 42 years worth of green ivy...
Greening an old railway line in New York into a wonderful park...How preserving and encouraging green space makes a city a home...The trees & flower vines & ivy & bushes & plants at 32 Davenport road & 12-22 McMurrich street make the street green...without the green, it will be a concrete cement slab strip...Please object to any destruction of existing green, please object...Richard Florida asserts that artists bring culture bring money to a 'hood- but the root of the artist's oeuvre is green nature...so, before the art, must exist the green of life...destroy the natural environment, & you destroy the artist's subject, eradicating the culture & driving away the economic development...As an artist, I can promise you that without the green on my street, I can bring no green to your wallets...
What people should be doing with their hundred year old homes...(see the Photo page too...)
How many violent incidents are going to happen in this tiny radius of neighbourhood before city planners start annulling zoning bylaw amendments that have been changed to please developers- amendments that mean changes from a 2.0 to a 11.9 ? 2.0 zoning means one house on top of another- 11.9 means 11.9 houses on top of another- a very very significant change in density, which means, greater cyclist pedestrian conflicts, greater pedestrian car conflicts, greater violent crime & road rage & other events that don't happen in lower density areas...At 32 Davenport road zoning was 2.0...It was recently amended to 11.9 ...This means that more cars may strike outdoor cats or dogs or people, less electricity to charge your computer or to flush your toilet, much less green space for your dog to pee or poop on...It means you will be living ina concrete jungle...In the above link, a man set fire to a TTC bus at the corner of Yonge & Bloor...Right across from the recently defaulted condo development that is a mass corner of emptiness & dirt...Those empty lots are just breeding grounds for crime...Like a moth to a flame, crime is attracted to empty & useless lots...Another reason for us to want to block any further development on Davenport & McMurrich st...
Monday Night, a cyclist died after getting into an altercation with a former attorney general, who was driving a convertible at Avenue road & Bloor st. with a female passenger in tow...Another most poignant & palpable example of how zoning density bylaw amendments to increase populations in an already crowded neighbourhood are a fatal mistake...
Correct me if I'm wrong, but if condo developments need to pre-sell 70% of units before starting to build, & if condo developments two blocks away, such as the recently defaulting to creditors Yonge & Bloor development, - if close by condos were not able to reach enough sales, then why in the hell would a city planner approve proposals for more condos in the same neighbourhood? Why??? & the Yonge & Dundas development defaulted on loans two weeks before that one, & condos in the Rosedale Yorkville area are only partially filled, even after being built...?Why tear down perfectly good buildings to build sales centres, when perfectly good buildings with perfectly good tenants are using them now? Why, so one story condo sales centres can occupy neighbourhoods with their crass temporality, flimsy high heeled bimbo salesladies hired to grease the loins of the husband with money? Why not hold off on any action until other condo developments are filled to capacity? lest Toronto start to look like Kazakhstan, an empty grave of partially built & aborted development...
"Make wars unprofitable and you make them impossible." ~A. Philip Randolph - So, in my defense of the property, & in hopes that it will be designated heritage, I also will help to take away unfounded myths about condos, insofar as that is what the developers Lifetime Urban Developments are so hungry to build...(& so wantonly to tear first down a 100 year old home with a 30 year good tenant, to build their sales centre, so that, they can try desperately to raise monies in an already failing & saturated cookie cutter condo marketplace...)I will make condos unprofitable, thus impossible...
1)Living in a condo is like living in a cage...The word is merely fancy for apartment...
2)The maintenance costs are monthly equivalent to rent anywhere else...You'll be shocked...
3)So many owners rent out their units, that you will end up with scary neighbours, whether you like it or not...(Unscreened by anyone actually...)
4)There is no oxygen...
5)You will not cook...Kitchens are far too small, & living & dining space as well, for entertaining...You will not have guests...
6)There is nowhere to escape to in a condo, if you & your spouse are arguing, there is no place for either to retreat to...(everyone hears your fighting from the halls too...)
7)The Boards of condo buildings are run by people who check whether your shoes sit outside your door instead of inside, whether you are the one who is inappropriately feeding the pigeons (not allowed on premises), if the whirlpool is being used by enough people or should be shut down to save money (ours is shut down), if your neighbour's dog is on a leash in the shared cement garden & if they stooped & scooped or not...Once you have joined a condo Board, you slowly evidently lose touch with reality...
8) Endless drilling purportedly to fix the cement cracks in the parking garage, drilling to fix the ramp, dust from sanded paint, then paint fumes from the redecoration committee...Months of noise pollution...Endless renovations by neighbours needing to drill kitchen tiles or something- all I know is the constant renovations have caused many owners & tenants to leave...I for one now have noise PTSD, which is triggered now by any loud noises, & am convinced that all renovators are terrorists...
9)No garden...no lawn...not in front nor in back...no grass...
12)no garage to store stuff...big stuff...(yes, we do get a small caged locker)...
13)the worst thing about a condo is that it grows on you & around you like mold...After a few years, you cannot leave...You forget what a real home is...you forget...
14)People often sell their homes when they get sick or old, & move into condos...Be prepared for people around you dying & being sick or disabled...You will go to funerals...
Why do I live in a condo? because I am an artist & so is my husband, & my father knew he would have to help me in life, so he bought this condo 30 years ago when there were no others here...It is low rise red brick & unassuming...& it is paid for...If enough people buy my paintings at a high enough price, I might be able to move to a real home...But don't for a moment think that this is my dream choice...& don't emulate me without asking first...I am terrified of living here my whole life, absolutely terrified...I fear a piece of my soul is slowly being chipped away...
15) Where we live, much older people will sell their homes & just rent a furnished condo- at around $4,000.00 a month...Right next door to us are subsidized apartments, where older people rent for about one tenth of that price...Subsidized apartments are so in demand that there are long waiting lists- which makes you wonder if jumping from your balcony to land in our shared flower garden was encouraged by neighbours with loved ones still on waiting lists...Out with the old in with the new- this cruel paradigm needs to be reversed- Canadians need to be taught that stopping the brain drain also means cherishing our older people who actually have the answers we often seek by roaming to foreign countries on vision quests...
16)Increasing zoning density means that your computer doesn't work anymore, Firefox gets stuck, Youtube causes a crash, why? Because you are now sharing the electrical grid with tons more people, so anything electrical gets less of a charge, like your toilets, need to be flushed twice & handles held down...
Just around the corner(condo at Yonge Bloor)...Bazis has defaulted on its land loan since December 2008
Toronto Star, July 18 2009
Judge Siegel adjourned the receivership request to August 18, 2009
Bloomberg, July 20 2009
Bazis shall complete the agreement of purchase and sale transaction, on or before 5:00 p.m. on September 16, 2009
Ontario Court Order, July 20 2009
Great Gulf Group of Companies confirmed yesterday it had purchased the stalled condo development from Bazis International
Toronto Star, August 21 2009
A whole lot of nothing (out of money at Yonge & Bloor)...
What sells when no one is buying? (discount crappy condos)...
Why should we venerate a Japanese-Canadian architect? 1)Take your shoes off before entering a room, before making business decisions, before creative thinking, take your shoes off...2)Take care of your aged, honour the elderly, give place to elders in your home, offer older people the best place in society...These are two reasons Canadians need to venerate our Japanese- Canadian architect...Mr. Moriyama...We need to set an example for our country...And end our perverted philosophy that buys new shoes in the same breath as it discards old people...
Interesting happenings lately: The condo unit in our building, where the owners evicted a lady & her young son, purportedly to move in a family member, the owner's son, which they did, for a few months, went up for sublet again soon after, & this weekend, a moving truck arrived with a mattress for the new tenant, lo & behold, from this wonderful new demographic, the Pakistan arm of the Taliban...
Also, reports of more planned noise pollution, in the manner of drilling of concrete parking ramp, has been decided, which will only take several months of brain hacking cognitive displacement- oh & oh so conveniently, the building where our concierge lives, has decided to hack up his bathroom today, in some sort of interest of terrorist renovation & redecoration...(under the guise of the City of Toronto-which makes me wonder how many terrorist cell groups are now working for our City...?)
I submit that Lifetime Urban Developments are guilty of the following criminal activities...1)criminal negligence: insofar as they have allowed their property to fall into disrepair in order to harass tenants to leave 2)Criminal Harassment: causing a reasonable fear in the previous owner of the property for the safety of themselves & their family, by repeatedly following, watching or engaging in threatening conduct directed at the person or the family of the person" specifically in a 22 million dollar nuisance lawsuit concocted to threaten the business reputation of the property owner in order to harass him into selling his own business & lands...3)Threaten Death/Bodily Harm: IN threats , "things could get ugly if the tenant doesn't move out" (repeated 3 times in front of 3 different people), &, "you'd better be careful someone could torch this place" whispered at night by a man approaching the tenant in question directly...4) Dangerous driving(causing bodily harm or death): which led to the hit & run death of the cat in the photo below ...5)Prowl by night: loitering on the property of another person, near a dwelling house, and at night is a summary conviction offence: specifically the 5 men who stood in front of the tenant's house with 5 lit cigarettes, only one week after the fire threat was uttered...6) Obstruction of justice:an attempt to defeat, obstruct, pervert the course of justice in a judicial proceeding: by cutting off the tenant's email just before her court case, also cutting off her water to take a shower just before her court appeal, noise pollution(loud disturbing drilling sounds) in the condo building during the writing of a case against the developers...7) Mischief: destruction of or interference with the use of property: vulgar lewd spray painted graffiti, flooding the basement of one property so the tenant would move out...parking constantly in the tenant's parking spot to make it impossible for her to park her vehicle...8) Public Mischief: causing the police to enter into an investigation by making a false statement or false report: a 22 million dollar lawsuit was levied against the previous property owner which stated The Police took the tenant's ladder, used to climb up the neighbour's home at back window, climbed in bedroom window, Raped the neighbour, & this person was suing the Owner of the property for 22 million dollars in damages because ladder was on property he owned...(not the tenant, nor the police were named...) After case went to court, & person lost case- soon after, previous owner sold property to current owners...Obviously the developers wanted this land, & went to criminal means to get it...9)Obtain credit by Fraud or False pretense: like all the other developments in Toronto, this one will default on credit too- all statements of liquidity are falsified, as we will see when they come up short when creditors call their loans in- see Yonge Dundas development, & Yonge Bloor development, plus Four Seasons residences development around the corner- the Same developers- who will surely default on that one too...(like anyone has 2 million for a condo in Toronto in this economy!!!) 10) Uttering forged documents: the use or attempt to cause the use of a document known to be false: statements & papers & digital files saying developments are 50% sold already- completely false...None of these developments are at all liquid...11) Murder: speculation runs high that the gentleman who lived in 18 Davenport road & who landed in a flower garden below, to his death, was Pushed...(very recent death, correlating to next court appearance...also, corroborated by recent death of a neighbour, & degenerative failing of another neighbour- which both seemed to occur unusually in correlation to current fight for property across the street- It appears that interests in Toronto have arms reaching into Toronto hospital services...(angels of death? it appears)...or, that merely the intense construction has contributed to the demise of residents not well enough to withstand the noise, dust & disruption of their sidewalks, parks & lives...perhaps Manslaughter12)...negligent killing of a person,unlawful killing of a person by accident...13) possession of stolen propert:obtained by crime, which was transferred by a criminal offence such as theft, Extortion, robbery...The accused person must know, or be willfully blind that the property was obtained by crime...14)Theft: taking of good or service from its owner or rightful possessor 15)
And like...I'm walking up Yonge street south of Eglinton, & there is another Oren Tamir City Planner sign, with a notice on the Chesterfield Warehouse & the next door property which has the boardsailing store- both perfectly functioning acceptable businesses in relatively nice buildings...So, these are going to be torn down? Why? Why? Why should these buildings & tenants be slated for destruction, when just up the street on the other side of Yonge, is the long defunct Cheater's strip bar & lap dance outlet, which is a total disgusting dump & brings down properties values for blocks all around...Why not target shitty businesses like strip clubs in crappy warehouse buildings first? Why tear down occupied respectable units, when just up the street is a whorehouse? I mean, where is the city planning???
Link to short film about the property in question, the neighbourhood, & the cat we found on our path that polarized us into helping save the property, & also stymie developers who were harassing, threatening, committing acts of violence & other unlawful criminal activities to ensure they got the owner to sell & the tenants moved out...Note: the other tenant left because a "flood" was created in his basement, & was not fixed, leaving the tenant to decide to move out...(developers are so evil)...(we found the cat within the same week of receiving threats that things could get ugly if the tenant doesn't move out-placed on our jogging path-how disgusting is that?)
How does God feel about the tenant being harassed, evicted, thrown out, of her home of 30 years, only to supposedly watch as they tear it down, & leave her homeless? http://www.blogto.com/city/2009/08/massive_storm_hits_toronto_tornados_reported_across_gta/
If you believe in God, & acts of God, you may find the recent devastating tornado in Ontario August 20, 2009, to be sufficient display...Homes wrecked & families left displaced, should be sufficient warning to those that threaten the life of my neighbour, who has devoted her small life to making the world a greener & more beautiful place...Do not touch even the hair on the head of one of my small children...I promise, that if anyone tries to hurt this lady, the tornado we have just seen will seem like merely an appetizer...http://encouragingbiblequotes.com/versescharactera.html
Encouraging Holy Bible quotes...
(Note: to the weird & racist neighbour the white young male who is living in the new townhouses, & who insists on discriminating against black cats, with strange comments, actions & behaviours, I say this, white is the colour of death in Japan- your skin is the colour of death, & I will only walk to the right of you, you insensitive racist bastard...)http://stopanimalabuse.ca/
Stop Animal Abuse, & strengthen animal rights to prosecute people guilty of cruelty like black cat discrimination...
Do you see how the pine tree's branches are stripped on the right hand side? If you think all the construction, tearing down of old homes, destruction of green trees & parks has no effect on the older or disabled people in Rosedale, think again...A couple of weeks ago, an 81 year old gentleman jumped from his balcony in subsidized housing apartment at 18 Davenport, whose garden we share, into the flower bed shown here, stripping the pine tree of its branches on the way down...He died...Apparently very depressed...This is the result of zoning density amendments that have made it almost impossible for an elderly person to live with dignity here...Car traffic, people traffic, construction trucks, & not one green place for their dog to pee or to sit & feed a pigeon...Disrupted sidewalks & rude young people not from the neighbourhood looking for a yahoo time as they park , smoke & hunt...Displaced by a "old is bad" culture- we should listen to the Japanese-Canadians who revere their old people...& their gardens...rest in Peace, sir...neighbour...
To the Canadian Centre for Architecture...http://cca.qc.ca/en
Heritage Architecture is being destroyed as we speak in Canada, funded by monies from Prince Alwaleed in Saudi Arabia, a known terrorist sympathist...Lifetime Urban Developments, Mel Pearl & Sam Herzog are the Canadian instrument, guilty of high treason by helping an enemy to our Canadian country...
...a letter explaining details is located at www.grovecanada.biz "newspaper" page, first article, please click first link within article for full page version...I am hoping the CCA will distinguish itself by notifying proper authorities...thank you, Yours truly, Sari Grove
The developers, Lifetime Urban Developments are guilty of "unlawful stalking" see link, which means, prior to purchasing the property, they assigned employees of their corporation to unlawfully stalk the owner of the property, in order to force him to sell his property to them...I use an Australian link because it explains unlawful stalking so thoroughly...Unlawful stalking is an offence internationally, including Canada, by the way...
(copy & pasted from Wikipedia on Treason)...Section 46 of the Criminal Code of Canada has two degrees of treason, called "high treason" and "treason." However, both of these belong to the historical category of high treason, as opposed to petty treason which does not exist in Canadian law. Section 46 reads as follows:
(1) Every one commits high treason who, in Canada,
(a) kills or attempts to kill Her Majesty, or does her any bodily harm tending to death or destruction, maims or wounds her, or imprisons or restrains her;
(b) levies war against Canada or does any act preparatory thereto; or
(c) assists an enemy at war with Canada, or any armed forces against whom Canadian Forces are engaged in hostilities, whether or not a state of war exists between Canada and the country whose forces they are.
(2) Every one commits treason who, in Canada,
(a) uses force or violence for the purpose of overthrowing the government of Canada or a province;
(b) without lawful authority, communicates or makes available to an agent of a state other than Canada, military or scientific information or any sketch, plan, model, article, note or document of a military or scientific character that he knows or ought to know may be used by that state for a purpose prejudicial to the safety or defence of Canada;
(c) conspires with any person to commit high treason or to do anything mentioned in paragraph (a);
(d) forms an intention to do anything that is high treason or that is mentioned in paragraph (a) and manifests that intention by an overt act; or
(e) conspires with any person to do anything mentioned in paragraph (b) or forms an intention to do anything mentioned in paragraph (b) and manifests that intention by an overt act."
It is also illegal for a Canadian citizen to do any of the above outside Canada.
The penalty for high treason is life imprisonment. The penalty for treason is imprisonment up to a maximum of life, or up to 14 years for conduct under subsection (2)(b) or (e) in peacetime.
(end of wiki) I submit that Lifetime Urban Developments is guilty of treason against Canada insofar as they have accepted monies from anti-Canada interests in the form of a bribe to further Saudi Arabian goals which are in concert with Afghanistani goals, with which Canada is currently at war...The act of accepting foreign bribe monies from Prince Alwaleed of Saudi Arabia to fund their development interest in Canada, monies known to be attached to Palestinian terrorist demands, constitutes treason & high treason against Canadians...I submit Mel Pearl & partner Sam Herzog & known associates be sentenced to life imprisonment, due to the fact that Canada is at war, thus sentencing must be to the fullest extent of the law...
The people who decide whether a property is worth saving for heritage purposes...so far, everyone is on vacation, I sent the official nomination form by courier, but got no response that it was received by City Hall...Interesting eh??? feel free to call on if you agree that Moriyama's studio & those 100 year old homes & the schoolhouse should be saved...
Trees in front of studio, House is 100 years old, Fountain is heated for winter living big beautiful pet Koi Fish , horrible Oren Tamir City Planner sign ruins view...
Gee and...So they DOWNSIZED at the bank...Get rid of the senior management employee so they can hire younger cheaper stupider people(a 28 year faithful senior management female information technology specialist professional)...Also enables easier stealing in the manner of hiring young insider employees, have them help to fake credentials for loan applicant friends, then approve large loans to unqualified terrorist cells...Then the friends don't repay loans & the bank crashes...Gee...By downsizing senior officials , it is easier to escape scrutiny...Ho Hum...(then the terrorist friend with the borrowed money buys precious land after harassing the owner with nuisance law suits- the owner sells & they tear down his home...then they build condo units or whatever, default on all their loans & leave...Ha Ha...declare bankruptcy & plead for sympathy cause OH NO, they are just poor people....Like Really? terrorist cell groups more like...Duh! as they follow me around where I live, since I started writing this long letter as a witness to events...Today is Saturday August 22, 2009...
& there it was it black & white...After a two week runaround, Barbara Holt, a replacement, because superior was on holiday, emailed me the nomination for ontario municipal board heritage designation, if it went to council, if it got approved, blah blah blah, red tape, excuses plugged in, & so on...Today I got the automated response after sending a query, did they get my courier form? at City Hall? Hello? anybody? Today the auto-email said, Yasmin SHAMJI was the new person, since previous lady was now ALSO on vacation...& it all cam together...Sham ji, Sham Gee...The people tearing down properties with shaky bank loans & building condos did not have profit as a goal...They just wanted to tear down parts of our city...They knew they would come up short when credits were called in...But the destroying of KEY properties in the city was deliberate...They were deliberately selectively profiling demographics of heritage buildings in Toronot, & in other countries & cities, deliberately willing to ruin those buildings on purpose...The condo development was not key, merely a means to an end...Sham Gee! The whole thing was a sham...gee...The condos or whatever would get built on sham monies & would all default...But the buildings would get built & be taken over by creditors...& the heritage buildings will have been long gone...Why? Revenge?
Prince Alwaleed's cause is the Palestinian cause as we know...He was seeking revenge for uprooted Palestinian homes ...By uprooting neighborhood's he saw as being responsible...Careful, targeted , vendetta revenge...This is whose money our Canadians took...Dumb fucking Canadians...Little Hitlers of the North still living here after escaping scrutiny...in Kitchener & other low key German hiding places here...waiting..waiting to help their Arab buddies to finish the job they wanted to finish in 1945...Hey, anybody reading this???A little lesson in history ...
I wrote a letter, but I cannot put it here, because it has links to supporting documents & photos which I cannot attach here, as I have been told that Government of Canada emails get sent to spam filters in such cases...
The letter I wrote is on my website...Located at grovecanada.biz on the page called Newspaper...It is the very first article, which can be clicked on to read as a Full page Version...(it begins with the title Notice of Intention...)
A property, which should be designated Heritage is about to be torn down & a 30 year tenant evicted...
The previous owner was harassed to sell...The previous owner was Raymond Moriyama...A 22 million dollar nuisance lawsuit was created by the new owners in order to force Mr. Moriyama to sell his property...
I have not received responses from Kyle Rae nor David Miller nor the press nor Heritage Preservation Services at City Hall...
Either they are all unbelievable rude or the new owners, funded by Prince Alwaleed, are merely puppets, held also with threats & violence...
This has got to stop...Our country is being invaded by Saudi Arabia while we watch...
Please read what I have written, it is a series of notes on the events I have witnessed- I am not a journalist so it is not as well formed as what you are used to..
I am also a Conservative, used to be called a PC, not sure what they call me now...
p.s. I am looking for a heritage designation for the whole property, a stop destruction bylaw passed, & possible arrest of the new owners of the property for unlawful harassment of Mr. Moriyama...(as well as arrest of henchmen who carried out this crime & others related to the acquisition of this property...)
Churchill Park condominiums, Palestinians, Son...As I was driving up to see my mum, I noticed a new condo development going up where friends of my family used to live...& it struck me what is happening in Toronto...This building was not old nor decrepit, it was a demographically Jewish building...Buildings with that demographic were being targeted as a sort of revenge vendetta thing- for perceived ills in the Middle East...What was happening to our city is I guess some weird tit for tat, millions of miles away...I guess Prince Alwaleed , in his desire for vengeance, has concluded that monies from Jewish diaspora are funding the disposition of Palestinian nomads in Israel & that he was going to achieve retribution by tearing down his perceived enemies' homes...
What most idiotic Middle Eastern people apparently have not realised after all of these years, is that their enemy is not the Jews...What happened at the end of World War 2 was that people masquerading as Jewish soldiers arrived in what then was called Palestine, & pointed guns & uprooted some Arab & Egyptian & Palestinian people from their homes...What those children have not realised is that Jewish survivors of concentration camps were far to weak to be that kind of aggressive- nor did they have weapons, or much power to do what the children of those displaced think they did...What in fact happened, that those children should know, is that those were not Jews...Those were Nazis masquerading as survivors- because it was the only way they could get out of Germany alive...They disguised themselves as jews, & emigrated to Israel, & have been living there ever since, as jews, but really they were just undercover Nazis...Think about it...Why would a displaced, degraded people hurt a completely innocent group of people? Jews were known to be good with a pen, but not with a gun...What Prince Alwaleed, & Bedouins, & palestinians & other Arabs & iranians, & Iraquis should know, is that those people wreaking havoc in their part of the world are not Jews, nor are they Christians, nor are they Muslim...A Nazi is not a religion, it is one who knows the rules & has gone astray, the worst kind of evil...(the ignorant do less harm usually)...
People masquerading as jews displacing Palestinians, what a perfect conceit...The jews get blamed once again, & the muslims go around desecrating their homes, worldwide...In the end, they cancel each other out, the Christians sacrifice themselves to stop the wars, & the Nazi buggers sit around laughing at the plot...
I beg of you all, think before you take revenge on the wrong neighbour...My girlfriend whose family was purportedly displaced by the "London Jews" after WW2, neglected to realise that those awful men may not have been what they appeared- & she was too young to figure that out, & merely kept some blind ignorant hatred of all jews- which I tried very hard to explain away...But young ideas need time to change...Those men, dear friend, were nazis, impersonating jewish people...Please stop & think...The cruel ones were the nazis...See the difference between the victim & the perpetrator...
If you truly want to defend the Palestinian cause, you should know that Palestinian people & jews & christians live in harmony throughout most of Israel...I was there...Those causing destruction may not be who you think they are- & are using other people's identities to mask their own vulgar history...
An owner in our building evicted a mother & her son, based on the story that his son was moving in...The son moved in for a few months, for show, & now the place is being rented out again, for a higher price...Using legal outs like this is downright unethical, vaguely illegal & just plain wrong...This is also a form of condo flipping- but at a lower level...Condo flipping involves changing owners several times to raise prices...Whether it is a rental or a sale situation, our Toronto community is not best served by many changes of peoples...Community strength is better with loyalty & fidelity & everyone knows everyone a little bit...Neighbourhoods should not be destroyed by too much change, lest we become victims of excessive city planning plastic surgeries, leaving us gross & disfigured & alone...
Change is not always for the better, as any good hairdresser knows...
dog, home & pearl..." Spill the wine, take this pearl"...is a lyric from a band called WAR...I will explain the code: spill the wine refers to spilling of blood that occurs when you put a needle into your arm...Take this pearl refers to the pearl of the orient which is heroin...So spill the wine take this pearl means stick this needle into your arm, let the blood flow, & take this shot of heroin...Make no mistake this is a dangerous song...Those who think that Mel Pearl & his company Lifetime Urban Developments is like pearls in an oyster or pearls on a conservative blue blood neck are wrong...This Pearl is like heroin, deadly, dangerous, & seductive ...Letting those homes from 1874-1910 be torn down, the very last houses on a very old street will be like shooting up heroin...Deadly, stupid, & like we have seen from Michael Jackson's example, irreversible, unfortunately...Don't be fooled by the word pearl- this pearl is heroin...(while running about 5 miles today, I listened to music on my Oakley Thump sunglasses with mp3 player attached...)
Home: "Your Green Home" is a restorer, interior & exterior...Chris is who I know at Your Green Home...Your Green Home doesn't have a website yet, but they do have a phone number, which I'm going to find...Chris could restore all the homes to former glory & more...Your Green Home...the way we were...Your Green Home, also, (assholes), so conveniently, started working loudly drilling on unit number 401 in my building...I say conveniently, because the noise pollution that they created in my own home is enough to disrupt me from writing this article ...How interesting that close to where I live, all of a sudden, two weeks ago, loud annoying drilling renovation noises have begun...The asshole developers have hired a man named Chris under the guise of a "Green" company to disturb the peace & harass those who support goals opposite to their greedy profit-making goals...
Dog...yesterday I met Stella & Noble parents to Bishop...All Bull Mastiff dogs...How is this relevant...Not sure, but it was beautiful to meet a male dog with a female dog with their son & they all live with the same person...The way it should be...& everybody still had their balls still attached (& lady personals), my question is : Do the people of Rosedale still have their balls attached? Or are they going to let Kyle Rae & David Miller & Mel Pearl & Prince Alwaleed & Halcyon Venture Capitalists from Boston & Four Seasons Management company walk all over their neighbourhood? September 15, 2009, you are all welcome to defend Dora, mcMurrich, Davenport road & Rosedale, as well as your heritage & your dignity, let's see whose balls are still attached...(& lady personals where appropriate)...you know what I mean...
Bousfields is the company who would like to help to build the one story sales centre that is proposed, in order to tear down the 1874 to 1910 Historic last heritage homes on McMurrich street...I spoke with a gentleman & a lovely lady while they were photographing the homes, tenant still living inside 20 mcMurrich street today as we speak...I told them about the heritage issues, the low rise pleasantness, the fact that the proposed condo slab high rise will effectively ruin all sunlight for the building across the street where I live, a clear violation of tall building guidelines written by the city, & since at 79.6 metres this proposal is taller than the street is wide at 20 metres, is subject to Tll building conditions, as well as green guideline conditions, section 211 of the city conditions, as well as Yorkville Business area conditions...The OMB, Ontario Municipal Board should be awakened...I am hoping I turned these two young folk around- as young folk are needed to be...Let's see what happens...I'm pretty sure a home is more important than a sales centre, what do you think? Shall we evict the tenant for a sales centre? Who is for death & destruction to a nice single woman? A gardener? who? touch the hair on one of the heads of my fair children...now who wrote that? & what is the rest of that passage? Gee, bad guys are not the only ones who can issue warnings...eh?
Slide Show of 1874-1910 Shingle Houses in North America, like 18 McMurrich st., the white house...
Notes on : Leeds, garden . car accident, airport...(people walking)- 1)LEEDS certification should not be given if the buildings that are going to be torn down , including flora & fauna & endangered species & habitat as well as people to be displaced, are more green than the proposed building that is to be constructed in its wake...
2)car accident: After a conversation with plant insider employees placed strategically within companies to ensure that developers' plans are executed, strange things began to happen around me...Notably, immediately, a concierge in our building, a young man, was struck in his car by another car, in something that was made to look like a coincidental car accident...This boy was so traumatised that he has been forced to take ONE MONTH off of work to recover emotionally from the P.T.S.D. of this happening...I blame the developers' henchmen & women...
3)A Black Aircab car limousine has been parked in front of the tenant's home on McMurrich street, licence plate ZAH-45 , with an odd looking driver, who immediately starts up his vehicle & drives away as soon as I pass by when I walk down the street...This coincides with several young men, "friends" of a renter in our building, who appear & disappear at doorways to our building, as I enter & leave...I associate these people together, because apparently they are all from Pakistan, which is odd, because the demographic of the building I am in is not students (they cannot afford to buy or rent if it is a sublet), Pakistani (this building was not designed for east facing prayer?), & young (owners here are often quite old or ill because the hospitals are nearby & doctor's offices-so groups of terrorists in cells stick out kindof like a sore thumb- this is not exactly a barbeque or party place)...
4)garden: Oops sorry forgot this point...The tenant who is defending her native right to stay (she is not native, but I am making a parallel point here) is the only one who knows how to make green things grow...The only one who knows why a tree will grasp & claw towards the sky & life, who makes lilacs yearn to puff their scent, whose roses bloom even during adversity...Unlike the developers, hunters of trees, the lady tenant who they are attempting to destroy, knows how flora & fauna & endangered species & fragile people grow ...A man, suffering from a degenerative disorder fell down today as a result of loud drilling noise coming from someone who ' spontaneously decided to renovate their kitchen' & how coincidental that the noise pollution has disrupted the karma of all those within our building...The noise pollution related to construction & 'renovations' nearby has been so great, that it has been almost impossible for me to create, being a professional artist does not mean that creativity spews naturally forth without proper environment care for the habitat of the artist...I have been so burdened by disruption of karma, that I have had to put art works on hold for six months at a time, while allowing my nerves to settle back down again from the insurrection of solipsistic terroristic action covertly masked as innocent renovation ie: drilling to fix a parking garage crack in cement perceived issue or drilling to shave down kitchen tiles or drilling to create false improvements to homes while invading owner's spaces in order to infiltrate private information & spy on enemies...Paranoid? You think? Just because you are paranoid doesn't mean you don't have enemies...Naiive perhaps if you think any of this is confabulation...
5) Directory assistance has no such listing for Lifetime Urban Developments, the listed owners of the property they harassed Mr. Moriyama personally in order to buy...(nuisance lawsuits for 22 million dollars are handy scare tactics...) I did find Lifetime Contractors: but they are no such relation- looks like good people who do interior & exterior restorations- isn't it always the case that evil mimics good???
(I have called them to enquire about this name steal on the part of the developers slash organised criminals) p.s. The black truck licence plate is KGB 74 , this, a new addition to vehicles the developer's henchmen drive...The 74 number is actually new- earlier when I saw the plate KGB I wondered where the other three numbers were...Two is interesting though- & apparently they have a chop shop handy who does licence plates...hmmmm...
I go on...
"Grove Canada" <email@example.com>
"Kyle Rae" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Tue, 18 Aug 2009 11:15 PM (< 1 min ago)
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I would like to know, under Section 37, what "community benefits" are
being received in exchange for the zoning density bylaw amendment from
2.0 to 11.9 on McMurrich street, to benefit Lifetime urband
Developments, Mel Pearl, & at the expense of resident s of McMurrich
What are the "Community benefits" that have been traded for this
zoning density increase, & not to mention, the jump from an 18 metre
high building limit to an astonishing 79.6 metre limit...
I would like to know what the community benefits are,since it is my
community that is being affected...
There is no mention online...Please inform & list, as your office is
responsible for making the deal according to law...
Sincerely Sari Grove 416 924-9725
p.s. I have written many times with no response...There is also an
article at grovecanada.biz on the page entitled Newspaper that you
should read...Click links for full page version...
About the proposed development on McMurrich street:Please Note, this is the Tall building official guideline- The proposed Building causes terrible shadow on McMurrich adversely affecting 15 McMurrich at the other side of the street, removing ALL sunlight from the building entirely...Thus Violating the tall building guidelines...
A) New tall buildings will not impede or obstruct the view of heritage or Conservation buildings: comment: well, since the owners Lifetime urban Developments propose to tear down all the existing heritage buildings, I guess the VIEW of the heritage buildings won't be obstructed- because there won't BE anymore heritage buildings on McMurrich street...p.s. did you know the 1900s homes are the last homes on McMurrich street? The schoolhouse too? The last of its kind???
1) a Tall Building is defined as taller than the street is wide, McMurrich is wide by 20 metres, the new proposed building is 79.6 metres, Making it a Tall Buiilding & subject to TALL BUILDINGS GUIDELINES which a PDF form is available...(see the PDF file I'm going to attach here...)(soon)http://www.toronto.ca/planning/pdf/tallbuildings_udg_aug17_final.pdf
2)Section 37 says you can amend zoning density if you give community benfits...Kyle Rae is our Rosedale City Councillor, so I'd like to know what this scratch my back I'll scratch yours agreement actually is & what community benfits WE who live on McMurrich street are actually getting for a zoning density of 2.0 switched to 11.9...& an amended height of 18 metres maximum, to a new proposed height of 79.6 metres.????
there are guidelines for GREEN initiatives...How green is it exactly to tear down perfectly beautiful green trees, magnolia trees, poplar trees, climbing ivy 40 years or more worth, houses from 1910ish, a 30 year gardener tenant & her 5 indoor outdoor feline cats, ??? How green is it that they nailed metal labels into trees, slated for being chopped down, BEFORE they got the go ahead to destroy? How green is it that they city policy is only to register objections to new development or bylaw density amendments, but they don't require SUPPORT???
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The 22 million dollar lawsuit against Mr. Moriyama, as mentioned below, was How the Prince Alwaleed people, threatened & harassed Mr. Moriyama to sell his own property in the first place...Everyone in the neighbourhood Knew, Mr. Moriyama loved this rare, expensive & unique piece of old property, Historic, & that he had said he Never wanted to sell, ever...So, why did he sell All of a sudden, 4 weeks after the conclusion of a very weird & potentially damaging Nuisance reckless lawsuit??? Because the Saudis picked the best property in the country for their "Mosque slash Condos" & went after it by causing fear in the heart of the landowner...AND THAT IS HOW THE PROPERTY GOT SOLD...THREATS HARASSMENT AND FEAR...Poor Mr. Moriyama is afraid for his life & the life of his children...
No no no no no no , NEW INFORMATION, Sunday August 16, 2009...Moriyama did not sell his property for the money...He sold, because he was the victim of a nuisance money-grubbing seeking female lawyer who was slowly falling into dementia, who concocted a riduculous story which never should have been heard before the courts, but was, unbelievably, because, of course, a crazy lady with a law degree formats lawsuits correctly...The story goes, that this lady lawyer, a neighbour on McMurrich st. , stated (hallucinated) that the Police took Moriyama's tenant's old orchard heavy fruit picking ladder, which rests against her ivy brick wall in back, so her cats can exit & descend if they need to go outside- bear with me here, the crazy lady lawyer neighbour (not a tenant, just a neighbour) said that the Police took the tenant's ladder, carried it to the lady lawyer's home, climbed it, & went through her back bedroom window & raped her, so she was suing Moriyama for 22 MILLION dollars, becasue he was the landlord to the tenant who had the ladder...Ok????SIX WEEKS LATER HE SOLD HIS WHOLE PROPERTY & gave his tenant an NC-13 notice, which means everything was going to be demolished- NOT that she was a bad tenant...He sold, with intent to destruct because he was upset about the nuisance crazy lady lawyer's lawsuit-& probably also that the courts even deigned to hear this ludicrous case, clearly written as a plot by someone falling apart in the brain & needing care...(possibly this lady had had a bad experience in her past & was calling out for help by transferring onto safe people, this does happen, however her cry for help hurt many...)
Also new: the "good" tenant's email box mysteriously disappeared just before her court appearance, so people couldn't communicate support to her, nor find out more about the time & location: translation, she had to show up alone, which was very debilitating emotionally...Soon after, her shower water was mysteriously cut off, then reappeared...(more harassment)...The other tenant in the 'white house' was subject to a mysterious 'flood', which caused him to move out, since it did not get fixed...(not because of damage, but because it is odd when mysterious things start 'happening' to your home & nobody fixes them...(meaning, that is how the other tenant was evicted...)
Warning: this is all very convoluted , but, better to try to put the pieces of all of this together, than to omit...grain of salt here, grain of salt...p.s. did I mention that 20 McMurrich street house actually has a JACUZZI in the backyard? (why would anyone want to tear down a home with a jacuzzi in the backyard?) The white house at 18 McMurrich is circa 1890s, they built wooden houses, then plastered them & covered that with bricks-it was a slow process building a house...Done over years...not months...
The CTV building, Masonic temple, at Yonge & Davenport road is from 1917, which places the McMurrich brick homes at between 1890 & 1917...(usually homes would be built before a big gathering place, of necessity)...
Read page 3 of this PDF file- the developers are 5, Menkes (Murray Menkes 1954 construction), Four Seasons (just managers), Kingdom Hotels(Prince Alwaleed of Saudi Arabia-the guy who offered 10 million to Mayor Giuliani to rethink the Palestinian issue-he said no by the way)(did Kyle Rae say yes?), Lifetime Urban Group (Mel Pearl & Sam Herzog 1989 Developers), Halcyon Ventures(Martin Zieff & Mark Potter 2004 Venture Capitalists)
about the author: Sari Grove was asked to write a freelance article for The Orangeville Citizen, under editor Ed Top, about Hockley Village...After interviewing Jack Brooksbanks who wrote the book Hockley Heritage, after meeting with the oldest residents in the village, two brothers in their original home, after taking photographs & surveying the land, as an artist might do, she wrote the article & it was published...Hockley Village stands today, protected as a heritage area...Possibly the article helped...If you would like to write something supporting preservation of 32 Davenport & 12-22 McMurrich-any of the buildings- please do...the Comments section has plenty of room...
In 1964, the Government of Ontario commissions Toronto architect Raymond Moriyama to design the Ontario Science Centre, a project in celebrating the Canadian Centennial.
Link to Christopher Hume article about architecture in Toronto...Robarts Research Library , another Moriyama wonder, is mentioned down the list, 5 million books at last count-they say the building is sinking under the weight of so many books-lovingly said...
The Toronto Reference Library, a haven for those who love to read in an open atrium with sunlight streaming in with waterfalls & music kiosks where with earphones & belly full from nearby snacks you listen to tunes while you while away the afternoon...Moriyama & Teshima, original architects & architects of the new redesign too...Love this library...doesn't everybody? The War Museum in Ottawa, also a Moriyama special...need I say more?
Map from Toronto Archives, close-up of same map, list of owners of McMurrich street properties in 1890...These were wooden structures in 1890, but the shapes of the buildings did not change in subsequent maps indicating brick was possibly laid on top of wooden buildings...1890 :reference from Physics Forums library about this practice:"My grandfather built it in 1911. It was originally a frame building, then someone plastered over the outside, and a couple of years later it was covered with brick. The thing is probably earthquake-proof..." MARTIN, Nathaniel d. Apr 23 1908 aged 73 , this was the name I found as owner of number 18 McMurrich street in 1890...He would have been 55 at the time...
These are the group that are building Four Seasons condos around the corner, they bought the priceless Moriyama property too, where did they get the money? Look at the list, Prince Alwaleed is from SAUDI ARABIA, you should know this Prince offered a cheque to Mayor Giuliani in New York, which was refused, with the "hint" that Palestinian issues could be fixed up a bit, with the help of this little bribe incentive...(insinuating that if the Palestinian issue could be fixed to the Saudi Arabia pleasure, that terrorism on New York & more might stop...)(but of course, just a "gift") It looks like Lifetime developments Mel Pearl & Menkes & the rest of this group don't give a shit that the loan money they are getting to build & buy properties is tied up with Palestinian demands & terrorist consequences if bribes are not acted upon...I scratch your back, you scratch mine...Think about it- where is the money coming from to pay for all of this condo development? Saudi Arabia...Duh...better get my head cover...
McMurrich street at night, 4...
An introductory thought: Since TWO major developments defaulted on their loans to creditors recently, the Yonge & Dundas development , & the Yonge & Bloor development, don't you think it is unwise to let developers tear down existing occupied buildings on spec. , considering the possibility of them defaulting on their loans again is very high-which would leave a gaping hole of a construction site for many years in place of viable architecture ? Not to mention displacing long term tenants from their homes in order for a stalled project to ruin the city aesthetic, like the 9 years the Yonge & Dundas project sat unbuilt while our downtown core looked like, excuse my french, shyte...AND THEN SCREWED CREDITORS, INCLUDING THE CITY OF TORONTO!!!!
Nomination Form in PDF for heritage Preservation Services
Photos left to right, standalone school daycare,studio side on mcmurrich, studio front on davenport,adjoining homes,back of homes...
What is the ethos of a city that destroys its old buildings, only valuing the new? What effect does this philosophy of newness being better, what effect on our elderly? How does overzoning the density of a neighbourhood affect its residents? Most old single family or one story businesses are being torn down to be replaced with high rise development...How does the increased traffic density affect pedestrian car accidents? If a street like McMurrich street has only 3 older buildings left from the past, the rest all brand new up to the minute developments, how does that make the older residents who live in the nearby subsidized apartments feel? How does constant construction affect the disabled in the Yonge Bloor area? Well, as we have seen, living on McMurrich, the constant destruction of older homes to be replaced with tall slab high rise condos, does not do much for our older, poorer residents who won't be buying a condo, ever...The increase of zoning density means that when slower people cross the street, they are more likely to be hit by a car...The constant construction means those in wheelchairs cannot get their groceries...The high prices of condos mean a certain segment of our Toronto population is completely abandoned...The eradication of green parks, means the older people cannot feed the pigeons, their only small daily pleasure, they cannot find a place for their small companion dog to pee or poo, they cannot sit on a bench in a park & just sit- the few green spaces left are so overcrowded they are not clean anymore...Today is Sunday August 9, 2009, & last week, right after Simcoe Day, in the early wee hours of the morning, one of the elderly residents of the subsidized apartments, jumped off a balcony & landed in a flower bed below...With the huge amount of construction, that has been going on for years near to Davenport & Yonge, the obstructed streets & sidewalks, the lack of affordable items for those on low income, the worship of the new & richer, the ethos that old things need to be destroyed- well, I wonder if this ethos contributed to this poor old man's sadness...I add this note, because it just happened, while I am writing about trying to save some older homes, to restore them graciously to former splendour & I can't help but see a parallel...What if we taught our city to restore older homes & buildings, rather than rampantly bulldozing them? How about some easy to get city money given to those who paint, rebuild, fix, make beautiful, buildings that need it? Wouldn't this be worth far far more to those with sentimental attachment than brand new slab high rises with no emotional history? Wouldn't it?
an old butterfly is still prettier than a young moth...
As a preamble, remember, a home or building, is only as good as the people who have lived within it, & have imbued & taught it how to be...This whole matter came to my attention due to one person, a lady gardener, who has lived in one of the beautiful old 1875-ish homes on the property of the complex of structures that form the habitat to Raymond Moriyama's studio workplace...Because Dora cared so much, neighbours became aware of plans to tear down the buildings across the street, that even the property had been sold, & that gave us all time to consider our feelings, our emotional & intellectual attachment to what was happening, & to do something about it if given a chance...It is no accident that Dora the gardener has been there for 30 years...Dora has lived in Japan herself & is so attuned to gardens, a shared love of the Japanese people, that her own front & back gardens have been engineered to bloom in cascades, as one species climaxes then wilts, another is timed to explode right after...Moriyama knew the one thing, possibly even more important than architecture, that would make his workplace wonderful- a warm & loving & creatively in sync neighbourhood, peopled by those in tune with his aesthetic philosophies...So, he ensured that Dora , the gardener, would live happily on the premises, for as long as possible...The properties got sold, not as a plan, but because these days developers have access to huge foreign bank monies as loans on spec., so huge that they could offer a buyout price to someone who never planned on selling this rare piece of land, & the structures that had been a home away from home for over 42 years...At 82 years old, with five children & a nest of grandchildren, taking the cold call offer seemed right...The whole thing happened, & feelings of attachment maybe weren't or won't be realised until the other shoe drops...When I touched the front of the big house with the peeling white paint, it coughed up some dust into my hand, like a wheezing grandfather saying, get this awful city planning sign off the front of me- & really, the nerve of people to come & nail helter-skelter some black & white typeface sign with notice of ...blather, the nerve...(Note;doesn't Oren Tamir city planner know buildings have life? Does he put signs on his own family? Notice of destruction if you don't clean your room? Notice of bylaw amendment to zoning density if you don't , don't, aw whatever...The point is- has anyone really got close to enough even to make a wise & studied decision about this property? Surely money cannot be the only decider in what happens to our city landscape? surely!
THIS IS THE only HOME(of the 4 structures) PEOPLE HAVE A PROBLEM WITH- THE TRUTH IS ANY RESTORER KNOWS WITH A NEW COAT OF WHITE PAINT, & REMOVAL OF THE BOARDS THE TEAR DOWN DEVELOPERS INSTALLED WOULD SUFFICE TO BRING THIS OLD BEAUTY BACK....Please don't discriminate against this home because it is old (possibly 1875) or its paint is peeling...If you touch this home with your hand you can feel it breathe it is so alive...You can feel days gone past, days of Old York, honest sweat & toil & love...Let's not avoid our aged, let's restore them...Not a damn thing wrong with this building, except that it is beautiful...not a damn thing...
The trees are blooming tiny orange buds...The entire complex has the most gorgeous healthy green trees, which give shadow & oxygen & joy to our street...If they take down the trees, we will have no more green things on McMurrich street...
The schoolhouse is a joy...Ivy & pretty & quaint...a joy...
This PDF FORM was faxed by email to Heritage Preservation Services, Barbara Holt, with the City of Toronto on Friday August 8, 2009
Statement of Cultural Heritage Value (courtesy Mtarch.com)
32 Davenport Road:
Davenport Road is one of the oldest streets in Toronto. Some 12,000 years ago it was a meandering trail along the shore of Lake Iroquois first used by native hunters and traders. After the shoreline receded it continued to be an important overland link between the Don and Humber rivers. It is one of the few major streets in the city that is off the grid as it follows the original pathway.
The site chosen for the new Raymond Moriyama office was the north-west corner of the intersection of Davenport Road and McMurrich Street (formerly York Street), one block west of Yonge Street.
32 Davenport Road is in an area of Toronto known as Yorkville. In the 1830's Yorkville was created and sub-divided by Joseph Bloor. It was incorporated as a village in 1853. In 1883 Yorkville was the first village annexed by the City of Toronto but has always managed to maintain it's own identity. During the 1960's the area became famous as a hangout for hippies.
The structure purchased in 1966 was built in 1923 as a service station. What is now a fish pond was in fact the grease pit as in those days there were no hydraulic jacks.
In 1939, the CBC used the building to store additional equipment necessary for the visit of the King and Queen. In 1945 the building was altered to house offices for brewers. In 1955 more changes were made as a direct mail company moved in. The wing that today is used for conference rooms was added at that time.
Before Raymond Moriyama, Architects and Planners moved in, Paul Stock Interior Designs occupied 32 Davenport. The back wall of the building was where a large model of the famous Bluenose schooner now sits. The adjacent present day co-ordination area and spec binder room was a sewing area. Today's conference room area was used as a showroom for drapes and curtains. The second level at the back was an attic space.
30 Years at 32 - 1966 to 1996:
July 25, 1996 marked the 30th. anniversary of the office moving to it's present location at 32 Davenport. The year 1966, was when many long time staff members came on board. The list includes Mary Sabat, Anson Finlay, John Snell, Joni Inouye, Ted Teshima and Aubrey McIntosh. Don Cooper was still in and out during those days as was Tom Motomochi.
These were the days of carbon paper and Gestetner copying machines as the Xerox copy machine was just becoming popular. Most drawings were done on 1000H paper as mylar drafting film was just coming on the scene. The metal angle frame drafting boards that some of our computers sit on now were equipped with the latest in Mayline parallel rules.
An opening party was held in December 1966 that appears to have been quite an event. Anson Finlay and Bon Mueller went up to the Rouge Valley to get some large rocks to put around the outdoor fish pond from which Anson still claims he has sore muscles from to this day! There were no fish in the pond, so they next went down to Kennsington Market and purchased some questionable carp which only lasted a couple of weeks.
Apparently during the party itself, which just happened to be Aubrey's first day, one of the women on staff fell down the stairs while being chased around by the city parks commissioner of the time and some people took a dip in the fish pond, or were thrown in. I guess all those legends about the swinging sixties are true!
In December, 1996 a special celebration on the 30th anniversary of the move to 32 Davenport was held to honour people's long term contributions to the firm.
A feature article with photographs of the just completed new office building, was published in the February 1967 issue of The Canadian Architect with the title "Workshop For The Mind". That issue also included the article Raymond Moriyama - Credo For An Office.
As he has been reminded constantly over the years, Anson Finlay was project captain for the 32 Davenport Addition/Renovation in 1966. At the time of move-in, the building was not yet finished and there was no glass in the studio windows. In 1987 the upper and lower studios were renovated when the GDS computer system was brought in. At that time, the upper area of the space that used to be in the parking lot became habitable when a stairway was added and the doorway from the upper studio was cut through.
In the fall of 2004, the building was featured on an episode of the television program Structures and has been explored by many people during Doors Open Toronto.
Credo for an Office...
(This article was first published in the February 1967 issue of The Canadian Architect.)
Raymond Moriyama describes his office as a "workshop for the mind", a tool built first to serve the staff, and second to help give the client a rounded view of the firm and its basic attitude. Moriyama, a graduate of the Toronto School of Architecture, and holder of a master's degree in town planning from McGill University, believes that the one ingredient (aside from talent, imagination, vision and sheer physical stamina) that makes the difference between a great creative action and an average creative action, is integrity. This is the ability to "live up to the best in one's self, to have a highly developed sense of honour, to own a conscience and to listen to it, to obey the unenforceable. It is that quality of wholeness of heart, mind and action - no front and back - fairness in proper perspective - that conveys the courage of one's convictions." It is, says Moriyama, the intangible bridge that translates man's dream into reality. And this is why the quality of his new office is the same back and front; it encourages this sense of integrity, communicates to his staff and, can thus be reflected in their work. Similarly, the office avoids the "big front and shallow back."
Moriyama's intensely personal feelings need to be communicated to his staff of twenty-six, including nine architects, a landscape architect, interior designer, a spec writer, researcher, office manager-comptroller and twelve others. To achieve this, a "manual" was created. It is not, as the name implies, a dogmatic book of rules for designers, nor a device to standardize or restrict the creative imagination of his staff. Moriyama describes it as a tool to define the importance of organization and efficiency as liberating factors in the creative climate. It is, he says, a credo to help achieve a high level of environmental and architectural intensity and creativity, and to give equal weight of consideration from concept to the last placement of screw, to follow up on all obligations. For this individual integrity is not enough, and organizational efficiency and good group performance alone can do little but produce sound copies of existing architectural work. The "manual" attempts to eliminate confusion, to unclutter the mind so that mundane problems are quickly resolved. Thus, more time is left for the designer to devote himself to the social, psychological and emotional aspects of architecture. For example, the "manual" gives guidance on the role of the individual in the firm:
In this era of increasing complexity, of necessary specialization, of impersonal corporate decisions, the negative factors such as lack of proper perspective, defensive self preservation, acceptance of compromising and mediocrity are increasing in parallel. This is fearful when the greatest quandary facing us today (next to the basic question of whether we will survive) is how we are going to survive. During the next thirty-five years the world population will double from three billion to six billion. Thus, in the next third of this century, and in our lifetime, we will need to duplicate every structure built and still standing since the beginning of time. This is a period for increasing speed, electronics and mass production, of complexity and paradox. But to architects it should be one of large-scale creative challenge. I believe it is our duty to contribute positively to the dignity and vitality of our fellow man in exchange for the miracle of life, however short, placed in our hands. In this respect, it must begin with the individual himself. In creative activity, in the agony of mental creation, a quality of almost saintly innocence in mind and heart -- free from the mundane confusion -- is essential. In our profession the individual must perform all these things but at the same time be at the mercy of countless trades and suppliers in order to translate this creation into reality. He has legal documents, meetings, coordination, change notices, change orders and hundreds of tasks to fulfill. There is a need for balance.
Such monastic ideals might be too lofty for many, but they do serve to show what might be a shifting approach to architecture by Moriyama. Known to the public eye for his current Centennial Centre of Science and Technology for the Province of Ontario in Don Mills, Ontario, he has always insisted that the architect must be part artist part philosopher. Not all architects see eye to eye with his architectural work. His Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre, completed in 1963, is considered by many as a classic in overdetailing; others consider it one of the few buildings that helped raise Canadian design to the level of the best in world architecture. Its rejection in the first stage of the 1964 Massey Medal Awards brought forth a comment in The Canadian Architect that "in avoiding the level of imported dogma the powerful sculpture of the building, and its positive relationship to the site exclude any peripheral criticism of lack of originality. Incredibly enough this fine building was rejected in the first stage of the competition." Not that Moriyama had never won a Massey Medal. His private golf course and shelter for North York, Ontario gained him a Medal in 1961. More recently, his work has included a shelter and administration building for Edward's Gardens, Toronto, showrooms for Ford dealers and his Centennial Centre. The last entailed not only the master plan and the actual planning of the first two phases of buildings, but the development plan for the entire 180 acres for Metro Toronto. Construction is already advance on the $30 million Centre complex, expected to be finished in 1968. (Editor's note: Much erroneous conjecture has arisen among architectural circles on the large increase in the construction costs for the Centre. Before Moriyama took over the project a feasibility study by an engineering group produced an estimate of about $10 per sq. ft., producing a budget total of $5 million. It took a world tour by Moriyama to produce a more realistic figure (similar costs: Tokyo, $33 per sq. ft. and Denmark, $45 per square ft. In the USA, $60 was accepted as a fair estimate). Also, the Provincial government later decided to go ahead with a second phase, and changed the function of the Centre to accept an attendance, for example, of 3,000 school children per day. The present cost of $38 per sq. ft. is considered by Moriyama to be a very fair figure.)
Moriyama's office has, during its nine years, produced fine architecture, and he has emerged not only with an enlarged office but with a newly-found liberalism in leading his design team. Humanism he has never lacked, as anyone who read his own account of the Japanese Canadian Centre will testify. He believes that in our complex (and computerized) mid-twentieth century, the architectural aim can be best achieved by a collective talent -- individuals with abilities and experiences welded into a single entity and with a common belief, motivation and direction. In his office, he maintains that the ability to contribute to the total is judged more important than educational background. "We take the attitude that architects and senior members are still draftsmen, and draftsmen are architects. Everybody (including the secretaries) has the right to challenge a statement he feels to be wrong. Of course, we exclude such things as financial problems but if a project is definite we talk about it"
Each week the staff holds an informal gathering to which guests are invited -- an intellectualized version of the traditional Friday night beer and darts. And the meetings work. To date, speakers have contributed on matters related to sociology, psychology, verbal communication and the computer in architecture. When no guest comes along the session takes the form of group analysis. "We question ourselves and of course the questions are mainly directed at me. This is good. The staff gets to know me and I am completely frank with them."
Moriyama has also established a scheme to encourage further education to help tap the other (and often unknown) talents owned by architects. He pays for further education (but not architectural!). Also, the firm encourages staff to travel abroad -- to gain experience and return with a fresh view of our Canadian environment. Many local architects scoff at this and question the cost for such idealism, but Moriyama insists that his present staff of 26 is important to him. They in turn understand the purpose of his methods, including his giant memo board, 12 feet long -- a project schedule system. He admits his approach is very personal, but hastens to declare that he would never be so pompous as to claim that it would work for every architectural office.
If many architectural observers feel that Moriyama's approach to architecture is shifting, this could well be because of his strong views on the outlook for the profession. This office is wired to accept computers. The one-man show is for the birds: the single, prima donna is an anachronism. He believes that architecture as we know it today will be obsolete in twenty years and that if architects want to retain leadership in the sphere of physical environment, and not only in the sphere of single buildings, they must learn to integrate with other disciplines. "Incorporation is a must. At the moment an architect's letterhead can only show professional architects. Why should this be so? We are supposed to be creative, professional men and we should look at ourselves in honesty. We should look at ourselves, our profession, the type for project as a total and what is demanded in terms of staff. We should then assess as honestly as possible the need for other disciplines such as the sociologist, researcher, geographer and they should be made a part of the firm."
The new Moriyama "workshop" at 32 Davenport Road houses more than an architectural team. Designed as a vehicle, a medium, to serve a credo, it might, at the same time, cause the cynical to comment that for a man who questions the "precious" approach to architecture, Moriyama's thinking is in itself precious. Such cynics cannot deny that the firm has contributed much to the Canadian Architectural scene. More important, they cannot deny that it does at least have a single guide line, and in these days of confusion and uncertainty as to what lies ahead for the profession, such adherence to a defined goal is a heartening quality.
(End of Copy borrowed from Mtarch.com site, history)...
Save Multiple Complex...(several buildings on one property, 32 Davenport rd. & 12-22 McMurrich st. Moriyama studio, employee daycare, two adjoining homes 1875)http://www.thestar.com/article/423835
DOORS OPEN Listing(architecturally significant buildings: see number 76
76 Moriyama & Teshima Architects (5A)
32 Davenport Rd.; Sat: 10 to 5 Sun: not open
Originally an automotive service station, the building is now a "staff-centred" workplace and the old grease pit is a shallow pool filled with Japanese koi. Meet architects, discover unique design environment, learn about recent projects. (D) $P
Hello, (to Paul King at The Ministry of Culture)http://www.culture.gov.on.ca/english/heritage/hptrm.htm
Across the street from me at 32 Davenport road & 12-22 McMurrich street is Raymond Moriyama's property which was recently sold...
The buildings are his architect studio from 1923 rebuilt in 1966, an employee daycare in a charming old building, two adjoining homes from 1875...The studio & one of the homes are still being used presently...(the daycare & the other home was boarded up, windows & doors by the new owners...)
It seems to me that Raymond Moriyama's studio in particular should be designated heritage...(the other buildings on the property as well would be nice as they are part of the whole...)
Developers want to tear it all down to build a slab condo high rise building...(which required a zoning density bylaw amendment from 2.0 to 11.9 which seems huge...)
Can someone from the Ministry of Culture go take a look at the buildings in question?
Thank you, Sari Grove
Owners of Heritage property can get up to 40% off property taxes!
Here is a photo of how the home with the peeling white paint & boarded up windows & doors Could look like with a little love & restoration work...Courtesy of OldHouseWeb with link to how to...(wouldn't you just love to restore a house?)
In question: to be torn down, Moriyama's absolutely unique architect's studio with rampantly clinging climbing ivy & green-ness with indoor-outdoor heated river...to be evicted: the lady gardener who for over 30 years has glorified Rosedale, Yorkvile & surrounding areas with her original tasteful intelligent aesthetically pleasing green work that has raised property values more than any condo development ever could...
Have you superficially already dismissed the buildings in question after a perfunctory look? I encourage you 1)to go inside 32 Davenport road for a free tour- it is SPECTACULAR!(don't dismiss because the architecture is modern- that is so narrow!) 2)look at the quaint daycare building with free parking, DELIGHTFUL 3)the building with the peeling white paint, the doors & windows have been boarded up by the new owners- before it was LOVELY! (go around to the back & see the little wood patio & the red shingled back wall- a little fix-up & truly a loveable home or embassy or heritage home...4)the lush garden front & back of the last home, still with tenant, is truly REMARKABLE! Please, take a DEEPER look...
(Note: Apologies for the disturbing pictures of the pigeons & later the cat...It was disturbing for me to find them too...This is the result of zoning density amendments in the Yorkville neighbourhood...Unless you live here, you may not realise the consequences of overbuilding condo developments in one tiny area...The number of raccoons, pigeons & domestic cats & dogs struck by cars has increased exponentially...Recently, for the property in question, the zoning density bylaw was amended from 2.0 to 11.9 ...What noone seems to have noticed is the Veterinary Emergency Clinic right across the street, who has been full up overflowing with injured dogs struck by cars since they opened...If you live here, you will see the daily parade of dogs with bandages & severe injuries & amputations, being walked to have a pee or poo...For that reason alone, Any low rise buildings should be protected as heritage, if only to block further high rise development...Tell me, why do they have to all be in our neighbourhood? Canada is a big country, why amend zoning densities when there are a plethora of undeveloped pieces of land that have no tenants or unique architect's studios or people living there who would like enough time to cross a street without getting hit by a car...My next door neighbour on Davenport, fell & smashed two teeth & his nose, because of construction already happening on Davenport that obstructed our sidewalk...The window washer who cleans everyone's windows in the commercial area was just struck by a car with a woman talking on her cellphone- several cracked ribs...(the ambulance driver warned the window washer not to speak lest He get charged with jaywalking! Like zoning density had nothing to do with this & it was actually his fault?)
(photo shows recent issues with zoning density amendments-car traffic increase)...more at http://www.grovecanada.net
Show your support for protecting heritage buildings from condo flipper developers like Homelife Developments by NOT purchasing a unit in the new Four Seasons residences on Bay street, around the corner from this proposed development...It's the same owners, & if you boycott buying, they won't be able to go forward with this second condo flip building only a few blocks away...It is too late for the Four Seasons site, but if they run out of money, they can't dig up Moriyama's studio...Boycott the Four Seasons residences by NOT buying...http://www.urbantoronto.ca/showthread.php?t=6286
(conversation about property)
As a note, to this article, I should mention...Three times, on three different occasions, once to me the neighbour, once to my husband in front of me & once to the tenant who developers want to evict, the words " Things could get ugly " (if the tenant doesn't move out ,was the next sentence) were repeated this July 2009...The last week of July, a man walked by the tenant who doesn't want her home destroyed, & whispered "You'd better be careful someone doesn't torch this place"...These are the developers who want to tear down the property in question in this notice...Nice eh? (the fact that the tenant has a gas furnace makes the torching threat even more serious...)Designating all buildings Heritage allows the municipal government to pass a stop destruction bylaw- which also conveniently gets rid of scumbag developers, who sell quickly & look for another piece of land to exploit...Support the designation Heritage here, if only to get rid of organised crime style mobsters who threaten, harass, run business to the ground only to buy them up for cheap & evict low-income tenants who have nowhere else to live...Let's draw a line in the sand...(Last night we saw a notice intending to destroy the historic Four Seasons hotel at Cumberland street! Omigosh, who is going to stop this rampant destruction? Me?)p.s. the nice looking friendly good-looking realtors are just fronting for sinister foreign mob types who don't give a shit about anything- check where the loan money came from to buy the land...It ain't Canadian...It ain't even from a country whose name I know how to spell...)
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I live across the street from these really great buildings & people, that developers want to tear down & evict, to build Another slab condo flip soul-sucking development which builds cages for 10K & flips them for 160K(&more) to people who have forgotten that for that much money you should get a front & back yard & some privacy & enough space so you don't breathe the flatulence of amended zone density to 11.9 from 2.0 (who is the idiot who approved making this street more crowded when there is already nowhere for the injured dogs at the Veterinary Emergency Clinic across the street to do their business?As they limp across already trafficky street)...Not to mention, this developer HomeLife developments, ironically named since for 3 years they have been harassing the tenant of the corner house on the property, she a gardener who has done work for Moriyama, & has been lovingly protected in her green home for 30 years now, HomeLife more like CondoDeath(Mel Pearl & cronies) aims to evict this green gardener lady & her 5 spectacular felines & destroy her wild lilacs, clematis, wisteria, tobbacco plants for insect repellent, antique 18th century roses, hot pink English roses & more, for what? to build a condo sales centre, which will be torn down too, to build a slab high story cage of apartments...Her home is from 1875...Worse yet CondoDeath developers propose to destroy Moriyama & Teshima's architectural studio, re-built from a rectangle gas station from 1923 in 1966, to show the glory of what can be done with some brains & creativity...Every office should have an 1875 employee daycare next door for your employees' children, with parking provided & quaint schoolhouse look...Every workplace should have living quarters for the gardener & adjoining home for the caretaker, so at night, someone is always on site, lest a fire or intruder alert...Every artist studio should have two magnolia trees, Koi fish swimming through the lobby in a heated pool (Kosso Eloul & Rita Letendre brought their fish to this heated pond in winter, 'cause that late sculptor & living artist only have an warm weather unheated pond...)These are part of our heritage, not just Canadian but the whole planet's heritage...Declare this property as a whole Heritage & Pass the stop destruction Bylaw Now! Before the very fabric of our lives is lost, like a password in an Alzheimer brain...Go in person for an inner tour of 32 Davenport road (they will most gladly invite you in), what an incredible place for a creative to work! If you work in a cubicle cage or live in one, go take a look at 32 Davenport road & 12-22 McMurrich street with fresh eyes...Sure one of the houses needs a coat of paint, & the bloody developers boarded up the doors & windows to make it look decrepit- go around to the back of the houses too- all strcuturally sound...Why in the hell would they destroy these buildings instead of throwing a little money at them to spruce them up? A coat of paint? Really. A government embassy could be here...A tourist info service for walking tours of Yorkville...Why not restore this property? & teach our children & remind ourselves that restoration is the loving application of a philosophy that cradles our aged, our single women, our less than wealthy & nurtures & respects our history...Shall we remove all the pierced lip black nailpolish goth creatures that parade down Queen street because they are unsightly? & replace them with bleached yuppies of grey suit & beige pantyhose? Or worse, with foreigners from countries with unpronouncable names who don't give a shit about Canadian culture because they just arrived yesterday with a wad cash & no burden of religious upbringing because it was outlawed in their home country? Give me a break, Toronto redevelopment is being funded from sham monies in Kazakhstan- you know, Boris? (& worse, even this sham money has run out, like yesterday the Toronto Life Building at Yonge & Dundas defaulted, plus the one at Yonge & Bloor also just defaulted...) Plus, The Four Seasons project is still being dug, by these same HomeLife developers- like how many properties do they need? You can't tell me this plethora of condo flip scam developments are all sold to capacity in this dreary market where I can't even sell an original oil painting for more than 300 bucks? (rumours of capacity percentages sold are all just invented by unscrupulous realtors working for said developers...bullshit at best...)
The Architect's Studio...Barbershop2.3gp
Free link to Download Calvin's Speech from Barbershop 2, about saving heritage not selling your soul...http://www.box.net/shared/g7p2zoys57http://www.grovecanada.net/search?updated-max=2009-08-01T17%3A31%3A00-07%3A00&max-results=1
(click here for bigger version elsewhere)
Thoughts Recent: The Yonge & Dundas Toronto Life Building has recently defaulted on its creditors, The Yonge Bloor Condo developm't has also defaulted with its shaky Kazakhstan money roots...The Florian condos are being dug out now right beside the Heritage property in question- why not wait to see if that development works before tearing down 1875 heritage homes with a 30 year tenant still living there, before destroying Raymond Moriyama's spectacular architectural studio, for what, to build an easy to approve one-story condo sales centre, which then is easy to destroy to build slab tall new condos, a two-step ploy that ensures our city is ugly & without face...What if they destroy these still being used buildings, then default on their loans too? Toronto will be left with the legacy of having ruined its own cultural heritage for a scam...So, not only is it wrong to ruin great architecture, it is wrong to ruin it for scam sham speculative slab condo flip foreign shaky loan crap...Don't you agree?
Slideshow (note: I have been told the last building, the gardener's home, which is still occupied is from approximately 1875 , the owner having had a horse barn & property in the back portion, & had requested not money for his property, but merely to live there with his horses until he died- this story told to the current tenant by a woman who sold a home down the street for a million dollars, more of this story if you ask the lovely gardener lady who plants tobacco to keep the bugs away, wisteria for scent, clematis to fool thieves, whose ladder midst the climbing ivy allows the felines to enter & exit at whim...)
1)Property has been Identified
2)Research has been accomplished
3)Notice of Intention to Designate: this is in a local newspaper, which is right here at www.grovecanada.biz
4)Passing & registering designation bylaw
NOTICE OF INTENTION TO DESIGNATE ONTARIO HERITAGE PROPERTY
a)Notify owner- (notification through various agents has happened)Mel Pearl Lifetime Urban Development Group,(previous owner) Moriyama & Teshima has been notified...as well as architects, realtors Coldwell banker, & Councillor Kyle Rae & Heritage Advisers & City of Toronto Heritage superiors (Bert Duclose & others)...
b)Notify Ontario Heritage Trust (notification has been made)
c)description- 32 Davenport Road, 12-22 McMurrich street- entire historical property of architect Raymond Moriyama(recently sold)
d)statement of value-created by Raymond Moriyama, his working studio for over 42 years...(where The Toronto Science Centre, Robarts Library, The Metro Library were created in sketches, among others...)
e)description of buildings, Architect Studio incredible, Employee Daycare gorgeous, Caretaker plus Gardener's Quarters Unbelievable...also notes:Parking space fantastic, flora & fauna out of this world...Location spectacular...
f)description of buildings: structurally sound, highly original, quite beautiful, needs janitorial work inside, needs some superficial restoration-not expensive (all buildings have been completely functional up to present!
g) 30 DAYS NOTICE IS BEING GIVEN HERE IF YOU WANT TO OBJECT POST A COMMENT HERE SAYING WHY & WHO YOU ARE WITH ALL CONTACT INFORMATION ....
Statement of Cultural Value or Interest
STATEMENT OF CULTURAL HERITAGE VALUE OR INTEREST:
The Property as stated above:
1)Is really unique insofar as it is an early example of slanty atrium
windows which allow daily sun work light instead of needing electricity,
plus the slantiness means the sunroof won't leak 'cause the
precipitation runs off instead of creating pressure cause seals to
burst...(see back of studio windows)
2)The pointy triangular roof vector shaped means that when the snow
blows on the roof it doesn't gather in the middle...
Jul 18, 2009; 10:11pm Re: Notice of Intention to Designate 32 Davenport
road, 12-22 McMurrich street Heritage Property Pursuant to Section 29
Ontario Heritage Act
STATEMENT OF CULTURAL HERITAGE VALUE OR INTEREST:
3)The Toronto Science Centre is an awesome place for kids
4)The Metro Toronto Library is an excellent place for high school
students to stay in while playing hooky from high school- I did it for a
year, grade 13...(you can read books AND listen to music for free AND go
to the bathroom...)
5)Robarts library is a great place to read really really big maps if you
are a university student 'cause they have the hugest widest tables, PLUS
you can fall asleep in the cubicles And no one kicks you out...
Sari Grove... (5 posts) Jul 18, 2009; 10:13pm Re: Notice of Intention to
Designate 32 Davenport road, 12-22 McMurrich street Heritage Property
Pursuant to Section 29 Ontario Heritage Act
6)Mr. Raymond Moriyama is very very good looking, so if we venerate him
we will have better television to look at when reading the story about
how we saved his studio & properties...
7)Moriyama & Teshima has a very nice website with lots of history
information about their studio property, so that is already done, so we
don't have to write a new history or anything...(thank goodness Someone
does their homework!)
Sari Grove... (5 posts) Jul 18, 2009; 10:16pm Re: Notice of Intention to
Designate 32 Davenport road, 12-22 McMurrich street Heritage Property
Pursuant to Section 29 Ontario Heritage Act
8)The War Museum in Ottawa is important & Mr. Raymond Moriyama did that
9)Mr. Moriyama has two very good looking sons named Jason & something
else- I only met one so far...(but I am assuming the younger one is cute
too)PLUS they are both also architects so for their future we should
keep the studio up so they don't forget how to do things...Cause we are
going to need to know how to fix up his other buildings too if the
sliding glass doors get a little stuck or a piece of wood falls
down...like that stuff...
the development, so slick, I can't compete with that slick presentation, can anybody? this is how condo flip developments happen- because the grass roots people who object aren't commercially whorish enough to produce slick material to object to developments- they lose the fight, as do all good people when faced with Money proposals that trade your soul in for profit...
We found this beautiful blue eyed grey smoke Birman cat struck by a vehicle at Mount Pleasant under Crescent road last Saturday night while jogging, end of July 2009...Mount Pleasant is the main access route to Rosedale for people driving in cars , increased animal fatalities in Rosedale have been observed recently due to zoning density bylaw amendments from 2.0 to 11.9 for example...These amendments should be amended...I can't tell you how many injured or dead raccoons we have seen since developers moved into Yorkville, Bay street, Bloor street...One construction worker actually ran over a pigeon on purpose after I complained about how many squashed pigeons I was finding early in the morning on Davenport road- so they ran over another one, just to show they weren't intimidated...This is who is in Rosedale now...Not good honest people...Bad evil vindictive organised crime mafia scum...Know the difference...The workers just take after their bosses...
THE TENANT WHO IS BEING ASKED TO LEAVE HER HERITAGE 1875 HOME HAS 5 (FIVE) CATS, KYRIE A BLACK FLUFFY FEMALE CAT, PAPRIKA A ENORMOUS TIGERISH MALE CAT ENORMOUS, SHAMAN A MALE WHOLE WHITE AND GREY PATCH BIG CAT, AND TWO MORE...BUT YOU HAVE TO GO TO SEE THEM IN PERSON...THE BACK AND FRONT GARDEN ARE ALL FENG SHUI FLOW FOR THE CATS TO CLIMB UP A LADDER AND GO IN AND OUT AS THEY PLEASE WITH CAMOUFLAGE BUSHES AND THEY LIKE TO VISIT MORIYAMA'S POND ...
(someone smashed the church window across the street from this property- the beginnings of vandalism & harassment & break-ins caused by zoning density amendments to increase from a reasonable 2.0 to a ludicrous 11.9)...
Someone smashed the window of The Stone Church in was it 2002?, a funny beginning to our neighbourhood's getting to know the people who put the money behind these condo developments- not liking churches much apparently (Kazakhstan, where condo loan money is sourced from, is maybe not a great church place)...right across the street from the Oren Tamir sign with the ridiculous bylaw amendment to change zoning density, a church...
Vulgar spray painted graffiti, 5 break-ins to the tenant who doesn't want to move, threats, death threats, harassment, a hit & run cat got killed, huge amounts of large trucks, construction dust from adjoining Florian site- have been a few "bonuses" of the new HomeLife (CondoDeath) developers coming to our neighbourhood...Not to mention the horrifically ugly government signs nailed into heritage 1875 buildings by some moronic city planner named Oren Tamir- who evidently has no sense of aesthetics...
The graffiti "Vert" has been painted over, now covered in walnut oil yellow ochre... The penis and testicle erect with word "Dick City" spray paint on the door of the 1875 home has been covered over with a soft Sennelier oil pastel easily removeable sumach farm autumn scene sketch. The poo on the lawn of the 20 McMurrich street that did not get picked up by lazy dogwalkers who decided they don't have to scoop & scoop on someone else's property , has been washed away with water...
Christopher Hume at The Toronto Star, The Globe and Mail advertising section, Catherine Axford at Ontario Heritage Trust, Mayor David Miller, Councillor Kyle Rae, have all been notified- particularily if there are questions as to the nature that this is a "local newspaper"...Since most people get their news digitally today, this person decided an online publication would get more local reads than an ad in a paper newspaper...Those who choose to argue this point should know that print media have also been notified...
The Four Seasons Hotel, the one at the corner of Cumberland & Avenue Road- here is a zoning density application to tear down the hotel, & amend density from 8 to 16 density & build more condos...Zoning density of 1.0 means one home with one family, 2.0 means on the same property 2 houses one on top of each other with two whole families, 16.5 means 16 homes one on top of each other with 16.5 families & their cars their children their computer internet & plumbing their garbage...Zoning density bylaw amendments in Yorkville & Rosedale & downtown are Dangerous because more people & animals get hit by cars, more crime, more subway overcrowding, more traffic, all in one place...Why are these amendment proposals being approved???? Why?
The lady tenant gardener who, if she had not dug her heels & tried to stay in her 1890s home, nobody would have known the property had been sold nor that heritage buildings were going to be torn down...(Apparently Heritage people often don't find out about destruction of properties until it is too late...If you know a beautiful old building in your neighbourhood that needs to be protected, Heritage Preservation Services at City Hall has a nomination form that you can fill out in order to get your nomination reviewed by municipal council...)
GroveCanada (60 posts) Aug 07, 2009; 11:52pm Re: Notice of Intention to Designate 32 Davenport road, 12-22 McMurrich street Heritage Property Pursuant to Section 29 Ontario Heritage Act
(Here is a note I found written to Kyle Rae about the proposed development on Raymond Moriyama's property...though it doesn't discuss the heritage value of the property, it does show that the reason for destroying the current buildings is not necessarily one that pleases the neighbourhood- though the current low rise buildings may not be freshly painted- low rise is low rise & low zoning density means less car traffic...Low rise also means nice sunset views, & decent sunshine during the day...So- heritage designation means not only preserving great & culturally significant pieces of architecture, it also preserves the cultural & natural fabric of the community...
Councillor Kyle Rae
Toronto City Hall
2nd Floor East Tower
100 Queen Street West
Dear Councillor Rae:
Re: 32 Davenport Road & 12-22 McMurrich Street Rezoning Application
(former Moriyama Lands)
I am pleased to learn that residents concern of undue shadowing will be
addressed with a full lighting/shadowing impact study.
For 15 McMurrich,
situated directly opposite the proposed development, whatever direct sunlight not
blocked by the Florian will be blocked by the proposed "slab" and a resident
lamented "It is the gloom and darkness that terrifies and depresses me most."
15 McMurrich residents, among others, expressed concern that the density of the
proposed "slab" building far exceeds that of the yet to be built Florian at 76
Davenport Road. According to Oren Tamir the "slab" density is 12 times the area
of the lot and the Florian is 5.4 times the area of the lot.
Height is another concern. You will recall GYRA and ABC together with the City
twice fought long and hard with Diamante at the OMB over the 76 Davenport
Road "Florian" whose initial 35-storey height, whittled down to 28 storeys, was
turned down by the OMB. At the second OMB appeal, Diamante was allowed a
19-storey tower with a total height of 67.5 metres inclusive of an 11-metre
podium and mechanical penthouse. The proposed 29-storey, 86.1 metre height
far exceeds that allowed Diamante.
With respect to the podium. At the community meeting I suggested (to Adam
Brown) the 5-storey podium on McMurrich be stepped down to align with the 3-
storey townhouse roofline to the north. He was receptive and immediately
relayed this to the architect who, while receptive, said the step-down would
reduce the size of the green roof.
Oren Tamir suggested a Section 37 wish list. GYRA's wishes are:-
1) A contribution to the Yorkville Lending Library's Centenary Project for the
restoration of the vestibule tile floor and the six main entry oak doors.
Estimated cost $30,000. At October 2007 $5000 had been raised.
2) Funding for a traffic study of the Greater Yorkville area from Charles
Street to Belmont Street and Church Street to St. George Street, to
determine impact of the ever rising local residential population and
commercial activity which generates increased vehicular and pedestrian
traffic. The study should include future traffic from yet to be approved or
3) A contribution to GYRA's Yorkville Greening Legacy Initiative, sufficient to
complete the project. The current estimated cost is in the region of $1.6
million, out of which $1 million was secured from the Four Seasons
4) Should 15 McMurrich residents find themselves deprived of direct sunlight
as a result of the "slab", I would request your consideration to "shadow
compensation" as was given to Jesse Ketchum School.
Thank you for your attention and consideration to the "sunlight" needs of your
constituents, young and old.
THE GREATER YORKVILLE RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION
GroveCanada (60 posts) Aug 09, 2009; 08:54pm Re: Notice of Intention to Designate 32 Davenport road, 12-22 McMurrich street Heritage Property Pursuant to Section 29 Ontario Heritage Act
For Heritage preservation Services,
as per conversation with Barbara Holt...
I have faxed the nomination form to your office (on Friday) & added
another pdf file today (Sunday) with documentation gathered while
preparing my ideas for a letter...
I have attached both PDF files here as well, just in case...
I have been told there will be a meeting at City Hall on Sept. 15,
2009, at which time, if the tenant who still lives in one of the
1875-ish homes is unsuccessful in her bid to save her home, destruction
of properties will begin 10 days later...
The entire complex of buildings including the main studio was sold to
developers who want to tear it all down...
Once they start carving into any part of the property, I fear the case
for protecting even the most important structure, the studio, will be
harder to make...
If anyone knows or loves Raymond Moriyama's work, this might be the
time to step up to the plate...
September 15, 2009- someone from Heritage Preservation Services could
at least put in a stop order while you decide...At leat for 30 or 60
days, to give Heritage Services time to think about the consequences
of letting Raymond Moriyama's historical architect's studio be
This is sortof a rush job...I'm sorry, I never thought it would come
to this...He's such a famous person I thought it was impossible...(to
ruin his legacy)
Sari Grove 416 924-9725
* 32 Davenport road.pdf(2.9M) View Download
* For heritage preservation services supporting documentation to nomination, 32 davenport road, 12-22 McMurrich st. Sari Grove.pdf
GroveCanada (60 posts) Aug 09, 2009; 10:42pm Re: Notice of Intention to Designate 32 Davenport road, 12-22 McMurrich street Heritage Property Pursuant to Section 29 Ontario Heritage Act
HERITAGE PRESERVATION SERVICES
heritage property nomination form
Please complete this form. Attach additional pages if necessary.
Return to: Heritage Preservation Services
City Planning Division
Toronto City Hall, 2nd Floor, Suite A-18
Toronto, Ontario M5H 2N2
(416) 338-1083, fax (416) 392-1973
Name of Nominator:
Address of Nominator:
306-15 McMurrich street
Tel. #: (daytime)__________________________416 924-9725________________
2. Reason for Nomination:
I am nominating this property/group of properties/area because:
Raymond Moriyama is an incredible Canadian treasure & the office studio where he
worked for 42 years & created such gems as The Toronto Science Centre, The Metro
Library & War Museum in Ottawa is of historical significance not only to our nation,
but as an example worldwide of a productive creative beautiful workplace that should
be an example to all in our future who are building workplaces...
The property is part of a group and I believe this group stands out because:
It demonstrates important concepts to business owners such as 1) having a beautiful
employee daycare right next door to the workplace so that children of employees can
be close to their parents-with free & adequate parking too...2) adjoining homes for a
caretaker & a gardener, so that at all times of day & night, there are people living
nearby the workplace who can provide security if there is a fire or other climactic
problem such as ice storm damage etc. Having a gardener on site ensure year round
garden beauty to all buidings-which is evidenced in the glorious climbing ivy, the
magnolia trees & the heated indoor-outdoor eco-Koi pond, & healthy green trees with
drooping & shading overhanging branches, among other items...
Address (street and number):
32 Davenport road ...(the other three structures are 12-22 McMurrich street...)
Area (boundaries): Davenport at South, Belmont at North, McMurrich street at East,
West side reaches halfway towards the west curve of Davenport road...
Map: Please attach an extract from a street map, marking the individual property,
properties, street or area being nominated
See Next Page...
4. Classification (for each property):
Building Type: (i.e., house, church, store, warehouse, etc.) Architect’s Studio
Other: (outbuilding, landscape feature, etc.) Employee Daycare...Two adjoining 1875
Current Use: (residential, commercial, etc.) Mixed use, the studio is commercial,
daycare mixed (residential-commercial), the homes are residential...
5. Description (for each
showing (1) the street elevation and other applicable views for
each property and (2) a group shot if the property is part of a
Moriyama & Teshima
Date of Construction: (research guide attached)
Architect/Builder/Contractor: Raymond Moriyama
Significant Persons/Events: Raymond Moriyama
Statement of Cultural Heritage Value (courtesy Mtarch.com)
32 Davenport Road:
Davenport Road is one of the oldest streets in Toronto. Some 12,000 years ago it was
a meandering trail along the shore of Lake Iroquois first used by native hunters and
traders. After the shoreline receded it continued to be an important overland link
between the Don and Humber rivers. It is one of the few major streets in the city that
is off the grid as it follows the original pathway.
The site chosen for the new Raymond Moriyama office was the north-west corner of
the intersection of Davenport Road and McMurrich Street (formerly York Street), one
block west of Yonge Street.
32 Davenport Road is in an area of Toronto known as Yorkville. In the 1830's Yorkville
was created and sub-divided by Joseph Bloor. It was incorporated as a village in 1853.
In 1883 Yorkville was the first village annexed by the City of Toronto but has always
managed to maintain it's own identity. During the 1960's the area became famous as a
hangout for hippies.
The structure purchased in 1966 was built in 1923 as a service station. What is now a
fish pond was in fact the grease pit as in those days there were no hydraulic jacks.
In 1939, the CBC used the building to store additional equipment necessary for the
visit of the King and Queen. In 1945 the building was altered to house offices for
brewers. In 1955 more changes were made as a direct mail company moved in. The
wing that today is used for conference rooms was added at that time.
Before Raymond Moriyama, Architects and Planners moved in, Paul Stock Interior
Designs occupied 32 Davenport. The back wall of the building was where a large
model of the famous Bluenose schooner now sits. The adjacent present day coordination
area and spec binder room was a sewing area. Today's conference room
area was used as a showroom for drapes and curtains. The second level at the back
was an attic space.
30 Years at 32 - 1966 to 1996:
July 25, 1996 marked the 30th. anniversary of the office moving to it's present location
at 32 Davenport. The year 1966, was when many long time staff members came on
board. The list includes Mary Sabat, Anson Finlay, John Snell, Joni Inouye, Ted
Teshima and Aubrey McIntosh. Don Cooper was still in and out during those days as
was Tom Motomochi.
These were the days of carbon paper and Gestetner copying machines as the Xerox
copy machine was just becoming popular. Most drawings were done on 1000H paper
as mylar drafting film was just coming on the scene. The metal angle frame drafting
boards that some of our computers sit on now were equipped with the latest in
Mayline parallel rules.
An opening party was held in December 1966 that appears to have been quite an
event. Anson Finlay and Bon Mueller went up to the Rouge Valley to get some large
rocks to put around the outdoor fish pond from which Anson still claims he has sore
muscles from to this day! There were no fish in the pond, so they next went down to
Kennsington Market and purchased some questionable carp which only lasted a
couple of weeks.
Apparently during the party itself, which just happened to be Aubrey's first day, one of
the women on staff fell down the stairs while being chased around by the city parks
commissioner of the time and some people took a dip in the fish pond, or were thrown
in. I guess all those legends about the swinging sixties are true!
In December, 1996 a special celebration on the 30th anniversary of the move to 32
Davenport was held to honour people's long term contributions to the firm.
A feature article with photographs of the just completed new office building, was
published in the February 1967 issue of The Canadian Architect with the title
"Workshop For The Mind". That issue also included the article Raymond Moriyama -
Credo For An Office.
As he has been reminded constantly over the years, Anson Finlay was project captain
for the 32 Davenport Addition/Renovation in 1966. At the time of move-in, the building
was not yet finished and there was no glass in the studio windows. In 1987 the upper
and lower studios were renovated when the GDS computer system was brought in. At
that time, the upper area of the space that used to be in the parking lot became
habitable when a stairway was added and the doorway from the upper studio was cut
In the fall of 2004, the building was featured on an episode of the television program
Structures and has been explored by many people during Doors Open Toronto.
Credo for an Office...
(This article was first published in the February 1967 issue of The Canadian
Raymond Moriyama describes his office as a "workshop for the mind", a tool built
first to serve the staff, and second to help give the client a rounded view of the firm
and its basic attitude. Moriyama, a graduate of the Toronto School of Architecture,
and holder of a master's degree in town planning from McGill University, believes that
the one ingredient (aside from talent, imagination, vision and sheer physical stamina)
that makes the difference between a great creative action and an average creative
action, is integrity. This is the ability to "live up to the best in one's self, to have a
highly developed sense of honour, to own a conscience and to listen to it, to obey the
unenforceable. It is that quality of wholeness of heart, mind and action -no front and
back -fairness in proper perspective -that conveys the courage of one's
convictions." It is, says Moriyama, the intangible bridge that translates man's dream
into reality. And this is why the quality of his new office is the same back and front; it
encourages this sense of integrity, communicates to his staff and, can thus be
reflected in their work. Similarly, the office avoids the "big front and shallow back."
Moriyama's intensely personal feelings need to be communicated to his staff of
twenty-six, including nine architects, a landscape architect, interior designer, a spec
writer, researcher, office manager-comptroller and twelve others. To achieve this, a
"manual" was created. It is not, as the name implies, a dogmatic book of rules for
designers, nor a device to standardize or restrict the creative imagination of his staff.
Moriyama describes it as a tool to define the importance of organization and
efficiency as liberating factors in the creative climate. It is, he says, a credo to help
achieve a high level of environmental and architectural intensity and creativity, and to
give equal weight of consideration from concept to the last placement of screw, to
follow up on all obligations. For this individual integrity is not enough, and
organizational efficiency and good group performance alone can do little but produce
sound copies of existing architectural work. The "manual" attempts to eliminate
confusion, to unclutter the mind so that mundane problems are quickly resolved.
Thus, more time is left for the designer to devote himself to the social, psychological
and emotional aspects of architecture. For example, the "manual" gives guidance on
the role of the individual in the firm:
In this era of increasing complexity, of necessary specialization, of impersonal
corporate decisions, the negative factors such as lack of proper perspective,
defensive self preservation, acceptance of compromising and mediocrity are
increasing in parallel. This is fearful when the greatest quandary facing us today (next
to the basic question of whether we will survive) is how we are going to survive.
During the next thirty-five years the world population will double from three billion to
six billion. Thus, in the next third of this century, and in our lifetime, we will need to
duplicate every structure built and still standing since the beginning of time. This is a
period for increasing speed, electronics and mass production, of complexity and
paradox. But to architects it should be one of large-scale creative challenge. I believe
it is our duty to contribute positively to the dignity and vitality of our fellow man in
exchange for the miracle of life, however short, placed in our hands. In this respect, it
must begin with the individual himself. In creative activity, in the agony of mental
creation, a quality of almost saintly innocence in mind and heart --free from the
mundane confusion --is essential. In our profession the individual must perform all
these things but at the same time be at the mercy of countless trades and suppliers in
order to translate this creation into reality. He has legal documents, meetings,
coordination, change notices, change orders and hundreds of tasks to fulfill. There is
a need for balance.
Such monastic ideals might be too lofty for many, but they do serve to show what
might be a shifting approach to architecture by Moriyama. Known to the public eye for
his current Centennial Centre of Science and Technology for the Province of Ontario
in Don Mills, Ontario, he has always insisted that the architect must be part artist part
philosopher. Not all architects see eye to eye with his architectural work. His
Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre, completed in 1963, is considered by many as a
classic in overdetailing; others consider it one of the few buildings that helped raise
Canadian design to the level of the best in world architecture. Its rejection in the first
stage of the 1964 Massey Medal Awards brought forth a comment in The Canadian
Architect that "in avoiding the level of imported dogma the powerful sculpture of the
building, and its positive relationship to the site exclude any peripheral criticism of
lack of originality. Incredibly enough this fine building was rejected in the first stage
of the competition." Not that Moriyama had never won a Massey Medal. His private
golf course and shelter for North York, Ontario gained him a Medal in 1961. More
recently, his work has included a shelter and administration building for Edward's
Gardens, Toronto, showrooms for Ford dealers and his Centennial Centre. The last
entailed not only the master plan and the actual planning of the first two phases of
buildings, but the development plan for the entire 180 acres for Metro Toronto.
Construction is already advance on the $30 million Centre complex, expected to be
finished in 1968. (Editor's note: Much erroneous conjecture has arisen among
architectural circles on the large increase in the construction costs for the Centre.
Before Moriyama took over the project a feasibility study by an engineering group
produced an estimate of about $10 per sq. ft., producing a budget total of $5 million. It
took a world tour by Moriyama to produce a more realistic figure (similar costs:
Tokyo, $33 per sq. ft. and Denmark, $45 per square ft. In the USA, $60 was accepted
as a fair estimate). Also, the Provincial government later decided to go ahead with a
second phase, and changed the function of the Centre to accept an attendance, for
example, of 3,000 school children per day. The present cost of $38 per sq. ft. is
considered by Moriyama to be a very fair figure.)
Moriyama's office has, during its nine years, produced fine architecture, and he has
emerged not only with an enlarged office but with a newly-found liberalism in leading
his design team. Humanism he has never lacked, as anyone who read his own
account of the Japanese Canadian Centre will testify. He believes that in our complex
(and computerized) mid-twentieth century, the architectural aim can be best achieved
by a collective talent --individuals with abilities and experiences welded into a single
entity and with a common belief, motivation and direction. In his office, he maintains
that the ability to contribute to the total is judged more important than educational
background. "We take the attitude that architects and senior members are still
draftsmen, and draftsmen are architects. Everybody (including the secretaries) has
the right to challenge a statement he feels to be wrong. Of course, we exclude such
things as financial problems but if a project is definite we talk about it"
Each week the staff holds an informal gathering to which guests are invited --an
intellectualized version of the traditional Friday night beer and darts. And the
meetings work. To date, speakers have contributed on matters related to sociology,
psychology, verbal communication and the computer in architecture. When no guest
comes along the session takes the form of group analysis. "We question ourselves
and of course the questions are mainly directed at me. This is good. The staff gets to
know me and I am completely frank with them."
Moriyama has also established a scheme to encourage further education to help tap
the other (and often unknown) talents owned by architects. He pays for further
education (but not architectural!). Also, the firm encourages staff to travel abroad --to
gain experience and return with a fresh view of our Canadian environment. Many local
architects scoff at this and question the cost for such idealism, but Moriyama insists
that his present staff of 26 is important to him. They in turn understand the purpose of
his methods, including his giant memo board, 12 feet long --a project schedule
system. He admits his approach is very personal, but hastens to declare that he
would never be so pompous as to claim that it would work for every architectural
If many architectural observers feel that Moriyama's approach to architecture is
shifting, this could well be because of his strong views on the outlook for the
profession. This office is wired to accept computers. The one-man show is for the
birds: the single, prima donna is an anachronism. He believes that architecture as we
know it today will be obsolete in twenty years and that if architects want to retain
leadership in the sphere of physical environment, and not only in the sphere of single
buildings, they must learn to integrate with other disciplines. "Incorporation is a must.
At the moment an architect's letterhead can only show professional architects. Why
should this be so? We are supposed to be creative, professional men and we should
look at ourselves in honesty. We should look at ourselves, our profession, the type for
project as a total and what is demanded in terms of staff. We should then assess as
honestly as possible the need for other disciplines such as the sociologist,
researcher, geographer and they should be made a part of the firm."
The new Moriyama "workshop" at 32 Davenport Road houses more than an
architectural team. Designed as a vehicle, a medium, to serve a credo, it might, at the
same time, cause the cynical to comment that for a man who questions the "precious"
approach to architecture, Moriyama's thinking is in itself precious. Such cynics
cannot deny that the firm has contributed much to the Canadian Architectural scene.
More important, they cannot deny that it does at least have a single guide line, and in
these days of confusion and uncertainty as to what lies ahead for the profession,
such adherence to a defined goal is a heartening quality.
(End of Copy borrowed from Mtarch.com site, history)...
Please indicate whether you have consulted the following sources; please attach
research information and full references (list of archives/libraries attached):
__ Land Records (Land Registry Office) Assessment Rolls
__ City Directories __ Goad's Fire Insurance Maps
__ Building Permits __ historical photographs
__ secondary sources (book list attached)
__ o t h e r :
I am not the owner of the property or properties, but I have contacted the owner(s)
and the response was as follows:
I cannot get a hold of the new owner, on record, I believe it is Mel Pearl of Homelife
I have contacted the ward councillor about this nomination, and his/her response was
as follows:Kyle Rae councillor for Rosedale has not responded yet to my emails...
I have contacted my local historical society and its response was as follows:
“It’s a no-brainer”...
date: ___Aug 7,2009__________ signature: Sari Grove_________________________
Staff Use Only:
Type of Nomination:
__ individual inclusion on City of Toronto Inventory of Heritage Properties
__ group inclusion on Inventory
__ designation under the Ontario Heritage Act
__ recognition as part of area
HPS May 2005
GroveCanada (60 posts) Aug 10, 2009; 11:10am Re: Notice of Intention to Designate 32 Davenport road, 12-22 McMurrich street Heritage Property Pursuant to Section 29 Ontario Heritage Act
Hello, (to Councillor Kyle Rae)
I understand the city's spam filters don't like links, or perhaps
attachments, but I'm not sure how else to communicate a long article
I have attached a PDF file, which is a print-out from a website at
www.grovecanada.biz on the page called Newspaper, first article...
If someone prefers to read the article there, it is readily
As a hearing concerning this property is slated for Sept. 15, 2009,
with possible demolition 10 days later, I would hope that the necessity
of expediency would override stand-on-ceremony excuses such as, we
can't open PDF files at our office, or we are not allowed to read
articles on websites...
The Nomination form from Heritage Preservation Services has been
submitted, & now this matter will sit before municipal council...
Please take a look, as a lady's life is in jeopardy, as well as
Moriyama's incredible heritage studio, & the Rosedale neighbourhood...
Recent defaults by developers to creditors at...Yonge & Dundas,& Yonge
& Bloor...Might indicate that development loans are drying up, & that
tearing down viable buildings which are still being used is a bad
idea, considering that the proposed development may stall for, was it
9 years at Yonge & Dundas? & still default on loans...Leaving in one
case, the City of Toronto in debt to the count of 9.3 million dollars,
plus businesses at Yonge & Dundas suffering from the destroyed look
for that huge amount of stall time, while loan sharks in Kazakhstan
searched for new monies from even shakier banks...
Yonge & Bloor construction site & sidewalk construction is another
travesty-but let's not get into that...
Overdevelopment of Rosedale, & City of Toronto approval of condo flip
high rise slab buildings is proving to debilitate both businesses &
residents...The narrowing of the arty street Scollard, to accomodate
zoning density bylaw amendments has meant greater pet by car
casualties, human car collisions, lack of green space for those
singles without children whose pet needs to pee or poo outside but
cannot find space...
I live on McMurrich street across from the zone density amended
property (from 2.0 to 11.9) ...Our already too trafficked street, has
no other older homes left- all have been destroyed already...The last
low rise buildings are now at stake-shall we kill all the old people
too since they are not young & gorgeous enough?
Moriyama's studio is a masterpiece of a credo for an office...Shall we
destroy our legacy to the one who brought us the wonderful Science
Centre? The Metro Library-which is haven to so many with no place to
go & no books to read? The War Museum in Ottawa? Are we trashing
Moriyama's studio because the aesthetic is too modern for our
Victorian tastes? Only Victorian style buildings could possibly be
heritage nominated, no? Really?
The tenant, who is being evicted has lived in her home for 40
years...As a gardener, with 5 cats & a possible rental allowance for a
new residence at around 400 dollars potentially a month, maybe your
office would be so kind to find her a new home...I found absolutely no
rental listings in all of Ontario for 400 dollars a month pets allowed
(with 5 as a probable impossibility)...
Maybe your office could be so kind as to inform the developers that
they will have to provide housing for the tenant, since her gardening
care of her property has raised aesthetic, perceived & actual market
values on the entire property for 30 years...
At the very least, pass a stop destruction order on the Moriyama
studio, lest we destroy a Natioanl Hero's legacy...at the very
GroveCanada (60 posts) Aug 10, 2009; 11:43am Re: Notice of Intention to Designate 32 Davenport road, 12-22 McMurrich street Heritage Property Pursuant to Section 29 Ontario Heritage Act
Copy & Paste this link for more information about getting a property protected as Heritage in Toronto, ONtario, Canada
GroveCanada (60 posts) Aug 10, 2009; 11:46am Re: Notice of Intention to Designate 32 Davenport road, 12-22 McMurrich street Heritage Property Pursuant to Section 29 Ontario Heritage Act
Are heritage grants available?
Answer The Toronto Heritage Grant Program encourages the conservation of properties designated under Part IV or V of the Ontario Heritage Act in the City of Toronto through matching grant funding of up to 50% of the estimated cost of eligible heritage conservation work. Details about eligibility requirements, the application process and public workshops are available on our website.
Question What is the Tax Rebate Program?
Answer The City of Toronto's Heritage Property Tax Rebate Program provides eligible heritage property owners with a 40% rebate on their municipal and educational property taxes for the eligible heritage portions of their property. To be eligible for this program, properties must be designated under Part IV or V of the Ontario Heritage Act and subject to a Heritage Easement Agreement (as of September 30, 2006).
GroveCanada (60 posts) Aug 11, 2009; 06:09am Re: Notice of Intention to Designate 32 Davenport road, 12-22 McMurrich street Heritage Property Pursuant to Section 29 Ontario Heritage Act
Loan money fraudulently obtained from bank with cooperation of bank employees in order to defraud bank with mortage scam...FBI goes undercover & catch fraud employees insiders who help to fake papers that help the bank to make loans so that the criminals can buy houses...(Where did the money come from to buy the whole Moriyama property????) a fake loan that will default, After the property is torn down?
GroveCanada (60 posts) Aug 11, 2009; 06:20am Re: Notice of Intention to Designate 32 Davenport road, 12-22 McMurrich street Heritage Property Pursuant to Section 29 Ontario Heritage Act
Excerpts from a conversation online about the development at Balmuto, near the Manu-Life Centre...Another DEFAULT on loan...(really, if all of these loans were fraudulently obtained, shouldn't the City of Toronto check before they allow sales of properties & Destruction of property based on fraud loan monies that will default??? Why? because we can't get our Toronto buildings back that they fraudulently bought & tore down , can we?)& the tenants who were evicted????
Bazis has defaulted on its land loan since December 2008; Buyers for units from floor 68 to 80 will get their money back
Toronto Star, July 18 2009
Lenders deferred request to place the project into receivership today and sell the property after negotiating all day with Bazis lawyers; Judge Siegel adjourned to August 18, 2009
Bloomberg, July 20 2009
Planned glass tower condo and hotel project may be dead; Bazis will sell the land to an unnamed buyer
Toronto Star, July 22 2009
GroveCanada (60 posts) Aug 11, 2009; 01:17pm Re: Notice of Intention to Designate 32 Davenport road, 12-22 McMurrich street Heritage Property Pursuant to Section 29 Ontario Heritage Act
The number of bankruptcies rose by a staggering 51.6 per cent in June compared to the year before, as more Canadian consumers and businesses were unable to pay their debt.
The report from the Office of the Superintendent of Bankruptcy of Canada, released yesterday, shows there were 11,338 filings in June, up from 7,478 for June, 2008.
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GroveCanada (60 posts) Aug 12, 2009; 01:11pm Re: Notice of Intention to Designate 32 Davenport road, 12-22 McMurrich street Heritage Property Pursuant to Section 29 Ontario Heritage Act
I wrote an article at www.grovecanada.biz on the page called Newspaper, first article, if you click on it you will see it, click on the link at the top of the article for full page version, you can also easily download it & get a pdf file...
Can you put a link on your newspaper? Or write your own take on the issues? Sept. 15 at City Hall they will decide whether to tear down all or not..Anyone is welcome to come & speak...or write a letter...(meeting is all afternoon)10 days later property will be destroyed if the go ahead is given...This is pretty important...
I will understand if you think the content is too volatile for your publication...thank you for your time, Sari Grove http://www.yorkvillenews.ca/
GroveCanada (60 posts) Aug 13, 2009; 09:40am Re: Notice of Intention to Designate 32 Davenport road, 12-22 McMurrich street Heritage Property Pursuant to Section 29 Ontario Heritage Act
I have a slide show on Flickr of photos of the buildings in question, as well as photos documenting the night we found the cat that was struck by a car, which seemed very odd, as it seemed placed on purpose on the path we jog on, which was just a few days after we were told the threat " things could get ugly if the tenat does not move out" ...(Developers Lifetime urban development, Halcyon Investments, Prince Alwaleed, Four Seasons, & Menkes, have spent 50 thousand dollars so far in 3 years (another 25K for 2009) on lawyers to try to evict the tenant...which is why the death threats have started I believe...) The meeting at City Hall is all afternoon, & anyone is welcome to come to support the bid to block destruction of all property & stop the condo development...-even if just based on how they are operating, this may be how you do business in Saudi Arabia, but not TORONTO!
GroveCanada (60 posts) Aug 14, 2009; 08:01am Re: Notice of Intention to Designate 32 Davenport road, 12-22 McMurrich street Heritage Property Pursuant to Section 29 Ontario Heritage Act
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here are photos of what it looks like to tear down a home...Kindof like a slow motion of a man in front of a firing squad...Number 18 McMurrich street, the white house, when I touched the wall, (I was trying to cover the vulgar graffiti the developer's sons (speculating here) spray-painted in orange...when I touched the wall, it was sentient, you know, had spirit- this home, once a wooden home in 1890, then plastered & covered with brick, has seen over a century of life in Toronto- of course it is alive...
GroveCanada (60 posts) Aug 15, 2009; 02:27pm Re: Notice of Intention to Designate 32 Davenport road, 12-22 McMurrich street Heritage Property Pursuant to Section 29 Ontario Heritage Act
Two more things...1) Across from 18 Davenport road near Yonge street used to be a pigeon park with trees & grass...Developers, Shiu Pong, bought the whole piece of land that borders onto Yonge, between Scollard st. & Davenport road. where Holy Chow is...They destroyed the green park with the trees & the grass...They built a condo building beside what once was the park...The development carved out the green park first, so they could put their cars & trucks & digging machines on the parkland space while building the condo...The development still has not replaced the green grass the trees or the park...The pigeons have been sitting in construction dirt for 5 years now while they built their condo, while construction workers ran over a pigeon early in the morning...or two...Now, what is also pertinent to note, is this was the only green park near to the elderly & handicapped person subsidized apartments across the street at 18 Davenport road...This was the closest green space...Now, elderly or handicapped or call them disabled people, in subsidized housing don't have money to linger in Starbucks, nor do the pigeons, starling, raccoons, trees, or grass or flowers...Destroying this little park was actually very very significant to those people, flora, fauna & species...Now they face a concrete dust jungle...Sure, people say "they will rebuild the park..." But what of the 5 years still going on to present with no park? Just machines & dirt? (while developers scramble for more speculative loan money to cover debts as they PONZI scheme from one creditor to another...)???It has been very depressing for those residents...Last week an 81 year old man jumped off his balcony to his death...Why? Well, I guess he was depressed...why was he depressed? Because, let me venture a guess, he was old & poor & had nothing to live for...Would NOT destroying the park that was across the street from him have made him feel happier? Venturing another guess I'll say YES...Who cares if they ARE GOING to build another park? What about the 5 years STALL while the older people look at dirt & machines...Life is what happens while you are making plans- death is what happens when you destroy green parks with future promises of rebuilding...You can't destroy a tree and rebuild it...It is not the same tree...You cannot kill a man & replace him...It is not the same person...You cannot destroy a park & say that you will replace it...It is irreplaceable...Our disposable economy is destroying our self-worth...Cut down a tree, plant a new one 5 years later...No...I is not right...And the cement parks with dirt holes for trees are not parks, they are museums...The habitat & ecosystem of a tree is vast...
GroveCanada (60 posts) Aug 15, 2009; 02:32pm Re: Notice of Intention to Designate 32 Davenport road, 12-22 McMurrich street Heritage Property Pursuant to Section 29 Ontario Heritage Act
The Calgary Stampede decided to charge Native Indians admission...All bands agreed but one...They did a rain dance, & the pounding of their drums stimulated the clouds to burst forth into rain...This was the very first time it rained at The Calgary Stampede...Soon after, the Stampede reversed its decison to charge admission to native Indians...
This is a warning to developers who think they can tear down 32 Davenport road, Moriyama's studio, 16 McMurrich street, the old schoolhouse, & 18 & 20 McMurrich, the 1890s homes, one being occupied still by the gardener lady...A gardener is like a Native Indian, beware, this is holy people...Green people...Karma for those who cross green people is bad...
I hope Lifetime Urban developments will be wise enough to leave that green lady alone, for fear of standing where angels fear to trade...Story told to me by our mailman...
GroveCanada (60 posts) Aug 17, 2009; 11:50pm Re: Notice of Intention to Designate 32 Davenport road, 12-22 McMurrich street Heritage Property Pursuant to Section 29 Ontario Heritage Act
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Notes: at highway 7 and the airport they are restoring a church that is 90 years old...Instead of repainting the brick, they chose to sandblast & expose the existing brick...The white house at 18 McMurrich might look better with just the red brick showing...or re-bricking the whole face...It is dated at somewhere between 1890 & 1910...
GroveCanada (60 posts) Aug 17, 2009; 11:53pm Re: Notice of Intention to Designate 32 Davenport road, 12-22 McMurrich street Heritage Property Pursuant to Section 29 Ontario Heritage Act
Construction workers could ask for 15 thousand dollars a month instead of ten...Then that would be one hundred and eighty thousand dollars a year...They won't get that, but if they ask for 180K a year, they will get a decent counter-offer...Maybe 12.5 grand a month, instead of ten...hey, it's time for a raise don't ya think? ( at 10 grand a unit to build, developers sell each for 160K, why don't construction workers take a bigger piece of that pie? They are the ones doing the real work anyway...(ok, that's enough, I'll shut up now)...
GroveCanada (60 posts) Aug 21, 2009; 09:17am Re: Notice of Intention to Designate 32 Davenport road, 12-22 McMurrich street Heritage Property Pursuant to Section 29 Ontario Heritage Act
Your Green Home, also, (assholes), so conveniently, started working loudly drilling on unit number 401 in my building...I say conveniently, because the noise pollution that they created in my own home is enough to disrupt me from writing this article ...How interesting that close to where I live, all of a sudden, two weeks ago, loud annoying drilling renovation noises have begun...The asshole developers have hired a man named Chris under the guise of a "Green" company to disturb the peace & harass those who support goals opposite to their greedy profit-making goals...
GroveCanada (60 posts) Aug 23, 2009; 02:01am Re: Notice of Intention to Designate 32 Davenport road, 12-22 McMurrich street Heritage Property Pursuant to Section 29 Ontario Heritage Act
The 5 cats are...Paprika a large lovely gorgeous male sometimes sits near the front door screen, Kyree a longer hair fluffy free spirit black lady cat likes to wander & visit people, Shaman a grey patched with white mostly thicker waist male comes around sometimes, Isise a smaller grey patch with mostly white lady feline shyer also will walk by but runs from noise, & a lady all grey mostly indoors darling feline I think her name is Angel...
GroveCanada (60 posts) Aug 23, 2009; 02:25pm Re: Notice of Intention to Designate 32 Davenport road, 12-22 McMurrich street Heritage Property Pursuant to Section 29 Ontario Heritage Act
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Tipster Entered: 8/12/2009 8:32:00 PM
The reason I reported the 5 men smoking cigarettes right in front of the front screen door (with space for cats), was that the neighbour had received a veiled threat recently (2 weeks) at night, a man walked by & whispered "you'd better watch out someone could torch this place"...If one of the 5 cigarettes were casually left burning or tossed through the space in the screen door- the whole place could blow because that house has a gas furnace...The fact that the 5 men were from Pakistan made me feel weird, like it was a terrorist cell group like I have heard about on television...
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Tipster Entered: 8/17/2009 1:27:00 AM
Ok, No...(background to how this whole thing started & notes to the first crime that triggered the sale of the property that led to the new owners harassing the tenant etc. In the light of NEW information- the Moriyama property should never have been sold because Mr. Moriyama was threatened with his life to sell...That is how this Saudi money is buying up all the best properties in Toronto- they pick a piece of land, then harass the owner...Mr. Moriyama is terrified for his life, must be, is why he sold so fast...)
The 22 million dollar lawsuit against Mr. Moriyama, as mentioned below (dear Police people, I wrote an article documenting what I know, it is located at www.grovecanada.biz on the page called Newspaper, first article titled Notice of Intention to designate as heritage etcetera...If you promise not to use my notes against me you may read the whole thing, it is rough but I think this issue is rather important to protecting our country right now), was How the Prince Alwaleed people, threatened & harassed Mr. Moriyama to sell his own property in the first place...Everyone in the neighbourhood Knew, Mr. Moriyama loved this rare, expensive & unique piece of old property, Historic, & that he had said he Never wanted to sell, ever...So, why did he sell All of a sudden, 4 weeks after the conclusion of a very weird & potentially damaging Nuisance reckless lawsuit??? Because the Saudis picked the best property in the country for their "Mosque slash Condos" & went after it by causing fear in the heart of the landowner...AND THAT IS HOW THE PROPERTY GOT SOLD...THREATS HARASSMENT AND FEAR...Poor Mr. Moriyama is afraid for his life & the life of his children...
Tipster Entered: 8/17/2009 1:33:00 AM
The lawsuit was the harassment that made Mr. Moriyama sell..The story of the lawsuit was told to me late last night by the tenant...Apparently a 22 million dollar lawsuit was what prompted the sale of this piece of land...The lawsuit said that the police took the tenant's ladder, moved it to a neighbour's home, climbed her back window, raped her ...& that because the ladder was on Moriyama's property, via his tenant, he was being sued for 22 million dollars for the neighbour getting raped...After the case was heard & the person suing lost, Mr. Moriyama, the landowner sold his property fast to the harassing Saudi money developers (Prince Alwaleed) & sent the tenant an NC-13 to get out quickly cause the whole thing was going to be demolished HIS BELOVED STUDIO !!!! No one could figure why he sold, no one...Now we know, they sent a 22 milion dollar police rape ladder lawsuit to the courts, that could have destroyed his whole reputation...They said the POLICE raped her with a ladder taken from the tenat's home...The POLICE...You guys have got to act on this one...The property should NEVER have been sold...Never...The new owners are criminals & thieves...You have got to give the land back...or arrest the Prince Alwaleed people...either the Prince, & his underlings, or just the Prince...send him to jail...
Tipster Entered: 8/17/2009 2:09:00 AM
As part of the harassment against the tenat at 20 mcMurrich street, a raccoon that was living in 18 mcMurrich in a burrow hole in the side of the downstairs of the building, this raccoon which was being taken care of by the tenant (Dora Cotteral) was seen by me & my husband near to the Four Seasons Residences construction site at Bay street just north of Yorkville late one night this summer ... I believe construction workers on the site injured this raccoon mortally, though it came home, our concierge heard its shrieks of pain coming from across the street...I was afraid to approach the wounded animal...The tenant who cared for the racoon sporadically, left a voicemail message for me one morning after, that she was rushing a very very injured racoon to the Toronto Humane Society...For want of evidence, perhaps you can get the construction workers on The Four Seasons Residences site on animal abuse charges (like Michael Vick)...The raccoon, I am not sure exactly, but pretty sure he didn't make it...The Humane Society would know better...I did not ask my neighbour for fear she would tell me, & I would feel more sad, as I love raccoons too...
The reason I think the construction workers wounded the raccoon on purpose is because when I complained about the construction trucks running over the pigeons in the morning at the new condo at Davenport above Holee Chow (Shiu Pong developer) they ran over another one ON PURPOSE the next day to show that they could do whatever they pleased & could kill pigeons whenever they wanted & noone would do anything...Remember, the construction workers on the Four Seasons Residence on bay the 350 million dollar mosque slash condo hotel will be the same development company as the one for McMurrich street, the one now in question...
Raccoons killed, a cat killed, pigeons killed, fire threats, cruelty threats, vicious 22 million dollar lawsuits on the landowner so he would sell his good piece of historical land, flooding so the 18 McMurrich tenant would move, cables being cut so no computer service, water being turned off so no shower- who is going to ARREST these people???? Killing the raccoon I forgot to report before...so that is my new report...The devlopment company's construction workers at Bay street wounded a raccoon who later died at The Humane Society on River street & they will attest to that, I am sure...(& while we're at it, let's make some animal laws so if somene kills our wildlife on purpose as a threat or any other vicious criminal reason, they go to jail...)
Tipster Entered: 8/17/2009 2:10:00 AM
p.s. sorry for the typographical errors in submissions... I am not a typist...
Tipster Entered: 8/19/2009 6:39:00 AM
Dear Police officers, the above is a link to my full article concerning happenings across the street at 32 Davenport road, & 12, 14, 16, 18, 20, 22 McMurrich street, & also some things involving the building where I live...Due to the fact that Sam Herzog, the partner to Mel pearl, at Lifetime Urban developments, has been put on the police board for 2007 to 2010, I am going to have to assume that the police have been corrupted from the inside...I assume that internal affairs should be notified immediately, if not, I will alert higher authorities than the police to investigate , dismiss, deport, & jail, suspected terrorists, & their associated familial cell groups...
You may copy & paste the link into a browser to read the full article & I encourage those who are not corrupted(read 'insider terrorists') to defend their country...
Tipster Entered: 8/19/2009 6:47:00 AM
It is entirely possible that Mel Pearl & Sam Herzog of Lifetime Urban Developments, & their extended families are being held emotionally hostage by Prince Alwaleed's henchmen insofar as they may have had threats put on their lives, which is causing them to act in such an unusual fashion...Or they may be criminals...But after watching too many episodes of 24, where relatively normal people did illegal things because a family member was directly threatened, it is possible these Canadian developers are themselves targets...Please investigate the whereabouts of mel pearl in particular- I cannot find him- I was hoping to have a little neighbour to neighbour face to face chat with him about what he is doing to his new tenant...(as a new owner in this area, it is only polite to do a meet & greet, don't you think?)
Tipster Entered: 8/23/2009 1:20:00 PM
Ok, I found out how Mr. Raymond Moriyama was harassed by developers to sell his piece of land at 32 Davenport road & 12-22 McMurrich street...This is a REPORTABLE CRIME...
The developers got a lady lawyer to move into one of the new townhouses on McMurrich street....She created a nuisance 22 million dollar lawsuit against Mr. Moriyama saying that a ladder belonging to a tenant at 20 mcMurrich street on property he owned was used by the Metro Toronto Police to climb up to this lady lawyer's bedroom window & rape her & she sued Mr. Moriyama for 22 million dollars in damages because the ladder was on property he owned...Mr. Moriyama sold his property six weeks later after the lady lost the lawsuit...(BUt the harassment was so great that Mr. Moriyama sold his beloved property with the studio, the schoolhouse & the 100 year old homes...)
I am pretty sure this form of HARASSMENT by the developers (who obviously created this lawsuit to force the owner to sell) is A CRIMINAL OFFENCE... I am sorry, but this whole thing has been very hard to prosecute...But this should stick in court...
Tipster Entered: 8/23/2009 1:24:00 PM
Also...By the way...Last Saturday night after midnight (technically early Sunday morning), I was hula hooping(yes, hula hooping) with three other women South of Queen Street, west of Bathurst in Toronto...Two men approached & joined us...One introduced himself to me as Ryan...he had possibly bleached blonde hair, but otherwise looked similar to the photos of this Ryan Jenkins character police have been looking for in Vancouver B.C. ...I thought I should report that possibly this Ryan person is in Toronto-at least maybe late late last Saturday night...I am only reporting this now because I hadn't seen the news story until this week & wasn't sure...
GroveCanada (60 posts) Aug 24, 2009; 10:53am Re: Notice of Intention to Designate 32 Davenport road, 12-22 McMurrich street Heritage Property Pursuant to Section 29 Ontario Heritage Act
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Thank you for listening to my phone speech today...I'm glad you can
record these things...
I keep updating my notes ta the page called Newspaper on my website at
www dot grovecanada dot biz
Click first link within first article for full page version...
Of course it all looks to be so much rambling, but it started as a
letter that my neighbour Dora asked me to write on her behalf, & after
I wrote the letter, I just kept writing & documenting happenings
I spoke one day to a lady who only just started with Moriyama &
Teshima, while delivering my much shorter letter-turned into a 5 & 1/2
listening session on my part...
Most importantly communication between all residents is important...
I am sorry I am so late in the game...I honestly never thought anything
would get approved, seeing as the homes are 100 year old beauties, the
schoolhouse a charm & Moriyama & Teshima's studio a showpiece...
Sorry also for my french (swearing helps me think sometimes) as well as
insults scattered around...I hadn't ever spoken to you & the time I
phoned your office years ago I got a voicemail automated service, which
though I use voicemail myself- can't stand it on others...so I gave up,
leaving no message...
I am not a lawyer, nor a banker , I am an artist, so my methods are not
as convential as perhaps the Heritage Preservation Board would like...
However I do think the buildings have merit on their own without me &
should be restored...Brutalist architecture is perfect for cold
climates, & the bias against that style should be addressed if board
memebrs would prefer only to save Victorian Gargoyles & corinthian
You have a master's in Environmental Sciences...As you know, it is not
green to destroy architecture that is functional to the present...The
willful destruction that has happened by the new owners does not
constitute sufficient argument for their case- & they should be reminded
immediately to clean up their properties, restore & repair in
anticipation of Heritage preservation...
My allegations of treason during a war time have been reported to the
police already...Helping terrorist sympathisers to destroy our City
as a revenge vendetta for some far off ill conceived Palestinian
terrorist cause constitutes High Treason, with life imprisonment as
sentencing...(I think they are targeting specific demographics in our
city to ruin their homes, as a perceived revenge for palestinian
people's being displaced from their homes in Israel...-of course it
sounds ludicrous, but what if there is a kernel of truth???)
My article on my website is open for printing & copying, just get to
full page version & click print on a computer...I add paragraphs
daily, as I understand situations better...
Thank you for listening, & apologies again for any insults within my
GroveCanada (60 posts) Aug 24, 2009; 04:08pm Re: Notice of Intention to Designate 32 Davenport road, 12-22 McMurrich street Heritage Property Pursuant to Section 29 Ontario Heritage Act
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Hello Scott Barrett!
Sorry I missed your call, I was typing, which is not my forte, while
thinking...Didn't want to break my stream of thought...
I keep adding to my now overladen letter, which can be found at www dot
grovecanada dot biz
On the page titled "newspaper" ... If you click the link within the
article, it all expands to full page...
Some of what I have written is more political than architectural, but
it sure explains how the property ended up in the hands of owners who
want not to restore & preserve it...
It is called "unlawful stalking" when an owner is harassed to sell...
A 22 million dollar nuisance lawsuit was the catalyst, & Mr. Moriyama
was forced to sell soon after...
I am reporting this because I feel people in the city should know how
properties like these are being sold & why...
It never should have changed hands, & certainly not to be torn down...
Do excuse my french...It is all a bit hasty...But the meeting is on
September 15 to decide the fate of these 100 year old homes, the
schoolhouse & of course Moriyama Teshima studio, so 10 days later it can
be destroyed if they get their unscrupulous way...
Even a stall while council decides could buy some time...Since the
garbage strike has thrown everybody behind- a temporary stop at least
while people take a look might be in order...
You sound lovely, nice to meet you over voicemail...
Sari Grove 416 924 9725
GroveCanada (60 posts) Sep 06, 2009; 08:43am Re: Notice of Intention to Designate 32 Davenport road, 12-22 McMurrich street Heritage Property Pursuant to Section 29 Ontario Heritage Act
What I mean to say, about the Ryan Jenkins comment, is why in the heck is the son of an architect from Alberta stalking me??? Could it be possibly that Jenkins is working for the developers who are working for Prince Alwaleed who is working for the palestinian taliban newly from Pakistan converts to terrorism cause who are working to once again try to kill all the jews? Again I repeat, why in the heck is the son of an architect following me around? These people play dirty...Don't worry, God is good & I'm ok...Dirt shows up better near clean things, so I'm just here to show you where to clean up...Ooops look another scumbag here...Better get your detergent out, this one's nasty!
Hey jenkins...we're on to you...What prostitution wasn't enough for Alberta? You had to sell your souls to the taliban? schmuckos...
Good luck with that...Hope you all like your gambling slot machines...You guys have alot of brains with your bright ideas...Whores, gambling & now organised crime- it's like a trio of badness...I just feel sorry for the cows...The only good people in Alberta right now...
GroveCanada (60 posts) Sep 09, 2009; 01:20pm Re: Notice of Intention to Designate 32 Davenport road, 12-22 McMurrich street Heritage Property Pursuant to Section 29 Ontario Heritage Act
In Summation, Seize Illegally Obtained Property ...
Posted by [GroveCanada] GroveCanada – Sep 08, 2009 • 08:04am
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The link above refers to a portion of law in Toronto, whereby if property is illegally obtained it can be seized by police, without the thieves being convicted of a crime...It is sufficient to create linkage between the property & the theft...precedent...
In the case of the sale of 32 Davenport road & 12-22 McMurrich street, all one parcel of land, the property was illegally obtained...Information has been revealed to the effect that the rightful owner of the property was harassed into selling, criminally harassed...It is on the record that a 22 million dollar nuisance lawsuit was levied against the rightful property owner in order to coerce him into selling...
If records are checked, you will find that a lady lawyer, a neighbour, living in the new adjoining townhouses on McMurrich street, levied a lawsuit against Raymond Moriyama, rightful property owner, stating that a an old cherry picking ladder, found on the premises of 20 McMurrich street, was stolen by the Metro Police, moved to the lady lawyer's townhouse, & used to climb up a rear bedroom window, & rape her...Damages for the alleged rape by the Metro police using the ladder taken from the property owned by Mr. Moriyama were put at 22 million dollars, supposedly to be paid, not by the metro police, not by the tenant who owned the ladder (which was used by her cats to enter & exit), but damages were to be paid by the rightful property owner...
After this stupid nuisance lawsuit case ended (she lost), the rightful property owner felt fear for himself & for his family, & sold the property he had not intended to sell...
It was 6 weeks after the end of the case that the tenant, who had helped with this ridiculous case of legal harassment, received an NC-13, meaning, the property was being sold to developers who were going to tear it all down...
The strict correlation between the legal harassment of the rightful property owner & the sale of the property, indicate that this property, though paid for with monies, was illegally obtained...Threats, harassment, stalking are all criminal activities, & are quite illegal concerning coercion to sell a property...
Theft is taking something that is not yours...Whether you leave money or not, if the owner did not want to part with the goods, it is still theft...
This property should be seized by the Metro Police in accordance with the same law mentioned in the link above, the law that allows seizure of stolen property by the police without conviction...
The property can be kept by the police in order to do good works, such as sheltering the existing tenants, & possibly, upon advisement, using the location as a headquarters for continuing investigations into this type of harassment in the City of Toronto, & later, the rest of Canada...
It will be interesting to note how many landowners have been harassed to sell their own land...
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GroveCanada (60 posts) Sep 21, 2009; 11:26pm Re: Notice of Intention to Designate 32 Davenport road, 12-22 McMurrich street Heritage Property Pursuant to Section 29 Ontario Heritage Act
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