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Don’t sell the Hearn

Losing the landmark would be an irreparable blow to waterfront redevelopment.

Turbine Hall inside the Hearn. (Photo rendering courtesy of Luminato.)

Back when the Hearn Generating Station was opened in 1951, it was the largest enclosed space in Canada: a cavernous, 40,000-square-foot hulk on the waterfront that powered the surrounding city, until it was decommissioned in 1995.

Under Mike Harris, the province deregulated its energy system, and the Hearn was rendered obsolete. Asbestos insulation and gigantic turbomachinery were removed, and in 2002, the site was leased to Studios of America, though it’s technically still owned by Crown corporation Ontario Power Generation. The original plan was to build a gigantic film production studio, but in 2006 the idea was scuttled, though the abandoned, industrial-chic space has featured in a few movies since then.

In the intervening years, all three levels of government have been collaborating on an ambitious revitalization of the waterfront, including the Port Lands where the Hearn is located. Projections suggest as many as 40,000 people will move to the area in the decades to come.

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Twitter cracks down again on Ford satire accounts

The latest crackdown targeted accounts including one that tweeted out factual historical information.

A second Doug Ford satirical account, @frodnation2018, was suspended on Oct. 12, but it is unclear what suddenly prompted the suspension.

“I merely received the same vague letter claiming that it violated Twitter’s “impersonation” rules,” says Richard Feren, the man behind the account.

Another DoFo related account, @DougFordFacts—this one unrelated to Feren—was briefly suspended last week, but was reinstated after some minor modifications were made to its profile. Feren then discovered that the other Twitter account he runs, @FordYearsAgo, an informational account that tweeted historical facts and articles about the Fords from exactly four years to the day, was also suspended. He appealed the suspension, and received a vague form letter claiming impersonation again.

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Cookie baron’s factory lands could become massive new development

The realty company behind Liberty Village is now eyeing 27 acres in south Etobicoke.

Photo courtesy of Dan Arsenault, via the Torontoist Flickr Pool.

William Mellis Christie’s cookie empire once stretched across Toronto: factories on King Street East and on Adelaide, a family mansion on Queen’s Park Crescent, and, ultimately, a 27-acre plot in Mimico where, from 1948 up until 2012, Mr. Christie’s successors manufactured his famously good cookies under the shadow of the iconic, branded water tower.

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