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Toronto panda frolics adorably in the snow (for an international audience)

This week's wintery conditions brought travel delays and early do-we-or-don't-we? shovelling dilemmas. But they also brought along this lovely – nay, adorable – treat, broadcast by the venerable Washington Post itself: video of Da Mao, one of the Toronto Zoo's two giant pandas, playing in the cold white fluff.

The video isn't just a feel-good reminder of the cuteness our world has to offer, though. The Toronto Zoo is one of only six in North America to currently claim the winsome bamboo chomping east Asian bears among its menagerie. As it happens, one of the other six zoos is located in Washington D.C.

Catch the full video here. 
Source: Washington Post

2016 Olympic swimming trials to be held at currently-in-development Pan Am Sports Centre

As part of the city's preparations for the 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games, the Pan Am Sports Centre (TPASC) is currently being constructed at the University of Toronto Scarborough campus.

Now, it has been announced that the TPASC will host the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Swimming trials from April 5-10. 2016. It marks the first "legacy high performance sports event in Toronto that is a result of infrastructure built for the 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games," said an article that appeared in Swimming World Magazine. 

Here at Yonge Street, we've been exploring the legacy that the Pan Am/Parapan Am Games will leave on our city's infrastructure

"This is the first of many future hosting events for high performance athletes and sport in Toronto," says Professor Ira Jacobs, TPASC Chair and Dean of the Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education at the University of Toronto, in the article. 

"The Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre represents the single largest investment ever made in amateur sport development in Canada. Co-owned by the City of Toronto and the University of Toronto Scarborough, TPASC was developed in partnership with the Government of Canada and the Province of Ontario. TPASC will be the site of several events for the 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games, including all aquatics events," the article says.

Read the full story here
Original Source: Swimming World Magazine

The Aussies have their koalas, we have our gorillas

The Toronto Zoo has made the Cheapflight.com's list of the world's best zoos.
It was ranked in the top 10 along with Belize Zoo, Bronx Zoo, Dubai Underwater Zoo, Edinburgh Zoo, Lone Pine Tree Koala Sanctuary (Brisbane, Australia), National Zoo (Washington), San Diego Zoo, Singapore Zoo and Wuppertal Zoo.
"The more than 5,000 animals—covering more than 500 species—is a strong representation of the planet's creatures. Bring your camera for the 5-acre polar bear habitat or the Gorilla Rainforest, the globe's largest indoor habitat for lowland gorillas," writes the Huffington Post about the Toronto Zoo.
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Original source: Huffington Post 

How Scarborough Civic Centre's modernism started with a single tree

The Torontoist takes us through the history of the Scarborough Civic Centre, and how a single oak tree inspired its creation.

Designed in 1973 by architect Raymond Moriyama, the modernist geometric structure remains a well-used and iconic public space.
"A space station, a castle, a ship... make any fanciful comparison you will, but the Scarborough Civic Centre is open for business and pleasure."
"Such was the grand description applied to architect Raymond Moriyama’s geometric design in a 1973 tourism brochure, shortly after the Scarborough Civic Centre’s official opening on June 29 of that year. It was a building that would, at least for a time, be dubbed the jewel of Ontario."
"But it was a project the architect had initially been hesitant to get behind."
"Moriyama changed his mind when he saw the proposed development site. What has now become Scarborough Town Centre—home to its own mall, RT station, and bus terminal in addition to the Civic Centre complex—was, in the late 1960s, almost entirely farmland, with 'prominent strands of mature hardwood still intact.' The idea of preserving this streak of nature within an expanding urban context tickled the designer. His imagination was fired particularly by the presence of a single, old oak tree."

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original source Torontoist 
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