Monday, June 28, 2010
This building was built by grain merchant John F. Simmons in 1901. In 1906, the Brantford Willow Works moved into #63, then in 1909 expanded next door into #61, remaining in business here until closing in 1956. They produced and exported finely crafted wicker and rattan furniture, still collectible today; interestingly, the firm at one time had 35 acres of willow trees outside of the city from which they sourced some of their raw material.
Next to the left, at #65-69 Colborne St., is the Esquire Theatre, built 1937, now seen with its deco stone-Thunderbird marquee removed from the center top of the building - see earlier view here. Wonder where that stone Thunderbird is now??
McGuinty - Ontario's Great Leader and Deceiver-In-Chief - has vanished.
Jim Bradley's Liberal friends at the St.Catharines Standard have reported SFA regarding Jim Bradley's role in the secret order-in-council passed by his sneaky Liberal greaseballs earlier this month.
The St.Catharines Standard couldn't be bothered to report on or contact Liberal MPP Bradley to ask him details about this law amendment. There was NOTHING about it in the St.Catharines Standard, aka The Jim Bradley Fan Club. ['Why, by the time y'all find out what it was about, it'll have expired - so what's the big deal, anyway?']
No word about Jim Bradley explaining to his Niagara constituents how his Liberal law abides by our Charter rights. No explanations from Jim Bradley in his Fan Club at all!!
Why - it's as if Good Ole Jimmy (once again) has NOTHING WHATSOEVER to do with any of this!! ha ha ha
We all know what the Jim Bradley Fan Club (aka - in case ya fergot: the St.Catharines Standard) would have done had this happened under Harris! Come on - the reporters and editors would be spitting (and spinning) indignant denunciations by the paragraph load.
Now: nothing!! Bradley, Craitor, McGuinty, Bartolucci - vanished!
All we hear is the sound of media silence, when it comes to the Liberal King of Niagara.
Move along, now, people: there's nothing to see here!
Don't ask too many questions (especially about Liberals).
Don't ask whether this law was yet another example of McGuinty's smarmy Liberal secrecy and slithery duplicity!
Don't ask whether this law provoked and infuriated the rioters!
No, just bend over - once again - and let McGuinty's Liberals have their way with you.
Why, McGuinty's Liberal gangsters are hot'n'eager to victimize us again on Canada Day with their greatest gang-tax-rape yet of the Ontario taxpayer, with McGuinty's HST!!
So be a good taxpayer, bend over and take yer medicine from disgusting Dr. Dalton McGuinty.
Thursday, June 24, 2010
above: same view, Jun.30, 2010 - the lot is levelled; the tree, seen earlier at the left, has been removed.
Monday, June 14, 2010
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
On Jun.8, 2010, the first building to be demolished in the mass-demolition of the south side of Colborne St. in Brantford, Ont., was 35 Colborne St., where City Sign once was.
35-39 Colborne St. was the 'Huntington block', built in 1867 by Mr. Arunah Huntington (1795-1877), who had also been elected as Brantford's mayor in 1852.
In the video below, taken Jun.9, 2010, by R.Bobak, the westerly-half of the structure (the site of #35, demolished yesterday) was still being cleared; now visible in the rear is the center-wall of the easterly-half of the building (#39; recently Hollywood Hairstyling) which is to be demolished next.
Click 'Brantford Then and Now' below for more photos of the south-side Colborne St. area.
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
The Brantford Expositor's Heather Ibbotson wrote a detailed four-section feature article on these Colborne St. buildings, "A Walk on the South Side", which appeared in the May 15, 2010 edition, along with numerous photos, details, and descriptions about the history of the street and its people; some of the sections are seen below:
(click on photos to enlarge!)
Another good article in the Brantford Expositor was Ruth Lefler's article "South Colborne: a street that speaks" - check it out here.
Kathryn Blaze Carlson also wrote about the planned demolition in "The Block Battle" (see National Post, Jun.8, 2010) which had a neat photo-collage of Colborne St., below:
The above photographs in this post were taken by R.Bobak on a very cold Feb.8, 2010.
For my other photos of the front-facades of these same buildings, as seen from Colborne St., click here.