Header photo: Laura Pedersen / National Post
Although there are 2,620 public libraries in Canada, it is possible that the condemned branches of Newfoundland are the most important of all. They are more than repositories of printed words. And they mean the world to people like Christine Dwyer.
At dawn on May 24, staff at the High Park Zoo drove down an asphalt path to unload their newest charges: two young capybaras, one male and one female, from a breeder in Texas. Moments later, the animals were gone.
The man in the photo goes by the name “Bambino.” He is seated, stone-faced, on the hood of a white Bentley, in a pose similar to the caricature behind him: a muscular man with a skeleton’s skull and a gold crown, surrounded by $100 bills, nude women and the CN Tower.
Based on the number of theatres still in business — fewer than 400 in North America, down from 4,000 in the 1950s — going to the drive-in appears to be a pastime on the ropes. But some owners say their trade isn’t dead. It isn’t even dying.
The floating seafood restaurant hosted weddings, bikini contests and thousands of patrons at Toronto Harbour. By the end, it was a shell of its former self. So it was that Captain Ivan “John” Letnik boarded his ship for one final voyage.
The City posted a video to prove the persistent, grating hum was caused by a road grader. But why, asked one resident, did the machine produce no sparks or scratch marks? Said another: “To me, it doesn’t add up.”
Kingston man still stuck in Indonesia — Kingston Whig-Standard (2014)
Canadian teacher Neil Bantleman was jailed in Indonesia in July 2014. But according to family and colleagues, neither he nor a fellow suspect committed any crime. “They have been detained without evidence,” Bantleman’s wife said. “It’s unlawful.”
Drive-in distress — Kingston Whig-Standard (2014)
Dan Wannemacher’s outdoor movie theatre was in the midst of a dismal opening month. The issue? Shadows, smell and pulsating sound from an asphalt-mixing project in a nearby lot. “I think it’ll ruin us,” Wannemacher said.
On the outside looking in — The Queen’s Journal (2013)
Scott fell off a 12-storey roof in 2002. At 44 years old, he’s spent about half his life in prison. Most days, he finds a quiet spot downtown, unfurls a tattered blanket and lays out two dog bowls. One story of homelessness, companionship and survival.