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March 3, 2022, 7 pm by Zoom – Architecture and Heritage Preservation  

Zoom presentation by Jill Taylor, Restoration Architect

Jill Taylor co-founded Taylor Hazell Architects (THA) with Charles Hazell in 1992. The firm relocated to the Junction in November 2021, after purchasing and renovating the landmark William Speers Building at 2928 Dundas Street West.

Jill’s talk will be about the inspiration for her work, the importance of interdisciplinarity and humanities in architecture, and the firm’s hopes for activism in heritage preservation in the West Toronto Junction. 

Jill has been an architect since 1991, with a specialization in in the heritage field, as a courthouse designer, a designer of educational and cultural institutions, and in facility planning and programming. Prior to private practice she worked for the Ontario Heritage Trust. She is a highly regarded member of the heritage conservation field, and has served as Chair of ICOMOS Canada Committees, Chair of the Conservation Review Board of Ontario, President of the Canadian Association of Heritage Professionals, and served on committees related to government policy including on the Ontario Building Code. She has lectured for the National Trust, RAIC, Ontario Association of Architects, at international round tables and at the college and university level on issues of heritage, sustainability and accessibility. 

Prior to architecture, Jill studied Art History and Literature at the University of Toronto; she is a graduate of U of T, where she studied from 1976- 1982. 

Jill believes that the future of our land, water, cities and towns depends on urgent action now to sustain the valued natural and built environment. 

She has worked on heritage projects across Ontario that have integrated pure conservation of interior and exteriors of buildings with the adaptive reuse of spaces for modern use. She has a deep regard for the work of past architects, crafts people and labourers, and sees the imperative of sustaining good materials and techniques as a path to understanding a sustainable world. She is also an advocate of accessibility to heritage places, and facing the challenges that alteration within a heritage environment means for just access for all. Projects of note include, the Osgoode Hall Courthouse and Toronto Courthouse, Dundurn Castle and Conference Centre, the Humber College, Humber Arboretum, Jones Avenue School Reconstruction and York Memorial Collegiate Institute Reconstruction, and the Legislative Assembly of Ontario. She was a co-author of the City of Toronto Official Plan, Heritage Section 3.1.5. 

She is proud of an award-winning video available on the THA website called, Rolling with Rollo, a short documentary on barriers to access. www.taylorhazell.com

AFFILIATIONS OAA, MAA, FRAIC, CAHP, LEED ® AP

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Past Event – Speaker: Keith Ross Leckie – Thursday, February 3rd 2022 at 7 PM

Join local West-Bend author Keith Ross Leckie as he recounts the outrageous tale of one of Canada’s most mythologized families – the Donnellys!  The Donnellys were blamed for numerous arsons, murders, and inciting violence in their local community north of London Ontario. Five members of the same family were slain by locals in their home Feb 4th, 1880. This led to one of the most sensational murder trials in Canadian history. No one was ever convicted of the murders despite eyewitness accounts. The community keep the secrets of these murders hush-hush for nearly a hundred years.  But were the Donnellys really as black as historians think? 

Keith Ross Leckie, author of Coppermine (Viking, 2010), has worked in the film and television business as a dramatic scriptwriter for more than thirty years. His credits include multiple movies and miniseries, including Everest!, Shattered City, Milgaard, The Arrow and Lost in the Barrens. He is currently working with Bell Media to develop a dramatic series based on his book Cursed: Blood of the Donnellys. 

Minutes from December 2nd Meeting:

Past event: CPR Stories and the Junction History Quiz – Dec. 2nd at 7 PM by Zoom

Renowned CPR speaker and lifelong Junctionite Raymond Kennedy will share his fireside chat audio recording of “CPR STORIES” at the December 2nd meeting.  Raymond gave this talk at the 30th Anniversary of the Canadian Pacific Historical Association recently.  Raymond has lived and worked in these Toronto streets for over 80 years, being a CPR employee for 40 years including at the West Toronto Depot. He is also the webmaster of Old Time Trains, the largest website of Canadian Railway history and stories – trainweb.org/oldtimetrains.   

Raymond is the celebrated author of “German Spies Caught” in our Leader & Recorder 2017 Issue #1.  This story illustrates the quickness and the linguistic luck of Raymond’s grandfather in the capture of two German spies in the CPR yard east of Scarlett Road.  This story is just one of many in the audio recording, including one previously untold story of how a young brakeman saved a fast passenger train (The Steamboat Toronto-Port McNicoll) from a deadly wreck. Ask your questions live immediately afterward. 

Please join this renowned Canadian Railway expert and then test your knowledge with the Junction History Quiz, including local Indigenous history questions, at our December meeting! 

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Minutes from October 7th Meeting:

Past Event: OUR 2021 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

Meet our Executive!  Volunteer for a position!  Find out what we did!  Find out our plans!  Sit back and enjoy the frivolity! 

Thursday, November 4th at 7 PM

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The Society’s 2021 Annual General Meeting will convene by Zoom videoconference (telephone access available for those without internet access) at 7 pm on Thursday, November 4, 2021. Please review our Annual Report in advance and ‘bring’ it to the meeting on November 4th. Only paid-up members are entitled to vote at the AGM but other interested people are welcome to participate in the Zoom meeting. If you have not renewed your membership for 2021, please renew through wtjhs.ca or by cheque ($35 for individual, $40 for family) payable to WTJHS at 145 Annette Street, Toronto ON M6P 1P3. New members are welcome. The proposed agenda and additional material for the AGM will be posted by late October at wtjhs.ca, along with the Zoom invitation and instructions to join the meeting online or by telephone.

We’ll be talking about our Annual Report for 2020! Available for download HERE.

Volunteer Positions still available.  Details of these on our website HERE.  Interested? Contact us at junctionhistorical@gmail.com