HTO (PDF ebook)

ISBN-10: 1770561021
ISBN-13: 9781770561021
328 pp, Digital PDF
Nov 1 2008
$14.95 CAD
Toronto's Water from Lake Iroquois to Lost Rivers and Low-flow Toilets
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Drained by a half-dozen major watersheds, cut by a network of deep ravines and fronting on a Great Lake, Toronto is a city dominated by water. Recently, the trend of fettering Toronto’s water and putting it underground has been countered by persistent citizen-led efforts to recall and restore the city’s surface water. In HTO: Toronto’s Water from Lake Iroquois to Lost Rivers to Low-flow Toilets, thirty-four contributors examine the ever-changing interplay between nature and culture, and call into question the city’s past, present and future engagement with water.

HTO explores everything from waste disposal, waterfront reclamation and community watershed initiatives to the founding of the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority after Hurricane Hazel, a psychogeographic exploration of High Level Pumping Station and a critical look at the city’s Wet Weather Flow Management Master Plan. In between, there are descriptions of Toronto’s geological past, the history of Taddle Creek and a Ninjalicious-style tale of infiltration of the city’s storm sewers, complete with a colour-image section. Together, these essays provide a context for a critical observation of the city’s relationship to water, and how that relationship will have to change in the coming decades.

Includes essays by Richard Anderson, Bert Archer, Chris Bilton, James Brown, Michael Cook, Nick Eyles, Liz Forsberg, Mark Fram, Ed Freeman, Chris Hardwicke, Michael Harrison, Maggie Helwig, Lorraine Johnson, Joanna Kidd, John Lorinc, Robert MacDonald, Steven Manell, Michael McMahon, Shawn Micallef, Gary Miedema, Helen Mills, Mahesh Patel, Wayne Reeves, Frank Remiz, RiverSides, David Robertson, Jane Schmidt, Murray Seymour, Eduardo Sousa, Andrew Stewart, Kim Storey, Ron Williamson and Georgia Ydreos.

'HTO fittingly reminds readers ... that we have astonishing power to enact change ... invaluable' - Canadian Water Treatment

'poignant reminder to any city-dweller of the cultural, historical and environmental importance of fresh water, public health, lakes, rivers and streams' - Canadian Architect

'an intense and multifaceted approach to the relationship between the natural and urban world.' - Corporate Knights


Introduction: Bridging the past, present and future of Toronto's water


Ed Freedman – Formed and shaped by water: Toronto's early landscapes

Nick Eyles - Ravines, lagoons, cliffs and spits: The ups and downs of Lake Ontario

Ronald F. Williamson & Robert I. MacDonald - A resource like no other: Understanding the 11,000-year relationship between people and water

Chris Hardwicke & Wayne Reeves - Shapeshifters: Toronto's changing watersheds, streams and shorelines


Gary Miedema - When the rivers really ran: Water-powered industry in Toronto

Richard Anderson - The dustbins of history: Waste disposal in Toronto's ravines and valleys

Chris Bilton - Storm control: Hurricane Hazel and the evolution of flood control in Toronto

Mahesh Patel - The long haul: Integrating water, sewage, public health and city-building

Steven Mannell - A civic vision for water supply: The Toronto Water Works Extension Project

Michael McMahon - We all live downstream

Wayne Reeves - Addition and subtraction: The brook, the ravine and the waterworks


Shawn Micallef - Subterranean Toronto: Where the masquerading lakes lay

David A. Robertson & Andrew M. Stewart - The Garrison Creek mouth and the Queen's Wharf: Digging up 200 years of shoreline development

Michael Harrison - The vanishing creeks of South Etobicoke

Murray Seymour - Streamscape: Rivers of life in the city

Liz Forsberg & Georgia Ydreos - Participation/precipitation: Can community-based arts help keep us afloat?

Maggie Helwig - Downward

Michael Cook - Water underground: Exploring Toronto's sewers and drains


James Brown & Kim Storey - Buried Alive: Garrison Creek as a rediscovered extended waterfront

{interview} - The living machine: An interview with Helen Mills of the Lost Rivers Project

John Lorinc - The big gulp: How Toronto's Wet Weather Flow Management Master Plan (a name no one likes) will save the lake

Eduardo Sousa - Re-inhabiting Taddle Creek

Joanna Kidd - How the Toronto Bay Initiative reimagined Toronto Harbour

Mark Fram - A Tale of two waterfronts

Jennifer Bonnell - Bringing back the Don: Sixty years of community action

Jane Schmidt & Frank Remiz - High Park waterways: Forward to the past

RiverSides - Bringing in the rain: Is rainwater harvesting the solution to Toronto's energy and water needs?

Lorraine Johnson - Bogged down: Water-wise gardeners get the flush

Bert Archer - Eau de toilette, or how to behave when we're flush