Hampton Landing by the Lake

When: Built circa 1996

Where: Provincial Place

Who: Begun by Bramalea Limited, but completed by Aspen Ridge Homes

What I Know: I cannot remember if Bramalea Limited actually begun construction in 1994/1995 before they went Bankrupt. I do remember visiting the model homes at the site in 1996 when Aspen Ridge Homes took over.

The format of these plans are large – 22 x 17 inches when opened, so they were a challenge to scan! I am not sure why builders moved to the format (many still have large plans), but they sure do make them hard to store, scan and share.

I am missing the plans for TH6 shown on the site plan (I am not sure what the name of the plan was), so if any of my readers has the plan I would love to add it. Also, if anyone has the original marketing materials from when Bramalea Limited had the project they would be good to share. I have always wondered if they had the exact same floor plans – as the images in the newspaper advertisements look the same.

The townhomes in this area are designed with tunnels leading from the back of the garage or basement to the yard allowing access for bringing a lawnmower through. This design element removes the need for right-of-way access through adjacent back yards as is the case in some freehold townhouse developments.

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Toronto Star, October 1, 1994
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Toronto Star, October 22, 1994

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Toronto Star, January 14, 1995

 

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Toronto Star, February 25, 1995
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Toronto Star, May 4, 1996
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This site plan from 1988 appears to be for condominium towers proposed for the site. I seem to recall reading or hearing about how there was local backlash towards this proposal as towers were seen as inappropriate for the area with its low-density housing.
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I am not sure where this article if from, but I found it among the plans I have for the P-Section.

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Times have changed…and so have standard features in houses.

Today when you buy a new house the builder may highlight their standard features such as hardwood floors, 9-foot ceilings or granite counters – but in the past standard features for houses were quite different. In some cases the features that were advertised may now be viewed as negatives. I pulled a handful of old marketing material for houses in Bramalea, and here is what I found – hopefully some of these will take you down memory lane!

Also, you can click on the neighbourhood names to link to the full posts on each area.

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Advertisement for houses in the A-Section (early 1960s). At the time wall paneling was a highlight and storm windows were common.

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Southgate Village in the D-Section (1965-1967). I am actually impressed that the houses came with shrubs! Some designs came with electric heating and carports…both of which may not seem like highlights today.

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Bramalea Townhouses in parts of the C, D and F-Sections (1970-1972). Drapery tracks were included!

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Westgate in the B-Section (1964-1965). I am not sure what a “Hollywood style vanity” is. At the time coloured bathroom fixtures and linoleum tiles were considered good standard features.

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Bramalea in Southdown Estates in Mississauga (c. 1972) – although similar plans were built in Bramalea. Aluminum siding was worthy of mention.

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Also from Southdown Estates. Formica and Arborite were seen as a plus as they are easy-to-clean!

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A final Southdown Estates example. Vinyl asbestos flooring! Eek! I am not sure that similar models built in Bramalea had this type of flooring…but it is possible.

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Bay Meadows in the M-Section (1976), and the design was likely also built in Other areas of Bramalea. What is a “post-formed” laminate counter?

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The Strand in the J and N-Sections (1981-1983). Quality broadloom, vinyl flooring and aluminium siding were all seen as worthy of mention as standard features.

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Blue Mount Estates in the L-Section (1980-1982). A paneled recreation room was seen as a good thing (I remember the one we had when I was a kid!), as well as a dropped ceiling with florescent lighting in the kitchen (remember the so-called “Florida ceilings”!).

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Showcase 2000 in the section without a letter (1982). What is a “hammered Swedish steel picket”? Also, remember when dishwashers were not standard and houses came with a cupboard that you could remove to add one if you wanted.

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Columbus Bay in the P-Section (1982-1985). Here upgrades included stippled ceilings, arborite or formica counters, a smoke detector (just one), and a coloured exhaust hood fan (I wonder how many colours they offered?).

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Nortonville Estates West in the L-Section (1988). Back when having a bidet and wet bar were popular.

Thirty or so years from now I am sure we will look back and muse about the standard features in houses built today!

 

Lakeview Homes in Professor’s Lake

Lakeview Homes’ largest development on Professor’s Lake is Columbus Bay (see my older post on Columbus Bay), yet the builder also had smaller developments in the P-Section. Below I will present each of them in chronological order and share the plans that I do have – although I am missing some.

Water’s Edge

When: Built circa 1981-1983

Where: Peregrine Grove

Who: Lakeview Estates

What I Know: These are some of Lakeview’s more unusual designs, and it appears that they only built 15 houses on one cul-de-sac. The article below suggests that there were to be other phases, but it looks like the project was re-branded and smaller (less-expensive) houses were built. Take note of the rising prices of the houses in just a few months…plus the 14 3/4% mortgage rates!

I only have one plan for the area…but I wish I had them all!

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Toronto Star, May 30, 1981
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Toronto Star, June 13, 1981 81jun20

Toronto Star, June 20, 1981

The 3-storey design in the article above was not actually built.

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Toronto Star, July 11, 1981

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Toronto Star, May 8, 1982

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Toronto Star, June 12, 1982

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Professor’s Lake

When: Built circa 1982-1983

Where: Peaceful Place, Philosophers Trail (parts)

Who: Lakeview Estates

What I Know: These are the narrowest and smallest detached houses in Professor’s Lake. The prices were also comparatively less compared to Water’s Edge – presumably due to the narrower lot widths and smaller house sizes. The neighbourhood was marketed along with Lakeview’s other local developments as houses “on a park” (in Brampton) and those “on a lake” (in Bramalea).

In 1982 Lakeview also started advertising the Columbus Bay development on Professor’s Lake, seemingly indicating another re-branding of the development as it moved east and south. They also introduced other, mostly larger, floor plans in Columbus Bay.

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Toronto Star, March 27, 1982b82apr3a

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Toronto Star, April 3, 1982

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Toronto Star, April 17, 1982 e82apr24

Toronto Star, April 24, 1982

Interestingly, the cul-de-sac depicted with 11 houses in Lakeview’s advertisements at the time does not appear to be any that actually exist on Professor’s Lake.

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Toronto Star, May 1, 1982
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Toronto Star, June 26, 1982 k82oct2

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Toronto Star, February 12, 1983

The advertisement above indicates that the Water’s Edge development and Professor’s Lake were both being sold at the same time – even though they were right next to each other.

Below are some of the plans for Lakeview’s Brampton “park” neighbourhoods, but I suspect that they are the same designs built on Professor’s Lake (perhaps with other plan names). In the Columbus Bay development, the Lake 19 design is the same as the Park 2 depicted below.

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The Landings

When: Built circa 1986

Where: Professor’s Lake Parkway (parts), Peachwood Place (parts), Pebble Beach Court, Pepperwood Place (parts)

Who: Lakeview

What I Know: The landings include of a limited number of houses that back directly on to Professor’s Lake and do not have a pathway behind. This phase has some of the larger plans from the Columbus Bay development and some even larger and wider designs. There are also what appear to be custom home designs within this area, but I do no know if Lakeview also built these houses, or if it was another builder.

Interestingly, in 1981 a 2,100 square foot design at Water’s Edge was offered for sale at $170,000, yet by 1986 a 2,530 square foot design at The Landings was offered for sale at $172,990. Ah, the ups and downs of the real estate market!

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As always, this blog is meant to be interactive and made better by my readers. So, if you want to share anything else that I do not know about the contents of the blog, please feel free to comment below or email me!

Emerald Cove

When: Built circa 1988-1990

Where: Pleasant Valley Place, Pineway Place, Pennington Place

Who: Bramalea Limited

What I Know: These were the last detached houses built directly backing on to Professor’s Lake.

The houses have features that epitomized luxury at the time, including large ensuite bathrooms, all with a large soaking tub and many with two sinks – plus every master bedroom has a walk-in-closet. Every house has a main floor laundry room and most have a grand staircase in a larger foyer. Two-storey rooms are interesting aspects of some of the plans.

It is interesting to track the price increases of the houses in a short time. For instance, the Bridgeport plan was $293,900 in April 1988 and by January 1990 it was $376,900!

The first house on Pennington Place is completely different from all of the plans. I suspect it may have been the original sales centre…but I am unsure.

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Toronto Star, April 1, 1989

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Toronto Star, March 3, 1990

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Anatomy of a Plan: The L-Shaped House

During the 1980s Bramalea Limited used one particular design more than any other in its advertising for Bramalea (and all of their developments). The design was the built as the Windsor in the Master’s Series in Deerchase in the N-Section. The house is distinctively characterized by an L-shaped facade with the door on an angle between the two arms of the L. Inside, the living and dining rooms are on each side of the entry, with a curved staircase punctuating the foyer.

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Homes Magazine, June/July 1987

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Toronto Star, August 25, 1984

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One of the earliest versions of an L-shape plan in Bramalea was in the late 1970s as one of the Limited Edition Homes built in Kimber Park in the J-Section and King’s Row in the L-Section. The Carlton and Edward II plans are essentially the same, and it was the largest and priciest design in Kimber Park when first built. Since the house is wider compared to the Windsor, the kitchen and dining room were tucked in behind the garage, with the living room facing the street and back yard. In later (and narrower) versions the dining room and living room locations swap places.

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Much like the Windsor, this design was also used extensively in advertising by Bramalea Limited at the time.

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Toronto Star, December 24, 197777oct8

Toronto Star, October 8, 1977

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Toronto Star, January 14, 1978

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Toronto Star, January 27, 1979

In Montara in the N-Section, c. 1987-1988, Bramalea Limited came up with a narrower version of the L-shape plan. The angled front door and the living and dining rooms on each side of the entry remain the same, but the narrowness of the house squeezed out the grand foyer with curved staircase. As is common with all of these L-shaped plans, the family room is across the back of the house.

The wider versions of this house type have the luxury of space surrounding the house to make the street view quite grand. The narrower the house, there is less front yard space is to make a grand statement. Few versions of the Cottonwood were actually built, yet it presents the best facade to the street when sited on a corner lot – as was done in a few cases. The Windsor plan, first introduced at the beginning of this post, is the most popular plan built on corner lots in The Master’s Series in Deerchase for the same reason.

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At the end of the 1980s, Bramalea Limited offered the Saratoga plan at Emerald Cove on Professor’s Lake. While the door is not on an angle, the L-shape facade with the living and dining room on each side and grand foyer remains. For some reason this design was not very popular and it appears that only one was ever built in the area.

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As a different take on the L-shaped design, around 1986 Bramalea Limited created this plan for their Fairfields community in Unionville. It has the same layout of living and dining room on each side of the foyer with curved staircase, yet has the unusual feature of a conversation pit at the back of the house – a throwback to the 1970s. Why did conversation pits go out of style? I think they are fantastic and a great spot to gather by the fireplace.

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Missing floor plans needed!

Hello BramaleaBlog readers! I wanted to take the time to thank you all for reading the blog and your comments, questions and stories. As you may have noticed in some of my postings, there are some plans that I am still missing for certain areas in Bramalea. I want to make this blog as complete as possible with all of the plans for houses in Bramalea. As such, below is a list of elusive plans that I do not have, and would love to share with readers. If you have any of the plans, please let me know at bramaleablog@gmail.com

I will continue to share my collection of plans, marketing materials, articles and insights on Bramalea in new posts – as I still have so much to share!

Here is the list, organised by letter section (I am shocked that it is so long, So please help me shorten it!):

A-Section:

– Any of the homes in the A-Section

B-Section:

– Bramalea Hamlet

– Townhouses on Briar Path

– Any of the detached and semi-detached houses not a part of Westgate

– Townhouses on Balmoral Drive

C-Section:

– Any of the plans for Bramalea-on-the-Park (there were a few builders who constructed houses in the area)

D-Section:

– Townhouses by Jannitt on Darras Court

– Any of the houses built under the H.O.M.E plan

E-Section:

– Any of the houses built under the H.O.M.E plan

– Townhouses on Enderby Crescent, Ellerslie Road, Ellis Drive and Enmount Drive

– Townhouses on Eden Park Drive

– Coventry Gardens

F-Section:

– Any of the houses built under the H.O.M.E plan

– The gates of Bramalea by Consolidated Building Corporation at 475 Bramalea Road

– California Club Townhouses by Bramalea Consolidated Developments

– Concept 3/Folkstone Terrace original marketing material/plans

G-Section:

– Plans built by Del-Zotto

– Bramble Tree Hamlet by Coventry

– Semi-detached houses built by Coventry

– Greenmount Gardens by Bramalea Consolidated Developments

– Cumberland Manor by Bramalea Consolidated Developments

– Northgate by Bramalea Consolidated Developments – I am missing the following plans: Maui, Viking, Florence, Kingston, Eldorado, Oakland.

– Zero lot-line houses and adjacent townhouses

H-Section: 

– Zero lot-line houses and adjacent townhouses (I have some, but am missing quite a few, and I have none of the townhouse plans)

– Houses on Heatherington Place

– Sierra condos by Bramalea Limited

J-Section:

– Plans by DelZotto

– Kimber Park by Bramalea Consolidated Developments

– Portland Estates by Bramalea Consolidated Developments

K-Section:

– Any of the condominium plans

L-Section: 

– Moore Park by Bramalea Limited

– Whitehall at Bramalea – I grew up on Longbourne Crescent, so I am desperate to have these plans!

– Bramalea Estates Semis by Bramalea Limited

– Bramalea Woods South by Wycliffe

– Eastcrest homes on Leander Street

– Laura Drive and Lime Ridge Drive by Bramalea Limited

– Ladin Drive and Lupin Court  by Bramalea Limited

– Lakeride Drive and Lehar Court by Fram Building Group

– The 30′ lot houses by Broles on Leeward Drive

– Courtyards of Bramalea Woods

– Townhouses on Vodden Street at Parr Lake South

M-Section:

– Poplar Developments: parts of Maidstone Crescent and Mansfield Street

– Eastcrest Homes: area surrounding Maitland Street

– Georgian Group in Bramalea Estates

– Houses on Madras Place (perhaps LCD Homes or Senna Brothers…not sure)

– Bay Meadows by Bramalea Consolidated Developments (I have some plans, but not all)

– Ashton Crescent

– Northcliffe Gardens by Kerbel/Darcel on Moregate Crescent

– Cedar Glen townhouses by Bramalea Limited on McMullen Crescent and Guildford Crescent

– The Village Three by Bramalea Limited on Morley Crescent

– Sadler Oaks by Ashton Woods homes on Borden Hill Crescent and Wolverton Crescent

– Townhouses on Middleton Way

– Townhouses on Carisbrooke Court

N-Section:

– The Classic Edition by Bramalea Limited

– Nasmith Park by Bramalea Limited

– Montara Woods by Bramalea Limited

– Houses on southeast part of Nanport Street (builder unknown)

– Garden Series plans and corner designs from Montage on the Park by Bramalea Limited

P-Section:

– Water’s Edge by Lakeview Homes

Section without a letter:

– Orchard Place by Kerbel/Darcel on Carleton Place and Franklin Court

– Ritz Towers by Bramalea Limited

 

Thanks once again!

Columbus Bay

When: Built circa 1982-1985

Where: Philosopher’s Trail (parts), Pelican Wood, Peggy-Anne Cove, Petal Point, Pickerel Ridge, Parthenon Square, Piccadilly Place, Priscilla Court, Paradise Gardens, Pretty Place, Piccolo Wood, Porteous Circle (parts), Panda Lane.

Who: Built by Lakeview Homes/Lakeview Estates

What I know: This is one of many phases in the area that Lakeview Homes built. The street names in the area are quite unique, with many ending in terms other than street, road, or crescent.

In 1983 a series of advertisements were published which promoted the turrets and towers available on the houses. It appears as though few people chose that style as not many were built.

The number of plans offered is impressive, with almost 30 in this phase alone. I have most of the plans, but appear to be missing a few, including the Lake 22 and Lake 23. Many of their plans were also built at other sites, including Brampton Olde Towne in the west end of the city. I have a Flickr page with the plans for that area, which may have some which were also built in Columbus Baygoo.gl/a5N3hZ

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Toronto Star, April 30, 1983

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Toronto Star, May 14, 1983

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Toronto Star, May 21, 1983

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Toronto Star, May 28, 1983

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Toronto Star, June 4, 1983

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Toronto Star, June 18, 1983

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Toronto Star, July 2, 1983

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Toronto Star, July 23, 1983

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Toronto Star, August 13, 1983 83aug27

Toronto Star, August 27, 1983

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Toronto Star, September 24, 1983

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Toronto Star, October 8, 1983

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Toronto Star, December 3, 1983 83dec17

Toronto Star, December 17, 1983

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Toronto Star, January 7, 198484jan28

Toronto Star, January 28, 1984

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The 1958 Master Plan for Bramalea

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This proposed map is actually a dozen pages in to the 1958 Master Plan for Bramalea, but I thought it would be an interesting starting point to present the pages from the portfolio. There are actually two slightly different versions of the Master Plan from the same year – at this point I will present one of the two. Please click on any of the images to make them larger.

The map above depicts the first plan of the satellite city with limited detail. The A and C-Sections were built as depicted, and part of the B-Section is correct. The rest was not built as planned. The proposal shows letter sections all the way up to “Y”, with an I and an O-Section, the two letter sections left out of Bramalea as built. I always wonder why those letters were left out. Just east of Montreal, the City of Brossard also has letter sections, but does have an I-Section (which is industrial!) and an O-Section.

The Bramalea City Centre was built in the location planned, but the service industry section became the H-Section and the prestige industry on Queen Street did not get developed as such. The proposed G, S and T sections became industrial creating what now is a J-shaped industrial belt on the edges of Bramalea. Also notice the proposed golf course in the present day J and P-Sections. The 1969 Master Plan showed this proposed golf course relocated to the L and N-Sections…and was never actually built anywhere in Bramalea.

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“Some farms will be left intact” Hmm…does the barn at the petting zoo in Chinguacousy Park count?

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Professor’s Lake – Greenpark

When: built circa 1979-1980.

Where: Pepperwood Place (parts), Poinsettia Place, Princeton Terrace, Pottery Crescent, Professor’s Lake Parkway (parts), Panorama Crescent, Premier Place, Pacific Lane.

Who: Greenpark Homes.

What I Know: The houses built in this area are an excellent example of the types of designs which were popular at the cusp of the 1980s. Backsplit and raised bungalow designs were commonly built in Bramalea up until the early 1980s, when they started to disappear from the models offered by new house builders. Greenpark Homes built quite a few of such designs in this community, yet subsequent phases around Professor’s Lake had predominantly 2-storey designs.

Even though this was the first neighbouhood built in the P-Section, none of the Greenpark-built houses actually back on to Professor’s Lake. Lakefront houses were built in later phases by Lakeview Homes, Bramalea Limited and Aspen Ridge Homes.

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Toronto Star, September 22, 197980feb16

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Toronto Star, March 8, 1980
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Toronto Star, January 3, 1981

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