For 11 years in the 1960s-1970s, the Toronto Star, Canada's largest newspaper, commissioned Doug to paint the company's annual holiday cards. Each celebrated some aspect of Toronto history; skating on Grenadier Pond - in the city's largest park (High Park) - was a favorite activity for young and old alike.
However, according to editorials and commentaries recently in the National Post - this winter activity is now prohibited; signs at the pond announce, "No skating. No Access." Specifically, Chapter 608-21(b) of the Toronto Municipal Code stipulates that "no person shall access or skate on a natural ice surface in a park where it is posted to prohibit."
Good thing Doug captured the winter fun of skating on Grenadier Pond when he did; makes one wonder what else will be regulated by government.
(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)