National Geographic : 1953 Dec
825 Canadian National Railways Pets as Well as Children Attend This Rail-borne School in the North Woods Canadian National Railways' mobile classroom, with Fred Sloman as teacher and his wife as helper, serves small communities lacking schools. The car may stay several days or only a few hours. ada gave the Toronto exchange this leadership. To cope with commuter congestion, Toronto is completing a 4.6-mile rapid transit line. Scheduled to start operation early in 1954, it will run from Union Station north along Yonge Street, which is Toronto's Broadway and Fifth Avenue in one. A subway down town, the line surfaces after three miles into an open cut that permits cross streets to over pass the rails. "Our streetcars on Yonge carry 18,000 peo ple past the Wellesley Street intersection dur ing the daily homebound rush," Chairman William C. McBrien of the Toronto Trans portation Commission told me. "The new sub way, replacing the surface cars, will handle 40,000 an hour." TTC's fares are low-three tickets for a quarter. Toronto grew up close to the site of old Fort York, still standing after careful restoration. During the War of 1812, fort and town fell briefly to American invaders. The U. S. leader, Gen. Zebulon Pike (discoverer of the Colorado mountain later named Pikes Peak in his honor), died in the explosion of a powder magazine. Retiring, the American troops fired the legislative buildings. Ontario's Seat of Government Up handsome University Avenue I walked to Queen's Park, whose shady lawns are the set ting for the brownstone Parliament Buildings. Here convenes the Provincial Legislature, and here, from his second-floor office, the Hon ourable Leslie I. Frost, Premier of Ontario, can look south along University Avenue's ar ray of office buildings: Ontario Hydro, big insurance companies, headquarters of pulp and paper mills-enterprises that reflect the wealth and prestige of the Province whose helm he holds. University Avenue, too, displays a symbol of health for the Province--the Hospital for Sick Children (called "the Sick Kids"), largest child-care center on the continent.