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August 15, 2013

Steven asks…

What’s the best place to live in toronto (canada) for a 31year old british guy I’m looking to rent a flat over?

There for about 1000 canadian dollar a month will pay more if. Bills are all. Plus I would like it close to the city …..where’s the area for me guys and girls thanks :) oh any good tips or advice where the best area for me is on my budget again thanks

Administrator answers:

I’ve lived in Toronto for 44 years and as a descendant (on my father’s side) of England, I’ll give you some serious secret tips – mostly where NOT to rent. I’m very familiar with the downtown core and for less than $1,000. Per month it will be a bit difficult for you to locate a very safe apartment building within 5 miles in any direction from the intersection of Bloor Street and Yonge St. – a central reference point. You’d be better of,, I think, looking for a basement apartment. “Renting a flat” is a British term, there are some flats available though. I would suggest you go on line and under The Toronto Star check for a column entitled “apartments for rent”. In the Classified section. Watch the wording…as some do not include utilities.In my personal opinion you should avoid the following areas near the downtown core. Ill get to the great places later.
>Along Lakeshore Boulevard West from the Humber River all the way west to Brown’s Line. (The apartment buildings have seen a high rise in crime in recent years). From the intersection of Roncesvalles Ave. And Queen St. West , West of there is O.K., but north along Roncesvalles (I lived there) or east along Queen Street West is a bit of a ladies-of-the-night area. I would try to avoid the College and Dovercourt area. Bloor Street West anywhere west of let’s say Walmer Road to Keele Street has some hit and miss areas (but all of Blood is not rotten…See Bloor Street Village*)
Please avoid the Thorncliffe Park for unspecified reasons. Avoid Regent Park for similar reasons. Strongly suggest you avoid the “little India” area centred on Gerrard Street East – west of Coxwell Av. You would not be happy with the Chinatown area so avoid Dundas Steret West and Spadiana. “East China town” (Broadview Av. And Dundas Street East and south of that should be avoided. I don’t think 31 year olds would enjoy the latter.
And now for the GOOD NEWS! “Bloor West Vllage has made a great comeback – lots of nice restaurants – British pubs etc. “Rosedale is fine but try to avoid the first two blocks north of Bloor St.
There are some lovely basement apts. In 100-year-old mansios The “Riverdale area” has made a surprising turnaround and there are some very nice apartment buildings and basement apartments there. To locate Riverdale it’s sort of Northeast of the Don Jail (formerly known as the Don Gaol – a British word). Of course, Forest Hill is expensive but safe. “Along the Danforth” has some hit and miss areas – try to rent as close as possible to “Greektown” (Danforth Av. And Pape.Av. Area).

Robert asks…

i want to know about the relationship involving greek goddesses artemis, and hecate?

they are my favorite goddesses, and i wanted to know more about the two of them, together.

Administrator answers:

In Greek mythology, Artemis [(Greek: (nominative) ???????, (genitive) ?????????)] was the daughter of Zeus and Leto, and the twin sister of Apollo. She was the Hellenic goddess of forests and hills, and was often depicted as a huntress carrying bow and arrows.[1] The deer and the cypress were sacred to her. In later, Hellenistic times she even assumed the ancient role of Eileithyia in aiding childbirth.
Artemis was one of the most widely venerated of the gods and one of the oldest (Burkert 1985, 149). Her later association with the moon is a popular idea which has little foundation. She later became identified with Selene, a Titaness who was a Greek moon goddess, and she was sometimes depicted with a crescent moon above her head. She also became identified with the Roman goddess Diana and with the Etruscan goddess, Artume.
Various conflicting accounts are given in Greek mythology of the birth of Artemis and her twin brother, Apollo. All accounts agree, however, that she was the daughter of Zeus and Leto.
An account by Callimachus has it that Hera forbade Leto to give birth on either terra firma (the mainland) or on an island. Hera was angry with Zeus, her husband, because he had impregnated Leto. But the island of Delos (or possibly Ortygia) disobeyed Hera, and Leto gave birth there.[5]
The myths also differ as to whether Artemis was born first, or Apollo. For further details, see Hera 5.2.
Artemis in Astronomy
A minor planet, (105) Artemis; a lunar crater; the Artemis Chasma and the Artemis Corona (both on Venus) have all been named for her.

Hecate (Greek: ?????, “far-shooting” ) Hekate (Hekátê, Hekát?), or Hekat was originally a goddess of the wilderness and childbirth, naturalized early in Mycenaean Greece[1] or in Thrace, but originating among the Carians of Anatolia,[2] the region where most theophoric names, such as Hecataeus or Hecatomnus, progenitor of Mausollus, are attested,[3] and where Hekate remained a Great Goddess into historical times, at her unrivalled[4] cult site in Lagina. William Berg observes, “Since children are not called after spooks, it is safe to assume that Carian theophoric names involving hekat- refer to a major deity free from the dark and unsavoury ties to the underworld and to witchcraft held by the Hecate of classical Athens.”[5] The monuments to Hekate in Phrygia and Caria are numerous but of late date.[6] Popular cults venerating her as a mother goddess integrated her persona into Greek culture as ?????. In Ptolemaic Alexandria she ultimately achieved her connotations as a goddess of sorcery and her role as the “Queen of Ghosts”, in which triplicate guise she was transmitted to post-Renaissance culture. Today she is sometimes associated with witchcraft. One aspect of Hecate is represented in the Roman Trivia.
The earliest inscription is found in late archaic Miletus, close to Caria, where Hecate is a protector of entrances.
Despite popular belief, Hecate was not originally a Greek goddess. The roots of Hecate seem to be in the Carians of Asia Minor.[11] She appears in the Homeric Hymn to Demeter and in Hesiod’s Theogony, where she is promoted strongly as a great goddess. The place of origin of her cult is uncertain, but it is thought that she had popular cult followings in Thrace.[2] Her most important sanctuary was Lagina, a theocratic city-state in which the goddess was served by eunuchs.[2] Lagina, where the famous temple of Hecate drew great festal assemblies every year, lay close to the originally Macedonian colony of Stratonikea, where she was the city’s patroness.[12] In Thrace she played a role similar to that of lesser-Hermes, namely a governess of liminal points and the wilderness, bearing little resemblance to the night-walking crone she became. Additionally, this led to her role of aiding women in childbirth and the raising of young men.
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Hecate, Greek goddess of the crossroads; drawing by Stephane Mallarmé in Les Dieux Antiques, nouvelle mythologie illustrée in Paris, 1880

There was a fane sacred to Hecate as well in the precincts of the Temple of Artemis at Ephesus, where the eunuch priests, megabyzi, officiated.[13] Hesiod records that she was among the offspring of Gaia and Uranus, the Earth and Sky. In Theogony he ascribed to Hecate such wide-ranging and fundamental powers, that it is hard to resist seeing such a deity as a figuration of the Great Goddess, though as a good Olympian Hesiod ascribes her powers as the “gift” of Zeus:
“Hecate whom Zeus the son of Cronos honoured above all. He gave her splendid gifts, to have a share of the earth and the unfruitful sea. She received honour also in starry heaven, and is honoured exceedingly by the deathless gods…. The son of Cronos did her no wrong nor took anything away of all that was her portion among the former Titan gods: but she holds, as the division was at the first from the beginning, privilege both in earth, and in heaven, and in sea”.
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