The original headquarters for Canada and Bermuda Salvation Army, has been recognized by Heritage Toronto (2006) with a plaque citing its history. It was located where the Eaton Centre (Cadillac Fairview) is today.
In 2005, there was an agreement between The Salvation Army and Cadillac Fairview for the bells to desist from ringing, after noise complaints were received. Christmas 2005, shoppers showed up with bells to show their support for Salvation Army Kettles to use bells during their fundraising. Discretion continues to be used, but bells can be heard.
A 10 minute walk away, the original Training College for Salvation Army Officers (ministers) is located at 135 Sherbourne St. It currently operates as Maxwell Meighen Centre; a temporary home for homeless men. Pictured above is Shuter St, a popular hangout for homeless and neighbours alike.
While the men at Maxwell Meighen Centre receive counsel, skills, and assistance in becoming a permanent resident of a community…there is one word that encompasses all: placemaking.
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