Season 1 Episode 11 - “It’s Late”
Broadview Community Health Clinic - Spike and Shane see a doctor about their pregnancy concerns.
As someone who lived in Toronto’s east end for a couple of years I knew this location within the first few frames. There aren’t many buildings in the whole city that are set this far back from the street, let alone have park space in front of them. Located at 791 Queen Street East, Broadview Community Health Clinic is no more, but the building in which it was located is still there, modified, but still there.
The sequence opens with Spike and her mom sitting in their car, parked at the corner of the incredibly short Strange Street, and Queen St. East, the clinic seen in the background. It’s not the easiest thing to re-shoot with a now foliage full park (the sequence is likely early winter), but the red brick building beside the space is still the same.
Shane approaches from Queen Street next to a now non-existent bus shelter, but the second floor bay windows of the building in the background help to confirm the location. For bonus points, it’s masked by bushes in my re-shoot but the concrete bench in the foreground is still there, probably because it’s indestructible. Double points go to Regal Hardware for still being in business across the street.
In the years since this the Broadview Clinic it has come into the hands of the Sisters of St. Joseph, where they operate the Mustard Seed Ministry. Mustard Seed offers mostly free programming for the development of life skills, like cooking, sewing, knitting, and basic computing with special priority for those without access to a good chance to learn. As it would turn out, most of the Sisters here have been in the neighborhood all their lives, and can tell you just about anything about the building’s history, or the whole neighborhood for that matter. Honestly, they were the sweetest people I’ve met on my travels so far.
If you’re going to visit: Don’t expect any testing, the Sisters here are cool, but probably not that kind of cool. Also, you be cool, this is a sacred space for those who use it, your respect for that is what matters.