Season 1 Episode 10 - ‘Smokescreen’
The Colgate Factory - Rick, Caitlin and Susie deliver a petition to a major polluter.
For what it’s worth, the episode never refers to the factory by name. Instead just calling it ‘The Factory’ throughout the episode, I suppose toothpaste manufacture probably isn’t actually a major polluter, not that I have any way to prove that as you can see above.
The Colgate factory at one point stood at the corner of Carlaw Ave and Colgate Ave in Toronto’s Riverdale Neighborhood. The property spanned from Carlaw to Logan, which included an on site employee parking lot which the kids have to cross when delivering their petition to “Stop the Stink!”, so it was a serious operation and a pretty imposing building in the landscape.
The building was demolished some time in the 1990’s to make way for development so this post uses all of the surrounding outdoor shots to set the stage for you.
The first image is from Verral Ave looking north at the south face of the factory. The sequence is a discussion between Caitlin and Rick about the factory’s pollution. Now there is a condo going up where the factory once stood, which is interesting seeing as how the land stood empty for years.
The second and third sets are from Logan Avenue, which the kids are headed southbound on. The still standing apartment building and unchanged green and white painted ‘Woods’ sign on the left were an excellent giveaway for this shoot. The trio pauses before crossing onto the factory property in front of 332/334 Logan Ave, which structurally hasn’t changed a lot, actually 334 might still have the same aluminum siding. A new set of homes has been erected on the east side of Logan where the parking lot entrance would have been.
Last in the set is from a sequence involving Kathleen catching Rick outside of De Grassi Grocery smoking, and then drawing a comparison between his smoking and the factory’s pollution to have him kicked off the Degrassi Junior High Environmental Action Committee. Kathleen’s view of the factory is a physical impossibility from the front of the shop, but for the purposes of TV, subbing in the view looking east from Booth Avenue and Colgate Avenue is pretty good. The houses on the left haven’t changed much at all since 1986.
Ultimately these sequences would be better shot in the late fall, when the trees are bare and everything can been seen a little better. I might update in the fall, I might leave it and just encourage you to go compare for yourself, I haven’t decided.
If you’re going to visit: Bring your patience. The president wont be seeing you about your petition for a long time.