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Investing in High-Speed Rail is Long Overdue for Ontario

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 19:30:26 +0000

Fighting climate change, means changing how we travel. Rail has the potential to replace cars and airplanes.

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There are so many good reasons to build cities around walking, cycling, and transit. One of the more valuable contributions of all of these is they help us reduce CO2 emissions. This is an urgent issue and we should be pouring much greater resources into reducing our emissions as much as, and as fast as […]

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Last of the Toronto Island Tent Dwellers

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 22:00:32 +0000

What was it like to live in a tent on Ward's Island? Before cottages were built, there was Tent City.

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This year will be remembered as the Year of the Flood on the Toronto Island. With the re-opening of the park at the beginning of August, things are finally getting back to normal. One effect of all the flood-related publicity has been to introduce the communities on Ward’s and Algonquin islands to a whole new segment […]

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Moss Park Safe Injection Site Staying Put As City Opens Its Own

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 17:15:58 +0000

“We were just really sick of watching people die”

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The organizers behind the ad hoc supervised injection site in Moss Park have no intention of shutting down now that the City has opened its own interim site, says Zoë Dodd, a harm reduction worker and one of the site’s organizers. A group of harm reduction workers began operating out of Moss Park last week […]

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That Time Torontonians Beat Up Nazis with Baseball Bats

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 23:45:50 +0000

The anniversary of the Christie Pits riot was marked with a call to action to once again fight fascism in the city.

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Toronto’s anti-fascist and anti-racist community held a BBQ in Christie Pits this weekend to commemorate the 84th anniversary of the Christie Pits riot and celebrate the city’s history of anti-fascist action. According to organizers, the rally had a second purpose—to build a broader coalition of anti-racist activists to oppose the intertwined anti-Muslim and white nationalist movements […]

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Private Parkettes Are No Substitute for Real Public Space

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 16:15:08 +0000

Are surveillance cameras and private security guards in pseudo-public spaces creating invisible gated communities within the city?

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As Toronto’s downtown core continues to be congested with towering condominium buildings under construction—and others ready to be occupied—rising property values may have made public spaces more vulnerable to private interests and security. Not all Privately Owned Publicly Accessible Spaces, or POPS, in Toronto will have video surveillance or private security patrolling the space, but […]

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Historicist: The Man the Rocks Talked To

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 16:00:54 +0000

A.P. Coleman uncovered Toronto's prehistory, among other adventures.

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If you’re at the Evergreen Brick Works Market in the Don Valley, walk north along some 200 yards of lovingly created wetland. When you’ve gone about 50 yards past that, you will be on a little rise. Look behind over your shoulder for a view of the downtown skyline. Then keep on walking until you […]

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Urban Planner: What’s On In Toronto, August 18-23

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 22:15:57 +0000

This weekend, the CNE, Sail In Cinema, Camp Wavelength, and more; next week, improv in an art gallery, and robots vs. kaiju on the waterfront.

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Friday, August 18 The Canadian National Exhibition always comes up with a few unique events to add to the midway, music (which this year includes Bandshell sets by such acts as The Sam Roberts Band, A Tribe Called Red, and Dear Rouge), and traditional annual events like the air show. This opening weekend includes an […]

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Tracking the ‘Alt-Right’ in Toronto

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 01:50:56 +0000

The Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville has emboldened Canadian white nationalists, who are organizing and appear to be on the rise.

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White nationalist “alt-right” groups are hoping to gain a foothold in Toronto, but they will face strong resistance from Toronto’s anti-fascist and anti-racist community. The Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia has resulted in widespread condemnation of the “alt-right” in Canada, which is increasingly being understood as a white nationalist or white supremacy movement. […]

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The Spooky Story Behind the Gibraltar Point Lighthouse

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 18:40:30 +0000

One the oldest buildings in the city is home to eerie local lore about a murdered 19th-century lighthouse keeper.

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Now and Then explores the stories behind Toronto’s historical plaques and monuments. Anyone who grew up in Toronto remembers the lighthouse ghost story. It was a highlight of student field trips to the Island School, and could give you shivers even on the warmest summer day. And now that the Island Park is open again […]

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Lessons in Navigating Rape Culture with Mandi Gray

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 12:30:31 +0000

A yet-to-be-released film follows the Toronto activist through her experiences in the justice system after the alleged rape by a fellow York University student.

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Do you know what to do after being raped, or how to help a friend or family member after they have been? What resources are out there, what does the justice system look like? Slut or Nut: The Diary of a Rape Trial, which follows Toronto’s Mandi Gray and her experiences in the justice system […]

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Highlights and Lowlights of SummerWorks 2017

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 22:50:10 +0000

This year's festival strived harder than usual for inclusiveness, accessibility and awareness.

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It has been a pretty garbage year so far with regards to glimpses into the soul of humanity. But there is something beautiful and sublime about managing—without even realizing it—to find oneself in moments that serve to remind that we’ve still achieved some progression as a society, even if only in its smaller corners. With that […]

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Ontario Father Says Scientology Destroyed His Family; “We Didn’t Know What Was Going On”

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 00:35:23 +0000

Former members are speaking out in desperate pleas to reunite families.

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Part one of two examining the roots and lingering grip of Scientology in Toronto  Phil Jones hasn’t spoken to his son or daughter in four years. The Ajax native now lives in Nevada to be closer to his children, who live in California—even though they refuse to have a relationship with him. That’s because Jones—once […]

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