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Council Spends The Day Debating Whether or Not To Continue Funding Pride Toronto. Again

Sat, 27 May 2017 18:10:56 +0000

After a long, and at times hostile debate, City Council votes in favour of giving Pride Toronto its $260,000 grant.

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Pride Toronto has survived the latest attempt, spearheaded by Councillor John Campbell (Ward 4, Etobicoke Centre), to suspend its City grant of $260,000 until uniformed police officers were allowed to march in the annual parade. After nearly six hours of sometimes heated debate, Council voted 17-27 against suspending the grant. Last year’s Pride parade was interrupted by […]

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Historicist: Sir Edmund Walker

Sat, 27 May 2017 16:00:32 +0000

How a boy from Hamilton became a banker, an art collector, and a museum founder.

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Disclosure: An academic version of this article appeared in the Journal of Canadian Studies, Winter 2006 It’s true: The Royal Ontario Museum wasn’t built in a day. Three pivotal figures were all key to the success of the ROM. The first, Sir Edmund Walker, conceived of the ROM, the second, Charles T. Currelly, presided over […]

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The Downtown Relief Line Still Being Debated After More Than a Century

Fri, 26 May 2017 12:30:16 +0000

Mayor John Tory continues his stand-off with the Province to demand it fund transit projects, rather than even considering raising property taxes.

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After nearly 100 years of being debated in one form or another, the famed Relief Line is one step closer to being shovel ready, as City Council yesterday approved the Carlaw alignment and voted to advance the plan into the design phase. For now, this is only a baby step: Council will receive a cost estimate […]

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The Story of Toronto’s First Jewish Congregation

Thu, 25 May 2017 22:15:34 +0000

For Jewish Heritage Month, we look back on the small group of Jewish Torontonians who came together and created a community.

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Now and Then explores the stories behind Toronto’s historical plaques and monuments. In the mid-1800s, the Jewish population in Toronto was very small. But even a small group needs somewhere to pray. In 1851, the census put the total population of the city at 30,775. Twenty years later, the Jewish population was only 157 people […]

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The Arrogance of Scarborough Transit Planning Leaves Thousands Behind

Thu, 25 May 2017 19:45:04 +0000

The LRT network would reach 125,000. The one-stop subway reaches a small fraction of that.

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It takes vision to build rail transit. That kind of hard infrastructure takes billions of dollars and years of disruption for construction. It takes political will and relationship building with colleagues and communities.  That’s a lot of work, time and money. So you better know where you’re going. Because once you put down rails, that’s […]

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The Winners From The 2017 Toronto Theatre Critics Awards

Thu, 25 May 2017 16:00:55 +0000

An expanded slate of critics recognized exceptional shows such as Robert Lepage's 887, Annie Baker's John, and Sankoff & Hein's hit musical Come From Away.

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It should come as little surprise that Come From Away, the musical created here in Toronto by David Hein and Irene Sankoff (in association with Sheridan College’s Canadian Musical Theatre Project), is being well lauded by this year’s Toronto Theatre Critics Awards. The show, which tells the story of Newfoundlanders who took in air travellers […]

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Leaving The Comfort Zone; Looking Back on Toronto’s After-Hours Institution That Closes This Weekend

Thu, 25 May 2017 14:30:11 +0000

The notorious Sunday morning party will continue at a new home on King West.

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The recent closing of the Silver Dollar Room was seen as a major blow to Toronto’s efforts to be a “music city,” even if the City managed to get the developer to agree to include some kind of music venue at site. But while the impending demolition of the Silver Dollar Room has been met with […]

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Urban Planner: Here’s What’s On In Toronto This Week, May 24-30

Thu, 25 May 2017 00:15:05 +0000

This week, the city opens its doors; ride into Bike Month with Councillor Mike Layton; and catch the final edition of a drop-in play-reading series at the Gladstone.

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Wednesday, May 24 Two panels tonight tackle the role of media as opponents of public figures who lie and obfuscate, with a particular focus on an American president who does so habitually. The first panel of The Media as Opposition: Covering Trump in a Post-Truth Era will feature Amy Goodman and Juan González of Deomcracy […]

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It’s Past Time For Indigenous Writers To Get a Seat at the Table

Wed, 24 May 2017 14:30:20 +0000

What it was like being one of the first Indigenous reporters to work at the Toronto Star.

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As a young, Indigenous journalist, just starting out in this chaotic world of news, it made me angry, disappointed, and frustrated to see how the appropriation prize mess unfolded the way it did. But really, I wasn’t all that surprised. In j-school, I was the only Indigenous person and it was made clear to me by many of […]

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Goodbye To Toronto’s Fabulously Tacky Honest Ed’s Sign

Wed, 24 May 2017 00:30:04 +0000

The Bloor and Bathurst will never be the same.

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The corner of Bloor and Bathurst just got a lot less bright. Today, the landmark Ed Mirvish sign came down after lighting up the intersection for decades. The sign, which contains 23,000 bulbs spread out over 12 exterior signs, was installed in 1984, more than 30 years after Mirvish first opened. The discount store closed its doors last year […]

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Postmedia Columnists Hate Political Correctness Even More Than Terrorism Now

Tue, 23 May 2017 19:15:15 +0000

Also overly sensitive analysis of Lou Reed lyrics. They hate that, too.

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It pains us to report that the dumb shockwaves of outrage against “political correctness” triggered by the glib suggestion of an “Appropriation Award” for white writers commandeering the voice of someone from another culture is still providing fuel for hot takes in our city’s right-wing media circles, with two fine new jeremiads on the subject turning […]

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Mayor Tory Missed Opportunity to Speak Up for Gay Chechens

Mon, 22 May 2017 18:00:23 +0000

Human rights organizations like Rainbow Railroad are calling on the Canadian government to grant emergency visas to people trying to escape.

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At the annual International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia flag-raising ceremony on the roof of Toronto City Hall, Mayor John Tory spoke generally about inclusivity, but was silent on the crisis currently unfolding in Chechnya, a human rights emergency involving government-organized kidnappings, torture, and murder of hundreds of gay, and presumed to be gay and bisexual men. […]

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