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Flooding Across the GTA Will Only Get Worse With Climate Change

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 16:17:57 +0000

Severe flooding on Ward's Island has led to a plunge in business at the Rectory Café. It will close for good in October.

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After one of the rainiest springs on record, Toronto is grappling with prolonged flooding. Here’s what the TRCA is doing to keep the damage at bay. The Rectory Café on Toronto’s Ward Island overlooks a large, marshy pond—a new addition this year to the tourist site. The wetland is the result of a particularly rainy […]

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In Photos: Toronto’s Annual Queer Night March Blocks Traffic in Front of Police Headquarters

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 23:54:25 +0000

The Night March is the annual reminder that Pride is political.

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The annual queer and trans Night March, now in its sixth year, led hundreds of marchers through Toronto’s Gay Village, across College Street, before temporarily stopping traffic in front of police headquarters Wednesday evening. The demonstrators—many wearing glitter, neon, and glow sticks—held the street for about 10 minutes, while cars and streetcars lined up on either side. They chanted: “Let’s get […]

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In Photos: AIDS Vigil Shines a Light on Indigenous Health

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 15:20:49 +0000

What does reconciliation and decolonization mean for people living with HIV and AIDS?

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As part of a larger, Pride-wide focus on Indigenous issues this year—the parade’s grand marshal is Cree artist Kent Monkman and the youth ambassador is Kiley May, a Hotinonshón:ni Mohawk and Cayuga storyteller—Tuesday’s AIDS Vigil featured discussion about reconciliation and the unequal health-care access Indigenous people in Canada are still dealing with. Pouring rain threatened […]

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Mirthful Mx. In The 6ix: 2017 Edition

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 00:30:21 +0000

Our annual comedy profile, previously named Local Ladies Who Make Us Laugh, is evolving—much like these comedic talents.

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This is Torontoist‘s seventh-annual feature showcasing some of the city’s best established and emerging comedic talent, and up until now, they’ve all been female-identifying. The intent has always been to shine a light on performers and creators who don’t resemble the same five white guys (or four white guys and one POC) on a stand-up […]

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Torontoist Explains: Green Bonds, Making a Profit While Making a Difference

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 20:25:22 +0000

Green bonds are helping to fund the transition to a renewable energy-based economy.

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In the wake of U.S. President Donald Trump pulling out of the Paris climate accord, you might be looking for ways to protect the planet that don’t rely solely on governments and international treaties. The divestment movement now boasts more than $5 trillion in money diverted from the fossil fuel industry, but that can’t be […]

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Anti-Muslim Hate Groups Plan to March in the Toronto Pride Parade

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 19:45:32 +0000

"We’re going there to cause some shit. The lefties are going to lose their shit."

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Far-right groups have invited the Jewish Defence League to join them in marching in the Toronto Pride parade on Sunday, carrying Islamophobic signs and “severed heads,” according to a public video posted on Facebook. The video, posted to the personal Facebook page of the leader of the JDL’s Toronto chapter, Meir HaLevi (also known as Marvin Weinstein), features […]

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‘We Got Here On Time and We’ve All Been Locked Out’; Black Lives Matter Toronto Disrupt Police Board Meeting

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 17:15:11 +0000

With the meeting at capacity, activists and parents staged a protest in the hall calling for uniformed police officers out of Toronto schools.

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Protests erupted in the hall outside a Toronto Police Services Board meeting last week after attendees who were kept out became fed up with the situation. On the agenda was a debate about police in Toronto high schools. Parents, students, activists, and concerned citizens on multiple sides of the issue as well as some members of […]

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Toronto Sun Columnist Has a Warning for Artists Who Take On Trump Through Shakespeare

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 22:00:28 +0000

More hot takes in today's Sun, the resident right-wing gay Jewish muckraker goes to pot.

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The Toronto Sun‘s prolific conservative columnist and Lou Reed fan Anthony Furey delivered a mind-blowing hot take in today’s paper in response to the controversial production of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar mounted by the Public Theatre in New York’s Central Park. The play depicts the Roman Emperor as Donald Trump, and the imagery of the President […]

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Body Blitz Spa Told Unequivocally That Trans Women are Women

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 21:00:38 +0000

Since going public about discrimination, the couple have been bombarded by transphobic abuse.

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On June 15, Bill C-16, federal trans rights legislation, adding gender identity and gender expression to the Canadian Human Rights Act’s list of prohibited grounds of discrimination, passed in the Canadian Senate without a single amendment. It will get royal assent today. Less than a week before that, a trans woman was denied access to Toronto’s Body Blitz […]

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In Photos: York Region Pride Marches Through Newmarket

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 16:00:22 +0000

Small but mighty: community Pride events send a powerful message of acceptance and inclusivity.

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On June 17, Main Street in the sleepy Toronto suburb of Newmarket was an explosion of rainbows for the annual York Region Pride Parade. The Pride parade was held in Newmarket for the first time after several years in Richmond Hill. “For four years, the region’s Pride parade has taken place on Yonge Street in the […]

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Metrolinx and the Surveillance State

Sat, 17 Jun 2017 17:42:01 +0000

To live in a modern city is to live in a state of near-constant surveillance, unequally applied across vectors of race and class.

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Earlier this month, the Toronto Star reported that Metrolinx, the provincial agency responsible for regional transit in the GTHA, has been providing various police agencies with user’s data, at times without warrant and without notifying the user of the disclosure. The amount of data that Presto users were being compelled to give up had been […]

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Fleeing Violence, Gay Iranian Refugees Find Safety in Toronto

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 19:40:41 +0000

“We're dealing with a lot of equal rights issues in Toronto, and there is still work that needs to be done, but we are in a better position than a lot of people around the world”

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Anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant rhetoric has been on the rise everywhere. For Pride Month, Torontoist interviewed three gay Iranian-Canadian men about their lives, their communities, and their experiences as refugees and immigrants.  *  *  * Arsham Arsham Parsi is a 35-year-old gay Iranian-Canadian man who works at a legal clinic in Toronto. However, he considers being the director of […]

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