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City Council Preview: April 26-28, 2017

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 14:51:54 +0000

We read the agenda so you don't have to.

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Headlining Acts After last month’s showdown over the Scarborough subway extension (the worst idea in Toronto transit and current suburban fetish object), next week’s council session is comparatively routine. There are three motions about heritage building protection—from councillors David Shiner (Ward 24, Willowdale), Mary Fragedakis (Ward 29, Toronto-Danforth), and Joe Cressy (Ward 20, Trinity-Spadina)—that all […]

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Toronto Needs Immediate Solutions to Ongoing Homelessness Crisis

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 13:49:23 +0000

The entire shelter system in the city is dangerously overcapacity.

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Several agencies on the frontlines helping Toronto street-involved residents called an emergency press conference April 18 to address the city’s ongoing homelessness crisis. Toronto’s homeless shelters are currently at 98 per cent occupancy. Funding is dwindling. Seven homeless people have already died on the streets of Toronto this month alone. And now that Out of […]

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See the Cracks Mental Illness Causes in Little Pretty And The Exceptional

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 14:28:51 +0000

Playwright Anusree Roy dug deep for this story of a seemingly thriving Canadian family coping with mental illness.

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Off the top of Little Pretty and The Exceptional, in its premiere run at Factory Theatre, Toronto theatre audiences could be forgiven for drawing early comparisons to Kim’s Convenience. Both plays feature a larger-than-life (and just this side of racist) first generation immigrant father (Sugith Varughese, who imbues his character Dilpret with charisma, humour, and […]

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Spinning is Biking Without All The Good Stuff

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 18:00:20 +0000

A city cyclist gets dragged to a Toronto spin class.

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About a month ago I was out for a work date with Victoria, one of my oldest friends. About two coffees into our spreadsheet-addled afternoon, she leaned over and in a conspiratorial tone asked: “Do you want to go to SoulCycle?” My immediate response was NO. I don’t spin. But then, with horror, I remembered […]

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Toronto’s Rainbow Railroad Responds to Reports of a Gay Concentration Camp in Chechnya

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 15:45:44 +0000

Canada urged to take immediate action following reports of gay men being rounded up, tortured with electric shocks and beaten to death.

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By now you may have read reports that nearly 100 men suspected of being gay or bisexual are being detained in Chechnya, in what is being called the first concentration camp since Nazi Germany. You’ve also probably also heard that Chechnyan officials deny these claims because, according to them, LGBTQ people do not exist. “You cannot […]

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Watch Images of Art and Eroticism

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 13:30:45 +0000

Two long-running local events—The Images Festival, and the rebranded Feminist Porn Awards (now the Toronto International Porn Festival)—kicked off last night.

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Two film festivals with particular focus on their use of the medium kicked off with opening receptions last night. The Images Festival is celebrating 30 years of experimental and artistic audio-visual screenings, including a number of presentations that include live components, such as tonight’s AFROGALACTICA, a live reading by Paris-based artist Kapwani Kiwanga, accompanied by […]

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Toronto’s Transit Planning Problem Isn’t Politics, It’s Governance

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 00:15:46 +0000

This City does it different than virtually every other jurisdiction in North America.

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Calls to “de-politicize” transit planning have become common within Toronto’s editorial circles. The theory goes that if we remove the shenanigans of transit-ignorant politicians, then Toronto’s transit woes will be cured. As just one example, a recent Torontoist piece calling for the de-politicization of transit planning invoked Vancouver and London as examples for Toronto to emulate, […]

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Pot Prohibition Will End For The Rich and White

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 18:00:17 +0000

While Canadian jails remain full of Black, brown and Indigenous people convicted of possession

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In 2010, the popular Guelph-based brewer Sleeman began running cheeky ads which called up the company’s bootlegging history. When the United States passed the Eighteenth Amendment in 1919 (which prohibited the production, transportation, and sale of alcohol), a colossal victory was scored not only for the temperance movement, but also for Canadian brewers, distilleries, and […]

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Pride Toronto Should Stop Taking Money from the City

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 20:45:21 +0000

The Toronto police union is calling on Mayor John Tory and councillors to pull the $260,000 grant given to Pride.

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The Toronto Police Association, and a group of gay and lesbian officers, want the City to pull funding from the Pride parade. Anyone familiar with the debates surrounding Pride, the police, and the City can’t be surprised by the demand coming from the police fraternity. The question now remains, how will city councillors respond to the demand? […]

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Sample Great Bands at (in Spite of?) Canadian Music Week

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 19:00:04 +0000

CMW's off-putting industry panels pull focus from a genuinely good crop of bands playing Toronto music venues this week.

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It’s an old and unfortunately repeated story: Canadian Music Week‘s worst enemy isn’t rival festivals like NXNE, but itself. Its increasingly out of touch industry conference, with its tone-deaf panels, distracts from the many worthwhile bands who elect to participate in the festival. And there are lots of great acts to see: locals like Weaves […]

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Did the Controversial Editor of Your Ward News Send Homophobic Hate Mail to Councillor Wong-Tam?

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 18:30:36 +0000

James Sears has a long history of making Toronto less than proud.

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The failed political candidate, leader of the New Constitution Party, editor of Your Ward News, and self-proclaimed “faith healer,” “precision belly rubber,” and “expert at shaming people into doing the right thing,” Dr. James Sears is back in the news, and many are questioning if he has any connection to a homophobic letter sent to the […]

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Forcing Toronto to Confront Its Racism

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 14:30:58 +0000

A free screening The Skin We're In, followed by a Q&A, is tonight hosted by the Regent Park Film Festival.

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The colour of Desmond Cole’s skin has raised suspicion by police, brought doubt to his critics, and fuelled his mission to confront the burdening realities of being in the skin he’s in. It’s what prompted Cole to become an activist, pursue a career as a  journalist, and even run for City Council in 2006. While […]

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