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

12 hours agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

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

Historicist: Sir Edmund Walker

14 hours agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

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

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

Mayor John Tory continues his stand-off with the Province to demand it fund transit projects, rather than even considering raising property taxes. After nearly 100 years of being debated in one form or another, the famed Relief LineShow More Summary

The Story of Toronto’s First Jewish Congregation

2 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

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

The Arrogance of Scarborough Transit Planning Leaves Thousands Behind

2 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

The LRT network would reach 125,000. The one-stop subway reaches a small fraction of that. It takes vision to build rail transit. That kind of hard infrastructure takes billions of dollars and years of disruption for construction. It...Show More Summary

The Winners From The 2017 Toronto Theatre Critics Awards

2 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

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. It should come as little surprise that Come From Away, the musical created here...Show More Summary

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

2 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

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

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

3 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

This week, solo performances at the Soulo Festival (and otherwise); more festival programming from Empire Comedy, CBC Music, and Cycle Toronto; Pedestrian Sundays and Doors Open Toronto return. Wednesday, May 24 Two panels tonight tackle...Show More Summary

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

3 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

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

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

4 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

The Bloor and Bathurst will never be the same. 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. Show More Summary

Postmedia Columnists Hate Political Correctness Even More Than Terrorism Now

4 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Also overly sensitive analysis of Lou Reed lyrics. They hate that, too. It pains us to report that the dumb shockwaves of outrage against “political correctness” triggered by the glib suggestion of an “Appropriation Award” for whiteShow More Summary

Mayor Tory Missed Opportunity to Speak Up for Gay Chechens

5 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Human rights organizations like Rainbow Railroad are calling on the Canadian government to grant emergency visas to people trying to escape. At the annual International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia flag-raising ceremony...Show More Summary

May Council Preview: Relief Lines, Budget Directions, Pride Motions, and Cricket

5 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Here's some of the items you'll want to keep your eye on this week. It’s that time of the month—City Council will meet this week for its May session. Amidst a climate of challenges facing Toronto—an increasingly dire housing crisis,Show More Summary

The Blue Jays Have a Homophobia Problem. How Do We Fix It?

6 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

There is an institutional responsibility to address the culture of toxic masculinity in the wake of Kevin Pillar's anti-gay slur. Back in 2012, then Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Yunel Escobar was suspended for three games. He had appeared...Show More Summary

I Was in the Room While Jordan Peterson and Senators Debated My Human Rights

Canadian trans rights legislation passed another hurdle this week. Bill C-16 now heads to a third and final vote in the Senate. On May 17, I travelled to Ottawa to watch the Senate committee hear witnesses testify against Canadian federal trans rights legislation, known as Bill C-16. Show More Summary

Historicist: Mama Chikie Shakes Up the Clubs

Dora Drummond, better known as Mama Chikie, became a go-go-dancing sensation on Yonge Street at more than 65 years old. Dora Drummond didn’t look like most people’s idea of a go-go dancer. She was small, just 4’10”, and wore cat-eye glasses, sensible floral dresses, and flat, comfortable shoes. Show More Summary

Turning True Stories of Sex Trafficking into an Opera

From Toronto's Tapestry Opera comes the wrenching story of a young Ukrainian woman lured into the dark world of human trafficking. A gripping story about sex trafficking—perhaps not what you might expect from a night at the opera. But...Show More Summary

Urban Planner: Here’s What’s On In Toronto This Week, May 18-23

Soulpepper stages a classic choreopoem; the Combustion and Paprika Festivals launch, with opening workshops for minorities and youth; and summer music day festivals begin, with some flood complications. Thursday, May 18 Soulpepper has...Show More Summary

Where Goin’ Down the Road was filmed in Toronto

Belatedly, revisiting the cold, grey 1969 Toronto in a CanCon classic. Toronto’s extensive work on the silver screen reveals that, while we have the chameleonic ability to look like anywhere from New York City to Moscow, the disguise doesn’t always hold up to scrutiny. Show More Summary

Activists Disrupt the Health Minister’s Speech on the Overdose Crisis

“Stop smiling, thousands are dead and you’re smiling… thousands of our friends are dead.” Last weekend, the federal health minister, Jane Philpott, when speaking at the International Harm Reduction Conference 2017 in Montreal, acknowledged...Show More Summary

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