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TIFF Day 6: Film Twitter™ Heroes Kick Off The Second Half Of The Fest

When the international press heads home, Film Twitter™ comes out to play. The Festival is now past the halfway point. Most of the highest-profile premieres have come and gone, and much of the international press is on their way home....Show More Summary

How Toronto’s Papers Covered Wynne’s Throne Speech

For the Wynne. In Front Page Challenge, Torontoist analyzes the best and worst of Toronto’s major dailies. The Wynne government tabled its plans for the second half of its term yesterday, in a clear attempt at pivoting for the next provincial election. Show More Summary

Assad’s Regime Is Still Using Chemical Weapons in Syria

Civilians in rebel-held area of Aleppo were targeted by chlorine gas explosives as recently as Sept. 6

EOD: Why, Yes. I Would Like a New Song from Bell Biv DeVoe!

by Wm.? Steven Humphrey It's easy to scorn "nostalgia tours," but when the group in question still has the chops—or in this case, the "New Jack Swing"—who's complaining? Check out this new single from the still oh-so-smooth Bell Biv DeVoe called "Run," which is the first number to drop from their upcoming Three Stripes = album coming out in January. Show More Summary

Improving the City’s Recreation Program Sign-Up Process Doesn’t Address a Larger Systemic Issue

Online registration for rec programs is now better—but it's still not accessible to everyone. Tales of parents waking up bleary-eyed with three laptops and two cell phones ready to battle with the much maligned City of Toronto Parks and Recreation program sign-up process have been the norm for years. Show More Summary

Will The Stars Appear On Occupy's 5th Birthday?

Five years ago on September 17, 2011, Occupy Wall Street's taking of Zuccotti Park in New York City provided an opportunity for many stars to shine. A few, all too few, continue to shine even today. When Occupy was evicted from its Eden, some of the brightest faded quickly, having no audience. Show More Summary

How An Upper East Side Republican Became PR's 'Mayor Of Harlem'

You take a guy -- a white guy, an Irish guy, born in Seattle, a longtime Upper East Sider, a Trump voter, no less. You stick him in an apartment north of 125th St. And less than a year later he's going around unironically calling himself the Mayor of Harlem. Show More Summary

TIFF Day 5: The Festival Gets its Groove

2 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Festival Street is over, but you can dig into some of TIFF's best movies. The first Monday of TIFF is when things start to get back to normal in Toronto. It’s still festival madness, but this is the part of the festival I prefer—when...Show More Summary

Who are the Trump Fans in Your Toronto Neighbourhood?

2 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

They just want to Make America Great Again. It’s hard for some in Toronto not to watch the American presidential election campaign unfold without feeling a little déjà vu. It’s especially poignant these days with some polls showing Donald...Show More Summary

Massive National Prison Strike! Maybe. We don’t know. That’s a problem.

Yesterday, prisoners around the US began a strike protesting unpaid, underpaid and forced labor. Maybe. We think. Led by prisoners in Alabama and Texas, incarcerated activists planned a nationwide labor strike yesterday, with prisoners refusing to report for jobs essential … Continue reading ?

TIFF Day 4: The Escalator is Working Again!

2 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

The festival has been saved! It’s Sunday! TIFF’s first weekend wraps up with more high-powered premieres, the final day of activities on Festival Street, and the point where you can start to see which films are going to leave Toronto possessing that coveted #OscarBuzz. Show More Summary

Where Are We Fifteen Years After 9/11: A Look at a Decade and a Half of Backlash

There are far fewer American flags flying from truck and SUV windows. Less than 5500 troops are left in Afghanistan and just over 4000 in Iraq. And now, candlelight vigils and other commemorations only take place in early September. For many, 9/11, while only fifteen years ago, is a faint memory with no lasting repercussions. Show More Summary

TIFF Day 3: Pharrell in the Streets, Popcorn in the Sheets

2 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

What to look out for on day three of the festival. The first Saturday of TIFF is always hectic and this year is no exception, with world premieres of major titles, red carpet crushes, and big names performing in the Festival Street district. Show More Summary

Casting Call: Original Occupy Wall Street Zuccotti Occupiers - Your Presence is Requested!

Imagine, if five years after penning the declaration of Independence the original signers were to meet back in Philadelphia to recreate that moment? Or, authentic members of Boston's Tea Party were to re-convene and make themselves available...Show More Summary

Ska Pioneer Prince Buster Dead at 78

2 weeks agoUnited States / Seattle : Slog

by Charles Mudede Galang, Prince Buster. For the deep heads of ska, yesterday was sad indeed. They lost Prince Buster, a key figure in the founding (Jamaican) wave of a genre that seems to be revived for every generation in one form or another. Show More Summary

How Street Art Meets Heritage in Graffiti Alley

2 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

A project that's right up our alley. BY: Many artists LOCATION: Rush Lane, aka Graffiti Alley PHOTO BY: Justin Poulsen FIELD NOTES: Toronto’s alleys are known for their fantastic graffiti, and we’re always encouraging readers to explore this wealth of creativity. Show More Summary

At Commander-In-Chief Forum Hillary Clinton Slays; Trump Brays

2 weeks agoUnited States / Seattle : Slog

by Rich Smith The Today Show anchor only looks slightly more intimidating with his glasses on. Miro Vrlik Photography / Word from the failing New York Times is that moderator Matt Lauer lost NBC's "Commander-In-Chief Forum," which was held last night in front of a plane with a lizard painted on it. Show More Summary

TIFF Day 1: Popcorn Lovers Rejoice! The Festival Begins…

2 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

With an introduction to Film Twitter. As a veteran TIFF attendee, a former employee of the Festival (I once managed the box office at TIFF Bell Lightbox) and big fan of the excitement and energy TIFF brings to the city every year, I’m pleased to provide Torontoist a unique perspective on the #InfiniteViews of the festival. Show More Summary

100 Prominent Iranians Ask UN to Declare 1988 Massacre “Crime Against Humanity”

In a letter to the United Nations Human Rights Council and the International Criminal Court, one hundred Iranians living outside Iran, including several prominent civil, academic, and human rights figures, have asked for the recognition of the Islamic Republic of Iran’s prison massacre of 1988 as a crime against humanity. According to the authors of […]

How Toronto’s Papers Covered The First Day of School

2 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Which publication earns today's A+? In Front Page Challenge, Torontoist analyzes the best and worst of Toronto’s major dailies. With last night’s wrap-up of the CNE and this Thursday’s opening of TIFF, it looks like summer in Toronto is over, and starting today kids of all ages are going back to school. Show More Summary

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