When last we checked in with Toronto mayor Rob Ford, he had just come back from a stint in rehab
. The ensuing summer found him apparently clean and sober, although still with an aura of scandal (last weekend he was subpoenaed
in an extortion case) and despite great efforts, polls had Ford trailing by more than ten points
in the race in August. Earlier this week, things took another shocking turn when he was admitted to hospital with an abdominal tumour
. With 2:00 PM today as the deadline for candidates to add or remove their names to or from the ballot, many speculated on how Ford's health concerns would affect the race (the two candidates polling in fourth
bowed out of the race in the last two weeks). This morning, hours before the deadline, Ford announced he was withdrawing his name from the mayoral ballot
, but he would be running for city council. He has asked his brother and erstwhile campaign manager, rookie councillor Doug Ford, to run for mayor in his place. [more inside]
posted by ricochet biscuit
on Sep 12, 2014 -
magazine looks into Toronto police shootings of the mentally ill
and the Memphis Crisis Intervention Team model:
Memphis, one-quarter of Toronto’s size but with a homicide rate nine times higher, has developed a progressive approach to de-escalate high-tension confrontations, improve police attitudes toward those suffering from mental illness, and divert them from the criminal justice system. The Memphis Crisis Intervention Team model centres on dispatching specially trained beat cops to emergency calls as quickly as possible, and giving them the authority to take charge of the scene. That approach triggered a revolution in policing that has now been emulated in 2,700 jurisdictions across the US, including large urban centres such as Chicago and Los Angeles. A handful of Canadian cities, among them Hamilton and Vancouver, have also adopted the CIT model. While the TPS has not, senior officials claim that all of its 5,500 uniformed officers receive some training in how to handle mental illness, which makes the recent proliferation of shootings that much more perplexing.
posted by porn in the woods
on Jul 3, 2014 -
Excellent Dissent magazine article on Rob Ford
that looks beyond his disastrous single term as Toronto's mayor and examines the neoliberal strain in Canadian politics that has caused the larger problems facing Toronto, of which Ford's 2010 election is only a particularly appalling symptom.
posted by orange swan
on Apr 1, 2014 -
In case you were starting to miss the daily insanity that is Rob Ford, Toronto's admitted crack-smoking, tax-cutting, drunken stupor of a Mayor, your wait is over. Newly-unredacted wiretaps
from the police investigation into attempts to retrieve the infamous video of Rob Ford
smocking crack, calling his football team "a bunch of fucking minorities", and Justin Trudeau a "fa**ot", have re-ignited the inquiry into the Mayor's actions. [more inside]
posted by dry white toast
on Dec 4, 2013 -
A Rob Ford video has been found by Toronto cops.
Toronto police chief Bill Blair says the video cannot be released or described, and will be placed before the courts because some unnamed person will be charged with extortion. While he never mentions the word "crack", he does say that the video is congruent with what has been described in the media and does not appear to have been doctored. [more inside]
posted by maudlin
on Oct 31, 2013 -
Once upon a time, there was a little yellow house
in Brampton, just northwest of Toronto, that housed what we used to know as CFNY
. (Americans: think WKRP, but without Bailey Quarters.) Before it turned into the slick abomination 102.1 The Edge
, CFNY was the commercial station that (along with community/university stations CIUT
) supported new and independent music. But starting at noon today, Indie 88
will be inheriting CFNY's mantle, except that kids these days don't wear mantles, so they will have Alan Cross
in place as their Guidance Counsellor
instead, which is way better than any silly old mantle. They're promising a pretty eclectic playlist, but for the next 12 minutes, this
is the one song you'll hear (if you can actually pull in a signal on your terrestrial radio).
posted by maudlin
on Jul 31, 2013 -
"basically just sat in that Quebec shelter for over a year and no one looked at it... And overnight here – I post about it, 8 people show up - and it gets adopted the next day." Fred Ni, who blogs at Pound Dogs,
talks with the Toronto Standard.
posted by dobbs
on Jul 13, 2013 -
Today, in Toronto, the Grey Cup
will be awarded for the 100th time, to the CFL
champion. What is it? What is the history? Who is playing? Why was someone riding a horse in the best hotel in town? [more inside]
posted by Homeboy Trouble
on Nov 25, 2012 -
A woman wanting a mans-style hair-cut was denied
one by a Toronto barber because his religion forbids him from touching a woman he is not related to. The Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario is expected to hear the issue if mediation
fails, as a competing rights
issue where there is a conflict between two individuals exercising their rights. The OBA
(warning, cheesy music autoplay) defends some Barbershops as a men's-only space tradition dating back to Ancient Greece, while others point to womens-only spaces like spas
that are allowed to continue to operate while discriminating against men.
posted by saucysault
on Nov 15, 2012 -
The Caretaker of Dreams Wins
The first time the rainbow mysteriously appeared on a tunnel visible from the Don Valley Parkway, the North York parks department painted over it.
But the guerrilla mural artist — known as “the Caretaker of Dreams” — persevered, eventually winning them over.
Now, 40 years later, the city has officially restored the psychedelic mural that has brought smiles to countless grim commutes — just as the artist intended.
posted by modernnomad
on Nov 3, 2012 -
Our study, “Bicyclists’ Injuries and the Cycling Environment” (the BICE Study), examined which route types are associated with higher and lower cycling injury risk
. It examined the association between bicyclists’ injuries and the cycling environment (e.g., route types, intersection types). Taking place in Toronto and Vancouver between May 2008 and November 2009, the participants were adults who were injured while bicycling and who attended hospital emergency departments for treatment. Five hospitals recruited participants, 690 in total. [more inside]
posted by Blasdelb
on Oct 31, 2012 -
Guerrilla art group hacks dozens of Astral info pillars.
The city's new, redesigned info pillars that have been rapidly popping up around Toronto have made plenty of enemies: road users claim the large, flat sides block sight lines, pedestrians say their positioning blocks sidewalks, and many others are concerned about the large amount of space given over to advertisers. A team of artists, cARTographyTO
, hacked into roughly 35 of the signs' ad spaces over the weekend and installed maps, artwork and other visual displays.
posted by netbros
on Jul 10, 2012 -
If you've ever wanted to know the history of each of Toronto's streetcar lines, how to identify different TTC subway trains, the chronology of Toronto's Christmas-painted buses, or really anything else you can think of (and more) about Toronto's transit system: Transit Toronto
is an unofficial but fantastically detailed site about the TTC. [more inside]
posted by andrewesque
on Jun 28, 2012 -
From 1968 to 1975, Rochdale College
existed as co-op housing and as an experimental college, affiliated with the University of Toronto. Before it closed, it was the largest free university in North America. [more inside]
posted by frimble
on Jun 12, 2012 -