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]
is a new restaurant in Toronto. Most of the servers are Deaf
. It is the first restaurant of its kind in Canada
, though not the world (YT)
. Their Facebook page
contains reviews from patrons. Here's
how to order. If you're interested in ASL, the National Association of the Deaf has a great primer
for you, or you can go through the glossary and lessons here
at ASL University.
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.
What happens when Toronto street signs taken over by Indy bands.
Interesting to see the placement of signs, and the types you remember as being iconic in Toronto, and also how many signs I can actually remember, or identify considering the names have been changed.
Alan Dershowitz and Michael Hayden (for); Glenn Greenwald and Alexis Ohanian against. Tonight.
“I consider him and Alan Dershowitz” – the two men Mr. Greenwald, 47, will face at Friday’s Munk Debates – “two of the most pernicious human beings on the planet. I find them morally offensive. There’s an element of hypocrisy to being in the same room with them, treating them as if I have outward respect, because I don’t.”
Following a new (audio) tape of Rob Ford drunk and swearing at a bar
and a new (video) tape of his smoking crack in his sister's basement
both earlier this week, the Toronto Mayor has announced that he will be taking a leave from his campaign to attend rehab. [more inside]
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.
A Toronto woman returns from the laundry room to find her little one missing
. Following a botched ransom call and online appeals for help
(with grainy surveillance footage of the abduction), the three-year-old was recovered after being sold
into servitude on the black market. [more inside]
The Toronto Historical Map viewer
(created by Nathan Ng, also behind the Historical Maps of Toronto
website) is a zoomable map that allows the viewer to shift between maps of the city at numerous points from 1818 to 2012. [more inside]
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]
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]
Nobody brought a complaint
against police for their actions at the G20 protests in Toronto. Nobody has been vindicated
by this prosecution. Nobody's assault can be seen in this video
In the aftermath of one of the strangest political scandals ever to plague the mayor of a major North American city, Rob Ford oversees the unveiling of a high-profile portrait of himself by a sitting councilor
, made at the request of Ford's mother. The artist describes the piece as complex, but a lot remains unsaid regarding the weight Ford's personality carries into the realm of portrait.
So the Toronto International Film Festival
is going on as I write this. Their twitter hashtag is #TIFF13
. But if you'd rather, Patton Oswalt and his followers have been making a little mischief with it
, firing off a string of hilarious and brilliant never-to-be-made movies.
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).
"Degrassi Panthers is a blog dedicated to mapping out the shoot locations of all 3 seasons of the Canadian TV series Degrassi Junior High."
For 30 years, an ex-con drifter from Saskatchewan named Dennis Melvyn Howe has eluded police in connection with the abduction, rape and murder of a 9 year old Toronto girl
. In 2008, an Idaho man named Robert James Miller wrote two long, bizarre posts
on the forum at unsolvedcanada.ca. He claimed to have identified Howe and turned him in after seeing a 1998 episode of America's Most Wanted. The FBI is now investigating the possibility that Miller himself is Dennis Melvyn Howe. [more inside]
Before the 1980 Act of Parliament
which made O Canada
the national anthem of Canada, the anthem was functionally God Save the Queen
, but there was another patriotic song which served as the unofficial anthem: The Maple Leaf Forever
. The song was written
by poet Alexander Muir
in October of 1867 to celebrate the confederation of Canada in July of that year and was famously inspired by a silver maple which stood in his front yard
on Laing St in Toronto. Last night's storms brought the tree down
, after a century and a half. [more inside]
"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.
On Monday, Toronto received over 100mm of rainfall
, leading to severe flooding, power outages, and hundreds of thousands of stranded drivers and transit users.
Uber, a startup that matches taxis with passengers, instituted "surge pricing" - did they break the cardinal "don't be an asshole" rule?
Daniel Goodbaum is dadaDan
and makes "street style" videos of interestingly
on the streets
. The videos
make great use
' that showcase Toronto
. Earlier this year he made a special "50th Street Style" video that is totally gorgeous
. There are now 66
of them and counting
. They are addictive
. [more inside]
Sam Javanrouh's Toronto-centric photoblog Daily Dose of Imagery
) called it a day on Friday after a highly-acclaimed 10 year run. [more inside]
"On an average weekday the TTC collects 1,582,000 fares. 180 are collected at Bessarian Station": Finding Bessarion
, a short film about exploring the unknown (subway station).thanks to AM for the link
"Rob Ford, Toronto's conservative mayor, is a wild lunatic given to making bizarre racist pronouncements and randomly slapping refrigerator magnets on cars. One reason for this is that he smokes crack cocaine. I know this because I watched him do it, on a videotape.
He was fucking hiiiiigh. It's for sale if you've got six figures." [single link Gawker]
Between 1986 and 1993, rather than showing a test pattern
, Global Television would, in the dead hours of the night, broadcast long videos of walking
. [more inside]
To celebrate the end of the NHL lockout
, Toronto recently hosted a game of shinny
: superheroes vs. supervillains, with Commissioner Gordon as referee. [more inside]
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford (previously
, also previously
) has been kicked out of office for violating the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act
after being found to have deliberately voted at city council on a measure related to his own pecuniary interests (previously
). Full decision here
. Ford may run for Mayor again in 2014. (Ford is widely expected to appeal the decision and request that the order be stayed in the meantime.)
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]
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.
Planet Toronto - a timelapse video.
After catching the attention of Toronto's tourist board through selfmade "video love letters to Toronto"
uploaded to Vimeo, Ryan Emond was given a budget and access to more locations to create a longer version.
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.
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]
) was a fixture of the streets of Toronto for several years. Zanta (b. David Zancai
) was a muscular
man in a Santa hat who entertained passersby
for years and he was the subject of a 2007 graphic novel
and a documentary film
. His absence the last few years had been noticed and commented on
. Zanta (or someone pretending to be him) launched a Twitter-based mayoral campaign
in 2009 but he had been quiet since then.
The Toronto Star reveals today
that Zancai is alive, living with his mother and being medicated for his schizophrenia.
A Scott Pilgrim themed trip to Toronto,
followed by a surprise (single-link photo album).
I Was Climbin The Stairs At Machu Picchu / Found My Cellphone And Tried To Reach You
. Chester, Nova Scotia's Old Man Luedecke
does what he does best: strums a banjo and tells some wandering stories, live at Toronto's Great Hall. Also in his backyard
. On his davenport
. In the bathtub
. Sometimes he does covers
. Sometimes he makes them more interesting by translating them into a language he doesn't speak
The NHL is facing the possibility
of a lockout
and Mexican fire hockey
is still in the early stages of a comeback, so what's a hockey fan to do? Humor and/or Humour blog Down Goes Brown
has your back with extensive archives
and a new book
. If you get desperate, you could even try their long-running series analyzing Obscure Moments in Toronto Maple Leaf History
. [more inside]
Visual effects artist Avi Salem reveals The CN Tower's secret messages
Transit etiquette of yesteryear
(courtesy of the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) and blogto.com). We may no longer think that shoppers - inevitably depicted as women - have no place on the rush hour streetcar, but some things never change
. Move to the back of the car, please!
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.
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]
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]
If you live in Toronto, you may have seen them busking
in the street or in the parks. But if you were a stranded passenger on Air Canada flight AC 876, which was delayed for 20 minutes on the tarmac at Pearson Airport in Toronto en route to Romania, then you got to see the Lemon Bucket Orkestra
play an impromptu 4 song performance
. [more inside]