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 -
Gary Webster is the general manager for the Toronto Transit Commission
. Last year, Mayor Rob Ford (previously
), after cancelling the Transit City light rail expansion in favour of a subway into Toronto's east end (also previously
), asked Webster to prepare a report on the viability of such a subway line. Webster did so, and gave his honest opinion, which was that the Sheppard subway was not economically viable. Ford buried the report
, and after the Toronto Star
discovered its existence, Ford then requested that Webster speak to City Council about the pros and cons of subways and light rail. Webster advised against subways as City Council overruled Ford
and reinstated a light rail-based transit plan. Ford's allies on the Toronto Transit Commission then petitioned for a special meeting
to fire Webster (despite severance clauses that could cost the city more than a million dollars).
They voted 5-4 to fire Gary Webster this afternoon
. (Torontoist's liveblog
of the meeting.)
posted by mightygodking
on Feb 21, 2012 -
Through a Glass, Smartly
Larry Sherk is one of the world's foremost brewerianists, a collector of beer stuff who over 40 years has amassed the country's second-largest private collection of beer labels (about 3,000), many of which date to the late 1800s. [more inside]
posted by modernnomad
on Feb 4, 2012 -
posts incredulous commentary about outrageously overpriced real estate listings in Toronto. Look at the run-down bungalows -- in North York
! -- listed for a million dollars and despair. Canada's housing bubble
, on full display. Via Maclean's
posted by mcwetboy
on Jan 30, 2012 -
"In 1999, Toronto-based photographer Jeff Harris
began taking a photo of himself each day as an alternative to all those diaries he started but couldn't keep up. But what began as a self-portrait project has evolved considerably in its 13 years. Harris' photographs aren't the typical, self-portrait vanity projects that crop up on YouTube now and again. Instead, he used the project to inspire him in his daily life, to go out and do something that would get him off his couch....This story becomes even more incredible as it progresses, but it's difficult to explain without cheapening it."*
So watch it now
[video || 05:26].
posted by ericb
on Jan 6, 2012 -
Humble & Fred
do a podcast. Big deal, you say? The bigger story is that they're fairly well known mainstream radio guys in the Toronto area, who have been in the business for decades, but after some recent firings have decided to give full time podcasting a try. And they're making a pretty big splash so far. [more inside]
posted by antifuse
on Dec 21, 2011 -
The history of Toronto in photos
is 90 some odd posts linked to provide a thematically organized visual overview. The vast majority of the photographs featured derive from the Toronto Archives. Should you be interested in a less visually oriented take on Toronto history, there is also the Nostalgia Tripping series
, which was designed to be a bit more about storytelling than just the photos.
posted by netbros
on Dec 5, 2011 -