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Extra, Extra: A Ferry Passenger’s Freakout, Watching Porn is Considered Cheating, and Independent Grocers Fight to Stay Open

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Toronto Island Ferry Docks  Photo by Vik Pahwa from the Torontoist Flickr Pool

Toronto Island Ferry Docks. Photo by Vik Pahwa from the Torontoist Flickr Pool

  • A Toronto Island ferry passenger says he was concerned for his safety after getting stuck behind a locked gate on his way to Ward’s Island Sunday afternoon. Robert Bernecky, one of many passengers who became stuck on the vessel after the keys to a new lock were mistakenly taken home by a staff member, said, “What if the boat was on fire? What if there’s a maniac with a weapon? What’s going to happen? How are they going to get off? They can’t get off,” continuing, “Passenger lives… and the crew members’ lives are in peril.” City of Toronto spokeswoman Karen Fulcher said that new measures have been put in place to prevent similar situations from reoccurring.
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Making Money on the Streets

BuskerFest performers discuss the ins and outs of life as professional street artists.


26-year-old Kaile Glick is in character as soon as she sits in front of her typewriter. For the past five years she’s been playing the role of the Spontaneous Prose Store’s proprietor. On a normal day at work, like most buskers in Toronto, Glick finds a place to setup her equipment and then she waits for a customer to make eye contact with her so that she can draw them in with what she calls “carnival barking,” the distinct sound of her typewriter in midst of the downtown traffic and her short, lyrical poems.

Glick is one of over 170 street performers that will be participating in BuskerFest, North America’s largest street performer festival, this weekend. Buskers from around the world will gather in the Yonge-Dundas area, bringing with them a variety of creative performances to raise funds for Epilepsy Toronto. But unlike most of the participants, Glick’s performance isn’t one that lures the audience in with visuals; her schtick comes to life on paper. Upon receiving a prompt from her audience (a title, first line or topic) she writes poetry that people can keep with them long after the festival is over.

For Glick, professional street performers walk a line between being “professionals” and street performers. Events like BuskerFest bridge this gap by providing spaces that allow tough-to-classify creatives to showcase their talents at the heart of the city.
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Duly Quoted: The Conservative Approach to the Media

The Conservatives would rather not answer questions from the media.

“We don’t go by your deadlines, sir. We go by our deadlines and you don’t happen to accept that.”

—A volunteer for MP Joe Daniel (Conservative, Don Valley North) explains why the incumbent won’t speak to a Star reporter. Earlier, a Daniel volunteer told an Ottawa Citizen journalist that the backbench MP would not answer any media inquiries for the duration of the campaign. The Star reports that this is part of an indirect edict across the country where Conservative candidates have “been told no debates and no media.”