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Newsstand: August 23, 2010

Illustration by Matt Daley/Torontoist.

Here’s what’s happening on this glorious if somewhat soggy Monday: G20 offenders go to court en masse, the TTC gets a talking to, and a guerrilla art campaign takes Pattison billboards by storm.

In what is being touted as one of the largest mass court appearances in this city’s history, 303 people are set to appear today in a Toronto courthouse for charges related to G20 offences. The cases will be spread out in three courtrooms, but Toronto police still anticipate at least a modicum of chaos. In the understatement of the day, G20 investigator Detective Sergeant Gary Giroux admitted “…given the number of the accused scheduled to appear, it may take some time to deal with these matters.” Ya think?
It’s been a tough year for the city’s not-so-beloved TTC: a fare hike saw riders frantically hoarding tokens, Commission chair Adam Giambrone was caught up in a sex scandal, and photos of sleeping subway collectors pitted driver against rider. Today, a much-anticipated report will recommend major changes to the way the TTC operates. Written by an outside panel of ten customer service advisers, the report contains some seventy-five suggestions ranging from simple signage that tells when a bus is full, to more complex shifts in workplace culture and hiring practices that will take more time and effort to implement.
The Toronto Sun‘s editor-in-chief, James Wallace, is refusing to man up to plagiarism charges after sports editor and reporter Dave Fuller ripped some translated quotes directly from a hockey website called PensionPlanPuppets. Wallace claims that using someone else’s translation does not equal plagiarism, as long as the translation is independently verified—in this case using that bastion of translation, Google Translate. While that theory may work for Wallace, we’re sure legions of lowly translators would beg to differ. Here’s the Sun‘s story and here’s the original translation from PensionPlanPuppets: plagiarism or not?
The good news: there’s a new planetarium in town! The bad news: it’s tiny and just for University of Toronto students (cue chorus of boos from eager space nerds). The new digital planetarium will be eight metres wide and will seat about twenty people. Students using the new facility, which will occupy a specially renovated room of the Astronomy and Astrophysics building at 50 St. George Street, will be able to use interactive software to explore the night sky using a normal video game controller. If you don’t go to U of T and this space stuff really turns your crank, not to worry: the planetarium will be open for public tours on Thursday nights.
If the Pattison billboard on your commute looks a little more avant-garde than usual this morning, you’ve got New York guerrilla artist Jordan Seiler to thank. The instigator of the Toronto Street Advertising Takeover, Seiler and fifteen other activists are removing ads from forty-one pillars and twenty-five billboards and replacing them with eighty-five pieces of art submitted from around the world. Watch continuing coverage of this art in action on Torontoist later today.
And a Thornhill man has won a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records for his ludicrously long dreadlocks. Though Sudesh Muthu is only 5-foot-9, his dreads measure in at 6-foot-3, and he has to sleep with them coiled in a large ball in the middle of the bed, between himself and his sleeping wife, who should be given her own award for sleeping with her husband’s incredibly massive ball of hair.


  • http://undefined dowlingm

    Planetarium link is missing “html” at the end, and therefore is busted. Of course, UofT already own the McLaughlin Planetarium, which they purchased at huge cost ($22m) from the ROM (wiping out a quarter of the museum’s refurb deficit with student dollars). Instead of refurbishing that as a public and educational resource, there’s a student only room but it’s digital (50″ plasma and Google Sky?) which makes all the difference…
    From TFA:
    “With the opening of a state-of-the art planetarium this fall at U of T, thousands of students will get to see the sky like never before.”
    “The 8-metre wide planetarium – which can seat up to 20 people – is housed in a specially-renovated room in the Astronomy and Astrophysics building at 50 St. George St. ”

  • http://undefined MariaPD

    I think it should say St. George St, and not George, since that is near St. Lawrence Market, not quite UofT area.