Every weekday’s end, Extra, Extra collects just about everything you ought to care about or ought not miss.
- As we reported earlier today, the Toronto Islands played host to the 23rd Annual Toronto International Dragon Boat Race Festival this past weekend. If you just can’t get enough dragon boating, watch the above video by spoonnoops of the 500-metre Sport Open Final A race from this Sunday.
- The Toronto Cyclists Union has launched a campaign to get Bixi to expand its service area beyond the downtown core. As the Star reported, they want Bixi to expand to cover their originally-planned service area, which stretched from Broadview Avenue west to High Park and north to Dupont Street. Right now, the northern edge of the service area is Bloor Street, and it’s bounded on the west by Spadina Avenue and on the east by Jarvis Street (someone tell Councillor Parker). The union has posted a petition on its site for those who want to join the call for more Bixi stations.
- Whether you can name eight different sub-genres of house music or you just think clubbing is a mean thing people do to seals, Denise Benson’s in-depth report on electronic music in Toronto, past and present, is worth checking out. In it, she describes how, through three decades of development, the city has cultivated a scene marked by self-confidence and diversity. “Not long ago, many Torontonians seemed to disregard the local. Now there is a palpable sense of pride and assurance.”
- In case you missed it this weekend: Christopher Hume’s Sunday column raises questions about the impact Rob Ford’s increasingly-controversial actions as mayor might have on his supporters at council, including councillors Karen Stintz (Ward 16, Eglinton-Lawrence), Peter Milczyn (Ward 5, Etobicoke-Lakeshore), Doug Holyday (Ward 3, Etobicoke Centre), and Giorgio Mammoliti (Ward 7, York West). “Before the end of Ford’s term they will have to reflect carefully on what the cost of that support will be,” Hume writes.