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Extra, Extra: Tarragon Theatre Tussle, Postering Perils

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  • The Municipal Licensing and Standards Division has been handing out tickets for postering, it turns out—not to the people who put them up (because they can’t be sure who that is), but to the owners of the venues of the shows that are advertised in the posters. This, unsurprisingly, is causing some consternation among said venue owners, many of whom say they have no idea when posters go up and have nothing to do with producing them.
  • Michael Healey is an award-winning Canadian playwright who has, for the past 10 years, been an artist-in-residence at the Tarragon Theatre. He left abruptly earlier this week when he was told that the Tarragon would not consider producing his latest script, which features a prime ministerial character based on Stephen Harper. According to Healey, the theatre was concerned the play was too critical of Harper, and was worried about potential libel suits.
  • The Centre for City Ecology has launched an online book club dedicated to books about city-building. Their first pick is Jane Jacobs’ The Death and Life of Great American Cities and you can join the ongoing conversation about it here.

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