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Extra, Extra: Craving cléo, Saying Goodbye to Grand & Toy, and Understanding Ford Nation

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  • The latest issue of Toronto-based feminist film journal cléo is now out! Past issues have focused on themes like “doom” and “flesh,” and this time around, the journal is exploring “crave” through an interview with Eliza Hittman; articles on Don Jon, Her, Fat Girl, Thelma & Louise, Tampopo, and Thin; and a visual essay by filmmaker Gina Telaroli.
  • It feels as if every week another long-established store is shutting its doors. Usually that store sells books, but today it’s a storied stationer that’s announced it’ll be closing up shop—or at least closing up its brick-and-mortar shops. The 132-year-old Grand & Toy will soon exist only online—apparently, a mere three per cent of its sales have been generated by its stores. And while we will miss this mainstay of Toronto’s retail landscape, we have to acknowledge that three is indeed a very small number.
  • If you’d like more insight into Rob Ford supporters—whose enthusiasm for the mayor is matched in intensity only by the antipathy of his detractors—find out what some of them had to say when Jonathan Goldsbie posed the following questions: “If you could ask Rob Ford one question, what would you want to know? What’s the best thing he’s done so far? Has he done anything that’s been disappointing to you? What would you want him to do in the next four years if he gets re-elected? Do your family and friends feel the same way about Ford that you do?”

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  • bobloblawbloblawblah

    It’s really hard to believe that only 3% of G&T’s sales came from actual stores. Certainly they’ve been taking a beating from Staples and even Dollarama and Walmart. I bought a lot of stuff from them. hate to have to buy from crappy outfits like Dollarama.

    • VictorianShuter

      It’s not that hard to believe. Whenever I’ve shopped there, even during peak hours, they’ve seemed pretty quiet. It’s most likely that businesses would rather make an order from their office than waste time making a visit.

  • OgtheDim

    G&T have been given a lower priority to their bricks and mortar operations for 20 years. The focus on business sales will help them survive but Amazon is killing office supply online.

  • dsmithhfx
    • SonuvaScrimbro

      “And, er, ah, may all your disgraces be private.”

      If only…

  • Crowie

    Not surprising. I can’t remember the last time I was in a G&T at the same time as anyone other than that one lonely clerk.

  • SonuvaScrimbro

    Interesting article by Goldsbie, even if it doesn’t break any new ground. Are we really that surprised that Ford attracts adulation from society’s losers? And I don’t mean that in a pejorative sense — I mean “losers” as in people who have lost something and are eager to claim victimhood status because it’s less work than confronting their own inadequacies and admitting their life choices may have had some impact on why they lost that thing (“it’s not my fault I can’t get ahead in life, it’s the media/elites/government/ex-wife out to get me/nonwhite people taking my job/you name it”).

    People like that, no wonder they draw inspiration from a guy whose entire purpose in life is to moan about how hard done by he is — ’cause everyone knows no one has a harder lot in life than middle-aged white guys who inherit family businesses and gets Cadillacs as birthday presents.

    • Notcleverguy

      All that video did for me was reaffirm my belief that commitment laws in Canada are far too restrictive.