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Extra, Extra: Doug Ford Makes Accusations, a Handy Debate List, and David Miller in 2003

Every weekday’s end, we collect just about everything you ought to care about or ought not to miss.

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  • In the wake of a Globe and Mail investigation that suggests the Ford brothers helped a client of their family business, Deco Labels and Tags, lobby the City for work, Doug is accusing the paper of having “stolen information” and announcing that “if there’s false accusations against our company, they will be held accountable”—and the mayor is making intriguing comments about morality in the public sphere, the line between the personal and the political, and the real bottom line: “Our business is our business. I don’t ask you how much money you’ve got in the bank. If I have to declare a conflict with every single company or every single person, then I shouldn’t be in politics for 14 years or neither should my dad or anyone else in our family. And that’s the bottom line.”
  • Keep reading: Extra, Extra: Doug Ford Makes Accusations, a Handy Debate List, and David Miller in 2003

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Rep Cinema This Week: Altman, Tiger Tail in Blue, and 20 Feet From Stardom

The best repertory and art-house screenings, special presentations, lectures, and limited engagements in Toronto.

Still from Altman.

At rep cinemas this week: Toronto filmmaker Ron Mann’s look at the life and work of Robert Altman, a finely observed American independent relationship drama, and an examination of the lives and careers of backup singers.

Keep reading: Rep Cinema This Week: Altman, Tiger Tail in Blue, and 20 Feet From Stardom

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Scene: Vintage Bike Show at Trinity Bellwoods

A showcase of the coolest bicycles no one in their right mind should ever try to ride.

WHERE: Trinity Bellwoods Park

WHEN: Sunday, July 27

WHAT: No, these aren’t the second-hand fixies you can buy on Kijiji for $150—at this gathering in Trinity Bellwoods Park, bike-loving hobbyists congregated to buy, sell, and nod approvingly at each others’ beautiful vintage two-wheelers. From penny-farthings, boneshakers, and velocipedes of the 1870s to bikes from the mid-1950s complete with built-in radios, the specimens ranged from robust to ramshackle. An interesting note about this distinctly Canadian showcase: a number of the older bikes featured wooden frames, as Canada’s abundance of maple and oak made those materials cost-effective long after metal construction had caught on elsewhere. One glance at the craftsmanship makes you wonder why we ever made the switch—until you try to pick one up, that is.

Photos by Michael Fraiman.