Happy birthday to one of Toronto’s furriest residents! Da Mao, Canada’s only male giant panda, celebrated his seventh birthday yesterday at the Toronto Zoo with a space-themed cake made of bamboo, biscuits, and fruit. Da Mao, along with his six-year-old companion Er Shun, are part of the Toronto Zoo’s Giant Panda Conservation Breeding program. The two will leave their home at the Toronto Zoo in 2018 for a five-year stay in Calgary.
Jen Agg is no stranger to the Toronto restaurant scene.
The owner of three restaurants – The Black Hoof, Cocktail Bar, and Rhum Corner, Agg has over 11,000 followers on Twitter, and is the author of an upcoming memoir about her life and experiences in the restaurant industry.
Agg is also keen on “smashing the patriarchy one plate at time” – that’s the tagline for “Kitchen Bitches,” a conference she will be holding this week to discuss the culture of sexism and misogyny in professional kitchens.
“I’ve definitely put myself in positions where I don’t necessarily have to deal with that stuff because I’ve owned my own businesses for a long time,” says Agg. “[But] in certain business relationships, I’ve definitely felt like if I were a man, this would not be happening.”
The conference, set for September 3, will include panel discussions from various food-industry members about the issues women experience in kitchens. The evening will also include a performance by Amy Millan of Stars and a silent auction to support a women’s shelter. Keep reading: Bitches Take Kitchens
Surrounded by media, Cecil Peter clutches a photo of Andrew Loku and calls for the elimination of carding during a public consultation at the Toronto Reference Library. His question sheet reads: “End carding.”
Ellie Adekur has a chance to address elected officials face-to-face—and she’s keen to take it. Last evening’s consultation on “street checks” was wrapping up, but there was still an opportunity for attendees to discuss the practice during an open mic segment. Along with a dozen others, the University of Toronto student took the stage and instinctively reached for the microphone when it was her turn to speak. Then, the meeting’s third-party moderator, Karyn Dumble, jumped in, directing the speaker not to touch the mic; an older white man named Dave would hold it for her. It was a moment of lost agency, and the irony was not lost on Adekur. “I am deeply offended that any equity group has to have a consultation to determine if we deserve a fundamental human right,” she said. “And… I can’t even hold my own microphone!” The crowd of about 150 cheered wildly.