Toronto’s extensive work on the silver screen reveals that, while we have the chameleonic ability to look like anywhere from New York City to Moscow, the disguise doesn’t always hold up to scrutiny. Reel Toronto revels in digging up and displaying the films that attempt to mask, hide, or—in rare cases—proudly display our city.
When we profiled the first season of Orphan Black it was something of an ascendant cult show. A year later and it’s still a cult show but one with a much higher profile and a dedicated fan base that gets all riled up when lead actress Tatiana Maslany gets her annual snub from the Emmys.
It’s a curiosity for all sorts of reasons, not least of which is the show’s puzzlingly ambiguous setting. It seems to be set in Toronto, and includes occasional undisguised glimpses of the skyline and even (as we saw in the first season) documents that explicitly mention the city. And yet locations rarely play themselves; the notion that we’re in Toronto is never openly addressed—it just sort of is. We’re okay with that, we guess.
It might be comforting to think that the tragic shooting of Michael Brown—an 18-year-old unarmed black man—by a white police officer on August 9 and the resulting chaos in Ferguson, Missouri, are a distinctly American phenomenon. The history of racial tensions, the heavy-handed policing tactics, the disproportionate criminalization of young black men—these are issues that have long plagued the United States, a country so obsessed with law and order that it has the highest incarceration rate in the world.
Mayor Rob Ford is facing yet another allegation that he violated the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act, this time by voting on a wastewater treatment program in which his family’s company participates.
In November 2012, Ford and his brother Councillor Doug Ford (Ward 2, Etobicoke North) voted against a proposal put forward by Toronto Water general manager, Lou Di Gironimo, and backed by Councillor Mike Layton (Ward 19, Trinity-Spadina), which would have raised fees for a number of companies that pay the City to treat their wastewater. Deco Adhesive Products was one of those companies.