Today Sat Sun
It is forecast to be Partly Cloudy at 11:00 PM EDT on September 19, 2014
Partly Cloudy
15°/14°
It is forecast to be Overcast at 11:00 PM EDT on September 20, 2014
Overcast
22°/15°
It is forecast to be Chance of a Thunderstorm at 11:00 PM EDT on September 21, 2014
Chance of a Thunderstorm
24°/7°

6 Comments

politics

Highlights from Andray Domise’s Reddit AMA

In an Ask Me Anything session, the Ward 2 council candidate talked about the Ford family, racial discrimination, taxation, and more.

Photo from Andray Domise’s Facebook page.

Andray Domise, a former insurance manager, is making a bid for a council in Ward 2, Etobicoke North—Doug Ford’s ward, and one that was originally going to be contested by Kathy Ford’s son, Michael, until he withdrew, paving the way for Rob Ford to enter the race. During a Reddit AMA this afternoon, the candidate fielded questions from the Reddit community on topics ranging from the Ford legacy, to racism, to transit. Here are some raw highlights from the Q&A…

Keep reading: Highlights from Andray Domise’s Reddit AMA

politics

Concert Marks Anniversary of Ongoing Migrant Strikes

Protesters march in solidarity with undocumented migrants detained in a maximum-security prison without charges or trials.

1546222 624070734376640 3402170570613596898 n

A truck bearing the words “end detention” served as the stage for last night’s concert. Photo from the No One Is Illegal Facebook page.

Last night, about 100 protesters gathered downtown to mark the anniversary of one of the largest acts of migrant dissent in Canadian history. On September 17, 2013, 191 migrants being held at a maximum security prison in Lindsay, Ontario, went on hunger strikes to protest their detention by the Canadian government. Many of the detainees have been in jail for several years without charges or a trial, and they claim their detention violates international law. In July, a human rights working group at the United Nations ruled that the indefinite detention of migrants is never justified. However, many of those detained in Lindsay remain there without any idea of what their future will hold.

Keep reading: Concert Marks Anniversary of Ongoing Migrant Strikes

culture

Meet the Winners of the 2014 Golden Tap Awards

Celebrating the best, brightest, and tastiest in Ontario's beer industry.

Photo by Robin LeBlanc.

Beerbistro on King Street was bustling with excitement last night as some of the Ontario beer world’s elite gathered for the Golden Tap Awards.

The Golden Tap Awards, put on by Ontario beer site The Bar Towel, bill themselves as “Ontario’s most democratic awards event,” and function as a sort of People’s Choice Award for the Ontario beer industry. Members of the public are encouraged to vote for their favourites in categories ranging from best brewery in Ontario to best cask-conditioned ale in Ontario. As with all vote-based award shows, the use of social media is key to a win.

There were many Toronto-based recipients last night, including Great Lakes Brewery for best brewery in Ontario, Bellwoods Brewery for most innovative brewery in Ontario, and Bar Hop for best draught selection in Ontario.

The full list of categories and the winners have now been announced—here’s some background information on each winner:

Keep reading: Meet the Winners of the 2014 Golden Tap Awards

12 Comments

Newsstand: September 18, 2014

As the world waits with bated breath to learn whether or not Scotland will become an independent country, one truth will remain unchanged no matter what the result—haggis is gross. In the news: Joe Pennachetti reminds incumbent councillors that their offices shall not be used for campaign purposes, the Rob Ford musical goes on as planned, the El Mocambo is closing, and the electronic voice on the new TTC streetcars could do with an elocution lesson.

matt_newsstand_carsandflags
12 Comments

Newsstand: September 17, 2014

After more than a year of displaying witty and inspirational messages in the front window of his home for passers-by to enjoy, the Atlas Avenue chalkboard guy has decided to hang up his chalk, and call it a day. We salute you, chalkboard guy! Thanks for the smiles! In the news: John Tory promises to ease gridlock through better road closure planning, Tory also makes promises for more cycling infrastructure, a sickly-looking coyote ambles through Scarborough Bluffs, and U of T takes a slight tumble in world ranks.

matt_newsstand_gull