Canadian philanthropists James and Louise Temerty have announced they’ll be donating $3.25 million to the Royal Ontario Museum’s Fossils and Evolution discovery centre. In somewhat related news, Bill Nye the Science Guy was on Global’s The Morning Show today discussing his belief that creationists will be extinct within the next 20 years.
As we get used to the unorthodox pass-and-credit system used by the JFL42 comedy festival, we’re realizing more and more how clever it is, and how the festival has grown into Toronto’s premiere comedy experience—with opportunities for local comedy fans to enjoy top-shelf, internationally recognized talent, discover up-and-coming acts, and get to know their local scene as well. Used properly, the credit system makes it easy to see multiple shows for no extra charge, night after night, and we used ours to see over 50 individual acts over the course of the festival.
“I am not as smooth a talker. But when I talk, I outline ways to help our poorest kids and help people find more affordable housing. I think there’s a role for the city in creating jobs for young people. Mr. Tory is silent on social policy, and just like Mr. Ford before is a one-trick pony.”
-Olivia Chow, responding to an open letter from Now Magazine editor/publisher Michael Hollett. Hollett expressed concern about the campaign she’s been running, calling it “safe, oh-so-friendly and bland.” He urged her to “make this a race between you and the Conservative [John Tory], a legendary electoral stumblebum who has a world-class capacity to implode” and to “forget the polish” and “go for the passion.”
In Chow’s answering letter, she acknowledges that she isn’t going to “present a grand scheme, saying it will solve everything,” but argues that what she will do “is get things done to help people—no matter their income, background, or neighbourhood.” She contends that John Tory “is silent on social policy, and just like Mr. Ford before is a one-trick pony,” before calling into question the fundamentals of his transit plan. “I’m not going to pretend this is a normal campaign,” she writes, referring to Rob Ford’s time in rehab and health concerns. “I tried to engage him on the issues, but goodness knows issues haven’t been front and centre.”
Torontoist reporter Wyndham Bettencourt-McCarthy was assaulted by a police officer during the G20—a case in which charges were dropped this week. She writes about how it has reshaped her view of policing in Toronto.