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Extra, Extra: An Innocent Man Cave, the End of a Jokinen Era, and the Downtown Relief Line Needs You

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

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culture

Legendary DJ Dr. Trance Passes Away

Also known as Don Berns, the DJ played an integral role in Toronto's club and rave scene, both in clubs and on the radio.

Screenshot from a 2012 interview with the Miss Raquel Show

Screenshot from a 2012 interview with the Miss Raquel Show.

Don Berns, known to Toronto ravers as Dr. Trance, died yesterday evening.

Berns was referred to as the “godfather of the Toronto rave scene,” and with good reason. The DJ was one of the people responsible for bringing parties into bigger and better venues in the mid-’90s, and he gave voice to ravers through both his work behind the scenes, and his booming voice on the radio and in clubs.

Keep reading: Legendary DJ Dr. Trance Passes Away

politics

Audit Shows ‘Hundreds of Thousands’ of Dollars Unaccounted for at U of T Union USW 1998

Scathing audit of Local 1998 alleges mismanagement and lack of accountability at union that represents U of T's clerical and professional employees.


A scathing audit of the union chapter that represents U of T’s clerical and professional employees reveals “hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of dollars over the audit period of 2009 to mid-2014” unaccounted for or possibly mismanaged [PDF]. The report, released in December, alleges a lack of accountability by United Steelworkers 1998 to union members, including: mismanagement of funds and staff, spending without proper approval, inadequate disclosure of financials including operating without an approved budget, and spending “substantially” more than their income.

Local 1998 represents 7,000 members across five locations, according to information on their website.

Keep reading: Audit Shows ‘Hundreds of Thousands’ of Dollars Unaccounted for at U of T Union USW 1998