The activist group Queers Against Israeli Apartheid, which has been at the centre of periodic controversy around who can and cannot march in the annual Pride parade, has disbanded. Formed in 2008, QuAIA encountered frequent opposition from a handful of city councillors, but won rulings under the City’s anti-discrimination policy and at the province’s Human Rights Tribunal. In a post on their website, group members write that they hope to move on to other issues to provide Palestinian solidarity.
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Ezra Levant, in a screen shot from The Rebel.
Roughly 300 residents have been without water for more than a week on account of frozen pipes. Now, the city is establishing “a SWAT team dedicated to working with residents who have no water as a result of frozen pipes outside of their home or building,” the Starreports. The special super team will be in touch with afflicted residents and help them coordinate repairs and, just maybe, thaw justifiably icy spirits in the process.
Unless you’ve been hiding in an underground bunker yourself, you’ve heard about the mystery tunnel. Discovered in a wooded area near York University last month and reported by the CBC yesterday afternoon, the tunnel is large enough to fit a school bus and was built with reinforced walls that demonstrate some degree of tunnel-building expertise. What’s more, today it was reported that a gas-powered generator was found in another hole nearby, likely left there to power the tunnel’s moisture-resistant lighting system. Other fun tunnel discoveries include a portable gas can, food and beverage containers, and a rosary hanging from a nail. Despite the tunnel’s proximity to York’s Rexall Centre, where this summer’s Pan Am Games will host tennis matches, Games representatives say the tunnel isn’t being interpreted as a direct threat or spiking their security budget. But we’ll keep digging deeper.