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Extra, Extra: Awarding the Jane Jacobs Prize, a Family Shelter’s Uncertain Future, and Giant Pandas

Every weekday’s end, we collect just about everything you ought to care about or ought not to miss. Graeme Stewart and Sabina Ali are two Torontonians “on the forefront of a revolution that’s transforming Toronto’s now aging suburban high-rise clusters into livable communities that work”—which is why they’ve just been announced as the winners of […]

Chazz Palminteri Revisits A Bronx Tale

Actor Chazz Palminteri was preparing to do a play in Los Angeles when he had an exchange one night with his manager. “‘I just heard there are more Italians in Toronto than there are almost in Rome,’” he remembers telling him. “And I said, ‘How come I never did my show in Canada?’ and he […]

City Hall Hears From the Public on Porter’s Expansion Plans

At City Hall today, council’s executive committee convenes to discuss the contentious expansion proposal from Porter Airlines. The airline, which operates from the island’s Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, wants to introduce jets at the site to fly to more destinations. In order to do this, the airport’s runway will have to be extended 200 […]

Duly Quoted: Ford Lawyer Dennis Morris, on his Client’s Rights

“We all have the right to remain silent.” -Rob Ford’s criminal lawyer Dennis Morris, often referred to as “Hotmail Lawyer” by City Hall watchers, comments in a CP24 interview on Monday on his client’s refusal to answer questions relating to the ongoing police investigation. New Project Brazen 2 court documents were released Wednesday and Monday […]

Public Works: Sucking Garbage

Public Works looks at public space, urban design, and city-building innovations from around the world, and considers what Toronto might learn from them. The year 2014 is shaping up to be the year Toronto talks garbage. Mayor Rob Ford and Coucillor (and Public Works and Infrastructure Committee Chairman) Denzil Minnan-Wong (Ward 34, Don Valley East) […]

Extra, Extra: Spadina Goes Hipster, More Rob Ford Documents, and a Puppy Goes Home

Every weekday’s end, we collect just about everything you ought to care about or ought not to miss. The CBC is collecting examples of “traditional Spadina shops transforming for a new clientele” and including them in a section called “Spadina’s Hipster Makeover.” You know the section is about a neighbourhood becoming hipster-y, because it features […]

Duly Quoted: Fiona Crean, on Expanded Powers for the Provincial Ombudsman

“The Government now wishes to have one ombudsman second guessing another. This is the beginning of ombudsman shopping and again this flies in the face of a legislated ombudsman being an office of last resort. This is poorly conceived and it is obvious the professionals in the field were not consulted…This is bad law that […]

Rep Cinema This Week: Nymphomaniac: Volume II, Marwencol, and Gloria

The best repertory and art-house screenings, special presentations, lectures, and limited engagements in Toronto. At rep cinemas this week: Volume II of Lars von Trier’s tragicomic sexual biography, a documentary about an outsider artist introduced by Miriam Toews, and a luminous portrait of a single fiftysomething from Chile.

Emily Kai Bock Wins Prism Prize

Director Emily Kai Bock’s chances of winning the second annual Prism Prize for best Canadian music video were better than those of anyone else in competition for the award. Two of Bock’s videos had made the short list: “Afterlife,” by Arcade Fire, and “Childhood’s End,” by Majical Cloudz. The two are very different—the former explores […]

Co-op Housing: What It Is and How It Works

Co-op housing made headlines recently, as Olivia Chow’s declaration of candidacy prompted supporters of rival mayoral campaigns to resurrect decades-old stories about how she and her late husband Jack Layton had lived in Hazelburn Co-operative Homes from 1985 to 1990. As Chow and Layton had a combined income of $120,000, much confusion arose about whether […]