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The Search Is On for a New Toronto Police Chief

On election night, Toronto showed that it is ready for a fresh start. But a new mayor is not the only major change coming to the city—by February, Toronto will have a new chief of police, too. The Toronto Police Services Board (TPSB)—the seven-member civilian body responsible for hiring the city’s next top cop—is currently […]

John Tory Delivers First Press Conference as Mayor-Elect

This afternoon mayor-elect John Tory was at Nathan Phillips Square, where he delivered his first press conference since winning the 2014 Toronto mayoral election Monday night. Carrying a stack of binders to the rostrum, Tory said he has some “light reading” to do before he’s sworn in to office on December 2. He then offered […]

Local Art as Experience at Elephant in the Attic

Accessibility is a challenge in the art world. Fresh-faced artists have a difficult time finding an audience, or a place within the art community—and art enthusiasts have a difficult time finding those underrepresented artists. There are a few places in Toronto, though, that are bridging this gap. They incubate young artists, give them a place […]

Public Works: Creating a Natural Swimming Pool in the Heart of Berlin

Public Works looks at public space, urban design, and city-building innovations from around the world, and considers what Toronto might learn from them. Museum Island, at the heart of Berlin, is an urban tourism haven. The triangle of land, bordered on one side by the Spree River and on two others by a bending canal, is […]

Election 2014: We Needed Better Than This

In John Tory’s victory speech Monday night, he said, “Tonight we start the work of building one Toronto.” He has spoken relentlessly during this campaign about the need for goodwill and unity. Unfortunately, last night’s election demonstrated a Toronto that is more divided than ever.

Lessons from Rob Ford’s City Hall

I was an unlikely attendee at my first city council meeting, in May 2011. I wasn’t a journalist at the time and didn’t have a particular stake in any of the issues being debated that day, but I found myself in the council chamber, feeling out of place, yet compelled to be there. As I […]

Why We Must Talk About White Privilege

In the last days of Toronto’s municipal election campaign, front-runner John Tory was asked—in the wake of a growing wave of racist attacks against Olivia Chow and a number of visible minority council and school board candidates—whether white privilege exists. His response: “No, I don’t know that it does.” It is crucial that we distinguish […]

Rep Cinema This Week: Listen Up Philip, Force Majeure, and Maps to the Stars

The best repertory and art-house screenings, special presentations, lectures, and limited engagements in Toronto. At rep cinemas this week: a bracing new dramedy from one of the luminaries of the American independent scene, a wry dark comedy about marriage and male cowardice from Sweden, and a showbiz satire from Toronto’s own David Cronenberg.

Scene: Clay & Paper Theatre’s Night of Dread

WHERE: Dufferin Grove Park WHEN: Saturday, October 25, 4 p.m. WHAT: The 15th annual Night of Dread, organized by Clay & Paper Theatre. The theatre’s master puppet-builders and mask-makers, aided by community volunteers, constructed 120 life-sized masks and two giant masks for the event. At 4 p.m., participants gathered at Dufferin Grove Park, before parading […]

The Rise of Islamophobia in Toronto’s Election

Ausma Malik is running for school board trustee in Trinity-Spadina. She wears the hijab, and is running in a downtown ward that doesn’t have a significant percentage of voters who look or dress like her. As much of Toronto knows by now, Malik has been the target of an extended and multi-faceted smear campaign claiming […]