Extra, Extra: Biggie Flashbacks and Bloor Cinema History
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Extra, Extra: Biggie Flashbacks and Bloor Cinema History

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  • 1LOVET.O. has dug up a classic: Biggie, in Toronto and on Rap City, back in 1995.
  • The Migrant Integration Policy Index measures how well various countries are faring at integrating newcomers into their society. Results cover thirty countries, primarily in Europe and North America. The latest results were released in late February and are now online; Canada ranks third overall. One of our biggest weaknesses, according to the report: newcomers’ inability to vote in local elections. Supporters of I Vote Toronto—which seeks to extend municipal voting rights to permanent residents—take note.
  • The Guardian reports on how the battle over one bike lane in New York might have repercussions for urban cycling advocacy far beyond that city.
  • Old City Hall used to have some pretty significant stone gargoyles on its clock tower. Sadly, one of these crashed through the roof in 1938, and all of the gargoyles were removed due to safety concerns. They were later replaced with bronze replicas. From the Toronto Dreams Project, a great photo of one of the originals, taken in 1920.
  • One more bit of history for the day: the tale of the Bloor Cinema, which first opened in 1913. [via Paul Terefenko]

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