Extra, Extra: Banking on Good Will, Stats on a Good Fringe

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Extra, Extra: Banking on Good Will, Stats on a Good Fringe

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The contents of the PCFB’s shelves in October of last year. Photo from the Parkdale Community Food Bank’s Facebook page.

  • A notice posted on its website says that the Parkdale Community Food Bank might close next month due to “a major financial shortfall” and they need to raise $100,000 to remain open into 2012. Since 2009, demand for the food bank’s services has increased 50 per cent, while monetary donations have dropped. Community members can support the PCFB in a number of ways, through donations or by volunteering. [via @justinb]
  • A solution for those stinky, hot days when you’re lugging shopping bags downstairs to a transit platform, cursing humidity and gravity and the shoes you chose to wear: transit accelerators (or, as you might know them, slides). The design is from from the city of Utrecht, in the Netherlands, where they know how to inject some fun into their transit infrastructure. [Thanks to reader Barry Lipton for the tip]
  • Fringe 2011 by the numbers: According to the @Toronto_Fringe Twitter account, 57,282 tickets were sold at this year’s festival (versus 53,000 last year, says Fringe aficionado Jonathan Goldsbie), and $409,879 went back to artists. Since 1989, the festival has returned more than $5 million to participants.
  • Given recent events at City Hall, it may seem a little cruel to point out the vast ocean of difference between ours and Calgary’s municipal leaders, but, nevertheless, here’s a compare and contrast piece on Rob Ford and Calgary mayor Naheed Nenshi care of Huffington Post Canada.

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