Extra, Extra: Toronto's Manhattan Address, Gaga's Message to Etobicoke Teens
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Extra, Extra: Toronto’s Manhattan Address, Gaga’s Message to Etobicoke Teens

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  • Torontonians think they live in the centre of the universe and see all things in relation to their city and yadda yadda yadda. You’ve heard it before. South of the border, New York City residents have a similar reputation, and ExtendNY, a Google Maps–based application that extends Manhattan’s street grid over the entire globe, is a deliciously quirky representation of it. Using it we find that Yonge-Dundas Square is at 2,174th Avenue and 1,126th Street, and Cairo’s Tahrir Square is at 32,040th Avenue and 84,479th Street. [via Atlantic Cities]
  • Part of the debate over bike lanes is how effective they are at separating cyclists and motorists. To test the power of a line on the road, James Schwartz, of The Urban Country, and Dave Meslin, founder of the Toronto Cyclists Union, conducted a bike lane experiment on Sterling Road near Dundas, where Jenna Morrison was struck and killed on her bike earlier this month. According to the results posted by Schwartz and Meslin on their respective blogs, it turns out that, even if that line is made from bits of trash, drivers notice and steer clear.
  • Sometimes you just have to ask. Determined to reduce bullying at his school, and having experienced it himself, Etobicoke School of the Arts student Jacques St. Pierre decided to organize an anti-bullying assembly, particularly to address harassment of LGBT students. In addition to asking students to sign pledges to tackle the problem, he contacted several celebrities and asked for their support. He got it, from both comedian Rick Mercer and Lady Gaga (maybe you’ve heard of her?), who sent a video message that was played at the assembly.
  • Denise Balkissoon has been doing great work covering the Byron Sonne trial for OpenFile, and today she filed another update, which includes a video of police questioning Sonne. Balkissoon notes a comment in court from a police officer that, when they searched Sonne’s house three days before the G20 began, they found chemistry equipment. Mind you, it wasn’t assembled.

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CORRECTION: November 25, 2011 This post originally stated that another report by Denise Balkissoon on the Sonne trial, which was in fact published on November 11, was published today. We regret the error.

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