Extra, Extra: Underground Sounds and Laurels for Toronto Architects
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Extra, Extra: Underground Sounds and Laurels for Toronto Architects

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  • We’ve all passed them on our way to jump on a train, and dropped a coin or two in their hats, but how often do we get to hear musicians who perform in TTC subway stations talk about what they do? Ryerson film student Jackson Fishauf directed and edited Subway Tracks, a nine-minute documentary about those musicians, for a film production class. We think it’s pretty pro.
  • Canadian Architect magazine announced the winners of its 2011 Canadian Architect Awards of Excellence, and some local firms and projects got a nod. Recognized for their “architectural design excellence” are: Patkau Architects Inc., in joint venture with Kearns Mancini Architects Inc., for the Fort York National Historic Site Visitor Centre; gh3 Architects and Landscape Architects and R.V. Anderson Associates Limited for the Storm Water Quality Facility at Lake Shore Boulevard East and Cherry Street; and Zeidler Partnership Architects, in joint venture with SNØHETTA, for the Ryerson University Student Learning Centre.
  • We called them and their fellow GSA-involved peers heroes, and now 30 students at St. Joseph Catholic Secondary School in Mississauga have been named Xtra‘s Toronto newsmakers of the year for founding the first gay-straight alliance in an Ontario Catholic school (though they’re not allowed to call it a GSA). Andrea Houston discusses the group’s achievements here.
  • Global News map-master Patrick Cain took a look at Ontario’s drunk-driving statistics and shared the results earlier this week. Notably, he discovered that some of the lowest rates are right here in Toronto: “Every Toronto subway or LRT station is in a postal code with drunk driving rates below the provincial average.” Reason number 8,375,896 to expand our transit system and try to keep it affordable. [via OpenFile]
  • Rob Granatstein, writing for Toronto Life, has some advice for our mayor: start running Toronto with an “an eBay expert’s mentality.” That is, rather than selling off City-owned assets now, fix up and sell what we don’t need to pay for what we do (which, in Granatstein’s opinion, is the TTC, Toronto Water, and City Hall). Read the full story here.

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