Extra, Extra: TTC Timelapse, Professional Cuddling Services, and Warming Centres
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Extra, Extra: TTC Timelapse, Professional Cuddling Services, and Warming Centres

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  • Even if you’re not in the mood to be swayed by soothing piano music and smiling children, you might find yourself both entertained and dizzied by this video—made, director Russell Wellner says, “to show that the TTC is something that unites a city and brings people together”—which offers up some entertaining and somewhat dizzying subway-related timelapse footage. Also, Wellner appears to be 15 years old, which is also somewhat dizzying.
  • Unsurprisingly, the Department of Canadian Heritage‘s website features a number of photos of people engaged in cultural pursuits: there are shots of excited concert-goers, for example, and of people dancing, and of disembodied hands holding remotes. What is somewhat surprising is that a good number of these people turn out to be doing these things in countries other than Canada—the Department of Canadian Heritage often acquires its images from a stock photo agency, which carries many offerings from foreign-based photographers. (The remote-holding hand comes to us courtesy of Artur Marciniec, who’s based in Bełchatów, Poland.)
  • “A good cuddle is really rare. People think it’s easy to do, but it’s not.” So says Marylen Reid—and she’s in a position to know, as she’s been operating a professional cuddling service in Vancouver for six weeks. The Cuddlery will soon be expanding to Toronto, which means at least three things: (1) the Cuddlery is now looking for professional cuddlers in the Toronto area, (2) Torontonians will soon be able to pay for cuddles from a trained cuddler, and (3) Torontonians can now complete online polls featuring answer options such as “…professional cuddling is basically a form of prostitution.”
  • Mayor John Tory today asked the city manager to open Toronto’s warming centres in the midst of a brutal cold snap that has been linked to two deaths. Protesters gathered outside the mayor’s office Tuesday demanding that the City issue a cold weather alert, which it had not done, despite the plunging temperatures. The City now indicates that warming centres will open “immediately”—and that an extreme cold weather alert will likely be in place tomorrow morning, when temperatures are expected to fall to -15 C.

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