Torontoist Week In Review: July 27-31
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Torontoist Week In Review: July 27-31

A lot happens in the course of a workweek. Here’s a look back at the top stories from the past five days that you might have missed, or might care to revisit.

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Photo by Corbin Smith.

Olivia Chow Announces Federal Run, Sets Matchup Against Adam Vaughan

Earlier this week, Olivia Chow confirmed her hope to return to federal politics. Chow will face off against Liberal MP and former city councillor Adam Vaughan, who nabbed Trinity-Spadina in last year’s summer byelection.

From the article:

Vaughan won Chow’s former council seat in 2006 when he defeated her former assistant Helen Kennedy in a bitter matchup. Chow had left city council to become an MP. But when Chow ran for mayor in 2014, she resigned her seat, and Vaughan won it against Joe Cressy, Chow’s former campaign manager. Cressy now represents Ward 20 at city hall, which Vaughan and Chow used to represent.

Still from TIFF opener Demolition.

TIFF Announces 40th Anniversary Opening Lineup

With Jean-Marc Vallée’s Demolition starring honorary Hogtownie Jake Gyllenhaal opening this year’s TIFF, the 40th annual film fest is one you can’t miss.

From the article:

TIFF CEO Piers Handling and Artistic Director Cameron Bailey took to the TIFF Bell Lightbox this morning to announce the first wave of programming for the festival’s 40th anniversary. The top brass rolled out a list of titles fat with international stars and homegrown talents, all while emphasizing TIFF’s transformation from a small in-house affair — boasting “a lot of films” and “six big parties,” according to a schedule Handling unearthed from the inaugural edition — to the 300 film behemoth it is today.

Black Lives Matter Protests on the Allen Expressway

On Monday, hundreds of protestors shut down Allen Road to demand justice for Jermaine Carby and Andrew Loku, two black men who died at the hands of local police.

From the article:

Much of the reaction to the event focused on tactics and tone rather than the underlying message. On social media and online forums, people decried the Allen Road shutdown with comments like: “Every person stuck in traffic, you just lost as a supporter. This doesn’t help. It’s just ignorant, and honestly counter productive.”

Bombardier’s Revised Streetcar Schedule Sees One-Year Delay

If you’re anything like us, riding the new streetcars excites you. A lot. Well, news flash: Bombardier, the company responsible for manufacturing the TTC’s new streetcars, announced a revised delivery plan which puts the project one year behind schedule.

From the article:

According to TTC CEO Andy Byford, the manufacturer has delivered seven new streetcars to date—43 streetcars short of the intended plan—with seven currently being serviced on the 510 Spadina and 511 Bathurst lines. The original timeline would have seen 70 deliveries by the end of 2015; instead, 23 deliveries are expected by the end of the year and 70 deliveries by the end of next year.

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Illustration by Brett Lamb.

Sex-ist: Sex Therapy 101

In this month’s edition of Sex-ist, we speak with sex therapist Joan Marsman about the difference between a doctor and a sex therapist, how Ashley Madison changed her work, and the importance of Meet the Fockers.

From the article:

We have a pretty cut-and-dried relationship with our bodies. If you break your leg, you would see a doctor. If you can’t get an erection, that same doctor might give you a little blue pill. But what if the problem doesn’t stop there? What if those little blue pills cause you some angst or anxiety? What if they make your partner feel sad or uncomfortable? You might want to call up your friendly neighbourhood sex therapist.