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[NEWS] Five GLBTQ links: gay Toronto musicians, Roy Moore, police, churches, Pride Toronto

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  • The Huffington Post has a nice list of some of the more high-profile LGBTQ musicians in Toronto from the 1960s on.
  • The virulent homophobia reported of Roy Moore’s supporters is upsetting, but not surprising. Global News reports.
  • While it is nice that Church and Wellesley is getting four dedicated neighbourhood police officers, some wonder whether these resources could be better spent elsewhere, in mental health for instance. Daily Xtra reports.
  • VICE reports on a new app, Church Clarity, intended to help queer people find queer-friendly churches.
  • The deficit of a half-million dollars reported by Pride Toronto, revenues dropping perhaps a consequence of last year’s controversies, is obviously not good. The Toronto Star reports.
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[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links: mass transit, Glad Day, Sam the Record Man, housing, Moss Park

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  • CBC reports on how Toronto city council has just voted in favour of harmonizing TTC and Metrolinx fares.
  • On the eve of the Naked Heart Festival, Peter Knegt celebrates the role of Glad Day Bookshop in the Toronto queer community, over at CBC.
  • blogTO notes that the old Sam the Record Man sign is starting to get installed at Yonge and Dundas.
  • Will Google’s Sidewalk Labs project in Toronto worsen the affordable housing crisis? VICE reports.
  • NOW Toronto takes a look at some of the problems with the new Moss Park safe injection site, starting with official neglect.

[URBAN NOTE] Four Toronto links: first Jewish deli, first Modern apartments, Junction, real estate

  • At Torontoist, Ellen Scheinberg tells the story of the Harris Delicatessen, first Jewish deli of Toronto.
  • Spacing’s Chris Bateman describes how the City Park tower complex in Church and Wellesley were the first Modern apartment high-rises in Toronto.
  • At the Toronto Star, Scott Wheeler notes the complaints of some Junction residents that gentrification is driving out the poor.
  • Is the recent drop in housing prices giving buyers too much power over sellers? The Toronto Star reports.

[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links, from strange disappearances to the Toronto Islands to odd suburbs

  • James Dubro highlights at Torontoist the disappearing queer men of Toronto. Is a serial killer at work?
  • At the Toronto Star, Paul Hunter reports on how the Toronto Islands have been reopened starting today.
  • John Lorinc’s investigation of high-rise safety in Toronto is alarming, and ends here and here.
  • Scott Wheeler looks at the controversial mounted cow sculpture of Cathedraltown, in Markham.
  • Victoria Gibson reports on the $150 million a year spent by the federal government at Pickering on property never used to build an airport.

[PHOTO] A meeting for Toronto’s missing 2LGBTQA*, 1 August 2017

A meeting for Toronto's missing 2LGBTQA*, 1 August 2017

I saw this placard advertising a meeting, to be held tomorrow the 1st of August at 5:30 pm at the 519 Community Centre, discussing Toronto’s missing queer men on a building at Church and Wellesley. The community is paying attention to this alarming mystery.

Written by Randy McDonald

July 31, 2017 at 9:00 am

[URBAN NOTE] Six links on Toronto, on mass transit and infrastructure generally

  • This story of a TTC worker who took a day’s fares home with him, where they got confiscated by police, and then compensated by union pressure for having been suspended without pay … wow.
  • Edward Keenan makes the point that cost overruns for city infrastructure need to be taken seriously. The quoted price for a park staircase is just off.
  • Daily Xtra notes the sad state of repairs of the rainbow crosswalks of Toronto.
  • CBC reports on Twyn Rivers Drive, a Scarborough route some say should be marked as off-limits for heavy vehicles.
  • NOW Toronto reports on how Mississauga is starting to outshine Toronto in the department of bike lanes.
  • Torontoist’s Tricia Wood writes about the almost impressive dysfunction at Metrolinx.

Written by Randy McDonald

July 21, 2017 at 3:15 pm

[URBAN NOTE] Three reports of crime and possible crimes in Toronto

  • CBC reports on a Scarborough group trying to get the police to contact neighbourhood groups re: missing people.
  • In the Toronto Star, Kristyn Wong-Tam reports Toronto police do not believe disappearances of men in Church and Wellesley are connected.
  • VICE tells a shocking story of a man allegedly beaten by a policeman with a steel pipe, blinded in an eye. Coverup?

Written by Randy McDonald

July 19, 2017 at 1:00 pm