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This human-interest story in the Canadian National Exhibition, by the Toronto Star“s Jessica Botelho-Urbanski, interests me. I am going this year, I know. (Will I try the food? Maybe.)
Even the “greenest” fair in North America couldn’t avoid throwing out an estimated 300,000 kilograms of waste on its first weekend, according to the facility’s services coordinator.
Brian Dow said over 18 days, from Aug. 19 to Sept. 5, the Canadian National Exhibition collects about 1.8 million kilograms of waste. The CNE also boasts an “extremely aggressive” waste-diversion program designed to offset the fair’s environmental impact, said general manager Virginia Ludy.
And though CNE staff says they’ve diverted about 86 per cent of waste from landfills in the last decade, they’re still looking for ways to improve.
“There’s still 14 per cent to get better at and hopefully at some point in time, we’ll get to a complete 100 per cent diversion,” Ludy said.
Food waste is especially focused upon, with at least 111 vendors in the food building this year, 26 food trucks scheduled to arrive next weekend and about 1.6 million visitors — most of them hungry — to the fair.
blogTO’s Phil Villeneuve notes an awesome-sounding party.
Sunday August 14, roughly around 4 p.m. marks the 13th anniversary of the Toronto Blackout of 2003. Ahhh, what a glorious day that was. Ice cream melted and was eaten, humans spoke to each other, babies were made, it was a trip back to simpler times.
If you’d like to relive that day, don’t worry, there’s a pretty huge anniversary party planned.
Everything kicks off with a picnic at 6 p.m. in Jimmie Simpson Park featuring samba, musical and dance workshops! Folks are encouraged to bring their own blankets and snacks to share.
[URBAN NOTE] “Pride Toronto executive director resigns after allegations of racism, sexual harassment”
Adam Miller’s Global News report about the turmoil behind the resignation of Pride Toronto executive director Mathieu Chantelois is eyebrow-raising, to say the least.
The executive director of Pride Toronto has resigned amid allegations he sexually harassed staff members, left “controlled substances” in the organization’s headquarters and was abusive, manipulative, racist, sexist and transphobic, according to an internal email allegedly written by staff members obtained by Global News.
Mathieu Chantelois took to Twitter Wednesday to announce he had resigned from the Pride Toronto Board of Directors, adding he now works at Cineplex Media.
But Chantelois’ resignation announcement is in stark contrast to allegations that surfaced in an internal email allegedly sent from Pride Toronto staff to the organization’s board of directors on July 7, which detailed serious accusations about his conduct.
“Over the last eighteen months, the staff of Pride Toronto have regularly experienced intimidation, verbal abuse, manipulation, and deceit, which we have come to accept as core elements of Mathieu’s personality and character,” the email stated.
“We have been subject to racist, sexist and transphobic comments, sexual harassment, and personal attacks.”
The Globe and Mail carries James Turner’s Canadian Press report.
A former member of a religious colony told the first Pride parade ever held in this small Manitoba city how important it is for gay people to speak up and share their stories.
“I expose my life so that others can know that they are not alone they too deserve a happy, fulfilling life,” said Tyrone Hofer before a cheering crowd.
Hofer, a former member of a conservative colony of Hutterian Brethren, said he wished he’d had someone to talk to as he was growing up and struggling with his sexual identity. That’s why, he said, he and other openly gay Hutterites are now speaking publicly.
“Instead of asking yourself, ‘what would Jesus do?,’ ask yourself, ‘what did Jesus do?’ ” he said.
RCMP estimated 3,000 people attended the Pride march, far higher than the anticipated 1,000. Police had to open a second street to accommodate everyone.
The city’s population is roughly 14,000.