Articles Archive for May 2006
Law and Government, Torontopreneur »
By Jennifer Lewington, The Globe and Mail, page A13
Some fresh political faces with ambitions to pack off a few city hall lifers this Nov. 13 election day dropped by the clamshell this week.
With a Toronto protocol official as guide, candidates in the City Idol talent contest — the non-profit grassroots group formed to liven up local politics — got the cook’s tour.
On Thursday, about 15 of the 43 political wannabes dropped by the mayor’s office, checked in with election services and sat in briefly on a live session of council. …
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By Bruce DeMara, Toronto Star
Himy Syed is brimming over with passion and stories about Toronto.
He’s already shared four of them — and may add even more — to the Toronto Story initiative, which is collecting tales of the past and present and hopes for the future as part of a month-long festival celebrating the city.
There are his one-time encounters with Honest Ed Mirvish in his Harbord Village neighbourhood or putting a book of condolences at Dooney’s Cafe on Bloor St. W. for neighbours to sign as a tribute to late …
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By Nadia Halim, Squiddity of Toronto
I’d blog about Tuesday’s walk, but it has been admirably done by John Bentley Mays of the Globe and Mail. Click here to read the article, which will only be up for seven days. We’re all over the front of the Toronto section!
Here is a picture of Mr. Mays diligently taking notes on our activities, as Himy holds forth in the foreground:
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Scarborough Civic Centre Square on flickr , on photopia .
I have been pleasantly surprised with response to this photo.
First, Josh over at Torontoist dropped this into the photoTO file with the headline of Stand Up, Scarborough .
Second, over on my flickr , the above-for-me average number of photo views and comments for my posting there does indeed encourage me there exists a visual appetite for these kind of montage stitched together photographs.
By Sameer Vasta, blogTO
Anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan takes her focus away from Bush and instead derides Harper at an anti-war talk in UofT’s Convocation Hall. Himy has a great set of photos from the event, like the photo above.
The Star reports on the lack of jobs for students this summer, while unemployed journalism students look for jobs at The Star.
A 12-year-old boy dies after falling from his 16th floor apartment, and some parents still refuse to put screens in front of their windows.
City Idol contestants dress in costumes and …
Law and Government, Torontopreneur »
By Dale Duncan, Eye Weekly
The Music Hall is almost packed when the lights dim and David Meslin walks onto the stage to kick off City Idol, the first in a series of events during which audience members will choose four candidates to run in November’s municipal election. The show is starting a bit behind schedule, and the crowd of nearly 600 people is getting anxious; after all, they have decided to spend their Friday night listening to a marathon of 82 back-to-back speeches by wannabe politicians.
It’s pure coincidence auditions for …
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By Mike Smith
The buzz in the Danforth Music Hall on April 28 rivals that before a concert. It doesn’t feel like I’m about to witness municipal politics. City staffers mingle with local hipsters and artistic agitators of all ages. Tracks by local-kids-made-good Metric play over the sound system, nuggets of cerebral alt-pop presaging candidates straining to cram inventiveness into 60-second speeches.
This is City Idol, brainchild of Dave Meslin and the Who Runs This Town? project, in which nigh on 100 hopefuls will compete for a modestly funded municipal election campaign.