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[28 Apr 2012 | One Comment | ]
April O’Neil: Learning about Labyrinths

By Whitney French, Writing in a Tree
As promised, here’s a recap of my first article I wrote for the Annex Gleaner. I had the pleasure to interview Himy Syed, founder of the Toronto City of Labyrinths Project. This initiative is to create enough labyrinths in the city so that every Torontonian is within walking distance of one. Syed also ran for mayor in 2010, the former Executive Director of Canadian Muslim Civil Liberties Association, is the Founding Editor of TorontoWiki.org, a city wiki emphasizing neighbourhoods AND a remarkable labyrinth maker.
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[24 Apr 2012 | Comments Off | ]
Ten Original & Offbeat Tours During Jane’s Walk Weekend

City of Labyrinths Project (Toronto, Ontario)

Toronto, where Jane lived during the latter half of her life, will be the setting for more walks than any other city during the weekend; still, several stand out. This walk on the 5th, organized by a group that aims “to place a semi-permanent labyrinth within walking distance of every Torontonian,” celebrates the city’s existing sidewalk mazes, and explores the history of labyrinth design.

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[22 Apr 2012 | Comments Off | ]
Meaning and Aesthetics in Architecture — By Kurt Brandle

Dear Mr. HiMY SYeD,
Mr. Todd Harrison mentioned that I should contact you directly.
For a book on Meaning in Architectural Design, which I presently finish, I would like to include your photograph of the Council Chamber, Toronto City Hall (shown attached).
I saw it some time ago in a Spacing publication, on a flickr website and just recently on your photopia website. From the latter I derived the attached copy.
I would very much appreciate your giving me permission to publish the photo in my book by returning this e-mail with a remark accordingly. The photo …

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[18 Apr 2012 | Comments Off | ]
Spotted: A Frank Assessment

By Steve Kupferman, Torontoist

SPOTTED BY: HiMY SYeD, from the Torontoist Flickr Pool.
WHERE: Stapled to a fence at the High Park Zoo.
WHEN: Saturday, April 14
WHAT: City council cut the High Park Zoo’s budget earlier this year, but thanks to a generous private donation it will probably be fine for the time being. Even so, it seems at least one member of the public is still inclined to hold Mayor Rob Ford to account. We’re pretty sure those numbers aren’t accurate, and the penmanship and spelling could use some …

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[12 Apr 2012 | Comments Off | ]
Familiar stroll, unknown histories

The Toronto City of Labyrinths Walk offers a unique perspective of city-bound labyrinths. Himy Syed, founder of the Toronto City of Labyrinths Project, leads this walk for the second time. Beginning at Christie Station, Syed discusses the origin of labyrinths, their trans-cultural nature and their contemporary relevance, despite the fact that they have been used for centuries.

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[3 Apr 2012 | Comments Off | ]
Toronto’s part-time recreation workers set to vote on contract deal

By Samina Esha, National Post
The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 79 representing cities part-time recreation workers are set to vote on Tuesday. The voting comes after union reached a tentative deal following a five-hour negotiation with the city on Friday morning.
“I wouldn’t say we are happy because that is a pretty strong term. In terms of the agreement, it is a development from what the city had originally offered,” said Cim Nunn, a spokesman for the CUPE 79.
The two main issues for the …

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