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BREATHING FIRE INTO WINTERCITY Time Is....


BREATHING FIRE INTO WINTERCITY

Time Is… by France’s Compagnie les Passagers, Friday, January 29, 8:43 pm, at Nathan Phillips Square


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REALITY CHECK

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Council tightwad Rob Ford, who won’t spend a dime on photocopies, apparently thought nothing of dropping five grand of his own to gauge public opinion on his chances for mayor. Ford says the mysterious survey of 500 people, conducted apparently by a firm not listed in Ontario, puts him in third place behind George Smitherman and Adam Giambrone. At election time, megalomania runs rampant.


BYELECTION BUST

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Liberal Glen Murray is close to a slam dunk in today’s (Thursday, February 4) Toronto Centre by-election. He’s got the backing of everyone who’s anyone and, it turns out, a most favourable situation in St. James Town, natural NDP territory, where there are only three polling stations for some 10,000 voters living in 18 buildings. That, says NDP challenger Cathy Crowe, will mean such long waits that people, many of whom don’t usually vote, may be discouraged from casting a ballot. Voting discrimination?


WEIRD SCENE

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Score a Super Bowl win for “the American family.” CBS, backing down under pressure from groups representing the so-called moral majority, has decided to nix an ad promoting a dating site for gay men. “CBS should not put parents in the position of answering embarrassing and awkward questions from their children while they’re trying to enjoy a football game,” says American Family Association president Tim Wildmon. Hell no. CBS will, however, run an anti-choice ad. No word on whether CBS plans to pull Coke ads. The alleged murders of labour organizers at bottling plants in Colombia don’t rate.


WORTH SEEING

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Beyond The Rhythm, the acclaimed exhibit by African-Canadian artists, is part of Black History Month celebrations at the City Hall Rotunda, till February 10. Our continuing Black History Month coverage begins this issue on page 34.


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