R. Jeanette Martin
We are all Pussy Riot
The two-year sentence meted out on Friday, August 17, by a Moscow court to ski-masked rebels Maria Alyokhina, Yekaterina Samutsevich and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova for their punk prayer cathedral protest was just plain off the charts. Within hours of the sentencing, Pussy-supporting freedom-lovers took themselves to the Russian Consulate at Bloor and Church. Get the full story.
While the pylons and dirt piles signal the birth of Sherbourne's new separated bike lane, the folks at 8-80 Cities have published the results of a Chicago department of transportation study of what they deftly call "protected'' lanes, and, hey, it's just what we figured. Segregating cyclists from traffic in some form increased ridership in Washington, DC, by 40 per cent and in NYC by 28.5 per cent. What's taking us so long?
R. Jeanette Martin
Jack Layton: so not forgotten
It's been one year since we lost the former NDP leader and his influence is as strong as ever as the inspirational celebration in City Hall Wednesday attests. And now this headstone, under a tree at Toronto's Necropolis Cemetery on Winchester, with the likeness sculpted by Olivia Chow, will likely become a sacred zone where those charged with the Jack-mission meet to change the world. Get the full report on Wednesday's fete and a compilation of NOW writings on Layton.
Oceans of distress
Revelations about Marineland's treatment of its sea creatures are stunning, but we always knew mammals shouldn't be stuffed into tanks. Meanwhile, Bob Timmons of Sea Shepherd Ontario is petitioning city council to stop Ripley's from capturing sand tiger sharks for its aquarium, set to open next to the CN Tower. Ripley's boasts of its accreditation by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, whose Canuck affiliate was supposedly overseeing Marineland. Uh-huh.
The amount of sweet cherries, apricots, plums, crabapples, elderberries, etc, picked so far this year by Not Far from the Tree. The group, which plucks neglected fruit from homeowners' trees, then shares it with them plus shelters, food banks and volunteers, teams up with Growing for Green and LEAF on Saturday (August 25) at 10 am for a tour of edibles in the urban forest that imparts some foraging know-how.
Councillor Gord Perks on how the city manager's call for an across-the-board spending freeze shows that no one in charge has any sense of priorities.
When the venue says it all
Nuit Blanche, clever as ever at the art of location, features a symposium inspired by the Wim Wenders film Until The End Of The World, exploring the "very concept and reality of endtimes." As in bye-bye, planet and all consciousness of it. Where will we bid our sad world adieu? Uh, City Hall council chambers, actually.
Dufferin Grove gets sleepy
A number of locals - kids, families, the whole bit - pitched 20 tents in Dufferin Grove Park Friday night, August 17, for a sleepover to protest budget cuts and a city bureaucracy that they say is ruining unique programming. With reduced staff come fewer community dinners and less use of the spectacular outdoor pizza oven. Does the city really want to trash our most interesting park experiment?