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Postcard from the edge at Ford Fest, Friday, September 7. See slide show and full (strange) story.
418 Church Street
WHAT Stephen Murphy Houses and Store on the southwest corner of Church and Granby, aka the Barn and Stables nightclub, fave haunt of TNT!men (Totally Naked Toronto Men Enjoying Nudity)
BACKDROP The long-time centrepiece of the gay community, added to the city's inventory of heritage properties in 2006, closed its doors recently. Will it get caught up in the wave of redevelopment sweeping the gay village?
Photo by Enzo DiMatteo
WHAT Environmental Defence's Just Beautiful art installation asking Canadians if they know what toxins are in their cosmetics, deodorants, perfumes, soaps and lotions.
WHEN Tuesday, September 11, on University of Toronto's St. George campus.
WHY Canadian cosmetics laws need a makeover. Manufacturers don't have to list all ingredients in their products, some of which have been linked to cancer.
Photo by Brad Conrad
A primer on Bell's $3.4 billion Astral takeover bid. CRTC hearings got under way this week.
CRITICS SAY It represents a dangerous concentration of media power in one corporation's hands; consumer groups worry about higher internet fees.
38% TV market Bell would control in Canada if the CRTC okays the move.
29% Radio market Bell would control.
1,700 Submissions the CRTC has received on the proposed merger.
WHAT BELL'S AFTER Besides a media monopoly, the French-language market in Quebec currently dominated by Quebecor.
GROUPS FIGHTING THE TAKEOVER Council of Canadians, Canadian Media Guild, Public Interest Advocacy Centre, Consumers' Association of Canada, Union des Consommateurs, Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic.
THE SILVER LINING Better-quality conservative talk radio than the pap we're getting now from the likes of CFRB, which is owned by Astral.
Private garbage pickup was sold by the Ford admin as a savings boon for the city. But the budget variance report presented to the executive committee this week suggests the $7.5 million the city said it could save by privatizing the service in District 2 may have been overestimated by $3 million. Maybe more if you factor in the $1.2 million in costs the city now has to pay to monitor the contract with winning bidder GFL. Add in the one-time cost of redeploying the 190 employees who lost their jobs because of privatization and, poof, there goes the wad. Thirty days into the contract, problems persist with GFL's performance. T.O.'s general manager of solid waste, Jim Harnum, released an update September 7 saying GFL is continuing to "fine-tune service." The city is not seeking damages for non-performance "at this time," but councillors continue to report trash left on the curb after the 5 pm deadline.