Kitten De Ville
Burlesque as art The seventh annual Toronto Burlesque Festival at Mod Club and other locations last weekend included a flamboyant mix of performers from Toronto's thriving scene. See full gallery.
The government talks, stalls and dodges, but they won't look me in the eye and say sorry for making me sick.
Grassy Narrows hunger strike
WHO Grassy Narrows elder and former chief Steve Fobister Sr.
WHAT Press conference Monday, July 28, announcing his hunger strike (since then changed to a fast) demanding justice for survivors of mercury poisoning in the northern Ontario band. A pulp and paper mill owned by Dryden Chemicals dumped an estimated 9,000 kilograms of mercury into the local river system between 1962 and 1970.
WHY He receives $250 a month in compensation, which buys half what it did when payments started in 1986. "The government talks, stalls and dodges, but they won't look me in the eye and say sorry for making me sick, and they won't give my people the health care and support we need," he says.
Photo by Zach Ruiter
Toronto Does Her Bit: The Home Front in the Great War, an exhibition on life here during World War I, at the Market Gallery.
Up in Ford country
"There's a strong sense of disenfranchisement in this community. It's very hard [for progressive candidates] to even get a foot in the door"
- Idil Burale, one of a group of loosely affiliated young progressives of colour trying to break the right-wing stranglehold in northwest Etobicoke.
SUN down with Israel at Gaza rallies
What were Sun News Network newsies doing sporting Ts with Canadian and Israeli flags and the words "Telling the Truth" at last weekend's demos at Queen's Park? The network isn't saying publicly, despite a minor tempest about it on Twitter. The TTC, meanwhile, is reviewing Sun footage of a man at Saturday's protest wearing what appears to be a TTC janitor's shirt and caught on camera saying, "We will kill all Israel."
The week in numbers
The Canadian Civil Liberties Association study Set Up To Fail: Bail And the Revolving Door of Pre-Trial Detention found in its review of Toronto courts that "black accused were much more likely to be remanded to custody before trial than offenders from other racial backgrounds."
Other sobering numbers revealed in the report, released July 23:
Average number of people in provincial or territorial jails in Canada at any one time
Percentage of Ontario's jail population in pre-trial custody
Proportion of pre-trial custody inmates in Canada facing non-violent minor charges
What's spent annually on keeping inmates in pre-trial custody
First year Canada's provincial and territorial jails held more people awaiting trial than sentenced offenders
5 ways to read the latest Forum poll suggesting Rob Ford has pulled even with Olivia Chow and John Tory in the mayoral race
1. Ford has peaked. His support in a three-way race with Chow and Tory is actually 1 per cent lower (27) than it was in the previous Forum poll. Room to grow: next to zero.
2. As long as Karen Stintz stays in the race, Ford has an outside shot. If, that is, Stintz can take enough female votes from Chow and moderate conservative votes from Tory.
3. Summer polls can be notoriously unreliable. A Nanos poll taken the first week in July showed Tory seven points ahead of Chow and 18 points ahead of Ford.
4. It ain't a dead heat. Six out of 10 voters still think Ford should resign.
5. Chow may be slipping. Both the Forum and Nanos polls show her support and approval ratings on a slightly downward trajectory.