who: Eli (foreground right) and Glen where: The Playdium Store when: FridAay, September 26, 3:40 pm what: Qualifying tryouts for the Canadian Pinball Championships
World War II-era apartment blocks destined for the wrecker's ball on Bayview have sparked an emotional row in small-c conservative Leaside. Someone's scrawled the word "greed" in blood-red on city notices outlining plans for condos and townhouses. Way back when, these stout, low-rise blocks with U-shaped courtyards built in the Georgian Revival tradition represented the most ambitious architectural project undertaken in Leaside. Context Developments, the folks whose renos include Tip Top Tailor Lofts and Kensington Market Lofts, are proposing condos up to 25 metres in height, taking up a three-block length opposite Mount Pleasant Cemetery. The OMB's not intervening to save this one.
The first of the accused in the infamous Toronto 18 terrorism trial has been found guilty of participating in terrorist activity. The Globe's Christie Blatchford could barely contain her glee, taking a shot at the Star's Thomas Walkom for daring to question the Crown's case. "A judgment drenched in common sense," Blatch roared. The Canadian Council on American-Islamic Relations expressed surprise at the verdict. The group noted that seven of the 18 co-accused have had charges against them stayed or dropped, a detail absent from Blatchford's piece.
Starbucks eyes Bohemia
Nike tried to gain a foothold and failed. Now Market dwellers jealously guarding their little corner of bohemia from gentrification have started two Facebook groups to keep the latte-lovers' hangout out. McD's can't be far behind. Hell, before you know it, locals say, pedestrian-friendly Kensington will be a strip mall. They've seen how the so-called "Starbucks effect" has pushed up rents and pushed out artists in other areas of the city. Starbucks, for its part, says it's only "interested" in Kensington.
A gun enthusiast who didn't think much of our call for a handgun ban a couple of issues back sent this bumper sticker in the mail as a token of his (or her) disgust. There was no name attached, but we recognize the handwriting. It's from the same cat who keeps sending us newspaper clippings from the Sun highlighted in yellow and usually scrawled with disparaging comments about immigrants and blacks. The hits just keep coming.