There's been some big machine action behind the dismal hoarding at the northeast corner of Dundas and Yonge, but it doesn't mean the ironically dubbed Metropolis -- a bright-lights barrage that would include a movie multiplex, bowling, themed restaurants and shopping shopping shopping -- is any closer to construction. Bulldozers were grinding up brush and frightening rats at the long-dormant work site, but the owners are simply leasing the wasteland to another developer who is actually building something -- on Gould -- to store machines and materials. So Dundas Square on the southeast corner may yet win this bizarre urban turtle race.
The annual funder for Gilda's Club and cancer research, It's Always Something, slated for Monday (November 11) at the Princess of Wales, took a hit when jazz diva Diana Krall bowed out. Though she was slated to appear -- she's intense about the cause because her mother died of cancer -- her handlers couldn't release her from interview commitments in the UK. Good to know Andrea Martin will make it up from Broadway for the show, as will Toronto expat Will And Grace's Eric McCormack.
police patrol press
While Chief Fantino claims he can take the heat from the latest charges that the cops are tougher on blacks than whites, the force has coincidentally reintroduced media accreditation -- you know, those press cards reporters used to jam in their fedoras. The cops say it's all voluntary and you don't need them to get the news, but background checks are mandatory. No poke into your past by the cops, no card.
dailies spin their wheels
The mostly bad news for Toronto dailies from new audited circulation numbers didn't stop a North Korea-style orgy of truth-and-number-spinning. The Star's weekend editions got smoked, but the paper turned a tiny weekday increase into a full-colour front-page dick-grab celebrating its "pre-eminence" while the competition "plunge" and "plummet." The Globe danced drunkenly on the Post's grave, while a Globe drop of 55,000 copies was only a "slip." The Sun didn't share its bad news with readers.
Palestine And Iraq: Any Signs Of Hope?, Noam Chomsky's address at the Science for Peace forum, has been sold out for weeks, but you can tune into CUIT 89.5 FM for a live broadcast of the event, or catch it on the Internet at www.ciut.fm. Sunday (November 10), 8 pm. There's a panel discussion the same day with economist Atif Kubursi, Palestinian activist Rula Sharkawi and Jewish peacenik Henry Lowi. OISE (252 Bloor West), 2:30 pm. 416-978-8741.