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Earth Hour Power Jörg Sprengepiel sheds cellphone light.


Earth Hour Power

Jörg Sprengepiel sheds cellphone light on the situation at Mill Street Beer Hall’s Lights Out during Earth Hour on Saturday, March 29.


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Spotted

Fake mayoral signs spoofing Rob Ford’s cracked-up tale feature paid actors as candidates who promise to “just smoke pot,” “get publicly drunk” and “never get caught on camera” when urinating in public. The brainchild of NoFordNation.com and ad agency Rethink, the signs popped up all over the downtown on Monday. Full story.

Photo by Martin Reis


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Glen Murray Sardined

Transportation Minister Glen Murray wasn’t at his constituency office to receive TTC riders’ first annual Sardine Award on Friday, March 28. So protesters left a platter of sardines to make their point about transit overcrowding. The absent minister later provided his own sardonic response on Twitter. It did not include a promise of more funding for the TTC. Slide show and story.

Photo by Jose Ongpin


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Yarn Bomb

Yarn exploded all over Pendell Boiler Ltd., a former yarn factory, at Re-Make, the official launch party Thursday, March 27 for a laneway development project on the Bartlett Avenue site. Bissell Bomber and Fugitive Glue made the space cosier with wool.

Photo by Ryan Emberley


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Bixi’s back

Bixi Toronto got a new name, operator and prices starting Tuesday (April 1).

The beleaguered but beloved public bicycle system will now be known as Bike Share Toronto, with a green circular logo mimicking that of the Toronto Parking Authority (TPA), which was put in charge of the bike program’s infrastructure late last fall.

The TPA has chosen Portland-based Alta Bicycle Share, which runs systems in New York, Chicago and other cities, to manage and operate the program. The new branding will roll out across bikes and stations over the next several weeks, says Marie Casista, the TPA’s vice-president of real estate, development and marketing.

“We’re very excited about it,” she says, “because we feel that Bike Share Toronto plays a major role as a transportation vehicle for the city of Toronto and [its] residents.”

A draft news release obtained by NOW before Monday’s formal announcement also lays out immediate changes to the service’s fees that will see short-term users pay more and long-term users less.

The price of a 24-hour pass will go from $5 to $7, and a 72-hour pass from $12 to $15. The price of a monthly membership will go down from $41 to $18, and annual memberships will be reduced from $97 to $90. Corporate memberships will still be available.

Meanwhile, the TPA is “still working very diligently toward finding a corporate sponsor” for the program, says Casista, who’s looking for “somebody big, somebody [for whom] a naming sponsorship makes a lot of sense for their business and kind of aligns with what we do at Bike Share Toronto.”

Although the naming rights could be sold, the new logo will remain, she says.

Bixi Toronto was previously owned and managed by the Public Bike System Company, a private business established by Montreal’s parking authority, which filed for bankruptcy in January.

JONATHAN GOLDSBIE


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Worth Seeing

WHAT Francis Bacon And Henry Moore: Terror And Beauty exhibition.

WHEN Opening at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Saturday (April 5).

WHY The first Canadian exhibition of Bacon’s work, plus rarely seen pieces by Moore.

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