—Jennifer Harwood, CBC News Network’s managing editor, in an internal memo that was leaked to the Globe. Harwood was explaining her decision to bar veteran Fifth Estate journalist Linden MacIntyre from appearing on the network, after MacIntyre offhandedly compared Peter Mansbridge to Jian Ghomeshi during an earlier Globe interview. (Both men, MacIntyre told the Globe, have outsized senses of entitlement abetted by their celebrity status.) MacIntyre is soon to retire from the CBC after 38 years.
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—The cost, to Ontario taxpayers, of placating the province’s teachers’ unions after 2012’s massive unrest, according to a new report from the Ontario auditor general. Premier Kathleen Wynne’s Liberal government can still claim an estimated $2.1 billion in savings left over from the austere contracts imposed on teachers under ex-premier Dalton McGuinty. Even so, almost half a billion dollars in foregone cost cuts is a big deal at cash-strapped Queen’s Park.
Whether Dan Snaith is creating retro-pop, shoegaze or dance music, the Ontario-bred, England-based DJ and producer—who at various times has gone by Caribou, Manitoba and Daphni—does it well. Caribou’s Andorra won the Polaris Prize in 2007, and its follow-up, Swim, won a Juno for best electronic album. It’s not hard to imagine Snaith’s latest release, Our Love, bringing in the same sort of accolades. Referencing early house music and featuring Owen Pallett and Jessy Lanza , the record is packed with sonic subtlety. Hear it when Snaith, as Caribou, stops at the Danforth Music Hall for a show alongside Lanza. Regular tickets are sold out, but anyone willing to cough up a couple extra bucks should have no trouble getting in.
Mon. Nov. 24. $30–$32.75. Danforth Music Hall, 147 Danforth Ave., 416-778-8163, ticketmaster.com.
—The number of police constables found guilty of discreditable conduct for their actions during the Toronto G20 summit to date, out of 32 officers charged with offences, according to the Star. A disciplinary hearing for the most senior police officer charged for his role in that weekend’s mayhem, superintendent David (Mark) Fenton, begins today.
She had loving parents and all the opportunities and privileges in the world. Then she discovered drugs
y parents gave me a great chance at life.I grew up in a three-bedroom house in Lawrence Park, where I spent weekends riding my bike and making mud pies with my younger brother. At Christmas, my parents took us on vacations to Hawaii and London and Kenya. In the summers, we rented a cottage in Muskoka, where we built teepees and chased frogs. One year, knowing how much I loved acting and tap dancing, my parents sent me to an elite arts camp in the Catskills.
In 1992, when I was seven, we moved to a sprawling Edwardian house in Rosedale, effectively upgrading from middle class to nouveau riche. My father had risen from a working-class childhood in Montreal to the upper echelons of Bay Street finance. The new house was his prize for all he’d accomplished, a way to show the world what he could do for his family. Growing up, I was provided with unconditional love and support. My mother made a point of encouraging my artistic side, making me costumes for dance recitals and driving me to extracurricular activities.
Belle and Sebastian, a band way too cool for obvious choices like Los Angeles or New York, looked to Toronto for help shooting a music video for “The Party Line,” a single off the upcoming album Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance. The Glaswegian indie-pop outfit chose not to set any of the action among Toronto’s more recognizable landmarks (that’s Drake’s job, after all), but anyone who trains a careful eye on the backdrop might just be able to make out the Great Hall’s distinctive balcony railing amidst all the carefully choreographed dancing and trippy lighting changes. The video was directed by LeBlanc and Cudmore, a duo whose CV reads like a Canadian-indie checklist. Oh yeah, and the song is very much worth a listen, too.
—The number of suicide attempts, including nine deaths, that have occurred on TTC subway lines so far in 2014. At a meeting on Monday, Toronto’s board of health voted to urge city council to fund platform-edge barriers at TTC stations, in part to prevent people from jumping in front of trains.
—Dionne Osborne, Drake’s vocal coach, speaking with a reporter from Jezebel. Among other shocking details of the Toronto-based rapper’s private life revealed during the interview: he loves sweet tea and once kept a humidifier on his tour bus to prevent his vocal cords from drying out.
—The number of Toronto children (that is, people aged 0 to 17) who, as of two years ago, lived in what the federal government would consider “low-income” households. (That’s 29 per cent of the city’s under-18 population.) This figure is the centrepiece of a new report on child poverty published by a coalition of local social-services organizations.
British comedian John Cleese took some time out of his recent interview with the National Post to bolster Toronto’s fragile self-esteem. Asked to give his impressions of Canada’s various cities, the Monty Python veteran delivered the same sort of pep talk a well-meaning person might give to a luckless friend. “What I like about Toronto is that you’re a super city and you’re always apologizing for it, for no good reason,” he said. We’re sorry, John Cleese. Sorry for not knowing how super we are.
Q&A: Zoltan and Danny Zimmerman, the father and son who resisted change in Kensington Market, until now
Change can breed controversy in any neighbourhood, but the prospect of turnover in Kensington Market gets preservationists especially wound up. Last week, the media learned that Zimmerman’s Discount—which has been selling groceries and other household miscellany in the heart of Kensington for over six decades—is closing to make way for an organic grocery store. Zoltan Zimmerman, who founded the store all those years ago, and Danny Zimmerman, his son and business partner, have lived most of their lives on the corner of Augusta Avenue and Baldwin Street. With their time as neighbourhood mainstays now drawing to a close, we caught up with them for a talk about the area’s history, and its uncertain future.
—Conrad Black’s asking price for a 2.8-acre parcel of property severed from his Bridle Path estate. (His actual house isn’t for sale; just a plot of land beside it.) This is the latest of many indignities for the former media magnate and convicted felon. Next up for Lord Black: possible sanctions from the Ontario Securities Commission.
Dear Urban Diplomat,
My daughter is 19 and desperate to pose as a Sunshine Girl. She keeps threatening to send in her picture, convinced it’s the path to stardom. How do I talk her out of it?
The Property: This 14,000-square-foot home has its own gym and squash courts, home theatre, indoor pool and wine room. Its ornate design distinguishes it from neighbouring cookie-cutter mansions, and—Clue fans take note—it even has secret rooms and passageways that connect otherwise inaccessible parts of the house.