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‘Toronto’ Iron Maiden land in Toronto in Style

Iron Maiden play the ACC in Toronto tonight and for fans of the heavy metal band the next best thing to seeing them live in concert is to witness their majestic arrival via their custom painted Ed Force One. In fact, there’s such a cult following for this ex-Air France 747-400 that it has its own hashtag. Luckily for us, …

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‘Toronto’ Inside the Toronto Offices of Payment Company Square

At first thought, it’s a little puzzling that Square’s Toronto office is perched atop a Great West Life building in the not-so-stereotypically-tech neighbourhood of North York. Jack Dorsey’s 7-year old company that went public late last year is best known for creating a card reader that eliminates the need for PoS terminals for small businesses. Square first found itself in …

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‘Totonto’ Zoo Might Get a New Monorail

The Monorail at the Toronto Zoo was a local landmark until it closed back 1994 after a couple of unfortunate accidents earlier in the decade. For the past 22 years, the zoo’s been train-less, though that could all change soon. The Toronto Zoo Board received an unsolicited proposal from a company called Magnovate Transportation Inc., which wants to build a …

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Dr. Jerry Tenenbaum Should Resign from the University of Toronto

Human life should be of such a very high value that it should never ever be taken for granted. This is the reason why it has become a necessity for Dr. Jerry Tenenbaum to resign from his role as a lecturer at the University of Toronto with immediate effect. This is a medical practitioner whose conduct and professionalism has been …

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Mainstream Media Toe the Government Line Even in Canada

We’ve all heard the complaints about the “mainstream media” in the U.S. twisting their reportage to reflect the government’s positions on various events. I’ve always taken it for granted that Toronto’s mainstream media doesn’t do that. Certainly not in a city with four daily newspapers served by a bulging bullpen of the best and most sophisticated writers and editors in …

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How About Free Money Just for Being a Canadian?

How would your life improve if you had enough money to live in modest comfort without holding a job? What if you could go to university or college to study whatever caught your fancy without being concerned whether it could lead to employment in that field? You could study ancient Greek classics, glass blowing, Hindu mysticism, Turkish civilization…anything that you …

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Slaughter of Sammy shows huge defects in city policing

The willful slaughter of Sammy Yatim, executed by a cop on “the job” just 3.5-years, highlights what a poorly trained and mismanaged police force Toronto has. We deserve a whole lot better. Much as we’d hope our cops are tops, the miserable, deadly truth is: overall, they’re not.That’s not to say we don’t have a goodly number of real pros …

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Inequality, Neoliberalism, and the Unmaking of the Middle Class

Nowadays middle class values largely conform to the neoliberal ideology that has dominated economic discourse for the past 35 years. In light of our current “fiscal” problems, however, maybe it’s time to evaluate whether this has been in our best interests. In her book Undoing the Demos: Neoliberalism’s Stealth Revolution, Berkeley Professor Wendy Brown argues neoliberalism’s biggest achievement has been to …

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