The city is a structured place. Roads and sidewalks follow mainly straight lines, while houses, apartment buildings, offices and shops march dutifully alongside them, one after the other. Many of us live structured lives within our concrete, highly controlled world, following the schedules, routines, and norms of our workplaces and leisure activities. Urban green space is often no different -- processions of trees stand on manicured turf and garden beds are filled with neat lines of annuals. Community use of park space is defined and limited by a stifling array of municipal policies, bylaws, permits and red tape.
As has been pointed out by too many people, 2016 was a devastating year for progressives (a homely term for all those who are want equality, democracy and ecological sanity). There is no need to repeat the list of atrocities, failures and disappointments, as we all have them indelibly marked on our psyches. One result of the annus horribilis is that activists everywhere have pledged to try harder -- at what is clearly not working. There is even a sense of optimism rooted in the old left-wing shibboleth that "the worse things get, the better" -- meaning, of course that if things get really, really bad, people will rise up (and overthrow the 1%).
Kimchee, the spicy Korean delicacy of fermented cabbage and assorted veggies, and Chef Boyardee, hold divergent yet profound influences in the life of writer and restauranteur Sang Kim, who runs the Windup Bird Cafe in downtown Toronto.
"I actually thought Chef Boyardee was real," said Kim, whose childhood after coming to Canada with his parents from Korea in 1975 was marked by poverty, hardship and those red cans of ready-to-eat-meals. His parents' marriage dissolved in those early years as well.
Yesterday, in the first part of Chris Crass’s Harry Potter series, we learned how to get free of Voldemort’s systems of oppression. In this second article in Chris Crass is concentrating on the connection between love and freedom.
The Power of Love as the Practice of Freedom
After Dumbledore and Voldemort duel in the Ministry of Magic, Voldemort possesses Harry’s mind, and tells Dumbledore and Harry that their defeat is imminent. Voldemort declares that Harry’s efforts will fail and then fills his mind with images of the horrors that will engulf the world.
Army of Lovers: A Community History of Will Munro
Will Munro contained multitudes. The Toronto queer icon was a brilliant artist, organizer, nightlife impresario, DJ, go-go dancer, longstanding volunteer at the Toronto LGBT Youthline, lifelong teetotaler and the world’s foremost creator of custom-made men’s underwear. But what Army of Lovers: A Community History of Will Munro by Sarah Liss demonstrates foremost is that Munro, who died of brain cancer in 2010 at the age of 35, was a community-builder; he was "a bringer-together of people, groups, and things."
'Young people have been completely betrayed by Canada:' A conversation with Unifor President Jerry Dias
Jerry Dias is hungry. After a month of trying to schedule something between the new Unifor president’s constant meetings and appearances I’ve finally got him on a crackling line that is, unsurprisingly, in his car. He’s ferrying between a meeting and going out for dinner. "It’s been crazy," laughed Dias. "I’ve been running all over the place."
Setting up this interview with new Unifor president was no easy feat -- the man is understandably busy after taking the reigns of the largest private trade union in Canada just over a month ago.
Monday 30 September 2013, in an unveiling ceremony at the North Shore Lookout Shelter, North Vancouver’s latest public art piece, a 100 ft wide mural titled Word to Your Motherland was revealed.
Local and California based street artists Nisha K. Sembi, Miguel "Bounce" Perez, Take5 and Corey Bulpitt who led its creation, shelter residents and local youth who participated in its design and painting were brought together in celebration.