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Line in the Sand project dissects Northern Gateway pipeline

Jean-Philippe Marquis and Tomas Borsa, co creators in St. James, B.C.

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You could say Tomas Borsa and his buddies have drawn a "line in the sand" between anger and activism. Spurred by what they saw as the lack of deeper public and community input into the environmental risks of a twin pipeline that would run 1,177 kilometres between Bruderheim, Alberta to Kitimat, B.C. the gang got their game on.


The politics and Canadian connection behind Doctor Who

Photo: byronv2/flickr

Consider this column a Canadian afterparty for last weekend's 50th anniversary show of Doctor Who. In a charming "present at the creation" film prelude to it, the final acting credit reads, "and Bryan Cox as Sydney Newman." It's too bad Newman, who died in 1997, couldn't see it.


Orpheus, opium and Robert Lepage

Photo: Stefano Corso/flickr

The Greek myth of Orpheus hints at the paradoxical relationship between creativity and anguish. Orpheus was the one mortal whose musical ability was as great as that of the gods. The renowned lyre player fell in love with the maiden Eurydice and the two were married. Shortly after the wedding, Eurydice was stung by a serpent and died; Orpheus, unwilling to accept her death, decided to descend into the underworld to rescue her. The gods were touched by the musician's plea and released her from Hades on the condition that he did not look at her face until the two had returned to the world of the living.


Nepal's social, political changes captured in photographs

Shreejana Pradhan, Vice President, National Indigenous Women's Federation.

It wasn't until photographer Surendra Lawoti moved to Canada from the U.S. that he realized he was a transnational -- someone whose sense of identity is tied to more than one country.

"I love Canada, but Nepal is also a strong part of who I am," asserts Lawoti.

Born in Nepal, Lawoti has spent almost half his life in North America, arriving in the U.S. in 1994 at age 21 to pursue a degree in photography at Columbia College in Chicago and then an MFA at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston. The artist moved to Canada in 2008 and is now a permanent resident.

"In the U.S. I wasn't allowed to fly back and forth to Nepal because of visa restrictions," explains the Toronto-based artist. "When I moved here, I had the freedom to come and go."


Robert Redford: When all is lost

Photo: Sam Javanrouh/flickr

There is certainly no other actor who can command our attention -- our empathy, our loyalty, our love -- with such efficiency.

- A.O. Scott

Word to Your Motherland: North Vancouver reconnects cultural ancestries and people with art

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. SembiMiguel "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.



Crime drama's links to social and economic analysis

Photo: David McKelvey/flickr

On the advice of admirable TV journalists, I recently watched the first two episodes of Broadchurch. They said it could be the next Downton Abbey, which didn't really move me. Also that it was "tweeted about more than any drama in U.K. history," which sounds like an orphan stat created by PR. But it's a cops 'n crime show and I'm hooked on those. (Don't know why. I'll get to that.)


Artist probes surveillance and limits of privacy

Image: Kate McQuillen/O'Born Contemporary

One day, Kate McQuillen was shopping at her local Home Depot, in the market for a six-inch pipe among other materials she needed for her work. As she made inquiries to an employee, the man looked at her and asked: "Lady, are you making a pipe bomb?"

"On one hand I could say 'yes,'" says the Chicago-based artist, who finished an MFA in 2009 at Toronto's York University. "I panicked and ran to the checkout but then, do I pay with cash or with credit? Credit can be traced."

Concert and Reception - Featuring Classical Pianist Pierre Jasmin and Singing Duo Sandy Greenberg and Lise Cormier

Saturday, November 9, 2013 - 7:00pm - 10:00pm


First Unitarian Congregation of Toronto
175 St. Clair Avenue West Canada
Toronto, ON
43° 41' 10.4748" N, 79° 24' 9.378" W

Canadian Voice of Women for Peace presents a special night with the classical pianist Piette Jasmin. 


Deconstructing police kettling and the body politic

Image: Scott Sørli

When more than 200 bystanders, pedestrians and cyclists were first surrounded by a cordon of police officers on a stretch of downtown Toronto June 27, 2010, during the G20 summit, they didn't realize they would become a part of political strategy that has its roots dating back two and a half millennia.

Police kettling can be traced back to the military tactic of encirclement, according to Scott Sørli, who researched the idea and has collected hundreds photographs of police kettling from around the world.

Sørli -- who teaches architecture in Toronto and completed a Masters of Design Research at the University of Michigan in 2012 -- says kettling is the child of the military strategy of encirclement.

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