This fall, one of Canada's longest-publishing alternative publications,* This
Magazine*, begins a new film screening series at the *TRANZAC* (292
Brunswick Avenue), featuring documentaries and narrative films that tackle
current political and social issues. The series kicks off on *September 25*with
*WAL-TOWN*, director Sergeo Kirby's NFB-produced look at the business
practices of mega-retailer Wal-Mart and the ongoing debate of the company's
effect on towns across Canada.
With Wal-Mart Canada eyeing Toronto's historic Kensington Market
neighbourhood for future development, public attention has again turned to
Wal-Mart and the radical effects of the retail giant's business practices.
When RioCan announced plans to install a 125,000-square-foot Wal-Mart in
the former site of Kromer Radio (just beside the distinctive, fabled
Kensington Market), the Friends of Kensington Market formed to oppose the
deal, and Toronto City Council passed a bylaw to freeze current development
on the Bathurst strip.
The screening of *WAL-TOWN* will shed some light on the current Kensington
situation, as well as tie into the September/October issue of* This Magazine
*: their annual 'Corporate Hall of Shame' issue.
The panel discussion that follows the screening,* Planning Toronto: Are big
box stores compatible with sustainable urban environments?*, looks at the
bigger question behind the Wal-Mart/Kensington battle: What kind of Toronto
do we want? Over the past few years, big box stores have made the steady
creep into our city core?Loblaws (and Joe Fresh), Winners, Canadian Tire,
Best Buy and more?but no big box store raises more ire, and, arguably,
changes the character of an urban environment more, than Wal-Mart.
The panel, moderated by *This* editor *Lauren McKeon*, includes:
- journalist *John Lorinc *(*Spacing, Globe and Mail*)
- Friends of Kensington organizer* Dominique Russell*
- *Shahil Thomas*, who works with the Metcalf Foundation on Resilient
The *Every Film Is Political *series is a fundraiser of *This Magazine*'s *Red
Maple Foundation*. Tickets, to raise much needed funds for the ongoing
print operations of the nearly 50-year-old publication, will be $15 for the
screening and include a copy of the 'Corporate Hall of Shame' issue.* This
Magazine* would like to thank CUPE Ontario for their support of this event.
For information about their Stand Up for Fairness Campaign please visit
Every Film Is Political presents WAL-TOWN*
a fundraiser for *This Magazine*
screening, followed by panel discussion moderated by editor Lauren McKeon
sponsored by CUPE Ontario
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
The TRANZAC Club, 292 Brunswick Avenue
Doors at 7 p.m., Screening at 8 p.m.
$15 (includes newest issue of This Magazine)
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/573376352722147/
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