Tag Archives: Toronto

Toronto Indecision 2010

25 Oct

A municipal election without an incumbent calls for one of the most media-hyped elections of the past couple of decades in Toronto. City dwellers have been inundated with coverage and campaign promises from mayor and councillor wannabes alike, but are they getting through to potential voters?

It seems as though there are a lot of fence-sitters, people who aren’t planning on voting, or haven’t decided yet who is worthy of their endorsement.

Most people are having trouble picking between candidates they don’t completely believe in, but publications are urging them to vote regardless, citing the direct effect of voting towards electing an appropriate, representative leader.

I recently reported for Humber TV news on the pre-elections atmosphere on campus, and I was disappointed to find scores of students who weren’t planning on voting. Not one student out of the dozen we talked to was heading to the polls today.

I want to echo the sentiment communicated by the media, and encourage everyone in the GTA to vote in their respective elections. Find something you believe in and the candidate that speaks closest to those values and stick with it.

Good luck at the polls.

If you want to see my report, watch below. It’s the first story in the newscast.

Happy voting!

 

 

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More My City Lives Vids!

28 Jun

After a break from making videos, I have bombarded the My City Lives website with three new vids!

This one I filmed at Tabule on Yonge street, drinking some delicious mint tea.

I poured a pint at the Frog and Firkin, and filmed it, and I watched Ken Yates perform at Tranzac which you can check out here!

If you haven’t seen my other MCL vids…where have you been? Just kidding – LINK.

In Honour Of The ‘Quake

24 Jun

p.s. ignore the horrible grammar in the video text. “Youre”? “Too”? Come on.

The Unfavourable Vampires

18 Jun

I originally wrote this for one of my classes with the intent of pitching it to some magazines, but I have decided against it since the topic has been shot out of the limelight.

I did decide, however, to resurrect it and republish it on my blog because I was just reading an article in the Star about dogs that are sniffing out G20 delegates’ hotel rooms for bed bugs. If the city of Toronto is trying to avoid housing delegates in a bed-bug infested hotel room, perhaps they should take that persistence and apply it to the residents of this city who have been spending thousands of dollars out of their own pockets to rid themselves, often unsuccessfully, of infestations.

Alright, here’s the piece I wrote:

I vant to suck your blood

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Beyond A Matter Of Pride

11 Jun

The atmosphere in Toronto is tense not only as a result of the massive price tag put on the G20 summit, but also in light of a controversial decision made by the organizers of the city’s annual pride parade.

Queers Against Israeli Apartheid has been banned from participating in the parade unless they undergo a name change because, according to parade authorities and the provincial government, “Israeli Apartheid” is a term that is hateful and offensive.

Has the line been drawn too soon? Continue reading

If I Had A Billion Dollars

1 Jun

So much criticism is being aimed at the government for spending a hefty price tag ($1 Billion +) on security alone at the G20 summit in June. Rightfully so, especially if one puts that amount of money into perspective.

The Toronto Star did just that, finding the power in one billion dollars to do a heck of a lot of things like:

Reduce tuition by $1,000 for every student

Create 11,000 new construction jobs

Also, the maternal health plan would spend as much money as G20 security for a three year program. That would be $300 million a year instead of one billion for a three day event. With extra money, developing countries would receive more aid for women and children, obviously saving more lives.

MP Olivia Chow also says: Continue reading

TTC Diaries: Town Hall

12 Apr

Dear Diary,

Finally got around to reading a recap of Sunday’s Town Hall meeting between TTC riders, management, and union leader Bob Kinnear.

I’m glad this is happening, sad it took them this long.

The productivity of the meeting seemed low, but some attendees appreciated the effort of organizers. Others, however, seemed irked by the lack of topics covered.

It seems like Kinnear at least made an honest effort to speak truthfully about the abuses to customer service, but as stated in the Star article, he should not be the one speaking. It’s better to hear concerns right from the horse’s mouth, so to speak. TTC management, and employees should be accountable, not the ringleader. Continue reading

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