Archive for the ‘Groups’ Category

Plea-se Tell Me

2009 August 3

Who is Mrs. Nixon, anyway?

UPDATE: it’s about the Royal Bank vs. the Tarsands or something.

Dust Off Your Bike

2009 March 25

Unless you’re like me and have been riding your bicycle throughout the winter, you’re probably thinking right about now that it’s high time to get your wheels out.  Conveniently, the U of T Mountain Bike Team is having a spring bike tune-up fundraiser!

Get ready to get fit, increase your vitamin D intake, and cruise past the suckers stuck in traffic!

Stereoscopic

2009 February 26

Way back in October, as part of Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, Toronto City Hall was turned into Steroscope by the German group Project Blinkenlights.

This was pretty much the coolest part of the entire Nuit Blanche.  In fact, the installation ran for a while following the contemporary art event and I got to take in the ever-changing kaleidoscope on my way home from work each evening.

Anyway, I’m just wondering why Toronto doesn’t make this a permanent thing.  City Hall is already one of the coolest pieces of architecture in Toronto; however, if this was on display every night, it would become the most iconic monument in TZero.

It was probably mad expensive to run.

Jesus Loves You, Call 416-929-1500

2008 May 13

That was the hand-written message on the bottom of the “gospel tract” [the printed page material that is needed for God’s people all around the world to fulfill His command] that I found on the streetcar. That’s not really the funny part. The funny part is that this particular tract is called The Blood and the front features a picture of a severed hand with a river of blood draining out of the wrist.

The Fellowship Tract League (a ministry of the Fellowship Baptist Church) has a website; unfortunately, the electronic version of The Blood is a lot more boring than the physical copy. So I thought I’d post some of the more interesting ones . . .

Hey Apathy!

2008 April 28

Mike Parsons is a local artist who works mostly in black ink with bamboo pens.  His work has been showcased at OCAD, and can often be seen around Kensington Market (specifically at the Kensington Mall.) 

I bought a copy of this print today for $15.  It conjures up an image of what Toronto’s downtown core may have looked like tomorrow had the Ontario government not ordered striking TTC workers back to their posts.

S.T.R.I.K.E.

2008 April 26

Yesss.
Let the chaos ensue.

Maybe this will lead to some increased attention to bicycle safety and awareness in the city.

Little Italy Wants the Sauce

2008 April 21

I live in the Little Italy area of Toronto.  Since I moved here, close to a year ago, I’m oft annoyed at how far away either a liquor store or a beer store is from my home.  So, when the Rogers Video in front of the Dominion on College Street closed down recently, I had a revelation: here’s a grand opportunity to open up a brand new LCBO (or maybe a Beer Store), right in the heart of this vibrant neighbourhood.

I started a facebook group to see if any headway could be made to making this pipe dream a reality. My friend Caroline actually found the contact information for LCBO Customer Service (see below) and after sending in an email, actually received a response. I followed suit, and received a similar response saying that there were no current plans to install a new location, but they would keep my comment on file. If you have a spare 2 minutes, pop off an email and let’s let them know that we want booze near our homes!

LCBO

Mail: LCBO Customer Service, 55 Lake Shore Blvd. East, Toronto, ON, M5E 1A4
Telephone: 1-800-ONT-LCBO (1-800-668-5226) or 416-365-5900 in the local Toronto area. TTY Users dial toll-free at 1-800-361-3291.
Hours of Operation: Monday to Saturday from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm (EST).
E-mail: infoline@lcbo.com

“It’s not fair!”

2008 April 17

Starting Monday morning at 4am, Toronto may be faced with a transit strike.  As somebody who has taken the worst transit system in the world TTC a lot over the course of the last 6 months, this is something of a conundrum of principles in my mind. 

TTC

On one hand, I think the Toronto Transit Commission really needs a freshening up.  I’ve heard that the system receives less than 1/3 the amount of money per capita than do other major cities that have excellent-functioning transportation operations, such as Amsterdam and Copenhagen.  I believe that given that about one sixth of Canada’s entire population lives in the GTA and probably closer to 1/3 comes to the city on a regular basis, all levels of government (municipal, provincial, federal) should pony-up some more cash and give this city a world-class transit system.  However, I’ve also heard somewhere that something like 25% of the City of Toronto’s budget goes towards the TTC.  How is this possible given that the service is so crappy, yet the fare is still so expensive?

On the other hand, after watching the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 113‘s press conference this morning on CityTV, I can’t help but NOT feel sympathetic towards the workers.  It appeared that Bob Kinnear, the union’s President and spokesperson, used the phrase “not fair” about 10 000 times.  “We want to give him [Mayor David Miller] some time to step into this situation and do what is fair,” said Kinnear in his press appeal.

NEWSFLASH: life’s not fair.

Mr. Kinnear repeatedly compared TTC workers with both other city workers and transit workers in other areas of the Greater Toronto Area.  “Driving a street car on Queen Street in Toronto takes a lot more skill than driving a bus on Queen Street in Brampton.”  Ummm, I’m not sure if I agree with this or even understand what he means.  No offense to the streetcar drivers, but they don’t even have to steer.  The vehicles are on tracks; all they have to do other than hit the gas and the brake is open the doors and push the button so that the automated voice says “please move back.”  Forgetting about comparisons, and just thinking about this situation from a general perspective, what it comes down to is that, while this is an important service for the city, these jobs involve little skill and no education.  Is it fair for me to ask why these workers feel they deserve even greater benefits than they’re already getting – so much so that they are willing to derail (pardon the pun) an entire city, for who knows how long?

If you know me, or even if you’ve just read any of my blog posts here on TZero, you know that I am a huge proponent of public transportation.  However, I also complain a lot about the TTC because, for lack of a better term, it sucks.  The service is infrequent and sporatic, many of the drivers are unenthusiastic if not unfriendly, and a city with Toronto’s stature should have a sophisticated metro system, not these crappy streetcars.

To quote Bob Kinnear, I say “it’s not fair” that we’re stuck with the TTC.

Shakespeare for Kids!

2007 October 16

I found a flyer at the library for this pretty cool program.  Unfortunately you have to be between 7-12 years old to participate.  I kind of want to take part anyway; I might try to volunteer.  Here’s the info:

Shakespeare in Action at the Sanderson Branch of the Toronto Public Library (327 Bathurst St).  FREE 6-week program, ages 7-12.  November 3 – December 8, Saturdays 2 -4 pm.

Explore the world of magic, wizards, potions, ghosts, swords & witches in three of the greatest stories ever told: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Romeo & Juliet, and Twelfth Night.  Featuring coaching & instruction by professional actors from the Shakespeare in Action theatre company.

Please call the branch for further information or to register: 416.393.7653

Cyclonudism

2007 September 6

I recieved a small slip of paper between the gear wires on my bike this evening.  The (handwritten) text read as follows: 

REDUCE OIL DEPENDENCY CURB CAR CULTURE
www.worldnakedbigride.org
SATURDAY JUNE 14, 2007
Meet at Coronation Park
Lakeshore W, west of Bathurst across from Prince’s Gate
Meet at 12pm Ride at 1pm
BARE WHAT YOU DARE!

Apparently this is taking place in over 70 cities in over 20 countries!  That’s a lot of nude.