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Daily Headlines: News From the Internet for October 21, 2014

Posted October 21, 2014 by Jack Landau

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Rob Ford kicked out of three polling stations, warned by officials about breaking election rules; Turnout at Toronto advance polls sets record; Sponsorship a factor in awarding Pan Am Games security contract; and more news…

Doug Ford steals the show as he and Olivia Chow tour Jane and Finch neighbourhood (National Post)

Sponsorship a factor in awarding Pan Am Games security contract (Globe and Mail)

Rob Ford kicked out of three polling stations, warned by officials about breaking election rules (National Post)

Strategic voting in Toronto’s mayoral election has its perils (Globe and Mail)

Caledon candidates’ flyers end up in the trash (Toronto Star)

Turnout at Toronto advance polls sets record (Globe and Mail)

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Culture

Daily Headlines: News From the Internet for October 20, 2014

Posted October 20, 2014 by Jack Landau

Urban

New Toronto downtown South Core is rising fast; Toronto’s affordable housing shortage sparks growth of illegal suburban rooming houses; Train car converted to library a hit in Hamilton; and more news…

Toronto Ward 7 race steeped in controversy (Globe and Mail)

Olivia Chow campaign struggles to convince strategic voters that ‘anyone but Ford’ shouldn’t mean John Tory (National Post)

Doug Ford’s plan for Finch subway line runs short on usual yardsticks (Globe and Mail)

Train car converted to library a hit in Hamilton (Toronto Star)

Toronto’s affordable housing shortage sparks growth of illegal suburban rooming houses (Globe and Mail)

New Toronto downtown South Core is rising fast (Toronto Star)

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Allan's Perspective

Saturday Morning Confusion About Censorship!

Posted October 18, 2014 by Allan W Janssen

Dear Readers: As you know, your often maligned reporter goes on rants and raves about stuff that seems grossly unfair, unjust, or just plain ridiculous. I have campaigned against the far left, far right, feminists, (especially the femi-nazi’s) special interest groups, animals lovers and vegetarians, bigots, racists, survivalists, cops, minorities, immigrants, liberals and conservatives, lobbyists, […]

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Culture

Sukkahville 2014 Combines Architectural Flair with Religious Roots

Posted October 17, 2014 by Jack Landau

Urban

The week-long festival of Sukkot is an important celebration in the Jewish faith, occurring annually during the harvest season. While reporting on religious celebrations would normally fall beyond our urban-focused radar, the festival of Sukkot has a unique tie-in to the architecture and design communities world wide. During Sukkot, families build a small shack, or Sukkah, on their property, with families eating all meals within the Sukkah and males sleeping in them at night. There are several rules and traditions associated with Sukkot, but very few of these rules apply to the actual construction of a Sukkah, which can be built with almost any material, as long as the roof is made of an organic material such as leaves or other organic brush. This leaves plenty of room for innovative design, one of the main themes of Sukkahville, an international design competition that challenges designers of any faith to re-imagine the standard design for a Sukkah.

Started back in 2011 by non-profit housing agency Kehilla, Sukkahville invites designers to create their own unique structures, raising awareness about affordable housing in the process. The event transformed Nathan Phillips Square for a few days this week, as a collection of unique wooden structures populated the square. Below, we take a look at some of the innovative designs selected as finalists for Sukkahville 2014.

Sukkahville 2014, Nathan Phillips SquareReflect-Reveal-Rebirth, finalist at Sukkahville 2014 at Nathan Phillips Square, image by Jack Landau

Reflect-Reveal-Rebirth was submitted by Michael Signorile and Edward Perez of Teaneck, New Jersey. The structure is comprised of a biodegradable corn foam skin supported by wooden ribs, covered in leaves and grasses. One notable aspect of this design is the way the corn foam skin dissolves on contact with water, which is designed to be reapplied by new occupants after rain.

Sukkahville 2014, Nathan Phillips SquareCloud and Light, finalist at Sukkahville 2014 at Nathan Phillips Square, image by Jack Landau

Cloud and Light was submitted by Louise Shin, Nivin Nabeel and Daniel Bassakyros from right here in Toronto. The design of the structure is meant to evoke the look of a pillar of light and cloud made possible with the use of Tyvek, a recyclable material which serves as the translucent outer skin of the structure, allowing ample natural light to penetrate into the Sukkah. 

Sukkahville 2014, Nathan Phillips SquareShield of David, finalist at Sukkahville 2014 at Nathan Phillips Square, image by Jack Landau

Shield of David was submitted by Taller David Dana Arquitectura of Mexico City. The design is evocative of a classic Sukkah design, but with some dry interesting touches thrown into the mix. A unique Star of David inspired pattern is the main design element of this Sukkah, making up a permeable wooden exterior, allowing light to reach the centre of the modular, prefabricated Sukkah, where a small tree sits as the centrepiece.

Sukkahville 2014, Nathan Phillips SquareHalo Sukkah, finalist at Sukkahville 2014 at Nathan Phillips Square, image by Jack Landau

Halo Sukkah was submitted by Alice Vuap and Andrew Nicolas, from the island nation of Cyprus. Easily the most abstract of the finalists, Halo Sukkah transforms a simple circular shape into a bending and twisting assembly of three circular rings, arranged in continuous loops. The design features a central roof opening encircled by hanging vines that surround hammock-like seating. The team behind Halo Sukkah worked from over 9000 kilometres away from Nathan Phillips Square, which led the team to use lightweight, easily transportable materials for the design.

Other finalists at Sukkahville 2014 included The Twelve-Sukkah, by Yong-In Kim, Nicolas Vernoux-Thélot and Moonyong Jeong of Paris, France, APoC by Simon Kim, Mariana Ibañez and Ben Ruswick of Cambridge, Massachusetts, Hexagram by Otoniel Solis and Alfredo Noyola of North Hills, California and Megillahs by Troy Fawcett of Calgary, Alberta.

You can learn more about Sukkahville and their affordable housing advocacy by visiting their website. Want to get involved in the discussion? Comments can be left in the space provided at the bottom of this page.

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Culture

Daily Headlines: News From the Internet for October 17, 2014

Posted October 17, 2014 by Jack Landau

Urban

Catch up on Toronto’s mayoral race in a minute; Susan Fennell’s support slipping as Linda Jeffrey holds steady in new Forum poll; Hospital discovers privacy breach on Rob Ford’s files; and more news…

Hospital discovers privacy breach on Rob Ford’s files (Globe and Mail)

Susan Fennell’s support slipping as Linda Jeffrey holds steady in new Forum poll (Toronto Star)

Catch up on Toronto’s mayoral race in a minute: video (National Post)

Chow delivers left jab for fiscal responsibility (Globe and Mail)

John Tory regains solid lead over Doug Ford in new poll, Olivia Chow continues to languish in third (National Post)

Ford joins Tory, Chow in promises on affordable housing (Globe and Mail)

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Activism

What I Am Thankful For

Posted October 13, 2014 by Stephen Elliott-Buckley

This weekend, I am thankful for folks in Seattle who know how to transform the imperialist Columbus Day into Indigenous Peoples’ Day. May we all learn this for next year! “We are all citizens in a democracy, we are all here to work with each other, and by making this Indigenous People’s Day, we are […]

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Allan's Perspective

We got trouble in River City folks!

Posted August 24, 2014 by Allan W Janssen

Dear Readers; I should warn you from the get-go that this article will not be politically correct or even nice! It might even border on the racist and elitist according to some, but I am going to say things that need to be said! Ya see, these last few weeks is one of those periods […]

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Culture

Feudal System

Posted August 14, 2014 by Anonymous

Gjon Mhilli doesn’t leave his house out of fear he’ll be killed. Photo by the author

Gjon Mhilli peered out through his curtains at the countryside near Shkodër, in northwestern Albania. Outside it was sunny, warm—buc…

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Stop, BANG, or I’ll shoot!

Posted July 24, 2014 by Allan W Janssen

Well, well, just like dash cameras lessened incidents of violence during police traffic stops, so too will personal cameras on individual cops alleviate many of the problems associated with “police officers” shooting and beating on civilians …………………….., whether they deserve it or not! That, combined with the judicious use of Tasers instead of guns, will […]

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Saturday Morning Confusion #17

Posted July 19, 2014 by Allan W Janssen

Folks, a lot of confusion about stuff like climate change, evolution, and a whole bunch of other scientific issues lately! This article discusses how equal time is not really appropriate for a clearly false or uninformed position! The metaphor that a coin has two sides is a powerful one, and the temptation to look at […]

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Lets get things back into Perspective here! #1

Posted July 18, 2014 by Allan W Janssen

Folks, let’s get things back into perspective here! Your humble and overworked reporter has to set things right on certain occasions, so we here at the Perspective Research Department, along with the staff at Naked News, are going to provide a regular feature here on BlogsCanada.ca called…………………………, LET’S GET THINGS BACK INTO PERSPECTIVE HERE! We […]

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Great lines from great movies!

Posted July 10, 2014 by Allan W Janssen

The weekend is coming and the Mrs. Herself and I have decided to go to the movies. We have a method that keeps everybody happy folks! The Mrs. Herself checks the movie times and finds two movies in the same cineplex, at about the same time, that we can see! For example, she wants to […]

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I’m Normal!

Posted July 8, 2014 by Allan W Janssen

So ya say that life is getting you down! Your wife is a bitch, and your son is a clown. The mother-in-law is crazy, and last night is real hazy! Even the job is the pits, and life is the shits! There’s no money to spend, and ya don’t have a friend! IS THAT WHAT’S […]

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Convert to Islam or face the sword!

Posted June 23, 2014 by Allan W Janssen

Christianity is on the run in the Middle-East folks! Won’t be long before Israel is the only place they will be safe! “Iraqi Christians flee cities captured by extremists known to kill non-Muslims:” That was the stark message Christians in the Syrian city of Raqqa received when ultra-fundamentalist Sunni extremists, proclaiming themselves to be members […]

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Dick Cheney is a real Dick!

Posted June 20, 2014 by Allan W Janssen

Folks, I have said many times in the past that Dick Cheney is one person who who actually scares me! I can’t say he is totally evil since I don’t believe in the devil, but there is something fundamentally NASTY about him! And, after the disasters he got the United States into during Bush’s term, […]

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