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Toronto Skyscraper Stair Climb Raises Funds for the United Way

Posted October 31, 2014 by Anonymous

UrbanToronto is a city full of office towers and sky-scraping condominiums, with more going up on what seems like a daily basis. More and more of us ride elevators to our offices and homes every day because walking up all of those stairs would be a gru…

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East VS West: Intelligent Discussion on a Not So Important Topic

Posted October 31, 2014 by Anonymous

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The Saucier + Perrotte Architects-designed River City plan is reshaping a part of Toronto’s East side, bringing thousands of new residents to an area that was once abandoned industrial lands. With the area’s ongoing transformation through publicly-acclaimed amenities such as Corktown Commons, it makes no doubt that the West Don Lands are now the city’s hottest spot… unless that’s on the West side of town?!

River City, Urban Capital, Saucier + Perrotte, West Don Lands, TorontoUrban Capital and Saucier + Perrotte Architects’ River City looking West, image courtesy of Urban Capital

This is the tongue-in-cheek focus that River City’s developer Urban Capital wants to bring on the table in an upcoming event, a friendly debate between East and West-siders on Wednesday, November 12, from 6 PM to 9 PM at the River City sales centre at King and River Streets. The theme, East VS West: An Intelligent Discussion on a Not So Important Topic, will be debated by notable residents from both parts of the city.

Eastern Toronto will be represented by Jennifer Valentyne, a Beach resident and host on City Breakfast Television, as well as Michael Hollett, Riverdale resident and co-founder/owner/editor/publisher of NOW Magazine.

River City, Urban Capital, Saucier + Perrotte, West Don Lands, TorontoParticipants from both parts of the city will lead the debate, image courtesy of Urban Capital

West of Yonge will be defended by Roz Weston, currently living in Parkdale and famous for his Roz & Mocha Show on KiSS FM and gig as a host on Entertainment Tonight Canada, and by Jeffrey Remedios, co-founder of the Toronto-based music label Arts & Crafts, who resides in Bellwoods. 

Food trucks such as Gourmet Bitches and Gourmet Gringos and beer from the West Field Brewery will certainly help to appease the crowds with delightful local dishes, even though participants will probably enjoy claiming their belonging to their ‘hood through donning one of the City of Neighbourhood toques by Tuck Shop Trading Co.

The discussion will also be active on the social media, where Torontonians are invited to post a picture of their favorite spot in the city using the hashtag #EastvsWestTO and engage directly with the developer on Twitter at @UrbanCapital.

River City, Urban Capital, Saucier + Perrotte, West Don Lands, TorontoUrban Capital and Saucier + Perrotte Architects’ River City phase 3, image courtesy of Urban Capital

This initiative will certainly be the occasion for many participants to learn more about the $300 million River City project, currently on its third phase of development. The avant garde looking mid-rises and towers will bring around 700 condo units to the booming West Don Lands district, steps away from the downtown core.

Additional information and renderings for all phases so far are available in our dataBase files, linked below. Want to get in on Phase 3? Hit the Request Info link. Want to get involved in the discussion? Check out the associated Forum threads, or leave a comment in the space provided at the bottom of this page.

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Exclusive photo’s of Jian Ghomeshi on a date!

Posted October 31, 2014 by Allan W Janssen

Dear Readers: Once again, ya saw it here first! After a great amount of trouble and expense, the Perspective Naked News staff , a branch of the Perspective Research Department, has managed to obtain this clip of Jian Ghomeshi on a recent date with one of the women now accusing him of assault. As you […]

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Force Majeur director Ruben Östlund on shame, cinema and skiing

Posted October 31, 2014 by Barry Hertz

With its lived-in performances and unsettling tone, the Swedish film might just be the most intense experience you’ll have in a theatre all year.

The post Force Majeur director Ruben Östlund on shame, cinema and skiing appeared first on Macleans.ca.

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Daily Headlines: News From the Internet for October 31, 2014

Posted October 31, 2014 by Jack Landau

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John Tory says councillor support for SmartTrack will play role when he selects executive committeeRob Ford’s 20-year-old nephew says he’ll make a good school trustee because he can ‘relate to students’Toronto Sun defends Olivia Chow cartoon against latest criticism; and more news…

John Tory says councillor support for SmartTrack will play role when he selects executive committee (National Post)

Toronto Sun defends Olivia Chow cartoon against latest criticism (Globe and Mail)

For John Tory, the hard part comes now (Toronto Star)

TIFF Opens the Pod Bay Doors on Its Massive Stanley Kubrick Exhibition (Torontoist)

Burger King’s takeover of Tim Hortons may be bad news for Canadians (TorontoLife)

Rob Ford’s 20-year-old nephew says he’ll make a good school trustee because he can ‘relate to students’ (National Post)

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8 Bill Maher Statements For UC Berkeley To Consider Before Commencement

Posted October 30, 2014 by Nathan Lean

The brouhaha over Bill Maher’s recent remarks about Islam and Muslims is…

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Trick or….Bible: Christians Coping with Halloween

Posted October 30, 2014 by Anonymous

What are Christians supposed to do with Halloween: a day which has…

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Daily Headlines: News From the Internet for October 30, 2014

Posted October 30, 2014 by Jack Landau

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Five of the biggest issues John Tory needs to tackle now that he’s made it to Toronto City Hall; The Search Is On for a New Toronto Police Chief; The continuing power of incumbency in Toronto’s city council; and more news…

Toronto may be deeply divided, but there is still hope for a better city (Globe and Mail)

Five of the biggest issues John Tory needs to tackle now that he’s made it to Toronto City Hall (National Post)

The continuing power of incumbency in Toronto’s city council (Globe and Mail)

Mom-and-pop store saved by property tax reduction (Toronto Star)

The Search Is On for a New Toronto Police Chief (Torontoist)

TDSB votes to officially cut ties with Confucius Institute (Globe and Mail)

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Notes on Ghomeshi

Posted October 30, 2014 by Colby Cosh

Colby Cosh on what happened when Jian Ghomeshi ran out of options

The post Notes on Ghomeshi appeared first on Macleans.ca.

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Insider Q&A: Hunter Tura of Bruce Mau Design

Posted October 29, 2014 by Jack Landau

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There are several individual industries that work together in building our city. Developers, architects, planners, and public relations professionals are just some of the many professions working behind the scenes to envision, design, market and build the new projects reshaping Toronto. We regularly feature interviews with industry professionals, but in our new Insider Q&A feature, we leave formalities at the door and spend time getting to know the interviewee.

For our first Insider Q&A, we spoke to Hunter Tura, President and CEO of Bruce Mau Design, a multidisciplinary design firm founded in 1985. Much of their work focuses on increasing brand recognition for their clients, including the many visual and design tasks associated with creating and re-envisioning brands.

Hunter Tura, Bruce Mau Design, Insider Q&AHunter Tura, image courtesy of Bruce Mau Design

UT: How did you start in the business?

HT: I’ve been working in architecture and design for over 20 years and had the opportunity to move to Toronto to lead Bruce Mau Design in 2010. One of the really exciting things is to see how rapidly ‘The Business’ is evolving and the definition of what it means to be a designer is so expansive at the moment.

Your role at your company.

I’m the President and CEO of Bruce Mau Design, which means a big part of my role is defining a clear vision for the future of our organization. Obviously, I spend a lot of time with clients and potential clients as well as working with our Creative Directors on our various projects. One of the things I am most passionate about is building a model for what it means to be a 21st century design organization. In that regard, I spend a lot of time finding the best global talent and finding the right platform for them to do the best work of their lives.

We know that BMD has done work for future Toronto development “The Well”. Can you tell us about your other current projects?

We’ve got a lot of fun things going on at the moment that are keeping me busy: We continue to do a lot of work with SONOS, Harvard and GE, who are long-time collaborators of ours. We’re continuing to work with DREAM on a range of initiatives to help roll-out their new visual identity as well as urban branding initiatives in Hong Kong, Jersey City and here in Toronto. Some new work includes an in-store branded content strategy for a global retail brand, the branding of an Ivy League University’s new Innovation platform, and packaging design for one of the largest communications companies in the US.

Hunter Tura, Bruce Mau Design, Insider Q&AMarketing material for ‘The Well’, image courtesy of Bruce Mau Design

Any future plans you’d like to tell us about?

We’re very excited about the BMD office in Los Angeles that we launched in February and the team that we’ve built there. We’re hoping for big things from them in 2015; I expect to be out there helping to expand that part of the business fairly often next year.

What is your favourite current project that you aren’t involved with?

I was at the Venice Biennale in June and was inspired by so many of the Pavilions—including the amazing Canada Pavilion by Lateral Office—but was particularly interested in the research-driven exhibition “Elements of Architecture” curated by Rem Koolhaas and ‘branded’ by Irma Boom.

In your opinion, what is currently the biggest issue facing Toronto and the GTA?

Well the potent cocktail of condo construction mixed with road construction has certainly made downtown an adventure, but it seems endemic to large parts of the city at the moment.

Hunter Tura, Bruce Mau Design, Insider Q&AEnvironmental branding in the DREAM (Dundee Real Estate Asset Management) office, image courtesy of Bruce Mau Design

As far as sports go, Argos, Blue Jays, FC, Maple Leafs or Raptors?

I’m originally from New England and I’m a passionate Patriots and Bruins fan (sorry), but I was definitely drawn into the Raptors playoff run last year. So Raptors.

What is your take on the current state of the Toronto market?

It’s simultaneously exciting and terrifying. On one hand, there are a lot of wonderful new buildings, well-designed and well-built by thoughtful developers and architects who are really trying to create a new, responsive kind of urbanism. On the other hand, there are a lot of schlocky developments that really are not resolved in terms of how they are integrated into the larger urban situation, or in certain cases, just plain ugly or bizarre. The part that really concerns me is that sometimes these two conditions are adjacent to one another, which will create a set of urban circumstances that it will take a generation to resolve.

Can you name us some of your design/work inspirations?

My daughters are a constant source of inspiration. I want to work as hard as they do.

Considering Toronto’s eclectic restaurant scene, it can be difficult to decide on where to dine. What is your favourite restaurant in the city?

Our office is on King Street West, so obviously I spend a lot of time at Weslodge and Patria, which are both great, but I’m a huge Corey Vitello fan, so in terms of sheer creativity and excitement – as well as a great atmosphere – I have to go with The Harbord Room.

Favourite thing to do in the city?

I’m lucky enough to live very close to the Evergreen Brick Works, so I love going into the Ravine and walking or riding my bike down there to the farmer’s market. Recently, the Brick Works has hosted the Junction Flea, which gives a little taste of that west end hipness to the east side.

Who do you follow on Twitter?

Want to know something? The absolute weirdest account on Twitter is the official account of Lufthansa.  It’s so refreshing to see something this unscripted in the age of over-controlled corporate messaging.

We thank Hunter for taking the time to answer our questions, and look forward to future work from Bruce Mau Design. We will return soon with another Q&A session with one of the many insiders in Toronto’s development scene.

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Daily Headlines: News From the Internet for October 29, 2014

Posted October 29, 2014 by Jack Landau

Urban

Toronto election results show a city split into three — but Ford support is thinning in ScarboroughUniting a divided Toronto will be a key task for Tory’s transition teamWhy competent city government matters; and more news…

Toronto election results show a city split into three — but Ford support is thinning in Scarborough (National Post)

Why competent city government matters (Globe and Mail)

John Tory will have to talk transit before he can build it (Toronto Star)

John Tory Delivers First Press Conference as Mayor-Elect (Torontoist)

Uniting a divided Toronto will be a key task for Tory’s transition team (Globe and Mail)

The night that turned the tide for John Tory’s fledgling mayoral campaign (National Post)

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The CBC Respects Dignity Better than Corporate Media

Posted October 24, 2014 by Stephen Elliott-Buckley

Corporate media, being owned by corporations, needs to maximize shareholder wealth. That means news is a loss leader. News is about generating sensationalism, excitement or hysteria. News is about generating ratings to charge more for advertising to maximize shareholder wealth. Thus, when the CBC characteristically doesn’t sensationalize something, it’s noted around the world. CBC is […]

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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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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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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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