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‘THAT HOUR THAT YOU HAVE TO COOK IS THE ONLY THING THAT MATTERS’: CONTESTANT Parkdale resident Mary Berg (centre in this photo) is currently a Top 10 contestant on CTV’s popular cooking show MasterChef Canada. “It’s insane and so much fun,” she says. Photo/COURTESY FULL STORY: bit.ly/bergchef WHY YOU SHOULD READ MORE: Find out what it’s like to compete on one of these high-stress reality cooking shows.
REFUGEE ADVOCACY IN PARKDALE Refugee Rights Day on Monday will feature a panel discussion on Parkdale-specific issues. Staff file photo/JUSTIN SKINNER FULL STORY: bit.ly/piarefugee WHY YOU SHOULD READ MORE: See who is speaking here.
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STUDENT LANDS AWARD FOR TURNING VACANT LOTS INTO ISLANDS OF GREEN Parkdale resident Jen Fischer picked up a Ryerson University Student Experience Award for a project to turn vacant lots into crop gardens. Ryerson created the new awards to honour exceptional students. Photo/COURTESY FULL STORY: bit.ly/ryersonawards WHY YOU SHOULD READ MORE: Read about Fischer’s composting project at Ryerson and what she has in store for Parkdale.
THE LATEST VENUE FOR ARTISTS: IN CONDO LOBBIES Visual artist Andrew Stelmack says condo lobbies could replace disappearing art galleries. Photo/COURTESY FEATURE: PAGES 8 and 9
The annual Good Friday procession put on by St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church – with perioddressed characters acting out key events – once again took over Little Italy with an extended route touching Parkdale. For Catholics and other Christians, the event is a reminder of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Photo/EDUARDO LIMA PHOTO GALLERY: bit.ly/gfassisi WHY YOU SHOULD SEE MORE: Check out our photos from the dramatic procession.
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ANNUAL EASTER FRIDAY PROCESSION AGAIN ATTRACTS HUGE CROWDS
PROJECT AIMS TO RESTORE NATIVE PLACE NAMES TO STREETS, PATHS AND TRAILS
RONCESVALLES CARHOUSE WORK
Parkdale is the first location for a province-wide billboard campaign – called the Ogimaa Mikana Project – with the aim of reinserting First Nations people back into the narrative and public conscious. Photo/HILARY CATON
Track replacement at the Roncesvalles Carhouse will continue for the next six weeks. File photo/ERIN HATFIELD
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DECISION MADE TO MERGE SCHOOLS AFTER MONTHS OF DELIBERATIONS AND MEETINGS
Students of St. Luke and Senhor Santo Cristo Catholic schools will be consolidated into the St. Luke location at 319 Ossington Ave. (pictured here) in September. File photo/HILARY CATON FULL STORY: bit.ly/lukecristo WHY YOU SHOULD READ MORE: Find out what the local trustee is hoping for the closed school.
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DONATION HELPS KICK OFF PROJECT TO TRANSFORM AREA UNDER EXPRESSWAY Under The Gardiner Project – including this rendition at Strachan Avenue – needs a spiffier name and Waterfront Toronto and the city are looking to local residents for help. There’s no time to procrastinate, however, as the deadline to submit a new name is tomorrow. Rendition/COURTESY FULL STORY: bit.ly/undername WHY YOU SHOULD READ MORE: Find out more about this project and how to enter your suggestions online.
NEW REGULATIONS FOR RIDESHARING Toronto plans to introduce new regulations that may end conflict between taxi drivers and Uber. Staff file photo/DAVID NICKLE FEATURE: bit.ly/taxireg WHY YOU SHOULD READ MORE: Find out the city’s solution.
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A woman reaches out her hand as she pays her respects to the late Rob Ford at Toronto City Hall. His funeral was slated to be held yesterday at St. James Cathedral following two days of public visitations. Photo/ANDREW LAHODYNSKYJ
Team Canada’s second training camp for the 2016 Invictus Games wrapped up last week. Staff photo/BENJAMIN PRIEBE
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oney for transit, and pospying the Toronto mayor’s office has sibly more for housing. It agreed that the federal government was welcome news from needs to engage in the direct financing Ottawa last week, when newly minted of municipal needs – housing and tranFinance Minister Bill sit in particular. Morneau released But mayoral advothe federal Liberal cacy has only ever government’s achieved partial sucfirst budget, and it cess, and often none included those two at all. oronto has to do its things. Count this year’s Among other budget as another part to make more things, the budget partial win. money pledged $3.4 billion Toronto stands to in public transit get a sizeable portion investment across of the federal transit the country over the funding, as the allocanext three years. And an $11.9 billion tion will be based on ridership and the infrastructure plan will allow for federal Toronto Transit Commission’s ridership funding of housing. is formidable. Both of these announcements are But 26 per cent – the share that good for Toronto, which needs major Mayor John Tory’s office estimates will investment in both areas, and has for come to the city on that basis – is still many years. only $884 million. With the exception of the late The Toronto Transit Commission’s former mayor Rob Ford, everyone occustate of good repair backlog currently
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great good for the city. That this doesn’t square with the historical record is problematic. Indeed, it is significantly problematic, as our consideration of the Ford years is not simply a matter of the historical record. In addition to a widow and two children, Ford leaves behind a political machine, in the form of Ford Nation: people who supported him unquestioningly, and a political heir, in the form of his brother Doug Ford. Earlier this week, Doug was front-and-centre at the visitation the family requested be held in the city hall rotunda, greeting well-wishers, embracing supporters and posing for the selfies with those in line. We all grieve in different ways, but to onlookers, it seemed an awful lot like campaigning. And in the context of campaigning, the narrative of what really happened between 2010 and 2014 in the mayor’s office matters. The truth of that is that Rob Ford stepped off a well-run campaign and into a job that he bungled from nearly the beginning. At some point, booze and other drugs overtook him and made things worse. But there is little evidence that he loved Toronto enough, never mind too much, and plenty of evidence that drunk or sober, he despised significant elements of the city. His accomplishments – abolishing the car tax and the contracting out of some garbage collection – are few. The damage he did – to public transit, to the simple level of discourse – is considerable. And for that, and many other things, he never once apologized. As good as it might feel to grant, forgiveness is really not an option.
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sits at $2.7 billion. Similarly, it’s hard to imagine federal infrastructure money, which will be divided more equitably, will get Toronto very far in completing the $2.6 billion repair backlog in Toronto Community Housing. Will there be more money in future budgets? One might hope so, particularly as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Morneau have signalled that they’re not going to be shy when it comes to running deficits higher than usual. But we shouldn’t confuse hope with expectation, and Toronto needs to accept that it will be, at least to some degree, on its own – with maybe, just maybe, a bit more help from the cashstrapped provincial government. That means that later this year, when Toronto considers new revenue tools, councillors will need to look very seriously at the options. We’ve been given a boost. But we’ll have to climb the rest of the way ourselves.
’ve been thinking a lot about forgiveness lately. Generally, the act of forgiving is a healthy one. Carrying grudges, maintaining rifts is bad for the soul if you believe in that kind of thing, and for the digestion whether you do or don’t. It feels good to let go. But in the case of Robert Bruce Ford, interred yesterday, forgiveness becomes… problematic. It’s not that he didn’t beg our forgiveness. When he was still mayor, before cancer struck him, Rob Ford offered a fulsome apology for the behaviour he exhibited while under the influence of his alcohol addiction. He went so far as to apologize on television, in the summer of 2014, where he accepted “full responsibility” for his “poor judgement.” During that time, he’d been recorded saying an awful thing about his mayoral rival councillor Karen Stintz, and he apologized for that. With that done, of course, he launched into an eyebrow-raising stump speech for his bid to be re-elected mayor then left without taking questions. But still: an apology is an apology, and it’s only good manners to accept it. And even if he hadn’t apologized, there is still the generosity we all feel toward the terminally ill. Imagining ourselves at a dying man’s bedside, a long-held grudge becomes an unimaginable burden. And so it feels good for us to absolve: to recall Rob Ford as a good bloke after all, whose sins were egged on by the demon rum; to conclude he was simply the mayor who loved Toronto too much; and that through it all, returning phone calls and posing for selfies, coaching high school footballers and hobnobbing with celebrities, he somehow did
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The abstructionists bring art to the residents of the Liberty market Lofts Artist Andrew Stelmack says bringing art to Toronto’s condo lobbies is a win for everyone
Condominium lobbies exist for three reasons: To get to your apartment, to leave your apartment building and to get your mail. Lobbies essentially are thoroughfares most people rarely spend time in, but at Liberty Market Lofts in Liberty Village, they’ve turned their lobby into a destination rather than a pit stop with a built-in art gallery. “We live in a great city, it’s got lots of culture and art is a part of that and it’s a beautiful way to express and blend cultures,” said Allen Benjamin, the Liberty Market Lofts condo board president, who helps bring in artists for the lobby’s art gallery. “So why not bring that experience to where you spend most of your time – at home?” “It’s one of the reasons why I actually bought into this building. It’s a key feature to have, it’s pretty unique.” Positioned right in front of the building’s elevators are five walls covered in art from the Toronto-based collective The Abstructionists, the first of three exhibits to be featured in the Liberty Market Lofts. The group consists of four abstract artists who will have their work displayed until April 28. So far the collective has shown its work in a handful of galleries including two other buildings in Liberty Village. The collective consists of Emily Milla, Kael Racioppa, Robert Slivchak and Andrew Stelmack. “I think it’s better than a lot of the galleries I’ve seen,” Stelmack said. “They’ve made a beautiful space. It’s light, it brings in a lot of natural light, it’s airy and it’s built for artwork. When I saw it I was like, ‘Are you kidding me, this is great’.” For Stelmack, having an art gallery in a condo lobby is a fantastic way to bring the art to the people. It’s also crucial, he said, for artists, since many galleries are closing due to high rent and condo developers buying the buildings they’re in. “We’re losing the artist space, but we’re also losing the art because we have nowhere to show it. All the galleries downtown are closing. They’re hopping up to the Junction, but once the Junction gets trendy and they (galleries) can’t afford it, then where are they going to go?” Stelmack asked. “So this developer has said, ‘We can do something for our building and also do something for what we’ve taken away.’ And it’s given us a place to show our art again.” Each month new art will be added to the gallery to keep the content fresh. There’s also a meet-the-artist night on the first Tuesday of the month that’s open for residents and their guests to attend. The gallery is open to anyone in the neighbourhood.
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And the art could also be set up beyond condo lobbies, Stelmack said. “We can come for a day or for a weekend and have an event in the party room. We can set it up there, and we’d bring the art to you,” Stelmack said. “Why not make it easy for them (people) to see the art? Why not bring the art to these built-in audiences? It’s a great concept.” It’s a model Stelmack said he believes should be adopted by established condos and soon-to-be built highrises in the city as a chance to keep the art community vibrant and alive. “The city needs these (art galleries) badly. We always go to these places that the artists have made hip and cool and interesting...And that’s awesome, but in the process of gentrifying it or ‘making it better’ (it) means they (the city) tear it (the gallery) down or rental prices go up and soon all the artists are gone,” Stelmack explained. “Where does someone go downtown to see art when the galleries are disappearing so fast?” Artists, too, have to change, Stelmack said. Artists will need to start thinking digital. Artists need to turn to social media including Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, which are becoming the additional galleries of today’s 21st century artist. “It used to be you needed to get into a gallery and the gallery sold your work. That was your exposure, that was the primary way. Now, if I’m in a gallery, all they do is look at my name, Google it, go to my website and contact me,” Stelmack explained. “More sales are happening through me. We’re lucky in some ways because artists are now empowered and have the control to sell their art.” But art galleries in lobbies could also be the way of the future for artists in the city; at least Stelmack said he hopes so. “If we can be smart enough to use all of this mundane, boring dead space that sits in almost every massive lobby in all of these condos around the city, with more to come, and turn it into an opportunity to show art, to express art and also use it as a place for the community to meet and bring people together, it’s absolutely a win-win-win,” Stelmack said. The Abstructionists: An Art Exhibition of Abstract Art runs until April 28 at 5 Hanna Ave. in Liberty Village. For more information, visit www.abstructionists.com
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The pair competed in a black box mixed drink challenge at the Track & Field bar on College Street in January to qualify for this competition. Each group of three was given two secret ingredients to include in their drink with access to a small bar. Competitors were given five minutes to create a winning cocktail.
of what I do. But that’s only 40 per
Where he can be found: The Drake
cent of what I do. I am a bartender,
Hotel, 1150 Queen St. W.
and I’m a host and I’m an entertainer.
Length of bartending career: Two
Mixologists make drinks. Bartenders
make experiences. I like to create an
About Alex: He grew up in Jamaica
experience from the minute you sit
where his parents owned a restaurant.
on our stool.
He worked after school. He moved to
How did you get into bartending? I
Aurora from Jamaica and worked in the
attended a cocktail competition almost
school’s cafeteria and then moved to
three years ago at the Mixing Star by
the city where he worked at various
DiSaronno...I went and did my presenta-
restaurants. He progressed to front
tion. At the end of it, one guy said he
of house staff and began learning the
really liked what I did, you got some
art of bartending and landed at The
great skills. He said, ‘I’m looking for a
Drake Hotel two years ago.
head bartender, the job is yours if you
What is in your qualifying drink? We
Where he can be found: Miss Things,
want let’s meet and talk about it.’
were each given a spirit, mine was Jack
able to know everything about all the
1279 Queen St. W.
What drink are you known for’?
Daniel’s Honey, and a fruit, my fruit
spirits you’re working with. Also, just
Length of bartending career: about
It’s called the Bartender’s Phone
was papaya...Jack Daniel’s Honey is
confidence in your drink. (In a) lot of
Three years at Miss Things
Number. It was a drink I made with elder
a bit funky so I wanted to enhance
the competitions, I find that it’s mostly
About Aaron: He worked with comput-
flower liqueur, bourbon, fresh green
the honey flavours so I paired it with
about how you portray yourself to the
ers, but soon realized bartending was
grapes, egg whites and lime juice. It was
some Appleton Estate rum, threw some
judges and the confidence you bring
really crisp and refreshing and fruity
ginger beer in it, fresh lime juice and
to letting them believe this is the best
What is in your qualifying drink? My
without being sweet, garnished it with a
thing they’re going to taste all night.
black box had Sky Vodka and pomegran-
cluster of green grapes hanging off the
What’s the secret to making an
What’s your favourite drink to kick
ate. The drink I came up with included
side. It was extremely refreshing and
award-winning drink? Knowledge
back and relax with? Negroni. It’s
those two mystery items and I added
enjoyable and extremely popular.
of your ingredients. You should be
equal parts gin, sweet vermouth and
Campari, orange bitters, simple syrup, one whole egg and a maple-scorched orange rind. A Last Minute Smash is what I’m going to call it. What is your favourite drink to kick back and relax with? It’s hard to say, drinks to be more spirit forward. If I
Campari. Campari is one of my fav How to Make and Serve a Vieux Carré: 3/4 oz rye whiskey 3/4 oz Cognac 3/4 oz sweet vermouth 1 barspoon (1 tsp) Bénédictine liqueur
spirits and I love insanely bitter drinks so it is on the bitter side, but its super well balanced. Do you prefer to be called a bartender or mixologist? Bartender for sure. A bartender, I feel, is someone
1 dash Peychaud’s bitters
who is very personable. I say 90 per
was going to pick one it’d be a Vieux
1 dash Angostura bitters
cent of people who go to a bar go for
Carré. It’s equal parts rye whiskey, rye
Stir into glass over ice, add lemon twist
the experience, not just the drink.
Cognac, sweet vermouth a bar spoon
for garnish and serve.
What drink are you known for?
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finals at the Liberty Grand Monday.
but it depends on my mood. I like my
ing to the Made With Love Mixology Toronto regional
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Do you prefer to be called a mixologist or bartender? I prefer to be called a bartender... Being a mixologist is part
How to Make and Serve a Negroni: 1 oz (one part) gin 1 oz (one part) Campari 1 oz (one part) sweet red Vermouth Stir into glass over ice, add orange peel for garnish and serve.
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