SUBURBS & EX-URBS TO BENEFIT WHEN TORONTO BECOMES A GLOBAL INNOVATION CENTRE

TORONTO will soon be one of four new global ‘Internet of Everything’ innovation centres.  California-based CISCO will be opening three other centres in BRAZIL, SOUTH KOREA and GERMANY.

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CISCO ‘IT’ Corporation is investing $100-million over the next 10 years to create a 15,000-square-foot space & new Canadian headquarters within Waterpark Place on Queens Quay between Bay and York Streets.

The company – world’s largest maker of computer networking equipment – has promised to invest up to $4-billion in the province of Ontario, and plans to create 1700 new jobs – potentially good news for laid-off BlackBerry workers in WATERLOO.

Deputy Mayor NORM KELLY: “Having [Cisco] here is going to help us compete in what’s going to be a fiercely competitive international environment.”  Mayor ROB FORD was not invited to the announcement presentation last Wednesday.

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XTRA, TORONTO’S LGBT ‘little paper that could’, CELEBRATES ITS 30TH YEAR

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Through thick and thin Xtra, TORONTO’s LGBT gay and lesbian biweekly newspaper, has been publishing for three decades now.

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President of Pink Triangle Press, KEN POPERT, writes “for three decades, the reassuring rhythm of Xtra’s publication matched the steady tempo of battles fought and mostly won.  On the 30th birthday of Xtra, after 30 years of progress, that awareness of our history authorizes us to formulate uncomfortable questions about the political weather: Is the temperature dropping?  Is winter coming?”

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Website: http://www.dailyxtra.com

TORONTO TOPS CANADA’S PUBLIC TRANSIT LIST; RATES HIGHLY AGAINST U.S. CITIES TOO

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TORONTO has one of North America’s finest public transit systems, at least according to Seattle-based Walk Scorehttp://www.walkscore.com – and the mounting cost of maintaining the TTC is uniquely funded from the fare box (70%) and city property taxes (30%).

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This is the first year that Walk Score has surveyed transit systems in Canada and the US.  Says co-founder MATT LERNER: “To have a great transit score you usually need to have a mix of rail and bus nearby. Toronto has a lot of neighbourhoods with a great transit score,” he said, adding the city has about 25 neighbourhoods that score more than 90, earning them the title ‘riders’ paradise. “The city really just has excellent transit.”

TORONTO has fared very well against US cities too, outscoring every one of them except NEW YORK and SAN FRANCISCO.

The top three Canadian transit cities: TORONTO (score 78); MONTREAL (score 77); and VANCOUVER (score 74).

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PHOTOGRAPHER LUTZ DILLE (1922-2008) left a legacy of black-and-white images of TORONTO

The University of TORONTO has a varied and valuable collection of 5000 works of art.  1200 of them are installed throughout the University’s two campuses.  The collection is wide-ranging, from the Far East in the Cheng Yu Tung Library, to contemporary Canadian and Inuit art throughout the Rotman School of Management.

The collection also contains a sizable number of photographs, including several works by LUTZ DILLE.  A German-born photographer and filmmaker, Dille immigrated to Canada in 1951.  For thirty years he lived and worked in TORONTO, capturing street life, fashion and everyday people in black-and-white.  The images below are in the U of T Art Collection, and date from the mid-1950’s to the ’60’s.

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CANADA IS NOT BROADCASTING ENOUGH HOME-GROWN PORNOGRAPHY – CRTC, OTTAWA

CRTC1    For failing to broadcast sufficient levels of Canadian-made pornography — and failing to close-caption said pornography properly — a trio of TORONTO-based erotica channels has earned a reprimand from the Canadian Radio-television & Telecommunications Commission (a federal government agency).

Wednesday, March 5/2014, the CRTC issued a broadcast notice saying AOV Adult Movie Channel, XXX Action Clips and the gay-oriented Maleflixxx were all failing to reach the required 35% threshold for Canadian content.  Based on a 24-hour broadcast schedule, that translates to about 8.5 hours of Canadian erotica a day. 

The notice was issued as a result of Channel Zero’s efforts to renew licences for all three erotica channels. The regulator will review the “instances of apparent non-compliance” at an April 28 hearing in Gatineau, Quebec.

So let’s get to work, people!