BRIAN GABLE’S EDITORIAL CARTOONS IN THE GLOBE & MAIL BRIGHTEN UP THE DARKEST DAYS

He seldom – if ever – fails to hit the proverbial nail on the head. The Globe and Mail’s editorial cartoonist BRIAN GABLE was born in Saskatoon, studied fine art at the University of Saskatchewan, then education at the University of Toronto. After teaching for a while, he freelanced as a cartoonist in Brockville and Regina, then became the editorial cartoonist for the Globe – Canada’s national and most prestigious newspaper – in 1987.<ABOVE – Mayor Rob Ford chased by the media – FIRST ROBINS OF SPRING, editorial cartoon by BRIAN GABLE, Globe and Mail, June 28/2014>

CASA LOMA HOSTS LARGEST NORTH AMERICAN SAME-SEX WEDDING – JUNE 26/2014

WEDDING5Here’s one for the record books. Yesterday TORONTO played host to a mass wedding of 115 same-sex couples at CASA LOMA, once Sir Henry Mill Pellatt’s palatial home, now a museum, overlooking the city. It was an international and inter-religious affair, presided over by a priest, a rabbi, a Sikh, a Muslim, a Buddhist, a secularist and a First Nations representative.

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THE TORONTO STAR GIVES ONE MILLION VINTAGE PHOTOGRAPHS TO THE TORONTO PUBLIC LIBRARY

The TORONTO Star, Canada’s largest circulation daily newspaper, is donating one million vintage news photographs to the Toronto Public Library. This invaluable collection spans the years 1900 to 1999, and will be made available to students, researchers and ordinary citizens.  Chief Librarian JANE PYPER: “This photo archive is believed to be the only complete archive of Canadian news photographs spanning the entire 20th century. We are proud that we can now make this freely available at the library.”The TORONTO Public Library is the country’s largest library system. Its extensive collection includes historical manuscripts, photographs, works of art, a children’s book collection and a science fiction collection.<PHOTOS – 1) The Beatles, Hot Stove Lounge in Maple Leaf Gardens, August/1966; 2) a winter afternoon in Toronto, 1940’s; 3) Queen Elizabeth II and Prime Minister Pierre Elliot Trudeau, Ottawa, 1977/photographer Jeff Goode>

TORONTO CONDO & LOFT BUYERS SHOULD GET TO KNOW THESE TWO VERY USEFUL WEBSITES

CONDOS1   TORONTO is awash in condos and lofts of all kinds, in almost every neighbourhood. It’s bewildering out there, but there’s bottom-line help available from two innovative, easy-to-use websites – http://www.condos.ca & http://www.mrloft.ca

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Realtor CARL LANGSCHMIDT and his two partners are shaking up the TORONTO real estate industry and giving buyers and investors the vital information they need. Says Langschmidt: “With this site, there’s no pulling the wool over peoples’ eyes in terms of what the real (values) are. There’s not going to be any way to hide from the facts.”  The team is getting the facts by buying critical land registry information that gives the exact square-foot measurements of more than 275,000 condo units across the Greater Toronto Area, as well as their maintenance fees, rules and restrictions.

Toronto Star Business Reporter SUSAN PIGG writes “they then had an analytics team painstakingly map out that information, building by building, and have cross-referenced it with MLS sold and other data to create a very clear picture of each building, going as far back as a decade.”

GILBERT BAKER WAS THE DESIGNER (AND SEWER) OF THE ORIGINAL LGBTQ RAINBOW FLAG

RAINBOWFLAG1 Although the original has undergone several revisions, Kansas-born GILBERT BAKER’s design has endured for over thirty years as a symbol of the international LGBTQ community. You can see versions of it everywhere in TORONTO this week as our city kicks off WorldPride/2014. The first Rainbow Flag (with 8 colours) was raised at San Francisco Pride on June 25, 1978.

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Red stands for life; orange for healing; yellow for sunlight; green for nature; blue for serenity and harmony; violet for spirit.

TOM ROBINSON’S ANTHEM “GLAD TO BE GAY” OPENS WORLDPRIDE/2014

 At the grand opening of WorldPride/2014 on Friday night, TOM ROBINSON sang his much-revered anthem “Glad To Be Gay”.  It was written around the time of the violent Stonewall Riots and the birth of the Gay Rights Movement.

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The British Police are the best in the world
I don’t believe one of these stories I’ve heard
‘Bout them raiding our pubs for no reason at all
Lining the customers up by the wall
Picking out people and knocking them down
Resisting arrest as they’re kicked on the ground
Searching their houses and calling them queer
I don’t believe that sort of thing happens here

Sing if you’re glad to be gay
Sing if you’re happy that way

Pictures of naked young women are fun
In Titbits and Playboy, page three of The Sun
There’s no nudes in xxx News our one magazine
But they still find excuses to call it obscene
Read how disgusting we are in the press
Telegraphs, people and Sunday Express
Molesters of children, corruptors of youth
It’s there in the paper, it must be the truth

Sing if you’re glad to be gay
Sing if you’re happy that way

Don’t try to kid us that if you’re discreet
You’re perfectly safe as you walk down the street
You don’t have to mince or make bitchy remarks
To get beaten unconscious and left in the dark
I had a friend who was gentle and short
He was lonely one evening and went for a walk
Queerbashers caught him and kicked in his teeth
He was only hospitalised for a week

Sing if you’re glad to be gay
Sing if you’re happy that way

So sit back and watch as they close all our clubs
Arrest us for meeting and raid all our pubs
Make sure your boyfriend’s at least 21
So only your friends and your brothers get done
Lie to your workmates, lie to your folks
Put down the queens and tell anti-queer jokes
Gay Lib’s ridiculous, join their laughter
‘The buggers are legal now, what more are they after?’

Sing if you’re glad to be gay
Sing if you’re happy that way

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For a complete and up-to-date listing of WorldPride/2014 events go to http://www.worldpridetoronto.com

ONTARIO ELECTS ITS FIRST WOMAN & OPENLY GAY PREMIER . . . PLUS A MAJORITY GOVERNMENT!

History was made in ONTARIO on June 12/2014.  KATHLEEN WYNNE, the first woman and openly gay premier of Canada’s most populous province, was elected with a strong majority.  It was a night to remember.

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<PHOTO ABOVE – Kathleen Wynne in red; her spouse Jane Rounthwaite on the left; her parents John Wynne and Patsy O’Day Wynne on the right/Globe and Mail>

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<EDITORIAL CARTOON – Dewar/Toronto Sun>