THIS SUNDAY ‘RAINBOW RAILROAD’ WILL RECEIVE THE PUBLICITY IT DESERVES – ON ’60 MINUTES’

KIMAHLI POWELL, Executive Director of TORONTO’s Rainbow Railroad wants you to know that CBS’s ’60 Minutes’ magazine program will profile the great work being done by the organization in both TORONTO and New York City.

With more than 70 countries worldwide criminalizing LGBTQI individuals, including 1000 this year alone, volunteers have worked tirelessly in both Canada and the United States to help provide a pathway to safety. Mr. Powell says “their harrowing stories of unimaginable violence and persecution is why we do the work we do.”

’60 Minutes’ on CBS and CHCH – Sunday night, May 19 at 7 pm EST (or a half hour later depending on sports broadcasting).For up-to-date information on RAINBOW RAILROAD go to https://www.rainbowrailroad.com/

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TORONTO PHOTOGRAPHER ELIOT WRIGHT INVESTIGATES THE CITY’S TRANSITIONING DUPONT STREET

A seemingly unremarkable thoroughfare, DUPONT STREET is located alongside the Canadian Pacific Railway line that long ago marked TORONTO’s city limits.Leaving behind its industrial past in the face of rapid redevelopment, the old street epitomizes the fact that modern, urban landscapes are always in flux.“Further Along The Road”, a large exhibition of ELIOT WRIGHT’s photography is on display at the URBANSPACE Gallery, 401 Richmond St. West, until July 31/2019. Artist talk – June 6th, 7:30 to 9:00 pm.

Website – http://www.urbanspacegallery.ca

PRINCIPAL DANCER TO ARTISTIC DIRECTOR, KAREN KAIN MARKS 50 YRS. WITH THE NAT’L BALLET OF CANADA

<Spreading the news on Broadview Avenue in TORONTO>

Born in ANCASTER (a suburb of Hamilton), Ontario, KAREN KAIN began her dance career by joining the National Ballet School in TORONTO. In 1969 she made it into the Corps de Ballet of the National Ballet of Canada.

Ms. Kain was promoted to Principal Dancer in 1971 after she made a sensational debut as the Swan Queen in ‘SWAN LAKE’, Following that she began an international career with the Paris Opéra Ballet, Roland Petit’s Le Ballet de Marseilles, the Bolshoi Ballet in Moscow, London Festival Ballet, The Hamburg Ballet and Vienna State Opera Ballet.<“Raising KAIN, the reluctant super star”, cover, Maclean’s Magazine, February/1981>

Among her many awards – Companion of the Order of Canada; Cartier Lifetime Achievement Award; Officer of the French Order of Arts and Letters; the Governor General’s National Arts Centre Award; and the Barbara Hamilton Memorial Award for excellence in the performing arts.

<“Karen Kain: Movement Never Lies”, AMAZON>

In 1997, Ms. Kain retired from dancing and was appointed Artist-in-Residence with the National Ballet, a role expanded to Artistic Associate. In 2005, she was appointed Artistic Director of the National Ballet.

“KAREN KAIN has reinvigorated the company by hiring some superb dancers and courting the world’s top choreographers. She is also assembling one of the most diverse repertoires in the company’s history.” – Maclean’s Magazine/TORONTO

<KAREN KAIN and RUDOLF NUREYEV in “Sleeping Beauty”, 1974>

In a National Ballet of Canada video, KAREN KAIN comments on the company’s history and RUDOLF NUREYEV’s ‘Sleeping Beauty’, one of the most significant works in the company’s repertoire – a magnificent production staged by Ms. Kain in June/2015.

That’s followed by 5 minutes of RUDOLF NUREYEV dancing in ‘The Sleeping Beauty’, which has had about 165,000 views.

R https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YrulAnL_hi0

THE GAZETTE’S ALLISON HANES WRITES THAT BOTH MONTREAL & TORONTO ARE UNFAIRLY CONTROLLED

Not so long ago, MONTREAL was basking in official recognition as a “metropolis” by its political masters in Quebec City. Not so much anymore.  MONTREAL is being treated like an adult child whose parents still call the shots.

ALLISON HANES – “Transportation policy is the biggest bone of contention by far between Montreal and Quebec City, with the provincial government (CAQ) not only ignoring the city’s needs, but actively undermining them. On climate change, the city and province are also at loggerheads.”

<Editorial cartoon by TERRY MOSHER (AISLIN), Montreal Gazette; MONTREAL & THE REST OF QUEBEC>

“MONTREAL’s main financial lever is property taxes, which it depends on for nearly 70 per cent of its revenue. For the rest, it must go cap in hand to the provincial or federal governments, making it impossible for the city to dream big without higher level approval.”

“Canadian cities are constitutionally “creatures of their provinces.” This parochial relationship is downright dysfunctional in a world where more people than ever are living in cities and municipal governments have increasingly complex and important responsibilities. While cities like PARIS and NEW YORK wield their clout, MONTREAL is being treated like an adult child whose parents still call the shots.”

<“DOUG”, editorial cartoon by MICHAEL DE ADDER, The Hill>

“Things aren’t much better in TORONTO, where Ontario Premier DOUG FORD slashed city council in half & announced he will seize control of the subway system. The City of Toronto Act, inaugurated in 2006, offers no more protection from paternalism than Quebec’s Bill 121.

“MONTREAL may have metropolis status — but it seems like the city is on a tighter leash than ever.”

ALLISON HANES’ complete column – https://montrealgazette.com/opinion/columnists/allison-hanes-wither-montreals-metropolis-status

And in TORONTO . . . Mayor JOHN TORY fired off some choice words aimed at Premier DOUG FORD and his OPPRESSIVE CONSERVATIVE provincial government. Mr. Tory said “you’ll see me standing up for TORONTO when the provincial government risks stalling out the economic engine of Ontario just to waive less than one-tenth of one percentage point of the provincial budget . . . “

“Cutting public health programs so as to find extra money . . . (eventually costing the city $100-million annually) . . . to pay The Beer Store to change their contract? What does that say about (your) priorities? Cutting public health and child care, by funding a greater supply of alcohol in corner stores?

“I will not let this city be pushed backwards.”

REGENT PARK SHOWS WHAT CAN BE DONE WHEN CITY, PROVINCE & A DEVELOPER WORK TOGETHER

DANIELS Development has done a super job in REGENT PARK, mixing market value & public housing, creating parkland, playgrounds, soccer fields, a running track, an ice rink, a state-of-the-art aquatic centre, theatres, a fashion design school, restaurants, community gardens, a supermarket, coffee shops, a bank, senior’s housing, a new community centre – the works.

The massive Regent Park rebuild is still going on after a decade, with at least another five years of construction ahead. What some once called “a project” is becoming a bright, new neighborhood.

<ABOVE – public vegetable and flower gardens>

<ABOVE – the next stage of development is underway at Parliament and Gerrard Street East>

<ABOVE – the buildings that go up in this section will have some of the best city views>

<ABOVE – Regent Park as it once was – is no more>

Two-thirds of the work is finished, but there’s still more to come.  To watch Regent Park evolve take the #506 streetcar to Sackville Street and Gerrard East – and walk south.

<ABOVE – Bruce Kidd running track and soccer field>