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ThisAbility #41: We Need Some TLC from the TTC

aaron broverman

Last Wednesday, the following ‘letter to the editor’ appeared in Toronto’s Now Magazine: Disabled stay home I am a person with a disability who does not use Wheel-Trans, as others need it more and my needs have been better met by riding the subway, which is conveniently located half a block down my street. It’s […] More »

The corporate-free alternative to Nuit Blanche: Les Rues des Refuses

jasmine rezaee

Toronto’s Nuit Blanche is an all-night arts festival with “a mandate to make contemporary art accessible to large audiences, while inspiring dialogue and engaging the public to examine its significance and impact on public space.” However, despite these admirable intentions, Nuit Blanche’s corporate presence is simply too great. After all, Nuit Blanche, as the countless […] More »

Q&A: "Cycling for Human Rights in Iran" founder takes on Ahmadinejad

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Almost one year ago Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the currently contested President of the Islamic Republic of Iran, delivered his infamous speech at the U.N. General Assembly. Putting aside for a moment that the U.N. has failed its mandate to prevent wars between countries and, therefore, is rather debunked as an institution, it has also been a […] More »

Protest or Parade?

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When I was a teenager I spent a lot of time at public rallies and protests. Back then I really believed that if I raised a little hell the world would become a better place. I travelled all around North America, mobilizing other youth and standing up for what I believed was right and true. […] More »

Sri Lankan protests demand peace

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As I rushed to Union Station on Friday to join the throngs of commuters brushing by each other to get a seat on the gotrain, thousands of Sri Lankan protesters were just ending off their successful protest in downtown Toronto. The crowd hoped to draw attention to what is being called the genocide in Sri […] More »

12 Years of Revolution in Nepal

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Today marks the 12th anniversary of the initiation of the revolution in Nepal. Led by the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist), the revolution, called a “People’s War” by its proponents, began with sporadic actions in Nepal’s isolated rural areas in 1996 and now sees the rebels controlling 80% of the country. Mystifyingly ignored by North […] More »

Backing the Con(rad)

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Sick of how the United States is persecuting one of our best and brightest with a frivolous legal action inspired by little more than the inferiority complex of the common masses? It’s time to stand up for Conrad Black. Visit and leave your message of support beside those of David Frum, Baroness Thatcher, Michael […] More »

50 Years Ago Today

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Today marks the 50th anniversary of the beginning of the Hungarian Revolution. Everyone’s gonna be talking about it all day today, but don’t fear, I’ve combed Wikipedia and offer you the Coles Notes version, cuz as a Hungarian immigrant, if anyone’s gonna be doing internet research on this topic, it should be me. Ahem. The […] More »

Reprehensible repression

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Soup is Good Food directed us to a nifty campaign by Amnesty International, a campaign that now has a permanent presence in the right-hand column of Blog This. The idea is to spread the word about sites that are censored in their own countries by publishing their writings. Freedom of speech is a fundamental right […] More »

fun with syllogisms

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Today in the Toronto Sun, columnist Peter Worthington wrote: “Like most Canadians who don’t have AIDS and aren’t HIV carriers, Harper probably isn’t much interested in the topic. Sure, he thinks it is a terrible affliction, but not one he’s likely to get.” I’ve been mulling ever since, trying to see how this logic translates […] More »


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This is for the folks at Boing Boing. It’s my iPod!… a nostalgic…um… mash-up of a vintage 1990’s boot box and a bunch of vintage 80’s and 90’s era cassette tapes for playing on my car cassette tape playing device. I hacked the box by removing the boots and wearing them for a number of […] More »