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05.18.15 Liam Mathews

Jennifer Pawluck was convicted of criminal harassment last month and on Thursday was sentenced to 100 hours of community service and 18 months probation for posting a photo of street art featuring an illustration of a shot cop on Instagram, the Montreal Gazette first reported. The 22-year-old was also banned from posting publicly on social […]

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02.02.15 Christopher Inoa

The number of tourists visiting New York City reached a record high last year with 56.4 million people visiting the city, up from its previous record of 54.3 million in 2013. Last year, Mayor Bill de Blasio increased spending on tourism promotion, and is considering doing so again this year, the New York Times reports. […]

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10.22.14 Rhett Jones

Is Taylor Swift turning in her cowboy boots to become a noise artist? Yesterday, Swift released her new single, Track 3 (dig that minimalism). It’s 8 seconds of static. The very James Franco-style, avante-garde move went straight to number 1 on Canada’s iTunes chart, and a million Canadian teenagers saw through the facade of pop, discovering a […]

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09.23.14 Rhett Jones

Carrying a Canadian passport and on her way to Barbados, 24-year-old Nyesha McPherson was busted at JFK with two disassembled .40-caliber handguns, 350 rounds of ammunition, four magazines for the guns and 58 bricks (33 pounds) of weed. All of it was concealed in average everyday household items — boxes for baby wipes, coffee, floor-dusting sheets, […]

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08.12.14 Sophie Weiner

“Listen In” is a weekly feature in which we ask musicians to curate a mixtape-length YouTube playlist of songs they’re currently digging. Click the big play button above to hear the whole playlist or scroll down to see and hear individual tracks. Rich Aucoin deserves to make it big. The Canadian artist invokes the deranged gleefulness of Dan Deacon […]

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05.28.14 Andy Cush

Thanks to new laws that require Canadian medical cannabis patients to buy their herb from large-scale, federally approved operations, the door is wide open for big-time growers. Tweed Marijuana, one such company, operates out of a converted Hershey’s plant in a small Ontario town called Smiths Falls, and is permitted to hold 15,000 kilograms of […]

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02.07.14 Andy Cush

In a show of protest against Russia’s oppressive anti-gay laws, Toronto is flying a rainbow above its city hall during the Sochi Winter Olympics, along with a host of other Canadian cities. Mayor Rob Ford, who never saw an issue he couldn’t make an ass of himself over, is upset about it. “This is about […]

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01.15.14 Marina Galperina

Here’s the first trailer for Jeff Barnaby’s Rhymes for Young Ghouls — “gritty,” “harrowing,” “explosive” and one of Canada’s Top Ten films of 2013, according to TIFF. We were previously charmed with teenage dealer Aila’s monologue about her highly-specialized blunt business. The trailer gives a bit more context. Set on an Aboriginal reservation in 1970s Canada, the film is about a 15-year-old girl […]

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12.27.13 Andy Cush

The Canadian alt-weekly Now has chosen, rather excellently, to have Ralph Steadman depict Rob Ford on its cover this week, BoingBoing points out. The embattled, crack-smoking, Marley-dancing, still-holding-on-for-dear-life Toronto mayor is rendered in Steadman’s instantly recognizable kinetic scrawl, with a rosy-cheeked pig’s face and the CN tower looming in the background. The magazine has thoughtfully included a list […]

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11.15.13 Aymann Ismail

This morning, Toronto’s City Council voted to downsize Mayor Rob Ford’s political power, stripping his ability to appoint and dismiss staff and govern during an emergency. City Hall was packed with observers at this latest chapter in the saga of the embattled, crack-smoking mayor, with media on the top level and the general public below. […]

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