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“I would always hear, ‘Oh, The Mad Hatter is the best.’ But I didn’t love it. It was sinister, with this weird sexual overtone.”—Jeremy Freed

“I felt love, total love. I was not afraid. I was not afraid at all.”—Lisa Mesbur”

The Grid TO | Down the rabbit hole. As a child I heard about the Mad Hatter but was never invited to a party there. Even after reading the article I still feel I missed out.

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Matlow later noted many prominent people have raised concerns about the new vision, including urban designer Ken Greenberg, part of the team that won Waterfront Toronto’s international competition to design the area known as the Lower Don Lands. Doug Ford shot back: “Ken Greenberg’s wife is executive assistant to (Councillor) Adam Vaughan, if I’m not mistaken. Gimme a break. Ken Greenberg has a vested interest. He has done the work for the Waterfront, so let’s get off the Ken Greenberg.” Vaughan, a prominent critic of the Fords and their waterfront plans, then called the show to note his executive assistant, Ange Kinnear, is, in fact, not married to Greenberg. He said the Fords had previously, and also falsely, accused her of being married to TTC union head Bob Kinnear.
Toronto News: Doug Ford accused of ‘horse-trading’ for Port Lands vote -

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Say “Toronto” or “Ontario” and the immediate thought associations are with a somewhat blander version of North America: a United States with a welfare regime and a more polite street etiquette, and the additionally reassuring visage of Queen Elizabeth on the currency. But this part of Canada also has its quixotic and romantic dimension. It was to here that the Tory loyalists fled the American Revolution. In the village of Deptford, Ontario, on the banks of the local river Thames, the great Canadian novelist Robertson Davies cast and situated a trilogy variously composed of the elements of magic and exile. One of his chief characters, Percy “Boy” Staunton, gives up much of his life and energy to the cause of the Prince of Wales, a once dashing and promising young blade who shatters and demoralizes his admirers by falling under the thrall of a designing woman and abdicating the throne without a fight.

As I was led past a phalanx of guards to be admitted to Tony Blair’s hotel suite overlooking Toronto and Lake Ontario, I was mentally running through our previous meetings. … We were due to have a public debate: the first he had agreed to since he had left office.

Now he was traveling with a very small but devoted staff, and looking like a Prince Charming in exile. … The first two public launches of his new memoir, A Journey, had been disrupted or canceled. … Perhaps he was relying on the legendary politeness of Torontonians, and on the apparently more neutral subject of our dispute, which was religion. He now operates under the somehow touching name of the Tony Blair Faith Foundation, which can sound rather like a body set up to express faith in Tony Blair.

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With the neighbourhood’s first gentrification in the early ’70s, many of Cabbagetown’s independent storeowners are now eyeing retirement. And with prosperity flowing into the area, franchise restaurants are staking their ground. With a massive, architecturally-challenged three-storey TD Canada Trust being erected at the central hub of Parliament and Carlton streets (it’s to be opened in May), the change is ostensible.
» Changing face of Cabbagetown • Spacing Toronto • understanding the urban landscape (Come for the story, stay for the adjectives).

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