When drag queen readers protest the library

Storytime foes get a wish granted

The decision from Fay and Fluffy coincided with other censures of the Toronto Public Library. But their point of contention, a speech on gender identity by Meghan Murphy, proceeded at the Palmerston branch as hundreds protested outside. Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam brought forward a motion for city hall to review TPL room rental policies.

“Some Thoughts…” on Sidewalk

The new collection of contemplations comes on the eve of what’s speculated to be an announced deal between Sidewalk Labs and Waterfront Toronto, based on the original 12-acre smart-city plan, with added protections and concessions. An open letter signed by over 100 Toronto residents asks for more transparency and fewer closed meetings.

Toronto city council believes in Doug Ford’s new transit dream. The provincial promise to fund and build a three-stop Scarborough subway and the Ontario Line won the approval of all councillors except Kristyn Wong-Tam, Josh Matlow and Gord Perks. Mayor John Tory subsequently grumbled about the latter two: “They vote against everything.”

Ontario Place joins watch list

World Monuments Fund made the derelict Toronto waterpark a prominent part of its annual list of at-risk cultural heritage sites, alongside the Notre-Dame de Paris and the Sacred Valley of the Incas, based on a panel vote that narrowed down 250 candidates:

Torstar suspends dividend upon reporting a $40.9 million quarterly loss. Yet the Toronto Star headline instead emphasized 23,400 digital-only subscriptions. The incoming newspaper bailout lets Torstar claim $500,000 a month in salary relief, but a journalist request for more government information about it was redacted to oblivion.

Facing the state of Facebook

Global News exposed Facebook’s own hate speech policies being violated in a group called “Justin Trudeau Must Be Stopped,” which has now been removed. These things are back in the air as a new parliament begins contemplating how much of can be regulated. Meanwhile, the election’s Facebook fakery offender turned out to get a deeper pass:

Chair Girl provides the costume content everybody needs before Halloween. Film industry type Rob Duckworth made the second page of the Toronto Sun for dressing as Marcella Zoia at a costume party, without shaving his beard. He claims that the Weeknd’s “people” are seeking a photo with him. (Chair Girl has heartily approved.)

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Finally, the Queen West coiffeur

Corrado Accaputo, whose namesake barbershop was destroyed by fire in March, died on October 28. While he cut hair himself for about 55 years at Bathurst and Queen, the current Corrado’s staff temporarily relocated nearby. Having come to Toronto from Sicily in 1957, at age 17, Accaputo’s personality made him a memorable character for a commercial: