Black Lives Matter Toronto Will Lead This Year's Pride Parade
“We hope to bring awareness and attention to meaningful conversations and engage social actions."

Black Lives Matter Toronto will help lead the city’s Pride Parade as this year’s Honourary Group.

The Canadian chapter of the #BlackLivesMatter movement has made headlines for protesting the city’s take on carding, as well as bringing attention for local and global deaths of black men and women like Jermaine Carby, Andrew Loku and Sandra Bland.

The group has also tackled the issue of sexual violence with Toronto’s Take Back The Night with their #AllBlackLivesMatter March in 2015, focusing on black women, trans and queer people and people with disabilities.

“We look forward to standing beside and honouring the extremely important and significant work of Black Lives Matter - Toronto, who are leading a timely movement in our city both boldly and fiercely,” Pride Toronto board of directors co-chair Alica Hall said in a statement. “We hope to bring awareness and attention to meaningful conversations and engage social actions.”

June 1 will also mark Toronto’s first-ever Pride Month — a month of awareness, celebration and education leading to the 36th annual parade.

Rodney Diverius, the movement’s co-founder, says historically LGBT spaces like Pride have failed to be fully inclusive of all identities, including those in African and Caribbean communities.

“We hope to highlight and challenge the ways that anti-blackness is present in LGBT spaces, all the while celebrating the beauty and ferociousness of Black queer, trans, and gender diverse Torontonians,” he said in a statement.

This year’s Pride Parade will place on July 3, and the rest of this year’s honourary positions, including the International Grand Marshall, will be announced later this year.
An Actor Playing MLK Says People Have Called Him The N-Word In London, Ont
E.B. Smith says he's never experienced such overt racism in Canada.
By Ishmael N. Daro


E.B. Smith will play King in The Mountaintop, a play about the civil rights icon’s last night before he was killed.

But Smith says that in the two weeks he’s been in London rehearsing for the part, people have hurled racial slurs at him twice.

The first time it happened, he and his co-star Beryl Bain were walking down the street when someone in a passing car yelled the n-word at them. The second time, a man in a bar used the word and called him “a piece of shit,” according to a post on his Facebook profile.

“I didn’t expect that I would encounter such aggressive language in London,” Smith said.

Common Grackle high up in a tree @ Niagara Falls, Ontario (April 2013).

Common grackles use body signals and songs to communicate. Each common grackle has sings one song that is different from other common grackles, and probably helps to identify that individual. The songs of common grackles are said to sound like a squeaking, rusty gate opening and closing. Males sing most often around the time of copulation, and sing less often during incubation. Females sing less often than males. They seem to sing most often when responding to their mate.
Ontario To Give Up To $14,000 To Electric Car Buyers
Part of the province's plan to reduce greenhouse pollutants.

Ontario is supercharging its program designed to get drivers behind the wheel of an electric car, offering buyers up to $14,000 to switch away from gas-powered vehicles.

Ontario’s current subsidy, enacted in 2010, ranges from $5,000 to $8,500 per vehicle. The province is raising that to a range of $6,000 to $10,000.

On top of that, it will offer an additional $3,000 to buyers of cars with larger electric batteries, and another $1,000 to buyers of electric cars with seating for five or more, for a maximum potential subsidy of $14,000.

“Helping Ontarians shift to low- or zero-emissions vehicles is vital to achieving Ontario’s greenhouse gas pollution reduction target of 80 per cent below 1990 levels by 2050,” the office of Premier Kathleen Wynne said in a statement issued Wednesday.

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Idleschwein is a dark wheat beer, or Dunkelweizen. Dunkelweizens were traditionally brewed in the south of Germany. I enjoyed this one on draught. The beer pours a deep dark amber colour. It had minimal head, which settled to a small ring of bubbles around the edges of the glass. The nose contained lots of sweet roasted malts, Belgian yeast, pear and apple, cloves and other spice. The flavour was similar to the nose, but introduced some other flavours too. The beer had the flavours of a classic hefeweizen, with banana, Belgian yeasts, and cloves, but also had hints of other spices…. almost like a banana bread. There as quite a lot of fruitiness in this beer too, I got late season tree fruit, which added both a sweetness and a touch of tartness. The malts were sweet and tasty and added a caramely-ness. It was medium bodied and full of flavours with moderate to low carbonation. A really interesting brew, though I found this quite sweet, and the bitterness was negligible. I would gladly sip on another. 

4.7% from Neustadt, Ontario
Ontario Goodwill Files For Bankruptcy
Goodwill still hopes to reopen some stores.

Goodwill Industries of Toronto, Eastern, Central and Northern Ontario says it’s seeking bankruptcy protection as it tries to restructure.

CEO Keiko Nakamura said Monday in a statement the Goodwill has filed an assignment under Canada’s Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act.

The statement says the purpose of the filing is to preserve Goodwill’s assets for its principal creditors, who are collectively the former employees of the corporation.

Nakamura says Goodwill is contemplating making a proposal to its creditors which, if approved, would annul the bankruptcy and allow the corporation to reopen some stores.

She says the Canadian Airport Workers Union, which represent the majority of the workers at Goodwill TECNO, has confirmed its support for the corporation’s plan.

Last month, the charitable organization announced it would close 16 stores, 10 donation centres and two offices due to cash flow problems, affecting more than 430 workers.


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