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Every weekday’s end, we collect just about everything you ought to care about or ought not to miss.

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Adam Vaughan Wants to Focus on Housing

The popular two-term councillor officially launches his campaign for the Liberal party nomination in Trinity-Spadina.

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City councillor Adam Vaughan (Ward 20, Trinity-Spadina) greets a supporter at his Liberal party nomination launch last night. Photo by Radey Barrack.

In a move that could see him resign his seat on Toronto city council, Adam Vaughan (Ward 20, Trinity-Spadina) has officially launched a campaign to seek the federal Liberal party nomination in the riding of Trinity-Spadina. Former NDP member of Parliament Olivia Chow vacated the seat earlier this year to run in the mayoral election.

Vaughan’s effort to replace Chow sets the stage for a rematch between two powerful downtown political forces: Joe Cressy, who was formerly tapped to manage Chow’s campaign, has earned the NDP nomination in Trinity-Spadina; Vaughan defeated Helen Kennedy, Chow’s former executive assistant, in the 2006 municipal election.

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Toronto by Newsreel

Extensive newsreel collection now available on YouTube reveals glimpses of city's past.

Newsreel and press photographers, Queen’s Park, 1911. City of Toronto Archives, Fonds 1244, Item 8012.

Before videographers, there were newsreel photographers. Carting their boxy cameras around, they roved the city, covering the top events of the day, racing to disasters, and hunting for oddball human interest stories that would amuse audiences. In their heyday, services like The March of Time, Movietone News, and Pathé News brought the richness of the world to neighbourhood movie theatres.

Last week, British Pathé announced it had uploaded its entire film collection to its YouTube channel. Shot between 1896 and 1976, the 85,000 clips cover a huge range of material dealing with everything from the World Wars to clubs dedicated to waistcoats. Now that they’re easily accessible, you can count on hours of time being gloriously wasted, especially by history buffs.

Keep reading: Toronto by Newsreel


Newsstand: April 24, 2014

Why is it that so few decent songs have been written about Thursday? Monday is pretty well covered. Friday has a decent variety. What is so wrong with poor old Thursday? In the news: Adam Vaughan officially sets his sights on federal politics, Rob Ford rails against travel expenses, there is no big pay raise in the cards for councillors, the pedestrian tunnel to the island airport will be delayed … again, and the Gardiner will be closed this weekend.


Newsstand: April 23, 2014

So, what did you do to mark Earth Day, yesterday? Nothing? Not even a Happy Earth Day card for your favourite tree? In the news: John Tory wants to be the man who planted trees, a recent study about aboriginal mortality rates in Toronto was misrepresented in the media, a woman finds a snake in her bathroom and wonders how it got there, and Flashdance—yes, that Flashdance—was inspired by Toronto and Hamilton.