THE GOOD, THE BAD and THE BIZARRE

North Toronto Post - - News -

THE GOOD:

Toronto city coun­cil, backed by the fam­ily of the late doc­u­men­tary film­maker Rob Ste­wart, voted in favour of push­ing the fed­eral govern­ment to en­act a ban on shark fin im­ports. Ste­wart spent his ca­reer fight­ing to save sharks from ex­tinc­tion, and it ul­ti­mately cost him his life when he drowned ear­lier this year while film­ing the se­quel to his film Shark

wa­ter. The first at­tempt at a city­wide ban was foiled in 2012 when a judge ruled that the city didn’t have the power to ban the sale of shark fins, which are le­gal.

THE BAD:

A re­cent re­port au­thored by On­tario In­sti­tute for Stud­ies in Ed­u­ca­tion (OISE) re­vealed that Toronto Dis­trict School Board’s (TDSB) four pub­licly funded arts high schools have a se­ri­ous in­equal­ity is­sue. Ac­cord­ing to OISE, stu­dents are twice as likely to be white and from wealthy neigh­bour­hoods. The study, which looked at three of the four arts pro­grams at the Grade 9 level, states that 67 per cent of stu­dents are white. TDSB op­er­ates four arts schools: Wex­ford Col­le­giate, Claude Wat­son, Rosedale Heights and Eto­bi­coke.

THE BIZARRE:

One of the weird­est mar­ket­ing ex­er­cises in re­cent his­tory ended in late April when Kevin O’Leary fi­nally with­drew his can­di­dacy for the lead­er­ship of the Con­ser­va­tive Party of Canada. Ap­par­ently, O’Leary came to re­al­ize that his in­abil­ity to speak our coun­try’s other of­fi­cial lan­guage would alien­ate an en­tire province full of vot­ers, which might neg­a­tively im­pact his elec­toral prospects mov­ing for­ward. Ya think? At least he got mil­lions of dol­lars worth of free ex­po­sure here and in the United States: you know, where he lives.

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