The Devil Next Door is a five part documentary series currently airing on Netflix about a grandfather that got extradited from the United States to face war crimes charges in Israel. John Demjanjuk was accused of being the Nazi death camp guard Ivan the Terrible.
Just listening to some of the vivid testimony of the victims of Ivan the Terrible should have produced a reaction of shock and/or empathy from the accused if he wasn't the Nazi death camp guard. But, John Demjanjuk sat expressionless, or smirking, until the day of the verdict. At which point he had to be carried into the courtroom.
The most telling point of the trial, for me, was when John Demjanjuk wanted the victim that was currently testifying to cross the courtroom to look him directly in the eye to accuse him to his face of being Ivan the Terrible. The man no sooner crossed the courtroom and Demjanjuk extended his hand. As if he expected the death camp survivor to shake it.
What the heck was that? A misplaced sense of good sportsmanship. A handshake across the decades to seal the notion that all's fair in love and war? Did Demjanjuk think that would give him brownie points with the judges? Or was he hoping that the death camp survivor would absolutely lose it? Thankfully, the survivor kept his composure. He just glared at Demjanjuk like he was the devil and his hand was covered in hot coals.
The Devil Next Door will keep you guessing. Not necessarily about John Demjanjuk's guilt or innocence. But whether or not he would be found guilty? Serve out the rest of his life in jail? Receive the death penalty? Or die an innocent man?
This is my favourite picture of Kaviedes that I took this past weekend. Sunday was his first trip to Graffiti Alley. Even though he had gone to school just up the street. This was my first trip downtown since Covid19 was recognized as a pandemic by the World Health Organization.
THE MICHELLE OBAMA PODCAST
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The moment you’ve been waiting for is here: President Barack Obama joins the First Lady in her premiere episode with an open conversation about what positive change means today. Listen to the can’t miss premiere of The Michelle Obama Podcast right now.
Todays big tech CEO's Anti-Trust Hearing will co-star Jeff Bezos from Amazon, Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook, Tim Cook from Apple and Sundar Pichai from Google's Alphabet. These companies represent 5 trillion dollars. All four CEO's will attend remotely using WEBEX. Yet, all four tech companies have competitive platforms. .
Today, Lauv releases the video for “Love Somebody,” a track off of his surprise Without You EP released last month. Since its release, “Love Somebody” has surpassed over 15 million streams. The intimate video was directed by Hunter Lyon (blackbear, Whethan) and premiered on MTV Live and MTVU.
Lauv’s Without You EP (released last month) featured 4 tracks that were all written and produced during quarantine with Amy Allen (Halsey, Selena Gomez), DallasK (Fifth Harmony) and Johnny Simpson (Christina Aguilera, Ava Max), among others. In conjunction, Lauv also released the quarantine made video for lead track “Dishes.” Click here to view.
Lauv’s debut album ~how i'm feeling~ released in March as a Top 20 album in 10 territories, including #9 in UK and #5 in AU, with over 1.5 billion streams on the album to date. ~how i’m feeling~ is now certified Gold in Canada. Other incredible Canadian certifications include his break out global hit "I Like Me Better" at 8 times Platinum, "I'm So Tired" triple Platinum and "Fuck I’m Lonely" is now Platinum.
Aug 6 at 7:30 PM EDT
Slow Ride Home
An 11 day, 6,000 km road trip full of hijinx; on scooters.
It's been described as "brave, daring, and courageous" by their friends and "stupid, dangerous, and foolish" by their parents, and they weren't totally wrong. Eight pals from the Seattle's Soldiers of Destiny scooter club ride over 5,900 kilometers of American back roads from Florida to Washington in 11 days. Slow Ride Home documents the highs and lows as the riders traverse from the white sand beaches of FL through some of the most beautiful, and sometimes most desolate, pockets of the United States before finally arriving in Washington state.
If you want to bust a gut laughing, do not want to miss this.
7:30 PM EDT - Watch the Slow Ride Home with us on our YouTube channel and join the online chat during the film.
9:00 PM EDT - Join us on YouTube for a live group chat with Director Jesse Morrow and some of the crew of the Solders of Destiney Scooter Club.
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Together at the Drive-In is a social distance friendly event series, safely bringing together families and friends this summer, for a cause.
By bringing together Toronto in an immersive and safe manner, we can help our hardest hit communities from COVID-19 & social injustice. Imagine a family friendly, art, music and entertainment spectacle at your local drive-in, featuring live performers, DJs and artists, showcasing their talent and celebrating our communities.
Proceeds from the sales go towards supporting community groups, artists and purchasing meals from our hospitality and food partners to be donated to shelters, food banks and communities in need.
ONE TICKET = 3 MEALS DONATED THROUGH SECOND HARVEST AND FOOD BANK OF YORK REGION
For more information click here.
Next Tuesday, join us for week five of Virtual City Cinema presented by Yonge-Dundas Square in association with WILDsound Festival.
This week’s theme is SCI-FI AND FANTASY.
Simply click here to register for the next week’s screening or any other date of your choice to receive a private YouTube link to screen the films, sent directly to your email the day of the screening. The films will premiere at 8PM EST.
After watching, you will be sent a survey to provide feedback to the filmmakers and be entered for a chance to win a Downtown Yonge Experience prize pack!
Virtual City Cinema is completely free!
I'm feeling like I'm suffering from withdrawals from COVID related issues. I haven't been on the TTC since March 11th, 2020 when I went to Union Station to video the Tyler Shaw performance.
I don't know about most people but I absolutely need to be taking pictures or videos of something. I live with my addiction. My rehab and next fix are very much the same thing.
So when I came across this beauty yesterday on my way to the grocery store I had to stop and take some pics.
... with my answers
1. Postal Code XXX XXX
2. How have you been personally impacted by COVID 19?
3. Additional clarifying comments to #2
Locked myself in my unit for a full month with duct tape around my door and vents.
4. What supports, programs, and services did you access before COVID 19?
Libraries, Parks and Public Spaces & Other - TCHC Board and Committee meetings.
(Currently it seems as if TCHC is not going to meet its mandatory minimum requirement of meeting using COVID as an excuse.)
5. What do you need as the city begins to re-open?
Culture and arts program, Access to libraries and library services, Parks and public spaces Opportunities for services to be delivered through technological innovation.
Other - Access to information that pre-COVID 19 was automatically in the public domain but has now become scarce.
6. Provide additional comments to clarify #5 TCHC budgeting (in private session or confidential session) for an independent company to assist with the search for a new CEO. Quite the jump from having the Mayor just appoint them. I'm wondering if they will use the same process when it comes to nominating new tenant board member as the current members terms have expired.
7. How can programs or services be strengthened for you and your community?
There is a complete lack of information in Priority Neighbourhoods. Maybe the city councillors, MPP's and MP's could work together to create newsletters that are more forward looking newsletters instead of individual photo op propaganda sheets.
8. What three priorities would you like to see the City work on with the Provincial and Federal governments?
Virtual town halls where all three levels of government are mandated to attend to address any concerns moving forward. Its easier for politicians to address issues that are brought up directly to them instead of having one level of government try to shuffle an issue off to another level of government after a meeting.
All levels of government should be holding city run organizations (TCHC in particular) accountable for holding the mandatory number of meetings per year. All levels are directly and indirectly funding these entities so they should ensure that the Boards are following up on their fiduciary duties.
The city of Toronto should be looking for federal and provincial support to create Business Improvement Associations that overlap pre-existing Neighbourhood Improvement Areas so that no one gets left behind in the recovery process.
9. Recommendations on how to boost job creation, support small business, and boost local economies.
The city of Toronto should be looking for federal and provincial support to create Business Improvement Associations that overlap pre-existing Neighbourhood Improvement Areas so that no one gets left behind in the recovery process. The city could be supporting this initiative by holding an initial meeting in each of the priority neighbourhoods. Then providing meeting supports as each NIA gets up and running. All area businesses and homes should be flyered prior to the initial information session to ensure that all community assets are present.
Stop providing grant funding to organizations that consistently use volunteers instead of paying their staff for their contribution. Part of ensuring local economies recover is making sure that everyone gets paid for their labour. The City of Toronto allow persons on social assistance a special benefit to those who volunteer for up to a year. After that year the organization should provide paid employment for that volunteer. Or repay the governments cost for supporting that person for the period that they volunteered. Many non-profits are using volunteers to do jobs that in the corporate world would be paid positions.
Implement a Guaranteed Annual Income for all adults. This encourages career building instead of just job searches.
Prioritize a corporate culture where the highest paid executive (with bonuses and stock options) makes no more than ten times the lowest paid employee.
10. What can the City do to enhance the participation of vulnerable populations? Please refer to the answers in #8 and #9.
11. How can the city other levels of government, community partners, and organizations support your community to reduce green house gases?
Embrace virtual meetings/townhalls where appropriate.
Facilitate a work from home culture where appropriate.
Rotate public events thru different parks in different areas of the city. Decentralizing cultural events like Play the Parks and Pride. There is lots of available space on Scarborough that could use some TLC (Toronto Life and Culture)
Stop expanding into a "Drive"-In culture. Make space for walk ins or bike ins on movie and concert nights. Seating them in the front few rows with individual/family units one parking space per unit to allow for social distancing. Encourage this form of entertainment post COVID.
12. Share any successful actions that you, your business, your community or your neighbourhood have implemented ....
Be Proactive! Don't just read the room. A risk management approach may be far more effective than an economic approach to recovery.
13. Any other comments with respect to planning for the COVID 19 recovery and rebuild process?
TAKE YOUR TIME. I would rather you err on the side of caution than put additional lives at risk. Prepare the public for a new normal. To date there is no lasting immunity from COVID 19. Antibodies don't appear to stay in the blood long term. There is the possibility that, like the flu virus, COVID could morph from season to season. There could also be a new virus emerging any moment. Social bubbles, physical distancing and masks (when physical distancing is impossible) should become a preventative measure.
Click here for the link to the Social Planning Toronto website.