PostArctica: Walking, Cemeteries and Gender

Great article for urban explorers of all stripes and walkers in general. And Solnit’s book is awesome! “As activist Rebecca Solnit observed in her comprehensive opus Wanderlust: A History of Walking: “Women’s walking is often construed as performance rather than transport, with the implication that women walk not to see – but to be seen – ...

PostArctica: Hobo Leisure Camp

Just looked at the “about” page here for the first time in forever and realized I have never talked about the picture I used over there. Anyway, this was in a small space off Highway 20 in the West Island that I stumbled upon and explored. I was a bit surprised to find a lot ...

PostArctica: Fictional Characters in Public

For me Literature always tells us more about the human condition than does our history books so there is something wonderful and enlightening about bringing the great characters of fiction to life in local ways such as the Bloomsday celebrations in Dublin or the statues of Don Quixote and Sancho Panza in the Plaza de ...

PostArctica: Fictional Characters in Public

For me Literature always tells us more about the human condition than does our history books so there is something wonderful and enlightening about bringing the great characters of fiction to life in local ways such as the Bloomsday celebrations in Dublin or the statues of Don Quixote and Sancho Panza in the Plaza de ...

PostArctica: Cabane a sucre in Verdun

Becoming a tradition as this is the 5th installment. And after this long cold neverending winter it is great to get out and see tons of people on the street. Cabane a sucre is often translated as “sugar shack” and it is a part of Quebec culture – harvesting maple syrup and basically turning it ...

Melissa Fong: Dear Translink… Rob did a good job

I know we don’t agree often. We have a love/hate relationship dependent on my mood and whether or not it’s cold and rainy outside. To be fair, you are consistently late and often leave me standing out in the rain. You have just been voted 3rd best public transit in Canada, which is not saying ...

Melissa Fong: What do Lulu owner Chip Wilson and Justin Bieber have in common?

Yeah, while Justin Bieber probably thinks he’s adding value to whatever he sh*ts on, spandex-pant overlord Chip Wilson is taking liberty to “beautify” public spaces (namely the ones outside his gabillion dollar mansion) in Vancouver. … When Chip Wilson isn’t telling women that they are too fat to wear his clothing, he is single -handedly ...

Walking Turcot Yards: 21 Balançoires (21 Swings)

This is something I have to try!   21 Swings Exercise in musical cooperation Every spring, an interactive installation takes over a high-traffic area in Montréal’s Quartier des spectacles and sets a collective ritual. The installation offers a fresh look at the idea of cooperation, the notion that we can achieve more together than separately. ...

Politics, Re-Spun: Free Speech and the Privatization of Public Space

Donald Smith was protesting a sign at Glenmore Landing in Calgary’s southwest Sunday that bans political demonstrations. [CBC] The privately owned parking lot near the prime minister’s constituency office asserts that protesting is prohibited. On the surface, this looks like the prime minister is impeding the constitutional rights of expression and peaceful assembly. I’m sure ...

Canadian Progressive World: What We Missed: OWS Declaration of the Occupation of New York City

This document was accepted by the NYC General Assembly on September 29, 2011, with minor updates made on October 1, 2011. It is the first official, collective statement of the protesters in Zuccotti Park. As we gather together in solidarity to express a feeling of mass injustice, we must not lose sight of what brought ...

Chris Tindal: Rob Ford’s behavior does matter, and it diminishes us all

When Rob Ford was accused of being drunk and belligerent at a Leafs game and asking a stranger if he wanted his wife to “get raped and shot,” he lied and said he wasn’t even at the game. When he was asked by the Toronto Sun if U.S. police had charged him with possession of ...

eaves.ca: The Ground War for Control of Public Space

My partner stumbled on the quote below attributed to Banksy (wikipedia), the English street artist who many consider to be one of the great a modern day satirists. It’s an interesting take on advertising in public space – for some it will be a familiar call to arms, to others it will feel revolutionary. I ...