X-ray beam illuminates long-forgotten faces on damaged daguerreotypes — The anonymous woman stares into the distance, neither smiling nor frowning. 🔺 Unseen for generations, the image was recently conjured up from a badly damaged daguerreotype – an early form of photograph made on a metal plate – that belongs to the National Gallery of Canada. 🔺 “I think we literally all jumped … it was just such a shock because we had no expectations of what would come up,” said Madalena Kozachuk, a doctorate student in chemistry at the University of Western Ontario in London, who conducted the work. 🔺 The technique, which Ms. Kozachuk and colleagues developed at the Canadian Light Source, a high-energy X-ray facility in Saskatchewan, could be used in future to glean important details from daguerreotypes that have been written off as beyond recovery. 🔺 Ms. Kozachuk was able to use X-ray beams to map out the distribution of copper, silver, gold and iron on the two plates. She then wanted to see whether she could detect mercury on the plates, but a beam with sufficient energy was not then available at the Saskatchewan facility. To complete her investigation, Ms. Kozachuk travelled to another synchrotron at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y. It was there that the glowing atoms of mercury revealed the images on the plates in exquisite detail, astounding the researchers. 🔺 The method promises a non-destructive way for museums to understand what information their daguerreotypes contain. It also means that image information can be gleaned and saved before more direct methods of restoring an important daguerreotype is attempted. 🔺 Ms. Kozachuk added that the project underscores the human motivations behind what was once a leading technology of its day – the desire to capture life and hold a record of it for the future.. 🔺 “For them, it must have seemed as incredible as landing on the moon,” she said. — Reporting by Ivan Semeniuk Photographs provided by Madalena Kozachuk/Western University
The eight lives taken from Toronto's Gay Village — For years, they were a ghostly presence in the Village, their photos looking out from missing-persons on utility poles and storefront windows. 🔺 Their disappearances were documented in the same flat tone by police. All were middle-aged men, bearded or goateed, with dark hair. 🔺 Many were last seen in the area or had never returned home to a family in the suburbs. Each missing persons report ended the same way: "Police are concerned for his safety." 🔺 Eventually, the eight men would be linked together as alleged victims of Bruce McArthur. Their names have been repeated often in the past six months, but little remains known about them - what brought them to Toronto, to the Village and into the path of an accused serial killer. 🔺 The Globe has interviewed dozens of people, reviewed files at five courthouses, sifted through bankruptcy papers, death notices and other records to get a fuller picture of the men that Mr. McArthur is charged with murdering. 🔺 Though details often remain vague, portraits emerged of men with difficult, complex lives. They faced hardship of starting over in a new country, language barriers and social isolation, struggles with sexual identity, financial and medical troubles, legal problems, drug and alcohol abuse. 🔺 They also shared a desire for connection - a need for acceptance and companionship brought each of them to the Village seeking a safe haven. 🔺 The eight men, named from the first photo in this gallery to the eighth: Skandaraj Navaratnam Abdulbasir Faizi Majeed Kayhan Soroush Mahmudi Kirushna Kumar Kanagaratnam Dean Lisowick Selim Esen Andrew Kinsman 🔺 To learn more about these men, please click on the link in our bio. 🔺 Reporting by Tu Thanh Ha and Justin Ling Illustrations by Rachel Idzerda
Making news on Friday, June 22: 🔺 1: On Sunday, mourners wearing black will march in silence at the end of Toronto’s typically colourful Pride Parade, in honour of eight victims of an alleged serial killer who preyed for years on the city’s Gay Village. Their lives were complex, and marked by challenges that made them vulnerable, report Tu Thanh Ha and Justin Ling. The Globe and Mail has interviewed dozens of people, reviewed files at five courthouses, sifted through bankruptcy papers, death notices and other records to get a fuller picture of the men that alleged serial killer Bruce McArthur is charged with murdering. 🔺 2: The Trump administration is equipping military bases to house up to 20,000 child migrants unaccompanied by parents – an indication of the magnitude of the problem brought on by U.S. President Donald Trump’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy. 🔺 Authorities are struggling to enforce Trump’s edict to continue criminally charging all people who cross the border from Mexico illegally, but somehow ensure they are not separated from their children. In at least two Texas courthouses Thursday, prosecutors simply dropped all criminal charges against migrants with children. 🔺 3: More wine retailers across Canada are dropping Norman Hardie’s wines after widespread accusations of sexual misconduct. SAQ, which distributes alcohol in Quebec, said it would remove remaining bottles of Norman Hardie wine from its shelves. The Liquor Control Board of Ontario, which just a day earlier had said it would leave the choice “in the hands of customers,” announced it would sell off its remaining wine, but not place a new order. 🔺 Earlier this week, Hardie responded with an apology. He admitted to “many” of the allegations, but maintained that others are not true. He has not specified which of the allegations are untrue. 🔺 For the full newsletter, please visit the link in our profile.
Cryptocurrency tycoon buys $28-million penthouse in former Trump Toronto hotel — Count the penthouse of the former Trump hotel in Toronto as the latest status symbol for cryptocurrency millionaires. ♦️ Anthony Di Iorio, the 43-year old co-founder of digital cash Ethereum, paid nearly $28-million for the top three floors of the luxury hotel, soon to be renamed the St. Regis. ♦️ Mr. Di Iorio was looking for a big condo with a view. He looked at the penthouse in the Shangri-La and other hotels but nothing compared to the St. Regis’ nearly 17,000 square foot condo on floors 56 through 58 with a wrap-around patio on 57. The top floor features a soaring 100-foot-high ceiling, where an outdoor spire towers above the city’s skyscrapers. ♦️ “Who would not want to be up here, overlooking the city? Except for the bank towers, you can see every part of the city,” said Mr. Di Iorio. “It was pretty amazing. I saw a lot of possibility. It is about how do you blow people’s minds,” he said. ♦️ After he saw the penthouse, he said he “bought it outright.” ♦️ Mr. Di Iorio, who graduated from Ryerson University with a bachelor’s of commerce, paid $6.96-million for one unit and $17.48-million for another adjacent unit for a total of $24.4-million, according to land-registry documents. ♦️ Because he was the first purchaser of the condo, the entrepreneur had to pay the additional 13-per-cent HST, or $3.17-million, for the property. No mortgage was listed with the acquisition, according to the land-registry documents. ♦️ It is one of the most expensive residential condo purchases in Toronto with monthly condo fees hitting nearly $17,000. ♦️ Mr. Di Iorio, who grew up north of the city, co-founded his digital currency firm Ethereum in Toronto. His family is here and most of his 40 employees are in Toronto. ♦️ His current Toronto condo is 7,500 square feet including the patio. His St. Regis penthouse comes with all the hotel perks: a pool, 24-hour room service, a restaurant, valet service and cleaning if needed. ♦️ “My other place was a little too low down. I wanted more privacy,” he said. — Reporting by Rachelle Younglai and Stephanie Chambers Photography by Christoper Katsarov
“What I’ve done throughout my career is to capture points in movements,” says veteran performance-art photographer Cylla von Tiedemann. “It seems so easy, but it takes incredible focus and quick decisions to realize where to stand and what to photograph.” 🔺 Since emigrating from Germany in the early 1980s, the Toronto-based von Tiedemann has become one of the most sought-after dance photographers in Canada. 🔺 She describes her career, using the photographs of which she’s most proud. 🔺 1. Zelma Badu-Younge, 1996: Zelma is a stunning dancer. We did not have much room, but she exploded in all directions in order to define the frame and the restrictions of the studio. The energy and the emotion and commitment and the absolute talent of her, it’s not easy to do that – to be so horizontal and so open and so free. 🔺 2. Toronto Dance Theatre, 2003: My talent, I think, is knowing how the production moves on stage and to bring that back in the studio. I like this picture. It looks to me like a night sky when all the planets are moving around. There’s unpredictability, and yet there is an order. 🔺 3. Peter Chin, Angkor Wat, Cambodia, 2009: After doing studio work for a decade, I realized I was much more interested in the collaboration between the dancer and the choreographer. So, out of the studio and into nature. I love this picture of Peter Chin, at a temple in Cambodia, because of the energy. It’s not a picture at rest. It’s one that needs to move on. 🔺 4. Guys and Dolls, Stratford Festival, 2017: This is a production by choreographer Donna Feore. She knows exactly how to get the best out of her dancers, which is what I’ve always tried to do when I have control of the dancers in my studio. I know there’s something to push. They have something more, and I try to get there. ___ Reporting Brad Wheeler Photos Cylla von Tiedemann
Wave of asylum seekers floods Toronto’s shelters — Canada’s approach to asylum seekers has been markedly different from the United States, sparking an influx of recent arrivals. Some refugee claimants are arriving at airports, while more than 9,000 have crossed from the U.S. border into Quebec (and, to a much lesser extent, B.C. and Manitoba) this year. And that has added to a crowding crunch, pushing shelters over capacity and driving up costs. ♦️ After Montreal said in April that it would not accept more refugee claimants into its shelters, and because many are from Nigeria, and speak English, a wave of asylum seekers has descended onto Canada’s largest city. ♦️ Many of them are families. All are in need of housing, adding pressure to Toronto’s already-strained shelter system in a high-priced city with limited affordable housing. To deal with the pressure, the city asked two colleges to open their student dorms to refugee claimants for the summer and there are plans to erect four tents in the city to serve as extra shelter space later this year. ♦️ The treatment of asylum seekers has leapt into the spotlight in recent weeks. In the United States, the forced separation of more than 2,300 children, including toddlers, from their parents at the Mexican border has sparked a national and international outcry. On Wednesday, U.S. President Donald Trump signed an order to end the practice, although children already separated from their parents will not be immediately reunited with their families. ♦️ In Canada, which doesn’t have a policy of prosecuting all adult migrants who unlawfully enter the country, Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale last November issued a directive to border services to “as much as humanly possible, keep children out of detention and keep families together.” ♦️ Around the world, a record 68.5 million people were forcibly displaced as of the end of 2017, of which a record 25.4 million are refugees, according to data released this week by the United Nations refugee agency. Canada was the ninth-largest recipient of asylum claims in the world last year. — Reporting by Tavia Grant Charts by John Sopinski Visit the link in our bio for the full story
Making news for Thursday, June 21. ♦️ 1. After days of insisting he could do nothing to stop the family breakups, U.S. President Donald Trump caved Wednesday and ordered authorities to stop separating migrant children from their parents at the Mexican border, a crisis caused by his “zero tolerance” policy of criminally prosecuting all people who cross the frontier illegally. Trump’s executive order directs the children be kept with their parents at special detention facilities as the parents go through the criminal justice system. But the order may not actually solve the problem. ♦️ 2. The City of Vancouver is shutting down a decrepit hotel that houses dozens of the city’s most vulnerable renters, and plans to take the unusual step of buying the building and another owned by the Sahota family, the Balmoral. The moves come after a Globe and Mail investigation highlighted the miserable living conditions in the Regent and Balmoral, two of five single-room-occupancy hotels owned by the family. The mayor said if the family does not agree to sell the century-old properties, the city will expropriate them. ♦️ 3. Some of Canada’s most prominent restaurants are removing Norman Hardie’s wines from their menus after more than 20 people alleged sexual misconduct by the famed winemaker. In Ontario, restaurants included the JOEY chain, The Drake Hotel properties, Chase Hospitality Group, and Wilder and Rose, among others. In Montreal, Monkland Tavern joined the Joe Beef restaurants, which had already stopped carrying Mr. Hardie’s wines. One notable exception was the Liquor Control Board of Ontario, the Crown corporation that distributes alcohol in the province. A spokesperson said they are leaving the choice in the hands of customers. Hardie released a fresh apology on Wednesday stating: “To all those who felt marginalized, demeaned or objectified while working for or alongside me, I am truly very sorry.” He maintained that “some of the allegations made against me are not true,” but did not specify which ones. ♦️ For more on these and other stories follow the link in our bio.
Canadian winemaker Norman Hardie accused of sexual misconduct — A Globe and Mail investigation reveals a wide-ranging pattern of alleged sexual advances and sexual harassment by Norman Hardie, a major player in Canada’s food and wine industry. Hardie, 52, first made a name for himself as a sommelier at Toronto’s Four Seasons before eventually running his namesake winery in Ontario’s Prince Edward County. (Prince Charles and Justin Trudeau are among those who have stopped at the winery.) ♦️ Three women who spoke to The Globe described unwanted sexual contact by Hardie, including instances of groping or kissing while at the winery or industry events. Eighteen others described behaviour that could be characterized as sexual harassment. They described requests for sex, lewd comments and being deliberately exposed to pornography. Hardie denied many of the allegations, saying “I do not physically grab people or touch them against their will.” He apologized “to those who my behaviour negatively impacted.” — Reporting by Ann Hui and Ivy Knight Photograph by Darryl Dyck / The Canadian Press Follow the link in our bio to read the full story
Making news for Tuesday, June 19. ♦️ 1. Parliament changed Canadian law last night to lift the 95-year-old ban on cannabis and free millions of adults to openly smoke, ingest or grow the drug without fear of a criminal record. The move also green-lights a legal, multibillion-dollar industry in Canada, which will join Uruguay as one of the few countries where cannabis is legal nationwide. Marijuana for recreational use is expected to go on sale in early or mid-September. In the meantime, the act will allow licensed producers to start shipping dried cannabis to approved retailers across the country and to set up mail delivery. ♦️ 2. Activists and immigration lawyers say many of them have been separated from their families and denied legal counsel and access to medical care. The men have been held at the prison since mid-May. They are said to have sought asylum at an official border crossing; White House officials said migrants claiming asylum at legal ports of entry wouldn’t be separated from their children. The news comes as outrage continues to build over the White House’s “zero-tolerance” policy at the Mexican border. Twelve Republicans have called on President Donald Trump to put a halt to the practice until Congress passes immigration legislation. ♦️ 3. A Globe and Mail investigation reveals a wide-ranging pattern of alleged sexual advances and sexual harassment by Norman Hardie, a major player in Canada’s food and wine industry. Hardie, 52, first made a name for himself as a sommelier at Toronto’s Four Seasons before eventually running his namesake winery in Ontario’s Prince Edward County. Three women who spoke to The Globe described unwanted sexual contact by Hardie, including instances of groping or kissing while at the winery or industry events. Eighteen others described behaviour that could be characterized as sexual harassment. They described requests for sex, lewd comments and being deliberately exposed to pornography. Hardie denied many of the allegations, saying “I do not physically grab people or touch them against their will.” He apologized “to those who my behaviour negatively impacted.” ♦️ For more follow the link in our bio.
In her shoes, after she got on her feet: In The Shoe Project workshops, women write about their immigration to Canada — Rawan Nassar was wearing a pair of brand-new pink and grey sneakers when she left her home in a Syrian refugee camp. The previous night, she had just returned from a trip to Lebanon when an explosion shook the building where she lived with her family. Tanks surrounded the camp, and that night, soldiers stormed into the Nassars’ house. In the morning, Rawan and her sister fled for Lebanon, the first of many legs of a long journey to safety. ♦️ Separately, in Iran, Sara, a Kurdish journalist and women’s rights activist, had begun to get death threats. They came by phone, by text and by e-mail. But when a new threat suggested her place of residence had been identified, she knew she had to leave. Her husband bought her a bright pair of pinky-orange sneakers and it was in these that she took her first steps to freedom. (The Globe and Mail is withholding Sara’s real name for her safety and that of her family.) ♦️ Sonam Chozom, who is Tibetan, remembers most the shoes that she had to wear when she was sent to a Tibetan children’s village school: black rubber, standard issue, just like all the other students. These days, in Vancouver, where she immigrated – as did Nassar and Sara – she prefers white Converse. ♦️ These women’s three paths finally converged in a classroom when they all enrolled in the same creative-writing workshop for refugees and immigrants. The Shoe Project, founded by novelist Katherine Govier, is a workshop that asks the women to tell their stories of arrival in Canada through a central metaphor – a pair of shoes. Nassar, Chozom and Sara were among the 10 women who participated in the first Vancouver workshop. ♦️ “We were taking people who astonished us with the stories they had to tell,” says author Caroline Adderson, who mentored them for 10 weeks in the writing portion of the program. The women will eventually read their essays aloud at a public event. — Reporting by Marsha Lederman Photography by Jackie Dives The Shoe Project: Walk in Their Shoes is at the Museum of Vancouver June 22 at 7 p.m. Follow the link in our bio for more
Making news for Tuesday, June 19. ♦️ 1. The White House has rejected the idea of legislation that would end its policy of separating migrant children from their parents unless it also includes broad immigration changes and funding for a wall along the border with Mexico. While lawmakers in both parties are rushing to devise a targeted legislative fix, the White House signalled it would oppose too narrow of a solution. It’s unclear what the Trump administration’s new immigration policy, which forcibly separates migrant children from their parents, will mean for Canada, which experienced a massive surge in asylum seekers along the border after an immigration crackdown in the United States last year. ♦️ 2. Canada’s spy service is destroying undisclosed volumes of records relating to the communications of Canadians gathered over the years. “Approximately 70 per cent of the data has been destroyed and the remainder is expected to be destroyed in the coming months,” said a CSIS spokeswoman. The records target Canadians who were not themselves considered threats, but who were once seen to be connected to terrorism suspects. ♦️ 3. The Trudeau government won’t discuss concerns raised by U.S. lawmakers about Huawei’s activities in Canada – even as a debate is unfolding in Australia about banning the Chinese telecom giant from its next-generation 5G mobile networks. Senior lawmakers on U.S. congressional intelligence committees are warning Ottawa that Chinese smartphone maker Huawei, which has turned Canada into a key research centre for next-generation mobile technology, is a national-security threat to the intelligence-sharing network of Canada’s allies. ♦️ For more on these and other stories, follow the link in our bio.
Feeling excluded from traditional incubators, entrepreneurs create their own — It can be hard for a certain type of business to get into an incubator to expand their company. For entrepreneurs who feel as if they don’t fit in there, it can be hard to want to stick around. ♦ Rusul Alrubail, a Toronto college teacher who developed a writing app, said one of her biggest challenges in launching was being taken seriously by the people she encountered in the startup world. The incubators and conferences she attended were typically full of men; often white, mainly young. It wasn’t often she saw another visible Muslim woman such as herself. ♦ “I didn’t feel welcome and included. I never saw anyone who looked different,” said Ms. Alrubail, whose app is called the Writing Project. “I had to deal with a lot of microaggressions, from being ignored to … realizing [some people were] not willing to help.” ♦ Today, Ms. Alrubail is part of a growing cadre of innovators working to support new businesses in creative ways. With diverse mentors, financial assistance and supports for entrepreneurs with families or jobs, the new crop of incubators is training people who wouldn’t have access to many of the established programs – or who wouldn’t feel comfortable attending them. ♦ The Parkdale Centre for Innovation, Ms. Alrubail’s brainchild, is set for a soft launch in June, with programs beginning in July. It will offer training for people looking to start a business, gain new skills or take their careers to the next level. Her goal for the centre is to offer business support that is culturally inclusive and affordable to the people of Parkdale, one of the lowest-income areas of Toronto. ♦ “I started the centre to provide inclusive programs and pathways for people who are underrepresented,” she told the Globe and Mail, noting people from the community with financial need will have access to reduced-cost or free programming. “That is one way of ensuring it’s inclusive, affordable and meets the community’s needs. The other way is diverse hiring.” — Reporting by Saira Peesker Photography by Mark Blinch / @mblinch