“Beer is hot!” Stephen Beaumont exclaimed over his pint of pale ale at Le Select Bistro on Wellsley and King Street. Beaumont, who makes his living tasting and writing about beer and other alcoholic beverages, was not referring to the ale’s temperature but rather the surge of popularity beer gained among Canadians in recent years. Ontario craft brews are no exception to the growing trend.
Last September, Toronto’s Black Creek Historic Brewing Company set out to grow all its ingredients for a new beer within a square mile of the brewery. By using techniques and machinery that settlers in Ontario would have nearly 150 years ago, Black Creek plans to put a truly local beer on shelves this November.
On Monday, the Ontario Court of Appeal held that the prohibition of bawdy houses is unconstitutional in that it infringes on individuals’ rights to liberty and security, protected under section seven of the Charter. The court reasoned that the current provision forces prostitutes to work alone, which makes them vulnerable to violent clients, or risk imprisonment for up to two years. “These laws—the bawdy house laws—hurt the very people they’re intended to protect,” said U of T Law Professor Brenda Cossman.
In an effort to curb high rates of narcotic use, the Ontario Ministry of Health has removed OxyContin from the list of publicly funded drugs. As of Wednesday, March 1, the pharmaceutical company that produces OxyContin, the brand of oxycodone typically prescribed to relieve moderate to severe pain, will stop distributing the drug in its current form to the Canadian market.
“Education is a right. We will not give up the fight,” chanted thousands of students, gathered at the University of Toronto King’s College Circle on Wednesday for the National Day of Action. That morning, students rallied outside Sidney Smith Hall calling for a reduction in tuition fees and a higher quality, more accessible post-secondary education.
Day 13 of the Advent calendar means it’s time to prepare for more than just the second coming of a failed mark in PHY101. It’s also the last chance before the New Year to show our appreciation for some special members of the U of T community. The following people have made this publishing season possible and deserve our recognition.
Protests in Yemen continue, following President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s agreement on Wednesday to shift power within 30 days to the country’s Vice President. “All promises are for the media, not for action,” said Khaled Al-Hammadi, a Yemeni journalist who operates out of a tent as a makeshift office in the middle of what is known as Sanaa’s “Change Square.” The encampment near university grounds in Yemen’s capital is the epicentre of the Arab Spring’s longest running protest, which began this February.